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I can think of very few things in life as hard to maintain as a relationship. I consider plants very difficult to figure out. It seems like you always water them too much or not enough. Finding the perfect balance is hardly ever easy. A relationship is similar.
Please help! Hardly any conflict between us and if there was we were able to talk it out with each other. But just recently he told me that him and his ex who he dated for over a year but broke up due to no special spark anymore have agreed to be friends and they met up not long ago and he found that his feelings for her have come back. So would going off the radar for a while work? Or is there something else that might work. Thanks, I just need to get through this in a stable condition and hopefully end up with the best outcome or a miracle.
How to Care Less in a Relationship: Finding the Perfect Balance
Typing on phone in bad light is not a good idea! Usually the messages were something to do with them having had an intimate meeting or two with some other wonderful woman who, oh by the way, was QUITE taken with them! I think I will try to arrange it! Read about attachment, show him the literature. It leads absolutely nowhere but more pain for you. I promise you it is a very very sad problem, only to be made sadder if you let him act it out on you over and over again. Please read about attachbent disorders.
He is a self confessed player that I think is in the middle of a transition. He is having a hard time financially and I think his self esteem is low. I have never felt such intensity and he says the same and always has. He says he loves me and he just needs to get his head together.
He also has issues with his mom having to move in with him and he is having to deal with her and her health issues.
He has a lot going on right now. I know we belong together. How can I motivate him to make a move toward us being a couple? I have been dating this guy for four months so he asked to spend the night i told him no because i was at my girlfriends house. He gets jealous and thinks im at another guys house.
Well i reasure that i am at a friends house. Next thing i know he stops answering my text. So i told its over. Now he keeps comes around. What is going on? Im confused. Okay question. Does this work the othe way around? Like with a woman. Should I, after putting in a shit ton of effort to repair old messaed up things I did. Always initiating contact and hangout and stuff.
Should I wait to see if she will. I met this guy while buying a car. As soon as he came home he texted and asked when we were hanging out and we made plans for the following day It was a lot of fun, all the signs were there but I was still awkward He text the next night and asked of I wanted to hang out again next time I said yeah and we continued to text.
Well, there is difference in being needy and comitment, men who wants comitment and those who are scared of comitment. He is a real nice guy. The one problem I have is that he never asks me about my life or his for that matter. He says what do you want to know? He told me he is a here and now kind of guy. I am not sure exactly what that means. I am torn, he is sweet but I am very frustrated with the lack of communication.
Is he shy, socially inadequate? When I address this he then talks. Where do I go from here? This one really touched me and I think it is a really good advice and id love to Apply this in my current situation now.
Hi Eric, Im in love with a guy for about 6 months,at first everything was ok, that is text, calls etc. Men seem to get to many passes! I dated this guy 4 wks. Aweright now he is working way more and barely texts me, says our time together right now is limited for awhile and wanted us to be on the same page and at first I was upset and texting him,tried talking to him.
Eric do you think this is the right move? I read your column every morning so I know you give great unbiased advice:. This is a good article.
In fact I was going to play games todaynot text him until he texted me. Well he starts his new jobI decided screw that I will just tell him good luck like a good friend. I know he appreciates it.
He tells me how hot he thinks I am. He let me get mad at him for something. I have been talking to a guy for about two years. The first couple of months he kept insisting we hang out. I was in Vegas for about a year or so, I moved back to California and he was really happy about that. I was a wreck. He would ask what is keeping me from seeing him trying to figure me out. I was so confused about myself but I know for a fact I want him.
I bailed on him so many times I lost track. So after we just stopped talking and a few days ago he texted me and asked how I was doing. I would sti love to stay friends with him have him in my life some how.
I know he probably thought I was messing with his feelinga but he just needs to understand I was in a horrible place at the time. Please help. Did he even like me? So at first I met this guy at college and he was pursuing me like crazy. We never went out together, and when he would see me with another guy he would get really upset and jealous.
What the hell is going on? There should never be all the ups and downs and wondering what he thinks. If a guy likes you, is into you, wants to be with you he will be And why give anyone that much power. The only tears a woman should cry over with or about a guy is tears of absolute joy!
Ladies if he plays games run away dont walk run!!! A guy should be good to you make you happy make you a better person and you the same to him so if thats not going on dont wonder just get out b4 it hurts. Bottom line the only lesson learned by me is if a guy is into You and he wants to be with you, he will.
There is confusion for one reason only. Hes not into you. When I wrote the above post I didnt want to beieve he was very much into the sex, very much into me but what he didnt want was more or commitment or a relationship.
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So I ended it, even told him we were no longer friends. And the completely turned around But it is too late, even thoigh I tried to hold on Im do e to hell with game playing.
Sorry but screw that! He isnt good e enough. As a woman, I have been taught all my life that it is important to let the guy pursue you. It seems to me that - even if a girl was uninterested in the beginning and the guy had to pursue her to pique her interest - at some point, the guy will be successful. I like you. So now does he stop trying? How can any relationship work this way?
Why Are Men Frustrated With Dating? they report that there is often little incentive for men to date and even less for them to consider long-term commitments. and taking care of themselves. I've been on several dates with this guy who seems to show more interest and put in more effort when I start caring less. The reason I started caring less is because he was not being that considerate about our plans (i.e. canceling). When I care less, he tries harder and puts in more effort which causes me to end up liking him more marionfoaleyarn.com: Eric Charles. Yes, you lose if you care a lot more, but you also aren't really winning if you care a lot less. So dating is a bit like motorcyclists splitting lanes on the freeway to pass cars: if there's a big difference (in speed) between the two vehicles involved, the chance of a fatal accident is quite high, and if they're going about the same speed, it.
So I guess my question is, once he catches you ie: you finally sit up and take notice of him and both you and he now know that you have feelings for himhow do you keep the relationship going?
There are two types of men Players and Futures Players love the chase Futures love the woman. Date the guys who want to get to know you, who do things for you, who are prepared to wait to have sex with you when you are readywho are interested in a future with you. Eric Charles. You have to ask yourself though are you objectifying him?
Are you building a fantasy in your mind of how you want things to be? You cannot possess a relationship or a person because you cannot possess an experience you can only experience it as the flow that it is in the current moment.
Didnt want to give in to him beccause i was scared he wuld break my heart but he insisted he wont so at the long run i gave in to him. We are now just two months old and it has been hell. He sint the caring guy i met. Just two weeks ago he completely avoided me. He says things like he regrets coming for me and that i am so annoying and too emotional and submissive. I admit that i can be very emotional. He has the picture of his ex-girlfriend as his phone display picture.
Told him in a calm way i wasnt comfortable with that, he got angry. Sent him messages and he didnt reply, when he came back all he did was send me a text and. Ofocurse i got really hurt, i tried my best tp not go all naggy. The last time he lied about going somewhere because i told him i was coming over but i went anyway only to find him home. Thats where he rained insults on me, even telling me he would slap me. All i could was cry. I cant believe this same guy who begged me to give in to him would treat me like this.
He even went further to tell me he has another girlfriend and then later made a comment that it was a joke but no i dont think it was, even if it was, why would you say something like that to me knowing how it would hurt me knowing all the issues we are going through now. He then said wehn i get home i shouldnt contact him for four days. Today is the fourth day and i miss him like hell but i cant get past all that he said to me.
I made a decision to move on, so i put off my phone ever since then but i dont know if i can continue with this. I kow i stil love him and a part of me wants him back badly. What should i do? I say delete him. He is mentally and emotionally abusive and cannot keep his word. I think he is waiting for you to contact him so that he can start some drama. I have watched my mom go through it and I went through some of it.
That type of person only stays abusive and it will escalate to physical if you were to ever marry them. Yes, you have some things to work on for you. If you believe, I recommend really looking to God for where to find your answers. Otherwise, read some books like Act like a lady think like a man, or RespectDare, or Love and Respect to understand the difference between men and women and to work with yourself and see what things would help you to grow.
Submissiveness is a good thing. However, being a doormat is not. This guy is treating like a doormat. What he is doing is not right, but you have the choice to either keep playing his game or not.
This is a confusing game, I know. HOpe that helps. Everyone sins against everyone sometimes, and we all do it right back intentional or not. You are responsible for how you feel. No one else is. Take hold of your emotions and your feelings. You are responsible for what things you allow to hurt you or bother you. You are responsible for many things. You cannot control the people around you, but you can control you, your reactions, your responses, your feelings, your everything in your little bubble.
Just remember that. No one can hurt you unless you let them. I do have a couple of questions for you if you tend not to mind.
Could it be only me or do some of the responses look like they are coming from brain dead visitors? Would you post a list of every one of your social networking sites like your linkedin profile, Facebook page or twitter feed? Who exactly are u wanting to follow? Period end of story. Please help me with some advise. I am a 35 year old woman, no kids, never married.
Totally in love with a younger guy, his 7 years my junior. We met online and have been chatting, skyping, calling one another, emailing, etc. He lives so far away from me, we are miles and miles apart. He is a student and i am a working lady. I am so inlove with this guy, he makes me feel like no one ever has, we have this very special bond that i have never experienced with anyone in my entire life, I can share my deepest, darkest and scariest secrets, dreams, everything with him and vice versa.
But i really miss talking to him, I have not spoken to him in over 2 weeks and am fearing that he is no longer interested in me. I am torn between hope and reality, i do not know do I wait for him, is he willing to be with me? Or am I just his time pass? Do I move on with life? Please anyone advise me on what to do, I am so very hurt and confused.
One thing, he was the first to profess his love for me, I never reciprocated that until much later as I thought perhaps his just saying that BUT I feel his love, I feel his everything. Tears are just flowing endlessly now. Evan though he make me feel like sex with me is gross and awful but he loves me and turns around and accuses me of everything make stories up about me so I leave to show him what his loosing but its killing me without his touch wen he holds me will he miss me as much as I miss him.
So my belief after lessons learnt from past relationships is to fill your life with all the things you enjoy doing and not making anyone of those things a sole priority, let life flow. Its no good priorotising the relationship, it will only lead to regret and resentment.
I have experienced needy men, where they have tried to control what I do, and sometimes for a quiet life I gave up the things I enjoyed doing, which led to me resenting them.
It is always good to have a sense of independence. It is not about showing or pretending to be uninterested in a person or man, its about not making them the sole purpose of your happiness. I know what you mean. Because I want to be Hey Eric, So reading this is actually quite funny to me. I am a recently single girl even though things ended with my last boyfriend a year ago. He was the most handsome man I had laid eyes on, and for the past five years of being around him we work together my heart fluttered when he was close by, no joke - pounding.
He has this added bonus of being all dark and secretive that makes just about any girl he comes into contact with intrigued; left wanting more, and more. Recently, Mr. A week goes by, and no word. When he actually put in the effort of wanting to hang out with me, whatever his intent may be, I felt like I was on top of the world for those dazzling 5 seconds of reading that email.
This made me think to myself: maybe the guy who broke my heart was wrong. Maybe, I could be worth it for someone to chase again. This comment made me smile :D you sound so sweet and full of positivity.
I agree and feel the same way, when you give your guy the opportunity to exert more effort, it makes you feel good and the best part is, he realize that he does those things for you without you telling him to do so.
You must be in the throws of passion not to see reality here. Our brains go mildly insane when we are experience limerance. It wont for another 2 years. Dont put all your heart into this guy. Hi Eric. This situation is almost like mine except that I started off not caring much.
So I backed off n stopped caring as muchand he flares up again. We have been together for 2 months or so now.
Apr 05, It's not caring, boyo. Is insecurity and anxiety. And you can fix that having more self-confidence and more trust in your partner. Look, in the end, for me, there are two things that made the magic, when i learned it. But they worked for me, and i. Jun 11, As soon as a woman shows a man any interest whatsoever, it usually isn't long before our interest in her begins to dwindle. It's not by design, and it certainly doesn't stem from an.
Hi Eric, I was upset with the way my bf of 3 months 23 years old treated me because it seemed like he was trying to push my limits, hence I felt like he was trying to make me break up with him. Then I had a talk with him on the phone. He said he did this to see how far he can get away with things and me putting up with him.
I want him to. How should I deal with this situation? I want to connect with him emotionally in the psychological level. Thank you! My boyfriend and I dated for 2 years. However there were trust issues between us, he lied about his education for many months until I snooped around and found out he was lying. I got an STD once when out drunk.
He kept forgiving me and acting like it was okay but over time I felt him withdrawing. Finally he dumped me, saying i need to change. He said he will not see other people as he will wait for me to change. Then I woke up and stopped cheating. Now its been four months. The last time we went on a date was 3 weeks ago, he took me to an expensive restaurant and ice cream and i slept over.
Now its crap. Where he used to call when we first broke up, twice a day, now its once every few days. Mostly,I call him a few times a day only to be blocked and he rarely calls back. He has all the power, i have to beg him to see me. They want a restraining order against me now. If i ask, do you love me? He says yes. He just wants me to leave him alone all the time for hte last few weeks. The more i act in love with him and stop thinking about other guys, the less attention he gives me.
He says he doesnt care what i want, i cheated. I have just about ruined a relationship with what you have described as Neediness. So I am willing to take full responsibility for my behavior.
I just want to discuss two things and hopefully get your feedback. One is can you reverse this once it has happened. Do men see it as no turning back, its almost like trusting someone, once the behavior has shown its face how do you take it all back. The other question is, I have hard time with the whole men are simple and just want us to be simple too really.
Why is there not a place to meet in the middle. Maybe men should work on being more expressive and meet us halfway. Just a thought!!
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Hi eric, i was in a long distance relationship with a guy i dated for a year and a half be4 he traveled 4 a 1 yr prog outside d country. We both kept ourselves 2 each other till i messed up and slept with 4 men. Something av neva done in my entire life. Cos i had only known my bf and nobody else.
I tot he was actually cheatin and some other issues. Wen it struck me abt wat i had done, cos i wasnt dat kind of person, i cudnt tell him 4 fear of him leavin me. I loved him so much but there was no reasonable explanation and i dont deserve him cos he neva 4 once despite d urge cheated on me.
I felt so guilty and i ended up telling him cos he deserved 2 know at least and wud be worse if he knew on his own. He broke up with me instantly. I begged him and he forgave me. Wen he came back to d country. He stayed for some time in his family house in a state diff from where i reside. The thing is he met his high skul gf. They loved themselves and becos of him her dad transfered her to another skul and since d communication was still on he transfered her out of d country and since then they lost contact.
Wen they both saw themselves she kissed him publicly. They exchanged contacts.
As he explained the whole scenario to me, he told me he felt something 4 her. And he wud want to go back to her but he has second taughts. But he said he had long not felt anything strong 4 me anymore after what i told him. Communication has been strained. I do the calling most times as am tryin 2 gain his trust and be transparent hopin things wud change.
But wit his ex comin into d picture it makes things difficult. Do i keep behaving needy after all i caused it as it cud help our relationship or what should i do. I need help from an expert as u. Hope 2 read from u soon. Do yu think this is a lesson hes tryong to teach me a game or wat? I dnt get you guys sometimessmh. I was in a relationship 3 weeks and my ex made a final decision and broke up with me. I knew it was coming. After a certain amount of time, I wanted more from him.
I wanted him to make an effort more to call me, get back to my text messages, and so on. I feel like I want about this relationship all wrong and just wound up getting hurt. Is it wrong to expect more from a boyfriend?
Its been 3 weeks and I feel like I have been blaming myself for this break up. I know I put in effort and probably pushed him to much. I think he was never ready for a relationship and was testing us out since were good friends before anything happened too. My reactions to what he did was too emotional. Hi Ericit is really great to have someone to ask regarding relationships issues. Actually I have been with my boyfriend for a year and a half in a LDR long distance relationshiphe lives in a country and I live in another.
I told him many times what i want but men seem to understand reactions rather than words!!! How to react and what to do? Julie Nirina razafindrazaka. Hi Eric all your advice is so good. I am starting to understand that backing off is the key to getting him to stop backing up and with drawing but, When you back off and act less needy, how far do you take it? I am in the current situtaion where he has started not to communicate with me after a good few monts.
He has told me he is afraid to move too fast. I am wondering how much is too much backing off? Do I respond if he contacts me? I need help please bc I get in my own way!! Hi, My situation is that I met this guy a and we hit it off right away, at the begining we both said we did not want anything serious but then we got pretty close we spent every single day together for three weeks mostly because he wanted to.
He even took a trip with me to see my mother he went back to Germany a month ago and have not heard from him I would like to know if this is normal. And Monday afternoon. And night, too. And that stings like a dagger. You recognize how much of an impact this chick can have on your feelings, and you know better than to fall back into that rut.
The best thing you can do is try to remain neutral with your emotions.
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By Dan Scotti. Phase 1: The meeting. At first glance, she seems great. Again, no reply. If that happens, that makes you feel like you have a whole lot more to lose. If you want to care less in your relationship, hold onto your own identity and pursue a life outside of your union.
If all you have is what binds you two, then it makes you feel isolated and worried without cause. A surefire away to invest too much of yourself into any relationship is by sacrificing yourself and your dreams for someone else. In every relationship, there is going to be compromise. If you want to know how to care less in a relationship, the best way is to recognize your mistakes.
If you care too much, put too much energy into your relationship, or obsess about things, consider how that worked until now. It only hurts your relationship. Sometimes it just takes admittance and recognition that your habits and propensities are counterproductive to what you want out of life.
The definition of a relationship should be a mutual concern. The only one whose actions and behaviors you can change are your own. So, if you feel like you care too much and it not only hurts you but your relationship, then start focusing on what makes you happy.
Knowing how to care less in a relationship means caring more about yourself. You will soon see a huge transformation in the way that you feel the security you find in life.
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