I’ve rarely seen a marital split where both parties aren’t equally responsible, in their own ways. That said, because of the way our society looks at sex, when there’s an affair, all the blame seems to fall on the active affair partner. We have not come so far from The Scarlet Letter.

In 2012, my little brother Adam died. My life shattered, and I spent the next month drunk in bed. It had been four years since Mary and I had spoken, but it spoke volumes to me that she came out of the woodwork to send me a handwritten note expressing her sorrow for Adam’s death. Through everything—the fights, the skipped plans, the immaturity—she found it in herself to reach out to me. I was blown away, and she was back in my life. We learned that we only lived a few blocks away from each other, and that is how we started dating for the fourth and final time. Once again we started seeing each other as friends. We always met up at this one café in the Lower East Side. I’d get a coffee, and she’d get a bagel.

My (ex) girlfriend and I have been with each other for 9 years, happy and in a very loving relationship with her. In the past shes droped massive hints to my mother about marriage, until this May 2014.

In my opinion, this is the most important stage of this mission. It’s not one of those stages where you can just enter a tunnel in the beginning and can skip it right to the next stage (I am looking at you Mario).

Your relationship with a special guy has come and gone, but now you want him back. It’s not unheard of for a couple to get back together after they’ve taken time away from each other, so don’t give up hope. Just be sure to put plenty of thought into the reasons you broke up before attempting to get back together, as this can help you make the relationship work the second time around.

If you are still looking into how to get an ex back you’ll need to realize that it’s not about getting back together and more about seducing the one you love again. When you speak about getting back together you run the risk of subconsciously seeking to fall back into the same dynamics that led to a breakup in your first relationship.

Ideally, your ex will be working on himself, as well, although this isn’t something you can control. If you two both commit to bettering yourselves, then you can start a new relationship that’s far better than your last one.

I am 28. My girlfriend 26. We had been together for 2 years and prior to this my girlfriend was with another guy for 5 years. She immediately jumped ship to me from him, with no grieving period over her first love. Her ex BF has since moved on in another relationship that is strong. We have been doing 8 months of long distance (cross-country). I went to see her last week after she had pretty much told me while I was away she couldn’t continue with the distance any longer. She had been telling her friends that she didn’t see how we would end up continuing and that she would most likely be single soon as she felt no commitment from me. I went to visit her to work on the relationship as she can be quite needy for attention–can’t handle being ‘single’– and upon my visit discovered (without her knowing) that she has been talking to her ex BF and recently asked him to go out late one night while I was away. He ended up saying no, but they have 100% gotten together before without my prior knowledge and they’ve been back in touch for over a year now. When I asked my GF if they had hung out or been in touch the last month, she lied 3 times to my face. I didn’t confront her about what I knew- the lying to my face seemed enough of a reason for me to end it, combined with the constant guilt-trip she has put me on for doing long distance.

Okay, the hardest part is going to be coming up with the right words and messages to send your ex. Again, texts or emails work well because they give you more time to get the message right before you send it. The GOOD ones will encourage them to reply back, and the BEST ones will make them question their decision to leave you.

Make no mistake, aloofness is actually sexy to women, just like being an asshole is…there’s something alluring to them about the fact that you don’t feel like you need to try hard. BUT, if you overdid the whole play it cool thing, your girl would have interpreted it as you going cold/lacking interest in her.

When couples come together, your concept of identity joins. When you breakup, you are not only physically separated. Your identity now has a serious gap to fill. Keep this in mind as you try to get him back. This will help you avoid feeding into potential feelings of desperation.

Sure, both of those relationships happen to be with the same person, but the last relationship wasn’t working for you as a couple, so why would you want to resurrect that one? Your history together won’t just disappear, but the point is that now you’re beginning a new partnership with new and healthier emotional habits.

My dad told me that, and I hate to say, but it’s true. You know that thing that annoyed you about him that made you realize you’re not compatible? He still has that. People do not change. He still likes bad Nicolas Cage movies. He still thinks that terrible taco place next to him is “a nice restaurant”; he still argues the same way. So all you can do is change socks. Aka find someone new. Life is short. You deserve to be happy and eating at a restaurant with at least an A rating.

Self-esteem is about believing that you are a person of worth and that you are adequate the way you are. When it comes to relationships, it is important that you feel complete and whole as an individual rather than looking for someone else to complete you or make your life worthwhile.[9]

I always take my bf back because of pity and feeling sorry for him. I’m not happy and I want to run as far as I can from him. I am not into him anymore. He disgusts me and anytime I want to go he follows me like a dog…he is too needy and I cannot stand him. I want to be with my ex so bad, he is all I need. Distance has separated us but I am back and back to fight for him but it’s hard to get him to leave his girlfriend he lives with. He says he wants to and he is not in love with her but he just cannot pack up and leave. Why can’t he?

After about one week alone I realized I was happiest with her and I was happy all the times I made her happy and I really really missed her and wanted another chance.  But I’d said some rude things to her in our last few fights and she just flat out said we were done.  I kept calling and texting her over the next few days and she ignored my calls.  I grew more desperate and felt more hopeless.  Then, last week I got an ebook called How To Get Your Love Back Now that changed everything. 

Because he was feeling so much better about himself with his new problem-solving and listening habits, Peter was able to talk with his wife in the playful and engaging mode that had attracted her when they had first met.  Paulette was delightfully surprised.  She appreciated his clarity about the mistaken roads he had taken. She liked his vision of the new Peter.  She especially like the many ways that already he was acting in the new ways.  She felt for the first time in years that Peter was actually seeing and listening to her instead of locked in a narcissistic bubble.