I am having a horrible time figuring out which way to go, I met this guy who helped me through a tough time. But maybe we moved to fast. We began to have arguments and we break up a lot. Everytime we break up he gets meaner and meaner. He talks to tons of girls but turns around and says how in love with me he is but doesn’t want to be with me. But we always end up back together. Today he told me he doesn’t care if I move on and how he’s talking to other females. But soooo in love with me. But just not over are recent fight

Create boundaries at home and limit the time spent there while she is around. Perhaps go out more, and even if you are at home, sleep in different rooms and engage in as little small talk as possible. You could use this article to provide you with more tips on what you can do while she’s still around.

But the more breakups I’ve gone through, the better I’ve gotten about making sure when the person walks out the door, so does my anxious desire to hold on them. Here are the 5 foolproof steps I’ve found for how to get over someone you love:

Thanks a lot for your advice. I’m just wondering if you maybe make it sound too easy by saying “5 steps to getting an ex back”… in my experience it can take months of work and still you may not win them back. Anyway thanks for the interesting read… Good luck all!

If you’re not sure if you still rely on your ex as an attachment figure, try this exercise. Imagine that something really distressing happens to you – you’re upset and you don’t know what to do. Who do you want to turn to for support? Now, imagine that you just won the lottery. Who do you most want to celebrate with? Was your ex the first person who came to mind? Both times? If so, then your ex is definitely still your primary attachment figure. It will be difficult to get over him or her until that is no longer the case.

The truth is, your ex is most probably in a rebound relationship (Read: Is Your Ex In a Rebound Relationship? Find Out With These Telltale Signs). And almost all of the rebound relationships end sooner rather than later. It sucks, but rebound relationships are a way for many people to deal with breakups. Fortunately for you, it’s one of the most ineffective way to move on. So, just because they are in a rebound relationship doesn’t mean they will forget about you and move on. In fact, it just means the opposite. It means that they are having a hard time moving on and as long as they are in this rebound relationship, they are avoiding grief. And that means it will take them longer to get over you.

It was Alexander Graham Bell who once said, “When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”

I’ve been in this relationship on and off for 5 &1/2 years. I cheated when we first started dating when I was 15 years old and a bad bad person. I’ve changed so much but all he see is the person I use to be. He can’t forgive. I want to spend the rest of my life with him but he told me two days ago that he doesn’t want to ever be with me again but he wants to be “friends with benefits” which is not what I want. I would love to be only friends but I’m so in love with him it’s hard.

Alice, Your comment highlights a vital point. Upgrading skills only works if BOTH partners are willing to make skill upgrades. If only the partner of the abuser is making changes, the odds of success are close to zero. Worse, becoming more assertive with a violent partner can be downright dangerous.

Start hanging out with him a bit. Start making your relationship a bit more friendly. Move on from the casual hello to a short conversation, and then even stick around and chat with him for ten or even twenty minutes. Make sure you always say goodbye first, though, and don’t make him linger longer than he wants to. This will make him even more sad to see you go. Then, wait for him to ask you to grab a coffee, or be bold and ask him for a drink.

Ensure that the two of you are also in a similar page. You need to have similar expectations about the relationship and your future together. Before you officially become a couple once again, discuss your expectations honestly.

In order to move on, you have to be able to heal. While you might still be in love with your ex, you won’t be able to move on if you don’t heal properly. For some, healing means spending a week in bed crying; for others, it means burning everything he ever gave you. Whatever it means to you, you have to have time to heal. Even if you are still in love with him, it’s important to get all the hurt out of your system.

A cautionary tale exists in this plan. Neediness and using pity will only backfire in your face. Also, it is important to note that even when you have done everything you can, there are times when the relationship has just run its course.