We have come far and I never thought it would be possible to try and be friends again after a romantic history, but I also want to avoid making the same mistakes I did before. So let me start off by saying that your question doesn’t strikes me like a woman asking about a male friend. Moreover, if it really is a friendship, you’re basically saying that you are friends, he wants a clean slate and you want to talk about emotions and baggage. Guys don’t open up to you and trust you because you bust down their defenses and force them to talk about stuff. So to make the first major answer explicitly clear: do not talk to him about what you perceive to be his issues, emotional baggage, or your history. The other side of what I wanted to address (and I actually believe this is your biggest concern) is: How do I make sure my emotions don’t consume me? Essentially, you don’t want to develop feelings for him again and fall into a torturous unrequited love situation.
Again, my perception is that deep down inside, you want a second chance at love with this guy. I know some world-class baggage superstars that immediately get their stuff together when a girl appears that they want a relationship with. Instead, most women fixate on the hope that if he just didn’t have the emotional wound, everything would somehow work out. When you really let this sink in, you will realize that you never have to worry about being swept away by your emotions again. The only way you could possibly have a problem with getting carried away by emotions is if you build up a fantasy future. The people who ultimately end up in the happiest relationships are the ones that cut off the options that weren’t working to make room for the relationship that really did work in every way that was important to them. For your situation… if you want to have a friendship with this guy, you have to stop feeding the ideas that you have a relationship with him. Eric, I can relate to this because I was talking to a guy that I’ve known for a while noq. I’ve been having some relationship issues over the past few weeks, and this website has helped me tremendously. Do men get into an exclusive relationship with one girl while making new friends with females in hopes that one of those female friendships turns into something more? Prior to being in a LDR, we did everything together – we would see each other almost every day and talk all the time. I get messages all the time from women who are in dead-end relationships that just drag on and on because of one thing: convenient sex. Moreover, long distance relationships take significantly more effort to maintain than a regular relationship. Believe me, I know what it’s like to be worrying and wondering, “Is this really going to last?
My point in all of this is that there’s an empowering way to look at your long distance relationship, one that will set you up to win. If you want your long distance relationship to work, you’re going to need to shift your focus outward. In this scenario, you’re systematically poisoning your own mood and it will quickly begin poisoning your conversations, your trust in him, and your relationship as a whole. When you stop stressing out and obsessing about your own fears, worries, and nightmare-scenarios, something great happens: you give the relationship room to breathe. Usually it’s at this point where both of you start enjoying the relationship a lot more. One of the easiest traps to fall into with a long distance relationship is fearing you’ll lose him. That fear of loss grows into an obsession and, at that point, your once light and fun conversations take on the feel of an interrogation. This is exhausting for the person on the other end of the conversation and the strain will quickly take your relationship to a very bad place.
The antidote to this poisonous habit is counter-intuitive, but extremely effective:  You need to let go.
That might sound sad and tragic, but the reality is that it’s no different than if you lived in the same town.
Regardless of distance, once one person decides they no longer want to be in their current relationship, that’s the end.
So enjoy the present moments as they happen for exactly what they are, right then and there. If you really want your long distance relationship to work, you need to be growing your relationship, not growing your fears. I do believe our relationships are meant to help us grow and, in this sense, they are incredibly valuable. We talked about how important it is to let go of your fears and worries about your long distance relationship and letting go in order to give your relationship room to  breathe.
Now we need to talk about how to grow your long distance relationship in such a way that when you and he think about the relationship, you smile and say that you’re better people because of it.
A lot of people go into relationships focusing on what they will get from the relationship.
Serving your relationship is a different mindset than most people have, but it’s the only relationship style that actually leads to long term success and mutual satisfaction.
When your focus is on serving your relationship, you give yourself freely without needing to receive anything in return. Again, this is much more comfortable than the suffocating energy of giving in order to receive something in return, whether it’s a reaction, validation, or a sign of love.
Music, movies, TV shows, and Youtube videos can be a great way to bond and be together since they cause you and him to have a similar emotional experience at the same time. For example, you might share a Youtube video and watch it with him while you’re on a call. Sharing your favorite songs (many of which you can easily find on Youtube) is another great thing to do.
This is assuming that you and he have similar tastes and experience the world in similar ways.
In the longer term, if you have similar interests, you can pursue them and update each other on your progress. In that way, one of the greatest things we can strive for in a relationship is to be the person who is the safe-haven for our partner. If he feels like you are the light of his life and that you understand and encourage him in a way that nobody else does, he will let nothing stand between you and him.
Moreover, see him as the man he wants to be and don’t waiver from seeing him as that man. If you’ve agreed to being an exclusive relationship, then the issue of trust has probably come up already within your relationship.
The reality is whether you live together, one mile apart or 3000 miles apart, you have to trust them. When it comes to trust, this goes back to what I was saying before about letting go: you might as well assume that they are seeing someone else or even sleeping with someone else, and find out how to be OK with it and accept it.
I should just make clear that I’m not recommending long distance relationships as a relationship style. If you’re in a long distance relationship, it stands to reason that you both believe in your relationship so much that you can clearly picture a future together. For every moment you spend chasing a fantasy, you allow the real opportunities that are all around you to slip away. Assuming that you have a long distance relationship like this, then the only thing left to do is spend your time in the best way possible. I don’t regularly comment on articles, but after finding and trying out what this article suggests, I am inclined to comment.
He has to travel a lot for work, so has now been on a work project 10 hours away for the last 2.5 months. Since reading this article and putting it into practice, the balance has dramatically shifted.
I still love him just as much, but I just feel more empowered and in control of the situation. Hi, I wanna say something pathetic, about a few months ago I had something like a long-distance relationship with a guy I’d never met.
I have a concern about the sexual part you were talking, because I am not sexually active yet (I am 21 years old, he is 24 years old) and I have told him that and also told him that I need to feel secure and confortable with the guy in order do have sex. That is why I would like to know if I ask too much of him to not pressure me so much and to be more patient with me. I appreciate that I am commenting on a really old article, but I am hoping that you will still comment to this Eric….
Whilst I understand and agree with your points regarding fears, worries and issues, about enjoying our LDR for what it is, letting go and living the moments etc. In essence of your book, I do not wish to appear the needy partner by pushing to see where we are going with the relationship, but your advice within this article is to do exactly that…. It seems like a me most advice is for younger people ( I’m 45 and my guy is 51) or maybe I just know I should have figured this out by my age????. I’ve read other articles on LDRs out there and even bought a book, but none of them even compares to this one. TweetYou guys talk a lot about being the prize and while I agree with the idea, I find it really difficult when it comes to guys I really like. It is him knowing that you have options and if he stopped showing up in the relationship, you wouldn’t whine and beg… you’d find another option (which would be readily available) and move on to greener pastures.

You have value, he sees that and he knows that if he wants to keep you around, he needs to show up in the relationship and keep you happy. I’m trying to untangle your mind from the psychological spaghetti this culture has convinced you is real.
This is a ridiculous concept  to even consider because there’s no relationship to be gotten. At the same time… you know that if you stopped showing up or stopped doing work, you would be fired. Contrast that with a company that hires some guy who doesn’t take his job seriously… he shows up when he feels like it, doesn’t work very hard, and really just doesn’t care much. I guess he easily forgot me I mean he don’t care any more he is happy with his friends. Changing the way you do things is very, very easy once you see a better, more effective way to do things. In a relationship analogy, you simply recognize what you’re getting and expect nothing else from him. The difference between the workplace and a relationship is that we have a set of rules to measure whether is worker is qualified and has been doing his job well. Why is it that it’s very easy to identify a bad friend (that you would do well to cut out of your life immediately)? We kissed 3 years ago only once but really long before he left to another country for work. The most telling thing in all this is that you were OK before you met him… you were fine! I know some of your relationship stories should be told the way it feels and sometimes those feelings aren't too good, so trust me I know.
Decades later, the Internet is still a controversial subject, but one that has brought us closer as well. For many people, online dating has been the much-needed help for meeting someone; today there are many happy couples that have met on the Internet, subsequently got married and made a family.
You have to remember that what goes on in the virtual world can have consequences in the real world, so you must establish rules for every online relationship you have. You can even ask a friend to accompany you so you won’t be alone, or let someone know where you went and who you are meeting.
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We started off as friends, had a bit of a romance, then broke up and we are now starting to be friends again. He is very guarded and emotionally unavailable and has past issues that he doesn’t want to confront. A lot of distractions are removed, as well as a lot of luxuries, which can make a relationship easier. And if the relationship is exclusive, you never have to wonder if he’s just with you for the sex.
If it’s meant to be, the distance will make your relationship much stronger, much deeper, and much more fulfilling.
And you can’t afford second-rate relationship habits in a long distance relationship.
He will make it a point to make you feel loved and will go out of his way to do things that will keep you coming back to him… you just need to actually lighten his load and make him feel better about life, not worse. Pay attention to what this is for your man and silently find ways to bring this energy into your conversations. If I’m accidentally already being worrisome about everything and second guessing things because of my own thoughts, not his actions, how can I fix things with him? I have been feeling like he is pulling away because he is always busy or distracted and our future plans kept getting pushed aside. I really enjoyed your article because since January this year I have been talking daily with a guy in England, we really connected mentally and emotionally and this month we agreed that we wanted a stable relationship with each other, we are exclusive.
The problem is that he is making a lot of allusions, that he would like to cuddle, that he would like to kiss my neck etc. Now that I think about it, you are absolutely right, if he cares about me, he should respect my decisions.
We both have work and family commitments which complicate our diaries, having yet to take the plunge to merge households to any degree (although we have both raised the prospect of doing so at various times). I have had doubts over compatibility and at several junctures trust, which were further impacted by a rumour of him cheating which he totally refuted.
The kids don’t have to know you are dating, he has plenty of other friends on his FB so why can’t you be one? We met Friday, he spent the weekend with me and my girlfriends and then we spent the rest of the next week together.
Beforehand we had lived 10 minutes away from each other and tried to see each other every single day. Actually is the first time I found myself reading articles, trying to understand\deal with a relationship.
I’m not much into rules and seriously hate any type of action that is not authentically me. It isn’t about stringing along a guy and making him feel like he doesn’t quite have you or that you need to constantly dangle a carrot. The culture we live in has you convinced that if you just do certain tricks or mind games then you get a relationship… as if the relationship was a possession to be acquired. But instead of firing the guy, the company covers for his weaknesses, ignores or forgives his absences, and tries to “make it work” with him.
I don’t know it was so much in our relationship to remember but nothing affected him and I badly need him back in my life I really loved him .
Though I think the problem the company could have with an employee is when he does not perform all his tasks well, like comes late, not too friendly with the colleagues, etc but is excelent at some particularly important task (very good at sales, uniq business ideas, fast porgrammer, etc).
Whenever I spend time with him, I feel my positive energy being sucked up by him and myself dragged to this negative world. When my guy asked me out for the first time, he actually said he wanted to “put in his resume” with me before someone else beat him to it! We never stopped contacting each other.I never dated any other guys because I felt there is something really important between him and me.
I’m pretty sure the feeling of being busy and occupied with other aspects of your life will keep the neediness and obsession at bay, but won’t it also prevent the woman from giving the guy a green light? Isn’t it ridiculous?, claiming the problem all by their selves thinking that their being macho! Your advice truly rocks, thanks for helping me to stop over analysing everything relationship wise, and chill out. While some people advocate that it makes us friendlier and helps us make more friends easier, others claim that it alienates true human relationships and endangers true communication between us.
But not everyone is that lucky with online relationships, and there have been shocking cases as well, with young girls being tricked by older men into believing they were the same age. That being said, you have to try to keep a distance when you’ve just met someone, and not to give out any important personal information like address, telephone number, social security number and so on. If they refuse, then they have something to hide, or they have been lying about who they are; having friends from other countries and cultures can really expand our horizons and way of thinking, but you have to make sure that you can trust the other person. If you are a minor, talking with strangers can be even more dangerous, so you need to make sure you are discussing with someone your own age.
I will admit to falling into this trap myself once, or twice…the last time burning me very, very badly, but I learned, double-quick. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except as expressly permitted in writing by A New Mode, Inc. Were still together an text everyday and he still tells me he loves me and all that everyday but I can’t help but think that way. I have spent more time on my own interests and only have conversations with him at MY convenience.
And whilst I believe my outlook is already in serving the relationship and I am supportive in the ways you mention without needing for that in return, this attitude seems a little one-sided in that reproach.
You discuss expectation and letting go of any, but then you end the article with the contradiction to make a LDR local as soon as possible. After catching up he asked whether I wanted to meet tomorrow (which is today) I told him that I was busy which I am not I was just mad that he didn’t tell me that he was back.
You know it’s great – it pays well, you enjoy the work, you enjoy the people you work with. Maybe going through the process of interviewing new candidates and training someone new seems too daunting. It is a sad truth but it is a truth and that is that a women’s marketability gets less as she gets older. How about one partner is very sensitive, as if the company picks on little things or the administration isn’t so great?
I have had it done to me plenty of times and in most of those cases, when I reciprocate the attention, the guy starts cooling off. If you live a full, happy life, it will be a pleasure to bring that happiness to others, period. Wallpaper images in the Disney Princess club tagged: belle beauty and the beast megara hercules disney disney princess.

However it may work for each individual, the Internet is here to stay, and it has already shaped the years that have passed. It is true that the anonymity of the Internet could cause people to be more truthful about themselves, or to tell more, but the same anonymity makes others create new personalities for themselves, or lying simply to get something out of credulous people.
It is more difficult to lie to someone’s face, so an online webcam chat can really give you important pointers about who the other person is.
All in all, online relationships have advantages and disadvantages, and they can be as risky as real life interactions.
How can I make him understand that even though we are starting fresh, we still have a past and some things could come back to us in the future unless we solve them now? It means that, when all is said and done, he’s not interested in having a relationship with you.
I took the advice from another article on here and left him alone and gave him his space to think. It triggers his imagination and has him thinking of you and what it would be like to have you there. Instead of focusing on all the things we love about them, we try to change them or make them into someone else.
He was in my area at the time and then had to go back home shortly after we started talking.
I do understand that he wants affection, but I feel a little pressured, because maybe he will want in those moments to have sex with me and be upset if I won’t want to.
And from our shaky beginning, I now feel as though I am doing all the work while he allows me to do so.
When we first started seeing each other my partner would suggest ways to integrate our lives further, but since the issues I have raised in the relationship, these are no longer mentioned by him. We see eat other once a month for a weekend but I feel because we’ve already discussed and talked about what we both want and moving in together and our future together it is no longer brought up in conversation. Just too much crap and almost nothing helpful at all… Not to mention anything nearly as insightful and in-depth as yours.
Still, for some reason it made all the difference in the world seeing it here in black and white, and in someone else’s words. I fell for his free-spirited ways, and even if I were able to change him, this would be a disservice to both of us. The part of your article about making my man feel like the best version of himself really resonated with me.
A few minutes later I told him we could meet maybe in the evening and after that he hasn’t responded. After it became a LDR, I began to see all the flaws and unhealthy aspects of our relationship. Now he has said we are exclusive and he’s not interested in dating anyone else, but that is all he can commit to right now.
That is when company wants to keep an employee cause it obviously benefits from his strong abilities but fails to make him perform in other areas.
A man at work and I (yes I know the risks there) and I have had a mutual crush (I’m just really seeing how mutual it is) for a few years now. Maybe I could also add that if the focus is on being a blessing to others, you enjoy what you have and no longer worry about what you don’t!!!
The hard part was opening myself up and getting back into it, I did and put myself in a dumb position, wanting, needing, blah blah blah. In this article we are going to talk about online relationships and how to approach them; in this day and age it is impossible to avoid meeting new people online on blogs, forums, social networks or dating websites.
It is important to trust your instincts with an online relationship, especially if you are looking for someone special. And if you also want to meet, do it only after several months of discussions, and only in a public space. And how can I maintain my confidence and self-respect now and not get emotionally swept away again, like I did before?
The problem I see the women posting on this site having is they won’t get clear on what they want, address the issues they have that are keeping them from getting it (usually self-esteem and self-confidence at the root), and then stand up for it calmly and directly. So I find myself bringing up certain things just to see if he is still excited about the future US or looking forward to it. We have since met in person, and spent several weeks together over the course of a few months, but when I met him he was travelling (he worked while on the road), and he still is. He always had to go to other countries to study first to do a PHD scholarship, than to work, so we’ve always been geographically far away, but always with a connection and sharing, even when in this meanwhile I had other stories just like he had, and that never was a problem. So lets take the work analogy, if you have a great job but you find out the company is moving to another country or downsizing and your future with them is compromised, and not from your doing, I would think you would look for another job even though at the moment everything is great. And although you may have the best of intentions, you never know about the person sitting behind that other screen, which is why precaution must be applied. After giving him my number he explained to me that he always felt like I genuinely cared for him. Last night we finally talked and he completely opened up to me and said it wasn’t me at all. I never realized this until I spent time away from him, because the past 4 years have been spent completely with him.
Now we’re back together (as official couple), tired of being apart, but, still a LDR. He has a lot of women interested in him so why does he still have an interest in me after all this time when he’s had to do most of the work and I’ve been so bloody hopeless showing my interest? And I start to avoid spending time with him, even though he’s dedicated, respectful, knowledgable and has lots of qualities I admire. There is a beautiful young blonde girl, she’s really nice I like her so this is not a catty statement at all. He said something that caught my attention because in that moment what he said really made me feel like he was interested. I’m blown away at the high number of forum posts that involve women being total doormats. He is an introvert and doesn’t give out compliments, but we talk or text every few days or so and see each other at least once a week. To some extent it is ok but as Eric has stated if done to the extreme you will never be happy.
If he doesn’t enjoy the challenge then is it because he sees me as high value (I guess I’m pretty attractive and receive a lot of male attention but am friendly rather than flirty)? But there are two guys (who happen to be good friends) who have been hanging on this girl (chasing after her) for MONTHS. He said when he would walk pass me in church he would look at me and turn away hoping I would catch him or notice him looking but I never gave a clue as to if I was.
So now his issue is dealing with that betrayal and the doubts caused by that, but he’s torn because he cares about me. I’m just sad that I spent 4 years thinking I was happy and in love but realizing he never really loved me after all. One of them keeps buying her chocolate which she just gives away to her coworkers because she doesn’t want it. I wish I would’ve listened to my gut sooner and enjoyed life as a young adult instead of sticking with a negative man who only put me down. I’m a girl so of course I want more (him to tell people about me, introduce me to his friends), but should I expect more? I can’t find anything that says I should leave, but some friends say why should I be second best.
If she was interested in either of these guys she’d be dating one of them by now, it would not take months for her to figure out who she likes.
Tell your story here -- Did your last relationship end badly? Do you have some great Teen dating tips? It has become a full blown challenge for both of them and if they thought it was a huge daunting waste of their time, they would have thrown in the towel after a couple weeks not keep trying for several months. He talks about being excited to see me and be down here but how do I know what it the right thing to do?
I almost feel guilty paying more attention to myself and less to him in fear he may feel doubt about me or that I may be playing mind games which I wouldn’t be.
We have plans for the future but I feel I’m the one getting the short end of the stick because I give him all he needs and wants while we are apart. I’ve lost weight and for the first time in years feel pretty confident about my appearance and myself. I said yes I heard you and I do care a lot because I didn’t want to appear as neeedy.
I finally was able to open up and tell him… he asked me how did I know for sure I told him that there is this knowing that i never knew existed and that I never felt before. I told him that I don’t just care for his physical state I also care for his spirit and after that I feel like I was being tested. And its coming from a man … this is exactly what I was looking for and it is exactly what I needed. Is it OK to walk away from this?Because now I have a full understanding but I don’t know if he really needs me as a friend.

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