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How To Get Your Ex Back And Actually Keep Them

By Max Jancar | Published: February 9, 2023 | 42 Minute Read | Ex-Back

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So this is probably, like, the 37th article you’ve read on this topic. And you’re likely pretty sick and tired of trying to figure out how to get your ex back already.

I get it.

A lot of advice out there claims that you can re-attract an ex by simply waiting a few days, playing hard to get for a while, sending a couple of scripted texts, faking a bit of confidence and indifference, maybe making an attempt to get them jealous, and BAM! Your ex is back in your arms, loving and lusting all over you.

These are what I call performance behaviors, essentially a collection of tricks, tactics, techniques, and fakery. And while they sometimes help re-attract your ex, they simultaneously prevent you from ever forming a healthy and lasting relationship with them.

After all, they’re based on manipulation and self-objectification. On the one hand, you’re projecting this false representation of yourself to your ex. On the other, you’re treating yourself as nothing but a robot putting in the correct inputs and shitting out the correct outputs.

But above all, the more you focus on performance, the likelier it is you’ll forget about the things that actually matter when getting back with an ex: addressing and resolving the incompatibilities and emotional baggage that ended your relationship originally. It’s due to the negligence of these components that most people never mend their relationship.

So rather than agonizing over performance and overlooking the required internal work, my approach to re-attraction is through self-improvement. Because it’s not about what you say or do; it’s about who you become that gets your ex back — what you stand for, represent, and embody. Your words and actions should only be an extension of who you become. In and of themselves, they mean nothing.

Think about it this way. If you’re a lazy, whiny, socially awkward, out-of-shape slob with low self-esteem, you won’t get far with your ex — even if you apply all the best performance behaviors. Whereas if you’re responsible, confident, in-shape, ambitious, and happy, you’ll get much farther than the slob — even if you apply no performance behaviors.

In other words, it’s not about acting attractive that gets your ex back; it’s about actually becoming attractive that gets them back.

Now becoming attractive may sound vague and abstract, but while emotionally difficult, it’s actually quite simple. And it all boils down to embodying six key principles — principles I’ll explain below.

Principle #1: Tell Your Ex That You Want Them Back

Whether it’s through a call, text, letter, social media, or in-person… Whether it’s been one week since your breakup or ten years… Whether your ex told you they never want to see you again, left in stark indifference, or with tears in their eyes… Whether they dumped you or you dumped them…

… If you want your ex back but haven’t yet made it clear, just tell them you want them back.

Don’t beat around the bush. Don’t make it a big deal. Don’t lose your center, become spineless, or act overly confident and become an overcompensating dipshit.

Just be authentic and bold and say what’s in your heart without expecting any specific answer in return and without recoiling and retaliating if met with either a deafening silence or a sharp rejection.

Here’s something you could say to your ex if they dumped you:

Hey there, XYZ. This is kind of random… Forgive me for being honest, but I must get this off my chest. I love you, miss you, and truly want to make things work between us. If you’re ever feeling the same way, let me know, and we can try again. My door is open for you. In any case, thanks for everything.

And here’s something you could say if you dumped your ex but now regret the decision:

Hey there, XYZ. I’ve been thinking, and honestly, I’m sorry for dumping you. It wasn’t right of me. I made a mistake. If you’re still interested in making things work between us, let me know. I want you back, and I love you. My door is open for you. Thanks for everything.

Whether you frame these expressions of interest as questions or statements doesn’t matter. As long as you’re direct, honest, and certain when you express them, you’re doing it right.

If your ex is receptive and enthusiastic after you express your interest, invite them on a date (and jump to principle #5). Whereas if after expressing your interest, your ex is unreceptive and cold, mean and vicious, or they blocked, ghosted/ignored, or rejected you — be it indirectly (via excuses) or directly (“I don’t want you back”) — end the conversation and move on. Then only give them another shot if they reach out first. If that happens, go to principle #5.

Additional Advice For When You Tell Your Ex You Want Them Back

Know when to apologize to your ex. If you cheated, lied, or did something devious to your ex, add a genuine apology to your statement of interest. Acknowledge how you’ve hurt them and what you’ve learned from the incident. Then promise not to repeat your mistake(s) and keep that promise. Don’t be dramatic when apologizing, and do it only once.

Don’t settle for friendship. If your ex insists on being friends after you express your interest, communicate you only want to see them romantically. If they’re unwilling to continue seeing you this way, tell them to get in touch if they ever change their mind. Then let them go forever and never contact them again for any reason. It’s either romance or nothing.

Don’t try to make your ex feel better about the breakup. Their emotions are not your responsibility. You shouldn’t comfort or help them cope if they’re struggling. You’re not their therapist. Besides, you’d likely just make them feel worse.

Don’t beg or plead with your ex to give you another chance. You can’t force your ex to love you. You can’t force them to go out with you. You can’t force them to pay attention to you. No amount of begging or pleading will change their mind about these things. They will only resent you more for it.

Don’t chase and pursue your ex. Same deal as above. Four texts in a row won’t get your ex back any faster, nor will ten calls in a day. Since you’re reading this article, your ex probably isn’t ready to take you back yet. Therefore, how will nagging them change your situation. Spoiler alert: it won’t. It’ll only annoy them further.

Don’t be mean to your ex if they don’t want you back. No passive aggressiveness, no snarkiness, no talking behind their back, no spreading false rumors, no public comparisons with your other exes — be respectful and handle rejection like a grown ass adult.

Principle #2: Move On With Your Life (Apply The No Contact Rule)

Moving on with your life — or, as many call it, applying the no contact rule — is arguably the hardest part of re-attraction. Mainly because of the debilitating insecurity it ignites in most people. Yet it’s also the most attractive thing one can do after telling their ex they want them back and being met with an unreciprocated response, no response, or rejection.

The theory goes that once you move on, your ex will eventually wonder why they haven’t heard from you yet. After all, they probably expect you to cave and chase after them since they have all the power. Once curiosity like this enters the picture, there’s a good chance they’ll start to miss you.

And if they do start to miss you — thanks to the fading affect bias and the rose-colored glasses phenomenon — they’ll gradually shift their focus from the negative aspects of your relationship to the positive, making them more receptive to reaching out and easier to get back together with. (1) (2)

So in a way, moving on rebalances the entire relational dynamic in your favor. Even better, it enables you to heal faster and buys you plenty of time to reflect on why your relationship failed and what you’d need to change or improve to make it succeed the next time.

Now moving on with your life means exactly what you think it does: you let your ex go and never contact them again for any reason. Or, to be more specific, as I wrote in my no contact article, from now on you stick to the following.

If you live with your ex, move out or move them out. If that’s impossible, only talk to them if it’s important. Keep your conversations business-like, to the point, and end them as soon as you make a mutually beneficial agreement or decision. Take the same approach if you share kids, pets, or you work together.

When it comes to mutual friends, either cut them loose or distance yourself from them. But don’t just disappear or distance yourself abruptly. Explain how you want to heal and how staying in touch prevents you from doing so first. There’s no shame in pain, so just admit you’re hurting. That said, keep in mind that you don’t necessarily owe anyone an explanation or justification for your actions.

Generally, the more physical and emotional distance you put between your ex and yourself, the more likely it is that you’ll raise their attraction, get them to miss you, and reach out. Whereas, the less distance there is between you, the less likely it is that you’ll raise their attraction, get them to miss you, and reach out.

Put another way: the best way to get somebody’s attention is to remove yours.

Additional Advice For When You Move On/Apply The No Contact Rule

Don’t ignore your ex. Provided they don’t have ill intent, always answer their texts and calls. Be human. Just don’t forget that your goal during every interaction is setting a definite date (principle #5).

Don’t freak out and reach out to your ex if they start dating or get into another relationship. This is bound to happen sooner or later and you can’t do anything about it. So focus on what you can control instead — personal growth and recovery are your best bets. Also, talking of relationships, maybe you’re lucky and your ex gets into a rebound relationship, in which case it’ll end in a few weeks, as most don’t last.

Don’t invent fake reasons to contact your ex. For example, “I just saw this movie, and it reminded me of you,” or “How’s your dog doing? I’m worried about him.” We both know the real intentions behind these statements. It’s not about the movie or the damn dog. It’s about you getting clarity on the chances of getting back together. Be warned: your ex instantly senses needy intentions like these, and they will lose attraction due to them.

Don’t jump to stupid conclusions as soon as your ex gives a hint of interest. For instance, when your ex likes your new profile picture, don’t suddenly think, “OMG! They still love me! I better call them and say hi.” The whole thing could very well mean absolutely nothing. Have enough self-respect to give your ex another chance only when they contact you directly.

Manage rumination well. Whenever you find yourself obsessing over your ex, cyber-stalking them, or overthinking and overanalyzing what they’ve said or done, gently remind yourself to focus on some other, more productive thought. Then quickly turn to a healthy distraction like exercise, reading, singing, cooking, or playing with pets or children. Bonus points if your distraction involves moving your body!

Know that any X-day no contact rule is bullshit. I already explained the strange popularity, ineffectiveness, and lies behind the X-day no contact rule in this article, this one, and this one. But to give a recap: it’s a marketing ploy. People don’t want to hear how their ex should show willingness to rekindle things by reaching out first before they consider giving them another shot. No, they want to hear what feels good! Wait 30 days or so and reach out. And since this feel-good bullshit that objectively doesn’t work and only makes you come across as a desperate idiot sells more ex-back products than the painful truth, most experts working in this slimy industry swear by it.

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Principle #3: Invest In Your Relationship With Yourself

Below are some self-investment guidelines if you don’t know where to start.

1. Get quality sleep. Get at least 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night and stick to a consistent schedule. Sleep in a pitch-black room, at an ambient temperature of 65–70 degrees Fahrenheit (about 18-21 degrees Celsius). Avoid screens at least 1 to 2 hours before bedtime. Use natural sleep aids like melatonin pills, magnesium tablets, chamomile tea, or a white noise machine. Limit napping, especially in the late afternoon or evening. Avoid stimulants, stodgy food, and alcohol 3-4 hours before bedtime. For more tips like this, read: 7 Solutions For When You Can’t Sleep After A Breakup.

2. Have a healthy diet. This boils down to eating mostly unprocessed, natural, fresh foods that humans are biologically designed to eat. Foods like meats, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and fats. Avoid everything else — or at least limit it.

3. Go heavy on exercise. It eases anxiety and depression, improves focus and mood, helps you sleep, causes you to lose weight, guarantees you live longer, and makes you more attractive. So whether your goal is to lose weight, get in shape, or simply reap the various health benefits of exercise, make it a permanent day-to-day habit.

4. Keep your hygiene in check. In short, be clean and presentable. A breakup is no excuse for being a slob. Remember: conspicuous precision in hygiene is a key signal of conscientiousness, which is sexy as hell.

5. Take care of your well-being. If you’re overworked, take some time off. If you still live with your parents, but are of the ripe age and have the means for it, move out. If you don’t have any responsibilities like studies, work, or child-rearing, go and get some. For more information, read: A No Bullshit Guide To Self-Care After A Breakup.

6. Calm down. Because if you give into panic, you’ll increase the odds of sabotaging re-attraction by saying or doing something stupid. Some effective ways for calming down include journaling, meditation, gratitude practices, yoga, and therapy.

7. Don’t avoid your emotions. It’s impossible. Besides, having them is normal — so that’s not the problem. The problem is the behavior that your emotions elicit. For instance, instead of trying to stop being excited when your ex reaches out, try to stop displaying needy behavior due to excitement. Or instead of trying to suppress your anger because your ex didn’t show up for your date, suppress the violent behaviors that you want to carry out.

8. Find something more important than your ex. Something that gives you direction and purpose despite your breakup. This can be many things: fighting for a cause you believe in, being part of a movement, nurturing another relationship, excelling in your career, engaging some passion, mastering a particular skill, developing some healthy habit, and so forth.

9. Leverage your support system. Meaning, find empathic and caring people you trust and feel safe to open up to who are willing to listen to your problems and provide heartfelt advice and support. These can be friends, family, peers, or professionals. Once you have a support system in place, lean on it — ask for support, a listening ear, or advice. For more information, read: Never Suffer Alone.

10. Start dating as soon as reasonable. This is another great way to become more attractive in your ex’s eyes. Just don’t start dating right away. Wait until the idea begins to feel fun and exciting. The last thing you want is to date only to suppress your pain, feel loved again, or prove something to yourself or your ex. That’s a way one ticket to perpetual misery.

11. Develop character. That is, a set of interesting hobbies, passions, opinions, and desires that make you stand out when compared to other potential mates your ex has available. Why is this important? Because it’s standing out that demonstrates investment into yourself. And it’s this investment that fundamentally makes you attractive. For a full guide on character development, read: 6 Ways To Develop Character And Become More Attractive.

12. Raise your self-worth and lower your neediness. Here are some rapid-fire tips for pulling this off. Erect and assert healthy boundaries. Avoid unattractive behaviors like covert contracts, chasing/pursuing, begging and pleading, acting indifferent, looking for approval, seeking validation, and so on. Close your potential inferiority gap and overcome any limiting beliefs around inferiority. Cultivate proper vulnerability. And, of course, apply the other guidelines explained in this section.

Additional Advice For Improving Yourself Post-Breakup

Invest in yourself regardless of where in the re-attraction process you reside. So even if your ex is receptive after stating your interest (principle #1) or if they reach out during no contact, in both cases triggering the green light for a date invite (principle #5), do not neglect this principle.

Adopt an empowering mindset around getting your ex back. For example, “I’m very proud of how I’m handling the breakup. And I actually wish nothing but the best for my ex, even if they find someone else. I know I would be totally fine if we didn’t get back together. Still, I do believe we could do something amazing together.”

Avoid any disempowering mindsets around getting your ex back. For instance, “I have always been willing to do anything for my ex. I just feel so desperate. They are the one I want. I need to do anything and everything I can to get them back, no matter how long it takes. All I can think about is them. When should I reach out for another chance?”

Be careful around hope in getting back with an ex. Lost of people want to eliminate it, but that’s psychologically impossible. So here’s a better alternative: keep your hope, just release any expectations tied around reconciliation. Try this little experiment and see what I mean: whenever you find yourself talking to yourself about how you expect re-attraction to go a certain, positive way, try rephrasing that self-talk to begin with I hope. For example, “I’ll get my ex back, I just need more time. → I hope I get my ex back. Maybe I just need more time.”

Do self-improvement for the right reasons. As paradoxic as it sounds, if you improve yourself solely to impress your ex or because you want to prove yourself to them, they’ll only perceive you as less attractive, at least over time. Whereas if you improve yourself for yourself — because you actually want to get better — then they’ll probably perceive you as more attractive.

Principle #4: Ponder If Getting Back With Your Ex Is Even A Good Idea

Most people shouldn’t try to get back with their ex. That’s because an average person rarely ever mends things and usually only prolongs their healing through trying.

The only people qualified for the feat are those unattached to the outcome, content and happy with themselves, and who know that if they do get back with their ex, they could form a healthy relationship with them.

To determine whether or not you’re one of these lucky people, answer this for a start: why do you want your ex back? Take a few minutes and ponder on the question. Then reflect on the following.

Do you want them back because you’re afraid of being single? Because you’re miserable and lonely without them? Because can’t imagine having a happy life without them? Because you think you’ll never find anyone better? Or because you believe you’re not good, worthy, or skilled enough to find someone better?

If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, you shouldn’t try to get back with your ex. You’re clearly not in the right headspace and will fail. Thus, I would focus on breakup recovery instead.

However, if you answered “No” to all the questions above, and you’re certain that despite missing your ex, you’re happy with yourself and unattached to whether or not you get them back, continue answering three additional qualifying questions.

Now for the verdict. If you answered “Yes” to the questions above, you are qualified to pursue reconciliation — congrats. But if you answered any of them with a “No,” consider moving on. Because you probably won’t be mending any relationship.

Additional Advice For Those Unsure If They’re Qualified To Get Back With Their Ex

Here’s a nice little mental model to adopt. It’s called The Law Of Fuck Yes Or No. The idea is that if something isn’t a 100% FUCK yes, it’s a 100% FUCK no.

Don’t know if your ex is compatible = a fuck no for getting back together. Unsure if they’re healthy and mature = a fuck no for giving them another shot. No idea why you broke up = a fuck no for mending things.

Note, however, that Fuck Yes or No will apply differently depending on where you are with your ex. For example, if you’re sure they’re incompatible or toxic, you may only be a “Fuck Yes” for fucking their brains out once or twice. Nothing wrong with that. Or you could be a “Fuck Yes” for giving them just one more chance and meeting up, despite the awkward date from last time.

If you think about it, Fuck Yes Or No is a byproduct of everything we have covered until now. If your ex is into you, puts in the effort, and vice versa — it’s a “Yes” for mending your relationship. But if they’re in any capacity unable, unwilling, or unenthusiastic to help you do it, and if you’re in any capacity unable, unwilling, or unenthusiastic to help them do it, it’s a “No” for mending it.

Why? Because attractive, non-needy, high self-worth people don’t have time for exes who they are not able, willing, and excited to be with and who are not able, willing, and excited to be with them.

Ultimately, your willingness to assert and follow this mental model not only reflects your current level of self-respect and esteem but also bolsters self-respect and esteem. And that’s as sexy as it is useful and needed in re-attraction and relationships at large.

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Principle #5: Set A Date If Your Ex Reaches Out Or Is Receptive After You Stated Your Interest

Suppose your ex reaches out during no contact and they’re not interested in discussing logistics like children, pets, living arrangements, work, or shared possessions but are curious about you as a person. That’s a clear sign of interest. It’s also your potential shot at mending things. Leverage it by setting a definite date with your ex.

Do the same thing if your ex is receptive after expressing your desire to mend things. This means they’re willing and able to start seeing you again romantically and reciprocate your advances (principle #1). Same story if you’ve already had a date with your ex, and they just reached out again, indicating they want to spend even more time with you.

At any of those points, setting a definite date is critical. Here’s how to go about it. Start by engaging in a short conversation. A 3-5 text message exchange or a 5-minute call, for instance. Then, preferably somewhere at the start of this conversation, say something like, “It was nice hearing from you, but I’ve gotta run. Tell you what, why don’t we meet up? I’d love to see you. What time are you free next week?”

After inviting your ex out, you’ll get one of three responses.

1. Your ex commits to the date. In other words, they’re enthusiastic about seeing you and give you the times they’re free. If this happens, agree on a time that suits you both, and be sure to pick an exact location for your date.

2. Your ex doesn’t commit to the date. If this happens, withdraw the date invite, end the conversation, and go back to no contact. If they reach out again in the future, invite them out one more time. But if you get turned down even then, stop inviting them altogether. From there on out, your ex will either bring up the topic of a date themselves, in which case, set it. Or they’ll stop contacting you, in which case, forget about them.

3. Your ex gives a non-committal, wishy-washy answer. Like how they have to check their schedule, how they don’t know if they’ll make it, how they may be late, how they’ll call you back, how they have some errands to take care of, and so on. As a rule of thumb, treat this “Maybe” response similarly to a rejection.

To provide some additional clarifications here:

Generally, the more resistance you encounter when setting a date with your ex, the higher the likelihood they’ll turn you down, cancel, be a no-show, or ignore/ghost you at some point.

Additional Advice For Dating Your Ex

Don’t sweat about calling your date a date. It doesn’t matter. If your ex still likes you, they’ll go out with you regardless of how you frame and present the whole thing.

Preparing dates. Have them on multiple locations (at least 3) and in the evening. Consider going somewhere you haven’t been before, and be prepared for the worst. Always have a backup plan for your date in cases of, say, rain or snowfall. Don’t tell your ex where you’ll be going — let it be a surprise often. Depending on how sexual you are, invite your ex home at the end of your date where things can escalate towards sex. That, or ask them to continue catching up at their place.

Approaching dates. Don’t take your ex on expensive dates. Don’t do lunch or mid-day coffee dates. Don’t bring gifts. Only give compliments when your ex earned them, and don’t expect anything back in return. Don’t complain, mope, and whine on your date. Don’t worry about labels (ex-girlfriend, ex-husband, playmate, dating, meeting up, hanging out, etc.). Focus on having fun and hooking up.

Dating locations. A few decent ones: park, bowling alley, dive bar, comedy club, arcade, nightlife restaurant, road trip, museum, art gallery, zoo, carnival or amusement park, café/coffee shop, aquarium, library.

Using the phone. Calls and texting rob you of conversation topics you could have on your date, facilitate awkward interaction, make bonding impossible, and sabotage re-attraction. And texting specifically complicates things because jokes, wit, or sarcasm don’t translate well over it. Therefore, a) avoid mindless chit-chat over the phone, and b) use it strictly for setting dates and arranging other logistical hurdles.

Conversations. Ask more questions and talk less about yourself. But don’t make your date seem like a job interview. Always weave banter, humor, and observant remarks into your conversations. And don’t be afraid to elicit certain topics you’d ask questions about by sharing them yourself.

Connecting. Learn skills for building an emotional connection with your ex. Some suggestions: flirting and teasing, relating, storytelling, sexual compliments, having attractive body language, etc (Shameless plug: I teach all these skills and more in my Radical Re-Attraction Course — my flahship course on getting back with an ex).

Dealing with tests. A test is when your ex does or says something derogatory, shocking, or offensive to gauge your confidence and self-respect and see how you’ll react. The way you pass a test is to simply show that you’re unaffected by it. For more information, read: 6 Signs Your Ex Is Testing You And How To Handle It.

Handling pull aways. This is when your ex suddenly goes from being hot to cold — from affectionate to stand-offish and distant. If this happens to you, consider it a plea for space and back off. Or, one for being more assertive with your boundaries. For more information, read: The Guide To Setting Healthy Boundaries With Your Ex.

Overcoming mixed signals. This is when your ex, for instance, says they love and miss you one day, but ghost and ignore you the next day. Similarly to my above point, the solution here is to simply give your ex more space. For more information, read: 5 Reasons Your Ex Is Hot And Cold And How To Deal With It.

Gauging interest. Always look at what your ex does and not what they say or mean. Your ex could keep telling you how much they love or miss you while simultaneously keep rejecting you whenever you invite them out. If you observe their behavior in this case, you can quickly see that they don’t really love or miss you. They are simply letting you down gently. For more information, read: Look At What Your Ex Does (Not What They Say Or Mean).

Breaking things off. If you and your ex haven’t yet kissed by the end of your second date, and/or if you haven’t yet had sex by the end of the fourth one, consider moving on for good. The reason I suggest this approach is because it’s wise to adopt a mechanism that shields you from becoming your ex’s doormat and losing months of your life to the pursuit of futile reconciliation. For more information, read: Why I Encourage Getting Sexual With An Ex Quickly.

Principle #6: Get Back Together With Your Ex (And Stay Together)

Once you’ve gone on a couple of dates with your ex and can sense things are getting more serious — more sex, intimacy, personal conversations, and verbal exchanges of love — then comes the most critical part of getting back together with an ex: re-commitment.

Most people worry about this transition way too much in my opinion. And many experts try to be too clever and anal about it, when the whole thing is actually pretty simple. Here’s how I approach it.

If your ex brings up the topic of getting back together, have the talk, and come to a mutually beneficial decision. And if they haven’t brought it up yet but you can sense you’re already acting like a couple (i.e., you’re spending a lot of time together, kissing, making out, having sex, etc.) bring up the topic yourself. Then let your ex respond.

Maybe they’ll try again, or maybe they won’t. If they don’t, respect their decision. How you move forward from there really comes down to your values and boundaries.

If casually dating your ex is something that’s okay with you, keep doing it. But if it’s not, clearly communicate that and part ways. And if you’re feeling really ballsy, consider options like an open relationship or a friends-with-benefits-relationship. As long as you’re congruent with what you want, you’ll be fine, emotionally speaking.

Now, if you got back together with your ex, things can work out. But that’s only if both of you changed.

For relationships don’t end because two people did something wrong to each other. Relationships end because two people are something wrong for each other.

And when I say you and your ex must’ve changed, I’m referring to a couple of things: you must learn from the breakup, acknowledge your mistakes, alter the behaviors that made you fall apart, partly redefine your values, accept each other’s flaws, and, most importantly, repair what I call the fundamental components of any healthy relationship: mutual trust, respect, and affection.

To rebuild these components, time and consistent proof of growth and change from both sides are key. People fall out of love slowly over time, impairing mutual trust, respect, and affection. In the same way, they also fall back in love slowly over time, rebuilding that mutual trust, respect and affection.

Problems in rebuilding any of these components could mean that you or your ex have an insecure attachment style, or it could mean that your relationship is flawed in some other fundamental way. If that’s the case, fix the underlying issues before re-committing.

Additional Advice On Lasting Re-Commitment With An Ex

Know that you can work on yourself while you’re dating your ex and still get back together. Sometimes you may start getting serious with them before you have a chance to adequately improve. That is, before you overcome major insecurities, deal with certain anxieties, or alter/accept particular incompatibilities. All of this is normal, and it doesn’t mean your relationship is doomed.

Don’t give your ex ultimatums. That is, demands for a behavioral change accompanied by a threat with the aim to pressure the other person into doing something they don’t want to do. An example would be when you tell your ex, “either we get back together this week, or I’m never talking to you again!”

Don’t force your ex to give you closure. Sometimes there’s no specific reason why your ex dumped you or why things didn’t work out. Sometimes there is one, but they lie about it. Other times they tell you that reason, and then, shockingly, you’re still not satisfied. And guess what? You’ll never be, regardless of your ex’s response. For closure is not something found in your ex. It’s the attitude you decide upon when you get better emotionally. It’s found within you.

Always be willing to end your relationship and walk away. Your relationship is not a failure if it ends. Nor is it a success if it stands the test of time. Sometimes it’s simply healthier for two partners to part ways rather than trying to work it out by treating each other like shit, suppressing their needs, altering their identity, and becoming miserable in the process.

Conclusion: What No One Tells You About Getting Back With Your Ex

Below are five harsh truths about getting an ex back that no one tells you about. For the most part, because they don’t sell. After all, everyone will buy ex-back products from the person who tells them how they should get them back and how easy it is. Rarely will anyone buy from the person who tells them the opposite.

Well, fuck you. I’m the latter person.

1. The Odds Of Getting Your Ex Back Permanently Are Shit

According to our most recent statistics, only 30% of couples get back together. And only half of those 30% actually stay together for good. (3)

PSA: I have since spent over a year conducting a survey on the prevalence of reconciliation. According to over 4000 people who responded, only 32% of exes get back together. Of these, roughly 18% have stayed together for over a year after reconciling. You can read more about my survey here.

This comes at no surprise. I mean, if there was a tried-and-true way to get an ex back, we as a society would have a) figured it out a long time ago, and b) breakups would be wiped out. The world would be flooded with happily committed and married couples. And I’d probably be out of the job.

Yet, don’t lose hope. There are still examples of couples out there who just needed some time apart to gain perspective on their relationship and learn how to make it work. However, if you find yourself in an endless cycle of breaking up and getting back together, then you probably should end things for good.

2. You Don’t Need Your Ex (Even If You Think You Do)

Most people are terrified of letting their ex go. And so they cling to them and try to get them back because they make them feel important and worthy and loved. This, unknowingly, makes them slaves to their exes.

Much of our lives is guided by this sense of scarcity. We mistake the ex that provides — or once provided — for our emotional needs as the needs themselves.

But the truth is, you don’t really need your ex to appreciate, validate and love you again. What you need is to make yourself feel appreciated, validated, and loved.

What you need is you. There are a bazillion ways you can meet your own needs. And all that is required is an ability to do so and the courage to believe that it is possible.

3. There Is No “Right Or Best” Way To Get Your Ex Back

Some ways of getting an ex back are more effective and healthy than others. But ultimately, there is no right or best way.

Even this guide doesn’t paint my way as the right or best one. All it does is lay a rough model for re-attraction that I believe in and that gets, to my knowledge, the best results for my readers.

And look, I know I’ll get shat on for this, but compared to every model for getting an ex back, I think mine is by far the healthiest and most effective. But then again, who am I to say it will be a good fit for you?

4. Your Can Always Find Someone Better Than Your Ex

Getting your ex back is a win-win scenario. If they reach out and you re-commit, great. Hopefully it works out. But if your ex never reaches out and moves on, then also great. You’re now open to meeting someone better. And, believe it or not, you can find someone better.

Your ex is not special. Your ex is not your soulmate. And labeling them as such is an insult to literally millions of other people whom you would find attractive and intelligent and who, unlike your ex, are able and ready and willing to create a future with you…

…A future from which you’ll be able to look back at this period and chuckle, knowing how everything you’re feeling and thinking is so unimportant in the grand scheme of life.

5. The Point Of “How To Get Your Ex Back” Advice Is To Stop

The purpose of ex-back advice, even breakup advice as a whole, is to come to a point where you no longer need it — a point where you eventually leave it behind and move on to a new chapter of your life — with or without your ex.

Yet, too often people can’t do that. They intellectualize re-attraction, look for answers they already have, and get addicted to these articles. The same goes for videos and podcasts.

And having greedy gurus preying on their vulnerabilities every step of the way makes everything worse. Let’s face it, most people posing as breakup coaches in this space don’t want what’s best for you — they want your money. They want to exploit your ex-addiction. They want to make you their bitch.

Please don’t give in. After a month — three at most — opt out of this advice. Stop reading my shit. Stop watching my shit. Stop digesting anything ex-back related. Opt out no matter what. Your mental health will appreciate it.

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My Situation Is Unique, Can This Article Still Help Me Get My Ex Back?

Probably. Since we’re talking about fundamental principles of human attraction, I’m sure the majority of this article applies to anyone who wants to get back with their ex, regardless of age, culture, or relationship status and configuration.

So whether we’re discussing an ex-girlfriend/boyfriend, ex-wife/husband, long-distance ex, cheating ex, first love, a gay/straight relationship, a fling/short/long relationship, a rebound, and so on — the advice inside should prove helpful.

How To Get Your Ex Back After Hurting Them

To get your ex back after hurting them, it’s crucial to recognize the harm you’ve caused and genuinely apologize in your statement of interest (principle #1), demonstrating understanding and remorse for your actions.

As you’d expect, this process involves deep self-reflection and a commitment to personal growth to ensure the issues that led to the hurt don’t recur. Don’t forget about this.

Also, remember to give your ex space and time to process everything once you apologize, respecting their pace and decision-making process regarding whether or not they’ll give you another shot.

How To Use Social Media To Get Your Ex Back?

Using social media to get your ex back isn’t a strategy I endorse. This approach often involves manipulative tactics like posting curated content designed to make your ex jealous or to showcase how well you’re supposedly doing without them when you’re actually not.

Look. These behaviors are transparent and usually just lead to a loss of respect, trust, and attraction from your ex, effectively diminishing any chance of a healthy reunion. So please, forget about dumb social media strategies.

How To “Make” Your Ex Want You Back?

While you can’t technically “make” your ex want you back, you can increase the odds of them returning by focusing on what I keep harping on like a broken record through this article — self-improvement.

Because it’s only through self-improvement that you demonstrate to your ex that you’re actually thriving and have a life. And that’s what makes you ultimately more attractive — and it’s what may just spark your ex’s interest to a tipping point, making them reach out.

What To Text Your Ex To Get Them Back?

I hate to say this, but attempting to get your ex back through text is not only impractical but also showcases a lack of maturity and understanding of the nuances involved in repairing a relationship. Here’s the deal: text messages lack the depth and sincerity required to convey genuine remorse, change, or the complexity of emotions.

Re-attraction is a rather sensitive endeavor — one that necessitates direct, honest communication and actions in the real world (or at least over the phone in the initial stages) far beyond the limitations of text messages.

The takeaway: texting sucks. Don’t use it to build attraction. It’ll only backfire. As I wrote prior — only use texting, and by extension, phone calls, to set dates and resolve logistic issues.

Can You Win Your Ex Back With No Contact?

Yes, you can potentially win your ex back with the no contact rule, but please understand that merely avoiding contact isn’t enough. The no contact period should be used as an opportunity for genuine productive reflection and personal growth. Not as a tactic or gimmick to ultimately trick your ex into missing you, reaching out, and returning. Put another way, always couple no contact done for the right reasons with self-improvement for best results.

What Are The Signs Your Ex Will Eventually Come Back?

Signs that your ex may eventually come back include them initiating contact, especially if it’s about you as a person and not just logistical matters like shared possessions, living arrangements, or work, showing curiosity about your life, and maintaining or increasing communication frequency with enthusiasm.

Your ex’s interest in your personal growth, achievements, and well-being, or their efforts to stay in your orbit indirectly, can also indicate a possibility of reconciliation.

However, it’s crucial to interpret these signs with caution — because they’re only indicators of getting back together, not guarantees. The key lies in observing consistent, genuine interest and effort from your ex over time rather than isolated instances of contact and/or attention.

For more information, read: 30 Glaring Signs Your Ex Will Eventually Come Back.

What Makes An Ex Come Back Most Often?

From everything we’ve covered till now, your best bet is a mixture of going no contact and investing in yourself. Specifically in your self-esteem, self-worth, confidence, and life areas like sleep, health, hygiene, career, social life, and character.

How Long Does It Take For An Ex To Come Back?

It depends on many factors: the length, type, and intensity of your relationship, the age bracket you’re in, your attachment type, the amount of neediness you hold, etc. That said, based on a 4534-participant survey I made, the couples who do rekindle things, rekindle them, on average, 2.56 months following their breakup.

For more information, read: How Long Does It Take An Ex To Come Back (The Exact Answer).

Is It Possible To Get Your Ex Back After Months?

It is indeed possible to get your ex back after months, but success largely hinges significantly on how you utilize your time apart. Merely hoping for a reconciliation without action is pointless. Those who have successfully rekindled their relationships didn’t just wait passively; they went head-first into self-improvement and tackled the underlying issues that led to the breakup.

If I Give My Ex Space, Will They Come Back?

Lots of exes tend to return after giving them enough space, but a second chance is never really guaranteed. And even if you get it, it doesn’t necessarily mean the rekindled relationship will be healthy. And if it’s not, it probably won’t last — or at least keep you happy and at peace.

It’s Been Months/Years And I Still Love My Ex, What Now?

If it’s been a while since the breakup, yet you still foster strong feelings for your ex, it could be for various reasons. Maybe you haven’t adequately processed your trauma yet. Maybe you’re grappling with loads of nostalgia and loneliness. Maybe you’re codependent or have low self-esteem. Or perhaps you’re not taking the time to date more people, and hence, can’t find anyone to fill in the void and make you forget about your ex.

Regardless of the reason, though, following this article’s advice should alleviate some of your longing. But if you’ve genuinely applied it and still can’t get any results, I suggest getting professional help.

What Mistakes To Avoid When Trying To Get My Ex Back?

First, avoid begging and pleading for another chance. Similarly, chasing and pursuing them aggressively will only push them further away, making them feel pressured and suffocated. So stop doing that. Likewise, making grand gestures, like over-the-top dates or giving expensive gifts, often backfires, as these actions can come off as pretty desperate or manipulative.

Additionally, delivering ultimatums and attempting to guilt-trip your ex into returning to you are all things that are likely to lead to resentment rather than reconciliation. Same story for cyber stalking your ex or trying to force closure by demanding them to give explanations for the breakup.

Of course, it’s also crucial to focus on genuine self-improvement and to approach any potential reconciliation with honesty, respect, and an understanding of your ex’s feelings and boundaries. Attempting to shortcut the process through the many infamous manipulative tactics promoted by certain ex-back coaches will likely lead to further heartache.

For more information, read: 15 Common Ex-Back Mistakes To Steer Clear Of.

Is There A Way To Ensure My Ex Doesn’t Move On?

No. There’s always a chance your ex will get over you and/or find someone else. Respect and accept their freedom and autonomy. It’s either that or risking going batshit insane and getting slapped with a restraining order.

My Ex And I Broke Up A Second (Or Third, Fourth, Etc…) Time After Getting Back Together, Can This Still Work?

Rekindling a relationship after multiple breakups is possible but challenging, and it all boils down to trust. And trust is like a china plate. Break it once, and it takes a good amount of care and attention to put it back together. Break it twice, and it splits into even more pieces, making the process of putting it back together far longer. Break it three, four, five, or more times, and it eventually shatters to the point where it’s impossible to restore. There are too many broken pieces, too much dust.

When Should I Give Up Trying To Get My Ex Back?

Roughly speaking, if you’re not seeing any progress in re-attracting them in 1-3 months after the breakup, they’re probably over you, and you should stop holding on to hope and let them go for good.

For more information, read: Know When To Stop.

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