“Is My Ex Thinking About Me During No Contact?”

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Today, I answer a reader’s question about whether her ex is thinking about her during no contact.

“Hi Elizabeth,

I’m having a really hard time with no contact. My ex broke up with me 2 months ago.

I went NC 3 weeks ago and he hasn’t contacted me since. I feel like he doesn’t care about me anymore. I wonder if my ex is even thinking about me during no contact at all. It breaks my heart that he can just go on like nothing happened when we used to talk multiple times every single day.

I see on Facebook that he’s starting to date and this tears me up inside. Mutual friends say he seems happy. Does he even care that we’re broken up? I feel like he’s just going to forget all about me.

I really appreciate all of your email, it makes me feel like I’m not alone.”

—DoesHeEvenCare

Hi DoesHeEvenCare,

Thanks for your email. I see a few things here in your situation that are probably causing you more pain than necessary.

The first problem is, lots of people don’t truly “get” the purpose of no contact. They think that no contact is a trick that they are doing to get their ex to wake up and pine for them. They feel like it puts them in the driver’s seat, and it a way, it does because maintaining no contact is powerfully self-protective. But going no contact (NC) is not mind control.

NC should not make you look over your shoulder wondering “WHEN” or “IF” your ex is going to pop up so that you can pat yourself on the back for “winning” by making them pine after you.

Thinking of no contact as a manipulation like this (even though it’s because you want your ex back) lends itself to a few serious problems that actually make it harder to get your ex back.

If/when your ex does not contact you during the time that you have designated as a no contact period, it’s easy to decide that no contact “doesn’t work” and get discouraged about doing it at all.

Waiting around during NC is a problem within itself. No contact is supposed to give YOU space also. If you’re looking at no contact like your ex is a turkey that just needs time to cook and he’ll magically come around after the time is up, you’ll fail at getting him back.

Bugging your ex all the time wasn’t working so well to get them back before you went NC, so breaking down and desperately contacting them isn’t exactly a healthy strategy either.

The point is to detach, NOT to look over your shoulder at your ex, daring them to come at you.

Unfortunately, looking at no contact as a trick you’re doing is a surefire way to feel even worse about the whole thing and actually sabotage yourself completely.

You don’t go no contact because you’re trying to get a reaction from your ex. You go no contact so that both of you have the emotional and mental space to heal from the breakup.

Especially if you follow the instructions in my Ex Attraction Formula program, you are not going no contact to magically jar your ex into a frenzied place of having to have you just by using no contact.

You’re going no contact to get time, space and perspective on the situation for both of you. You go no contact to reinforce that you’re letting go and moving on without them.

Now, when I mention letting go and moving on, people freak out.

I completely get it, it feels like I’m saying that you have to get rid of a person you so dearly want to be with. But that’s not it.

What you have to let go of is your attachment to your ex.

Attachment is not love, it is the addiction undercurrent in any relationship. It’s the habit of being around someone. And, attachment is usually what makes people act as strangely as they sometimes do during breakups.

Attachment is also the root of all relationship problems. No contact is meant to break this unhealthy attachment so that the real love between both of you can shine through.

ESPECIALLY if you want your ex back, you must let go of this attachment for right now. This doesn’t mean “stop loving your ex,” it means that you have to step back, rebuild, get your confidence back, and stop putting such monumental expectations and life or death significance on whatever your ex is doing.

That brings me to my second point. When I say “go no contact,” you have to ACTUALLY do no contact. This includes not checking up on their social media and not talking about them to your mutual friends about them.

When you’re all up in his business to the point where you’re hoping to control his thoughts– that’s NOT no contact. Right now, you’re having trouble even controlling YOUR OWN thoughts and there you are, trying to dictate what he’s thinking about you and trying to place meaning on what IS/ISN’T happening with him.

“Ok, But What Is My Ex Thinking During No Contact?”

Your ex is most likely nursing an combination of hurt about the breakup just the same as you are.

Just because you haven’t heard from them does not mean that they don’t care about you or the relationship.

In fact, depending on the circumstances behind your breakup, they could be thinking about you quite often. The more they’re left alone to think about you, the more likely that your ex will break down and contact you.

If they DO contact you, be aware that this contact might not look like the grand gesture you could be hoping for. Your ex is not going to contact you only because you want him to. Your ex has to want to get in touch with  you. Sometimes with space and distance, they will have the opportunity to think about you and want to talk to you.

And… isn’t that what you actually want?

For your ex to want you back all on his own?

I explain this more in my video, 3 mistakes you must not make if you want him back which you should definitely watch here.

Keep in mind that I’m not trying to be hard on you at all. I get it. Trust me, your ex thinks about you from time to time. If they didn’t, they would probably not be human.

Be strong and hang in there,

-Elizabeth

If you are absolutely sure you want your ex back, make sure you go watch this video presentation I made which describes the 3 Mistakes You Must Not Make If You Want Your Ex Back.

About Elizabeth Stone

Elizabeth Stone is an author and founder of Attract The One.

Her popular program Ex Attraction Formula, has helped hundreds of women reunite with their men. She is thrilled to have helped so many people reignite the spark in their relationships.

Tirelessly focused on helping people improve their love lives, her work has been featured on Tiny Buddha, EHarmony Blog, YourTango, Thought Catalog, Fox News Magazine and more.

5 Comments

  1. Qweentutt

    August 12, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    I had a huge fight with my ex for a message the mother of his child sent to me via Facebook Messenger stating that he’s been living with her (I’m 21 living with my mom), she also told me that he was denying me. After seeing her message I texted and confronted him about the message and he became angry at ME for responding to her after he told me not to. So he started saying hurtful things to me and blaming me for his anger as if I was taking her side or believing what she told me. I feel extremely hurt and cannot forget the things that were said. We have not spoken to each other for 11 days now and I went by her place and saw his car during this No Contact period. We have not reached out to each other so far and usually I’m the one to make things “Ok” after an argument but I’m trying to do something different because I believe he has become accustomed to me being the bigger person or trying to settle things. Why hasn’t he contacted me? What is he thinking? Will he contact me?

  2. Sara

    January 7, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    I was e mailing a married man I made him do all sorts of tasks taking him out his comfort zone to leaving voice mail messages for me and not allowing him to speak to me personally toprove he’s worthy ..I’m a cancer survivor this guy has said he’s fell for me hook line and sinker I’m a very strong individual ..I told him yesterday to stop daydreaming about things we would like to do together walks in the park etc if we are not going to have the time to do it as he was confusing me ..he knows I’m not the type to sneak about and I do believe he has adopted strong feelings for me we have really opened up to each other ..anyway yesterday he said sorry babe and I didn’t reply he has not contacted me either what is he thinking

    • Elizabeth Stone

      January 7, 2017 at 1:10 pm

      Men generally get tired of being sh*t tested. That could be the issue, or he could have gotten busy since it’s only been a day so far.

  3. Kevin

    January 24, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    What about no contact when he’s seeing someone else?

    • Elizabeth Stone

      February 16, 2017 at 5:28 pm

      Hi Kevin,

      No contact when your ex is seeing someone else is a good idea because it lets them get really familiar with their new partner’s quirks. Most relationships don’t work out, all on their own. If you allow your ex to experience the new person, warts and all, lots of the time it gives them a chance to really miss you once the rebound folds.

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