And if he’s not willing to dance, you can’t force him. You risk getting into a relationship where he’s with you because of what you can do for him (soothe his wounds, perhaps), instead of because of who you are. I told him that I do not want to be the one to heal him. Jason Anthony is the President of the Jason Anthony Group, founder of EvenMinds and The Acquiring Man.

And although this might be upsetting if you have feelings for him, at least it’s one sign that you can easily work out. The problem here is that your feelings are potentially being taken advantage of, whilst you might be falling for him, he’s only in it for the fun. Another classic reason his actions don’t match his words is that he wants to be friends with benefits. In other cases, he may have had some particularly bad relationships that have put him off love and romance, especially if he was hurt or his trust was broken. Now, a fear of commitment is a common reason why some men say they only want friendship and nothing more.

Friends first, then lovers

Going through a heartbreak is difficult, especially when you’re on your own. You’re constantly thinking about the reasons you two broke up and where you made a mistake. Breaking up after being in a long-term relationship can be really devastating. But what’s even worse is if your ex-boyfriend broke up with you and is still unsure that he made the right decision. He’s afraid that others might start judging him for leaving such an amazing woman.

But if you are trying to move on emotionally from a break up, sleeping together or any intimate contact, even via text or phone, will make it really difficult and painful to move on. Seeing a lover soon after you’ve broken up can send you back on an emotional roller coaster because it’s like reopening a wound; research has shown that contact can fuel our desire for the other person. If you or he is saying “let’s be friends,” but one or more of the following things happened (or is happening), you’re better off not trying to forge a friendship. Being able to see yourself as friends and being able to move on emotionally also means resisting any contact or emotional and physical intimacy that you wouldn’t do in a platonic friendship. So, next time you’re faced with her saying let’s just be friends you’ll know exactly what to do.

There’s someone else in his life

Eventually you gather the balls to really make your move and she ends up shocked to realize your true intentions. When one side provides more time, effort, financial backing or emotional investment/energy, the relationship becomes lopsided. Even men in bad or abusive relationships will keep their blinders on and continue to chase her.

You don’t owe them any explanations for the decisions you make. Developing a bond of friendship before a relationship may be better than just letting attraction get the better of you and discovering AsianDate hookup later that you can’t even be good friends. Why put so much pressure on someone because of your own expectations and desires? When you develop a genuine friendship, there are no expectations.

“It is not your job or your right to wrap tings up neatly. It is your job to be caring and compassionate and let the future dictate where the relationship goes.” No matter how long you’ve been seeing someone or what your relationship looks like, it is always OK to state your needs clearly. “The more you make false promises to them and yourself, the less clear you are about your feelings,” Dr. Klapow says. “It is important that they understand in a respectful way where you truly are vs. words to make them feel better. Plain and simple — if you don’t want to be friends — don’t ask to be friends.”

The friendzone gives you the perfect opportunity to gain leverage over your ex, so don’t see it as a defeat and don’t freak out if your ex wants to be friends with you. Being in the friendzone makes your ex feel safe like they’re in control and have all the power. It often boggles my mind how little attention people pay to themselves during a breakup.

You have so many great things to offer and you’re worthy of love. Focus on yourself and don’t let anyone take that freedom from you. You need to work on improving your self-esteem and confidence, so what better way to do so than to go out and have the time of your life.

You probably have a shared community—you’re probably close to their family, maybe you’ve developed a relationship with their siblings,” Korducki says. Or perhaps you’ve become close with that person’s friends or colleagues. Staying friends, or at least staying on good terms, could help preserve the extended network that the relationship created. Many times, when a guy keeps putting you in the “friend zone,” it’s because he still wants the freedom to be able to date other people.

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But I feel like if we’re going to live together, I should finally figure out whether we’re boyfriends. Ian’s pretty reserved, so it looks like I’m going to have to be the brave one here. While this might seem like a misplaced suggestion, hear me out. If a man tells you he’s not ready to be boyfriend material, realize that he’s being honest, and even if it’s not what you want to hear, honesty should be rewarded with at least a thanks. In a world of flakiness and straight-up ghosting, frank honesty is commendable.

If the guy you are interested in tells you that he wants to remain just friends, for now, you are going to want to know why. So, it’s time to give him a helping hand and start working on your future today. Instead of sitting back and reading the signs, there are proactive actions you can take to kickstart your relationship and see if you’re good for each other. We evolved into being friends with benefits, and a few months later he decided to push through his fear of commitment and take things to a relationship level.

I think he might need some space since the break was so fresh. I would probably give him a couple days, maybe a week even, to mull things over and process then ask to hangout.