Now, this part of my series on very specific things that people experience with their exes when trying to get back together that cause a lot of frustration and difficulty. But if you truly believe that your ex would be better off with you then I think that you at least owe them the opportunity to make that choice for themselves rather than to make that choice for them by just giving them no choice, right? Oftentimes, when people get into a relationship directly after breaking up or ending a previous relationship, they tend to speed that new relationship up very quickly so that it sort of looks like the previous relationship. They might elevate that new relationship to levels of commitment that were similar to the levels of commitment that maybe they had with you.
7 Times It’s OK For Your Partner To Be Friends With Their Ex & 7 Times It’s Definitely Not
Is It Ever Okay To Date Your Best Friend's Ex?
It just sort of happened. In discussing this topic with my female friends, it seems to me that men are especially experienced in dealing with this dilemma. Say a friend of mine breaks up with so-and-so, and we run into her at a party. In some ways this is perfectly natural.
Weird things we ALL do when an ex starts dating someone new
A friend once told me his test of whether he's over an ex is whether it would bother him if they were dating someone else. Under that logic, I've never gotten over anyone in my life. Months and sometimes years after a relationship, my heart rate still accelerates when I see an ex is dating someone new on Facebook. Over a year after I ended one relationship, I found some photos on Facebook of my ex with a woman I didn't recognize. It was like we were still together and he cheated.
While it's natural to jump to conclusions and assume the worst if your partner is friends with their ex , it's important to keep in mind that many people remain friends after a breakup — in a perfectly healthy, mature, and respectable way. That's not to say, though, that all friendships are healthy, or that all exes remain in contact for the right reasons. So, if something doesn't feel right, be sure to speak up. Do they hang out with you?