You met this wonderful person and the first date is great. So is the second and third, but then he/she stops calling. You panic. When you manage to catch him/her on his/her cell, there is an awkward exchange and he/she ends the brief exchange with the excuse that he/she is too busy/ exhausted to talk or is currently going through an emotionally difficult time or is dealing with some career/business challenges. He/she promises to call or visit later. But that never happens.
Your immediate reaction when you sense the other person is pulling away is to attempt a control strategy. A part of you tells you his/her behaviour is a flashing exit sign but somehow you manage to find a logical reason to justify his/her behaviour.
You tell yourself, may be it’s “emotional residue” from an ex, growing up with an alcoholic mother or absent father, deeply hurt by someone else etc. What he/she needs is your devotion, love and attention.
So you send him/her emails urging him/her to hang in there. You start advising, coaching or affirming him/her. You constantly prod him/her for information even become aggressively obsessed with wanting to know what has caused him/her to “distance”. You are in so much stress and panic you hang onto every little contact from him/her even if he/she is only contacting you to tell you he/she does not “feel the connection” the way you do.
In your mind you, you’re trying to show the other person that you you’re “deeply in love”, but the passive-aggressive behaviour only drives him/her further away. Many times attempts at using “giving too much” only lead to frustration.
There is no real happiness and fulfillment in one-sided love!
When you do all the “pushing” or forcing things to happen, the other person doesn’t feel that they have to do anything, they just go along until they feel it’s time to drop off. You are left holding the rope with no one on the other side. But when you let someone (of course you have to inspire them so they see what a life with you is like), you give them the opportunity to decide for themselves that if they don’t do something, they’ll miss out on something that they also want — as opposed to being constantly prompted to want.
It’s like a product, if you are not interested, the telemarketers have to keep calling you to make you want to buy (and that can irritate). But if you are interested in a product, you’ll drive distances to find it — and there is no cost that is too much.
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