How Long After A Break-Up Does Your Ex Start Missing You?

Question: Yangki, are there instances where an ex will miss you because you are out of their life? If so, in your experience do these exes come back? How long before they start missing you?

Yangki’s Answer: Almost all exes miss you when you are no longer in their lives. It’s just one of those things. You share some part of your life with someone, they are gone and there is an empty “space” where they used to be. Unless of course that space is quickly filled with someone else, or had already been filled before the break-up.

How long it takes for an ex to miss you varies from individual to individual. Some people immediately, and others it comes more gradually.

Exes who don’t have much going on in their lives, don’t have a large social network or people they feel “close” to, and as a result depended so much on you for their happiness will feel the impact immediately. It doesn’t mean they’ll reach out to you right away or that they’ll ever, it just means they feel the “emptiness” immediately.

It will take longer for an ex to miss you if:

  • They are angry about something and all they can think about is the negative things about you and the relationship.
  • They’re avoiding feeling the pain by distracting themselves.
  • It’s over for them — for good.

How deep the “missing you” goes also varies from individual to individual. In my experience, the “missing you” is much deeper in relationships where:

  • Both parties felt the relationship met their needs and were both genuinely happy on most part;
  • Two people were together for a long time, and;
  • The break-up is “mutual” or “friendly” — no hard feelings.

The irony is that these are the same relationships where exes feel that there is no reason to severe contact, or feel that “no contact” is not practical (e.g. children are involved, they work in the same place or have same circle of friends, they’re truly good friends who genuinely care for each other).

I’ve also worked with men and women who had an overemotional break-up where hurtful things were said, but the relationship as a whole was happy on most part. They missed what was good about the relationship, and by inference missed their ex.

The part about your ex missing you that is often not talked about is:

Just because your ex misses you doesn’t mean they want you back.

Some exes want you as a friend because they miss having you in their lives, but don’t miss “the relationship”. Others miss you because they are currently not with anyone. These are the ones that reach out to you when they feel lonely, are drunk, just had a bad date or just been dumped by someone else. They are not missing YOU the person, they are missing how they felt. It’s all about THEM.

So many stories of exes that “miss you”, reach out, stay in contact for a while and pull away and/or disappear again. Some exes do this over and over until they don’t miss you anymore. They literally use you, to get over you!

That’s why focusing too much on  “Is my ex missing me?” “When will my ex start missing me?”How long does it take before my ex starts missing me?“, “How do I get my ex to miss me?” is unproductive.

One text from your ex and you start thinking… he/she is contacting me, he/she must be missing me, that means he/she wants me back. But after only a few texts or a few “dates, you start feeling like you are getting “mixed signals”.

The reality is that there are no “mixed signals”. Your ex’s intentions are not to get back with you. They  missed having you in their life and that’s all they came back for, or want. They don’t want YOU back, they just want to feel good again. It’s was about THEM from the very beginning.

In short: Don’t rely too much on what you had in the past to get back your ex. Yes, he/she might miss somethings from the past, but that’s NOT enough to make him/her want to come back.

Focus on creating new attraction, new feelings, new memories and a new relationship.

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  • Thank you. I was torn about no contact and needed to read this to confirm what I was thinking. She told me she knows she will miss me but does not want it to be the reason we get back together. She said if we ever get back together it has to be because we want to be together again.

    I am going to get your book and start implementing your advice. Hopefully i can get get her to want to be together again.

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  • That’s what happened to me. He contacted me after 2 months of nc, wanted to meet. We met and he was all over me the whole time telling me how much he missed me and loves me and he made a mistake and wants to marry me and have children with me. I stupidly believed him because I missed him so much too. We ended up having sex. The following day he texted me all day and at 10 pm he wanted to come over but I said I did not want it to be just about sex. I said we could meet somewhere and talk. He did not respond and I have not heard from him and it’s not 11 days. I don’t know whether to contact him or leave it alone. What do you think, Yangki?

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    • That’s a sad story. Unfortunately it happens too frequently.

      If you are contacting him to get him back, I think you should rethink it. He’s shown you who he is, believe him!

      If you are contacting him to give him a piece of your mind… let him have it.

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  • Yangki I bought your books ‘dating your ex’ and was making slow progress with my ex because i would sometimes get ’emotional and he says it makes him not want to talk to me.

    I recently bought ‘its just a breakup’ and its amazing. It helped me examine my emotions and where they were coming from which was caused not by what happened but by my resistance to what happened. Since reading the book and putting your advice into practice I am doing much better with my emotions. Communication between I and my ex has improved. Last night, he told me that he notices a change in me being more calm with things. He also said he cares about me deeply. I asked if he meant it in the past tense, and he said no. I didn’t push any further, the old me would have 🙂

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