Has it been 3 days since your ex contacted you? That’s not good. This means it’s over for good. I don’t think they will ever contact you again. They has moved on. Maybe they’re playing hard to get. Nah, they met someone else and are ignoring you. I don’t think thy even loved you at all. All this time they have been playing you. How could you have been such a fool?
If it does, that’s because this is how attachment anxiety and out of control emotions look like. You are experiencing emotional overload because the attachment system has been activated.
A day goes by and your ex hasn’t contacted you, you begin to wonder what is happening. One more day and you are really worried. Day three, your ex still hasn’t contacted you, now you are in panic mode. Help! The sky is falling.
Then you get a text or a call back, and O.M.G! All is well in the world again
Why does your ex do this to you? Why do they make you wait for them to contact you?
I hate to be the one to tell you this. Your ex is not the one making you panic, worry and overthink. It’s all YOU. You are doing this to yourself.
I can already hear angry growls. How can you even say that? There she goes again, blaming the victim, and excusing the behaviour of the insensitive and abusive.
I agree that some people are insensitive, but what are you going to do about it? Teach them to be sensitive? I also agree that there are men and women who are abusive. But this is not about abuse. Sorry, people who call abuse on everything, not every unpleasant situation is emotional abuse.
Why does the fact that your ex hasn’t contacted you when you expect them to, worry and upset you so much?
Because it triggers feelings of rejection, abandonment, loneliness, disrespect, etc
Individuals with anxious attachment have a strong need for contact and closeness and high sensitivity to rejection; and there’s nothing wrong with needing contact and closeness. But when you add a high sensitivity to rejection, 3 days without contact from your ex, let alone 3 minutes feels like rejection.
Many of us when we feel worried or upset about what we think someone else is doing to us do not look within. Some of us are not even sincere with how we truly feel. On the surface we’re like, “I’m okay with it”, “Well, I can’t control what others do” or “I expected it.” etc., but inside, our thoughts are running a million words per minute. You are thinking all kinds of thoughts and imagining all kinds of scenarios, including the possibility that your ex is dead, and that’s why they haven’t responded.
If you find yourself in panic or on the verge of a meltdown because your ex hasn’t contacted you at the time you expected, the first place you should go to is inside.
It’s true what they say, “You can’t change that which you don’t acknowledge”
Looking within and being really honest with ourselves about how we truly feel is the first step to emotional self-control. The first step to reclaiming your power over how other people’s actions affect you. The first step to stopping yourself from acting on overwhelming emotions. The first step to not being needy and clingy.
Going there — inside — is not always easy because sub-consciously, we know that there is a lot of “stuff” in there that we’ve denied and suppressed for so long. We’ll do anything — deny, lie and act like everything is fine — than have to deal with our “stuff”.
Some of us make a phony attempt to “work on ourselves”. We learn all the right words, and talk the talk of someone who has “worked on” themselves, but once triggered, react in the same old ways.
You can’t let someone else’s words and actions affect you so much that become needy and clingy
Until you are really able to honestly look inside and admit to the truth of what is happening, others’ words or actions will always send you in a panic, cause you to think the worst, to over analyze your ex’s every word or action, to worry unnecessarily, to live in denial or delusion, to see what’s not there and hear what you want to hear. You’ll have a hard time trusting your intuition or staying emotionally grounded without external input (always asking other’s “what do I do?”)
The worst part of all this is that refusing to honestly look inside and be honest with yourself about what is happening has consequences, not only to yourself but on your relationships as well.
I’ve seen men and women lose someone they love because they were not honest with themselves. I’ve also seen people fail to get their ex back not because their ex didn’t want them back but because of their panicky words and actions. Talk about self-sabotage.