Why Your Ex Hates You And Is Mean To You

Some break-ups are amicable and others are bitter and nasty. Some people stay friends after a breakup, and others want to forget they ever knew each other’s name. Then there are exes that say you are going to remain friends, but then they start acting really cold and mean?

They see you and quickly walk away or ignore you altogether, or they talk to you (even sometimes initiates the conversation) only to start telling you how much you hurt them, how better of they are without you or how great their life is now that you are not together. They go out of their way to be affectionate and flirtatious with others when you are around and tell you about this or that great person they’re seeing. They even talk about their (great) sex life and what this or that other woman/guy does with them. And whatever you say or do, all your best intentions are met with hostility, suspicion, resentment, irritation, anger, vindictiveness and worse.

Why would someone who said they loved you now be hurting you intentionally?

Some exes act mean because they really want you gone.  It’s a passive aggressive behaviour where someone feels that if they are mean, cold and cruel to you, you’ll get the message and leave them alone. This is especially the case if the person feels that you are in denial or are not accepting the fact that it is indeed over. You trying to hang on to them or be a part of their life  irritates them. Your hanging around  irritates an ex even more if you are still professing your undying love and commitment.

Why don’t they just tell you to get lost instead of intentionally trying to hurt you?

If the break-up was not nasty or if your ex broke up with you, they may be struggling with a combination of pity and guilt. They feel pity for you because you are a really “good” human being, but they just don’t have those romantic or love feelings for you anymore. They feel guilt because they can not love you as you love them and that in some ways makes them a “bad” person. The combination of pity and guilt gets under their skin, literally, making them angry at you for making them feel this way. Your sad puppy-face doesn’t help.

Could it be that they still has feelings for you?

It is possible that your ex is not over caring for you. Their cold, mean and cruel behaviour is their way of trying to deal with the feelings they still have but do not want to feel. You can usually tell an ex is dealing with conflicted feelings by how they go back and forth. One day they are so loving and kind and the next mean and cruel. Their reaction to you reflects what they feel at that time or on that day.

But if the person is angry, mean and cruel to you all the time, with no “loving and caring” breaks in between, they want you gone, like really gone!

Just a word of caution. The sweet-and-mean intervals may also be a result of Bipolar Disorder. If your ex has a history of Bipolar, it may just be that they can’t help themselves.

Does your ex have to hate you that much and be so cruel?

A majority of relationships where an ex acts cruelly post-break-up were toxic to begin with. It’s rare for a healthy relationship to go toxic and unhealthy post-break-up. For some exes, it’s a power/control thing. If they can control how you feel, they control you. For others, they interpret your pain as “you still care for them” and that makes them feel good in a twisted way.

If this is what is happening to you, and you are still trying to get your ex back, you need to ask yourself, “Is this person treating me with love and respect?”, “Is this the kind of man or woman I want to spend the rest of my life with?”, “What kind of life would that be?”

Should you then leave your ex alone and move on?

It depends. If this is your ex just being their usual mean and cruel self, it may be best for your own good to move away from the emotional abuse. But if your ex is a kind and caring person who would never act mean or cruel unless forced to, then you need to look at yourself. May be your refusal to accept reality or your your needy and clingy actions are forcing your ex to try to push you away. Work on changing you, and see if they start warming up to you again.

Sometimes it’s him or her, but sometimes it’s really you.

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  1. says: Shana

    I’m working through my emotions, thank you very much. At some point when I feel strong again, I will try to contact him and see if we can try the relationship again. But now no contact is what is best for me right now.

    What I find shocking about your comment is, if someone is narcissistic or has commitment issues, we can’t call them out on it? Right? Men do these horrible things to us and we’re supposed to just take it and not complain like the “good wife?” You don’t think that women suffer enough every day under the hands of men who lie, cheat and treat them like trash, then dump them?

    I’m sorry,, but you don’t know my ex. I was with this man for 8 months and he is everything I say he is, and more.

    1. No offense meant. You can call your ex anything you want, and you are right, I don’t know him. May be he is everything you say he is. But if he is as terrible as you say he is, why do you want him back? It just doesn’t make sense.

      All I’m saying is that if you want a relationship with someone or if you want to work through your hurt and move on without ending up bitter and with a victim mentality, you have to be willing to acknowledge and take responsibility for the experience you both helped create. He has his issues, but YOU picked him out of many, and YOU had a relationship with him. It’s not like you were in a comma when the relationship was happening.

      I know it’s not politically correct to say this, but there are narcissistic assclown commitment phobic women too!

      The “men are so horrible to us” card at some point gets too old. We can’t always be pointing fingers at the other gender without being honest with our own gender. Just because we are women doesn’t make us immune to all the things we say men are.

  2. says: Shana

    My narcissistic assclown commitment phobe ex has stopped returning my texts and calls. This is a man who chased me for months. We were together for 8 months but every time we got close he pulled away, and it was always my fault. I was too pushy, complained too much or something. The day I told him I could not take him pulling away every time we got close anymore, either he wants to be with me or not. He broke up with me saying he didn’t feel for me the way he was supposed to feel. Immediately went full no contact. He started texting and calling me 5 – 10 times a day, begging in me to take him back because I was the most important person in his life. He finally broke me down. It’s only been two weeks and he’s playing mind games with me again. I can’t believe I fell in love with this narcissistic assclown. Women beware of these types.

    1. I feel your pain. Break-ups hurt. They hurt even when the relationship had so many problems and even when you were unhappy and wanted out. But you don’t need to give someone labels or call them names to work through your hurt feelings.

      Human beings are more complicated than the labels we give them, and people do lose interest or fall out of love. It’s all part of the human experience. It doesn’t always mean there is something wrong with someone because he/she lost interest in you or doesn’t want a relationship with you. It doesn’t mean that there is something necessarily wrong with you either. Sometimes it just doesn’t work out.

      Work through the hurt feelings and try to move on.

  3. says: Fooba

    I did not handle the final stages of the relationship well and that impacted on my ex’s decision to move on. I just wish I had found this site sooner because now she has asked me not to contact her. I honestly can’t blame her I would do the same if the tables had been reversed.

  4. says: Nathan

    So me and my ex broke up a while ago and now she is just being plain nasty. Like she blocked me on all social media, If I see her she turns away or stares at the ground, she actually will not even look in my direction, just really passive aggressive stuff and she used to be the sweetest nicest couldn’t hurt a fly kind of girl. She broke up with me because she needed to work on “anxiety” issues and I’m completely over her now. Is she doing this because she still has feelings for me? and if so how do I go about telling her its not going to happen.

    1. You’re completely over her why does it matter what she’s doing or why. May be she’s more over you than you are over her that’s why she blocked you from social media and turns away or stares at the ground when you try to catch her eye. See, two can play that game.

  5. says: Canpher

    My ex and I had a horrible fight and we ended breaking up. I have sent her several texts and a couple of emails with no response. My sister who she was close to was recently diagnosed with cancer and posted it on her FB but my ex hasn’t reached to either my sister or I. We were together for 4 years, shared an apartment for one year and were engaged to be married. I know that life goes on and you just have to do the best you can.