Why Your Ex Wants to Text Message But Not Meet?

You re-established some form of contact and your ex is responding to your texts. It’s not clear if it’s a sign he/she wants you back, but since he/she’s not blowing you off, you think… well… may be I have a chance.

A week, may be two go by, and you think, why not ask him/her out. Nothing serious, coffee, a drink, or just hang out with friends. But when you ask, he/she gives you some excuse or reason why he/she can’t go out with you.

You’re patient. So you wait a few days or may be a week or two. You’re still texting, emailing and even talking on the phone. He/she seems interested in talking to you but when you ask him/her out again, the answer is, “No, I can’t!”. You are confused, but persistent. So you wait, then you ask again. But the answer is still “no” or “some other day”.

Do you give up because he/she’s not interested? Do you wait for him/her to initiate a date/dates? Do you cut off all contact because he/she is playing you/stringing you along?

Most people when they do not see the results they want get frustrated and push harder (more pressure), or completely pull back and do nothing because they’re too afraid to say anything, or do anything that will seem like pressure. In my opinion, either reaction to things moving too slowly is a mistake.

  • If you get frustrated and start pushing too hard for more contact, for a face-to-face meeting too early in the process or ask your ex out on too many dates too soon, he/she will feel that as “too much pressure” and pull away.
  • If you wait for him/her to initiate all the contacts or ask you out on a date because you’re afraid that it might cause him/her to pull away, he/she may never contact you (and then it’s really over), or ask you out (and that means no dates or hanging out).
  • And if you completely pull back or cut off contact, you find that when you reconnect there is a feeling of “distance”, and most times, you have to start the whole process of re-establishing contact all over.

The first thing to remember when your ex is stalling is that most exes do not want to show you that they are eager to get back with you, even those that are.

While some exes keep you in limbo for their own selfish reasons, an ex stalling does not automatically mean they are not interested, or that that they are playing you/stringing you along.

Sometimes stalling signals a conflict within the individual. Your ex may not be ready to see you yet, or he/she may not think it’s a good idea, but he’/she is not completely against it either.

The second thing to remember when your ex is stalling is that there is nothing that you can do to force your ex to make a decision.

If you find yourself unable to get your ex to see you in person or go out on dates, the best thing you can do is remain rational.

Thinking rationally allows you to look at the situation more objectively, and not just from your own position. Thinking rationally also allows you to hear the (real) reason why your ex can’t see you face-to-face or hang out with you. When you know the reason behind the reason, it’s much easier to put in place a plan of action because then you see the complete picture.

In some instances you may have to ask your ex why he/she is stalling, but that should be done very skillfully, or else it will backfire and completely derail you.

It helps to keep track of the reasons, excuses or objections your ex gives you for not seeing you or going out with you. This way you are more prepared with a better responses next time the topic comes up in conversation.

Your plan of action should establish some momentum which will make it easier to get a more positive response.

In short, the response to an impasse in the process is not to push even harder or completely pull back or cut off contact. The response is to 1) keep an open mind about possibility and 2) understand the emotions that have brought things to a standstill and 3) tweak something in your approach to get the desired outcome.

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8 replies on “Why Your Ex Wants to Text Message But Not Meet?”
  1. says: Jossy

    Yangki, we got to a point where we were officially dating again. Everything was going great but I started to push and he started to pull back. He still texts me and answers my texts but me I feel like he’s more closed off now. I asked to hang out with him twice, the first time he agreed the second time he said he wasn’t feeling well. My gut tells me he still cares about me but is scared because he doesn’t feel ready for things to become a relationship again. What do you think?

    1. says: Yangki Akiteng

      I think you are right. You may have moved too quickly and he pulled back. See if you can move more slowly than you did before. Don’t ask for another meet-up until you have some kind of momentum, or at least feel that he’s opening up to you again.

  2. says: katieNJ

    We talk on a regular basis and we bot initiate contacts. Over time, we have been having longer conversations and he is opening up more. But he refuses to see me. It’s been a year. Clearly I’m doing something wrong, but I’m not sure what. I’ve been following your tips to build emotional momentum, and it feels like I have to some degree, but he still won’t see me (I haven’t asked in a long time). Don’tknow what else I can do.

    1. says: Love Doctor, Yangki Akiteng

      Without knowing the background of your relationship or what steps you’ve been taking for a year (some of that time was probably ‘no contact’), I can’t really tell what it is you are doing wrong. If you’d like, I’m happy to talk about your situation by phone – may be I can shed some light on what you are doing or not doing (or if there is something else) that’s causing him to stall.

      1. says: katieNJ

        No, we’ve been in contact the whole time. I don’t believe in no contact. I thought about it because that’s all the advice you see out there, but it seems wrong to me. He would be hurt if I cut him off that way and I would never, ever intentionally hurt him. He has always wanted to communicate with me. The last time I asked him about spending time together, he said he doesn’t know what the next steps are, and he doesn’t know how to get us back to where we were. I stopped asking about it. I’ve been focusing on having good conversations and building momentum.

  3. says: Cheyna

    Yangki, my ex says he does not want to hang out anymore because he still has feelings for me. He broke up with me but we have continued to be in contact, both of us initiating it. We were good friends and I do not want him out of my life even if we end up not getting back together. I do however want him back but I am not sure what to do. Everyone tells me to do not contact but it just doesn’t feel right in my case.

    1. This is a typical case of the feelings of love and attraction still strong, but the “relationship” part not working… and him afraid that hanging out with you will draw him back into a relationship that is not good for him.

      What you need to do is show him you are working on/or have worked on why you are not together as a couple.

      Whatever reason you broke up is the only thing keeping you apart.

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