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Read responses from our expert psychologist, to some of the most commonly faced issues
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- My ex-boyfriend is always ringing me and asking what he can do so I will take him back. I tell him we can be good friends but he won’t accept that. What can I do?
You may already have tried to tell your ex-boyfriend that you appreciate him and your times together, but friendship is what is possible now. However, it is important for you to honestly work out what kind of relationship – if any – you do really want with him. Once you are certain about what you can and cannot offer him, you will be able to tell him more clearly. He then either needs to accept that, or not be around you until he can.
Part of the learning in this for both of you could be ‘how to let go’. Even if you decide that you do want to be good friends with your ex, it sounds like it’s too early for him to adjust to ‘only’ being friends. In such situations it can be difficult to keep friendship and romance separate, and it just takes longer for everyone to move on. This confusion could also lead to hostility between the two of you.
So, a clear message and time apart might settle his feelings enough to be able to be around you again - or to move on - eventually. It may be painful for both of you if it gets to that stage. Yet it could be necessary, as he has no right to expect any kind of relationship from you that you are not prepared to be in. Regardless, keep close friends and family aware of the situation so that you have plenty of support should your ex cross the line by becoming too possessive or pushy.