8 subtle signs he wants you back but won’t admit it

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If you’ve broken up with someone you didn’t want to break up with, it’s inevitable that you’ll want them back.

Over time, that feeling will probably fade, especially if you never see or hear from him.

But if he does contact you, asks about you, or simply talks about you to other people, then there’s a good chance he knows he’s made a mistake and wants you back.

There’s also a chance he’s confused, missing sex, or just deliberately leading you on. How can you tell which one it is?

Here are 8 signs that he actually does want you back and doesn’t want to admit it.

1. He seems genuinely upset about the breakup

Everyone gets upset about breakups, even if they know it’s what they want and need.

It’s hard to say goodbye and breakups bring up big emotions that are difficult to deal with, both for the person who ended the relationship and the one who’s been dumped.

Some people even fall into clinical depression.

But if he continues to seem hurt for weeks, months, or perhaps even longer then there’s a good chance he wants you back.

The hurt that’s there when you first break up with someone tends to fade for people who know it was the right thing.

For those who don’t or who are at least starting to have doubts, the hurt and upset can actually increase.

Look out for him getting in touch after a period of no contact (more on that in a minute), or you hearing from friends that he’s not in a good place. If you’re still in the first few weeks, give it time and see if he’s still hurt a little further down the line.

If you’re already further on than that, take it as a sign.

2. He stays in touch…even when you’re cold with him

If you were dumped, you probably had one of these two reactions: trying to keep in touch as much as possible, hoping he’d come round; or going cold on him, ending contact with him and telling him never to contact you.

If you did the second one, well done. It’s hard but it was the right way to respond and usually the only way you’ll get over the hurt.

Most of the time, when you do that, your ex will simply slink away, with maybe a very occasional text or Facebook comment.

But what if he doesn’t? What if, despite the fact you never contact him and are cold with him when he contacts you, he keeps on getting in touch?

That’s a pretty clear sign that he’s not over you and he’d like to give things another try.

And the reason this happens is related to the level of intimacy you’ve developed with this person.

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3. He gets back in touch after a long break

You’re probably wondering will he ever come back.

They say time heals. Sometimes, though, time simply serves to remind us that we haven’t healed. If your ex contacts you after a long period of no contact, that’s a good sign that he might be thinking he’s made a mistake.

Maybe you broke up in a blazing row and everything just seemed to happen overnight, without either of you really being able to think about what was happening.

Or perhaps there were circumstances – like work stress, a house move or a bereavement – that meant you drifted apart without really meaning to.

It could just be that the reasons you split up were more about the things going on around you than your compatibility as a couple.

You knew this already, but he wouldn’t accept it. Now, it seems, he’s beginning to see it like you do.

It does pay, though, to tread carefully. Don’t respond to him straight away, but give yourself some thinking space.

If you struggled to deal with stress as a couple before, what’s changed? If you get back together, you’re going to need a strategy for coping when life inevitably brings more stress (and it will).

4. He engineers ways to see you

If you broke up, but he somehow seems to keep ending up in the same places as you, maybe that’s not a coincidence.

If he just happens to be at the gym at the same time as you always go, or he’s in your favourite bar every Saturday night, or he just happens to turn up at every single mutual friend’s gathering you go to…ask yourself why.

Remember, you were together for months or years: he knows where you go and who you hang out with.

So if he keeps popping up, it’s because he wants to see you. It might be a deliberate strategy to try and get you back, or it might just be that he misses you and wants to see you. Either way, he’s definitely showing some regret.

5. When you do see him, he’s awkward with you

If your ex was one of those who was a bit awkward and nervous when you first got together, because he liked you so much, then he’s bound to be like that now if he wants you back.

Think back to your early dates and look for signs that he’s acting the same now as he did then. If he is, then it’s a fairly sure bet that he’s feeling the same way now as he did back then.

He might not even have admitted this to himself yet. It can happen in the same way as it does when you first meet someone who you know you like, but can’t admit to liking yet.

It can be pretty endearing, that awkwardness and nervousness. It might put you, mentally, straight back to the beginning of your relationship.

That can be a great feeling, but remember that things have changed, and time has passed and you won’t be able to go back to exactly how things were back then.

And that’s not a bad thing, because you split up. If things are going to work out this time, then you need to make them different.

6. Others confirm his positive attitude toward you

Okay, he might even manage to hide from you that he wants to get back to you, but what about other people?

Why don’t you ask your friends about their opinion to make sure you’re not imagining these signs that he wants you back but won’t admit it?

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7. He asks mutual friends how you are

If you have mutual friends, they can be a useful source of information about your ex and how he might be feeling right now. If they start telling you that he’s been asking after you, then that’s one of the strongest signs there is that he wants you back and can’t admit it.

Those mutual friends should also have both of your best interests at heart, and they’ve probably heard both of your sides of the story.

So they’re in a great place to be able to talk to you both about what’s happening. If they thought he really was done with you, they probably wouldn’t be telling you that he was talking about you.

If your friends do start telling you that he’s been asking about you, ask them if they can do a bit more digging for you.

See if they can get him to open up so you know exactly where you stand before you talk to him about it.

8. He drunk calls you

We’ve all drunk called an ex, haven’t we? Everyone does it sometimes, but it can often mean something much more than just ‘he was drunk’.

Drunk calling is a sure sign that he’s thinking about you and, when his guard is down, he just can’t help calling you.

Resisting picking up the phone is easy when you’re sober, but much harder when you’re not.

Of course, it could just be a booty call, but you’ll know when you answer whether it is or not pretty quickly.

If it’s obvious he’s drunk and he just wants to chat or ask you how you’re doing, then it’s likely that he’s thinking about you and regretting leaving you.

It probably pays to be a bit wary here. Sometimes, drunk people say things they regret saying in the morning, after all.

But you know your ex, and you know if that’s his style or not. If it’s not, then you could be in with a good chance of mending your relationship.

If you’re confident he wants you back, what then? If he’s struggling to admit it to you, he might also be struggling to admit it to himself.

The first thing to ask yourself is…do I actually want this?

When you’ve been in the throes of a painful breakup, it’s hard to focus on anything other than getting that person back, but it is important that you do.

If you think your ex wants you back and you’re already getting excited at the prospect of dating again, take a step back for a moment.

The thought of intimate dinner dates, cozy evenings in, and lazy morning sex are certainly appealing. It would be so good to have someone around when you need them, someone there to talk through your day at work, cook you dinner and bring you coffee in bed.

Those things are lovely to have, but you could have them from someone else. You don’t have to wave goodbye to all those lovely coupley things forever, just because you’re not with this guy.

It’s time to be brutally honest with yourself about why you broke up. Did you have doubts about his feelings for you or your feelings for him?

Were there things you consistently clashed over? Did you often wonder if you really had a future together?

If any of those things were true, is there something that you think will make things different this time? If not, then do you really want this?

It’s a tough question to work through, but it is important. Because going through a breakup a second time will be even harder than the first, even if you’re the one who chooses to leave next time.

And if he’s the one who chooses to go? Then you’ll be devastated all over again.

This isn’t to say, of course, that you can’t make things work differently next time. If you both love each other and you share similar values and life goals, then the chances that you can make a successful go of things are high.

There are certain things that successful couples usually share their dreams and plans and work towards them together.

Couples who end up splitting often do so because they don’t want the same things out of life.

If you’re confident that you do, and that you can work to fix the problems that led to you breaking up, then it’s time to go for it.

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Lachlan Brown

I’m Lachlan Brown, the editor of Ideapod and founder of Hack Spirit. I love writing practical articles that help others live a mindful and better life. I have a graduate degree in Psychology and I’ve spent the last 6 years reading and studying all I can about human psychology and practical ways to hack our mindsets. If you to want to get in touch with me, hit me up on Twitter or Facebook.

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