Why Do Men Pull Away From You & The Relationship and how to deal with it like a High Value Feminine woman?

(Content Updated 2017)

Sometimes there’s literally nothing worse than having your man pull away from you, from the relationship.

For a moment, for an hour, for days or weeks.

It doesn’t matter.

…Because we are talking about a man who you’ve invested your precious time, your energy and your emotions.

And so for him to pull away from you at any moment, it’s painful. His lack of presence leaves a void that is difficult to fill.

But why do men pull away from the relationship? And how can you deal with it in the best way possible when they do?

How can you deal with it as a feminine yet high value woman?

Let me answer those questions in this article.

Every day my team and I get questions about the topic of men pulling away.

Because the reality is that men will withdraw and pull away from you and from the relationship; it’s bound to happen.

It is a part of their masculine instinct.

To prevent them from doing so is like telling the sun not to rise or telling a flower not to blossom.

(…and of course, us women pull away from relationships too, but most of the time not for the same reasons as why men do it.)

See… the truth is, most men can only take being connected deeply to you for a certain amount of time before they need to remove themselves to find their equilibrium again.

They need to re-engage with their identity in their mission, their goals, and their masculine passions.

Even when a man is very much in love – he will get to a stage where he needs to do this.

(Sure, a man in love can usually spend more time with you before he needs to pull away; but each man is unique and each moment is also unique.)

However, having a man pull away doesn’t mean your man isn’t in love with you – sometimes the more in love he is, the more he realises that he needs to feel like he is enough through his goals, missions and passions.

So it’s important for us women to realise the truth which is…

Your man will pull away at some point.

Of course, this does not mean your relationship is doomed – quite the contrary. When he pulls away, or withdraws from the relationship, is the exact time that you get your ‘make-or break’ moment to show and prove your value as a woman in the relationship.

Because no man wants to give up his freedom and masculine missions in fear that he has a woman who will restrict him and pull him back.

I only say this because most of us (myself included) have a tendency to respond with fear and neediness when he pulls away.

(Look, there are good survival and protective reasons for us doing this – and there’s really nothing wrong with becoming needy and fearful when he pulls away, you just need to be aware that it can strip value from the “relationship bank”.)

Every time you respond in fear; there’s a chance that you’re stripping value from your man and from the relationship. This is not something for you to fear… this is just something for you to understand, and even appreciate.

None of this will change the truth of how you feel when he pulls away, though: when he withdraws – it hurts.

It’s real pain. Wouldn’t you agree?

You may not say it, but it hurts. You may get angry. Sad. You may feel unloved. You no longer feel like the princess that he once treated you as.

Whatever your experiences may have been… do not make your feelings wrong.

That’s right… do NOT make your feelings wrong

Because if we as women have become attached or connected to a man, or if a man has any value to us, then we naturally become irrationally afraid that his withdrawal from the relationship could (key word: could) mean:

1: He might sleep with other women and all his resources will go to the other woman. (Which of course is not always true! It certainly happens but is usually much less common than what we women tend to think…)

2: That he may never come back, and to a woman’s primitive brain, this could mean that she might not survive.

…And hey, let’s be honest here. Sometimes, going through the pain of a man pulling away really can feel like we might die (that’s how intense our feelings can become)– so we try to resist the pain and perhaps get angry at him or beg him to stay.

In other words, acting out of our own fears.

And 3: A man pulling away could mean that she has just realised that she had been used (perhaps it was only a casual sex situation or that he got what he wanted and now she will never see the man again).

(If you want to hear my thoughts on casual sex, see my series on The Secret Cost for Women When They Have Casual Sex. The link is also available at the end of this post.)

So how we do show up in a high value way despite the fear?

What can we as women do about this, and how can we show up as a feminine yet high value woman in those fearful moments?

Well before I address that, I want you to consider this first…
Think about when you’re in a relationship and you feel kind of suffocated…That’s the stress levels going up from too much closeness.

This ‘too much closeness’ happens much sooner for men than for women when in the context of emotional bonding. I am talking about emotional bonding here, so keep that in mind.

(This does not mean that us women don’t also feel suffocated at times, of course we do!)

What happens is, as men get closer in a relationship and things are going well, the oxytocin levels go up in his body as they start bonding…. Then men will tend to want to pull away in order to rebuild their testosterone levels through their masculine missions.

(As their oxytocin levels go up, their testosterone levels go down and this can cause a lot of stress for men with a strong sense of mission in his life.)

Because let’s think about it from the man’s perspective for a moment… it is OFTEN through a man’s masculine missions that he is able to provide and bring resources to the table. That’s how he gets to feel like a man.

So him pulling away could have real positive intent. I want you really understand this.

Your man pulling away could have real positive intent.

But for us women, it’s harder to relate to that because our default is to stay in relationship mode, we truly feel at home in relationship and connecting… (At least when we’re living in our feminine energy.)

…So from our feminine perspective, we get confused, and we may ask questions from our own feminine brain like…

“Why are you pulling away? Why didn’t you call? What’s going on?”

“Do you not LOVE me anymore?”

The problem here is that men and women are hardwired completely differently. Sure, we are all human. There are aspects that make all of us human.

But there are also elements that make us completely different, like the fact that most of us women see the world through our own feminine filters and it’s not so easy to understand a man’s masculine behaviour through our own filters.

Because what is intuitive to a man in a relationship is not what is intuitive to a woman.

What is intuitive to a man in a relationship is not what is intuitive to a woman

What is intuitive to a man, can be completely foreign to us as women. And so a man withdrawing can cause us uncertainty and sometimes even suffering.

I was speaking to my husband David the other week, and he brought something up that was like an absolute “Ah-HAH” or a breakthrough for him, but to me as a woman, that breakthrough that he had was …almost commonsense.

It was something that was obviously intuitive for me as a woman, but it wasn’t for him.

I was all like ‘Haha, have you been living under a rock?!’

Yet, if I was to go to my girlfriends and bring that particular thing up; they’d get it… in a heartbeat.

Truth is, there are SO many of these little breakthroughs David and I have all the time about each other, about the opposite sex, about love and relationships…

Because we are different creatures. What is intuitive for him can be counter intuitive or even foreign to me.

… and get this, we’ve been picking each others’ brain and teaching this stuff for almost decade!

Our pain and suffering is dictated by our feminine meaning…

However, a man withdrawing from the relationship doesn’t have to cause you that suffering. Your suffering comes from the meaning you give it when a man withdraws.

The meaning we give an event changes everything. And a bad meaning can sometimes come from a lack of understanding of men.

We as women can give it a different meaning, which would lead to us having a totally different experience.

(Of course, simpler said than done.)

By having a greater understanding of men and their masculine world, then we are able to create better meaning and have the ability to show up with more confidence and more intrinsic value.

Remember, the reason why you were probably attracted to that man in the first place was his masculine energy, masculine presence and direction.

If you had a feminine man, would you still be attracted to him?

To help you understand why, let me ask you a few questions:

How would you feel if you were around a man who was highly emotional? For example: he was able to cry at the drop of a hat, and feel all “lovey-dovey” with you almost every day?

…He is so emotional that he melts like butter. Imagine him being incredibly relaxed and wanting to talk and connect with you all the time.

How would you feel around a man like this?

You may think ‘oh my goodness – I would LOVE if my man would do this!’

Yes, you may – for a couple of days. Eventually, whether you like it or not – you’ll start to lose attraction for him. And you may even be disgusted by him.

In your feminine heart of hearts, you wouldn’t want a man who’s more emotional than you, now would you?

What I am trying to suggest is that a man needs to pull away in order to be the man you are so attracted to. If he didn’t pull away, you’d be much more repelled by him.

(Also, don’t forget that the more time you spend together with a man, the more alike you will become, and the less intense the attraction will be over time. But that’s a topic for another day.)

The masculine feminine polarity is why you have attraction in the first place

Although you get scared or confused when he does suddenly withdraw, you also get a chance to see that he is, in fact, a real man.

If he wasn’t living his masculine core, you’d probably lose attraction for him over time.

It’s because you won’t be feeling his masculine energy. It’s because you no longer feel polarized by him and his energy.

So as a result, you may feel like you’re in a relationship with one of your girlfriends! (You don’t want your man to be like one of your girlfriends!)

In fact, the reason you were attracted to a man in the first place was largely to do with the masculine energy he gave out. His presence, his strength, intelligence, his sense of humor, his potential to be a good provider, etc….this is all happening naturally, sometimes without you being aware of it.

We want to be in a relationship with a man, but when a man acts differently than we do, we get all hurt, confused and worried.

Sometimes, a relationship and emotional bonding can feel like a burden to a man. note: this doesn’t mean that you are a burden, this means that the emotional bonding and the stress of being in a very committed relationship can feel like a burden to a man.

Even if at the same time, it is really the only thing that gives a man that feeling of being alive (a feeling he cannot get when he is alone, without you).

How interesting!

Here are 2 positive things about when a man pulls away

Instead of seeing your man pull away as a crisis, let’s look at this as an opportunity. Let’s look at what you can gain from these moments…

When your man pulls away from the relationship, you get an incredible opportunity to:

1: Prove your high value as a woman and trigger his attraction for you even more; and

2: Grow as a woman, and appreciate his masculinity.

Because all men want a woman who shows up as high value and all men want a woman who doesn’t judge him for being a man, but rather understands and appreciates his perspective, struggles and fears.

And as he recognises how amazingly different you are to other women, he will be inspired to reciprocate, wanting to understand you and appreciate you.

I have put together some special resources for how to stay high value when he pulls away – just click here. (Link available at end of article too)

So what does your man really want from YOU when he pulls away?

Above all else, he wants to feel like he has a high value woman, waiting when he comes back.

(Unfortunately, a lot of people frown upon the idea of ‘waiting’ when he comes back these days…it’s as if this kind of loyalty is mistakenly seen as a sign of weakness. Well let me tell you, loyalty to a good man is not weakness).

So…the key is to keep your high value. In spite the confusion or the fear.

How do you do that? You show that you are still loyal to him when you feel fearful – that you can stick around with an open heart, and be open instead of closed off emotionally.

Unfortunately, most women kind of do the opposite…they don’t show that they will be there emotionally for a man.

Staying High Value does not mean to act perfect or happy.

It simply means not disconnecting deliberately, cutting him out emotionally or pulling yourself away from the relationship.

Staying High Value also means to not shut off to your own deep desire for connection – a lot of women push this down and it causes them to shut off, and close off, and this scares a man deep down inside.

So how DO you show him that you are still loyal and high value?

Well, you must get yourself into an emotionally resourceful place before you do ANYTHING at all. So to get to an emotionally resourceful place the first thing to do is to breathe and keep breathing, and go to a safe place and let your feelings be felt.

When you’re sure that you feel more empty of your hurricane of feelings, then follow these guidelines.

Leave him alone.

You can be sad, and you can miss him, but don’t act out of fear. Stay open and understand that whatever he is doing, there is a reason for it, even if you don’t understand it right now.

Before you do this, I want you to remember that the point is not to just leave him and that’s it! The point is to give him his freedom whilst still loving him and not shutting down or closing off to him.

This is not to say that you are not allowed to have feelings – of course you are.

Just be ready to own your feelings even if it means you cry when you see him. If he is not comfortable with your feelings, that is when you need to be the most comfortable with your own feelings first.

Tell him it is okay, that you just feel a little sad, and that kind of thing happens from time to time, that he has done nothing wrong, and that all will be okay.

I also need to tell you that you ARE allowed to hate him, miss him, love him, hate yourself, hate all of this, want to give up when he pulls away…all of that. It is okay to experience all of that. Just don’t blame him or intentionally want to make him feel bad about himself.

You have to allow yourself to feel everything!

You just have to actually allow yourself to feel everything; and not resist feeling it by criticising him, cutting him off, giving him the silent treatment, or being passive aggressive.

It’s you resisting yourself and resisting him being a man – that will cause more damage than anything else! Because it’s when you resist yourself and you don’t allow yourself to feel, that
all connection and hope is lost.

When he does come back to the relationship, receive him openly.

Does that mean acting happy? Nope. It means to not be in fear, but to stay connected to him even if he isn’t doing what you want him to do. It means opening your heart and opening your mind and forming a connection in the moment with him.

This doesn’t make you a woman who is being used by her man. It means you care about him enough to give him his freedom, and at the same time, not withdraw love.

If something is truly wrong and he is not the right man for you, you are much more likely to find out when you are open to connecting with him than when you are cutting him off, acting like you don’t need him, or punishing him.

A good way of successfully completing this step is simply to remind yourself to breathe, and breathe through your fear.

If you ever get too stressed out of your mind…

And if all of this stresses you out beyond your ability to cope, then ask yourself:

“Do I really want to be in a relationship with another woman? Or do I want to be in a relationship with a MAN?”

The more you fear his need for freedom, the more I want you to remember that this is your chance to bring you and your man closer, cultivate more emotional attraction and deepen the connection and commitment.
You see, the truth is that if you show up as a high value woman, and you’re happy giving a man his gift of freedom, then he’s going to truly come back to the relationship stronger with more to offer you.

Does that make sense?

Alright – If you want a deeper understanding (…perhaps step by step guidance) on how you can show up as a high value woman when your man pulls away, then I have the perfect thing for you.

I’ve put together the perfect resource for you to be able to show up as a high value feminine woman whenever your man pulls away and withdraws so that you can feel confident in knowing that you’re doing the right thing…

Click here to learn more insights about how to stay high value when your man pulls away…

Ok, that’s all from me, as always, I’m sending you all the love from my heart, wherever you are.

I’ll talk to you soon.

P.S. Remember to never make your feelings wrong or push them down. Your feelings are incredibly powerful and they are indeed here to serve you. It’s really just about having a deeper understanding and deeper appreciation of this situation so that you can use your emotions to serve rather than to sabotage. Continue reading about these here…

P.P.S. Leave me your thoughts, feelings and stories below… sometimes we learn the most from each others experiences and stories. So feel free to share your story too!

See other related articles…

More resources on staying high value when he pulls away…

The Very Real Pain of When Men Pull Away

Think casual sex is harmless? Think again.

How to Talk to a Man in a Way that Won’t Make him Pull Away and Go Cold

The Secret Cost for Women When They Have Casual Sex (PART 1)


  • AJx

    Men are like rubber bands. When they pull away, they can only stretch so far before they come springing back again.

    Sometimes men simply need to take a step back for a while. There’s every possibility it has nothing to do with you. Although if it feels like he’s completely lost interest (There is a difference) – I recommend checking out Slade Shaw’s guide. He basically goes into the male psychology on why men lose interest and how to make him crave you. Here’s a link to his guide: WhyHePulls.com

    My advice would be try not to take it personally. (Easier said than done I know..)

  • AJx

    Men are like rubber bands. When they pull away, they can only stretch so far before they come springing back.

    Sometimes men simply need to take a step back for a while. There’s every possibility it has nothing to do with you. Although if it feels like he’s completely lost interest (There is a difference) – I recommend checking out Slade Shaw’s guide. He basically goes into the male psychology on why men lose interest and how to make him crave you. Here’s a link to his guide: WhyHePulls.com

    My advice would be try not to take it personally. (Easier said than done I know!)

  • Sarah

    I’m struggling with how long I should step back for? I know my guy is struggling with having feelings for me as we discussed this a month ago (at the three month mark). He said he just needs space to sort his head out. It’s been almost 2 weeks now and I’m starting to give up hope 🙁

    Any magical figure for how much space guys need?

    • Butterfly Queen

      Hi Sarah:
      I’m sorry for your distress. Have you signed up for Renee’s email newsletter? She just released an article yesterday about this situation, when a man asks for space how to respond perfectly. Did you check it Our?

      The best and healthiest action for you is to bless him with the space he asked for and love your self strong. Self care and love is very important right now. Dig deep and feed your own spirit. There is nothing you can do to bring him around or bring him around faster. Simply show him your own love for yourself and personal strength by blessing him and stepping back.

      I know it’s easier said than done but it can be done.


  • I’m curious if this behavior is also for men diagnosed with type 2 bipolar disorder. One moment the behavior can be all inclusive and connected, and the next morning slightly aloofness which can be triggered by outer stresses not related to the relationship. Both the article and behavioral characteristics of type 2 bipolar disorder can be compared to each other. So, if you have such withdrawal issues with a bipolar individual, then does the woman’s behavior have to change?

  • Ashley

    Men are like rubber bands. When they pull away, they can only stretch so far before they come springing back.

    Sometimes men need to take a step back for a while. There’s every possibility that it has nothing to do with you. Although if it feels like he’s completely lost interest, I recommend checking out Slade Shaw’s guide. He basically goes into the male psychology on why men lose interest and how to make him stay in love.
    Really interesting stuff. Here’s direct a link to his video/guide: WhyHePulls.com

    My advice would be try not to take it personally. (Easier said than done I know!)

  • sümi chan

    What about when you were
    Dating for 2 years , and your bf was always the one who mentioned marriage and that he is going to propose you in spring…and he convinced you that he can do everything for you even though you reminded him to the difficulties of International dating..and he always said i ll do whatever it takes to marry you…
    And suddenly you fly over to him live together with him for 3 month and even the Relationship was good like before he suddenly says he dont think he can do it.. He doesent know about marriage.. Andhe doesent also wants to let you go too..
    But when you ask him questions concerning future and Relationship answer is always i dont know

  • Monica

    Hey. I need some insight.

    My boyfriend and I had some issues last month, because of some lies. He was talking to another woman when we were already in a relationship. I lost trust and I started to need more reassurance on his parte. We are in a LDR. As he didn’t gave what I expected, the discussions kept coming, until he said he was tired and proposed for a couple therapy. After that, he stopped texting me, calling me or reaching me in any form. We met last weekend for his father birthday party, and he seemed distant, not so affectionate, and I asked him if we were trying to be better and improve the relationship or if it was over and the therapy is to see is we get back together. He said he didn’t wanted to talk before the therapy to not make things worse, that he wanted me to go the party for me to see that there is anyone else. He introduced me to his hole family as the girlfriend. I stayed with him four days, and slowly started to get closer to me, touch me, hug me, etc. He said he’s having a hard time with work and money, and he needed to detach from everything to focus in one concert he will have next weekend (he’s an opera singer). That it’s better for us to wait until the therapy and talk about everything and see if we can have trust again, because, he said, without trust there is anything. Those four were kinda strange but sweet, and I expected that, after those days, that he will, at least, text me a little, but anything, and it hurts me. Is he still interested or is he slowly acting out of the relationship?

  • Cassie Weltzin

    Hi Renee! I am new to this. I read everything you’ve sent me so far and already I feel it changing my perspective on things and helping me see where I tend to get scared and insecure and push guys away. So here’s my story and question: I met my guy 3 months ago off of a dating site- we live 6 hrs away. Both divorced for 2 years; I’ve dated several times but I am his first in 2 years and he says he is very picky and I’m the only woman he has felt is worth dating. He wants to take things slow. We met on two different weekends and it went great. He asked me to be his girlfriend. We then met for a 3rd weekend and I was a little pushy about how he feels about me b/c he doesn’t call or text much or seem real into me. He assured me he likes me, that I have amazing qualities and could really see himself falling hard for me. It’s hard for me to believe b/c of his lack of attention when we’re not together. Then a week ago he was out of state for a business conference but wanted to fly me there for the weekend after it was over to be with him. For some reason my insecurities came out bad while he was at the conference and in the hotel and having fun. I’m sure b/c I’ve been cheated on in the past- but he hasn’t ever experienced that. So that weekend I flew there and he was in a mood the first day making me even more insecure. I repeatedly asked questions for reassurance and talked way to much about my fears and insecurities but didn’t realize it til the day after I was back home and he told me over the phone it was annoying him and he wasn’t sure he still felt the same for me. But, wasn’t ready to end things yet b/c he does believe I’m such a great woman and would like to see each other a few more times to see how it goes and how he feels. Meanwhile I’m in panick mode to save this. So I apologize for my actions and take responsibility for my insecurities and it wasn’t fair to take it out on him. He told me not to be sorry. I asked if we pick up where we left off or if he wants me to back way off…he said pick up where we were and for me to continue to be myself. A couple things he has said he loves about me is that I’m myself and I’m very open. When I read the attractions article I already fit all but 2 of them. So I do believe he is attracted to me and at one point could see himself falling hard for me- then I scared him being insecure and pushy- and now he’s leary. But hasn’t given up so that’s a plus right!?! My problem now is I don’t know what to do to draw him back in full force. I’ve texted only a few times a day and try to stay happy and loving in my messages. I wait for him to call me which he has a couple times. He’s still very distant and short replies to my messages. Do I keep being loving and letting him know I’m thinking about him and try to keep things normal or do I go silent until he talks to me and make him miss me? I feel like I have a second chance to not loose him completely but desperately need to know my next moves and can’t wait til next month for more advice. Please help!!! Thank you

  • Hector Rodriguez

    Renee gets it!

    If all women understood

  • Joe Joe

    This article was very helpful to me. I am a single woman with 2 kids, a stable job, and I own my home and vehicle. He is 11 years my junior, from another country and we have been dating for five months and everything has been so perfect up until about 2-3 weeks ago. He competes in martial arts on and Olympic scale and has been training for years and like myself, just has not had time for a relationship. We discussed our lives and if we would try to have a relationship and decided to give it a try. As I mentioned before, everything is going well and he has realized just by being with me and my boys that he has to become a man and needs to grow up. That statement and his actions made me love him even more. He is great with my kids, doesn’t make a lot of money but still contributes, and attends college full time. Your article has saved our relationship (and my sisters advice which was worded differently but the same advice.). As the calls and visits became more and more less frequent, I began to think maybe he’s seeing someone else. The clothes and items he left at my home I boxed up this past weekend and left them on his porch, unfriended him from the evil demon facebook, and if my sister didn’t talk me out of it, I would have asked him to leave the key to my house in the mailbox. I try not to make him pay for the mistakes and treatment from past relationships but the scaring is really deep. We had our first argument but still managed to stay together even though I was expecting him to at least meet me half way. I was ready to break it off with him because I thought he did not want to be with me anymore and just did not want to hurt my feelings and chose to just pull away with hopes I’ll get the hint. I love him enough to let him go if I don’t make him happy and someone else can. Spoke to him briefly Sunday when he got home from a competition out of state and wanted to just tell him if he wanted out just go, but instead he rushed me off the phone and said he had to finish a paper for school that was due Monday and he’d call me back. Today is Tuesday and I have not heard from him. I am all about him having time to himself because I like to have my time as well. I just wanted him to tell me that he needs some time and just explain his actions instead of me speculating. Since our first date, he won me over with how easy it is for us to discuss everything and everything. You are so right about his masculinity and being a man. I am ready for somebody to take the reigns for a little bit and let the queen have a break from ruling our kingdom.
    Thanks again. Pray for us.

  • disqus_GB8lUuziuG

    I have often pulled away after I have spent large amounts of energy pursuing a woman only to have her not pursue me at all. She will simply go along for the ride and talk about how much she loves me. Then she is blindsided when she finds out I don’t love her and can’t understand that “just showing up” wasn’t enough to win my heart and trust.

    • Joe Joe

      I’ve always been supportive of his decisions with only advice he can take or leave. I really believe he has his hands full right now and I want him to be successful at whatever he sets out to accomplish. I shoot him a message with words of encouragement and let him know I have not forgotten about him. I want to say his heart and trust is there, just wish he would communicate like he used to.

  • sun&sand

    What if this is possibly a game he plays? I met a guy about a year ago. He got me to open up and trust him. He said things that would make any woman fall for him. And then he disappeared. Tbh, I’ve never had this happen and I was really confused. We’re just friends now, but he still pulls the disappearing act. From discussions we’ve had, it seems like this is a pattern. He gets women to fall for him, he pulls away, and then reappears a few weeks later as “just a friend”. As his friend, I really want to confront him and tell him that it isn’t right to use women to make him feel more attractive. He’s leaving a path of destruction behind in his quest to feel more secure. He means the world to me, and I might lose him as a friend, but maybe I can save another woman from this grief. So confront or let it go? Thanks in advance!

    • Screw_Globalism

      Confront him…but…he may not even realise he is even doing this !! I think he has been burned badly by a woman / multiple women , sounds emotionally wounded , he seeks validation.

      • lisa

        i think you hit the nail on the head, validation. from what i’ve learned in the last six months, i believe that this was the primary motive of a man i was getting to know. i’ve never been so disappointed in a man in my life. this guy was the type of man i’d been hoping to meet but, when it comes to women, relationships, he turned out to be no better than the others in the past. now i have an opportunity to get to know someone new but i think i’ll pass on it. i just don’t have the energy and the last thing i want is to be hurt/disappointed AGAIN. my heart and nerves couldn’t take that.

  • Isabell

    Thank you Renee,
    this post really helps me every time to safe my dignity when my boyfried wanders off.
    He is either 100% with me or 100% gone. Often because he looses or breaks his devices that would allow him to contact me but I am sure he is quite relieved they are gone, too, because that allowes him to be completely free without his family and friends nagging him. Of course there are nowadays always ways to contact somebody, if you really want to but obviously he doesn’t really want to. 😉
    And although I really can relate and understand that, because I also don’t feel like keeping in touch while travelling as well, I can’t help but feel hurt when he is gone for many weeks without a sign of life at all.
    When we met, it was like a lightning. We where clearly soul mates, finally finding each other. He was travelling around my country for a couple of years already and so there was no reason not taking him home that day, because we talked until long after midnight and he felt guilty to disturb his host at that hour.
    Since then he is coming and going. Sometimes gone for many weeks, but once even staying three months in a row at my place. He made my flat his travelling base which makes me very happy.
    But in the beginning it was also a challenge every time he was gone, because it turns my life upside down every time.
    When he is with me, he is doing his thing while I am at work and we do stuff together, when I’m home. There is no time for myself during this period but I also don’t need any, because I love having him around and enjoy every second of it because I never know when he might be gone again.
    In times he is gone I am doing what I loved to do before I met him. (I was single nearly all my life because I had dreams of very long journeys that would have been hard to fulfill with a partner)
    It was hard at first to switch between those two extremes, but I am a very flexible Person (always have been) and now it’s like second nature to me.
    We even had some rough times already, when his Ex (which existence I had been completely unaware of before) was stalking me badly, writing even mean mails from his accounts, pretending to be him while he was gone and there was absolutely no chance for me to clear things up or contact him until he came back nearly a month later.
    That was a very vulnerable time for me with a lot of uncertainty and tears but I managed not to blame him for something I did’nt hear from his own lips in person, greeted him warmly when he finally arrived and let him explain himself first. Which was lucky for me to do, because he wasn’t gulty at all and I won’t find a person like him ever again!
    But it’s thanks to this posts, Renee, that I was able to manage to hold my ground quite gracefully during this time and not flapping too much while struggeling with unsecurity and the feeling of betrayal.

    • 7schlaefer

      Nearly a year later I have to admit my huge mistake in letting him treat me like that.
      It got more and more out of hand because he knew I would not hold him back.
      Until the time he promised me five times in a row to return and never did. He had lots of excuses but would let me wait and wait and only telling me he couldn’t make it because this or that the next day.
      That was just plain rude because it showed me he didn’t value my time or respect me at all anymore.
      When I told him that, he got very defensive, pushing the blame on me and just didn’t reply anymore from that day. I sent him three more messages. The first understanding an gentle, the second a week later with a dead line and a third one to brak up with him. No response whatever.
      That was nearly 3 months ago.
      All his stuff is still at my place but I don’t think he will come to pick it up anymore. He is too afraid of conflicts even though I never yelled at him for anything or was unfair or unpredictable.

      I don’t say that Renees advice is wrong. It depends on the person. I was madly in love from the beginning and therefore blind for the early warning sings. It broke my heart to be ghosted like that after a 10-month long relationship with a guy I trusted so much and in whom I invested heavily with feelings an money. But I am doing better every day and even happy now to have dodged a huge bullet.

      Lots of love and I hope the person that makes your heart ache in his absence is worth your effort.


  • Lizz

    Hi Renee, I love your articles. About men withdrawing, I have experienced it once before I knew this concept I freaked out and it took him 1 mth to come back even when I did not pursue during this period. He will pull away on n off about few days to 1 week and I try to take it easy. Recently what hurt most is he said he can’t make it to my birthday and I lost it. I told him that I feel im unimportant to him and he vanished since. It is almost 1 month now. We are in LDR. Do you think this is a normal pulling away or is gone for good. No wishes from him on my birthday either. Please help

  • Cris Catalan

    give me some advice. i meet this guy a couple of weeks we chat random things. we’re happy actually. and then suddenly change when we have conversation i didn’t know that he’s hurt about my views , he change then he never talk to me . i think im falling for him. but he said he will not talk to me anymore. but he confess he love me too 🙂 what should i do i dont to want lose him.

  • A. E. H.

    Do you hate women?

    • A. E. H.

      It’s all right if you do or don’t. Anything you do is all right.

  • Karl

    Hi all. Some of what you say is true of some men but I’m in precisely this situation now. I have pulled back and withdrawn completely from a woman I adore and just love being with simply because her throttling and controlling behavior is crushing our emotional intimacy and my masculine power. I have discussed it so many times with her that I could gouge my eyes out with a blunt spoon. I never get consulted on what is going on in her life, but I share everything that is in mine. She makes decisions that serve her own selfish interests and trample mine and she couldn’t care less. If I react to it, I am called insecure, aggressive and am accused of not understanding her. She orders me around like a 10-year old so now I don’t respond to her messages anymore, I seldom if ever accompany her to any functions or family get-togethers and when she makes arrangements without first confirming with me, I make other plans and she goes alone. My pushback has become so severe that she almost hates me now. How on earth can any self-respecting man be expected to just obey and submit when everything inside of me is screaming “stop running my life”? Why can’t she just collaborate and consult with me, why can’t she take influence from me, why can’t she respect my right to negotiate?….she has trashed what was once such a gentle, intimate and fun relationship. For the record, i am strong, driven, outspoken and highly intelligent but also affectionate, an intense lover, devoted, very loyal, in great shape, clean living and a gentleman. What the @&$& gives?

  • Rose Maxwell

    I want to share my testimony to the world. My marriage has been a blessing until few months ago when my life almost get sucked. A strange woman took my husband’s love away from me. He left me and our 3 kids to this lady. I was in shocked because i know my husband still loves me. I tried all i could to get him back but the more i tried the more he went far away from me. All my effort yielded nothing. I was almost giving up and wanted to file for a divorce. Then, I went to many spell casters but they all failed taking my money away. I lived in pains for 3 good months without any plan of getting out of this mess. Till I met an old school friend who show me to Dr Uzoya on druzoyaspiritualtemple@gmail.com, a spell witch who then restore the happiness to my family and my life. His spell worked so fast that I could not even believe it. He’s great for as much as I can tell. Am still grateful to him till tomorrow for his spell works. My husband came back with apologies all for the spell powers of Dr Uzoya. You can also contact him on his email for all your relationship or marital problems; druzoyaspiritualtemple@gmail.com. thanks to you all

  • cindy

    I may be in the wrong spot but someone shall be honest with me. I met a guy at a young age and grew to just crush on him. We moved a long distance from each other but every time I was in his town or he was in my town we would sleep together and it was like weekend when no one else mattered. We did this for years, and we wanted to be together but it was never good timing. Whether he or she was in a relationship we would still sleep together if we were in the area. He withdraws as if he doesn’t care but we communicate and years have gone by and we made it happen again. We are bother in relationships and once again made it happen. I have a strange love for him. Do we do this because it’s risky and not suppose to. Mind you I dont cheat unless it’s with him which could happen months or years later. We have been doing this on and off for 15 years. What do I do*******

    • Butterfly Queen

      It sounds like yall have a strong connection that keeps bringing you back together but why cheat? Why not build a healthy relationship with each other? Cheating on others to be togethrr is not fair or healthy.

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