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    So a guy I was dating for around a month recently went through some hard times. I offered to be there to support him, but it seemed like he just wanted to be around family, which is fine. So I gave him space and we went from talking incessantly/every day to not talking at all for a week.
    Yesterday was the first I’ve heard from him in 8 or so days, and it just feels kind of awkward, but like it did when we first started talking a few months ago. Is that normal? How do guys usually act after having some space? Could it be just because he was hurting from his own issues?

    #504662 Reply


    Dating for one month and you’re already struggling with this side of him is not a good sign.

    If he’s not in the right condition to have a relationship, then don’t. You girl, will suffer while he has no clue about how you feel and if you no longer be able to cope, your feelings will turn to resentment. Like you said, you feel awkward, but that’s not his case.

    To answer your question, women should welcome their men with open arms and receive them with love when they come back, but that depends on the reason of his need for space–whether legit or not.

    But honestly… No genuine man would want space from the girl after dating for only one month.

    #504663 Reply


    You guys will get your flow back. I applaud you for being secure enough to give him his space. Just keep it light and casual for now.. You have now shown him that you respect his need for space and he’s really going to appreciate that. Continue to play it cool on your end and you will gradually get back to talking daily. If he’s going through something just keep your convos positive.. Be the person that makes him laugh, smile, and forget about what he’s going through for a moment when you guys do talk. But let him continue to initiate contact.

    Remember take it slow and keep it light. He’s the one that needed space so let him set the pace.

    #504682 Reply


    Hi Maddie,

    I’ve had a similar issue with the man I’ve been seeing: full on intense, then pulls right back, going through his own issues, getting on with his stuff. At first it really upset me because I was in the mindset that I needed this to work out, I needed him to want to be in a relationship with me. After a week or so of thinking carefully, I realised that I am in a similar space to him with regard to relationships and I don’t want to get too invested, just keep it casual.

    So when he came back, I was lighthearted, amusing, made it clear that I’d been busy, talked about mutual interests, and he started initiating contact again, which increased, and then asked for a date, which lasted a whole 24 hours. This has happened a few times now: at first I was distraught that I’d never see him again: now I know this is just his way, and it gives me space too, which is beyond invaluable!

    My advice is to think about what YOU want, not put his needs first. If you want a relationship and this pulling back isn’t acceptable to you, then leave him be. If, however, you are able to cope with the ebb and flow of his this, then by all means stay in touch, but let him initiate and let him set the pace. Mirror what you get from him, don’t play games, but always consider what YOU want and need, and don’t put yourself last after the needs of a man who, after all, you barely know.

    Good luck!


    #505532 Reply


    Hey Annie,

    Your situation sounds very similar to mine right now. How long was it until he started initiating contact again? Since Sunday (4 days ago), we’ve talked twice, I initiated it once. This past week especially though, I’ve really been focusing on myself and what I need to be happy. I just wondered how long you gave him space and took space for yourself.



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    If you’ve only been dating a month – and if the guy is really going through hard times and needing support – it makes sense that he doesn’t feel comfortable to lean on you and turned to family instead. Men want to look strong, especially to a woman they like. I wouldn’t be upset if he needed the time – he’s back – so like the other ladies said, welcome him and be relaxed.

    Now if this becomes something of a habit – I wouldn’t necessarily say it is something you need to endure if it bothers you. Or if you were dating for more than four months, it would seem a little less likely that he’d retreat to his cave and would open up to you instead. If either of these happened in the future, then I may say something – in a nice way. But this first time, I’d give him a pass.

    Just act friendly – and let him know you missed him and ask how he’s doing.

    #505566 Reply


    Oh boy people do weird things. It never happened to me, and if it did, I wouldn’t like it. You only seeing each other for one month and “space” already? You have to wonder when he is going to call and text again? Not pleasant at all.

    Next time, do not talk incessantly right from the start, set a slower pace, take your time, make him want more of you after each encounter, by ending it a little sooner than you both feel is enough. Do not be always available, if he communicates poorly, give him some taste of his own medicine. Do not reply for 2-3 days, or skip his texts a couple of times. And watch how he’d pick up his pace. Guys know what they are doing, so don’t be fooled by “this is how he is”. This is how he is choosing behave with you. And it is up to to you allow it or not.

    Use your female instincts…

    #710977 Reply


    What should a woman do if her man says he needs space but after some days he is groping you and fondling with you to have sex? Yet you both sleep in different parts of the house. And he still wants the woman to go places with him.

    #757016 Reply


    After the space he called today asking if I went to Church, how l was doing. So am asking should l call back telling him l want to see him and talk to him.
    Thank you.

    #757021 Reply


    Had a guy keep telling me he had issues, stresses or problems. It was his way of keeping me at a distance. No real details of what these problems were either.

    Sure I wanted to be supportive and all. But at the end of the day, he just didn’t want me in his life. I eventually wished him well and moved on.

    #757283 Reply

    Better off single

    Maybe you’re the one stressing him out and that’s why he asked for it and didnt want to tell you to avoid more stress.

    The last time i asked for space was to think about continuing or not. He never ever came to see me, never spoke on the phone it was all text messaging. I really had my doubts. It didnt feel right i should have just ended it or just never got involved. Infact i think i tried several thousand times to end it. I guess he thinks im in denial. He never gave me the space. He had people following me. I felt so disrespected. I decided i didnt want to continue because he had no respect for the space i asked for or me as a person in general and that said everything i needed to know. so i started talking to other men. I screwed around with my ex. He somehow found out and got mad. He could not understand because he’s so great too great to actually have real conversations with me and all he did play charades. or clue. I had to guess how great he is and be in awe of his mistreatment of me. He is so amazing infact he had to continue treating me like trash. Likes to poke fun at my weight, spending habits, style, and who i am. Trash. Thats what i am to him. Why would i want a man like that? He’s so wonderful as a person that i have to change instantly or i cant be with him? Ill change what i think needs to be changed. I dont live my life soley for his purpose. He’s so much better than any other guy ill ever talk to. He still didnt leave me alone and started doing things and trolling my life like blocking messages, slashing my tires, stealing things, leaving trash on my doorstep, implying how much better my best friend is to make me jealous, calling me from weird phone numbers, messing around with my play lists, all stuff that could be chalked up to coincidence and did (still does) try to make me feel worthless, doubt myself, and question my own reality. Yeah he’s definately the better one. I just want to agree to disagree and him to disappear from my life. I have no desire to want him anymore.

    Kudos to you for giving him space.

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