Three Reasons the No Contact Rule isn’t Working to Get Your Ex Back

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What do you do if the no contact isn’t working? We have all been there, in the depths of our misery and feeling insecure, unworthy of love or that we have lost the love of our lives we turn to “dating gurus” who all preach a variation of the No Contact Rule.

Hell – even I preach a variation of the No Contact Rule.

Introduction to Why No Contact isn’t Working

There are some very good relationship coaches and advisors out there – but they are few and far between and you can easily be led down a blind alley. Worse still, the majority of the dating advice I see to get your ex back leads to complete failure.

I am going to save you from making those mistakes by telling you the three main reasons the no contact rule isn’t working or the advice you have taken won’t get the desired results – like get your ex back.

No Contact Means No Contact – Period

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A lot of the dating advice I see states one of two things, either initiate no contact for a fixed duration of time and then make contact – or refrain from contact until your ex shows an interest (however vague that interest may be) and then you make contact.

Following this advice might be why no contact isn’t working.

If you go no contact, you need to make sure you never initiate contact again. It means that the only time you respond is after your ex has made contact with you. Some exes will never make contact again (this is something the gurus fail to point out) and that is fine, because people move on – more importantly people change.

Reaching Out or Breaking No Contact Kills Your Chances

If you’re reaching out after a set amount of time, do you really think your ex who you hold up on a pedestal is that stupid that they won’t see right through that? It will come across as needy.

Strike one – any relationship guru that tells you to reach out after a set amount of time is a false prophet my friend and they will not get your ex back.

Waiting for Your Ex to Show Interest

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Next – the waiting until your ex shows an interest card. Many progressive “relationship gurus” realise that the old way isn’t working. People are wise to it, and worse, people are leaving bad reviews about their books, courses, programs etc.

They then adapted their strategies to a vague “your ex will show interest about what you’re up to and then you should strike and make contact!”

This vague contact rule doesn’t work either. Have you ever craved a food and then bought it, eaten it and thought “that wasn’t as good as I thought it would be”. Well, that is exactly what will happen in this scenario – sure your ex might wonder about you, but you haven’t let that feeling dwell long enough to become anything substantial. By jumping the minute, the hoop is presented you may well get through it, but you will crash hard on the other side and your ex won’t care.

After all, the minute they got an itch… you scratched it. Game over!

What You Should do if No Contact isn’t Working?

One of two things will happen if you do no contact correctly – your ex will move on, or they will come back to you with a concrete offer. Something along the lines of ‘hey, I miss you, do you want to start dating again?’.

If they move on – you need to move on. If they make a concrete offer, you have the choice to make.

Failing to Define No Contact Properly

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Another sure-fire way to fail miserably at getting your ex back is to utilise no contact in a way that doesn’t actually withhold you from your ex. A key example of this is social media.

For some reason people are reluctant to cut all ties. No contact really does mean that. Not only unfriend them on Facebook, but it also means block them.

It means delete them from the group WhatsApp or if you can’t, remove yourself from the WhatsApp group. It means cutting all physical, emotional, metaphysical – you get the picture.

Remove Yourself Completely from Their Life

Simply removing them isn’t going to achieve anything, make yourself inaccessible to your ex. I had one guy that felt guilty about going no contact and he wrote a long message to his ex, telling her that he was going to go no contact. Killed it dead there and then.

You can’t consider your ex’s feelings when going no contact. You have to do it for yourself.

Remove your ex’s friends and ensure that they can’t stalk you using their mates. No contact needs to be a sudden and complete disconnect.

The reason for this is really simple – it will make your ex wonder what the hell is going on. The more your ex wonders the more you’re on their mind and this will mean their subconscious tells them that they miss you.

A top tip for the no contact rule to get your ex back – make the no contact so thorough that even when your ex decides to make contact with you, it is difficult to do so.

No Contact Doesn’t Work When You’re Married or Have Children

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This is probably my biggest and most grievous dislike of the “relationship guru” industry. They tell you to go no contact when you have kids, mortgages, tenancies, joint finance, joint debt…

I hate to burst your bubble – the no contact rule only works if you are completely and undeniably disconnected from your ex. If you have kids with an ex and you’re thinking about going no contact to the detriment of your children, then you need to stop and re-evaluate your life.

The same goes for anyone that advocates no contact in these situations.

Being completely honest, having kids with someone doesn’t prevent you getting back with them. It just means you can’t use no contact to do it. Instead, focus on building an independent and fulfilling life and you will probably find your ex is willing to give it another shot when they see how well you’re functioning on your own.

No Contact isn’t Working – Does it Actually Work?

I personally recommend the no contact rule to get your ex back because if you do it correctly it gives you the best chance to get your ex back. But you need to know it isn’t simply about going no contact, there are things you need to be doing whilst no contact is initiated to ensure when that moment does come and your ex crawls back to you – you can make the best choice for yourself what to do.

Going no contact is not easy, it is a cold approach to get a desired result. Some people aren’t cut out for it. If you’re ready to do no contact properly make sure you stick to the rules above – for an in-depth plan for a fraction of the cost of a session with a “relationship coach” get my book Being Human which will cover off EVERYTHING you need to do whilst in no contact.

IF you have kids and want your ex back – I highly recommend being responsible and putting your kids need for both their parents before your need for a relationship that has broken down. You can still benefit from all of the advice in my eBook, just make sure you apply it in a setting that prevents your children from missing out.

Jon Logan

Jon Logan is an editorial consultant and author that loves living life without boundaries. Over the past 5 years, his content at Immortal Wordsmith has helped thousands of readers gain new perspectives and discover fascinating stories. Jon holds several professional qualifications and is financially qualified in the UK. He left the humdrum world of financial advice to pursue a career in writing – his lifelong passion. He has partnered with local and global brands to help them grow their businesses and audiences through insightful and innovative content strategy. Jon specialises in creating inspirational and thought-provoking writing that challenges readers to look beyond the confines of “the norm.” He uses dynamic writing styles to convey messages to diverse audiences from all walks of life. He is an avid explorer and loves sharing the world from his perspective with his readers.

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