We Are Giving the Relationship Another Try. How Long Until We Rebuild It?

Dr. Wendy Walsh

Written by: Dr. Wendy Walsh

Dr. Wendy Walsh

Known as America's Relationship Expert, Dr. Wendy Walsh is an award-winning television journalist, radio host & podcaster, and the author of three books on relationships and thousands of print and digital articles. More than 1.5 million people follow her sage advice on social media. She holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and teaches in the Psychology Department at California State University Channel Islands and has been the host of "The Dr. Wendy Walsh Show" on iHeart Radio's KFI AM 640 since 2015. Walsh is also a former Emmy-nominated co-host of "The Doctors," as well as former host of the nationally syndicated show "EXTRA." She was named a Time Magazine Person of the Year in 2017 after speaking out about harassment at a major news network.

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Edited by: Lillian Castro

Lillian Castro

Lillian Guevara-Castro brings more than 30 years of journalism experience to ensure DatingAdvice articles have been edited for overall clarity, accuracy, and reader engagement. She has worked at The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, The Gwinnett Daily News, and The Gainesville Sun covering lifestyle topics.

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Reader Question:

I had been dating a guy since January. We clicked immediately and fell in love. He told me he saw a future together. I told him I felt the same. I also showed him how I felt with affection.

He left for three weeks with his friends in Las Vegas, visiting family and business meetings. We texted each other when he was away. When he got back, he broke up with me.

I told him how I felt about us. He agreed it would be good to give our relationship another try. He said if I don’t hear from him in a while, it didn’t mean he wasn’t taking things seriously. It’s been a week now and we’ve had one email exchange.

I know some space is good, but how long will this be until we meet again to start rebuilding our relationship?

-Karen (New York)

Dr. Wendy Walsh’s Answer:

Here’s a lesson every woman should know: While we commit when we’ve met the right guy, men commit when they’ve hit a state of readiness.

There’s not one thing a woman can do to rush a man’s state of readiness, so don’t take it personally.

Also, don’t wait around. If he broke up with you, he means it. It’s telling that he did it after a Vegas weekend with the guys. He liked his freedom there.

My advice: Move on. When he’s ready, he may come back, but generally when a guy hits a state of readiness, he throws to the new girl who’s up at bat.

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