Who Should Break No Contact First?

By Savva Smith
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No Contact's Unspoken Rule: Who Should Make the First Move?


You will learn:

Who has the moral responsibility to initiate contact after a period of silence
The emotional journey your ex undergoes after making the decision to part ways
Imagine you're a creator, pouring your heart and soul into a masterpiece, only for someone to look at it and decide it doesn't fit their gallery. It would be a disservice to yourself to chase after them, trying to persuade them of its worth. It was they who couldn't recognize the hues of effort, the strokes of love, and the intricacies of your shared experiences.

When they decided to walk away, they assumed the mantle of responsibility. Now, it's not your job to coax them back into the gallery or convince them of the masterpiece's significance. It is up to them to realize what they walked away from. They must be the ones to feel the weight of that decision, to feel the absence of the artwork that once adorned their life. If they truly understand the depth of their choice, they should be the ones to step forward, knocking on your door, ready to appreciate and mend the tapestry of the relationship they once chose to leave. You've done your part, painted your picture. It's now their turn to see its true value and make the first move:

Why the one who ends it, mends it

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Here's why it's so important for the dumper to reach out first:

1. Acknowledgment of Responsibility: When they chose to end the relationship, the scales tipped. They took the power to decide the relationship's fate into their hands. Hence, if there's any inkling of regret or a wish to rekindle, it is their duty to acknowledge the weight of their initial decision and take that tentative step back towards the center. It becomes a gesture that speaks of maturity and understanding.

2. Regaining Trust: The act of breaking up, irrespective of the reasons, chips away at the foundation of trust. Trust, fragile and precious, requires nurturing to grow back. By taking the initiative to reach out, the one who walked away signals sincerity, opening a potential path towards reconciliation.

3. Avoiding Mixed Signals: The dynamics post-breakup are delicate. If the person who was left behind initiates contact, it can be perceived as a sign of desperation or inability to move on, damaging their self-worth. On the other hand, when the initiator takes the step, it's a clear signal, free from ambiguity.

4. Emotional Equity: A relationship is a dance of give and take, of emotional transactions that ensure both partners feel valued. By being the one to break the silence, the initiator can bridge the emotional divide that the breakup might have caused, showing that they too bear the emotional aftermath of their decision.

5. Power Balance: The one who decides to end things momentarily holds more influence. For a genuine reconnection to occur, this balance needs recalibration. By chasing you, by making that effort, not only the balance of power is restored, but also the foundation for attraction to flourish once more. Only in a balanced dance can both partners truly find harmony again.

This is when your ex will break the no contact rule and reach out to you

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If you're thinking about breaking no contact because your ex is still silent after all this time, gaining some perspective into their thought process might help. But I'll tell you this upfront: If they're silent, it's usually just a part of the process. So, they typically move through five stages of no contact:
Grasping these stages provides a clear roadmap to when and how your ex might start feeling the pull to reconnect with you. It should help you gauge their mindset and emotional state at each phase. This not only allows you to brace yourself for potential outreach from their end but also equips you with the understanding needed for a more informed response, whether you're seeking closure or considering a fresh start.

One crucial reason why it's important to stay silent during no contact

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Your self-worth is the rhythm that guides each step during no contact. When someone willingly chooses to exit your life, the music might momentarily falter, but the dance must go on. It's essential, especially at this juncture, to remember your worth and the song that your heart truly wants to dance to.

Moving towards someone who didn't appreciate your melody, someone who didn't value the intricate beats of your heart, isn't the way to regain harmony. Instead, find solace in the truth that those who genuinely resonate with your tune will find their way back. The responsibility of mending the rift, of reigniting the song, now rests on their shoulders. Your role? To continue dancing, loving, and cherishing the beautiful composition that is uniquely yours. After all, the most profound declarations of love and commitment often come from those who, having recognized their misstep, return to the dance floor, ready to move in sync with you once more.


Key Points

If they've decided that your relationship is over, it's their responsibility to make things right and rebuild it.
For them to make their first serious move, they must be at the final stage of no contact.

Not knowing this astonishing secret practically guarantees the negative experience during no contact:
Not feeling any better
Having relentless thoughts of an ex
Battling those near-impossible-to-resist urges to reach out