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  • #297729

    lindsey
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    Anita,

    these principals definitely make sense and reading them makes me feel better.

    I feel the situation today is very similar to what happened over the weekend.  Something upset him and he went silent on his phone for 2 days.  What r ur thoughts?

    #297741

    anita
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    Dear Lindsey:

    He said he wants to take it slow, to get to know you (no sex during this stage). A monogamous gf/ bf relationship was not established yet. I think it may be a good  idea to suggest to him a few rules, maybe a phone call every evening between this and that time, so you don’t have to wonder if he will call you. That will help your anxiety.

    I am not sure about what rules will be best, maybe you can think of a few and let me know. The purpose of the rules is to minimize your anxiety at this stage of the relationship (getting to know each other) and the rules need to make sense, and only a few.

    anita

    #297797

    lindsey
    Participant

    Anita,

    Ok. So I am wondering if I should try another anxiety medication that was prescribed I just haven’t filled it yet because I feel like I’m on my last leg here.   He was just busy yesterday.

    I’m still processing things because he texted me later last night and said 1. he is not sure what this is regarding liking me as this is new. 2. not sure he’s ready to see someone 3. we work together.  He stated he’s attracted to me and wants to continue our friendship.  He does not want any expectations.  Then asked me to lunch this weekend.  Also if I’m looking to find someone don’t let him stop me from seeing people.  He doesn’t want to ruin our friendship over sex.

    I feel really exhausted.

    Lindsey

    #297799

    lindsey
    Participant

    Also I don’t even now what rules to ask him.  I feel like he’s the one calling all the shots here.  Almost like he’s controlling what happens in the future really.  He said if we are watching a movie one night and end up spooning then it happens.

    #297801

    anita
    Participant

    Dear Lindsey:

    Either you take it slow with him or don’t take it at all. He is going slow, is cautious. If you can’t fit your expectations to reality and calm down, then better tell him you are withdrawing from him, no longer considering a relationship, back to being co workers and nothing more.

    I think he is feeling pressure already, that is why he told you to not let him stop you from seeing other men. He knows you are rushing and he knows that he is not!

    Here are the three possibilities that I see:

    1. You keep rushing, obsessing, he withdraws.

    2. You calm down, do not expect anything but mutual respect, have lunch with him this weekend and do not obsess about it before or after. This is your best chance for a bf/gf relationship to develop.

    3. You can’t calm down, end this beginning relationship.

    anita

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    anita
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    #297811

    lindsey
    Participant

    Anita,

    I understand. I agree with what you are saying.  I feel sad with myself for my behaviors, again.  I’m going to try the very best I can.  I’m only going to think of him as a friend.  I let it get out of hand this week.  I’m really trying.  This is really hard.

    Lindsey

    #297819

    anita
    Participant

    Dear Lindsey:

    Yes, better “to think of him as a friend”, because this is what he is, a friend.

    You can’t tell the future, predict it, fast forward and be there. So don’t rush there in your mind, it is futile.

    anita

    #297821

    lindsey
    Participant

    Anita,

    Thank you.  I’m really upset that I allowed my anxiety to get to this point.  I’m embarrassed that he probably got the rushed impression from me.

    Lindsey

    #297831

    anita
    Participant

    Dear Lindsey:

    Try to not be embarrassed by thinking what I believe is true: he is not perfect either, far from it. If you do get to know him better, you will find out how imperfect he is. Likely, part of the reason why he wants to take it slow is for you to.. not find out right away and immediately that, in his mind,..  he is  not good enough for you !

    anita

    #298039

    lindsey
    Participant

    Anita,

    i am only thinking of him as a friend and I don’t have anxiety. If I start to think other stuff my anxiety goes crazy so I don’t. This mindset is for the best. I am not ready for dating based on how my anxiety goes crazy.  Not ready at all.  Thank you for your guidance during this difficult week.  I’m grateful I fixed myself before I messed the friendship up.

    Lindsey

    #298091

    anita
    Participant

    Dear Lindsey:

    You are welcome. “I’m grateful I fixed myself before I messed the relationship up”- this very thing will over time reduce your anxiety, your beginning and growing confidence in your ability to handle challenges well. You were too anxious regarding K, changed your thinking, and set yourself on the right path in regard to him. Good job, keep at it !

    anita

    #298145

    lindsey
    Participant

    Anita,

    This is going to sound a little weird but I feel like you are really the only constant in my life right now maybe besides my dad.

    i haven’t spoken to my mom at all since Easter. She’s coming this weekend to visit with the kids. She has not texted me at all until now asking me to pick her up from the airport with the kids. I declined. I’m not really sure how to handle the situation.  I will have to keep her at arms length but I feel like I will be very upset and that she will end up asking me to have lunch or dinner with her alone and I just feel like I cannot go back to old habits and I’m really hurt.

    I’m also upset because K asked me to watch a movie Friday and I couldn’t so we decided to watch it today.  Well Anita is 5:15 in the afternoon and I’ve yet to hear from him. I texted him earlier.  I’m so over everything honestly. I don’t care if we don’t watch the movie tonight but Jesus return a text.  So typical lately.

    Lindsey

    #298157

    anita
    Participant

    Dear Lindsey:

    I will be able to read and reply to your recent post, and anything you may add to it, when I am back to the computer in about 13 hours from now.

    anita

    #298163

    lindsey
    Participant

    Anita,

    It is almost 8pm nothing from K.  I’m trying not to over react but I’m pretty upset.  I don’t know if it’s worth continuing a friendship at this point. I just don’t understand people.

    Lindsey

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