What to Do If You’re Getting Mixed Signals in Dating
If you’re getting mixed signals in dating or relationships, here’s what you can do about it to save your dignity and sanity!
Have you ever dated or been in a relationship with a man who gave you mixed signals? Maybe he said one thing and meant something else. Perhaps he came on strong at first but sometimes seemed disinterested. Mixed signals can make you overthink, overanalyze, and confuse the heck out of you.
In this video, you’ll learn why people give mixed signals, and what we can do about them.
Mixed Signals in Dating
Mixed signals usually mean one of three things:
- He’s not that into you, but he’s afraid to tell you
- He’s not ready for a relationship, but he thinks he is
- He has an insecure attachment style and may blow hot and cold with everyone he dates
If he’s not that into you, it will be pretty clear, but you may not want to see it. He’ll seem distracted. He’ll forget he made plans with you. He’ll be attentive when he’s with you, but sometimes stop communicating for days when he’s on his own.
If he’s recently divorced, separated, or widowed, or he’s consumed with work or a sick parent or child, he may think he’s more available than he actually is. He likes you a lot, but he’s held back by anger at an ex, sadness about his loss, or trying to balance work and the rest of his commitments.
What about someone with an insecure attachment style, leading to ambivalence about the relationship?
People who grew up in homes without secure attachment to their caregivers often have attachment traumas in their romantic relationships. They want you until they get you. They pull away, and you get more anxious, which makes them want you less. You pull away, and the chase starts again. This is crazy making!
It’s common to have mixed feelings, uncertainty or indecisiveness concerning any relationship until you’ve gotten to know each other better and feelings become clearer.
But, when those mixed feelings lead to ambiguity after the relationship has progressed, it can lead to anxiety and fears. It can feel like you’ve lost all control in the relationship, and the other person has all the power. Mixed signals keep things off balance and can create distance.
You don’t feel you can count on him. You wonder if he has the capacity to be emotionally responsive to you and your needs.
The good news is, there’s something you can do to take your power back, no matter the cause of the ambiguity.
Know Your Must-Haves
The solution is for you to know what works for you in relationships, and be direct in your communication. Don’t ask him how he feels about you or the relationship. Tell him how YOU FEEL. Let him know what works for you and what does not.
For example, if you need someone who communicates regularly, let him know, and see if he’s capable of that. If you need someone who follows through on his commitments, let him know, and see what happens.
He may or may not be capable of commitment and intimacy, but you won’t know if you don’t speak up.
Be open to hearing his thoughts and feelings, and accept whatever he says as the truth. He may not say what you want, but the truth is so much better than living with false hope.
If he gets defensive when you have this conversation, or he continues to send mixed messages, this is a clear vicious cycle.
Ask Yourself High Value Questions
Most people, when faced with mixed messages, ask low value questions, like “Why did he do that to me?” This is a question you can’t answer, and it’s disempowering. Instead, I encourage you to ask yourself high value questions, like “Do I really want to be with someone who blows hot and cold, someone who sends mixed messages?”
The more clarity you have about what you will and won’t tolerate in a relationship, the closer you’ll be to finding that special partner, someone who is capable of consistency, follow-through, and clear communication. This is how you get to your LAST FIRST DATE!
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