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I Keep Hoping my Boyfriend of 6 Months Will Change

I Keep Hoping my Boyfriend of 6 Months Will Change! Welcome to Dear Sybersue! Today I discuss Emily’s email regarding her new relationship.

Dear Sybersue,

I would like to know why my boyfriend of 6 months is pulling back so much and why he is being so hot and cold with me? He was all in from the start and we saw each other every day! Now he is becoming very emotionally detached although he is a little more assertive than usual during any intimate time we share together.

His behavior is making me feel very anxious and he never mentions anything about a future together. I really want him to change back to how he was in the first few months when things were so romantic between us. I don’t know what to do and I am afraid that I may eventually lose him. He doesn’t like talking about it at all!

Why is he like and is there any hope for us? What can I do to fix this situation?


Dear Emily,

This is a common occurrence with both sexes when a new relationship starts to shift out of that sweet lustful phase and enter the second “where do we go from here” phase. Unfortunately, many partnerships end during this stage due to one person feeling pressured into making more of a commitment than they may be ready for.

When the expectations dramatically alter within a relationship and the couple isn’t on the same page at the same time, it can become a “turn off” that pushes the other one away.

When things are so great and exciting in the beginning, couples often fall into the addictive pheromone zone, letting it control their actions. It’s just so damn powerful that they allow themselves to go headfirst into seeing someone as much as possible!

This often happens when you finally meet that person who makes you so weak at the knees (and other places) that you ignore all those red flags telling you to slow down. Many men and women are guilty of doing this.

It is so important to take your time in getting to know someone. We all need to stop jumping into a new relationship so fast! Seriously what is the rush? Why do we need this instant gratification all the time?

Emily, I suggest you hold off with your expectations to know more about your future with him. I could understand that you would want these questions answered if you had been together for 2 years but it has only been 6 months.

That is way too early to have the talk and it will scare him away.

Put a little excitement back into your relationship and take the pressure out of the equation. You both need to bring a little courtship back in and get excited about dating each other again. You have gone into full-blown marital mode in a way too short of a time.

I understand that he may have been the leader in how this relationship transformed so quickly and that makes it even more frustrating! “Why is he running away when he was the one who initiated the speed of this partnership?”

Believe me, you are not the first woman to ask this question! Some men go into a new relationship very quickly when they meet someone they are really attracted to but they also end up freaking themselves out and start running in the opposite direction.

It really doesn’t matter who the initiator was, it is important to be the one to keep things going at a slower pace so that you can really get to know each other. It’s not just about how compatible you both are between the sheets. There is a lot more to a partnership than just having a sexual chemistry. (Although that is also a bit part of a healthy relationship!)

He may be a little more assertive when you are intimate right now because he misses being romantic with you. He has pulled back from you and so when you do see each other, he is sending out these mixed signals. He wants to be with you but he may be feeling overwhelmed by how fast things have moved between you. (Make sure you are alright with what is transpiring in the bedroom and never feel pressured into doing anything that makes you uncomfortable!)

Your partner should be an extension who of who you already are

Don’t make him your whole life. See your friends more and be OK with seeing him less for a while. Do not constantly text him or question what he is doing when he is not with you or keep asking him how he is feeling about your relationship. Let things flow naturally and maybe you can salvage your relationship. If things are meant to be between you as a couple it will happen without too much effort.

Let him miss you once in a while!

Even if you manage to get things back in a great place in your partnership it is healthier not to see your boyfriend 24/7. Couples should always have some interests and hobbies outside of their relationship. Everyone needs a little space and some alone time.

Keeping some independence makes you appreciate your partner even more, when you are together. You don’t feel suffocated when your partner isn’t super needy and you look forward to your time together.

Hopefully, you can get things back on track Emily by trying some of these things. Keep me posted and let me know how things turn out for you.

Sybersue xo <3

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