In last week’s podcast we interviewed Dr. Kyle Jones on the topic of how to overcome romantic rejection, and answered five of your questions. Today we publish Part 2 of that interview. Rhonda, Kyle and David will tell you how to stop obsessing about someone who has rejected you, and whether you can “heal completely,”and how you can get your confidence back, and more!
6. Do you have any tips for moving on and realizing that maybe your ex isn’t as great as you think they are?
20 qualities I’m looking for in an ideal mate.
Time, patience, space away from each other. Make lists of qualities you liked about your ex and qualities you wish were different. Fill out the form: “20 Qualities in An Ideal Mate” and review how many of these qualities your ex had.
7. Since cheating is something that happens so often in relationships, what would you recommend (techniques wise) for someone who’s been cheated on in trying to get their confidence back?
YOU CAN USE THE DAILY MOOD LOG, DOUBLE STANDARD, ETC. OVERCOME FEAR OF BEING ALONE. ETC. Examine the Evidence; Worst, Best, Average.
Cheating can be really devastating if you and your significant other were in a monogamous relationship. What are the negative thoughts you have about yourself after you’ve been cheated on? Practice talking back to those.
8. How can we boost our confidence back up after a breakup in general even if we haven’t been cheated on?
Do things you love to do with people who love you: go dancing, go to the beach, go hear music, read, etc.
Daily Mood Log on the thoughts that lead to your lack of confidence.
9. Do you guys believe in the notion that you are capable of “healing completely from your ex (aka completely being over them and all the pain the breakup brought you)” or do you believe that it’s not possible.
I MEASURE THINGS. YOU CAN DO WAY BETTER AS YOU GROW. IS THERE A CLAIM THAT THERE IS NOW AN INVISIBLE BARRIER ON YOUR SCORE ON THE BMS. THIS IS SUCH, EXCUSE MY CRUDITY, HOGWASH! HOPEFULLY, YOU’LL NEVER AGAIN FIND SOMEONE JUST LIKE THE PERSON WHO REJECTED YOU!
You may never be exactly the same, why would you want to be? Every experience in life gives you the opportunity to grow (as cliche and kind of yucky as that sounds).
Maybe you need to acknowledge and examine your role in the breakup, come to a place of humility or maybe even compassion, but definitely understanding. Interpersonal Downward Arrow to look at the Roles and Rules in your past relationships. Relationship Journal to see how you have contributed to the relationship problems. Maybe do Reattribution to see what you contributed to the relationship problems and what they did.
10. What are some realistic expectations to have coming out of a breakup, recovery wise, and what are some unrealistic expectations?
I DON’T IMPOSE MY STANDARDS AND AGENDAS ON OTHERS! THAT’S LIKE MISSIONARY WORK, TRYING TO GET SOMEONE TO ADOPT YOUR STANDARDS. I TRY TO LISTEN (EMPATHY) AND THEN SET THE AGENDA WITH THE PATIENT, AND THE NEGOTIATION STEP IS SOMETIMES IMPORTANT. I ALSO USE STORY TELLING TO ILLUSTRATE A RADICALLY DIFFERENT REALITY FROM WHAT THE PATIENT “SEES.”
I can’t add anything to that, except, after examining your role in the relationship, you may see the expectations you want to eliminate and the ones you want to maintain.
11. Do you guys feel that you shouldn’t date for a while after getting your heart broken?
THIS CAN BE A GREAT IDEA. I ALWAYS INSIST, AS PART OF NEGOTIATION PHASE OF AGENDA SETTING, THAT THE PERSON OVERCOME THE FEAR OF BEING ALONE BEFORE DATING, WHETHER OR NOT A REJECTION HAPPENED.
This is a very personal decision. Have you had time to heal before getting into a new relationship? Have you had time to examine your role so you can make changes if you choose, so you won’t repeat the same mistakes in the next relationship?
12. Do you have to move on from your ex to go back out into the dating world again and to possibly be in a relationship again? Do you guys feel that “jumping” from relationship to relationship can be a bad thing? Why or why not?
THESE THINGS ARE ALWAYS ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS. I THINK IT CAN BE HEALTHY TO DATE A VARIETY OF PEOPLE AND NOT GLOM ONTO THE FIRST PERSON WHO EXPRESSES AN INTEREST IN YOU. THAT WAY, YOU CAN COMPARE A VARIETY OF RELATIONSHIPS AND IN ADDITION, YOUR DATING SKILLS WILL IMPROVE. THE “20 THINGS I’M LOOKING FOR IN AN IDEAL MATE” CAN BE VALUABLE.
“Jumping from relationship to relationship” sounds so judgmental. Are you finding yourself in relationships where you have similar complaints from your last relationship, repeating patterns that you dislike? Then I would pause and take time to heal and learn before starting another one.
What does be “moved on” really mean here? Would you have to never have a thought about your ex again before dating? That might be impossible! I don’t think there’s anything wrong with dating multiple people or starting and stopping relationships with some frequency – especially if you’re looking for a good fit and it’s not working out with someone.
13. How do you overcome your trust issues when getting into another relationship after your heartbreak?
PATIENT WOULD HAVE TO GIVE ME A SPECIFIC EXAMPLE, AND NOT DEAL WITH THIS OR ANYTHING “ABSTRACTLY.”
Daily Mood Log work, starting with a specific event that led to the lack of trust.
Let us know if you would like a third podcast on how to deal with romantic rejection at some point, since we have a number of remaining questions. Thanks!
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