Reminder: If He Says He Doesn't Want A Relationship, Believe Him

As individuals, we tend to engage in selective listening, especially when we are presented with information that conflicts with our beliefs. Nevertheless, it's advisable to take a man's words at face value when he expresses that he is not interested in a relationship. Rest assured that he is being truthful, and disregarding his statement could lead to regrettable consequences.

1. It might be an excuse, but it's a decent one

Although you may attempt to justify his lack of honesty by attributing his disinterest in a relationship to other reasons, the fact remains that he's declining your advances at this time, and this should be acknowledged. He undoubtedly has his motives for not wanting to commit, and even if he doesn't disclose them, his rejection is definitive.

2. He might Change His mind, but that's up to him

While it's conceivable that he may have a change of heart in the future, this decision will be solely his to make, and not because you have presented him with an argument for why you're right for each other. If he has no interest in pursuing a relationship at this time, it's best to acknowledge his statement as final and seek someone who shares your intentions.

3. You don't need to stick around while he changes his mind

If you choose to wait with the expectation that your association with him will transform into a relationship, you'll likely experience disappointment in the interim. If he eventually recognizes that you're the one he wants to be with, he'll make an effort to locate you. However, it's anyone's guess whether you'll still be interested in him by that point.

4. He might be dating multiple people

Many individuals choose to forgo relationships because they prefer to engage in multiple relationships, if you catch my drift. Although he could explicitly express that he's not interested in exclusivity at the moment rather than declaring that he's uninterested in a relationship entirely, his statement may be a subtle way of communicating his intentions.

5. You should be wanted

Do you genuinely desire someone who reluctantly enters a relationship with you? Presumably not. For a relationship to have any potential of lasting, both individuals must be wholeheartedly invested and genuinely eager to participate. You deserve a joyful and thriving relationship, and anything less isn't worth your effort.

6. He might be letting you off easy

There are several ways to experience rejection, and some methods are more favorable than others. In established relationships, communicating openly is often the most effective approach. However, in the early stages of a relationship, some individuals may prefer to disengage with as little confrontation as possible.

More Reasons You Shouldn't Second-Guess Him When He Says He Doesn't Want A Relationship

1. Convincing him to commit isn't winning

While it may seem like a triumph to convince a man who initially rejected the idea of a relationship to commit, it can lead to him feeling resentful or failing to meet your expectations as a partner. When the relationship inevitably ends (which will likely be sooner rather than later), you'll be left feeling isolated, rejected, and as if you've expended a significant amount of time and energy that could have been better utilized elsewhere.

2. He might not know what he wants

If you're clear about what you want in a relationship and he's not, then you're not on the same wavelength, plain and simple. Even if he believes he could want you presently, it's essential for your partner to be sure of what they want. You're too mature to engage in games with a guy who can't see how fortunate he is to have you in his life. Don't allow yourself to be taken for granted.

3. He might not be in the right mental place

At times, individuals may desire a relationship on some level but realize that they don't have the time or energy to devote to providing their partner with all that they deserve. This could be why you sense some hesitation from him. However, ultimately, it's better to trust the "no" when it's given. Even though he says he doesn't want a relationship, he might know deep down that he wouldn't make a good partner at this point in his life.

4. You don't want to fight for something that's not good

Although sometimes you might need to fight for love, the other person must also be willing to meet you halfway; otherwise, you're fighting a losing battle. Healthy relationships are based on a 50/50 effort as much as possible, and if things are that imbalanced from the beginning, it doesn't bode well. According to Susan Winter, a New York City relationship expert, and love coach, "There are two types of people in a relationship: those who actively want to be there and those who are simply along for the ride. Ideally, relationships should be 50-50. In real life, that percentage may be fluid. For example, your partner gives a lot in some areas and not so much in others. But no matter how the give-and-take ratio shakes out, a fulfilling partnership is based on balance. Relationships that lack balance breed resentment."

5. He's doing you a favor

While it may be hard to accept at first, it's better to know now if someone doesn't want to be with you, rather than finding out later on when you've become more emotionally invested. Whether it's a general reluctance to commit or simply a lack of interest in you, it's better to know where you stand early on, before you become more attached and invested in the relationship.

What To Do If The Guy You Like Says He Doesn't Want A Relationship

If you find yourself struggling to walk away when a guy doesn't want a relationship and you do, there are a few strategies you could consider before making the decision to cut ties completely.

1. Ask for more info

If you believe that his reluctance towards a relationship is due to his past experiences or current circumstances, and you think he genuinely likes you, it's worth having a conversation with him. According to celebrity life coach and dating expert Sloan Sheridan-Williams, you can ask about their ideal relationship timeline and figure out if they don't want a serious relationship in general or just not with you. If it's the latter, it's best to move on. But if they need time to figure things out, you can be patient and see how things develop.

2. Start pulling away slowly

Perhaps you feel like abruptly ending things with him is not an option, or maybe you just don't want to do it. But if you are certain that he doesn't want a relationship while you do, you know that you need to protect yourself by putting an end to things. One way to start is by gradually distancing yourself from him. Reduce the frequency of your calls and texts, don't always be available when he wants to hang out, and devote your time and energy to other things and people in your life. This will make it easier to move on from him.

3. Stop sleeping with him if you have been

Sex can intensify the emotional bond between partners, but if you desire a relationship and he doesn't, having sex with him can only hurt you in the end. Continuing to have sex with him will only lead to emotional, mental, and hormonal distress. Therefore, it's best to avoid sex altogether with him until you both are on the same page about what you want from the relationship.

4. Don't get caught up in chemistry

While that initial spark and chemistry might have been amazing, it ultimately doesn't matter if he doesn't want a relationship and you do. Holding onto that connection won't make up for his lack of commitment. As breakup and dating coach Natalia Juarez explains, people can get stuck on the good feelings in a new relationship, but it's important to consider the middle ground, such as commitment and communication. If a long-term relationship isn't possible, it's better to walk away.