how to make your ex miss you (includes real example)

this article will teach you how to make your ex miss you. this is not theory, either. this post includes a real-life example of a client i worked with. my client not only got their ex to miss them —where before they were ignored— but also chase them (back into a loving relationship.)

what makes an ex come back?

the most common reason couples make up is that they miss each other.

it is a catalyst for all that follows.

something has to motivate your ex to want to come back to you.

and the most obvious “something” to kick start the process of reuniting will be that they miss you.

which is not a far fetched outcome. after all, post-breakup, it is tough to adjust to being single again.

humans yearn connection. we are social animals.

your ex is no different.

when we are starved of connection, we seek to create (or re-create) a connection.

so, if your ex is struggling to manage, they may soon be gasping for more human contact.

and this is a reasonable basis to begin missing you.

something to keep in mind…

because, if you play your cards right, you can help your ex yearn for you just as my client did.

good news: your ex will be primed to miss you

let’s begin with the simple truism of how our feelings, including love, are largely uncontrollable.

whether your ex wants to miss you or not, it doesn’t matter. whatever they feel, they feel. and there’s little that can be done about it in the short term.

love feelings can be more intense than desired (e.g., after a breakup) or less intense than desired (e.g., in long-term relationships)

from “regulation of romantic love feelings: preconceptions, strategies, and feasibility”1 — a study investigating if love feelings can be intentionally increased and decreased.

the point here is this:

when we end a relationship, our feelings do not end at the same time.

and so, whatever your ex was feeling when you were dating, they’ll continue to feel some of that for a good while. regardless of what they would prefer to feel.

both good and bad…

let your ex’s bad feelings make room for good feelings

after a breakup, especially if we were “wronged,” we will carry anger and bitterness along with our sadness.

these negative emotions “muddy the waters” of our feelings.

the result?

your ex might feel plenty of love and affection for you, but also plenty of anger and grief.

therefore if you want to be missed, you first need to deal with the bitter angry “you = bad” problem.

the solution?

well, the first thing to do is to stay out of the “muddy waters” to let things settle down for a bit.

yes, to wait it out…

until the intensity of their feelings subside.

ignore your instincts

every fibre of your being wants to text, phone, and hangout with your ex.

you miss them terribly.

and it is painful to not be with them. to not see their face. and not hold them in your arms.

and so, this is what your instincts and feelings are instructing you to do.

this is why some clients become “text terrorists” after the breakup. they can not bare being apart.

on the other hand, your brain —the logic part— knows that in order to get your ex to miss you, you must deny your instincts and feelings.

you can not be in constant contact with your ex, begging and pleading, crying and harassing them on social media… and expect them to miss you at the same time.

and if they have made it clear they do not want to see you right now?

they’re doing you a favour.

if your ex wants space and feels crowded by you, you will only sabotage yourself and your chances of making up if you pester them.

to clear the muddy waters, stay clear of your ex.


build reasons for your ex to miss you

first you must vanish from your ex’s world. not forever. just long enough for your absence to be felt.

second, you must get to work to create an impact for when you return to your ex’s world. you need to learn how to rebuild attraction (hint: remove the things that block the attraction.)

your absence is the left foot. the habits, actions, and choices you make etc., are your right foot.

both feet need to be working together.

staying away from your ex with one foot, and making strategic self-improvements that make an impact, with the other.

if your left foot is breaking silence and showing up at your ex’s home or work, then the efforts your right foot make will be in vain.

how to handle situations when you can’t avoid your ex

what if you can not avoid your ex? do you give up? no. of course not.

my rule here is simple: retreat where you can, but attend to what is important.

this means when you can’t avoid your ex, just minimise contact to the bare minimal you can get away with.

and that’s ok.

so if you have children together, you will clearly need to co-operate as fully as is appropriate for parents.

and you should.

and if you live together, you must tend to your respective roles in the household, too.

but what about work and school?

it is what it is.

i do not recommend throwing in work or education because you want to maximise your chances.

instead, if you work together, just aim to maintain a professional relationship. enough to carry out your duties.

same with school. when you share classes for example, just keep contact to the minimal you can manage.

the goal here is to avoid unnecessary drama.

this is not about being difficult with one another.

when contact is unavoidable, be diplomatic and professional.

avoid discussing personal matters.

if you make a big deal of ignoring your ex in those unavoidable situations? you risk making yourself look bad.

so don’t do that.


next i’ll share examples from a client to show how they created an impact large enough to leave their ex feeling terrible doubt over dumping them…

success story

let me share a real story with you from a past client.

this client —sarah— succeeded in getting her ex to miss her. in fact, he ended up chasing her.

if you’re a guy reading this? keep reading. the things she did? you can do the same. it is not exclusive to gender. you just need to tweak things, and i’ll explain as we go, ok?


meet sarah.

she dated this guy for roughly three years. and they were planning to move in together. he had even bought furniture to adorn the new place.


days before stepping foot in their new home, he announced he no longer loved her (and claimed he hadn’t really loved her for a few months.)



after a couple weeks went by, sarah was told to move on by friends. you know the score, “he isn’t worth it, there are plenty more fish in the sea” (etc.)

but she wanted to fight. and only she knew what this meant to her.

so she came to me.

tip: friends and family mean well, but they are not necessarily equipped to give the best advice.


so how did we get sarah’s ex to change his mind?

honestly, there were many moving parts to this.

but a huge piece of the puzzle was in changing sarah’s appearance —both outwardly and in behaviour— so as to snap her ex out of his daydream.

sounds shallow?

well i’m here to tell you what works. not how we wished things worked 🙂


after a couple years dating sarah, her boyfriend was used to seeing her a certain way.

she would typically wear muted colours. wore the same outfit combinations. and her hair was always done up the same way.

all perfectly fine. but we needed to break the pattern here, and force her ex boyfriend to re-evaluate sarah.

to compare the old sarah with the new, rather than see just the same sarah. make sense?

so that’s what she did.

she completely changed her style —tapping into a different side of herself— enough that, when he next saw her, he practically froze 🙂

for you guys, you absolutely can do the same. your ex has a picture of you in her mind. your job is to not match that picture.


back to sarah.

when her ex saw her?

remember this was after she had completed a healthy period of no contact, giving her the benefits of silence that brings.

you can’t do this anywhere nearly as effectively if it is a couple days after the breakup.


from his perspective, he had this memory of how she looked, and added to that, a memory of their last encounter (when she was tearful and wearing comfort clothes.)

what she did was simple:

she created a contrast against her old image —the one he held in his mind— and the difference was night and day.

when he saw her?

it was her, and not her.

and he could not help himself. his mind was consumed by her, and only her.

he began to wonder what had happened to her, what she had been up to since he dumped her, and whether she was dating again.

he became incredibly curious about her.

which made for a strong foundation for him to miss her from, wouldn’t you say?

and yes, it is as simple as i’m describing it.

but there’s more.

when he spoke to her?

well, sarah didn’t just change her style.

oh no.

i got her to raise her confidence, too.

she was out trying new activities, going to new places, and basically enjoying her freedom.

she didn’t want to. but i persuaded her to do it anyway. to just give it a try.

important —

when you are single, you are free. and you should take advantage of that state (and in doing so… help your ex to miss you.)

and there’s more…

what do free people do?

it’s no secret that one way to make your ex miss you is to go out and enjoy the company of other’s (doesn’t have to be “dating” as such, just mingling.)

there are caveats to this. and yes, it can backfire. so get in touch if you want help deciding if it is a good idea for you.

for sarah, it was. and in doing this, it reminded her of her value, to boot.

so all said and done, after all that, he could not help himself. and he now had someone he could fight for.

yes. she became ungetatable.

this is not optional if you want your ex to miss you.

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About the author: i’m a relationship coach specialising in breakup recovery. i’ve been doing this for 12+ years helping thousands worldwide. i created the Breakup Dojo, a popular program with over 1,000 members. i’ve authored several in-demand breakup recovery products, drawing from my deep fascination with psychology. i also publish the “ex-communication” newsletter that’s packed with actionable advice to over 10,000 subscribers worldwide.