Letting Go Of A Crush

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The Question
Dear Bryce,
I’m having difficulty with a younger man whom I really believe is considering me. I’m in my mid-30’s and he’s in his early 20’s.
We met at the work recently and would talk at length about pop-culture things both folks liked. I didn’t think anything of it because I’ve lengthy conversations with anyone who likes the pop-culture stuff I’m into. When talking started causing problems at the working job when he asked for my number, It had been decided by me have been a sensible solution to manage things. We also started eating lunch together and he started walking me unemployed so our conversations were from the task place. I refused to see some of it as romantic because he’s so much younger than me.
Since then I’ve reached know him better and also have come to realise the next; beyond a love of Marvel movies we’ve nothing in keeping, he appears to have a one-sided crush on me, no respect is had by him for just about any of my boundaries, he’s very pushy, he’s very controlling, he ignores me when I say ‘no’, he’s very immature for a 22-year-old and contains very negative attitudes towards women and how he’s living his life.
I am aware the mistakes I created by talking to him way too, allowing him to possess my number, walking unemployed together and allowing phone conversations to last for over one hour because he wished to keep talking. Also, assuming the repeated discussions about how exactly Personally i think about dating younger men made things clear. Especially since i have repeatedly described the theory as weird and creepy and gross.”
Now I want him out of my life completely and am so glad we don’t work at the same place anymore. I’ve tried to talk to him about our toxic ‘friendship’ so we can either move ahead or stop being friends. Even directly told him that I’m concerned he has a crush on me, which he ignored. All that happens is he tries to distract me with flowery compliments, over-the-top apologies or ignores what I’ve said and the questions I’ve asked.
If I set up a boundary or ask him to stop something, he agrees and then continues what he’s doing. Because of this, I don’t feel that he’s going to accept a confrontational We’re not friends anymore, please don’t contact me in any way, shape or form.” Instead, I’m trying to edge away and be unavailable.
Is this the easiest method to go about get a guy like this out of my life? He’s currently trying to push for more contact.
Thank you,
The Answer
Hey So Over It,
Let me be the first to apply the word stalker” to your situation. It’s a scary word, but someone has to use it. I’m not sure, based on what you’ve described, that your unwanted admirer qualifies as a textbook stalker. And I don’t think you have to panic, change your locks, and buy a gun.
But you’re receiving persistent, undesired attention from someone with whom you do not wish to interact. This guy is lowering your quality of life. There is absolutely no room for edging away. It is advisable to now end it, and make certain it generally does not go any more.
From the sounds of it, you’ve given him a lot of feedback about his behavior. But still, he won’t clue in. This may be simple mental and emotional incompetence/immaturity on his part. It may be symptomatic of a larger disorder, or constellation of disorder. In any event, there’s no point attempting to explain to him any more what he’s doing wrong. Regardless of how friendly you’re in the past, it isn’t your job to create him feel great or let him down easy.”
I don’t want to speak to you any longer. You’re making me uncomfortable. Don’t make an effort to contact me.” That is the basic template. There is no room for dialogue. It’s just you, putting your foot down, and him, backing the hell off. Don’t allow him make an effort to explain himself, and do not apologize. It ends then and there, with a telephone call.
If he texts, ignore it. If he phones, block the decision immediately. Any response you give him, negative or positive, one word or perhaps a diatribe, will be useful for leverage. He’s the glutton for punishment, or he interprets negative reactions as something they’re not. In any case, don’t rise to the bait.
If he threatens your well-being, or the well-being or any other person – including himself – go to the police.
Before any of this, though, tell your friends and family. It doesn’t have to be a sit-down, Guys, I’m being stalked” conversation. But let them know about this weird guy from work, and how you feel about it, and what you’re doing to make it stop. They don’t need to get freaked out, but they should be aware of what you’re dealing with. The more people who know, the more people who will help you.
Stalker” is really a big word. He might not be considered a stalker. He could you have to be an underdeveloped emotionally, just about harmless goofus who’s behaving selfishly. You don’t have to reside in in fear, but there is you don’t have to live together with his unwanted advances. Cut him off now.
Oh yeah. And don’t blame yourself. You’re friendly to someone with whom you worked, who shared interests similar to your individual. From what you’ve described, you gave ample indication that you weren’t considering an enchanting relationship. You did nothing wrong. It’s just luck of the draw. This right time around, you got a poor egg.
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To the men scanning this: Hopefully, you notice that the guy making So Over It, uh, so over it, doesn’t recognize what he could be doing. In his eyes, he’s acting rationally, pursuing a relationship in a wholesome, appropriate fashion. Keep that at heart next time you’re attempting to take things to another level with special someone and their response is significantly less than one hundred % enthusiastic. Persistence can cross into harassment. Those texts you send compared to that cute ex-co-worker could possibly be stressing her out instead of piquing her interest. Remember that you have the energy, in your seek out real love (or whatever), to help make the object of affections feel uncomfortable and also afraid. It’s easier to admit defeat than to create another person feel just like she’s being stalked.
That said, dudes may be the target of unwanted affection aswell possibly. You have boundaries, too, when they’re being crossed, you must not feel afraid to admit it. If an acquaintance, new or old, is pushing themselves into your lifestyle in a fashion that doesn’t feel right, you must not hesitate to look at the advice I’ve fond of So Over It, to work with the resources by the ultimate end of this article, and – primarily – to allow individuals who value you know regarding the situation.
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