He “Ghosted” You? 3 Tips to Feel Better Fast

If I had to guess, over 7928753 women have now asked me what to do when a guy ghosts you.

Ghosting is when a guy you’ve been dating suddenly disappears: no messages, no phone calls, no tearful goodbye – just gone forever, never to be seen or heard from again.

Sounds brutal? It is.

In this week’s blog video, for the first time, I’m going to tell you my essential rules for responding to a guy if and WHEN you get ghosted (though here’s hoping you never do).


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  1. amyjane says:

    oh I AM TERRIBLE! I AM THAT GHOST! and yes I have been living under a rock… I never heard the term until a *guy* used it on me.. like you say, I don’t have any reason to put up with anyone mistreating me so I block ’em with mr number so they can’t leave any message.

    there are many reasons to “ghost” like if they bomb my phone with calls or texts. I DON’T CARE if he is soo into me… if he’s taking up all my time or hogging the in box of my phone he needs to knock that off. It’s beyond annoying.

    feel better fast: it wasn’t you- it was the smart choice made by the one on the other end of the line. seriously, when one says no to you that means you have a chance of another saying yes. Take it as the gift that it is.

    move along now. nothing else to see here. move along.

  2. Rogenna says:

    I’ve been ghosted many times and one day, finally, I asked myself those questions you mentioned in the video. I focus on what I can control and don’t even care about closure (hint: it may never come or the way we dream it-trust me). And Matt, I DELETE and sometimes just BLOCK ghosts so they can’t even push their negative energy my way or “fall into feeling sorry” for them. Hell no! I laughed hard at your outtake comments.

  3. Rena says:

    Matthew, I absolutely love all your advise and I’m just now dating agian.I just turned 53 but honestly every guy that ask me out are no older than 34, an there’s a lot of them. I have no idea why I only attract young guys. Lol it’s not money if incase you thought that. Haha any way really not complaining just wonder if you had any clues. I will go out with a few guys bc I don’t wanna sit home an be bored while waiting for someone closer to my age. Lol I’m not getting any younger. And yeah I really do have a lot of fun. I enjoy the spontaneous guys and feel like I will not enjoy going out with older men now since all I have been dating is young hardbodies..thought maybe you would have a clue since I denied/or just not getting the bigger picture.Thanks so much for your time. Always Rena

  4. Diana Nguono says:

    Yeah thanx I have gotten was I looking for I think he is ghosting and I
    I have no control over these its high time I move on with my beautiful life ahead.
    Than a lot.

  5. Barbara says:

    Very good video again! :) I’ve been ghosted many times, and I think I’ve spent too much time on finding the answers -why.
    So it’s good to hear some reinforcement on going foreward no matter what! And also to think it over -what can I do better next time?

  6. Gwyn says:

    Tip #1: Watch this video and laugh at/with Matthew Hussy. Tip #2: Do whatever, and whenever you feel spooked go back to tip #1. Tip #3: Progress to tip #2.

  7. Janell says:

    I think ghosting is a sign of immaturity and a deeper sign of a lack of self confidence. It doesn’t speak well for a man or woman to do this. It’s the sign of a jerk. When I’m not interested in someone I have the guts to tell them, so they can move on.

  8. Diane says:

    My boyfriend of 7 months dumped me by text message after meeting my family, buying me a Michael Kors bag, and lots of other gifts over the months, he treated me like a princess! he was handsome, hot and chivalrous. We hit it off immediately, I knew he was going to be my boyfriend because we ‘just clicked’ after that he was the most affectionate man I’d ever been with. I was so happy and I had no doubts he was ‘The One’. WE were always trying to make each other happy. After my birthday where he spoiled me rotten. Then out of nowhere, we were lying in bed, cosy on a Sunday morning ( 2 weeks before we went to Spain) and I saw a text from this girl on his phone. He leaped out of the bed. No explanation, laughing nervously, then ran off to the shop. I was so terrified of losing him and didn’t know how to address it without looking like a possessive weirdo so decided to watch things and maybe there’d be more opportunities after his birthday once we’re back from Spain. However when we got back, he said he wouldn’t be around the next weekend, which was the first time he’s not seen me in the 7 months we were together; then no contact from him at all before he dumped me by text message the following weekend before any arrangement could be made or questions asked. Not long after I saw.This girl in Leicester (where he’d gone to some Lawyers ball)She looked like an instagram model although she is a trainee solicitor and she was half my age. Since then 7 months later I am still looking at their accounts looking for answers. Apart from the fact that she rarely wears any clothes and is constantly taking selfies there is no proof. We have had a few text messages exchanged (instigated by me) which is followed by regular flow of messages over a few days before dying out. I have looked up countless answers online for support and I’ve seen everything about Bf’s leaving for another woman, boyfriends cheating, boyfriends cheating during break but nothing on being dumped for sex with someone else but won’t admit it! I feel so worthless, unattractive and my emotions are in tatters. I literally cry myself to sleep. Because the break up was so abrupt and we had no disagreements! I am not an ugly woman and I believe i communicated my standards, positively. I always made effort with my appearance and I was myself. Which is why this is SO PAINFUL! I look at posts on how to get your boyfriend back and how to move on and can’t seem to do either. My self esteem and heart has been ripped to shreds for what seems to be a woman SO hot it was too good to refuse and I wasn’t enough to turn his head back and no-one else seems to have experienced this. I feel as if I just need to know what happened or if this is the case for my own sanity. It’s unbearable. Would that be so wrong?

  9. silvia says:

    Hi, Matt…just wanted te ask..ok he ghosted me, tried reaching out and nothing, he still has me on his WhatsApp .. I sent 3 texts and on one of them asking what’s going on an no response, he’s seen them but does not reply, so what I did is that I stopped texting him ( it was only 3 times), but I could see he still has me on his contact list, I personally delete him from my contact list. This had never happened before to me and it really caught me off guard and did not make me feel good at all an more cause I asked what was the problem an no answer.

  10. Eva says:

    But what do you do when he comes back?

  11. Sarah says:

    Evening Matt and the team,

    Ghost magnet here, aptly put in your video, knocked the nail on the head perfectly, anyone naturally wants to seek answers when their hurt, but illogical when in certain situation such as ghosting, it’s a pointless exercise and wasting further emotional energy knocks your self esteem more…

    The jelly to the trifle though was your bit about using it to grow and learn in a positive sense .

  12. Ana says:

    Dear Matthew,

    I just want to say how much your advice has helped me. The way you speak to people is really unique and every time I listen to you I feel like my best friend is giving me advice.

    I have had a few unfortunate relationships in the pastand listening to you or reading your advice has always made me feel much better and get back on track.

    Keep doing the amazing job that you are doing!

  13. Platinum says:

    Thank you for the wonderful advice Matthew!

  14. lit up says:

    HELP.

    Just kind of blew it.

    I have had a crush on this man for years. He was one of my best friend’s husbands. She died last year, tragically, of cancer.

    I told him I am really attracted to him…last summer…and then he went out and got engaged, married and divorced…with someone else.

    I tried again,but I think I blew it by getting too intense and forgetting to flirt…
    So I just emailed him this and I’m waiting for his response.

    “I’ve done the one terribly stupid thing all women do when we get nervous about talking to that guy who really turns us on. just got too serious intense and un sexy.you have my number. I’ll be very happy to see you when you decide to make a date….until then …”

    I don’t want to screw this up again if he calls, and I don’t have the money for the scripts. I am totally tapped out of cash.

    any advice, please?

    • Sydney says:

      That was kind of an awkward email, lit up.

      I’ve done similar things and I must say expressing insecurity about your behavior is a major turn off.

      Don’t be insecure, just run with it – whatever the situation.

      If you have flour, then bake a cake.

      Also, don’t put so much pressure on yourself. Life is too short to be desperate about anything. Just have fun.

      Maximize the fun!

      Good luck, xoxo

  15. Jennifer Tantia, PhD says:

    This is fantastic! Thanks Matthew, for gently handing women their butts back to them on a platter, and thank you for your own display of candidness and frustration! It only made you cuter :)

    I will pass on your video to my 20-30 year-old female patients (I’m a psychotherapist in private practice) who freak out every time they are “ghosted.” Excellent video! :)

  16. Haiho says:

    :D
    That’s one of my favourite good morning-soundtracks!
    Which I have neglected a bit lately, so thanks for reminding me!
    Well.. of the song and the other stuff :)

  17. Sarah says:

    I think that ghosting can happen at different levels.

    I think the attitude that – shit happens, get over it (and don’t bore me to tears with your story) – is humorous, wise and fine if someone is dealing with relatively low level ghosting.

    But at its worst (eg after a long, committed relationship) ghosting is a “ghastly form of hurt”: http://www.alternet.org/culture/social-death-penalty-why-being-ostracized-hurts-even-more-bullying (this article is mostly about social ostracism, but its also very eloquent on the effects of “silent treatment”).

    I think we need to process these things properly, and that we’re in danger of making it worse for ourselves (or for a friend experiencing this) if we force an attitude of toughness.

  18. Anna says:

    Matt!

    As much as I love and appreciate most of your advice, I have mixed feelings about this one. End of day, you advise us, women, to keep looking for what we might have done better, which is a nice way of saying what we did wrong. Don’t you think many women will end up self-criticising and self -blaming anyway, especially if they really got to like the guy?

    Also, you seem to be accepting ghosting as a phenomenon that is “a part of life”. If you agree that ghosting is ok, than you need to accept rudeness, lack of respect, cowardness “as a part of life”. It’s like you give up in a certain way on making world a better place and communicating to people about standards of behaviour that they should have towards others. And if we are accepting things like people being rude and disrespectful towards us – and never express how that makes us feel – directly to the person that made us feel like that – we are not moving anywhere and I think that we are somehow hurting ourselves by keeping these emotions inside.

    I agree than in certain situations we can just let it go and say to ourselves, “f**k him, i don’t care and I deserve better”, and move forward, and it is possible sometimes. But at times, when the guys has been chasing us for weeks, when he said he loves and cares so much, and suddenly he doesn’t care to reply to our message for days…

    Then I think he needs to know that we think he is a disrespectful asshole. He really deserves to hear that. Why we would make it easy for him? Let’s give him some unpleasant time too, so that he reflects on the fact that having low moral standards can get him consequences like this.

    And that actually applies to all sorts of all low standards behaviour. We should react. We should express that THIS IS NOT OK. How we chose to do so it is a different story.

    I agree with you on the point that over-analysing and trying to understand “why” – it is a waste of time, all we need to understand is that we are dealing with an asshole here – we really don’t need to know what made him an asshole. Still I strongly believe that expressing the standards that we expect and expressing our anger/sorrow/disappointment should happen – to the actual person.

    Also, Matt, you’ve been telling us a lot about the High Value Woman – I’d love to know your take on a High Value Man too:)

    Thanks!! Anna

    • Maria says:

      good points!

      • Kiera says:

        Agree with you Anna and although there is no point wasting too much energy if the relationship was exclusive and longer than a few months I think ghosting is particularly unacceptable and a very disrespectful way of behaving towards someone who has been emotionally invested. We should not just have to be accepting of this.

        Ghosting actually says a lot more about the person who has done it. They have preferred to not place themselves in an uncomfortable position but escape, leaving the other person feeling confusion and hurt.

        That would be a major red flag for me in a relationship as the person who ghosted has shown themselves to be avoidant in difficult situations. Not really a quality I would be looking for in someone I wanted to have a relationship with. Best to let them evaporate!

    • Janell says:

      Right on Anna.

  19. JLB says:

    A ghoster is the ultimate coward! So why would you ever want to be in contact with him again?

  20. Sarah says:

    I got ghosted after being in a relationship for over 5 years..completely no explanation.. nothing! Just silence for months. Then he texted me last month like nothing happened, trying to be friendly and flirty, and when I called him out on it he gave some lame excuses and really had completey no regard for my feelings. I blocked his number, and have to accept the fact that I will never get closure from him. It is one of the most painful, heart wrenching experiences I’ve ever had to deal with. But I guess he did me a favour.

    • Vanessa says:

      That happened to me before… only it wasn’t a 5 years relationship, only 4 months in, but then he reappeared after disappearing for a month like nothing’s happened then disappeared again after a month.

      I found out a few months after that during the “month” away he was out giving another girl a go before crawling back when the other chick was unsure… only to then… crawl back to her again.

      Best thing you did there was delete and block his number. It takes time to heal but you’ll be fine in time :)

    • NoRoseGlasses says:

      5 years? If a guy does not propose marriage after one year or less, he is not in the market for marriage. Real world facts. Always date three guys until one steps up and professes he wants a wife and soon. Remember, as the female, you can go up to any guy and ask for sex and get a yes 75% of the time. Start acting smart. You are the prize. Males are bilogically cheap. Any herd on the planet only needs ten percent healthy breeding males for a strong population. As a female you have an unlimited number of potential sex partners. You are seeking a long term relationship, so excise all males who don’t want what you want right now. You are the prize. You have the power. After age 38 you roll the dice for a mongoloid child. If that’s your goal, keep throwing away your breeding years in 5 year chunks. Sounds stupid doesn’t it? Exactly. Now stop acting stupid.

  21. Shafagh says:

    Ok..if the ghost came back and called, what I am suppose to do? :)

  22. Sharon boyce says:

    Iwas Ghosted for a few month.but last week the ghost return saying he miss me and love me I told him I will think about it is about 1year we get to know each other on line he is in syria I told him we need to meet each other now beacuse I can not not be caring for a ghostso uour video was very hood for me am cool

  23. Angie says:

    Love your last line. Made me LOL! Thanks for the laugh.

  24. Isa1216 says:

    I agree… DON’T call the ghost… DELETE HIS NUMBER… That’s what I did.

    Question, what of he comes back at some point? What should you do then?

  25. Kim says:

    Uh….really…your loyal listeners and customers “stories bore you to tears”?????? Gee thanks. That’s really kind of you. Oops, I made a mistake, that’s actually quite rude of you to say such a thing.

  26. Vasiliki says:

    Love this one coach!!

    Words of wisdom delivered in a playful way. The most important part of this video, in my opinion, is to treat anything that happens to you, as a learning experience. You can be better or bitter. The choice is up to you.

  27. Deedee says:

    You know what happened when I was ghosted? I wrote a message saying how thrilled I was about meeting that person and how impressed I was, how conversation was the sweetest ever and how it was a shame I didn’t get the chance to explore if things would turn out as good as I fancied. Then I got the response. And a date.

  28. Renee says:

    Absolutely fantastic! I agree 100%, thank you :)

  29. Stephanie says:

    This guy is witty, intelligent and insightful. So smart and all wrapped up in a handsome package. Matthew Hussey, you are awesome!

    I was dating a guy and we were getting along great, then he broke up with me. I spent too much time analyzing it. It still hurts, but I moved on and am doing a yoga photo shoot for a national magazine next week and dating someone new. Loved what Matthew says about learning from past relationships so I can be better in my next one. Turning a negative experience into a positive one. Thanks for all your videos. You inspire me! xo

  30. desuhana says:

    oh you are good matt! ” dont call the ghost” yeeeees. i like the idea of turning the questions back on ourselves with….” what could i have done differently?” ….and have done this when relationships dont work out, but find it a bit nebulous because people are all so different. ie. ” I could have showed more of my humorous side” …..well the next guy may like the more introspective side of me….i lalso wonder if there is a general time frame into the relatioship when ghosting tends to most occur….like for example within the first month or three months? then i would say, for me, ah ok dont get too intimate, emmotionally or physically till that tine passes…..then the ghosting wouldnt feel as bad. Still fairly new to the dating scene since my breakup so luckily this really hasnt happened with anyone i partcularly cared about….but its seeming like it may somewhere down the line.

  31. A. says:

    Closure is nice, though. It’s so satisfying. Almost as satisfying as sex. Yes, I said that. But like sex sometimes you have satisfy yourself by yourself. Just how it is.

    Going out and meeting new people is hard. It doesn’t always feel good right away. Getting over the initial hurdle, letting go of the person you really wanted isn’t easy. I don’t always want to feel better that fast. But it is nice when you are finally over someone (whether he ghosted or had the balls to tell you why he could no longer see you) and can move on.

    Sometimes it actually does take time. At least it does for me. I used to think I could magically wake up one morning and then jump into something with someone else. If I haven’t really processed and learned from the experience, I’m not really being fair to that next person. Or myself.

    If something is taking too long, meditation really is helpful. Helps your mind focus on other things. I recommend that to people not quite ready to jump back to the next date.

  32. Paula Hartman says:

    This just happened to me recently. I thought wow what a strap he is. Then rethought why do I care. He did me a favor. Next please and make this one visable.

  33. Marita Roth says:

    This is just great as always! Thank you so much!

  34. Ann says:

    I dated this guy, and we went on a few dates. They were all amazing. He always said he wants to see me cause He feels happy with me.. Then he ghosted. He came back, After a month. We made plans to hang out… Never happened. He ghosted again. He came back, we made plans, I chose to not show up. I texted him how I felt about him ghosting and only texting and never calling.. He said ” I will call you, but sumtime next week, dont be mad” … He never called…I deleted hes number. What should i do if he comes back? I kinda still want him to want me, he never even apologized..

  35. Sara Santos says:

    Exactly what I needed to hear. THANK YOU, MATT!!!

  36. Rachel says:

    I think most guys ghost me because they just want sex and I’m straight forward and tell them I’m not putting out on a first date. I prefer to take it slow and want to trust someone. They say that’s fine and then the next day, poof, they are gone. Sad.

  37. Vicky says:

    Thank you for your frankness. Shit happens. Get over it. Every time I’ve been ghosted and when I honestly reflect, I really wasn’t that into him anyway. He/she has done you a favor.

    Next!

  38. KM says:

    No joke. I am certain I was ghosted by one of your crew, Matthew Hussey.

    See, I signed up for the retreat consultation call about two weeks ago. I got a confirmation email and when the day came, no phone call at the appointed time, no cancellation/reschedule notification, no nothing. I tried to make sense of it thinking maybe the retreat was full therefore, no need for more potential participants but I refuse to believe that this behavior was a part of your practice since you stress so much on the importance of communcation.

    I have now just come to accept it :(

  39. Eva says:

    So simple yet so true! Wish you had posted this one last October – would have saved me soooo much of my time. Thanx

  40. Kitty London says:

    Whoever did your subtitles is a bit off…

  41. oona says:

    So should I not reply to somebody, who has ghosted me? Should I always have the mind-set that I deserve more than to be ghosted? What would be I high value response to a guy, when he asks “how are you?” after weeks of radio silence?

  42. amy says:

    the ending is priceless hahaha

  43. Sarah says:

    I can’t say how much better I feel after watching this video. A lot of energy☘☘☘
    And by the way, if I had your number I definetely would called you. ;) :))

  44. Helena Hayes says:

    Yes I’ve been ghosted. A woman he fancied just left her husband and he jumped out of my bed into hers and I never saw him again. He did contact me however wanting to make sure I was still his friend. A lesson to others that you dont want answers.

  45. Tp says:

    Brilliant, now deleting a number that I really don’t need any more! Thank you

  46. Faizah says:

    I’m SO calling you Matt!! =P

  47. Liezl says:

    Well, I don’t know if my situation is the same because the guy I am seeing rightnow is that I only see him once a month.. he only text, call and see me when he is here, but after that I don’t hear from him for a month.. I don’t understand? I ask him and said because of his job

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