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Thread: Help to work it out with my fluctuating girlfriend

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    Originally Posted by chapo62
    Fair enough.

    A part of me does feel I'd be fine if the physical intimacy continues till one of us finds someone to move on. But I guess I need to decide this for myself and take a stance.
    I'm glad you can handle the direct nature of some of our advice! IMO (and this is just what I have surmised from your posts) I DON"T think you would be fine if the physical intimacy continues till one of you finds someone to move on. I think this is where the problem is... you want to be that FWB, no emotion guy, but it's just not you. And that's fine, I'm the same way.

    So, what I'm saying is... if you try to be something you're not, you are going to end up very hurt.

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    OP, you basically already have an FWB situation going here.

    You're clearly not okay with that, since you refer to her as your girlfriend in the title of this thread and are trying to figure out how to resolve this. You need to be honest with yourself here. Long-term FWB is not going to work for you, or this thread wouldn't even exist. You'd be rolling with the punches, enjoying the sex when it happens, and not expecting it become more than it is. You would recognize that this is how FWB goes - not speaking all the time, not officially dating, not having sex with strings attached.

    This is all going to prove a waste of your time. She also didn't take advantage of you if you were a willing participant and clearly knew you were not her boyfriend. You would be best to let her go and stop having sex with her, too.

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    Originally Posted by chapo62
    Thank you!

    Another point I had to mention was: This seems similar to the first serious relationship I had back in undergrad. She too had a few similarities to the current one:

    1. Does not want to tell people about us
    2. Breaks up out of nowhere
    3. Gets close when in need of attention or intimacy

    This behavior went on for a year, and then she was a great partner for the next 2-3 years (until we broke up). So, I wonder if there is merit in persisting this for a while!
    Then you're being inconsistent because you're apparently not ok with a sexual arrangement. You want a serious relationship as a goal. She does not. Comparing her to another individual who ended up wanting to be with you for 2-3 years makes no sense.

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    Originally Posted by Camber 2019
    No other way to say this chapo... but you really (IMHO) need to grow a set of balls
    Agree.......

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    Originally Posted by chapo62
    Thank you!

    In the first couple of months, it was mostly her he would try to meet me (for conversations or for sex). I perhaps misunderstood it as a need for a 'romantic relationship' and took it a bit far. I am willing to step back (if need be) and take this as a physical-only relationship. But perhaps she now thinks that I may not be cut out for 'friends with benefits'. Any advice on how to clear the air? Is a frank conversation the only way?
    I'd clear the air by staying attentive behind closed doors (in your private sex life with her). Leave everything else. I think a frank conversation is too heavy and it's not necessary at this point. Just cool off and stop initiating as much contact. Keep your conversations fun and lighthearted, flirt a lot and enjoy each others' company.

    Don't follow up if you haven't heard from her in a few days or a week etc. You both don't seem to have a pattern of seeing each other. Or do you? For ie, do you see each other once a week or once a fortnight? A couple of times a month? Keep it simple and easygoing.

    Long, frank, explanatory conversations are best left in the relationship arena or for relationships heading towards commitment. Trust in both of you to read each others cues. If you can't do that there's something wrong with your vibe (as in your vibe between the both of you). Don't overexplain yourself.

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    Originally Posted by MissCanuck
    OP, you basically already have an FWB situation going here.

    You're clearly not okay with that, since you refer to her as your girlfriend in the title of this thread and are trying to figure out how to resolve this. You need to be honest with yourself here. Long-term FWB is not going to work for you, or this thread wouldn't even exist. You'd be rolling with the punches, enjoying the sex when it happens, and not expecting it become more than it is. You would recognize that this is how FWB goes - not speaking all the time, not officially dating, not having sex with strings attached.

    This is all going to prove a waste of your time. She also didn't take advantage of you if you were a willing participant and clearly knew you were not her boyfriend. You would be best to let her go and stop having sex with her, too.
    Thank you!

    I'll have to answer to myself if I can re-calibrate myself to be okay with FWB, and if so, also manage to tell her that I am no more emotionally involved.

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    Originally Posted by Batya33
    Then you're being inconsistent because you're apparently not ok with a sexual arrangement. You want a serious relationship as a goal. She does not. Comparing her to another individual who ended up wanting to be with you for 2-3 years makes no sense.
    You are right - right now I am just trying to completely convince myself that this cannot work out as a serious relationship. And hence, I am probing all angles.

    I guess I'll have to answer to myself if I can re-calibrate myself to be okay with FWB, and if so, also manage to tell her that I am no more emotionally involved.

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    Originally Posted by Rose Mosse
    I'd clear the air by staying attentive behind closed doors (in your private sex life with her). Leave everything else. I think a frank conversation is too heavy and it's not necessary at this point. Just cool off and stop initiating as much contact. Keep your conversations fun and lighthearted, flirt a lot and enjoy each others' company.

    Don't follow up if you haven't heard from her in a few days or a week etc. You both don't seem to have a pattern of seeing each other. Or do you? For ie, do you see each other once a week or once a fortnight? A couple of times a month? Keep it simple and easygoing.

    Long, frank, explanatory conversations are best left in the relationship arena or for relationships heading towards commitment. Trust in both of you to read each others cues. If you can't do that there's something wrong with your vibe (as in your vibe between the both of you). Don't overexplain yourself.
    Yes - these past 3-4 days I have tried to just keep the conversations lighthearted, express physical intimacy etc. I guess she may have perceived this as a never ending spiral of getting back to a place that is more than just sex. At some point, I guess I should let her know of the expectations - so she does not freak out.

    We are in college. So, we meet 4-5 times a week on an average. I will try to lay low for 2-3 days and give her space.

    Thank you!

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    Originally Posted by chapo62
    You are right - right now I am just trying to completely convince myself that this cannot work out as a serious relationship. And hence, I am probing all angles.

    I guess I'll have to answer to myself if I can re-calibrate myself to be okay with FWB, and if so, also manage to tell her that I am no more emotionally involved.
    But you didn't start out as good friends who chose to have sex, right? So how is this a friends with benefits situation -isn't it more that you want to be involved with her in a serious romantic relationship and she doesn't want that with you so you'll settle for being sex partners?

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    Originally Posted by chapo62
    Yes - these past 3-4 days I have tried to just keep the conversations lighthearted, express physical intimacy etc. I guess she may have perceived this as a never ending spiral of getting back to a place that is more than just sex. At some point, I guess I should let her know of the expectations - so she does not freak out.

    We are in college. So, we meet 4-5 times a week on an average. I will try to lay low for 2-3 days and give her space.

    Thank you!
    That's a bit strange... What makes you think she's interested in anything serious with you? I haven't read anything about her behaviour that suggests this.

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