This article was co-authored by Klare Heston, LCSW. Klare Heston is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker based in Cleveland, Ohio. With experience in academic counseling and clinical supervision, Klare received her Master of Social Work from the Virginia Commonwealth University in 1983. She also holds a 2-Year Post-Graduate Certificate from the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, as well as certification in Family Therapy, Supervision, Mediation, and Trauma Recovery and Treatment (EMDR).
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Putting yourself out there can be a scary thing. And it can seem even worse after you’ve been rejected by the guy you like. But you can’t sit around and feel sorry for yourself forever, especially if the guy is someone you have to continue seeing in your life. Give yourself a little time to heal from the rejection, and with a little effort on your part, you can continue talking to him as if nothing ever happened.
Method 1Method 1 of 3:Dealing with Embarrassment
- 1Reframe the situation. Don’t view this situation as a failure. Being rejected by someone doesn’t mean you have failed in some huge, measurable way. On the contrary, it means that you were brave and put yourself out there and gave yourself an opportunity to learn from your mistakes.XResearch source
- Try to think of the rejection as an opportunity to grow as a person and figure out what works for you.
- Take some time to think about what you might’ve done differently to turn that rejection into an acceptance. This will help you learn from your mistakes and make changes for the future.
- 2Don’t rush things. Rejection can be a difficult pill to swallow — it can create feelings of hostility, embarrassment, shame, and denial. Allow yourself to take it slow after an instance of rejection and to process all the feelings you have.XResearch source
- The guy will need to process his feelings too. If you want to be friends again after he rejects you, you’ll need to give him a bit of time and space to figure out what he thinks about it too. This will help eliminate any potential awkwardness.
- Of course, the length of time that you need to wait will vary from situation to situation. But a good rule of thumb is to wait at least two weeks, or until you start feeling more comfortable with the idea of talking to him again.
- 3Be yourself. Even if he rejected you, there was a reason you liked him in the first place. And clearly you got close enough to him to know that he likes you too (at least as a friend). Don’t change who you are just because you got rejected. Continue dressing the same, talking the same, and liking the same things that you did before the rejection, but also continue your normal activities online. Keep posting things to friends, pictures of yourself, and whatever you used to do before the rejection.XResearch source
- Don’t ever change yourself for anyone. Your uniqueness is what draws people to you.
- 4Avoid obsessing over the rejection. One of the hardest parts of communicating with a guy after he rejects you is letting it go. Don’t obsess over what you said, what you could have said differently, or how you might have handled the situation in another way. It happened; move on.XResearch source
- Running through alternative scenarios in your mind over and over will only prolong your agony. Just accept that it happened and try to avoid thinking about it too much.
- Tell your friends that you don't want to rehash the rejection and that you'd like their support in not talking about it.
- If you find yourself obsessing over the situation, try distracting yourself by doing something else. Call a friend to meet up or start watching a movie. Try rereading a book you love or going for a walk outside.
- 5Use this as an opportunity to become better friends. Try not to view this as a hurtful rejection, but more as an opportunity to get to know him better and possibly gain a good friend. Act in a civilized manner after he rejects you and show him you want to continue a friendship.XResearch source
- Don’t ice him out and ignore him so you can pretend like what happened didn’t hurt you. Instead, make efforts to continue the friendship and get to know him better.
- If you want to reach out to him to try to maintain the friendship (or start one in the first place), you could try to talk to him about it. Tell him that you value him as a friend and you don’t want to lose the friendship. Invite him to hang out with you casually — like going to a movie or hanging out with a group of mutual friends.
Method 2Method 2 of 3:Talking in Person
- 1Wait for the right time to interact. Don’t try to push your way back into his life right after he rejected you; try to wait until you are both more comfortable. This process may take weeks, or maybe even months, to gather your courage to talk to him again. But just try to be patient and give yourself the time you need to heal and move on.XResearch source
- You can tell when he starts being more comfortable by how he acts – if he starts treating you like he did before the rejection, then it is close to being back to normal.
- Some signs that it may be the right time to start trying to interact with him again include increased eye contact between the two of you, noticeably fewer awkward encounters, or if your mutual friends tell you that they think he will be receptive to it.
- 2Use your friends as a buffer. Instead of sulking around like it’s the end of the world, spend more time with your friends. This is especially important if the guy who rejected you is part of your friend group. Hang out with your friends and show him that you aren’t just sitting around your house super depressed because of that happened.
- Have a party at your house and invite him. Or go with your friends to the movies, even when you know he’ll be there. Show him that you are a fun person to be around.
- 3Engage in conversations. Starting conversations with someone who rejected you can seem difficult at first. But you’ll quickly get over the awkwardness after a little initial effort. Try to talk to him like you used to before he rejected you. If you struggle with this, try asking him questions about his life. This is a good way to get him to open up and for you to both move past what happened.XResearch source
- Try asking questions like, "How did you do on the Math test?" or "Did your sister come home to visit this weekend?" or "What did you do this weekend?" Really, just ask anything to get him talking.
- If you are friends with the guy or became friends with him, avoid bringing up the rejection. It only makes things a bit uncomfortable and you might regret it. It just makes him feel bad that he had to reject you, for whatever reason. And it may seem like you cannot let go of the past.
- 4Try to be friends. Moving forward after a rejection can be difficult, and you’ll need to make a little effort if you want it to work. Try to forget about any embarrassment you may feel from the situation. Make the effort to be friends and show him that you’re not a person who can’t handle it. Stand by him in lines and talk to his friends. Make sure you glance at him in classes. And if he stares back, there’s a good chance he might want to talk. This will help make him think you're not afraid of talking with him.XResearch source
- Treat him like any other person you would normally talk to.
Method 3Method 3 of 3:Communicating Online
- 1Use social media. A good way to reach out slowly over time after a guy rejected you is by doing so on social media accounts. These platforms allow you to let a guy know you’re thinking about him without going overboard with messages, texts, or potentially awkward in-person interactions.XTrustworthy SourcePew Research CenterNonpartisan thinktank conducting research and providing information on public opinion, demographic trends, and social trendsGo to source
- Start by liking a photo he posted. Don’t leave a comment, just like the photo. Wait a few days and then leave a light-hearted comment on something he posted. Nothing too personal – just a joke or a funny reference.
- During this period, be sure to continue posting a few things on your own accounts to give him an opportunity to return the gesture. Don’t go crazy with the posts, but post enough that it’s clear you’re still a fun person living your life, not just someone who is moping around after the rejection.
- 2Send messages sparingly at first. You don’t want to bombard him with text messages (or messages on any other online platform), especially in the first few weeks after he rejected you. Once you have let some time pass, try sending a simple message inquiring about something unrelated to your relationship or what happened between the two of you.
- Try texting something like, "Hey. Did you ever get around to watching that movie I recommended?" Or maybe, "Hey. See you at the party this weekend?" Keep it light and casual. You can build from there.
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- QuestionA guy I asked out made fun of me and stopped being my friend? How do I get over this?Klare Heston, LCSWKlare Heston is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker based in Cleveland, Ohio. With experience in academic counseling and clinical supervision, Klare received her Master of Social Work from the Virginia Commonwealth University in 1983. She also holds a 2-Year Post-Graduate Certificate from the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, as well as certification in Family Therapy, Supervision, Mediation, and Trauma Recovery and Treatment (EMDR).
Licensed Social WorkerLicensed Social WorkerExpert AnswerSome people are worth putting time into, and some are not. If he was overtly cruel, don't try to make any more attempts to contact him. There are a lot of nicer guys out there! Remind yourself that you are a great and interesting person, and many people people find you that way. We can all find at least one person who doesn't like us or doesn't treat us well. Move on, and smile!
- QuestionI like a nerdy kind of guy and someone told him about it. I would like to talk to him but he would never look at me and would never respond. What can I do to make things better between us?Klare Heston, LCSWKlare Heston is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker based in Cleveland, Ohio. With experience in academic counseling and clinical supervision, Klare received her Master of Social Work from the Virginia Commonwealth University in 1983. She also holds a 2-Year Post-Graduate Certificate from the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, as well as certification in Family Therapy, Supervision, Mediation, and Trauma Recovery and Treatment (EMDR).
Licensed Social WorkerLicensed Social WorkerExpert AnswerNerdy kinds of guys are often shy or uncomfortable in any social situations. The dating thing is probably even harder! Make some reasonable attempts to connect with non-heavy types of conversation. Try not to read too much into his expression, or the absence of an expression! It could take a while. Give it some time, but move on if you start to feel very frustrated! There are other guys out there!
- Just be friendly. Eventually if he gives hints that he likes being friends with you, it could lead to something else in the long run.
- If he rejects you, it's okay. There are plenty of guys out there. And remember, there may be guys who are totally crushing on you and you don't realize it.
- When trying to re-establish your friendship with him, don't refer to anything about having a crush on him. It'll make things very awkward and may make your effort to treat him like a friend a little harder and take longer to normalize.
- Don't be a stalker. Give him some space at times, or he may think that you're creepy.
- Continue being yourself. Move forward. Always remember if he's meant to be yours, he will definitely return... If not, he was never meant to be yours. Always remember that there are other guys who are far better than him.
About This Article
Getting rejected can feel horrible, but you can go back to talking with a guy as long as you give yourself some time to heal. It might take a couple of weeks until you have the courage to talk to him again, so use that time to process your feelings and strengthen your confidence. When you’re ready to make contact, ease into it by hanging out with him in a group so you have a buffer. Try to keep your conversations simple at first. For example, ask him “What did you do this weekend?” Avoid mentioning the rejection, since it will only make things awkward and it will make it seem like you can’t let go of the past. For more help from our co-author, like how to ease back into texting with him, read on.
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