How To Get Over A Breakup

Man Up | Ep. 62   •   January 21, 2016

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How To Get Over A Breakup

In episode 62 of Man Up, I answer the question: How do you get over a break up?

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Masculinity for the Intelligent Man. I am David Tian, Ph.D., and this is: Man Up!

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Hello, this is David Tian, Ph.D. and this is episode 62 of Man Up! I am back in Singapore. Pretty nice weather today, just hitting it on a weekend, I’m at the W Sentosa. Here it is to give you a little view of the pool, they got an amazing pool, I love the pool here. Great service. Very nice suite, two-bathroom suite.

Almost always get upgraded to a suite. Living in the Starwood hotels so big loyalty props there. Big fan of some other chains but Starwood’s my first choice in most cases. Love the vibe of the W.

So anyway, there you go. Excuse the casual attire, heading to the pool in a little bit. Okay so episode 62, answering question from, oh and happy new year, I know you’re definitely watching this way into January, but for me because I was behind the firewall of China. This is the first episode of 2016.

I’m done recording for 2015. So anyway, Happy New Year! Okay, question from the Facebook group, the private Facebook group, Man Up! And it comes from Go. His name is Go. It’s a really simple question. I mean I don’t even need to read it. It’s just “how does somebody get over a breakup?” He says it might be out of topic.

I don’t know why he would think it would be out of topic. One thing I’ve been trying to do for years, back three or four years is to move out of pick up because you know some guys might think “pick up”.

I still get guys coming to the preview events or people messaging me asking pick up questions. How do I do this super-duper karate kid pick up on some girl like surrounded by fire and shit. I have no interest in those ridiculously stupid questions whatsoever.

Even if you were to get a great answer to those, they will actually make you more needy. Pick up artists are already needy. So I don’t want to go there. This is not off-topic at all. This is right on topic, how do you get over a break up.

Because it is inevitable. It will happen to you. The chances of you having one girlfriend and going through all the way through your life with just her, marrying her, having kids with her and then dying at the end of your life… being married to her is statistically incredibly rare.

Unless you’re in some kind of very rare society now, very traditional religious society. Singapore is not traditional in that sense. But I’m thinking something like maybe somewhere in the middle east. Maybe like if you’re in Syria, I don’t know. You’re going to have a break up! And it’s really important that you know what to do when that happens.

Now you would only be asking this question, really, if you were the one who was dumped. Usually the person who leaves the relationship has a much easier time getting over it. And maybe that person will have to deal with the guilt of leaving the other person. It’s not generally as hard as emotionally. But to the person who got left, who would have preferred to have stayed in the relationship got dumped. So speaking to the person who got dumped – and if it’s never happened to you – you have not lived enough.

I understand a lot of guys – my God! I haven’t done an event where I met new guys that are not already enrolled in our programs or member. I haven’t done an event like that for over a month. And I know a lot of dating coaches, my colleagues around the world, have not done any coaching for a long time but I like to keep my finger on the pulse so to speak, and I was just shocked. This is what the fourth event – I just did one last night – the fourth event in a row where ninety percent of the room or guys over twenty-five, Singaporean over twenty-five who have never – never – been in a relationship.

Like a committed… like never had a girlfriend and maybe at the age of thirty, having two or three sexual partners total. And that might be like two or three sexual encounters. Not including paid stuff. I don’t know if they include paid stuff. I didn’t ask them. It’s important for guys to realize, that’s generally not the experience of women. Anyway, just wanted to put that up there. It’s good that you had been in a relationship.

That was the point of that. I’ll come back to the theme but it’s really important for me to get reminded constantly that there’s a wide spectrum of needs when it comes to relationship advise. And a lot of guys are not getting those, a lot of guys are at the margins of that.

Going to the question of the break-up. Here are some tips, if you were the one who got dumped, first of all, realize that this is a normal thing. It’s a good thing that you were in a relationship in the first place. You need to take a post mortem. So the old pick up advise was to fuck ten girls or something stupid like that. That would just distract you from the emptiness inside. And if that was a relationship that really mattered to you, just having more sex will just only make you forget but it won’t help you learn and grow as a human being. What’s the point of… you’re just like an animal who wants to forget the bad event.

That’s not good! So you would always want to grow from every experience you can. Winners always grow from every experience. So you need to take a post mortem and ask yourself why the relationship evolved as it did, and how you can understand it, and what lessons you can take from it.

Now if there were any things that you need to work on to improve yourself, take those to heart and start to work on those not as, not in an effort to win back that girl or guy but as for yourself because you need to take that feedback for yourself. Now you got to begin the post mortem right away but realizing that however long that relationship has been, you don’t need at least half of that time to get over it. So if it’s a year of relationship, you’ll need six months to generally get over it to not be pampered by it. You know, it won’t be bothering you.

So for the first three months after a one year relationship, If you’ve been seeing each other regularly during that one year, you should expect to not thinking clearly in relation to that relationships. So what you need to do is start the post mortem but realize the work from that, the results will not come later. Just get started. But then immediately, what you should be doing is to change your environment, change the anchors. Travel is a really really great thing to do.

Go somewhere new, preferably by yourself or with a good friend or two but really you need to do a little soul searching. If you have a friend, just end up talking about superficial things that don’t really have to deal with the relationship. Guys, especially don’t know how to handle emotions discussions.

Guys don’t know how to talk about emotions especially to other guys. So this is a major problem in masculinity – in modern masculinity – and I will be addressing that in as many times that I can in the different videos. Generally your guy friends will suck at being therapist or suck in helping you get over… dealing with your feelings and learning… and maturing as a man. They’re going to suck at that.

If you have a sister or an older sister who can give you perspective and loves to talk about feelings, and actually loves to know the real you, that’s a really good person to travel with. If you can get a coach, you can… or pony up and get the real deal, you can find a good therapist just a work through your thoughts! Therapy is a bad word for… it sounds like there was something wrong and you need to correct it with therapy. Actually that’s more of counseling than coaching.

So you can do that, BUT when you travel, I recommend that you travel alone to a new place, and I would enjoy it, explore on your own, and have new experiences, create new anchors. When you come back where you live. You want to have as menu new associates as you can. So if you’re like your favorite restaurant with her or a favorite café with her or the favorite things you guys did, it’ll trigger these anchors. You don’t want those, you want new ones because those are relatively unuseful.

So create new habits. New routines. Go to new places in the city you’re at. Rearrange your apartment. Get some new paint, buy a new rug. Just change up the environment so it doesn’t trigger those things. I’m lucky because my lifestyle and lifestyle many of my friends, some of my friends is sort of nomadic, or relatively nomadic.

So I live in this hotel rooms. All of these anchors keep changing all the time and it makes it really easy. I know most people are tied down to one place. Notice the difference in languaging, right? A lot of people say, when are you going to settle down, think when are you going to get thousands, when are you going to get tied down.

But a lot of people are tied down but so it’s hard to change the anchors. Especially if they live with the girl. So, you need to make conscious active effort to create new associations. Get new anchors. You probably have music that reminds her… reminds you of her. You want to clear that playlist and replace it with new music, it’s going to take a little while for the new music to come up. You want to do that as soon as you can. Clear out any her old possesions that are still on your plates. Just start anew. Start refreshed. And then that would give you a more detached objective perspective when it comes to reevaluating that relationship.

Okay, so this video went a little over… a lot longer than what I wanted. I’m going to try maintain discipline and and keep this under five minutes, there’s a lot more to be upset about getting over breakups. There are also some… just understand, the most important thing is to understand and process what happens so you can learn from it and grow. That’s the most important thing.

In the short term, you would want to cut out all the anchors and associations and replace them with new anchors and new associations. And new adventures, new experience that make you grow. And new habits and new routines. Enjoying new clubs. Start doing the things which you have been putting off. Go to the gym. It’s the new year, right? Go to the gym, be a new you. Create the new you. And focus on that making yourself become a better person. That’s the best way to get on in life whether you’re coming from a break up or not.

Okay, man… so that’s episode 62. Welcome to the new year! 2016! Let’s crush it together. Join the private Facebook group, click that link, join the group, interact with me. A bunch of the questions here are easy, I can answer them right away in the comments… but otherwise I will create these videos for you. Alright man so see you in the private Facebook group.