How Do You Know When You’ve Been Dumped?


Dear Dr Karen,
Last year, I took a break from the dating scene. I was meeting men who were so immature and had no clue what they wanted in life. You would think a man in his 40s would at least have a job, a place to live, a car, and a few dollars in the bank. I don’t think this is asking too much. Several months ago I met a guy on a flight. We had a nice conversation, and before the flight ended we exchanged phone numbers. I thought he was a great guy, and he actually met most of my criteria – he had a job, an apartment, and a car. We’ve been dating now for six months. I thought we had a good relationship with a possible future together. After dinner a few nights ago he said he didn’t want to see me anymore. He left with no explanation. The next day he texted me saying that we have a relationship that most people spend a lifetime looking for. He said we are not breaking up we are just taking a break from each other. I did everything I could to make him happy. I cooked his meals, ran errands for him, and cleaned his apartment. He worked double shifts sometimes, so I tried to help him out. I am so upset. I start crying every time I think about losing him. Do I sit around and wait for him to call? Do you think there is a chance for us? If he does call, should I take him back?

    ~ Dating Again

Dear Dating Again:
I think you have a better chance of getting ice water in hell or winning the lottery. This man stated that you have a relationship most people spend a lifetime searching for. So, why is he walking away? He is making it easy on himself and hard on you. Like the airplane you met him on, he put you in a holding pattern. This means he is in control. You gave him permission to call the shots while you wait for permission to land. Any man who gets free meals, a personal assistant and a housekeeper is likely to consider you his maid, not his woman. You gave everything and he gave nothing in return. When you were making your list of criteria, you left out one important thing…stability. This man took full advantage of the services you provided and feels that he can come and go at will with your consent. Should you sit around and wait for him to call? Do I think there’s a chance for you to get back together? Should you take him back? My answer to you is get out of that holding pattern and move on. If you go back to this man, I will personally find you and have you committed.

Dr. Karen R. January is an expert in male-female relationships.  Her book, “Lessons Mama Never Taught Me,” profiles 10 women and the mistakes they made in parenting, love and life.  It can be purchased at Please send your questions to Dr. Karen at

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