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How to Make an Ex Think You're Over Them -- Even When You're Not

Dealing with a breakup? Even if you're not over your ex, with a few simple steps, they'll never know.


  • Step 1: Have some of your ex's stuff? Put the items in a box and give it back to them, cleanly and simply. Make sure to keep at least 1 item so you have something to clutch tightly as you go to bed at night.
  • Step 2: Find a new activity -- take up a sport, travel, learn to cook -- anything that seems even remotely cool. Then, post pictures on social networks of yourself enjoying your new life so your ex will know you're not sitting around, pining for their love. Plus, staying busy might just help you actually get over them.
  • FACT: In 2008, for every 2 couples that got married in the U.S., 1 couple was divorced.
  • TIP: Engage in a little PDA and your ex might show up for a heartwarming display of jealous rage.
  • Step 3: Pick up a new flame -- any moderately attractive person will do. Then, stage a "casual" run-in with your ex's friends and introduce them to the real love of your life. Be sure to mention how hopeful you are that your ex will find the happiness you have now.
  • Step 4: Bump into your old girlfriend or boyfriend? Don't hide! Take a deep breath, exchange a few pleasantries, and keep walking; lingering only provides more chances for them to suss out that your heart hasn't healed.
  • TIP: If your ex is out with someone else, grin and bear it -- keeping your cool is the ultimate public expression of having moved on.
  • Step 5: Put down the phone -- even if you can't yet bring yourself to delete your ex's number, calling will only make them think you crave their attention. If you need a fix, stare at an old photo of the 2 of you until it's soaked with your tears.

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