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Breakups can be tough, we all know that. It’s a period of emotions and often leads to a bit of soul-searching. 

You start reflecting on the relationship, questioning what went wrong, and maybe even contemplating if it was the right decision. 

On top of that, you’re trying to keep tabs on your ex, aren’t you? Don’t worry, it’s not unusual. 

You’re curious about how they’re handling the breakup, whether they’re moving on or still hung up on you.

In the middle of all this, your ex has started seeing someone new. That stings a bit, right? But, guess what? Things might not be as they seem. Yes, you heard me right. 

They might be dating someone else, but that doesn’t mean they’ve replaced you. Many signs might suggest they’ve tried to replace you but failed miserably.

You see, replacing someone isn’t just about finding a new partner. It’s about finding the same level of comfort, understanding, and love that they had with you. 

And that’s not an easy task. Because let’s face it, you’re unique, and finding another ‘you’ is quite the challenge.

In this article, I’ll share with you some signs your ex’s attempts at replacing you might not be going as planned. 

1. They Reach Out at Unexpected Times

Why would your ex contact you if they’re happily moving on with someone new? Well, they wouldn’t. Simple as that. 

If your ex reaches out to you at odd times, especially when they’re feeling down, that’s a clear sign they’re struggling to replace you.

Sometimes, it’s the little things. They need advice or want to share some good news, and who do they call? You! 

Even though they supposedly have a new person for these moments, they still seek out your comfort and your guidance. 

It might seem insignificant, but these are the moments that truly matter in a relationship.

Moreover, when they’re going through a rough patch in their new relationship, do they instinctively turn to you? 

If you find yourself being their shoulder to lean on, despite being the ‘ex’, then they haven’t truly moved on. They’re still seeking that emotional bond they had with you.

[Related: 10 Signs Your Ex is Pretending to Be Over You]

2. They’re Still Talking About You

When someone is truly over you, they wouldn’t be talking about you to others, especially not in their new relationship. 

If your ex still mentions you quite often, that’s a red flag right there.

Why, you ask? Well, the answer lies in the power of the subconscious mind. 

When you’re deeply engraved in someone’s mind, you tend to sneak into their conversations, without them even realizing it. 

They can’t help it because you’ve made a lasting impression that they’ve yet to get over.

Consider the content of their conversations. Are they constantly reminiscing about the good times you had together, comparing their new relationship to their old one with you, and guess what, you come out on top every time? 

You are setting the standard their new partner can’t reach.

If your name still lingers in their conversations, they haven’t moved on. It means they’re failing to replace the unique connection you two shared. 

3. They’re Still Attached to Your Friends and Family

Does your ex seem to be holding on to your friends and family even after your split? You know, those oddly frequent interactions that make you raise an eyebrow. 

Indeed, if they are, it might be because they’re struggling to let go of the life they had with you.

Staying in touch with an ex’s social circle is often a subconscious attempt to keep that connection alive. A way of not fully letting go. 

They might say it’s because they’ve grown fond of these people, and while that may be true, it often indicates something more. 

The common link is you, and it seems they aren’t ready to cut that link.

Moreover, how are they around your friends and family? Are they overly keen, trying too hard to be accepted and liked? 

That might be because they miss the acceptance and love they received as your partner. 

[Also read: 12 Signs Your Ex Will Give You Another Chance]

4. They Try to Make You Jealous

When your ex tries to replace you but failed

Your ex is flaunting their new relationship, or even their new-found ‘single life’, in front of you. 

The intent is clear – they’re trying to get a reaction out of you. Now, why would they need to do that if they’ve moved on? 

The idea behind this behavior is to validate their worth. If they can make you jealous or provoke a reaction, it means they still matter to you. And that, my friends, is their end goal. 

It’s a clear sign that they’re failing to find the validation in their new relationship that they used to get from you.

They’re also keen on making sure you see their new partner or their newfound freedom. 

An ex who’s trying to make you jealous is an ex who hasn’t successfully replaced you. Their actions are proof of their insecurity and dissatisfaction. 

They’re trying (and failing) to convince both themselves and you that they’ve moved on.

5. They’re Overly Defensive About Their New Relationship

People usually get defensive when they feel they have something to prove or protect. If they were truly satisfied with their new relationship, they wouldn’t feel the need to be on the defense.

If you find your ex making unsolicited justifications about why they’re better off now, take note. 

It’s not about the new relationship; it’s about them trying to convince themselves that they’ve made the right choice. 

The need to constantly assert how ‘happy’ they are now, shows they’re compensating for something. You can guess what that might be.

Also, notice how they react when their new relationship is compared to the one they had with you. 

If they get overly defensive, it’s likely because deep down, they know they’re missing out on something they had with you. They’re aware that the new relationship isn’t measuring up.

[Related: “Why Did My Ex Call Me Late at Night?”: 10 Surprising Reasons ]

6. They Haven’t Moved on From Your Favorite Spots

Signs he hasn't moved on

Are they still hanging around your favorite spots? Those cherished places where you made sweet memories together, are they still a part of their routine, even with the new partner? 

Well, if they are, then it’s another sign they haven’t been able to replace you.

These favorite spots hold sentimental value. They remind your ex of the times spent with you. 

If they’re still visiting these places, it’s their way of holding onto the past, onto you. They are, in a way, trying to recreate those cherished memories with someone else.

More interesting is if they’re introducing their new partner to these spots.

7. They’re Not Truly Happy

Genuine happiness is hard to fake, and if they’re not experiencing it, chances are they haven’t been able to replace you.

They have to be ecstatic all the time to show that they’re happy. But a general sense of contentment, peace, and satisfaction should be evident in their life. 

If it’s missing, and they seem restless or dissatisfied, they’re probably missing what they had with you.

Even more telling is their reaction when they bump into you. Do they seem flustered, unhappy, or overly keen to prove how great their life is now? 

These are signs they’re not content in their new relationship or their new life.

[Read: 10 Obvious Signs He Loves His Ex More Than You]

8. They’re Still Lurking on Your Social Media

When you ex hasn't moved on

Alright, let’s face it, we all have those moments where we can’t help but take a sneak peek into our ex’s life through social media.

Yet, if your ex is still lingering around your online presence, that’s a telltale sign. They’re invested

You notice their name pop up again and again on your story views. It’s like they’ve got some kind of notification set up for your updates!

You see, it’s not just about viewing your posts. They’re interacting with them too. They’ll toss in an occasional like or even a comment now and then trying to get your attention.

The new relationship might just be a pitiful attempt at replacing you, which is, undoubtedly, failing.

9. Their New Partner is Eerily Similar to You

Ever bumped into your ex and their new partner, only to find the new person bears a striking resemblance to you? Yep, we’re talking about doppelganger status. 

Not just looks, but their interests, career, or even fashion sense seem to be cloned from your personality. 

Everyone has a type, sure. But this is beyond having a type. It’s about trying to fill a void in their life with your look-alike. 

They tried to find someone with similar traits, hoping it would be a good enough replacement. But, it’s not the traits they’re missing, it’s you

[Related: The Types Of Breakups That Get Back Together]

10. They Haven’t Changed Their Routine

Remember those little routines you two used to have as a couple? The Saturday morning farmer’s market visit, or the bi-weekly movie nights. 

Are they still clinging to those routines even after you’re gone? If they are, then it’s quite likely they haven’t been able to replace you.

Routines are a way of holding onto the past. They’re a comfort, a reminder of happier times. 

Keeping those same routines is likely because they miss those times and they miss sharing them with you.

Even more revealing is if they attempt to pull their new partner into your old routines. 

If they’re trying to relive the same experiences, but with a different person, they’re not trying to build something new. Instead, they’re trying to recreate what they had with you.

It’s safe to say, they tried to replace you and, quite clearly, failed.

How Do You Know If Your Ex Isn’t Over You?

This involves observing their actions and listening to what they’re saying, both directly and indirectly. 

They might try to keep the lines of communication open, perhaps texting or calling you frequently, often under the guise of ‘staying friends’. 

Your ex might also talk about you to mutual friends or their new partner more often than necessary. 

Look out for signs of regret as well; if they start expressing remorse about the breakup or their actions, it’s quite likely they haven’t gotten over you.

Moreover, if they’re frequently hanging out at places you used to visit together or maintaining close ties with your friends and family, that’s another hint. 

They might also show signs of jealousy or attempt to make you feel the same. In essence, if their actions suggest they’re trying to keep you in their life in some form, there’s a good chance they’re not over you.

How Do You Know If a Rebound Will Fail?

One sign of an impending failure is the speed at which they jumped into this new relationship. 

If they started dating someone else almost immediately after your breakup, it’s likely a rebound, which typically doesn’t have a high success rate.

Another sign is the quality of their new relationship. If it seems like they’re constantly in conflict with their new partner or if they seem unsatisfied, those are red flags. 

Similarly, if they’re trying too hard to display their ‘happiness’ or if they seem overly defensive about their new relationship, it could suggest they’re overcompensating. 

How Do You Know If Your Ex Wants You Back But Won’t Admit It?

Detecting whether your ex wants you back without admitting it can be quite tricky, but there are some signs. 

For instance, if they’re making a conscious effort to stay in your life, frequently initiating contact, or consistently finding reasons to see you or talk to you, it could mean they want you back.

Another clue might be in the way they talk about the past. Do they frequently bring up fond memories? If they seem to be stuck in the past, they might be longing to recreate it with you. 

Also, pay attention to their body language. If they’re giving you more attention than is typical for ‘just friends’, it’s a potential indicator. 

Signs of regret are quite telling. If they express remorse over the breakup or their behavior, they might be hoping for a second chance. 

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Meet Anita, a relationship writer with a passion for helping people navigate the complexities of love and dating. With a background in information science, she has a wealth of knowledge and insight to share. Her writing is sure to leave you feeling empowered and inspired.

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