Why Didn’t He Call? The Best Way to Handle Rejection

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Why didn’t he call? We had such a good time?

Hi Ronnie,

Why didn’t he call?  I just have to know.

I met a guy through a dating site. We exchanged emails and he spoke to me. We met the same evening we spoke for coffee and chatted for 2 hours. It was obvious that he was interested in me. At the end of the first date he asked me out for next day evening. I liked him too so I agreed. We went out skating on second date rather he was teaching me how to skate. He behaved like a gentleman though he had to hold me to ensure I didn’t fall.

We had a fun date. He dropped me home and I thanked him saying it was fun. He said call me some time it would be good to talk.

It has been 4 days since then. I didn’t text him or called him. I haven’t heard from either. I found him online on the same site and couple of times both of us were online at the same time. I didn’t ping him nor did he. I am confused now. I thought the date went well and he liked me then why this silence? Is he expecting me to call him? I do not want to do that. I am confused now.

Please advise,
Confused Girl


Dear Confused,

First, let me address your question about why didn’t he call, then I want to talk to you about dating safety.

This kind of situation happens all the time. You have a great time with a guy on the first date or two, then you don’t hear from him and you wonder why didn’t he call. There are probably a million possible reasons why this occurred so giving you a definite answer is pretty tough. But the bottom line is this – for whatever reason, your date changed his mind.

If you read between the lines, he did tell you he wouldn’t be calling you again right? He certainly demonstrated that he knows how to pursue you and did so at the start. But after skating he dropped the ball in your court, suggesting you call him. That was his way of saying “I’m no longer going to pursue you”. And you have not heard from him.

Does that mean he wants you to call him? Not really. It means he changed his mind and is moving on. I know this is tough because you’ll never know why. However, this is what I tell all my dating coaching clients when a man disappears and its the bet way to handle rejection early on:

When a man stops calling within the first few dates,
he has done you a favor.

How can I say that? Well, there is good news – he didn’t waste MONTHS of your dating life before disappearing! He quickly figured out the match didn’t suit him and he left you free to find a better man. Who is better? Let me tell you – a man who knows you are the  right woman. A man who continues to pursue you and likes you more each time he sees you. That is the kind of man you want.

In truth he saved you a lot of pain down the road by checking out now. So, if this happens with another guy in your future, remember it’s a sure sign he was not the right man for you. Yes, it really is that simple.

Frankly, I’m proud of you for not calling him. That takes guts and confidence so you  get a round of applause for not jumping in to find out why didn’t he call.

Why didn’t he call is not the right question. Instead you want to know, “Who’s next?” Because there are so many men out there to meet and date. You will find another guy, there is no question about that!

Next I want to talk to you a moment about dating safety and how things work. And this is really important!

1. I don’t believe you should meet a man the same night. Often s guy who is in a rush to meet you wants to get into your pants as fast as possible. Thankfully, that wasn’t true this time, but you want to be careful. email a few times and meet him in a couple of days to see if he shows consistency and follow through. And talk on the phone before you meet anyone to see what you hear in his voice.

2. Letting this man pick you up at your home when you hardly knew him was a big “No No” in my book! Do not tell a new guy your last name, where you live or work. Guard your privacy and safety! You don’t know who this guy is no matter how nice he seems. I’m not trying to make you fearful, but you do need to protect yourself until you know the guy is OK. After a few dates, then you can start to share some of that personal information.

3. Don’t be so available. You are woman with a life of your own so you are not free to meet a man at a moment’s notice. What is too easily attained is not valued. This may sound stupid or manipulative, but it is human nature. I’m not saying play hard to get and make him wait a week. But the same night is not advisable.

There are plenty more men where this guy came from so get back on line, be safe and meet some new and better men to find the love you want.


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Single for too long, Ronnie wanted to find love. She put her skills from personal development and her spiritual path to work, dating 30 men in 15 months to meet her adorable husband Paul. Discovering the keys to manifesting and midlife dating, she founded It’s Never Too Late to help smart, successful women find love or live an empowered and magical life. Ronnie Ann Ryan, MBA, CCC, is a Certified Coach who has helped 1,000s of midlife women with her Love & Magical Life Coach services. She’s the host of the Breathe Love & Magic podcast and has been featured on NBC, ABC, & Fox News, NPR, BBC, eHarmony, MSN.com, and Connecticut Magazine among others. Also, Ronnie is the author of 6 books which are available on Amazon.

2 thoughts on “Why Didn’t He Call? The Best Way to Handle Rejection”

  1. Hi, Just want to ask for an advice.I’ve met a guy online. We chat for days then exchange numbers & calls me afterwards.He’s very eager to know me,asks things,shown interests and invited me for a date.@ first I wasn’t interested in him but i’ve discovered how intelligent he was so my interest grew and curiosity tells me to say yes for a date.
    So he ask me again to meet him in a coffee shop and I say Yes to him,beforehand he also asked me for a movie and a date in a bar.But i’d say no to the two cause he’s still a stranger to me. We’ve finally met,i’m not attracted physically but we’ve had a 2.5 hour good conversation over a cup of coffee.Then we’ve decided to go home.We bid goodbyes and He kissed me on the cheek.Now, is the 3rd day after our 1st date & he doesn’t give a call.
    Is it ok if,I ask him what is wrong with me to clear my mind & I want honest answer cause I see him as a good friend to be.thanks.

    • Em, many times men don’t want to be friends with you – they are looking for romance. If you aren’t attracted to him, why bother worrying why he didn’t contact you? Don’t call men. If he was interested in friendship or romance, he’d contact you. You have nothing to gain and you will not get the honest answer you seek. What is he going to say – “I don’t want to be friends with you”? My dating advice is to leave it alone.

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