“Why did he stand me up?”

• What are some common reasons that a man stands up a woman, and what can help to get over it?

Andrew Byrne, LMFT:

There may be many reasons that someone would not follow through on a commitment to go on a date, fear of commitment or dishonesty with themselves about their level of interest or availability to date or something came up that required their attention. Whatever the reason, it is important that the person who was stood up realize that this has nothing to do with them; it is not personal. To move beyond the hurt or disappointment of this happening, it is important to first feel that hurt and then to give attention to the truth that this is not personal and remind themselves that they are worthy of being treated with respect. To “get over” that pain, it is less about attending to why someone would behave that way and more about having compassion for oneself.

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