When you're in a relationship with someone, it's rarely just with them. That can be a really incredible experience where you gain new friends and maybe even family, but it can also be tricky if there are people in that group who your partner has a complicated relationship with, like an ex. First of all, is it even possible for exes to be just friends? Well, I can tell you from personal experience that it absolutely is. One of my very best friends is an ex, who is now also really close with my current partner.
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Though he may not admit it directly, the way your boyfriend talks and reminisces about his ex makes it all too clear: He still has feelings for someone else. Having a past and some happy memories with someone other than you doesn't necessarily mean that he's in love with his ex, but a little detective work on your part may show that he is. You can make it through this painful time with a little understanding of his experiences and a lot of compassion for yourself. Any guy you date is likely to bring a relationship history with him -- as are you. While you don't have to take constant fawning over his exes in stride, you do need to understand that he's had emotional experiences with exes that have stayed with him, and he may want your help sorting them out. His happiness supply is not limited -- happiness in the past makes him look forward to even more happiness with you, psychoanalyst Sophie Cadalen tells Psychologies Magazine online in the article "Jealous of Your Partner's Past.
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Last Updated: February 14, References. Tasha is affiliated with the Dwight D. There are 12 references cited in this article, which can be found at the bottom of the page. This article has been viewed 34, times. Determining if your partner is still in love with their ex can take some sleuthing.