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Well, he is right – relationships without trust aren't relationships.
Please do go in with our eyes wide open, the next time you have the opportunity to discuss this. I know you say you're over the anger however you still harbour some negativity, by the words you use. You've got some mental confusion going on which is normal with love and trust betrayal.
Manipulation in a relationship is very wrong.
And it's also challenging for the manipulator to stop too so do be very much aware of this if you're looking to rekindle things with him.
There's some subconscious weirdness going on inside his head if he's simply avoiding owning up to the crap he's done in the past. He's obviously ashamed by these actions. Your hurt will take time to recover from. As you say, the ball is indeed in his court.
Think about moving on too.