How do you treat someone after you reject them?

Just a debate we were having at work!
Is it common sense to back off but remain polite after turning someone down?
Does the former relationship (friends/acquaintances/strangers) change how you'd treat them?
Do your actual feelings for the person change how you behave afterwards? Like if you do like them but aren't ready yet for whatever reason.
I tend to be friendly but more reserved because I don't want to hurt anyone or lead them on. How about you?


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Most Helpful Guy

  • With dignity and respect

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Most Helpful Girl

  • Rejection is painful and it can also be humiliating for someone. It can lower their self-esteem. A lot of people distance themselves, because they go through a mixture of emotions . They often feel awkward and embarrassed when they are around the person who rejected them

    I don't think you can just switch of you feelings for someone , so you either have to suppress them until your feelings for them fade, or have no contact with the person until your feelings fade.

    I can suppress my feelings , so if i valued their friendship i would continue that but keep my feelings for them suppressed until my romantic feelings for them changed

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What Guys Said 5

  • I give them distance to avoid any mixed messages being perceived. My feelings don't change if I wasn't interested before, and if I was interested then backed off for whatever reason I would simply close the door at that point, to avoid the constant cycle of back and forth.

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  • Same I guess... I rejected a girl once and it was all so awkward.. Lol so I kinda avoided her most of the times..
    And talked to her very less :-P

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  • Yeah I would totally try and avoid that person after I rejected them.

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  • You mean avoid, not even say hello?

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  • I'd be polite but a tiny bit cold... at least until I recovered from the shock of someone being interested in me.

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What Girls Said 1

  • well i try to remain civil and maintain mutual respect towards them. i don't get close to them though.

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