5 Signs You’re a Ghost (And Almost Worse Than Shadows)

While shadowing is never fun, being semi-shadowed by someone could be even worse. Between a blatant lack of attention and long response times, here are the signs that show you’re a near-ghost victim.

According to the Cambridge Dictionary, a shadow is “A way to end a relationship with someone suddenly by ending every relationship with them.. While shadows can make it difficult to mourn a relationship—whether romantic, friendly, or familial—a 2014 YouGov America survey found that 15% of the women surveyed have already experienced shadowsversus 11% of men. An increasingly common practice in the age of social and digital networks.

Very similar to shadowing, there is another quite destructive practice: semi-shadowing. But what exactly is it? “Quasi-ghost” is actually a A close relationship previously and still superficially, but the frequency and depth of the contacts are so missing that the relationship is almost, if not completely non-existent. Like shadows, this practice can be applied in romantic, friendly, family, and even professional relationships.

But unlike shadows, semi-shadows can look more elongated over time, because a person is always there in one form or another, and therefore it is more painful. This leaves you in the middle of no longer finding yourself. “Regular dates, phone calls, and messages may have dried up, but there are still occasional contacts, leaving you wondering where you are and even if you are in a relationship or friendship.‘, the magazine notes Barber.

Why do half the people disappear?

Semi-shadows can start when Life situation changes (marriage, new job, move), unacknowledged personal tensions or problems, lack of interest or time.

But not all motives Not necessarily harmful : “Sometimes people are half ghost because they are really busyRemember the magazine. We all have times in our lives when it’s hard to stay on top of everything and they can just prioritize other things for a while.

Semi-ghosting can have a file Negative effect on self-esteem It makes you feel like you’ve been rejected or that you did something wrong, but that situation isn’t always up to you. It’s up to you whether you want to let the relationship go awry or face a ghost and figure out why he’s behaving the way he is. In the meantime, here are the signs that you’re almost shady.

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Your interlocutor is taking a long time to answer
An hour, then two, then four… Your messages go on (too much) with no response. With every message or call, your contact takes hours or even days to respond. By force, I’m used to it but wouldn’t that show a problem in the relationship?

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Pretending he doesn’t have time
Again, it’s a matter of priorities in your relationship: When asked about this lack of presence, the semi-ghost may pretend to be busy and preoccupied. But strong relationships prioritize making time for each other.

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Your conversations are casual, brief and superficial
Once you can (finally) make contact with the semi-ghosts, the exchanges are short – a few messages suffice – and often superficial, with basic exchanges and questions. A text, like, a voice note… Even the absence of these small actions shows the distance of your relationship.

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Half of your ghost never starts calling
You are always the initiator of your meetings (which almost never pass) and have the feeling that if you don’t write to him, you may not hear from him for a while. Ask yourself if the other person prioritizes your relationship or if it tends to be one-sided.

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How to reconnect the relationship with the semi-ghost?
If a semi-ghost takes a step towards you, it doesn’t automatically shut down. Stay open with your sanity in mind: Accept that you don’t control their decisions and you can’t force them to say why they are ghostly to you. Keep living your life by your side and let him run his way back.

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