Our expert says:
And yet maybe he fears, nor that you would lose him to one of these other girls, but that he would lose you, and he wants you to think he has plenty of alternatives.
But now you reveal that he is not merely very busy, but also really stressed, teaching at a new school, in a language he's not comfortable in, and teaching new subjects. Yes, he must need your support and encouragement.
The conversations most people most appreciate are really about themselves, rather than someone else chirpily opening a chat about the grain harvest in Belorus. What other topics interest him ? In the good days, what did the pair of you talk about ?
Follwing him around and trying too hard to get close may be off-putting for him. Have you asked him how you can be most supportive and helpful for him ? Mention from time to time that you miss him when he's not around, and enjoy him when he is around.
Tell him you're worred that he is behaving as though he is depressed, and growing distant from you, and you'd like to be able to help
There are limits to how much you can help someone without their co-operation, other than making it very clear that you want to help and are ready when they are. Otherwise i's like trying to play tennis with someone who hasn't picked up their raquet, and wont watch the ball.
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