Exactly How To Tell If You're Exclusive With Him

Exactly How To Tell If You’re Exclusive With Him

So you’re here because you want to know the signs you’re exclusive with him.

I’ll be honest with you – I was surprised when I saw what was out there for advice on this topic.

And not pleasantly surprised either.

In fact, I’d say that the internet has some downright absolutely completely terrible no good very bad advice about how to tell if you’re exclusive with a guy.

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Terrible because it misleads you into thinking that being exclusive with him is a matter of hitting the right marks in your relationship and having the right things happen.

So I’m going to set the record straight. No more confusion.

Today, I’m going to give you the one, and only one, sign that you are exclusive with your partner.

The One Important Sign You’re In An Exclusive Relationship With Him

Over and over in other articles on the internet, I saw long lists of signs that mean you’re “definitely” exclusive with him.

Some of them even had decent advice about whether a relationship was becoming more serious… but none of them actually had the one thing that makes a relationship exclusive.

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Here are some of the good signs that your relationship is becoming way more serious (and moving towards exclusivity:

  • You Talk About The Future Together
  • Both Of You Are Done With Online Dating
  • It’s A Given That You’re Going To Spend Big Days Together (Birthdays, Valentine’s, Etc)
  • You Take Care Of Each Other If You Get Sick
  • You Keep More Than A Little Stuff At Each Other’s Places
  • You Have Keys To Each Other’s Homes
  • You’ve Met His Friends And Family And He’s Met Yours
  • You’ve Said ‘I Love You’ To Each Other

These are all great signs that your relationship is progressing nicely!

All of those signs taken together mean that your relationship is becoming fairly serious – but they don’t mean that you’re in an exclusive relationship with him.

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Which brings me to the bad advice…

These Signs Do not Mean You’re Exclusive With Him

People wrote these as real advice that you’re in an exclusive relationship with him.

No, I’m not making these up.

• You Spend Most Nights Together With Each Other

• You Feel Guilty If Your Ex Contacts You

• There’s pda Involved

• You Have Pet Names For Each Other

• You Know All His Habits

• You Turn Down Other Guys Because Of Him

• You Know What Foods He Likes And Doesn’t Like

• You Pay For Half The Dates

• You Fantasize About The Future Together With Him

• You Don’t Think You’re Single Anymore

Let me make this perfectly clear: these are terrible signs you’re exclusive.

In fact, none of the signs above mean that you’re exclusive with him. Not even close.

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Most of those signs are about how you feel when you think about him – and they’re building up a super unrealistic and unhealthy way of thinking about exclusivity in a relationship.

That’s because pretty much all of those signs are about you, or about your behavior with him.

None of them even mean that you’re in a serious relationship!

Every time you go out in public you could have over the top pda with him – and he could be dating 10 other women. Or you could both pay for dates without any expectation of exclusivity.

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In other words – don’t use those signs to figure out whether you’re exclusive with him. They don’t mean anything at all.

So if that’s the case…

How can you tell whether you’re exclusive with him?

How To Tell If You’re Exclusive With Him

The only way to tell if you’re exclusive with him is if he’s explicitly locked you down and told you that he wants an exclusive relationship. No other “sign” or “hint” means anything, he has to specifically say that he doesn’t want to see other people and that he wants to make the relationship exclusive. If you haven’t had that explicit conversation with him, you’re not exclusive yet. If you have, then you’re in an exclusive relationship.

how to tell if you're exclusive with him

What’s The One Sign That You Two Are Exclusive?

Don’t worry – it’s simple.

There’s one completely foolproof way to tell whether you’re exclusive with him.

Are you ready?

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You are only in an exclusive relationship: if you have explicitly agreed with him that neither of you are going to see other people.

That’s it. That’s the only way to get into an exclusive relationship.

You can’t hint your way into an exclusive relationship. You can’t assume your way into it. You can’t look for signs that mean you’re in an exclusive relationship and then expect to be because you hit enough of them.

I’ll say it again: the only way to be in an exclusive relationship is to explicitly agree to be exclusive with your boyfriend.

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That’s it. He’s got to agree and want to be exclusive with you, and you’ve got to agree and want to be exclusive with him.

So the question remains…

How do you get that with him?

How Do You Get Him To Want An Exclusive Relationship?

This is where I’m going to get into the other reason that those “signs” you’re in an exclusive relationship are terrible advice.

Here’s why: the way you get into an exclusive relationship with a guy is to never act as if you’re exclusively dating him – until he explicitly locks you down.

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That’s it. You’re not exclusive with him until you both explicitly agree that you are.

The reason why the other advice is so terrible is because if you act like you’re in an exclusive relationship with him without having a conversation about it, it actually makes him less likely to lock you down.

Why? Because from his perspective, he’s already getting everything he could ever want!

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You’re being exclusive to him, without requiring that he actually be exclusive to you. He’s free to see and date whoever he wants, and he knows he’s got you in his back pocket whenever he wants to see you!

When you do that, you put yourself in a no-win position. He has no incentive to lock you down and be exclusive with you, while you have no leverage. You’re stuck.

Like I said before, the only way to get him to be exclusive with you is to act like a free agent until he asks you to be exclusive.

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Or, to put it another way: you’re allowed to date whoever you want (and you should date whoever you want) until you both explicitly agree that you’re only dating each other.

This does one very important thing: it makes him immediately realize that he could lose you to another guy unless he locks you down.

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A guy needs that motivation and incentive to lock a woman down. Like I said before – if you’re treating him as your exclusive partner without requiring it of him, you’ve put yourself in a no-win situation.

But if you make it clear that you’re allowed to date other people just like he’s allowed to date other people, it makes him realize that he could lose you if another guy comes along that you like better.

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In other words – it gives him an incentive to date you exclusively.

And that’s what makes him give you the only reliable sign that you’re in an exclusive relationship:

It’s what makes him have a conversation with you where you agree you’re dating exclusively.

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Nothing else matters, and there’s no other shortcut. If you haven’t agreed with each other that you won’t see other people, you’re not dating exclusively. Period.

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31 comments… add one
  • Laura April 18, 2018, 5:34 pm

    How accurate do you think this is?

  • jasmine June 20, 2017, 12:02 am

    saying “i love you” to each other is the best sign

  • eunice June 14, 2017, 7:46 pm

    this list is very simple but when applied, sure makes a big difference.

  • dorothy June 12, 2017, 11:53 am

    talking about the future together for me is the biggest sign you’re exclusive and will definitely progress to something more.

  • jill June 9, 2017, 4:20 am

    all these are correct, couldn’t agree more to this.

  • makenzie June 6, 2017, 11:36 pm

    if he’s not ever flaked on you and you feel that he’s genuine and authentic.

  • fatima June 5, 2017, 11:31 pm

    nice article right here, i think you’re right. thanks for sharing.

  • sofia June 4, 2017, 10:52 pm

    if you are still not sure, ask him directly

  • rochelle June 1, 2017, 8:04 pm

    i love this! thanks for sharing!

  • ira May 31, 2017, 7:52 pm

    this is a very nice article. i liked it and im sure my girls will like it too so im sharing this for sure!

  • Hannah May 29, 2017, 8:12 pm

    awesome tips! thanks for always sharing the better stuff.

  • melody May 25, 2017, 4:06 pm

    when you’re exclusively dating, you both make efforts for each other and fo the relationship to grow.

  • athena May 24, 2017, 11:58 pm

    i loved this, will check on these signs from him. :)

  • natalie May 22, 2017, 5:12 pm

    thank you for posting this, i liked it! (:

  • dinah May 21, 2017, 6:37 pm

    thanks for this article. most of the time we think in advance and we fantasize on things that we think or we want to happen in real life.

  • terry May 18, 2017, 2:23 pm

    only when you hear it from him are you really sure of this.

  • georgina May 16, 2017, 4:38 pm

    you can tell you’re exclusive if you have stuff at each other’s place.

  • courtney May 15, 2017, 10:19 am

    i think you’re right. i can just ask him.

  • melanie May 11, 2017, 6:00 pm

    good stuff! thanks for this, i now know how to differentiate these types of men.

  • marjorie May 10, 2017, 7:18 pm

    this is why open communication is key to any relationship

  • sandara May 9, 2017, 5:25 pm

    thanks for the guidelines, really helpful for my situation right now.

  • erinia May 8, 2017, 7:34 pm

    if he gets jealous without wanting to be exclusive with you, that isn’t fair. you should be able to still do things until he also wants exclusivity

  • irina May 3, 2017, 8:31 pm

    no doubt! i hope women here are experiencing success in their relationships. you can follow these or better quality relationship

  • sheri May 2, 2017, 1:01 pm

    thanks for all your help. ive been wanting to talk to him about getting exclusive, i’m just too shy to initiate

  • rissa April 27, 2017, 12:59 pm

    you don’t need any signs, you need to know by talking about it.

  • amelia April 25, 2017, 3:04 pm

    you don’t have to make wild guesses or be like solving puzzles. just go ask him straight up. better yet, make it a rule to talk about it when you start dating

  • carolyn April 24, 2017, 11:34 pm

    better talk to him about it. ioen communication is very important in any relationship given any issue

  • "leah evers" April 23, 2017, 10:27 pm

    I would never assume someone’s dating me exclusively.

  • camille April 23, 2017, 2:19 pm

    you need to sit down with him and talk about this very important matter

  • bessy April 20, 2017, 3:39 pm

    never be exclusive unless he also dates you exclusively.

  • nancy April 19, 2017, 5:46 pm

    i would rather talk to him about it from the start instead of finding out later on he would not want to be exclusive

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