Could be he is grieving his break up. He feels emotionally raw and not ready to invite a new person in and spend emotional energy on supporting you through a new thing. Maybe he wants your support and help right now first in getting past the old thing (relationship with his ex) before starting a new thing with you (supporting you in your new relationship with CA dude.)
Could also be the COST of maintaining an LDR with visits and what not. It is one thing for you to be out for a few hours on a date. It's another to be gone a month. It's not just PLANE ticket costs.
Could discern what your human/non-human resources are for poly dating and the limits on each:
- Interpersonal relationship skills (ex: communication, conflict resolution, emotional management)
- Attitude toward poly
- Knowledge about poly issues
- Division of chores at home (ex: child care, home care, eldercare)
Stuff like that. I'm sure you could add more. Could figure out what you have on the table before you try growing new stuff with it like a new relationship for you.
Is he struggling with jealousy? Coming to find he is not as well prepared as he thought? Could reading resources together help?
He doesn't have a valid reasoning, its just he gets mad, and says so will this happen all the time? I say I'm not sure, and he says would you be OK with me doing that and I say yes. Then he will get quiet and stop talking. I can clearly see he is mad but doesn't say why...ugh
That's not clear communication. Will WHAT happen all the time? You falling in love? Your Other being LDR? What's
he talking about?
Don't put a value/judgement on his reasoning at this point. (valid vs not valid) Feelings are not logical all the time. Just focus on getting him to let it OUT. If you start putting value judgements that could clam him up and defeat the greater goal of better communication with him. He needs to feel emotionally safe with you. He may not have the same emotional articulation skills as you or even the same emotional maturity as you. People are different. I don't know either of you from adam but again... could stop to identify WHAT you have here on the table before trying to move the communication forward. First you could disclose and IDENTIFY. Then you could assess and reality test/ reasonableness test. If you are good communicators could ID and assess at the same time, but if he struggles, could just go for disclose and ID first to see if that helps put it into bite size he can deal with.
Can't ask a blind person why they cannot SEE. They are BLIND. Work with what you have there. What DO you have there? Could ask him.
Because what YOU perceive it as is not what he perceives it as. When you go on to say "I'm not sure" maybe thinking you are talking about apples and he was going on about oranges? You run the risk of misunderstandings and hurt feelings. He then withdraws.
Take the time to learn to clarify, verify and do active listening. Nip it in the bud by clearing up the confusion in the moment.
Could repeat back to him.
- "Ok, I think we are talking about ____. Is that what we are talking about here?"
Could validate him.
- "I see you are angry and upset. Your face is like this and your body is like this. Your words say this. Are you indeed, angry and upset? Or am I reading that wrong?"
Could note and set time.
- "I see this is important to you and I want to give you my full undivided attention. Is this something that will need a bigger space made? Do we need to clear time on the calendar for serious talks with no interruption?"
Could reassure and ask for willing.
- "Look, I see this is upsetting. I am sorry you are upset. I want to reassure you that I am here fully present. I am willing to talk and sort this stuff out with you even if it feels gross and yucky to do. But I am in it with ya! Are you willing to process through this?"
There's lots of ways you could go about sorting it out. Keep trying.