Playing hard to get is a common dating cliche. Everyone preaches it, and everyone swears by it, but is it actually helpful? Along similar lines, common wisdom says that you need to make your significant other jealous from time to time in order to keep them on their toes. Keep reminding them that they need to work for your love, this line of thinking says.. Do you really want to be in a relationship where you constantly need to dangle thinly-veiled threats to keep your partner in line? Do you really want to be in a relationship where your partner does that to you?
One of the sadder trends in dating is the deterioration of commitment. I'm one of those guys who loves love, believes in strong, lasting relationships, and I watch them quite often don't judge me, okay? Now, I'll be honest If you're a relationship savvy geek, there are some creative ways to use the technology you love to bring you and your spouse even closer together.
Read More is the kind of mentality that will follow you from relationship to relationship and sabotage you all along the way. Even if you are transparent and honest and share as much as you can, they only know your side and your perspective. You may be blind to certain details that change the entire context of your relationship struggles. Except in extreme circumstances e. They rarely have enough information to appropriately make that call.
In that sense, it can help. But as always this piece of advice can be taken too far, and it can prove to be highly detrimental — even harmful — when it veers off course. You can care too much and you can care not at all, but the best balance is right in the middle. A misreading of the signals, and your potential partner will likely sneak out the nearest exit as soon as your back is turned. Read More , or worse. The most important takeaway here is that conventional relationship wisdom can hurt rather than help, so always be skeptical of anything you read — even this article!
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Your email address will not be published. Sure, there may be a few good pieces of advice out there. The term "good" is subjective though and each person thinks what constitutes "good" is that it reinforces their beliefs or rejects their fears. There is no magic bullet. I wish there was. Things would be so much easier. Dating is about social interaction, chemistry, and personal dynamic between two people. Yes, there are certain elements that can be generalized, but each person is different for what motivates them.
This is my opinion, but would we all not be better off if we just held true to being social and asking ourselves what would be the considerate and honest thing to so instead of letting mind games interfere?
All this "advice" is meant to try to be one step ahead of the other person. You are told it is to increase your success. The flipside of that is it's saying Don't be the chump. And, always, always realize the other person is in the power spot; it's your job to grasp onto any power you can get and claim your power seat through doing X, Y, and Z. Would we assume the other person was the almighty if we weren't being inundated with that message and given all these reasons and examples for why it is so?
It's exploitation of fear to sell a product or service. I don't have the answers. If anyone really did there would be ONE book, not the heap of all the different ones out there. Maybe we should just think about that the next time we're frantically searching for answers, only to find that the so called answers are all mostly playing the blame game by either telling us there is something wrong with us or the other person that can be fixed in order to sell the product of advice.
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Thank you for so thoughtful text! My worst dating advise was "to be yourself". I need to mention, the more women you meet, the more experience you get. In addition, about online dating sites. Of course, there are a lot of fakes, spam, stupid sex content, but! If you want to date some girl and have not enough experince - onling dating sites is a good platform to practise your skill: Also I can advise you Nick Notas blog, I found out good things there, but they are more about short-term relationships: Finally, wish you all true love, guys!
Thanks for the comment Andy, but the site you linked to had to be removed, it issued a malware warning]. Thanks for sharing, Andy! I agree that "be yourself" is such a common piece of advice that's often misunderstood or misinterpreted. And yeah, I also agree that experience is important, though I'd lean more towards emphasizing "social experience" rather than "dating experience" in particular. Idk about all of this, but I think I figured it out awhile ago.
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Women are very unique and there is only one thing that all of them have in common. Women want to get what they want without having to ask. They could want anything time with you, an open ear, shows of affection, to be left alone for awhile, etc , but the key is them knowing that you know them well enough to know what they want without having to be told.
I'm young and I know I could be wrong, but I'm extremely observant and this has served me well. Pretty much every other bit of advice I've heard about women in general is crap. Just my two cents. I don't know about that. I personally know women who don't fit that generalization and I also know several men who behave that way.
It's certainly a common trait, but I wonder if it's more of a human trait than it is a woman trait. There was a lot of good material on 'how to be a man' and things like that. The men attending the seminars, there were thousands of them, had paid out thousands to attend and near the end of the series there are video of world-renowned pick up artists.
One guy interviewed was a blonde long haired rocker-type with tight leather jeans, cowboy boots, super-tanned, whiter than white teeth and brightly coloured tropical shirt and he was close to being the No 1 PUA in the world and he was asked 'what's the one secret you'd share that all men could do with knowing' and he replies 'Act like you don't care; if you look like you're disinterested you'll be attractive to the woman'.
Watching this I couldn't help thinking 'so those guys spending weeks and thousands learning this stuff should act like they 'don't care'? How ironic is that!
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In your article you've given a couple of examples of women using 'keep 'em keen' tactics but I think the problem for men when using PUA behaviour is they're trying to outwit women who've been using these tactics to sort 'chaff from wheat' for centuries. The number one conversation when a group of women are discussing a new relationship is 'who has control? I've tried various forms of dating and learned some strange things: I've met women on blind dates who've come out with comments such as 'I'm really ashamed to be seen here with you' and 'if you enter into a relationship with me I will dominate you'.
I've had a female stalker who told me her online profile was actually a collection of women who would choose who amongst them would meet up with the 'next one'. When I tried speed dating, which I did 6 times, I noticed a pattern where out of the 13 women present only two would actually be available with everyone else pretending to be.
You'd have 13 single men and then at the end of the night you'd see the groups of women congregate and start nodding, pointing and shaking heads at the men. When you date a woman, you see, you don't date a woman - you date an entire network of advisors. Working with women means I've had a couple of opportunities to form friendships and this would be my favourite way of meeting a woman but I've found the moment they know you're 'interested' in that way they do an overnight personality change and either suddenly your colleagues are aware of the stalker in the room or the woman is telling you she has a collection of men she's sleeping with and you'll have to accept it to be added to the list that lady was a social worker or they suddenly start lying and playing mind games doing such things as going on holidays with boyfriends they've told you they haven't got.
I think the problem for a man attempting to use 'negging' and the like is he's trying to do it to people who do it without thinking about doing it because they are the 'desired' sex. Men desire; women desire to be desired - that's what's really happening. The way forward for men generally, I feel, is to stop pursuing women altogether. The 'don't care' message is a literal thing for me and I've learned just to not bother and concentrate on doing things of greater social worth. I often see dating advice advising one gender on how to treat another in a derogatory fashion and I'd prefer it if we focused on the idea that there's a person with a gender attached rather than the other way round.
All this complexity in 'dating how to's' has just confused the fact men and women are designed to complement each other not to go to war all the time. It's the children produced by these half-hearted game-playing relationships I feel sorry for. Any relationship, romantic or not, built on a struggle for power is bound to snap. Anyone who even thinks about "Who has control in this relationship?
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You know that if you find someone you feel connected to and lose that person, that connection is not so easy to replace. This is the ideal, and this should be the goal. Nobody should be trying to pretend they care less to gain the upper hand, because both of you should want to show each other how deeply you care. Erica is a writer, blogger and dating expert from Vancouver, BC. She runs The Babe Report , a free advice column for millennials.
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