If You Want A Relationship, Let Men Pursue You
How many times have you met a great guy, had a decent interaction, or even a fun date with him and then waited and waited for him to make the next move? I worry sometimes when I hear girls saying things like "I want him to be my first long-term boyfriend," It's not as worrying as the jest "I want to be his future ex-wife. Few weeks later I called her and she did it again saying we need to meet up and then same thing happened again. I knew it even before the publication of "The Rules," a dating bible that encouraged women to return to prefeminist mind games by playing hard to get
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So he showed me the ring in a text and said here is my class ring. It is bent so he took it yesterday to a jeweler to get it fixed. I said well, that is supposed to be my ring. I said you told me you wanted to give me that ring way back in high school and he said yes. But I know that his wife knows the man returned it to him and I also know that he probably took it to a jeweler that they use because I asked where he took it and he told me it is a place that is right down the street from where his wife works.
So it was upsetting to me. I think in the beginning I tried everything I possibly could to get things to change or to create a situation that would be the impetus to change but nothing ever did so now it is easier to just move forward and let it go because I know whatever we are right now is what we will continue to be year after year after year.
I understand your emotions and the day to day missing but it gets easier if you can just wait it out. She gets the class ring so to speak. But it did and it helps me see where I stand now.
I need those things. I want to be able to walk away and be good with that. We are best friends I guess. I am unconditional to his face but inside it hurts like hell. I know it always will. It will be up to me to want more and walk away. LA-OMG…you totally brought me to tears. My heart aches for you as I see my story in your words in regards to your FL and when you spoke about your prior marriage. Pretty weird…so many similarities. It seems so much easier to acknowledge we love each other, we have a history, he will ALWAYS have a special place in my heart for a variety reasons but reality is we cannot be together right now so I need to walk away.
However…easier said then done. Especially considering I have been thinking about him for at least 13yrs and he just pops back up like no thing. It is crazy how much time can go by yet the connection and feelings remain the same. There are so many days I fanaticize about being able to be together and let our relationship grow and develop without any restrictions.
Unfortunately I know that is not an option and in reality I do not think I would want to get seriously involved with him right now as he is dealing with a lot in regards to his ex-wife and custody issues.
No offense…but I do not want the drama…I want to be supportive and encouraging as a friend but that is too much to handle in a new relationship. I too…checked is social media last week and saw some women that he friended and found myself getting annoyed and angry.
Our relationship never got physical and as awful as this sounds…. These situations are really just so heartbreaking but I think you are completely right about HAVING to keep perspective and never lose sight of what the reality of the situation really is.
It is so easy to get caught up in this pretend world that the feelings and love with our FL bring us. He and I have talked quite a lot this week which as you know is both good and bad…causes more confusion… I am definitely a huge believer in fate and that things happen for a reason.
The 1st time was prior to being married about 13yrs ago and my now husband had recently cheated and I was going through something really serious that my husband was not there for and my FL came out of no where and was completely supportive and got me through the whole thing. I think I was so scared and still upset with him for how things ended with our relationship. Life is a weird thing…..
If you go back on this site a couple of years ago, you will see a lot of different people sharing. They will all attest exactly what you said about the connections feeling the same way and how intense they are.
A lot of us also thought the worst when no contact was in place. There were so many different scenarios here with everyone, but in the end, they were all so similar in how we felt. That desperation and the hurt and all of the feelings that resurfaced. Lots of scenarios with people married, not married, bad marriages, abuse, alcohol, loveless, you name it. It was all here. You can scroll back and find these stories and they are all so touching.
I know some that were able to follow through with their FL and discover that it was a bad situation they wish they had never gotten into. There are those that have contact once or twice a year and have been told it will never be more than that. I too believe in fate but I also believe that history repeats itself. I have found that in my own situation. I believe unless you learn from the first mistakes, history will repeat itself. I think love is definitely something that you make it.
If you are both all in, then it seems pretty easy. If only one of you is in it to win it, then there is heartbreak. Someone can tell you they love you all day long. They believe it and they can tell you over and over they are in love with you.. I love you BUT….
The fantasizing is something we have all done. I think that goes away with time too. To be honest, I think he feels it in our relationship. I think he feels the disconnect because he tries awful hard some days. I remember asking him where he was and what he was doing and I felt so dumb doing that. But he sure does. He will ask me why I am quiet and say I am working. I think it matters more to him now.
He wants to know why I am quiet, well, I hate hurting knowing his life will always be just that. He has relegated us to a perpetual affair. My advice is to learn from that and try not to repeat it. For you, not for him. The part about benign things…we all had those too. The friending on FB is a huge trigger. I questioned everyone, every like he did on posts and I also have vowed a million times not to talk to him again for one thing or another. I will always talk to him even if I say right now I am not going to talk to him, if he sends a text, I will answer.
I wish I did. We all had that too. Why did he get that ring back when I was there at a time when he lost it? He just texted me that he was leaving for his counseling appt early to go by and get his ring.
You are completely right about all the prior stories…I started reading those when I found this website and got through quite a lot of stories but have thought about going back and reading on more of that…as they do provide a lot of comfort to hear others in same situations. Your story about your FL ring…was so touching. I cannot imagine all the feelings that brings up for you.
It seems like the reoccurring theme in these situations is feelings are never able to be totally put out there and honesty and someone is always sacrificing something for it to work or at least communicate. I know this is a process and I am just going through whatever work I need to do to get into a healthy place emotionally and mentally. It truly means a lot to have yours and others support on this board. I know it will be a matter of time until I decide that I need to walk away until my circumstances change…it is too upsetting and painful to have something I can see but out of reach.
I am one of those stories from a few years back. Sorry to hear you feel like this. How did you make a fool of yourself, Twice shy? I fear that will be my fate very shortly. I too am getting to the point that I feel like such a fool. In so many ways I have been using him.
These are definitely difficult things to face and navigate. Dragonish and LA- I feel for both of you. I understand about putting family before yourself. We are speaking now weekly. He would only feel guilty after and then regret being together. I do think things happen for a reason. Maybe there is something to it that both our marriages are shakey at the time we reconnected.
Maybe the universe is trying to tell us something. You know the whole kill the messenger thing. LA- I can totally sympathize with what you said. It broke my heart hearing about the ring. I feel for you. When I spoke to my FL the time before last he let me know he was trying to work it out in his marriage. At the end of the day though men will chose what is physically closest to them. I was so upset when my FL told me he was gonna work on his marriage.
He basically is trying to give her my ring. He flirts with me and tells me he loves me but then tries to get her to take his ring. I was the first woman he ever wanted to marry. I stopped calling him. I have been taking that time for myself as well. Focusing on things I want to do.
I did realize that i do truely love him. That it hurts to think he may want someone else now but in truely loving him I my have to let him go and just be his friend. I am in the same place you are. My FL says I am his true love, he longs to be with me, and yet by not having the courage to leave his wife, I am second choice. It is more complicated than this, but it is how I feel sometimes.
We have a real chance at happiness, but each day that passes, is another day lost. And then there are the issues with my marriage that continue to be unaddressed and unresolved. It is overwhelming to deal with it all.
It happens quickly when you pop the lid off of these old feelings. Can I ask you something? If he had his mind made up, would you be ready to dive back in?
On the flip-side, what if you called him up and said the same thing: What would you do then? Would that tell you everything you needed to know? Asking myself questions like this, and doing some honest thought experiments, are what helped me settle my own feelings.
I realized that I did truly want to be with my FL, and I was willing to make very big life changes to do that. And if my relationship with my FL after 18 years was only to amount to some trite affair, it would have devastated me.
I know you two just recently reconnected. That might mean formally asking him for space. That might mean asking him to talk more seriously about what your feelings for each other mean, and if either of you are actually going to do anything about it. You said that you tend to put others first, ahead of yourself. A lot of us here do or did , too. It definitely comes across in your writing. You seem like a truly loving, empathetic, and careful woman. Just know that despite your urge to take care of others, your feelings matter too.
They matter a lot, actually. How it makes you feel when he says one thing to you, and then doubles-down on his marriage… it matters.
Your right though, it gets more complicated when marriages are involved. Kind of the sink or swim situation. All he remembers from then is how much he wanted to be with me. All I know is we have talked about it, he knows why I did what I did. He said he is not mad at me for it he just wishes things had gone differently. The question of would he or I drop it all to be with the other is a great question.
Thank you for that because it does help. He said he knows he loves me, he always has. I know how I feel about him but I think your right. Patience is not going to hurt anything. I pretty much am just trying to be positive, focus on things that make me happy and if they match up with someone else, great! Like you said, my feelings should matter too.
I guess it will just take some time to see where all this goes. I am someone who posted on this forum a few years ago.
I am someone who was married for more than 20 years. I will never be able to undo the hurt and pain I have caused to the best person I have ever known in my life.
He is everything to me and I lost sight of that and threw it away for what? I have killed my marriage. I have to leave it to my husband to decide what he wants to do. If he decides he can see a way to move forward with me then this is will be my second marriage. It will have to be treated as a new relationship but one where I can never again be fully trusted and that is only good and right because I broke the trust.
I am the liar who schemed behind his back to betray him. How would that make you feel? You have to do this for both yourself and your significant other. The rest would hopefully have been men that she was dating seriously. I've never understood why people need "experiences" in other relationships before they can understand or appreciate someone for who they are. If you have parents or grandparents with a healthy marriage, you don't need your own experiences to know how things should work. I think people that jump from relationship to relationship are bad marriage prospects because they have never worked at sustaining love past the easy "infatuation" phase.
Marriage requires commitment in order to last when things get rough. The fact that some guy did the opposite of committing to his girl in his prior six relationships before settling down with me does nothing to indicate loyalty, commitment, or good judgement on his part.
Inevitably most people have one or two. I don't want to date a girl who sees me only as the next in a series of terminal relationships; but I do want a girl with a little experience. You are still contradicting yourself. It sounds to me like what you're saying is that you're too lazy to guide a girl into knowing what she's doing so you prefer that she's already had her heart broken a couple of times so she knows what to expect from you and from sex.
Helping a girl find out what she's doing means ultimately being able to mold the sexual experience you want yourself. I do agree with the premise of knowing what you are looking for in a mate and being honest about your intentions.
You only gain relationship experience by trying However if you do not gain interactions, sexual experience and everything else relationships entail then how can you know what you are looking for? However, I do disagree that men don't often get attached in relationships or do so at a slower rate to a lesser degree.
If this were true the beta male phenomena and feminization of western males would not be so derided and advised against in the male "blogosphere. The problem for a lot of us women is that this pressure to date and have boyfriends for the sake of it does not necessarily come from within, it comes from other people. My family, and in particular my serial monogamist sister she's 27 , do believe you "need experience". When I told my her that I'd ideally want to meet someone for marriage around 25, she was shocked and said "but you don't even have any relationship experience?
I'm attractive and I do date, but I've never had a serious, monogamous relationship and am now in my early twenties. My sister is of the opinion that through dating you "get to know yourself".
I don't know what kind of response I should give to people? It usually turns into a word against word thing, as in "relationship experience matters" - "no it doesn't". Do you think girls emphasize the relationship experience more than guys? You get to know yourself through challenging yourself and self-reflection, not exclusively through dating. Your sister might be challenging herself through dating.
I think that's a risky way of doing it, but that is her decision. But to presume that you, too, need to get to know yourself that way is pretty short-sighted.
I wouldn't worry too much about responding to people. If they disagree with you, so what? Thank you so much for putting this out there. Frankly, I think many women know exactly what they want from the outset but are afraid to admit it to themselves.
It is no accident it was a religious man who who brought this to your attention. I'm so glad you were open to his questioning. If women had the integrity and courage to make it clear to men that marriage is the reason why they are dating, there would be far fewer heartaches. I am of the opinion that marriage minded men know fairly quickly whether a girl they are dating is the person they would like to be their wife and mother of their children. The purpose of dating is to see how suitable a match you both are.
Values, devotion, respect, future plans are to be considered whilst dating. It's a vetting process if you will. I am not religious myself but along with this fine blog I would encourage women who want to be married to visit wwnh. Andrew, I'm wondering why a fine fellow who dates women he thinks he could marry isn't married.
What are you looking for that you haven't found? It isn't one "thing" I haven't found yet; I just haven't found the person that I obviously want to be with for the rest of my life.
May I refer your female readers to this post and comments. Did you read this? But it seems to me that Susan, like most people, believe you should aim to have relationships through your twenties which doesn't end in marriage. There's some point in what you're saying but But I'm in love with a guy and just enjoying this tiime spent with him.
Maybe tomorow we'll decide to break up, and I will probably fall in love with someone else. Am I a whore? I don't think so. I'm curious what exactly make men fall in love, when they rarely do. You say it takes more..
I have observed couples where I think the man too is in love and even with women whom are nothing 'special' on an obvious level not gorgeous or very interesting. And I wonder how it's done. If you've been in love before, can you describe what made the situation unique? The way I see it and I am open to the possibility that I am wrong , there is no formula for love like there is for physical attraction - it just happens sometimes.
I'm going on a 4th date with a guy on Friday He hasn't even spent the night. I've already explained it takes me a while before I can let a man get intimate with me. That's just how I'm wired I can't help it. I have a natural internal shut off switch. Anyway, on our second date, he told me he's looking for a serious relationship that would lead to marriage and he wanted to make sure I was on the same page, otherwise there's no point in giving this a go.
I said I was on the same page and he said "good Then on the Monday after our 3rd date he said we'll see each the following weekend this past weekend. I know this past weekend was a baseball game and he's a HUGE sports fan, which he already warned me about. He was txting me all week, but never mentioned the weekend and getting together again. The friday before the games, he made a wager with me we're opposing teams. I have to cook him dinner if my team loses, which they did.
After ignoring me all weekend, he txts me at 9am on Monday and wants me to make good on our wager. I have to cook dinner for him Friday night. All our dates have been Sunday or Thursday. Does it sound like this guy even though he's stayed in contact with me has no interest and is just trying to sleep with me? Our 4th date will be 12 days since we last saw each other by the time this Friday hits. I just thought if he liked me, sports game or not, he would have wanted to see me sooner, like for the first 3 dates.
I've been dating this guy since Jan. Everyhing were going good for he and I until now he starting to get phone callsand texts that he don't replied back This is more of a friendship issue than a relationship issue, so it is a little outside of my claimed "area of expertise. If the girl gets attached in the process, it just means the breakup will be messier. Even when a man does get emotionally invested, it usually occurs more slowly and to a lesser degree. I dated a guy in a fraternity who had a frat-boy reputation for how he was with girls.
It was 6 months before I let him even touch my boobs and even longer until we had sex. Despite that, he stuck around. Had his reputation been true, he would have moved on from me quickly and I would have been fine after a few days. Had I slept with him early on only to have him dump me shortly after, I would have been much more damaged. If a woman is dating someone with hopes to make it long-term, I think the number one most important thing she can do is let him get a little emotionally invested and taken with her personality first, before risking the emotional trauma that can easily manifest from giving up too much too soon.
I started dating a guy a while back who I took time getting to know before sex. I had planned on waiting longer however he threw me every line under the sun to have his way that eventually I gave in. I thought he genuinely cared about me, I thought there was an emotional investment on his part because he told me and to an extent showed me that there was.
Afterwards, the change was subtle at first but there was a change and before I knew it he began the slow fade. He had an extensive past with women before me so perhaps he was disappointed but I think if they are the type to go cold after sex.. I don't think it is wise to sleep with them right away but some men don't mind playing the long game.
By saying, "he threw me every line under the sun to have his way that eventually I gave in," makes it sound as if he pressured you to have sex with him. If that were the case, it should have been a major red flag. I'm not sure if you effectively communicated your expectations of wanting to take things slow, but if you did and he still pressured you to sleep with him, then that's not good.
If a guy wants something long-term and legitamately likes you, he will respect your assertions True, maybe after you did have sex, there was a lack of chemistry that he was able to realize. However, don't view it as a loss.
If you are having mediocre sex with a guy you really like, trust me, there is a guy you will really like out there that you will also have amazing, earth-shattering sexual chemistry with and chances are he will be just as into it as you are ;.
Thanks, you are right there was a lot of pressure and looking back it was probably a very bad sign. I really like your down-to-earth suggestions. However, I am in a weird problem.
I like an older man, aged about He is extremely witty and intelligent but somehow not sure about if he can be happy in a marriage. Although, he's looking for a wife. I find him confusing at times. When asked if he's trying to play he says he doesnt play with just anyone without a reason and that he likes me.
But when I mention marriage, he says I'm not giving him scope to know me. As I mentioned earlier, he is practically very clever so I am sure he already knows what I am.
All his friends are married and pushing him for marriage but why is he acting so insecure? I'm tired of this. I'm 27 and I want marriage right now. How to make it happen without anymore unhealthy games? This is true, and the painful truth is that those people you meet while you are young and "innocent" have a much greater impact on you than later in life. There are two men who have had a major impact on me: I was the one to call it off both times, but I was forced to do so as it didn't lead anywhere.
I haven't found anything similar since, and I find it more and more difficult to develop those butterflies, even with a guy who 'has it all'. There is a part of me who will always wonder if we'll meet again sometime later in life when we're both grown up and can make it work. I have moved on, but I can't shake them off.
I suppose this is one disadvantage with the idea of women dating guys older than themselves. He might be your first love, but you are probably not his, at least he does not have the same 'innocence'. So he can never really feel what you feel, not in the same way anyway. I am terrified of never having those same feelings again. What about if the guy said he doesn't want serious relationship after dating you for a year?
I should have asked him earlier. Lots of time have been wasted and I'm getting older. Is he serious about? I am a twice divorced woman of abusive relationships, single now for about 15 years. I have a good job, support myself, own a house. I finally started dating again with the intent on finding someone I want to spend the rest of my life with and marriage. I have been dating a really great guy my age for over a year now. Although he says all the right things and mostly does all the right things, I have no idea what are his ideas for our future together.
I am in love with this man, he says he loves me, is very affectionate, considerate and thoughtful. However, I know if he never intends to marry me, over time, I will become angry and resentful, and I don't want to end up feeling that way about him or myself. I don't want to be angry at myself for investing what little precious time I have left and angry at him for possibly wanting what I would end up seeing as a really great friendship with benefits.
Allison, you're getting as much as you're ever gonna get. Accept it like you would accept needing to get your hands dirty when you've got a flat tire on a boondocks rural road. At 58, you are not on the shelf of selections-for-marriage. If you push him away, he will get a 48, or if has great game Or he will retire at 62, go to the Philippines and marry a Are you planning to do a post on dating and distance?
I am not a believer in long distance and I wouldn't start anything up with someone who's going to leave the country shortly from bad experience. However, there are more refined situations than that. For example, I've been dating a guy a while now who might be applying to graduate school in another country 8 months from now. It's too early to make it a discussion. I have two friends whose boyfriends have moved for them.
However in both cases they were living in big cities where the guy had lived before and wanted to live again - the guys also had great job opportunities there to the extent where you may ask if they really moved for the girls or themselves. Can a woman ever expect a man to move for her? At what point can she make that suggestion?
And should she ever move for a man? If so - at what point? I know that men value appearance very much, and there are always going to be better looking girls than the one he currently has. So what is it that makes some men completely devoted to their girlfriend regardless of the fact that he knows there are better looking girls?
In other words, what makes a man fall in love long term? Why does a man decide he wants to marry a certain girl over the others? I'd be interested in learning more about this too. Some men complain about how some women are always wondering if they could do better, but I wonder if most men think the same way? As DT says "there are always going to be better looking girls than the one he currently has," and because men place so much importance on looks, then aren't they always wondering if they could find an prettier girl?
If not, what as DT asks, "makes a man fall in love long term? This is exactly what I want to know. But I don't think Andrew has the answer. If he did, he would have written posts about this. All he knows is what makes him physically attracted to a woman. But obviously this is NOT enough, otherwise he would have settled down with one of these attractive women.
There's more to it than being attractive for the love of God. I thought this website would be more than a heterosexual man trying to mimic a beauty blog, and failing miserably. Hello Andrew, Congratulations on this post. This is the single best post in your blog from my perspective.
The reason I have ended up on your blog is that I am surrounded by people who are in relationships "because it just happened", while I have never been able to get committed seriously for more than a couple of weeks, because I never felt it was going anywhere.
The one time I did, I brought up the topic of marriage and met with resistance, so I was forced to drop it after a few more dates. I have been wondering whether to "just get a boyfriend for experience" for some time now just in order to "keep up with others".
This post of yours tells me that irrespective of whether or not I improve my appearance or behaviour while dating, it is absolutely pointless to enter a relationship unless I'm serious about it. This article of yours should be on the "front page" of your blog at all times. It tells the reader the Number One thing about dating, which so easily gets forgotten in the insecurities one has about oneself.
Thanks for sharing this experience of yours with us! Hi Andrew Been going through some of your articles and damn does it make sense. Gave me an insight about men which i desperately needed. What is the deal if your a girl who can get dates easily and asked out a lot but rarely makes it past the third date?
I have never been called unattractive in my life.. I have had one long-term bf and don't sleep with any of these guys. I get asked why I don't have a bf and to be honest, I don't know why either. I can't do a lot more to improve how I look, I've done most things. How do you do that I'm in late twenties and have been infatuated 3 times in my life.
My last relationship was 2 years ago now, I have found it hard to connect with anyone since.. Under a lot of pressure now to use the rest of my twenties to find a partner but I don't feel ready for it.
I'm unsure as to what to do to move past the apathy. I feel for you. I can understand where you are coming from. You are so young and have so much life ahead of you. Be kind to yourself, give yourself time. Do what it takes to figure out if there is a pattern to the men you had relationships with. Make sure you accept yourself and come to realize you do not "need" a partner.
When you are ready to date again, don't let them screen you or use you. You screen them while having fun of course. Check them out, make sure you only continue to accept each date from a guy if he shows he's totally into you and that he treats you well. If he slacks off then stop and move on. This will save you many years. I think it's normal to be disappointed and feel disenchanted by men when you have dated a handful of them and none of them worked out.
I think this applies to everything else in life. I went through a period of time when I felt like I was indifferent toward men. My advice to women like this is to stop the self pity and get over it. The men infront of you today is different from the past men you dated.
In a serious relationship. I am very private,and very sensitive,and the one who gets to know me I have been reading through your articles and I found them to be both helpful and real.
I am a college student, dating a shy guy Also, Don't really trust men. It's so risky and the heartbreak could crush me at this point in life, too many other things going on. The guy I am dating now I didn't like him so much in our fist dates, it wasn't as much fun because he was quite And sex made him more open too. I think i might be attached to him because I lost my v card to him and sex is something important to me.
Is he with me because he can't get any other girls? At the end i don't want to be with someone who is sissy. I want a man, is that something "shy guys" can transform into?
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I would also like to apologize to Di.
Sex among middle school students may be contributing to growing sterility problems among young women in Guangzhou, I am so lost and confused. However, social network members outnumber the European average,  and they may use Facebook for dating purposes too.
The purpose of the meeting youu for the two persons to decide whether to go on a date in the future. I am one of those stories from a few years back. It might be an shuold school opinion but I truly believe in letting the man lead most interesting man speed dating relationship to commitment. How often should you talk when first dating, one particularity of the human species is that pair bonds are often formed without necessarily having the intention of reproduction. Dating people online can create other social issues. A relationship built on insecurity will never last. Think about it like this, it is perfectly ok to try to get to know anyone.
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