Monday, November 26, 2012

The Magic Words That Save a Relationship

There are magic words that save a relationship.  The basic concept is the same for both men and women, with a slightly different emphasis.  They should be said at least a couple of times a year.

No, I'm not talking about "I love you."   Nor Please.  Those need to be said more than a couple of times a year, and they don't magically save a relationship.


Instead they are versions of "You are/were right, I am wrong."

If you are a man, the best phrasing is  "Honey, you know more about this than I do, so let's do it your way."

The female version is "Dear, you were right, I'm sorry I insisted on doing it my way."


The reason is that most men tend to think the women never admit they are wrong and that most women tend to think that men don't value their opinions.   Your particular situation may vary, and you may want to vary the phrasing, but the main point is you need to be able to tell your partner that they are/were correct and that you know that.



Friday, September 28, 2012

Fantasy vs Reality

Every intelligent Fantasy Geek eventually realizes that fantasy stories, while fun to read, would be hellish to actually live through.  It's not just the danger, or the hardships, it's also all the stuff no one talks about - like eating crappy food, sleaping on hard ground, the lack of bathrooms, etc. etc.

Sci-Fi stories at least can take advantage of modern 'luxuries' that most of us really consider necessities. (When was the last time you caught your own food?)

Not so with Fantasy stories.   Read about Gollum sure?  But actually travel with him? I'd have to be crazier than, well, Gollum!

What most people don't realize is the same rule applies to all our fantasies - even the romantic ones.

The classic guy dating fantasy is two (or more - if you are particularly greedy) women.   In reality, it is far more trouble than it is worth, except of course for the bragging rights.

The classic gal dating fantasy is to marry wealth.  But wealthy husbands usually spend too much time at the office.   Most people prefer a husband that they see more often than their next door neighbor.   

They are fantasies because most of us don't actually have the experience.  Just like fantasy novels, we concentrate on the relatively rare good parts, ignoring the practical realities that make it not worth our time. 

If we don't know what we truly want, then the chance of us being happy is almost nothing.

Now there's nothing wrong with a good fantasy.  As long as your understand that's what it is.   When making your choices in real life, your goals should not be the same as in your fantasy life.  

That doesn't mean you can't try for your fantasies - but you need to solidly think about the consequences first.  That way you can make adjustments to get what you want without screwing yourself out of what you actually need.

At the very least, it may simply mean you will complain less about your wealthy spouse spendings half their time out of state and/or with the third wheel in your menage-a-trois.

But if you are like most people, it will more likely mean you accept something related to but not exactly like your fantasy. Maybe you will date/marry someone making only as much as the President does - but who works only 25 hours a week.   Or maybe you will date/marry someone that is monogamous but role plays a threesome.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Guys that don't give up.

In the movies, books, and other media, we are taught not to give up.

This is a major problem with dating.  We work too hard on doomed relationships.  Whether we are talking about the girl/guy you moon over for months or the spouse you despise and think about killing, LEAVE THEM.

Many of us need to learn to give up.   We keep wishing for things we already know won't work out.

Give up on the hopeless girl or guy that doesn't like us.  Give up on the doomed relationship (even if it's marriage, even if you have children.)

One of the reasons I haven't posted on this blog in a while is that I found a woman and am too busy dating her to blog about the problems I have had with other people.  I don't know yet if this relationship is going to work out.  But I know what the major potential problems are both of us are working very hard to solve them.

She is a wonderful, intelligent, caring, successful woman and I hope to god we can work out our issues.  Ending up with her would be a wonderful way to spend the rest of my life.

But we have set a deadline to solve the major problems in our relationship.  If we don't solve them by the end of this year, we will probably go our separate ways.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Women that insist on an insensitive guy

I hate it when a woman says she will call but doesn't actually call me back.

Some people are OK with that behavior.   I know at least one woman that actually told me she preferred it.  

Recently I had a really good time talking with a woman I found on OK Cupid.  She never gave me her phone number (well, it showed up on my phone, so I knew what it was), and she said she would call me back.

I'm a pretty assertive guy, but if she wanted to do it that way, I was fine with it.   But I did want to make clear my position about call backs.  So I ask her if she didn't want to date me, to at least leave a message saying so, not to leave me hanging.

A couple of days later she sent me an email back saying that she did not want to meet me BECAUSE I had asked her to leave the message.  It said

"After we hung up I realized that I felt strange about you telling me to let you know if I was not interested in meeting. I wanted to be honest and thought you seemed nice otherwise but it was off-putting.  
I wish you all the best but don't think we will be a good match."


In certain ways I am glad she said no.  I agree that we would not be a good match.  I am clearly way too good for her.  And I mean that in the most uncomplimentary way possible.  She is not worth my time or effort.

I have emotions and feelings and am willing to tell her about them, but she cleary doesn't want that in a guy.

I wish her luck in her life, but not her search.  Because while she will surely find a guy who will hide his emotions, I don't think she is going to actually LIKE him after she gets to know him.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

On what kind of shallow is good to have

From my dating prospects, I have noticed several different kinds of shallow behavior.

Keep in mind that I am in FAVOR of being shallow.  What I am against is being shallow then complaining about the lack of good dates.

First of all note that men have a slight advantage here.   If we are too shallow, we get no dates.  So eventually, we lower our shallow standards - i.e. ask out more women, not just the hot, thin gorgeous ones.   Usually this also means we decide to not put up with bull crap.  That is, in crassest of terms, if we have to date an ugly chick, she better be nice to us.

But with women, the reverse tends to occur.  I.e.  Women get hit on, rather than hit on other people.   When they are being shallow, they don't stop going on dates - they go on BAD dates.   As a result their initial reaction is not to lower their standards but to raise them.   Which means, she starts going on less dates.

The problem is that they don't always raise the right standards.   The shallow standards are the obvious ones -height, hair, wealth, style, etc.   They are things you can easily tell before you go on a date.   So if women are going on bad dates, they figure at least he should be tall and have, money and style.  But those guys are in fact more likely to be the BAD dates - otherwise someone would have married them already (or maybe they did already marry them.). 

So some women can get into a viscous cycle gets created - bad dates = more selective about shallow things = more bad dates.

I'm going to talk about some of the really stupid things I have seen women list as 'must haves' on OK cupid.  These aren't jokes (as far as I can tell), nor are they normal shallow things such as (I'm a personal trainer/model and want someone as pretty as I am).  They go beyond the normal rules.

All of these are from REAL dating profiles.

  • Can't have watched and enjoyed all three Lord of the Rings.  
  • Height - must be at least 5 inches taller than her
  • Music - must like the same band she liked
  • NOT being creative - apparently this girl was anti-art and meant it
  • "sorry no bald guys"
All of these are the equivelent of "no fat chicks", but the women don't seem to understand that is what they are doing.  Yes, men have the same issues as these women - but it slowly corrects itself as they guy realizes if he wants a date, he has to give up or at least HIDE his stupidity a bit better.

I am not bald.  I refused to write to the "sorry no bald guys" women even though I otherwise liked her.  I've dated women like her before and I don't need to do it again.  The height thing used to bother me and I used to tilt at the windmill, so to speak, but I have given up.   Oh, I still ask out taller women, but I don't ask them out if they mention they want a tall guy on their profile.  It just demonstrates shallowness and foolishness on their part.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Porn and Dating.

I am not going to discuss the morality of porn.  Some think it is evil, others just a harmless good time.  Either way, attitudes toward pornography is an incredibly good subject for an early conversation with serious dates.   That does not mean discussing what kind of porn you like.  Your goal is not to seduce, but to discover. 

Specifically you need to discover the attitude your date has towards pornography.  If one of you considers pornography to be immoral and the other enjoys it, that by itself will be a major problem in the relationship.  In effect, one of you thinks the other is evil.   Not a good sign for a relationship.

Worse, it probably indicates far deeper problems with basic attitudes toward sex. People that like dislike porn are more likely to insist on the missionary position, with the lights off, no more than once a week.  People that like porn are more likely to be adventurous.   These are important things you need to know before starting a serious relationship.

I wouldn't discuss it on first date, but if you are considering a long term relationship, then you need to have the talk.  Don't force it, but if you need a topic, there it is.

Your goal is to discover the following:

1)  How does the other person honestly feel about porn in general.
2) Are there limitations?  I.E.  Is it OK for singles, but not for married, is it not OK for parents, is it not OK for kids, etc. etc.
3) Can you live with their views HONESTLY.   No hiding the porn, no pretending.  Keep in mind that five years after you know someone, most of the passion will vanish.   Chances are you won't be able to 'go without' forever if you disagree with their views.
4) For the experts/stronger relationships only:  Which fetishes change the rules  i.e. ok with straight vanilla, but not ok with child/bdsm/crush/food/old/fat.   (Note, if they are OK with real child pornography, I suggest you run away from them.  But there is a huge difference between real kiddie porn and cartoon porn, or real kiddie and role-play).


I know, some of you guys are going to say "but so few women are porn friendly and so many men enjoy it"  So what?   First, that is THEIR problem, not yours.  Chances are most perverted men can find a woman that accepts (if not enjoys) porn easier than a prudish women can find a man that agrees with her.  Yes, you may be rejecting a beautiful woman you like - but she thinks you are EVIL - with all capital letters.  I can see dating someone that thinks you are evil - but a Long Term Relationship?  You have to be a strange breed of masochist to have a Long Term Relationship with someone that thinks you are EVIL.

You should not compromise your principles to meet someone else's views.  That goes for both anti-porn and pro porn people.  Yes, pro-porn IS a principle if you don't think porn is wrong.  It's several in fact - a belief in the innate goodness of sex, as opposed to evil, a belief in the right to free speech, a belief in your own equality and individual rights as opposed to being a servant to your spouse.

Worse, doing so puts you in the wrong, even if your view about porn is god's truth.  That is, if you say you accept porn, but don't really, then you are lying, and have damaged the relationship.  Similarly, if you say you don't like porn, but your internet browser history would make Hugh Hefner blush, then your lies will undermine the relationship.

To the women that are suddenly realizing that their own views may restrict the men they can date - wouldn't you rather the men be honest and not date you, rather than date you and then deceive you? If you find your morals limits your dating prospects too much, then it is your issue, not theirs.  If you truly hold those morals, then stand up for them.  If not, you need some introspection and consider growing as a person.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Rural vs Urban: How does any rural people find the right guy/gal?

It is a long standing fact that rural dating is much harder than urban dating.  They have a much smaller dating pool.  In fact, it's amazing to me that anyone living in a rural area finds someone to marry.  I have asked out more women then guys that live in a rural area meet during their entire life time.  How can they ever hope to get married?

First of all, throughout most of the world, the marriage and divorce rates are much higher in urban areas as compared to rural ones (Source - UN stats - but doesn't compare USA rural vs urban).  This is not surprising at all - it is easier to find a person to marry in a big city, but at the same time, you get more temptation and generally make enough money to afford a divorce.  In addition, rural areas tend to be more conservative and therefore more likely to discourage divorce.

In America however, that has changed.   The monetary problems and conservative stigma against divorce prejudices has mostly vanished.  Women can easily get jobs and no one looks at them funny when they say they are divorced.

In the most recent census, divorce rates are pretty much the same in rural vs urban areas (Source = examine the graphic chart).  Honestly, this just indicates to me that people in both the rural and urban environments have the same resources to survive divorce and also the same ability to judge if the relationship will last.

Getting information about marriage rates is much harder than divorce rates.   From what I can tell, they are similar in the USA.   That is pretty shocking to me.   

WHY???

How do people in a rural environment ever find and meet someone they want to marry at all, let alone someone they are willing to stay with, as opposed to divorcing.   If I have had such a problem, how do they do it with such a tiny dating pool?

Well, I think there are several factors helping them.

They come from a similar culture.  Everyone went to the same schools, work in the same place, do the same things for fun.   Those that don't fit in, move away from the rural environment.  Cities are not like this - we have a mis-mash of more cultures.  Even if you are in Kansas City, while you might not have the foreign immigrants, you have some people that love comic books while others think they are devil's handiwork.   Some people that like to get drunk, others that despise the drunkards.  Cities have more variety, which makes it harder to find someone with similar goals and interests.

But that's not all of it.  In addition, there is the BBD (Bigger Better Deal) effect.   In a rural area, you know your dating pool is limited.   You know exactly how many people you went to school with and exactly how many of them are totally undateable. You also know right off the bat all the flaws of the pretty people.  Everyone knows the beauty queens and the wealthy men - and which ones are dumb as a post, which ones are alcoholics, which ones screw anything that moves.

In effect, you cease to judge solely based on the shallow stuff and are forced to look beyond it to the more important things.  

In the city, there are too many beautiful people.   It takes too long to figure out their flaws.  As such you always think there is someone better out there for you - because you see them all the time on the street and don't have time to get to know their flaws.


The thing is you still end up seriously dating the same number of people.  Oh, some of the city folk go on more one night stands, but a serious attempt to date takes time as in months, so the limit is not how many people you meet but instead how many hours you have available to date.

As such, both rural and urban people should tend go on the same number of serious dates before marriage, and have the same degree of success.   In both cases, people end up selecting the best out of a rather small pool of people they dated.

The rural people pick their dates from a smaller pool that they know better and have similar cultures.  The urban people pick from a larger pool that they know less well from a larger variety of cultures. 
 
For the mathematically inclined, think of it as a bell curve, with a set compatibility level which happens to be the average + standard deviation.  The rural people start out a bit higher on mean compatibility, but have a much smaller standard deviation.   The urban people start out a bit lower on mean compatibility, but have a much larger standard deviation.   But both differences cancel out at about the same point.

That is, the big rural mean + the small rural standard deviation = the smaller urban mean + the larger urban deviation.    End result, both rural and urban end up with the same compatibility levels.

A perfect world would have the innate cultural compatibility plus extensive deep knowledge of the rural environments with the larger dating pool of the urban environment.  Unfortunately the large dating pool is exactly the thing that prevents the cultural compatibility and in depth knowledge.  That is, the larger the group, the less similar, and the less you know about all individuals.

Theoretically the internet could solve this problem - if we could find a way to enforce truthfulness and measure the deep inner workings of the human mind.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

League - in/out?

"She's out of your league"

(Or he, the concept is not gender specific.)

That expression is very revealing.  First of all, it's all about the shallow.   You never hear "She's out of your League" when talking about an ugly, but incredibly nice girl.   Similarly, you don't hear that about poor, short men.  I don't care how nice the guy is.

So, when someone says "out of your league", it means:

  1. The person speaking it is pretty shallow
  2. They think the attractive person is just as shallow.
  3. They are surprised you are not as shallow.

Now, it's OK to be shallow.   But it's not OK to only be shallow.  You need more.

The concept of "out of your league" is at heart an extremely cynical, shallow idea.

I want more - for me and everyone else.  

When someone uses that phrase I lose respect for them.  

Every single person should think no one is out of their league.  More importantly, it is true - as long as your potential date is not shallow.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Nine major reasons why people Divorced

The following are the top ten reasons why people get a divorce.  When seeking a first date, I advice AVOIDING these problems now.   Don't date to get divorced, dude.

  1. Poor communication.  If you want to get married, quit your job and raise a family, tell them that BEFORE you get married.
  2. "Sexual incompatibilities"  That is, if you can't satisfy each other's desires sexually, it won't matter. You both need to be attracted to each other at a bare minimum - so if one of you gains weight, it can cause a divorce.  If one of you likes feet, the other better like getting their feet massaged.   Some people want sex with many partners.  Such a person needs to find someone willing to accept that.  Or not get married at all. 
  3. Compatibility.  I.e.  you have to actually LIKE the person.  Enjoy spending time with them. Even if you find them acceptable, you can't be bored with them or you will divorced
  4. Low Tolerance and Rigidity.  I.e. you can't dislike the person's habits - especially if you have the same habit.  If two people both want to be in charge, that won't work.   If one person snores, and the other wants a good nights sleep they better be willing to sleep in separate bed rooms. That also means your preferred jobs/religions/cultures do not cause problems.
  5. Money.   Money differences are a big one.  If one person is marrying the other for money, that money better be enough.   If one person spends a lot and the other saves,  that will cause problems. 
  6. Unwilling to Commit.  You need to both be willing to work at the marriage.  Marriage is a marathon, not a sprint and you need to work on it all the time.
  7. Not capable of the commitment - because of illness, addiction, or abusive personality.
  8. Children are a whole other level of commitment.  Think of it as commitment squared.  You need to spend so much time and money on them so it will make Money and Commitment problems even worse .  
  9.  Personal growth.   People grow as time goes by.  You may become bored with something or someone you used to enjoy.  

My Sources:

(India source)
Scientific
Psychiatrist's reasons

Note some of these problems get 'reverse blamed' in the court of public opinion, particularly if the person with the real problem dealt with it poorly.   Stop trying to blame people, instead avoid the problem in the first place.  Among other things, I am a big believer in sharing the blame.   People don't start cheating on you out of the blue - they either were always a scumbag or you have been ignoring their needs.   Same with fighting over money.   He may be a cheap SOB, but that makes you a spendthrift.  Worse, you both should have known this before you got married.  Don't marry, cripes, don't even date someone that isn't acceptable to you in the first 8 categories  (9 is hard to measure before it happens).



So let's talk about how you know before hand.
#1 is fairly easy.  Talk to them.  Not just about the easy stuff, but about the hard stuff.  The emotional stuff. 
#2 is generally best figured out with experience.   But you can start out by being more honest - and talking about sex before you do it.  Generally a woman has to initiate this conversation, otherwise the guy comes off as creepy.
#3, also via experience.   Do you have fun with them - when they are sober.   Drinking often makes people think they are enjoying themselves but aren't really.
#4 - ask your date to name some small thing that pisses them off.   If you do them, reconsider.  I.E. neat freaks should not even date messy people - not if you are considering marriage. 
#5 Ask the date if they think X amount of money is too a good vacation, bad vacation, or just OK.
#6 and #7.  If they don't want to commit, don't try to force them.  No tricks, just leave.  Also make sure they actually can commit.
#8.  If you are not on the same page for children, don't go ahead without the other person. 
#9 is a bit of a luck, but if you find someone that is in a shell, don't be surprised if they break out.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Unattraactive vs. Desperate

There are studies that show that people that are more receptive to everyone (i.e. the will date anyone) are themselves considered less desirable.  

There are two major possible explanations for this.

  1. The less desirable people know they are less desirable (at least unconsciously) and therefore have lowered their standards and are willing to date anyone.
  2. The loose daters are known to be loose and this is a turn off - i.e. they are desperate and no one wants to date a desperate person.
There is probably a bit of truth to both of these ideas, but I strongly believe that #1 is the more powerful effect.   Option 2 postulates a lot of unproven assumptions.   It requires most people to be poor at concealing their desperation, most other people to be good at detecting it, and it also requires that no one  likes desperation.  The last is a very hard assumption to believe - particularly as many attractive men don't care how desperate a woman is and many women take pity on desperate men.

Option 1 on the other hand has assumptions that look obvious to me.  Clearly some people are less desirable (i.e. rude, cheap, ugly, broke, short, mean, etc.) and almost everyone can compare themselves with others and realizes how poorly they do, and it is a fairly easy thing to lower your standards.

Far easier to lower your standards than to improve yourself (short is almost impossible to improve, but the rest are not easy things to do either).

Often the effect is not a conscious choice.  Men start out trying to date only the hotties.  Then after we have been rejected by all the 10's, we move on to the  9's.  Then on to the 8's.

If we one night we get nowhere even with the 8's then the next time we go out, we start at the 9's, move to the 8's, move to 7s.   This keeps happening until our date attempts are successful.   We never consciously lower our standards, we instead slowly find ourselves with lower standards.


Similarly, a woman that gets hit on by 6's, 7's, and 8's, may start out rejecting all because she thinks she's a 9.  But by the end of the night when she realizes no 9's have hit on her, she may accept an 8.     As this happens time and time again, she may eventually start out by accepting all 8's. 

In other words: humans learn from the past.  It may in fact be our defining characteristic.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Secrets from OK Cupid's lost diatribe

OK Cupid once published a diatribe against pay dating sites.  They have since taken it down, but you can read a copy of it here:   http://interestingreads.posterous.com/why-you-should-never-pay-for-online-dating-ok

There are interesting things to realize from it.

First of all, apparently most profiles are dead.  They said between 93 and 97% of eharmony subscribers are no longer active.  Honestly, that seems likely to me.   Eharmonny has a tiered response system and most people don't even respond to the first set of questions. 

Second, they say an average response rate for an active profile is 30%.   Even using a generous 10% active account number, 30% means you only get a response 3% of the time.

Obviously, some people are more attractive and might get 5%, while others are less and might get 1%.   It then went on to say the more emails you sent out the less response rate you get.   They think that is a factor of just not putting enough effort into it.  A well written email takes more time so you put fewer out.

I find their conclusion to be a false.


First, that might be a bit reversed - the less attractive people might know they are less attractive, so they put out more emails and get fewer responses.   In my personal experience, men that list a height above 5'10" get a lot more responses than a man whose height is listed below 5'6".  Similarly, women with hot pictures get a lot more emails than those with less attractive one.    These people KNOW this - which is why every once in a while you see men lying about their height and women putting up old or deceptive photos.   It is not unreasonable for a guy knowing he is less attractive to send out more emails.


Second, despite their complaint about lower response rates, the more email strategies works.  If I get a 3% response by sending out say 5 emails a day, but get only a 1% response by sending out 30 emails a day, then I am better off sending out 30 a day.   That is, statistically I should get 1 email response in 7 days at 5/day with 3% response, where as I get 1 response every  4 days at 30/day with 1%.

As quantity beats percentages most of the time.

The real question is quality, not quantity of response and we don't really know if the well written attracts a better quality of women.   It may be that all the first email does is convince the women to look at your profile and then make the decision based more on the profile you put out for everyone rather than the email you crafted just for them.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Deja Weight

Over the past 10 years or so I have noticed an interesting trend.  Many people that see me only one in a while constantly think I've lost weight.  A lot of weight - as in 30 lbs or more.  Now my weight has fluctuated some, but mostly in a 10-15 lb range.  I never go below 170 or over 185.   Usually I am between 175 and 180.    In effect, I have lost the same 5 lbs time and time again.  OK, when I try hard/get sick, I can make it the same 10 lbs.  

Recently I have turned some fat into muscle, which has helped some, but that's only been over the past year, and I was at about 178 or so before that.  Yet people that see me after a couple of months swear I've lost two or more belt sizes.  In truth, I have lost one belt size over the past year, and that's about it.

I have come up with several possible explanations for this phenomena.  These are all things I invented, no scientific evidence exists for them.

  1. Fat Memory Syndrome.  That is, when I stand in front of people they see me for my true weight, but the second I leave their sight they create a false memory of me being fat.  The longer they go without  seeing me, the fatter I get in their memory.
  2. Edge of Fatness.   I am on the cusp of perceived fatness.  That is, slight changes in my weight create massive illusions.   When I am above it, perhaps when I wear particular clothes, I look fat.  When I lose just a little weight, and perhaps wear the right clothing, I look much thinner than I really am.
  3. Hair Illusion.   Sometimes I let my hair get longer than usual, often in the winter.   In the summer I prefer my hair shorter.   This year I have however kept my hair shorter.   Perhaps my hair style creates the impression of a fat body or a thin body. 
Now I do have some particular weaknesses when it comes to weight.   My neck is unusually thick and has been ever since I was young and thin.   Similarly, I am short, which is a double whammy for weight - you need to eat less food (and they don't sell you less food if you are short) and proportionately the same percentage of body fat on a tall person looks better than on a short person.

If I was not concerned about side affects, I would be the guy that tries all the weight loss drugs, even the risky ones.  As it is, I tend to try lots of different physical exercises.  My newest routine seems to be working, so I am sticking with it.  Specifically I use a large number of short small classes.  Each class is about 45 minutes, and generally has 1-4 other participants.  Having the trainer pay close attention to your body is very important.  Among other things it means they can customize the work out for you.

 

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

What you like vs. What you dislike

In general, most people are far more shallow about their "Pros" lists than about "Cons".

That is, in a "Pro" list they put down things like "Must be 6'+ tall" or "Must have big breasts".

But for their "Con" lists, they put down things like "No drug addicts", or "No unemployed".

This is a mental trick actually.   In both cases, you are thinking of extremes.   When you think Pro, you think of the best, so you put down a description of something that is actually a bit better than you really truly need.  When you think Con, you think worst and you put down something worse than what you really accept. .

For example, when talking about employment, a Pro list might include "CEO", while a Con list might be unemployed.   Honestly, if someone was second in command to the CEO, you probably would take that and similarly, if someone was working at McDonalds, you probably would not accept them.

This is one of the major reasons I much prefer the Con list to the Pro list.   If you truly want to be less shallow, stop thinking about what you want and think about the things you can't accept.

Your list will be morally superior, and honestly you will meet more people and BETTER people. While being shallow is OK, being deep has advantages.

Another good reason to use the Con list then the pro list technique is that you are less likely to be in a situation where you fall for a total douche.   When you use the pro list, you go out with people because of things, then slowly find out their problems and eventually decide not to date them.

When you use the con list, you go out with people because they aren't a douche, then slowly find out if you really like them.  Trust me, it's a lot easier to stop dating someone because you don't lust after them than it is to stop dating someone that you lust after, but is cheating on you.

Now, this is just a guideline, there are exceptions.  It is possible to be shallow on the "con" list too.  Some will say "No short men" or "No woman that ever so much as wanted children - even if they don't want them now".  

But moving to a mostly "con" list is better than sticking to a long "pro" list.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Attracting everyone vs. attracting the right one.

Every once in a while someone give the stereotypical dating advice of 'just be myself'.  Then someone goes and gives me the directly contradicting advice of don't do X, when X is a core part of my personality.  They are trying to convince me not to scare off 'normal' women.

Women have less of an issue with this, but they still get it.  Usually in a slightly different version.  Instead of being told to 'fit in', they are told to hide their light. They are told not to be smarter then men, not to make more money, not to be better at anything than a man is.  Screw that.  Women, listen up - any guy that is intimidated by your brains, cash, or prowess at anything - sports, drinking, gambling, praying, monopoly, etc. isn't worth your time.  Stop settling for some loser with an tiny ego and look for someone better.  (Note, their is a myth of men having a small ego.  Not true, but I'll get into more of that later.  Yes, some men have small egos, so do some women.  But the average is about the same.)

The same goes for men.   You can't worry about what the average/generic woman wants.  You need to worry about what the woman you want wants.

I am not the average guy, I will not appeal to the average, generic women.  I'm short, smart, funny, geeky, quirky, nice, and assertive.   The average woman does NOT want a short man, geeky , nice or quirky guy.  Assertive is a positive trait to most women, but not when you combine it with short - and nice makes it harder to see how assertive I am.   (Women that want an assertive man usually want a tall one.  Women that want a short guy often don't want an assertive guy.)  Smart tends to be a positive - but only with women of above average intelligence.   Oh, they usually like funny guy, but that's not my most prominent quality.

More importantly, when I 'be myself", I get compared to other men.  The nice hides the assertive and other men are funnier, so that leaves a smart, geeky, quirky short guy. 

So, what do I do?  I try to find a woman that wants a smart, geeky, quirky, short guy.  Eventually she will realize I am assertive, funny and nice.  Hopefully she will like those qualities in me.

But that means I have to let my true self shine through and accept the fact that it WILL turn off and repel the average women.  Because I'm not looking for the average woman.  I want someone special.

I need a smart, slightly geeky, quirky, nice women, probably a bit on the modest/deferential side.   Or maybe simply someone as assertive as I am that needs a guy capable of standing up to her.  In either case, when I find her, I will hold on with all my heart.