Author: Ira Hair

A creator of sorts, I'm constantly seeking ways to get what's inside my head out into the world. With experience in videography and photography, I've shifted my focus to what comes more naturally, writing. Junky Locker is my more personal blog where you'll find a range of topics including music, sports, self-help and general life experiences. Blog About Dating is just that. I'm no pick up artist or real-life Hitch (Google Will Smith "Hitch"), but I do have quite a bit of dating experience and I feel that I have some insight to offer in that field. Clintville Chronicles is where my creativity is really at its peak! Here is where I post short fictional stories that take place in a small, imaginary town.

Laughter and Attraction

You’ve heard it a bazillion times before: women find a sense of humor attractive . But why is that? Here are 3 reasons why women love a guy with a great sense of humor.

    1. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Give this post a like if you sang the song in your head.

Women want to be able to relax with the men they are with. Think about it, how can a woman be intimate with someone she isn’t even comfortable around? A good sense of humor not only gets a girl laughing, it lowers her defenses. If you want her to loosen up around you, get her to show those pearly whites. A heartfelt laugh can be endearing, it is the best medicine after all. Unless she makes one of those obnoxious, wheezing laugh sounds that sound more like a pig choking. In that case, you may just want to ask the waiter for the bill and take your precious sense of humor elsewhere.

    2. It Shows Vulnerability/Intelligence/Resilience

Gentlemen, you don’t have to be a scowling badass all the time. Even James Bond was known for his witty banter and one-liners and I’m sure he got laid once or twice. Yes, I referenced a fictional character, what are you gonna do about it?

Sure, women love a guy who can show his dark side. A masculine man who is capable of beating up bad guys and saving the day is uber sexy, but a personality goes much further. Just remember, guys with a sense of humor get laid more.

A sense of humor is also quite revealing. Some of the funniest people you know have been through the shittiest shit. When life knocks them down and shits on them, they stand back up with a smile on their face and toilet paper in their hand. Okay, I’ll stop with the poop jokes.

Besides being resilient, having a strong funny bone also denotes a sign of high intelligence. In order to keep a conversation going with women, you’re going to have to think on your toes to keep things fun and interesting. A well-timed pun or hilariously self-deprecating anecdote is a great way to show that you’ve got a brain up there.

A sense of humor shows that you don’t take yourself too seriously. However, don’t become a dancing clown. Just like anything in life, balance is the key.

    3. Looks Don’t Last Forever

Everyone wants to date the best-looking person they can find. But 10-20 years from now, your hair may fall out and your precious metabolism will slow down causing your precious six-pack to devolve into an unsexy dad bod. You won’t always be drop-dead handsome (I’m pretty sure that’s a thing?).

It’s important to keep in mind that you’re going to need something to fall back on after women get bored of looking at your face. A sense of humor adds depth to your character and ensures that your woman will never get bored.

So stop rolling your eyes when you hear a woman say “I just want to be with a guy who has a good sense of humor.” Realize there’s a reason that shit is sexy so I suggest you get to work on your punchlines.

How To Date When You’ve Been In a Drought

It’s been a slow year for me.

This is the least active I have been in the dating world since I graduated from high school 9 years ago, but this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. This year, I have been more focused on myself more intensely than ever. I’ve been writing more than I ever have (blogaboutdating.com, clintville chronicles, junkylocker), routinely working out, and I’ve gotten back to videography all while working 60-hour workweeks. And you know what? I’m hardly ever exhausted because everything I do is dedicated to feeding my passions. So while it appears that I’m working incessantly, I’m actually engaging my hobbies and thus feeding my soul.

However, a man has needs.

I’ve been in somewhat of a dry spell, but that’s not for lack of trying. With Spring in full fling (rhyme intended), it’s time to jump back into the dating game and explore my options while hormones are high. With that being said, I want to discuss a couple concepts: fear and practicing “game”.

Anyone who knows me understands that I’ve always been somewhat of a ladies’ man. I usually have no problem dating and I always seem to have my share of options. But recently, I’ve found that my results have been suffering and my confidence has been slowly dwindling. With the #metoo shenanigans going on, it’s been quite intimidating as a man looking to date. I don’t believe I am alone when I say that this whole movement has made it scary for straight men to express their desires in pursuing women.

Along with the #metoo movement threatening my masculinity, I also had to face the fact that 90 percent of the women I meet and interact with are at my workplace. So, not only did I have to worry about possibly catching a sexual harassment charge for expressing my heterosexuality, I also had to worry about maintaining a constant air of professionalism.

In the past, there have been multiple occasions when I’ve asked women out at work. In the beginning, I figured that I should go for it despite the circumstances of being on the clock. Now, I understand that it’s more important to keep things professional so I don’t run the risk of losing business for my employers by scaring off women.

Then I realized something: I was living in fear.

The #metoo movement involves men who abuse their power and perverts who don’t know how to talk to and deal with women. I’m nothing like those monsters, so I have nothing to worry about. I know that I’m a charming, compassionate human being so why should I be so fearful of catching a sexual harassment charge?

On the other hand, even though I will no longer ask women out at work (unless they are giving me clear signs to do so) I can still use these interactions as an opportunity for growth. During the days, I work in retail so I’m constantly surrounded by women. At nights, I work at a gym so I’m surrounded by women there as well. I’m grateful to work these jobs because they provide me with so many opportunities to interact with countless women!

Lately, I’ve been not only engaging in fun conversations with beautiful women but I’ve been working on flirting. I’m able to easily find the balance and read signs in order to tell when a woman is not interested. What I’ve learned is that women WANT to be desired but not pressured or made uncomfortable. Just like any other skill, flirting and being charming with women is a skill that has to be practiced. As a result, my confidence is probably now as high as its ever been. I’m looking forward to the Spring and Summer; I’m hopeful that I can turn this dry spell around and make this a year to remember.

So, gentlemen, I’ll leave you with this message: Don’t let fear run your life. You’re good enough, smart enough, and good looking enough to attract the woman you deserve. Use your everyday interactions with women to have fun conversations and don’t be afraid to practice flirting. This will not only boost your confidence, but the woman’s confidence as well since it makes her feel desirable and attractive. The more you practice, the more dating opportunities will open up for you and the more prepared you will be when you finally meet a woman who knocks your socks off.

Why Smart Women are Single

One of my favorite podcasts is undoubtedly Kinda Dating by Natasha Chandel. I truly enjoy the insight given and it helps open my eyes to other dating perspectives. In her 64th episode titled, “Why Smart Women are Single”, she discusses the dilemma of smart women who have a hard time finding compatible partners. Natasha and her guest, Jenna Birch, briefly touch on a subject that I’d like to expand on.

That subject is polarity.

To begin with, the women Chandel describes in this episode are not just smart, they are ambitious and career-driven women. These women are alphas; they know what they want and they work relentlessly to get it. Unfortunately, when it comes to dating, these queens are constantly attracting chumps who cannot keep up with them. They seem to always attract weak beta males and it understandably is a huge turnoff for these powerful, ambitious women. Why can’t they just find a strong man who’s a challenge and can match their drive?

The problem is that these women, whether they admit to it or not, have a masculine essence. The masculine energy is about breaking through barriers and accomplishing goals; it is essentially success and freedom driven. As a woman matures and takes on more responsibilities in life, it is necessary for her to shift from her more natural feminine essence into a more masculine essence. She has to take on a rough, enduring mental mindstate in order to overcome obstacles on her way to achieving the goals she has for herself. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with this, it is quite commendable. However, when it comes to dating, it can get in the way.

Masculine energy naturally attracts feminine energy. It is why men are attracted to women and vice versa. If a woman is constantly in this grind mode state of masculine energy, then what would she naturally attract?

You guessed it: feminine energy.

This type of woman will always seem to attract weaker, feminine men: beta males. A man with a strong masculine essence will naturally be turned off by such a masculine woman simply because their energies will clash. The masculine woman constantly has her guard up, willfully ready to destroy any obstacle that gets in her way. This won’t work with a masculine man, who also has the desire to overcome obstructions in his pursuit of freedom. Her tendency to not only stand her ground but fight against any opposition (usually men) sadly leads to her being labeled as “a stuck-up bitch”.

So what’s a girl to do?

With a clearer understanding of how masculine and feminine energy works, this type of woman has two choices. Either she learns how to balance this masculine energy with her feminine energy or settle for dealing with feminine men.

The key to the first option is learning how to submit. Submission is not about being a pushover slave who does whatever they’re told; it’s about learning to let someone else take the lead. When dealing with a masculine alpha male, this type of strong woman needs to learn how to lower her guard and relax into her more submissive feminine energy. When dating, she should embrace the feminine energy which is focused on the cultivation of love. She should save her domineering, rugged mindstate for the workplace. When dating, she should let her strong man take the lead while she focuses on being the joyful, loving, nurturing woman that she is capable of being. This is the essence of the feminine. If she is unable to do this, she must understand that the only other option she has is to date weaker, beta males who have no problems with her leading the relationship.

A woman’s ability to accomplish her life goals and build the life of her dreams is admirable. It should be congratulated and praised. This type of woman taps into the masculine essence in order to get to where she wants to be and has to learn balance in order to have the type of relationship she wants. If she is incapable of embracing her feminine energy, then she is doomed to either deal with masculine men who frustrate her or weak men who can’t handle her.

Three Important Lessons I’ve Learned from a Past Failed Relationship

It is said that relationships offer you the opportunity to grow. When you’re romantically involved with another person, you will discover things about yourself that you wouldn’t have had you remained single. New challenges arise as you balance your own happiness with that of your significant other and very rarely do you emerge from the relationship exactly the same as you were before. I’ve had my fair share of relationships, each with their own set of challenges and opportunities for growth. There is one that has changed me more drastically than the rest. Here are three important lessons I’ve learned from a past failed relationship.

     1. Never Mix Business With Pleasure

As a working adult, most of your time will likely be spent at your place of employment. Unless you’re working at a temp agency, there is a high chance that you will be spending lots of time with the same group of people. Over time, it is natural that feelings of attraction can arise as you get to know coworkers on a deeper level.  You’re likely to notice things about them that you didn’t pay attention to before and this can often lead to you finding them irresistibly endearing.

In my case, there was a power dynamic that added a level of intricacy. Working in retail, I had started out as a sales associate before quickly rising to the position of sales lead. With my new title, I was working more hours and building more of a personal relationship with my fellow coworkers. A particular coworker of mine suddenly took a liking to me. In the beginning, there was no spark between us. She probably didn’t even know my name since we worked separate shifts, only seeing each other in passing. Perhaps it was the rapport we started to build after my promotion, or maybe it was something less innocent. My flirtatious personality had gained me quite a bit of popularity among my female coworkers. In my mind, this is what increased my value in her eyes.

We started seeing each other outside of work, going on movie dates, shopping trips, and walks on the waterfront. Things were going smoothly outside of work, but I soon faced a dilemma. As her manager, I was constantly doing my best to maintain an air of professionalism. I couldn’t be as affectionate and romantic as I would have liked to been. I didn’t want to treat her any differently than I treated my other subordinates. After all, my job was on the line. We had a disagreement outside of work which put a hamper on our workplace relationship. I often acted out of character, clearly bothered by our topsy-turvy situationship. Needless to say, we couldn’t get back to where we had begun and it ended sloppily. She dumped me which led to me acting even more spiteful and overemotional at work. She soon quit the job which eased the pressure for both of us, but it helped me realize a vital life lesson.

     2. A Man Must Control His Emotions

Notice that I didn’t say that men shouldn’t have emotions, nor should they show them. I specifically said that a man must control them. In any healthy relationship, it is the man’s job to remain strong; he should be his woman’s rock. When things start going south, he is the one to ensure that everything will be ok. He should provide the shoulder to lean on.

When a man is overemotional, it makes his woman uncomfortable. It forces her to move out of her natural feminine energy and into a more masculine state which is unnatural to her. If the guy she is dating can’t control his emotions, she will lose attraction because subconsciously she knows that she cannot trust him. Not only does an overemotional man come off as weak, but he can come off as dangerous. If a woman isn’t sure of how her partner will handle himself, she can’t feel safe and secure around him.

After our first conflict, I didn’t know how to express my feelings. I was caught up in the illusion that I had to act indifferent and uncaring. Despite my emotional pain, I was cold and callous towards her, unwilling to communicate my feelings like a mature person would do. Admittedly, I was afraid of losing her. I had convinced myself that she would leave me sooner or later so why not now?

This led to me being rude to her, ignoring her at times and intentionally flirting with other coworkers in front of her. I wanted to show her that I could easily move on. I didn’t want to let her know how much she affected me emotionally. In the end, this douchebag behavior caused me to lose a very special woman.

3. You Should Go Into a Relationship to Give

I was selfish.

I only cared about my feelings and what I was getting out of the relationship. I was proud and was so concerned with saving face that I wasn’t seeing how much I was turning her off. The more I put on the facade of not caring, the further I was pushing her away. I was immature and negligent, never paying attention to what was happening right in front of me.

When you go into a relationship, you should approach it with a selfless mentality. A relationship provides you the opportunity to care for and cater to another person. It’s not about what you can get out of it, it’s about what you can give.

You should be giving your time, your energy, your love, and your support in an attempt to help your partner grow and develop as a person. If you’re lucky, your partner should be dedicated to doing the same for you. This is how a healthy relationship should function. I didn’t know any better at the time and it cost me.

Do I have any regrets? Nah. I wouldn’t be who I am today and I wouldn’t be able to share my experience with you if I hadn’t learned these three key lessons. Have you had any failed relationships that have helped you change for the better? How did you handle it? Let me know in the comments below.

The One Thing That Women Are Attracted To

What are women attracted to?

It’s the age old question that psychologists, sociologists, and pick up artists have been pondering since the beginning of time. If you ask any guy on the street he’ll likely say money. While it often appears that money is what attracts a woman to a man, there’s actually more to it. Next time you see a guy driving the shiny red BMW with a hot girlfriend in the passenger seat, realize this: it’s not necessarily the money he possesses but his social status.

Money is a necessity, there is no getting around that. You need food, clothing, and shelter to survive so unless you’re a hut-building, fashion designing farmer then you will literally need money to survive. The more money you have, the more luxuries you can afford. A woman needs to know that the man she is dating can provide for her and be a source of strength; he needs to be bringing something to the table. So, naturally, the more money a man possesses, the more suitable and capable he is of providing for a woman and offering a higher standard of living. But this does not make him more attractive.

Have you ever seen the guy in the fancy tailored suit and the flashy watch buying overpriced bottles of champagne in the club trying to impress the women in his VIP section? I’m pretty sure one of the first words that came to your mind was “douchebag”. Sure, he may have taken one of those girls home but they were likely gold diggers. They weren’t so much attracted to him as they were attracted to the lifestyle he could provide for them. Most women see right through this act of showmanship and bravado, and they can identify it as weakness; a false sense of security. These guys are shallow and not all of these guys are getting laid. You’d be surprised at how few of them actually are.

When it comes to attraction, women are much more complex. It only takes a nice set of tits or a beautifully sculpted ass for a man to be attracted to a woman. A woman’s attraction to a man is more psychological. Sure, women generally prefer taller men with a head full of hair but they aren’t only looking for physical traits. Women need strong leaders, they’re subconsciously attracted to men who are more successful, popular, and influential than they are. This is where social status comes into play.

Women generally want the alpha male. An alpha male is a leader, a strong man who breaks through barriers and provides for those that are close to him. This cannot be determined through material possessions. Having lots of money doesn’t make you an alpha male it just makes you a male with money. Women have developed the intuition to seek out alpha males by judging a man’s behavior. It’s all about how you carry yourself, how you interact with people, and how people interact with you.

By judging a man’s behavior, a woman can quickly weed out the weak men from the strong. They can tell who has the “it” factor that women look for and they can tell who’s faking “it”. Not only do women prefer to date guys who’ve got “it”, they also like to date guys with the potential to develop “it.” This is why you see the starving artist who seems to have a new girlfriend every other week although his bank account has more red than his last painting. When you become a man of high social standing, people react to you differently. They treat you with not only respect, but they honor you. This is why I constantly preach about following your purpose and becoming the best version of you. When you work on yourself and develop self confidence, you approach the world differently and people will react accordingly. You essentially become a man of high value and therefore more attractive.

Remember, the guys in the club with the fancy cars and watches aren’t all getting laid. Women see through materialism and are generally repulsed by these shallow displays. Women are generally attracted to men who are more successful and powerful than they are, and while money comes as a result of success and power, it’s not what they are attracted to. Become a man of high social status because this is what women want.

“The Talk”: Who’s Supposed to Define The Relationship?

I was having a conversation with a girl friend of mine and we were discussing the inevitability of heartbreak. It is my opinion that everyone should get their heart broken at least once by the time they graduate from high school. There’s no way to escape that pain, it’s a non-negotiable part of the dating journey. Heartbreak and disappointment usually comes from cheating partners but nowadays disappointment comes from lack of communication and people being misled. With the rise of roaching and ghosting, people are more devious than ever and deception comes into play as people are only out to get what they want. So how can you cut down on the chances of being heartbroken or disappointed by the new person you’re dating?

The most surefire way to protect yourself from disappointment is to have define-the-relationship (DTR) talks with the person(s) you’re dating. This is the most secure way to get on the same page so that everyone’s intentions are known. The problem is that we’re not communicating effectively because we don’t want to look too vulnerable or needy. We’re afraid to express our true feelings because we run the risk of getting rejected which is a weak, fearful mind state to have. With good timing, the DTR conversation can save you from embarrassment or heartbreak before it’s too late.

So when is a good time to have the DTR conversation?

When it comes to dating, it is key to understand that there are no strict rules. You’re dealing with fickle human beings who want one thing today and the opposite tomorrow. So there is no clear time to have the DTR conversation but I am glad to offer my opinion on when it would be best. I believe that it is best to have the DTR conversation by the end of the third date.

The first date is obviously too soon to have such a serious conversation and here’s why. First, the first date should be treated as a pre-date. Unless you’ve already known each other prior to dating, you’re basically having dinner and/or drinks with a stranger. The first date is just to see if you even like this person. So, if a man brings up the DTR conversation on the first date, he will come off as desperate. This will turn a woman off because she doesn’t even know the guy and he’s already talking about a relationship. She will subconsciously know that a guy who gets so serious so early doesn’t get laid much and is probably going to turn out to be a weak, possessive control freak. If a woman brings up the DTR conversation on the first date, she will come off as stifling. A man doesn’t even know the woman yet, and if she’s already bringing up the DTR conversation his freedom is immediately threatened. Having the DTR on the first date is a definite no-no for both parties.

By the second date both people will have more familiarity with each other. Whereas the first date is a pre-date to get to know one another, the second date can be taken more seriously. This is the date where you get to know the person on a deeper level and determine whether the first date was just a flaw because you both were on your best behavior. It is my opinion that having the DTR conversation on the second date is still too soon because at this point, you two should just be having flirty fun with each other. Having the conversation this early still denotes desperation.

I believe the third date is ideal because now things are heating up. It is widely agreed that sex has the highest possibility of happening on the third date. If the gentleman plays his cards right at this point, he has established himself as a fun guy that the girl can enjoy herself with. She should be comfortable with him and her barriers should be lowered, opening the door for him to make that move. Because sex can definitely happen at this point, I believe this is why the third date is a great time to have the DTR talk. But who should be the one to initiate this conversation?

As mentioned earlier, there are no clearly defined rules when it comes to dating. Conventional wisdom states that it is the gentleman’s job to lead the woman, therefore it’s his job to have this talk. I believe that the person with the most to lose should be the one to initiate the DTR conversation. In most cases, this would be the woman. I wrote about how women have more to lose when it comes to sex in this article so let’s not waste too much time there. The person who is most emotionally invested should be the one to initiate the DTR talk because they are the one most at risk for heartbreak.

I must warn you, having the DTR conversation does not mean that you will never get hurt or deceived again. There are people out there who will tell you what you want to hear just to sleep with you. So women, if you have the talk with the guy you’re dating and you still get lied to then there’s nothing you can do. It is up to you to be an outstanding judge of character and determine whether this guy you’re dating is worthy of a relationship; this is what the first few dates are for. Remember, the DTR conversation won’t save you but it will allow you the opportunity to be clear with what you expect from him while allowing him to express his intentions.

Don’t be foolish and trick yourself into believing that you will never get your heart broken again, this is naive. However, by communicating clearly and defining the relationship after several dates you can lower the chances of heartbreak. I’d love to know what you think in the comments below.

The One Way To Not Get Too Attached

The dating game can be likened to a game of tug and war; you are constantly in a state of giving and receiving your attention and affection in hopes of pulling someone in. Give too much and you’ll fall hard for the person and likely push them away. If you don’t give enough, the other person will pull back their attention and find someone else. In both cases, you’re left standing alone holding your rope. So how do you find that perfect balance of being interested but not clingy?

Date multiple people.

If you are single, you should be dating multiple people anyway. By having your eggs in multiple baskets you maintain a mystique about you that builds attraction. It is human nature to want what we can’t have, so by not fully investing in pursuing someone wholeheartedly it makes them want you more.

It’s all about balance.

You want to let the person(s) you’re dating know that you are interested in them, but simultaneously give off the vibe that you would be just fine without them. Show too much interest and you come off as needy or clingy, and this is what you don’t want. The bad boys do this naturally because they genuinely don’t care about the people they date so they never have to worry about being clingy.

Why is clinginess so unattractive?

Clinginess reveals a needy, insecure personality that will likely lead to an unhealthy relationship. Have you ever dated someone who constantly texted and called you inquiring about your whereabouts? Have you ever dated someone who accused you of cheating if you failed to reply to their text message within 20 minutes? Everyone wants to be loved but no one should want to be controlled.

The other reason why clinginess is unattractive is because it shows a lack of independence. An ideal healthy relationship consists of two partners who lead their own fulfilling lives. It’s about two happy and healthy people coming together and sharing life experiences, not about one person controlling and possessing their partner. If you are leading a full life and dating multiple people, there is no way you can come off clingy because you simply have too much to do. You’re too busy dating other people or spending time with hobbies, mastering a craft, or furthering your career or education.

When dating multiple people, you will likely be faced with a familiar stigma: dating multiple people is trashy behavior. If you’re a woman dating multiple guys, detractors will label you as a slut. If you’re a guy dating multiple women then you will be labeled as a player. Do not succumb to societal pressure. The whole idea of dating is to meet multiple people and spend time with them until you meet the person who shares the same values and interests as you do. You’re essentially interviewing people for the position of significant other. Until you find someone that you want to enter into a relationship with, it is your job to test the market. It’s the only way to guarantee that you are making a good relationship decision.

So always keep in mind that dating is all about balance. You should be constantly balancing your attention between the people you’re dating and your own life ambitions. The best way to keep balance when dating is to date multiple people until you find the one for you. With this in mind, you can ensure that you will become a catch and you will no longer be the loser holding their rope because you chased people away.

Why I Don’t Cold Approach Women

Dating is a numbers game.

The more women you speak to, the more phone numbers you get. The more phone numbers you get, the more dates you get. The more dates you get, the more sex you get as well as relationship opportunities. While this is true, I am the type to make my numbers count. I am all about quality over quantity. So while lots of single guys are out shooting their shots left and right, approaching anything with a set of tits and legs, I prefer a more low-key method. Here is why I no longer cold approach women.

When you cold approach a woman, you drastically increase your risk of rejection. You are basically just walking up to a woman who likely has no interest in you and hoping for the best. While handling rejection is critical in building self confidence and resiliency, enough rejection will lead any guy to have doubts about their dating legitimacy. So in order to limit this rejection, it is best to approach women who are giving you attraction signals or “choosing signs”.

The other problem with cold approaching women is that it automatically puts you in a lesser position than the woman. This will put you in a situation where you are spending your time trying to prove to a woman that she should date you. In my opinion, it is a weak position to be in and I’d rather not waste my time trying to convince a woman that I am worth her time. I know my worth, and I do not need a woman’s validation to make me feel secure. Now, this is not to say that cold approaches do not work. As I previously stated, the more women you talk to the more your chances increase. However, by cold approaching, you open yourself up to more than rejection.

Women have devised a strategy of rejecting men without actually rejecting them. Nowadays, a woman will happily give her phone number out with no intention of going out with the guy. Why is that? It’s just easier for a woman to give a guy her number and ignore his calls/texts than to say no and have to deal with confrontation. I wrote more about that in this article.

This also opens the door for flaking. A woman who is not interested may not always ignore texts and calls but she may even agree to a date! Don’t be surprised if you can’t get her on the phone for a date confirmation or if she never shows up, she wasn’t interested to begin with. Now you’re sitting alone in the middle of an Italian restaurant with a glass of water staring at you while the waiting staff is making memes of you behind your back.

The other thing you have to consider is freeloaders. There are women out there who not only give their phone numbers out to guys they have no interest in, but will actually go on dates with them.

How is this a bad thing?

These women have no intention of moving forward with the guy, they are just tagging along for a free meal. Clueless guys will try their hardest to impress the woman on the date while the woman would rather kiss her dog, let alone sleep with him. The worst type of women will continue seeing these guys, stringing them along while she is dating and sleeping with other guys. Or even worse, she could already have a boyfriend but is just using the hopeless romantic for dates. This guy is constantly pulling out his wallet, and she never has to put out.

My solution to this is a simple one. Instead of cold approaching, I look for choosing signals. These are signs of attraction a woman will give to let you know that she is interested. This is what is meant by “choosing”. When a woman chooses you, dating becomes a breeze. You no longer have to impress her or prove yourself to her, she already likes you. Not only do you have to work less to initiate attraction, she is also more likely to be accepting of your flaws. Whereas a woman with very little attraction will look for any reason to break things off, this woman is willing to overlook those subtleties. She will return your calls and texts in a timely manner because she is interested and dating her will be fun and effortless because she already likes you!

While this method sounds foolproof, there is one major setback: your options are limited. With the cold approach, your options are basically limitless. You can literally approach any woman you see and hope things work out. If you’d rather approach the women who choose you, you will have significantly less options. It is not everyday that you will come across a woman who will give you attraction signs. This does, however, lead to a phenomenal opportunity.

Instead of cold approaching, you now have more time to work on yourself. All of the time spent on approaching random women could be spent on bettering yourself. You could be mastering a craft instead of going out to bars getting phone numbers. You could be working out and sculpting your physique instead of sliding into tons of women’s DM’s. By focusing on bettering yourself and increasing your standard of living, you allow yourself to attract higher status women. In time, you should notice that more and more women are giving you choosing signs because you put in the work to make yourself a more attractive man.

In closure, the cold approach is perfectly fine for those with unshakable confidence and bottomless wallets. But if you’re just a regular guy, this approach could not only be intimidating, it could also lead to hopelessness. By focusing on becoming a more attractive and higher status man, you put yourself in a position to meet women who choose you.

Are You Settling? Why Everyone in Relationships Isn’t Happy

Almost everywhere you look, you can find “happy couples” living their “happy couple” lives and doing “happy couple things.” This may evoke a sense of disgust at their lovey dovey relationship or perhaps hope that you may one day find a similar fantastical romance. Recently, I’ve been paying more attention to these couples and the way they interact. I’m starting to find that things aren’t always what they seem. What I’ve found is that in a lot of cases, at least one of these partners are not truly content in their relationships. This leads me to ask, “are you settling?”

I’ve previously spoken against the idea of monogamy in another post so I won’t delve into that here. I want to start with what I’ve been seeing a lot from men lately. Working in retail, I constantly see couples shopping together. What catches my attention, though, is the man’s demeanor throughout their shopping experience. The men often seem to be dragged along almost against their will and I can see the subtle telltale signs that they are not enjoying the bonding time. Not even a little bit.

I see needy women parading their significant others throughout the store asking their partners to buy them this and that. I see guys unemotionally giving vague opinions on how their girlfriends look in a dress that they really don’t need. I see guys reluctantly swiping their credit cards to appease their materialistic girlfriends and wives. Sure, I understand that the whole experience of shopping does not primarily appeal to men. I understand that this one scenario cannot justify all relationship imbalances, but it makes me wonder, “what else are people suffering through for the sake of a relationship?”

It is my opinion that a healthy relationship brings two people together and serves each partner equally. A relationship provides people the opportunity to grow and develop together with the added perk of romance. It is my opinion that people (guy or girl) should not be sacrificing their own happiness for the sake of a relationship. Gentlemen, you shouldn’t be in a relationship just for steady sex. Ladies, you shouldn’t be in a relationship to fulfill a programmed need for attention and sense of self worth. This leads to men being disloyal sexual deviants and women being attention seeking divas.

Yes, every relationship has its ups and downs. It’s about compromise, so I understand that partners are going to have to make sacrifices in order to make the relationship work. This does not mean that you should be sacrificing who you are and what you value in order to appease a significant other. Your partner should bring the best out of you and help you grow into the person you’re capable of being. Not someone who just uses you as a sex doll or free shopping sprees. You have to ask yourself, “what am I getting out of this relationship?”

If you’re constantly unhappy and you notice that you actually dread spending time with your nagging girlfriend or your self centered, egotistical boyfriend then why are you with them? Is the sex worth it if you’ll just despise them afterwards? Are the gifts and treats an even tradeoff for you self esteem?

It is imperative to understand that your happiness is the only thing that matters in this world. You should live for you. Sure, help and give to others as much as you can just as long as you are not sacrificing your own morals or values in the process. This is important because too many people lose focus of this when they enter a relationship. Guys will workout less or completely stop because their girlfriends want to spend more time together. Ladies will see their friends less and less because their boyfriends are controlling and jealous. This is how people lose themselves in relationships.

I say all that to say this: stay true to you. Relationships can be a beautiful opportunity to grow together in love and life or it can be a painstakingly demoralizing deathtrap that drains your soul. It is up to you to recognize what you value and if your relationship is one you feel you deserve. It’s okay to be alone. It’s okay to be single for a while. Stop letting outside forces influence your own self beliefs and self worth. Stop settling for less than you deserve.

 

Why Men Cheat: An Insight on Infidelity

Infidelity has been plaguing the dating world since the beginning of time. It is commonly perceived that we are now living in an era where loyalty is a myth; that things are worse now than they ever have been. Good women are getting cheated on left and right and it makes a woman wonder, “why can’t I find a man loyal to me? Why are all men such dogs?” Let’s dig into this.

First, let’s discuss how each gender is sexually stimulated. Men are visual creatures; they would be willing to sleep with a woman within minutes of meeting them because they are physically attracted and aroused. A woman’s sexual desire is more closely related to emotion. Although a woman can decide whether she would consider sleeping with a man after just meeting him, she’s less likely to do so because she needs to have a deeper emotional connection. Put simply, men are visual, women are emotional. Men are physically designed to desire sex more than women. I don’t want to get too scientific, but here’s a link to an article that further discusses this concept.

With that in mind, we now have a clearer understanding of what drives sexual motivation between sexes. A man is a hunter by nature . Generally speaking, a man’s primary motivator should be his mission. Whether this manifests in the form of finding food and shelter to ensure his own survival or spreading his seed to ensure the passing on of his genes, a man is always seeking progress. A woman, on the other hand, has a more intimate motivator. A woman’s desire is generally maternal; they seek to raise and nurture a family. That is not to say that ALL women only exist to raise a family or that ALL men only exist to go forth and multiply. I am just saying that these are our underlying primal instincts.

So what does this have to do with infidelity? How do I get my significant other to quit sleeping around?

As noted earlier, a man does not need the intimacy and connection of a relationship to sleep with a woman. His primal urge to conquer and break through barriers can help to explain his higher sex drive. Women do not necessarily feel this need to have sex, which is explained in this article. So the problem then becomes the institution of relationships.

I personally question the institution of monogamy. I am not sure that a one-woman-one-man relationship supports the natural order of things. I personally feel that it is not natural for a man under a certain age (we’ll say around 35-40) to be restricted to one woman because I believe it goes against our primal hunter nature. A man is likely to enter into a relationship with a woman for the simple fact that they will have the opportunity for steady sexual release. A man does not have to go out and seek sex if he already has a partner he can sleep with regularly. However, because lots of men will enter a relationship primarily for sex there is not much else keeping them committed. This opens the door for cheating.

Not all men cheat, but I agree that a lot (if not most) do. When a man cheats, he may not feel guilty because he was only seeking an instinctual sexual release with a new woman. He wouldn’t think too much about it because this interaction is purely physical. Have you ever heard a cheating man explain to crying girlfriend/wife  “I only f****d that girl, I make love to you,”? A woman would feel devastated by this because she thought the intimate relationship between she and her partner was sacred.

So what can women do about it?

According to webmd, men’s testosterone levels (a key hormone in sex drive) starts to decline after the age of 30. So it can be deducted that a man will be less likely to sleep around after this age. This, along with the hassle of sleeping around and being deceitful, would actually make a man less likely to cheat. He simply won’t have the energy or the desire for it.

Look, I am not trying to condone cheating in any way. Cheating is a selfish and cowardly act and it is completely reasonable for a woman to feel wronged under such circumstances. By understanding that men are sexually driven hunters, women can hope to gain a little more understanding of why men sleep around. This can lead to less heartbreak and frustration. It is up to the man to refrain from entering a relationship just for steady sex, especially if there is any shadow of a doubt that he may want to sleep around. It is up to the woman to understand that up until a certain age, men are sex driven conquerors.

Why do you think men cheat? Is there any way to help reduce infidelity? I am curious to hear what you have to say in the comments below.

Why You are Always Getting Ghosted

Just when you thought everything was candy and rainbows things go completely sideways. The date(s) went well, or at least you thought so. You can’t specifically remember doing or saying something inappropriate that turned off the person. So why haven’t they responded to your text? Why is it that no matter how hard you try, you’re constantly getting ghosted? What is wrong with you that no one wants anything to do with you? Here’s why you’re always getting ghosted.

It could actually be you. Maybe you came on too strong after only a date or two. Perhaps you were unintentionally giving off clingy relationship vibes and that person wasn’t ready just yet. Maybe you were chewing your salad with your mouth open and the person you were dating was an etiquette freak. Or maybe you shouldn’t have whined and complained about how dating never seems to work out for you and unknowingly created your own negative karma. For whatever reason, you just were not what that person was looking for at the time. The flaws and quirks of your personality are most likely completely innocent, and you are by no means perfect so what gives? Don’t you at least deserve a real chance?

One thing to remember is that, at the end of the day, everyone is self serving. We are primarily concerned with OUR OWN wants and interests. So, when you take into account the plethora of dating apps and websites out there, you must also take into account the seemingly limitless amount of proverbial fish in the sea. Basically, what this leads to is people ghosting each other left and right because we always feel like we can find someone better. Our standards are unreasonably high and we all want someone who checks off ALL the boxes on our list of ideal characteristics in a partner. When we find someone who seems to be a good match, we make arrangements for the first date. As soon as our date shows one chink in their armor, we’re outta there. On to the next.

So what does this mean? Am I destined to be ghosted for the rest of my pitiful dating life?

Probably.

Probably not. The thing about this grass-is-greener mindset is that it creates unrealistic expectations. People are not just looking for a partner, they’re looking for the PERFECT partner, which doesn’t actually exist. It’s not your responsibility to try and be everything to someone. Your job is to be the best you; that’s the only thing you can do. When you’re dating, you should constantly have the mindset that you are going to be yourself and see where things go. That’s it. The best defense against ghosting is to be your best self and to date without expectations.

When you date without expectations, nothing can disappoint you. That tall, dark and handsome guy you met at Starbucks didn’t text you back after your first date? So what? Screw him, you’ve got things to do. You haven’t heard from that cute girl in yoga pants in weeks? So what? Screw her, you’ve got things to do. You should be too busy making the best life for yourself to be concerned with inconsiderate people who can’t even show the common courtesy of telling you it just won’t work out.

In closing, realize that there is nothing that you can do about being ghosted. Ghosting is cowardly; it’s much easier for someone to never reach out or reply to a call/text because it’s assumed that you will just get the point. Is this fair? Hell no, but it’s a social norm in today’s tech crazed, self serving world. The only thing to do is to be patient until you meet that person who accepts you for you, flaws and all.

The Best Pickup Line Ever

There she is.

Despite the crowded room, she’s the only one you see. Your hear rate increases as does your anxiety. If too much time passes, you will miss your opportunity and she will be out of your life forever; you’ll never know what could have been. Deep down, you know that passing up the chance to meet this woman would be a crime against your self esteem. But what do you say? What’s the best approach?

Sadly, many guys get so caught up in their own nervousness that they never even approach the woman of their desire. They’re worried about what they should say to the woman to get her to notice and hopefully like them. This is the wrong mindset to have. In the event that you are meeting/approaching a woman for the first time, you should not have this mindset that you need to woo her or show her your value. You should only be thinking, “I wonder what she’s like.” You should approach a woman from the stance of curiosity, not blind infatuation. With that in mind, take a deep breath before confidently walking up to her and asking,

“Hey, how’s it going?”

Simple, right?

Guys have to get it out of their heads that there are magic words that will make a woman fall for them. The reason pickup lines do not work is because they are, for the most part, unnatural. Sure, you’ve seen those youtube videos of pickup artists walking up to women saying the most outlandish things you could imagine. Sometimes they actually get the phone number and, naturally, some people think this is the way to go. However, it wasn’t what was said, it’s how it was said.

Pickup lines are fun to use if you have the testicular fortitude to not give a fuck. It’s all about the energy you give off. If you’re new to pickup and you don’t have much experience with using pickup lines, there’s a super high chance that you’ll come off as a creepy virgin. You’ll stutter through the lines, voice shaking, brow sweating, just to have her weirded out by your unconfident beta energy. This will lead to you going home alone that night to a bottle of your favorite lotion and your trusty right hand. Or left, if you’re southpaw.

The reason I prefer to open with something as simple as “hey how’s it going,” is because it gives me a chance to gauge the woman’s energy and attraction level. She will either match my upbeat, confident energy with an “it’s going pretty good actually, how about you,” or she will give me an uninspired “fine”. At that point, I already know most of what I need to know. Based on her response, you should be able to tell if she’s friendly and open to conversation or if she wants nothing to do with you. If you get anything other than positive vibes from her, there’s absolutely no shame in leaving the interaction with your pride intact. She just may not be interested.

So remember, don’t get so caught up in what to say to a woman when approaching. Keep it simple if you’re just starting out; do what’s right for you. As long as you are confident in your opening dialogue and maintain a fun energy about you, you’ve won half the battle already. Stop trying to impress her so much with witty lines and instead operate from the mindset that you’re generally trying to see what she’s like. You want to see if she is good for you, not the other way around.