Uh oh! It looks like you took a calculated risk and it didn’t quite pay off. Sure, he still likes you after he slept with you. But…he’s not exactly falling in love. He’s not acting all sweet, cutesy and making engagement plans. He may even seem strangely detached, cold or even a little too eager to disappear.

What gives?

Believe it or not, you’re probably worrying too much for nothing. There is a BIG difference between sleeping with a guy too soon and sleeping with him later, after dating a while, and not quite sure how he feels about you.

While some dating gurus might tell you that you should never sleep with a guy till you’re sure he’s gaga and in love, in the real world, that might be a bit too idealistic. The fact is that most men want to sample the sex before making a real decision as far as commitment goes, and why not? It makes sense. Why would you or anyone want to marry a partner who has a completely incompatible sex life than your own?

So it’s not necessary that you slept with him too soon…it’s more along the lines of, now that you have him intrigued by you, and now that you’ve given him the intimacy he craved, how can you KEEP his attention and not send him on his way to the next one night stand?

Here are five ways to increase his desire for intimacy and even, gulp, yes commitment!

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1. Have a very good “bed side manner”.

Don’t be ashamed of what happened. Be glad and let your good spirits spread to him. Let him bask in the moment and feel happy that he earned such a great gift. Talk about him a little bit, if he wants to talk. Get him to share his feelings and thoughts, a little bit of himself beyond just the physical. It’s important for him to have only positive associations with the first time. The afterglow should be as good as the sex itself. No worries, no commitment from you, no clinginess. Talk about how enjoyable it was. Talk about your favorite things about him and the experience—his eyes, his power, his sexy personality—and so on. Flatter his ego but keep it very subtle and not gushing.

2. Immediately start thinking, “We’re moving too fast” and let him know that.

It’s very likely the guy will not run away and relocate to a new town just because the two of you had sex (unless the experience was just THAT bad!). It’s safe to assume he was very happy and satisfied with you…especially if you gave a little “extra” in effort to make this night special.

So his simple gut instinct? Let’s be friends with benefits. Nope. If you’re serious about an exclusive relationship with him, you have to get that thought out of his head immediately. You have your choice of playing hard-hearted cougar (who seduced him because she wanted a one night stand and nothing more) OR playing the honest woman who admits… “You know I do like you but I think we’re moving too fast. I think I slept with you too soon and I don’t like the way it makes me feel.”

You can also put your own spin on this angle, however you see fit, but the point is you are not interested in hooking up again because the “Status Quo” is NOT him earning it. In your mind, if he wants sex again, he has to earn it each and every time—by working hard for your attention and your approval.

3. Build the strong attraction by sending him two distinct messages: I want you, but you’re not good for me.

Both he and you will love the “chase” going on, which is the primary reason why you want to make him think this was just a one night stand. Send him a message that says, “I am resisting you. You’re a bad boy and you make me weak.” This 50 / 50 split of interest but resistance is what will make him work harder to get your attention—and yes, he may even do the unthinkable and talk about his REAL feelings for you.

4. Make an effort to stay busy…elsewhere.

Look if rPrince Charming is working hard for your attention, give him some. But make it a point to NOT be always available for him. Make other plans, hang out with friends and family, and keep busy in your career or side project. He must understand that he really IS a lucky guy. You are independent, successful and happy and don’t need him to complete your life. This tells him that you are worth chasing because even though you have plenty of other options, you really enjoy his company enough to schedule some time.

5. Let him feel emotionally vulnerable with you as you engage in deeper and more intimate conversation.

The real “catch” is actually not when you have sex for the first time. The real catch is when you help him feel safe in your presence—so much so that he starts confiding in you and showing his emotional vulnerability. In the beginning, resist saying anything about yourself. You stay a mystery while he starts confessing more secrets, and enjoying the open channel he has to express himself with you.

Eventually, he will be interested in learning more about you. At that point, you can start giving him tidbits of your feelings, personal life, and past, showing him that it’s okay to feel vulnerable, okay to trust, and okay to take this relationship to a deeper level.

THAT’S when he falls in love and that’s when he’s suddenly filled with courage and the desire for commitment. Sex is step one but it’s definitely not the “end” of the affair. Keep your wits, exercise restraint, and as always, make him chase you.

The Secret Words That Make His Heart Yours

Today I want to give you some words that you can tell your man that will make him want to give you the relationship you’ve always dreamed he’d have with you…

These words form something I call a “Love Frame” that make a man feel like it’s his mission in life to treat you like a queen.

If you’re struggling to get your man to “step up” and give you the romance you’ve always wanted, you need to watch this video right now…

These words will work on him even if…

…your man is pulling away from you or ignoring you completely…

…you think you got intimate with him too soon…

…or you feel like your situation is hopeless…

Because once you understand it…

You’ll be able to trigger a flood of emotion throughout his body that melts away all resistance…

Making him see you as the perfect woman for him…

A woman that he wants to pursue, fight for, and be with from now until the end of time…

Talk soon,

Matthew Coast

P.S. Try out these seemingly innocent yet strangely powerful words on the man in your life and seem how quickly things change with him…

Making him feel more love for you, more of a connection to you, and more of a desire to please you than he’s ever felt for anyone before in his life.

How To Make a Guy Want You – 5 Tips

Are you wondering how to make a guy want you and keep him interested?

Sometimes, figuring out how to make a guy want you after you’ve slept with him can be really tricky. Heck, even making a guy want you at all can be hard at times.

Luckily, I’ve compiled a list of the top five steps to making a guy want you – even after you’ve given it all to him.

I’m going to get a lot of guys ticked off here. They’re going to be unhappy with women finding out how men REALLY work. Especially when it comes to attraction and the dance of love.

Or not.

Most men I know would be much happier to hear that women are FINALLY starting to understand how we feel.

Take this for instance: There’s a holiday song called “Baby It’s Cold Outside.”

Lately, this romantic and fun little Christmas song has come under fire for being kind of … sort of … maybe… a wee bit “rapey.” So they recorded a new version that is about the dumbest update of a song I’ve ever heard. They even inserted a line about how he knows “She always has the ability to say no.”

Really? We need to actually SAY that?

Carlos Cavallo, Dating and Attraction Adviser

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There are men out there who will hear this song and suddenly correct their ways when it comes to sexual consent? I don’t think so. Those guys don’t need to have any songs written to coddle their childish minds.

Now, my opinion is that this focus on “Baby It’s Cold Outside” is completely ridiculous. The recent wave of “political correctness” is trying to steal every ounce of fun out of life that it can. We’re in over-correction mode, and free speech seems to be on the line as well.

The heart of romance is a certain level of uncertainty.

And that is where chemistry and romance lives.

Consider the kind of world it would be if men were afraid to start conversations – because of their fear of being too “sexually aggressive.” Trust me, you don’t want that kind of world. Because it’s a place where men stop chasing, and that means both sides lose.

Plus, you want men to chase you. Because if he’s investing time and energy into connecting with you, that means he will be that much more attracted to you. But I don’t want to get off on a rant about this. And I also don’t want you thinking I’m in support of some kind of misogynist double standard. I’m all for treating women with respect and civility.

What I do want to do for you today is to share with you a few ways that you can make men want to chase you.

Even AFTER you sleep with him.

Because you never know… you might need this sometimes. And, I want you to enjoy a life where men desire and want you, and you don’t have to run around chasing HIM.

Just don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Sometimes, these things just don’t work out, and it’s nobody’s fault. So even if this doesn’t do much for this guy, it doesn’t mean you did anything wrong. All it means is that this guy wasn’t meant to stay in your life.

Now – let’s get started with:

MAKE HIM WANT YOU STEP 1: Be accepting… ALL the time.

There’s a made-up motivational poster that jokes: “It’s only annoying when the guy who approaches you isn’t attractive.” Which is kinda true. It’s one of those unfair burdens that women have to bear, unfortunately.

Men have the burden of mustering his courage, braving possible rejection, and initiating approaches and conversations. Women have to try to be graceful when some clueless douchey dude decides to talk to you about your day.

But it’s one of those things you gotta do!

For one reason, it’s for the team. If you want men to reach out and start those connections, you have to help create a climate that encourages men in this role. Even if they occasionally come across like gorillas in the China shop.

Another reason is that it keeps you positive (mostly) and accepting of men. That in turn reflects in your energy. If a guy senses that you’re already on your guard against the douches, he can – and will – change his mind about trying to start a conversation.

The “nice” guys you want are usually skittish about approaching and initiating contact with women.

Hey, these days, can you blame them?

MAKE HIM WANT YOU STEP 2: No games – play it straight.

When it comes to your interest, being too coy will work against you. BIG TIME.

Because this new social climate has already left men very ambivalent about reaching out to say hello and talk to you. If he encounters an ounce of discouragement, he’s going to interpret that as “NO MEANS NO!” and walk away.

Guys don’t get to be persistent and overcome your challenges the way they once did. But more importantly is that you have to show up front that you’re not into game playing. Guys see through this behavior, and any kind of game playing will turn him off right from the start.

He’ll think it indicates a manipulative personality, and he’ll pass on any contact. Then he will wait and talk to the next woman who has open energy.

Remember another side benefit of him chasing you is that you get to see how much confidence he has. So after you’ve “done the deed” with your guy, don’t suddenly change your attitude and start playing hard-to-get. When he texts you or calls you the next day, answer.

Don’t wear your heart on your sleeve, but don’t resort to trickery to get him to stay connected.

MAKE HIM DESIRE YOU STEP 3: Stay sexy…

This phrase was burned into my brain since I first heard it from a woman I worked with back in the 90s. All the women in the room were giving their advice to one who was about to get married. And my friend simply said, “Stay Sexy.” It took me a while to completely GET what she was saying.

But when I did, her words haunted me.

You have to keep up the effort to make yourself the goddess in his eyes that he wants to see.

So after you spend the night that first time, work to keep up some of the mystique. Work to let him know that he’s valued. Because a man interprets the effort you put into looking good as the amount of desire you feel for him.

One of the most important things to do when you want to keep a guy interested is to always stay sexy and mysterious.

It means that you should always try to look your best for him, without him noticing that you’ve put much effort into your appearance. Show him your best side and focus on your attributes. It is also important to be attractive to him on a daily basis, even outside the bedroom. Make sure you are always dressed your best, without revealing too much.

Make eye contact with him. This will help you stay mysterious a little bit, without putting all your cards on the table, and it will make him wonder what is underneath your clothes.

It is important that you don’t give off the impression that you are trying too hard to be perfect, so make sure to show your body off without being too flashy or vulgar.

When you are around him, always wear the same perfume. It will make him remember your scent, and it will be something that will always remind you of him. It is important for you to always smell good around this guy, but it is also important that you don’t exaggerate with an aggressive fragrance.

Always smile for this guy, and flirt with him on every occasion. Touch him unexpectedly and casually, but don’t throw yourself at him.

This way, you will make him want more from you on every occasion.

And, if you “let your hair down” too early, he’ll think he’s got this all wrapped up. No need to work to win you over! And that’s not the message you want him to hear.

GET HIM TO CHASE YOU STEP 4: Hook him in, but throw him back in the pond.

  • Don’t discuss commitment….
  • Don’t influence him…
  • Don’t act emotional…
  • Don’t cling, don’t be romantic, just don’t!

I know this is hard to resist because sex usually makes us want to bond and want to be romantic. The release of oxytocin has a powerful effect on you…and yes, on him as well.

But it’s very important that you let him experience his love rush on his own terms and NOT try to discuss commitment or anything stressful.

For now, bask in the afterglow. A bit of hugging, physical intimacy, and cuddling is fine. There’s no reason to be cold and rush off prematurely.

But when it’s time to go, it’s time to go. And you leave first.

So when you’re enjoying that morning after, bask in the afterglow. Don’t immediately hop onto social media. Spend that time cuddling to build up some real connection with him. But eventually, cut it off and send him home. That will give him the kick in the butt he needs to resume the chase again.

One of the biggest mistakes that women make is to overdo the “I got him” phase.

She tries to keep him around too long after that first night of fun.

You have to know when to boot him for his own good. Nudging him back out sends a good message: That you both had a great time, and now he needs to get back to work winning you over ALL OVER AGAIN.

It tells him you’re not needy. And you’re not going to try and swindle him into a commitment just because you got down and dirty. Be nice, but make sure there’s a boundary on the good times. No guilty feelings, and definitely no shame on your part. Nothing but respect.

And if you’re saying, “Carlos, that sounds like game playing. Didn’t you just say to not do that?”

Game playing would be if you did this solely to manipulate his emotions. But you’re not that kind of woman, right? You’ve got a life. You’ve got things to do, places to go, people to see.

STEP 5 TO MAKE HIM NEED YOU: No calls. No texts. No emails. LET HIM chase you…!

Continuing on, you must not tip him off that you want him more than he wants you—or else, frankly, you’ll give him a big head.

This means that you should intentionally stay busy in life, and avoid texting him first, calling him or arranging for another date. This gives the impression he wants you more than you want him. You can reward him for persistently reaching out for your attention, but not a second too soon. He texts / calls first.

This makes him realize what a great date he had with you, and how he may never experience anything like it again…until he tries. By being unavailable, you let him soak in all the “oxytocin” love drug, and let him figure out that he likes you well beyond just sex.

I personally advocate the “I like you but…” scenario. You can’t let a guy know that you want him more than he wants you. But at the same time, you want to reward him for effort, right?

So when he wants to talk about the relationship, start thinking in terms of “I do like you…but”.

This gives him a challenge. It lets him know that you are sexually attracted to him, maybe even compatible with him, but…

There’s always a but! (And this drives him a little crazy)

BUT he needs to show that he’s committed to you and really wants to work hard to chase you and keep your attention. You reward him based only on the attention he gives you. When he slacks off, you get bored and you stop reacting.

This sends a strong message—you had a great time with him, BUT…

BUT now life moves on!

What does he really want from you? Believe me, this attitude is what pushes a guy’s buttons and what makes them eventually “kneel” for your approval, if you get my drift.

Another big mistake that I see women making is that – in their efforts to reconnect with him – they do want him to chase… but then she starts chasing him as quickly as she possibly can. The morning after, she’s already on her phone, sending texts to soothe her insecure fears.

“Hey, whatcha doing?” Or “What’s up?”

And guys know what that’s all about. We know you’re fishing for a little “are we okay?” feedback.

Yeah, we know you don’t want to get married instantly, but we also don’t want that weird pressure. You gotta LET a man have the room to miss you before he will chase you. Even if it takes weeks for him to figure out that he’s missing out on a good thing.

Because you can’t MAKE him realize that. It’s something he has to come to all on his own. I don’t care how terrific the sex was. He needs you to trust him to reach out if he’s going to continue the chase. And the funny part is that he WILL keep up the chase if he senses that you’re just fine without him.

Funny how that works, huh? Match him text for text. Don’t send a message unless he sends one – and don’t volunteer more information than he asks. Leave that until he asks you out again.

You don’t have to be cold or distant, just don’t go out of your way to get in contact first. Don’t chase!

Make yourself unavailable, stop reaching out, and WHAM! Suddenly he’s reaching out to you, asking what you’re doing this weekend. There’s a lot of confidence and power in this method – not to mention self-respect.

And if you’re wondering, “But Carlos – what if he never calls?”

Then he was never that into you to begin with!

And if he responded to your chasing, you would have been chasing him until he finally dumped you.

So it’s better this way. It’s a statement of self-respect that you can’t afford to NOT make.

Most men don’t like to receive pressure; they just like dishing it out. Guys also have the power to see pressure when it’s really not there. Just don’t make him think or feel like he’s pressured.

By acting casually and making sure there isn’t any pressure, that’s often enough to make the guy want to see you again. He will come running into your arms if you let him, and if he doesn’t, who cares, right?

The Key to Making a Guy Want You

Look, being irresistible is about tipping the scales of power just enough in your favor. We want to know that we’ve “got” you – yet we also want a WOMAN, not a mouse. Guys are weird that way, I know.

More than ever, men know you’re your own person and don’t have to rely on anyone for a sense of self-worth.

Believe me, the quality guys out there don’t want a pushover. We WANT to feel that resistance from you. Your inability to take crap from anyone is what turns us on. At the same time though, the fact that you’re ALLOWING yourself to be vulnerable around us is JUST as tantalizing.

When men fall in love with someone new, our first impulse is to do whatever it takes to make this person like us more, and that is completely natural.

But you shouldn’t change yourself for anyone, let alone for a guy you’ve just slept with. Whenever you are starting a new relationship, you need to make sure to keep your integrity and to keep your personality intact.

I know you want this guy to like you, but you can’t be too desperate, and you can’t show him that.

Instead, the best way to attract someone is to be yourself. I know this is a phrase you’ve probably heard a thousand times, but it really is the truth. If you decide to pretend you are someone you are not, trust me—he will feel it, and he will see it as a chance to manipulate you.

Besides, by changing yourself, you are only showing him your insecurities and lack of confidence, and that is never attractive.

Remember that being your authentic self is always better than pretending to be someone else.

Show him that you know who you are, what you want, and that you are not ready to change your ways and your attitudes for him or for anyone else. This will make him respect you and want you even more.

So what you really need is to strike that balance between nice and sexy. And what we’ve covered today is your introduction to that – but only one part of the picture. If you want to wield the TRUE power of your irresistibility, here’s a short video I made that teaches you how to be worshiped and adored by your guy – or any guy for that matter.

No, I’m not exaggerating.

My free presentation talks about my friend Aimee who managed to turn her love life around after being dumped for another woman. Brutal stuff, really.

This was the man she had spent years with. But none of that mattered when he suddenly walked out on her and their relationship. However, she bounced back from her miserable situation and found the love of her life.

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Men Don’t Flake Because You Slept With Them Too Soon

“It’s because you slept with him too soon.”

That’s the reason your friends tell you he flaked.

But it’s not the real reason.

The sooner you realise it, the sooner you’ll stop it happening again.

I find this surprises a lot of women, so let me explain.

A man flaking after sex is a symptom, not the cause.

He wasn’t head over heels smitten by you, then (after sex) thought to himself, “You know what? I’m no longer interested because she slept with me so soon”. I’m yet to hear a single man state that the reason he chose not to pursue things with a woman was solely because of the timing of sex.

But I can see where the myth comes from, because men disappearing after sex happens – a lot.

I chat to clients and women every day who are sick of men only after one thing. Tired of guys who talk the talk then disappear like clockwork after sex.

I get how used this leaves you feeling. And you’re tired of it.

“I’m yet to hear a single man state that the reason he chose not to pursue things with a woman was solely because of the timing of sex.”

But correlation is not causation.

Now, this is important.

If you want to immediately decrease the chances you’ll be ‘used’ for sex, then adjusting when you have sex might be a good move for you. Set an arbitrary rule. 3rd date. 5th date. Do whatever you’ve got to do. You’ll reduce the number of men you sleep with, and naturally, you’ll get ‘used’ less.

But this is more important.

Delaying sex in this manner won’t fix the problem. You’re only treating the symptom. It’s like using pain relief to treat an infection. It will make you feel better, but you’re not dealing with the cause.

The Real Reason Men Leave After Sex

Both male and female attraction is a combination of two factors. Physical attraction and Non-physical attraction.

Here’s where things get muddled.

Because men routinely sleep with women they have only physical attraction for, women assume non-physical attraction is of lesser importance in men.

This is a mistake. Non-physical attraction is just as important to men – except when it comes to sex.

Physical Attraction

Men put more initial emphasis on physical looks. Studies of the male brain show it’s the first thing men notice about you, and it directly relates to sex. Any man who shows interest in you wants to sleep with you. He’s programmed to.

What you can’t be sure about is this second, much more important, factor.

Non-Physical Attraction

Is he non-physically attracted to you?

If he is, you can sleep with him on the first date, and he’s going nowhere.

If he’s not, you can wait until the tenth date, and his physical attraction will often carry him through regardless. He’ll wait it out so he can sleep with you, then leave anyway.

If a man flakes after sex, it wasn’t because you slept with him too soon. It’s because he didn’t feel enough non-physical attraction for you.

Building non-physical attraction

Within a short time of meeting you, a man has begun subconsciously sizing you up as girlfriend material. He’s seeing whether you think you’re worthy of him or whether you put him on a pedestal. He’s noting how much you rely on your looks. He’s watching how people and the world respond to you. He’s looking out for red flags in your character. Most importantly, he’s figuring out if you have a vibrant, passionate world he’d like to be part of.

“Non-physical attraction is just as important to men – except when it comes to sex.“

All these factors are affecting his non-physical attraction, while the deepest part of his brain tells him “sleep with her sleep with her sleep with her”.

And it’s happening faster than you think.

If he isn’t non-physically attracted to you by the end of the first date, it’s not likely to change by the 5th. If you don’t believe me, think about how many bad first dates you’ve had with guys you weren’t attracted to – that have then recovered for you to find attraction later on.

I bet it’s not many.

Your disempowering question

It makes sense. You feel like you’re being used for sex, so you decide to have less sex and wait longer until you do.

The problem? This solution is a great answer… to a fundamentally bad question.

“How can I stop being used for sex?”

You couldn’t find a more disempowering query.

When you’re #1 focus is “not being used“, that’s all you’ll get.

You won’t be empowered. You won’t meet higher quality guys. You will change none of the patterns that led to the flake. You’ll just ‘get used’ less.

Empowering questions to ask yourself

When you start asking empowering questions, you start getting empowering answers. Instead of asking yourself, “How can I stop being used?” imagine if you asked yourself…

  • “How can I raise my standards, so I’m not so sold on these guys I’ve only been seeing a short time that I would even want a relationship with them?”
  • “How can I stop seeing sex and something I’m ‘used’ for, and start enjoying my sexuality for me?”, and;
  • “How can I build a life any man would be lucky to be a part of, that no guy would ever want to flake on?”

Now we’re talking.

Ask questions like these, and you’ll stop asking the question, “When is the right time to sleep with a guy?”

Have sex on your terms, when you feel like it, and when it is comfortable for you. If you feel like you’re being used, having sex less will help in the short term. But stop thinking that the timing of sex plays any real part in male attraction. It doesn’t. And it’s not the reason guys leave after sex.

Work on growing yourself and building non-physical attraction, so that no man in his right mind would flake on you. Ask yourself empowering questions that get to the root of the issue. Above all, stop believing your friends when they tell you, “He flaked because you slept with him too soon.” The sooner you do, the sooner you’ll never concern yourself again with a man’s actions after sex.

How To Get What You Want From Men (So You Can Both Be Happy)

If you don’t ask…you don’t get.

This is one of my Dad’s favorite lines and I think the key to being happy with men.

Dad’s premise was that it is your responsibility to state what you want when it’s important to you, and then give people a chance to give it. If you don’t ask for something, there’s a good chance you won’t get it. And if you don’t, it’s not the potential giver’s fault; it’s yours.

I’ve used this advice in all kinds of situations: I ask the waiter to make sure there is no black pepper on my meal (I hate it!); I ask for help when I can’t reach something on a high shelf; When my girlfriends ask “what do you want to do tonight” I tell them.

The most significant place I rely on this mantra, though, is in my marriage.

If you want to give a man the most wonderful gift, tell him what will make you happy. Then let him do it.

My husband, Larry, is pretty damn intuitive and pays better attention to the world around him than most men. He also pays special attention to me (almost all the time). Yet even he can’t always get it right when it comes to pleasing me. And it’s completely unrealistic to expect that.

(Yep, btw, I found a good man. And there are plenty more out there!)

So when I want Larry to do something for me that’s important to me that he’s not already doing…

I tell him what I want.

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Sometimes it’s hard to ask for what you want.

Even in simple day-to-day life situations, this can be hard. Do you accept the overcooked meal you paid $40 for and say “thank you?” Do you allow the customer service rep to end the call even though she’s been rude and hasn’t even answered your question? Do you keep allowing the pushy car salesman to call you instead of telling him to please wait for you to call him?

I encourage you to knock that shit off. Not only does it leave you with an unfulfilled need, you’re left with frustration and resentfulness piled on top of it.

Yah, my Dad was right on. Asking for what you want is essential to getting what you want and need in life, and learning to do it in a kind and non-threatening way is one of the strongest tools you can use.

And it’s most important while dating or in a relationship.

Think he should just know how to make you happy?

Maybe you’re cool with asking to put your steak on the grill for a few more minutes or to move you to a table further away from the kitchen.

But how good are you at asking a man to do something for you…or not do something?

Do you ask him to call you instead of text, or to stop talking so much and let you share a little about yourself? (In a very kind way, of course.) How good are you at asking your boyfriend to make your weekend plans further in advance so you can plan the rest of your life or telling him that you when he it makes you feel uneasy and you’d like him to do instead?

Do you think you shouldn’t have to ask?

My friend Jan told me that she doesn’t think she should have to tell a man what she wants. She’s only one of a myriad of women who have told me that if a guy is paying attention and really cares, he should be able to figure out what she wants. He should know what to do to make her happy.

In a word (or a few)…that’s bullshit. And unfair to men.

News flash #1: Men don’t think like us!

If you expect someone who is so fundamentally different from you to figure out what you need to be happy, you’re living in a dream world. That’s 1 trillion times truer if you’re expecting this starting from the first phone call or date! (Don’t just blow off the last sentence here. Give it some thought. Can you be guilty of this? So many of us are.)

He should know it’s not okay to keep texting me.

He should know it’s rude to ask to pick me up at my place on a first date.

He should offer to go with me to my family picnic without me having to ask.

I’m telling you, sister, it’s these unrealistic expectations that are the basis of millions of dates going nowhere and otherwise good relationships breaking up.

One of the top complaints made by men about women is that women expect them to read our minds. And, they say, if they try and get it wrong, we hold it against them. (Right guys? Are you there? Chime in please.)

News flash #2: Men would do “it” for you if he knew what “it” was!

If you want to give a man the most wonderful gift, tell him what will make you happy. Then let him do it.

When a man cares for you or wants to impress you, he wants to get it right. He wants you to clue him into what you like and what you want. And isn’t that exactly what you’re looking for…a man who wants to make you happy?

So when you’re dating and a man asks what you want to do on your date, don’t accuse him of being lazy or not caring enough to plan a date. There’s a good chance he’s asking because he wants to take you to a place where you feel comfortable and that you will enjoy.

And when you sit across from him, smile, and say “thank you, I love this place!” that guy will light up with pride. He wants to get it right!

Principle #3 of Dating Like a Grownup is to take responsibility for your actions and outcomes. If you want to get what you want from men, follow that advice.

Learn how to ask for what you want in a kind and non-threatening way. This is – hands down – the best gift you can give to the nice man you’ve just met online, the guy you’re going out with for the third time, or your husband of 10 years.

Give it a try. Let me know how it goes.

What to say to a guy that you want to make love to him? For many women, the issue of verbalizing your wants and needs is a very real one. We’ve got some tips and advice to help you with this situation!

Passive or Aggressive?

Are you a passive or aggressive person? Do you consider yourself uninhibited? Do you know what you want and know how to go after it? If so, you may not have any trouble coming up with what to say to a guy that you want to make love to him. Some women certainly aren’t as aggressive as others, however, and finding the right words can be difficult. If you are too passive, you may be afraid to say anything about how you feel… even in a moment of passion.

Why are you so afraid? The reasons can vary significantly. Maybe you’ve never been able to say what you really mean. Maybe you’re afraid that coming on too strong will scare your guy away? Maybe you just want to be the pursued, not the pursuer. Whatever the reason, if you really want things to get heated and you want to take the relationship further, you may have to make those wishes known!

Where to Begin

The atmosphere can play a huge part in giving you the courage to say what you really want to say to your guy. If tonight is the night for magic, then you can make it happen with a little finesse!

  • Dress for the occasion. It doesn’t have to be expensive or necessarily dressy. You know when you look and feel good. (In fact, it’s more important that you feel good about yourself!)
  • Create a mood. This can be as simple as lighting some candles, pouring the wine, and playing some soft romantic music.
  • Find some privacy. No matter how enthralled you are with your sweetie, it’s hard to maintain that mood without some privacy. Be sure you are in a place where nobody else will be.
  • Take your time. Spend time together just kissing and fondling. It may not take much to get your guy’s motor revving! Once you do that, you can say almost anything as long as it leads to making love! He’s there!

What to Say to a Guy When You Want to Make Love to Him

Whether your relationship is new or you’ve already been together for a while, a lot of what you say depends upon what he likes and what you are comfortable with. Sometimes these two issues are quite different, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find a happy medium!

Bold Proclamation

Many guys are turned on by hardcore proclamations. You may need to use words that may not be comfortable to you in certain situations, but keep in mind that it is easier to say anything and lose your inhibitions if you’ve already engaged in some avid foreplay! Depending on your own comfort levels, consider saying something like:

  • “I want you inside me right now”
  • “Take off your clothes and do me.”
  • “I want you to make me scream.”

Subtle Hints

If you just can’t come out and say what you really want to say, then you can throw a few powerful hints his way. Talk to him about what you really like him to do to your body. Even subtle hints may be all it takes. Try these:

  • “I love the way you touch me.”
  • “I know you’d feel so good inside me.”
  • “I feel like I can trust you with my body.”

Straight Up

For many of you, playing those love games simply doesn’t cut it. You want to get straight to the point. If so, look deeply into your guy’s eyes and tell him exactly what you want to do! It doesn’t have to be hardcore. In fact, you can simply say:

  • “I want you to make love to me… right now!”
  • “I’m ready to make love with you.”
  • “It’s time for us to make love with each other.”

Take Control

Finally, although many women depend upon their men to take hold of the situation and steer it in the intended direction, this doesn’t always work. It’s okay for a woman to be the aggressor, to make the first move, to say what she wants, even if she doesn’t know what the end result will be. Don’t be afraid to be that woman! After all, if you can’t go after what you want, how will you ever get it?

Pooja Parikh Traveled Across The World For The HS Diagnosis That Changed Her Life Forever

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Has this ever happened to you?

You start dating someone new. Things are going great. You’ve met some of their friends and vice versa. You begin to get excited about the way that things are going and start to fantasize about the future with them.

Suddenly, it occurs to you that no one has mentioned exclusivity and maybe you think it’s too soon to have “the talk” so you start asking little probing questions like “how do you feel about me?” and “where do you see this going?” This puts them on the spot and maybe you get answers like “we’re having so much fun, why analyze it?” or “I like you” but no deeper information about where the relationship is going.

Then, panic sets in. Even though you’re still having fun with them, you start to freak out a little bit about whether or not they want a relationship with you. Strategy meetings begin and analysis ensues.

Then you begin perceiving that they are pulling away from you when to the naked eye, nothing has changed. Each time they return a text message later than you’re used to, it feels like rejection. Each time they don’t respond exactly the way you expect, you feel like it’s going to be over soon or feel like you have to have “The Talk” to suss out their real intentions.

So you decide to gather up your courage and sit them down to discuss things. In an attempt to avoid sounding clingy or needy, you might have prepared exactly what to say, but in spite of your careful planning, all of your messy feelings come spilling out.

You tell them all about how much you like them and your fears and.. and… and…

Unfortunately this backfires. They aren’t reassuring like you hoped they would be. They don’t take it well and maybe stonewall a little bit before shutting down the topic. Or maybe they affirm that they like you but it feels lukewarm. No big admissions of love come out. You can sense that things are now, REALLY not quite right.

Then, in the coming days and weeks, they start to pull away.

They start to decide it’s time for “a talk” of their own, but it isn’t about commitment or exclusivity. Or worse, they start not returning your calls. You used to see them all the time, but now, suddenly they seem to have other plans. Hangouts drop to once or twice a week max– and even then, it’s awkward.

Then, your fear that they were not that into you becomes self-fulfilling prophecy.

So, how do you make it known that you want a relationship without seemingly ruining everything by sitting them down and having “the talk” that actually serves to scare them off?

“The Talk” Remixed

A reframe of your mindset is in order.

Rather than being afraid that you are being rejected by them, which gives your power away and leads to cringe-worthy groveling style conversations, it’s better to come to all relationships from a greater place of power.

Here’s an example:

Which internal thought process sounds like it comes from a place of high self worth?

“I really, really want them to like me, so I don’t want to do anything to drive them away or scare them off, so rather than state my desire to have a committed relationship I will bottle everything up until it explodes. Then I will mourn their departure.”

Vs.

“While I really like them, I want to make sure that they are right for me too, so I will mention that I want to invest in relationships that might yield the kind of life I’m interested in living. If they aren’t interested in that, then I will have to wish them well and go about finding someone who has the same goals as I do.”

People don’t respond to whiny, weak conversations where they feel like they’re being pandered to. That’s why the “well, where do YOU see this going” statement fails so miserably. You just gave them all of your power. With that statement, it shows who is in charge, and it sure isn’t you. They are now free to take a “wait-and-see” approach with the relationship, since you have showed your hand and they are in control.

If your intention is to not casually date forever, you have to let the other person know that early on. It sets the stage for the whole relationship. It’s not that you should march into the first date and announce that you want marriage and 3 kids, just that holding a mindset of “if this doesn’t work for me, I’m willing to find someone else” is a valuable asset.

The best statements are about your own standards.

Casually saying “I’m interested in a relationship that progresses toward a commitment at some point.” Is a statement of what you want your life to look like. You aren’t saying “YOU MUST GIVE ME A COMMITMENT” or giving them an ultimatum. You are discussing your standards. Discussing your standards is great. Whining about what is happening or what they are/aren’t giving you is a recipe for causing someone to pull away.

If you set it up so that everyone is on the same page, later on they can’t feel bait-and-switched. After all, you were clear about what you are interested in. Then the ball is in their court to either commit or not, but you have retained the right to depart if you aren’t getting your needs met.

This post originally appeared at Attract The One.

Why Modern Dating Makes Me Want To Punch Myself In The Throat

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It’s the fear of not knowing, wondering if your deepest insecurities was the thing to scare him off.

It’s the moment your heart drops when you’ve been left on “read” because they don’t have any obligations to reply to you if they aren’t in the mood for it.

It’s the anger you feel when he cancels on you last minute for the 500th time or when you wake up and see you’ve been blocked without an explanation.

It’s the hurt coursing through your veins when enjoying a lazy Sunday, only to find out on Instagram that your Mr. Casual has found himself a Miss Right.

It’s the fear of whether you’ve shown too much emotion or erected too many walls or that he knows how you really feel.

It’s constantly being in denial about your feelings because “you knew what this was” from the very beginning, and if you express them he’ll throw that in your face.

Or whether while you are at home on a Tuesday night waiting for him to reply to your text, he’s out fucking another girl. They tell you they don’t want a relationship until, next thing you know, he’s out three days in a row with the same girl appearing in his Snapchats.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard the words, “I’m just looking for something casual.” In the three years of meeting men through dating apps, it’s all been the same. They initiate good conversation, flatter you with intelligence and then hit you with the reality. On the cusp of learning more than a first name and age, it is often made explicitly clear that they really do want you, just for one night, once or twice every few months, with no strings attached. I have fallen for this trap more times than I can count, and how does it end? With me sitting on my bed, feeling absolutely horrible about myself and wondering where I went wrong.

If you’re dating online and not sure what you’re looking for, I can only give you one piece of advice: don’t settle for a casual relationship if you can’t handle the reality of one. I had this idea pinned in my head for way too long that they were a routine hookup, made once a week, with someone you could call a friend. However, there is more stress about crossing an invisible line than there is actual sex. No matter how attractive they are or how much you’re clinging onto the hope of it turning into something more, he will not change his mind. I see friends cry over their casual flings and always blame themselves. It’s as though, once we are disappointed, all of our insecurities outpour and the arrow points directly to us not being good enough. But the truth is that once a decision has been made and you have been branded as casual, you will only be seen as a body to fuck on their terms.

So, save yourself the heartache, and if he tells you he wants a casual relationship, RUN!

What Does A Casual Relationship Mean? 7 Guys Reveal What It Means To Them

I essentially consider all of my relationships to be casual until someone declares that they are madly in love with me. You can get in a lot of trouble assuming any kind of exclusivity these days, especially with internet dating culture, where your crush could potentially be seeing five other people at the same time. To be safe, I always assume things are casual, but then again, what does a casual relationship mean anyway? Elite Daily asked author and relationship expert Alexis Nicole White to shine some light on the ambiguous term.

“A casual relationship can be defined as ‘taking it slow’ without any pressure,” White previously told Elite Daily. Relationship coach Nina Rubin agrees with White, adding, “A relationship can be casual if the members are really clear about their needs. Often, one starts edging toward liking the other more than expected and is afraid to tell the other.”

To me, casual dating can mean a few things. First, it can be the non-stressful hangouts that occur before you decide you actually want to get serious and potentially have a relationship with someone. You know — the coffee dates, the Netflix and chill nights, maybe a dinner date or two, but nothing too intense. It’s that relaxed, carefree time before you’ve commingled friends or discussed your childhood traumas.

However, when I asked my friends and scoured the internet for answers about what other people thought casual dating meant, I realized that the answers varied. So, as one does, I headed straight to Reddit, to ask what the f*ck a casual relationship really means. Here is how some people responded.

1. It’s Where No One Has To Check In With Anyone

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2. It’s The Occasional Fun Hookup

So basically, internet dating.

4. It Has No Emotions Attached

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Dang, daddy, OK.

6. It’s FWB Who Share Meals Sometimes

TBH, that seems like my kind of relationship…

What do you think casual dating is? Could it lead to a relationship, or is it an endless purgatory in the casual gray area? Sound off in the comments. Although, I’ll probably be confused about the definition forever.

Additional reporting by Iman Hariri-Kia.

Photo: (FREELENS Pool) Matthias Graben/Getty Images

Dear Polly,

If one more guy asks me for “something casual,” I’m going to throw something. It’s gone beyond just being exhausting. I’m angry.

I have been on nearly 40 first dates in the past couple of years since I’ve been single. At first, casual dating was exactly what I needed. I tried casual relationships a handful of times with guys I had chemistry with, but I realized that they just made me feel bad about myself. I was always so painfully aware of the fact that the only reason these guys were talking to me was because I was letting them sleep with me. It wasn’t like we were friends. It wasn’t like they liked me as a person, or thought I was interesting, or gave a single shit what I did or what I said. I felt like a sex doll. That might have been improved if the sex had been good, but it was mediocre at best. I tried to ignore the feelings and spice up the sex, but nothing worked.

I realized I wasn’t getting anything out of it, so I immediately disqualified any man who wasn’t looking for something serious. That strategy failed miserably, as I found out that I was disqualifying everyone. I feel like when guys hear “serious,” they think that I am asking to marry them on the spot. What I want to know is that if the first couple of months goes well, that I could expect eventually to have a boyfriend. I just want to know what’s on the table.

Recently, I met a guy. We went on a couple of dates, and I immediately had a crush on him. It wasn’t just that he ticked all my boxes of “nice” and “cute” and “doesn’t live in his mom’s basement.” It’s been years since I’ve been on a date with someone I had so much in common with, who made me feel interesting and listened to. Of course, I soon found out he only wants something casual. Instead of immediately cutting him out like I usually would, we had a very adult conversation about it. I told him why I hate casual relationships. He said that he wants to keep it casual for now but said that relationships were always the goal and that he would be open to it eventually.

I feel like I’m falling into a trap of chasing the relationship carrot that I’ll never get. I know I’ll probably get hurt, but I haven’t called it off yet because I know that I can’t do better. I want to enjoy having a crush on someone again and live in the moment and hope for the best, but I also resent him for putting me in this position in the first place.

It feels like my only options are to be alone, or to just have a rotating cast of guys to fuck while I hope that one of them might eventually deign to invite me to have an emotional connection. If I go that route, they get everything they want out of me, and I get nothing that I want. It makes me feel powerless and disposable, like they have all the power, and I hate it.

I don’t want to do that anymore, but I would also like to not give up on ever falling in love again. Is there another option? How do I not become resentful of every guy who is unwilling to consider anything other than casual sex?

Seriously Angry

Dear Seriously Angry,

You don’t get exactly what you want until you’re brave enough to ask for it.

You don’t become brave enough to ask for it until you know, for certain, that you deserve it.

You don’t know that you deserve it until you live your life by GIVING YOURSELF EXACTLY WHAT YOU WANT.

Right now, you aren’t giving yourself exactly what you want. You don’t want to be with a guy who wants only casual sex, casually, with whoever is casual about it. Even though this guy you’re dating is listening and showing up, even though he’s enjoyable and fun, he is hurting you with his listening and his showing up and his fun. His good qualities might as well be weapons, because what they say to you is, “You can’t really have this; you shouldn’t even try to feel this; you aren’t really here; your needs don’t matter.” When you spend time with him, you’ll hear the same words in your head: “You aren’t good enough to get what you want. You’re doomed.”

I can tell that his weapons are working, because you write, “I know I’ll probably get hurt, but I haven’t called it off yet because I know that I can’t do better.” Your current belief that you’re doomed no matter what is a direct manifestation of how damaging it can be to spend time with someone who won’t let you show up and be brave and be big and be whole without always padding the room with disclaimers: WE AREN’T IN LOVE, THOUGH. THIS ISN’T REAL, THOUGH. PLEASE DON’T DEPEND ON ME, THOUGH.

How the fuck did we land in this world where all of the chickenshits get to have their cake and eat it, too, and all of the brave and the open-hearted have to shut up and grab ankle? Now I’m angry on your behalf. What is wrong with our broken culture, with our broken universe, that deeply flinchy, jittery, escapist beasts are somehow viewed as the fittest survivors, able to roam free and state their demands? Meanwhile, those strong and courageous enough to believe in love and show their hearts are punished repeatedly?

I’m not saying that there aren’t many, many weak animals out there who hide in love and demand loyalty before it’s warranted and punish those who just want to experiment and live a free-range life. I’m not saying that needy, moody, pushy, punitive, confused individuals aren’t out there giving commitment a bad name. And I’m also not saying that there aren’t brave, idealistic, free-ranging animals out there who’ve interrogated their beliefs and concluded that our culture’s headlong rush toward lifelong commitment is unhealthy and unrealistic and often ends in disappointment, divorce, and even financial ruin.

But love — like art, like having children, like taking big risks, like breathing in the air and believing in this day on this late date in the Earth’s history — is irrational. Deeply irrational. That’s part of what’s so great about it. Falling in love is like nothing else under the sun. Abandoning yourself and also believing in yourself enough to stay present in the face of potential abandonment, showing your full self and also trying to look a teensy bit more whole than maybe you feel inside? It’s so good. And that’s not to mention the fear, the raw fear of love, the deep fear that you are unlovable, the fear that builds suspense, the fear that makes your skin tingle. It’s the best thing. And when you preemptively proclaim that everything is casual, always, no matter what, no matter where the road turns, no matter how the weather changes, no matter how you suddenly find yourself entranced, enchanted, short of breath, on fire? That’s like waking up in the morning and putting a blindfold over your eyes. That’s like ripping the last chapter out of a book before you start reading it. That’s like sealing yourself in plastic and burying yourself underground just so you won’t feel something unexpected, something that makes you excited or enraged or sad or vulnerable.

Love is a choice to be present. “I only want casual things” is a choice to be honest, which I respect, and also safe, which I have less respect for.

Demanding only casual things puts you both in a tight little chicken yard at the exact moment when the whole world could be yours. I get that refusing to commit can be a way of staying free and not rushing anything. But when you’re face-to-face with another person, telling that person “I don’t want that much, and I might not want anything at all” is just as absurd as telling that person “I want every goddamn thing, sign this contract right now, pledge your whole life to me immediately.” When you face a stranger, you need to live inside a question mark at first. You can still say, “I don’t know exactly what I want and I might not want much, but I might want more than a little.” You can still say, “I am afraid of love but I believe in love but I’m not sure I can commit or even that I believe in commitment.” I have more respect for “I have been in love and I’m trying to be open, but my life is complicated and I’m unsure of what I want at the moment.” I even have respect for “I want you but I’m secretly hoping you turn out to be disappointing so I don’t have to show up or change anything in my life just because I start to need you.”

But we don’t need to sift through the things that other people say about being hesitant or scared or cagey, Seriously Angry. There are just so many different explanations for not wanting to get serious. I don’t want to be disrespectful and categorize them all as chickenshitted. Live and let live. But for our purposes? All of the reasons for being afraid or hesitant or realistic or complicated or half-in fall into the same category: NO THANK YOU. Even though I know that good people are honest about what they can and can’t do in the world of love, even though your current guy sounds like a good, honest person, I don’t want to think too hard about him or understand him all that well. Because then we have to slow way down and listen to someone who, ultimately, doesn’t matter at all. He is great, I’m sure. But once you truly start believing in the fact that YOU DESERVE TO BE DEEPLY LOVED, he will be nothing to you, a fly on the wall, a speck of lint in the butter, some small obstacle that is easily moved out of your way and then forgotten.

And as long as you’re in this thing with this casual man, you are hurting yourself. As long as you’re fucking him, you’re saying, “I will never be worth slowing down for, I will never be a person you show up for, I will never matter more than this. I will never make you wonder if your philosophy is right or wrong. Because I am someone who takes whatever is given to her, even when she doesn’t want it. I am someone who you will hurt eventually. I KNOW I CAN’T DO BETTER THAN THIS.”

This is what I want you to say instead: I AM BIGGER THAN THIS.

I am bigger than this. Say it out loud now. I believe in love and I deserve nothing less than love. If you’re afraid to get serious, if you’re afraid to fall in love, if you prefer to put on a blindfold before you face the day, if you prefer to turn out the lights before you have sex, if you prefer to blunt your senses before you taste your dinner, if you prefer to spout disclaimers and draw up contracts before you take a big leap, then you are not the one for me. I want someone who is courageous and thoughtful, like I am. I want someone who knows how broken this world is, like I do. I want someone who recognizes how twisted and confused our culture is, and who dares to live outside of the bad trends and deeply idiotic reigning dictates of that culture. I want someone who can see me clearly, because I know myself. I am wild and brave and brilliant and I will not settle for less than someone who knows their own raw power and potential the way I do. I am scared and sad and broken and I will not settle for less than someone who can stand to recognize how scared and sad and broken they are.

We are just animals and we don’t have a lot of time here. We are just animals clinging to our short lives on this sad, doomed planet. You know that and I know that, Seriously Angry. We need to be honest and clear and true and loyal to the other people who know that. God bless the rest of these doomed animals who don’t know that, who can’t see that clearly, who can’t feel it deep inside their bones. God bless them. Let them live however they want to live. We want to live among the urgent and the courageous. We want to be deeply loved by those who believe in love. We will not settle for less because settling for less would mean feeling less. We want to feel everything.

I know that’s a bit much, Seriously Angry. Once you start asking for exactly what you want, you will be a bit much, too. But it’s a very efficient sorting process. It keeps the wrong people out of your way. They start to look like a fly on the wall, a bit of lint in the butter. And guess what? You get exactly what you want. You might not be ready for true love, though. Consider that. You might be too afraid. You might dismiss it. You might have to learn how to accept someone who actually loves you. Be prepared to be challenged by that problem soon, though. Because brilliant things fly into your arms when you open your arms wide.

And until they arrive? Know in your heart that you will not get hurt and you CAN do better. Never, ever stop believing that you will fall in love again. I don’t care if you’re 99 years old: Believe. Because believing in love is a good way to live as the clock ticks down. It’s a good way to taste the air, and feel the press of the sky, to fill up space on this glorious, doomed day. This is how it feels to be electric, buzzing, enchanted, alert, delirious, a true believer. This is joy. Alone or with company, now or later, it’s the only way.

Polly

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Ask a Guy (Dating Tips / Relationship Advice for Women): Frequently Asked Questions

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Eric Charles here, author of the dating tips and relationship advice column, Ask a Guy, for A New Mode.

When I started writing Ask a Guy, I had no idea that it would take off like it has. I am grateful to have such loyal readers who contribute great questions to me.

But I have a confession to make: I don’t answer every question that comes into my inbox. I would love to be able to – I just don’t have the time.

I feel bad when I don’t respond. But on a positive note, I can offer the next best thing: A consolidated post all about answers to the most frequently asked dating tips and relationship problem advice questions that I see. We also just released a book based on the most frequently asked questions we receive: “He’s Not That Complicated: How to Crack a Man’s Romantic Code to Get the Relationship You Want.”

You would be amazed (or maybe you wouldn’t be) at how often I am asked if a guy likes them or not. Or what it means when he didn’t text back right away. Or why a guy was interested one minute, then lost interest seemingly for no reason.

So to help out everyone who I am not able to answer directly or immediately, I’ve written up a list of the most frequently asked questions and quick and simple answers (as well as links to full posts I’ve written on the subject.)

What would you say are universal truths about relationships?

Relationships are messy at times – even for those of us that like things clean (no drama). Having a good relationship doesn’t mean no messes. Having a good relationship means continuing to love (the verb form of love) actively throughout the good times, bad times and normal times.

There was a woman I was talking to at a bar a few weeks ago. Really attractive, though older than me (10 years older actually). Great conversationalist.

At one point, we got onto the subject of relationships, men and women. Between swigs of her martini, she told me she was going to share the most important lesson she ever learned about men, women and dating: Men are idiots. Women are crazy. If you can find a man who is less of an idiot than most, or a girl who is less crazy than most, then you’ve done well.

Amen.

What’s the State of My Relationship?

One things I’ve noticed happens a lot. A girl will observe something… a behavior, a statement an action and try to figure out what it means about her relationship. Here’s a whole boatload of common relationship stuff.

Does He Want a Relationship? or What Does This Mean About My Relationship? or Is He Serious?
This is one of the big ones. Here’s a curriculum of common situations (and what to do about them) to check out: Does He Want to Date Me Or Not?, Guy Won’t Call You His Girlfriend, Boyfriend Won’t Update Relationship Status on Facebook or Myspace, Am I Wasting My Time?, The Reason Why He Won’t Call You His Girlfriend (from a female prospective)

And then for those cases where you’re not looking for a relationship, but want your needs met… Friends With Benefits Rules

Figuring Out Why Things Happened

The most common types of questions all boil down to amateur detective work on why a guy didn’t do what the girl wanted him to. Here’s some of what I consider some of my best articles to answer the most common questions:

Why Didn’t He Text Back?
I could answer it here, but you might as well just read the post all about it: Guy doesn’t text back

Understanding Male-to-Female Attraction:

Here are a couple of hot topics in the realm of male-female attraction. Check out: Why Do Men Lie?, What is the Ideal Weight for Women?, How To Get Out of The Friend Zone With a Guy

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not

Another major type of question is trying to figure out the guy’s feelings or where she stands with the guy she’s seeing. Here’s a whole bunch in that arena:

Does He Like Me? or How can I tell if a guy likes me?
There is a wide range of “does he like me” questions that I get. They are typically an endless recounting of little details and interactions that swing the poor girl back and forth between thinking he’s into her and thinking he’s not.

Let me make this whole thing easy for you: If you can’t tell whether or not he likes you, your best bet is to strongly assume that he does and give him clear and obvious opportunities for him to make a move for you (assuming you’re into him and not just wondering for vanity’s sake.)

He’s shy? Then be patient and give him small, easy, bite-sized opportunities to gradually open up to you.

And you can always check out How to tell if a guy likes you, Does he like me?, Am I Being Played?, Does he want to date me?

Signs He Might Not Be Into You

Not everyone is a good match with each other. And the people we’re most attracted to aren’t always the best matches for us – sometimes they are the worst matches for us!

Want to know if you’re on the right track? Check out: Signs He Does Not Like You,

Does He Really Love Me?

See here: Does he really love me?, If He Won’t Commit Now, Will He Ever?, How do men show their love?

Can I Trust Him?
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – walking down the path of distrust or suspicion is a slippery slope. The more you walk down it, the worse things get. Check out these two articles that explore the topic of trust in relationships/dating: Does My Boyfriend Really Mean What He Says?

Does He Just Want Sex?
The age-old question: Does He Just Want Sex?… or something more. On a similar topic, you’ll want to read how to know if a guy is playing you.

Making the Right Moves

A lot of the time, I’ll get questions from women who feel in their heart that they want to make a move or move in a certain direction, but really don’t know if it’s the right move or not. Here are some common questions and my answers.

What Attracts Men?

Here’s my very best on how to seduce and man and turn him on: How To Seduce A Man and How To Turn A Man On…

And my very best on what makes him emotionally bond with you and fall in love: What Do Men Want In A Woman and How Do You Find Love

Making a Long Distance Relationship Work

Everything you need to know to have a successful long distance relationship here: Long Distance Relationship Advice (LDR Advice)

Can a Girl Say ‘I Love You’ First?
Short answer is that you can, but probably shouldn’t since you’ll be left wondering if, when and how he would have done it had you not been such an “eager beaver”. Detailed answer here: Can a Girl Say I Love You First?

If a guy doesn’t call, it means he’s just not that into me, right? Maybe, or see what Sabrina says when a guy doesn’t call.

How Do I Get Him To Chase Me Again?

Sometimes a relationship starts out with the man pursuing you like you’re the center of his universe. And somehow as time goes on, you get that feeling in the pit of your stomach that he’s losing interest in you – he no longer seems to be putting in the effort he once was.

To revive that spark, read this now and get the guy to chase you. On a similar topic, you might find it interesting to know how to make your boyfriend be more romantic.

How Can I Make This Guy Marry Me?
Oh boy… read here immediately: How to Make Your Boyfriend Marry You

Breaking Up With Your Boyfriend

Not all matches are made in heaven and sometimes breaking up is the right move. It’s never fun or easy, but if you’ve got to do it you might as well do it right. Check out how to break up with my boyfriend.

Baggage Claim Department

These are the questions where everything would be perfect, except for this one thing…

Am I in a Toxic Relationship?: Ask a Guy: Signs You’re In a Toxic Relationship and How To Fix a Toxic Relationship

Understanding Men and Emotional Baggage: How Guys Deal With Breakups

My Boyfriend Lost His Job (or is Having Career Problems) and Now We’re Having Relationship Problems:
For the majority of guys, upsets at our jobs can dramatically affect our relationships. Most people don’t talk about men typically relate to their jobs differently than women in terms of how it can impact the relationship (I think people fear being accused of sounding “sexist”).

Ex-girlfriends can be another form of baggage altogether.
Still, not all relationships with exes are a bad thing – there are plenty of guys who are friends with their ex-girlfriend and it’s not an issue. The question is, what does it mean for you when your boyfriend still talks to his ex-girlfriend?

It think it’s a very important topic to be aware of. Check out: My Boyfriend Isn’t Interested in Sex Anymore

When a Man Loses Interest & Things That Drive Men Away

Am I Being Needy?
Neediness is one of the quickest ways to smother the life out of a relationship with a guy. Check out: Am I Being Needy? and this post about guys and neediness.

How Can I Not Be Needy?
If that’s your question, then this is a must-read: How to Be Free of Neediness

Where Did He Go?
I see it time and time again – everything seemed great, but now he seems distant or maybe he’s even vanished without a trace. Check out these articles and get some clarity now: No call after first date, When A Guy Withdraws, Why Did He Suddenly Stop Texting Me?

Is He Losing Interest in Me?

Things were going great and now he’s throwing you curve balls that are driving you crazy with confusion and worry. Get your head sorted out with these: Guy wants to take it slow, Is my boyfriend getting bored with me?

As a closing note, again, thank you so much for being such loyal and supportive readers.

You have all said wonderful and appreciative things to me since I started Ask a Guy and I am deeply and sincerely grateful and appreciative to have your support. Thank you!

Hope it helps,

– eric charles

Who Should You Go To For Relationship Advice?

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We’re all guilty of giving terrible relationship advice. I don’t care if you think you’re Patti Stanger, only younger and without all of that plastic surgery. Even with the hours spent logging Millionaire Matchmaker marathons to prove you’re equipped to dispense romantic advice, at some point in the not-so-distant past, you’ve told a friend something about a dude to placate her instead of telling the truth, and she’s done the same to you. It isn’t mean spirited, it’s just that most relationship advice is based more on what you’ve been through than your friend’s current situation. It’s a combination of all the dudes in your life and what your friend says to you about her guy, instead of being about her actual experiences, which means that when it’s time for you to ask the hard hitting questions, you have to carefully consider who you should talk to.

Your brunch buddies.

Asking for relationship advice is tough, especially when you have a hard time actually telling your friends what’s going on with a new guy. After all, you don’t want to be that one cheesy friend who waxes poetic about her new dude and thinks she’s like a Disney princess, when the reality is that she’s more like a Real Housewife. Obviously boys are the best brunch discussion topic, but sometimes you want to keep your new boo private until you figure out what’s actually happening.

Your one friend who always tells it like it is.

Even though it sounds like Sex and the City, the reality is that every crew has a Samantha/Miranda hybrid that’s easy to talk to you when you need help deciphering a text. While the truth bombs she drops are most similar to He’s Just Not That Into You, it’s far superior to waiting for a text that’s never going to come.

Your one friend who always makes you feel better.
Depending on your mental state, you might be more interested in someone telling you that he’ll definitely call than learning the cold, hard truth. Whether she tells you to send that midnight text you’re deliberating over or convinces you that he’s probably not over his ex yet and that’s why you haven’t heard from him, she’s 100% likely to make you feel like everything’s going to be okay (even if it isn’t). We all need that friend, but that doesn’t mean that what she says comes from a real place.

Your bitter bestie
. Maybe she had a particularly gruesome break up, or maybe she’s been in a relationship for so long she forgot what dating’s actually like in the real world. Whatever it is, it means that her relationship advice makes you wonder if you should just throw in the towel completely. Seeking out your friend who tells the truth is better than spending time with this girl, because you’ll just end up even more depressed than you started.

Your well meaning, but often wrong, family.
While your mom gives great r-ship advice because she’s been through everything herself a thousand times over, the fact that she’s waiting for grandbabies means that she may be a little more forgiving than you’d like. While you’re obviously not going to start asking your great-aunt for input anytime soon, if you have brothers they might be more useful than you give them credit for.

Your roommate(s).
Your roommate is the one human who actually sees who you go out with consistently. Whether that’s no one at all and she’s decided it’s time for you to lower your standards, or you keep parading a collection of douchebags through the door, she knows you best (it’s unclear whether or not that’s a good thing).

Your exes (the ones you don’t actually hate).
In an ideal world, you’d be able to maintain friendships with your ex-boyfriends. In the real world, it’s hard to grab happy hour drinks with someone you used to bone, especially since there’s not much of a difference between your relationship then and now (minus the sex part). If you do manage to maintain some kind of semblance of a relationship, they do know you better than anyone when it comes to the bedroom — which means they can advise you accordingly.

Your guy friends.
Guy friends were basically made to do everything your best friends can’t, like tell you what your new guy’s really thinking. Sure, it means that sometimes you’re privy to the most disgusting comments you’ve ever heard in your entire life, but it pays off in the end. There are only so many times you and your girls can go over the same text without going crazy, and that’s where they come in.

Your best friend’s boyfriend.
He can be a good resource because he’s in a relationship, you’ve known him for years, and he won’t turn it around and get creepy with you. At the same time, he’s probably not quite as interested in hearing about your boy troubles as you are in telling him.

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If You Need Relationship Advice, Don’t Ask These 4 People

You’ve hit a bump on the road with your boyfriend, and you feel like you need to talk to someone about it.

Talking is good.

There’s something about verbalizing our feelings that makes us feel so much better about what’s going on.

Talking can helps us think clearly, and hearing something out loud can perhaps help you shed new light on a problem and come up with solution.

Your bae should really be the one you’re talking to about YOUR relationship, but you do need to talk to someone else sometimes.

Choosing the right person can be tough, but choosing the right person is also essential.

You don’t want to create more problems or add on any negativity.

When you’re stuck in a rut with bae, please, pretty please don’t talk to any of the following people about it.

Make sure you’re seeking advice from mature and trustworthy individuals.

Here’s whom you should definitely stay away from.

The Perpetually Single Friend

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There are two types of perpetually single friend.

Type A is the one who loves being single.

She loves not being tied down to anyone, and the problem here is you may envy her “freedom” and think about ending it with your bae.

Deep down, you’re probably not looking to break up so don’t talk to this friend about your love issues.

Push yourself to work it out with your SO. Don’t just quit and get your “freedom” back.

Her freedom works for her, but deep down, this freedom she so lovingly talks about might just be a mask to cover up the fact she wishes she had someone in her life.

It might just be a defense mechanism of sorts.

The point is you’ll never truly know so maybe it’s best to not come complaining to this friend in particular.

Then, there’s perpetually single friend Type B.

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Type B is sad AF.

She is lonely and can’t get a date or a match on Tinder.

She’s sad and somber and hates the world because she cannot find anyone to love.

This friend will tell you how terrible your bae is, how much he doesn’t deserve you and how you should dump him and be lonely like her.

OK, she probably won’t say that last part, but she’ll think it.

You don’t need that kind of negative energy when you’re traveling on a figurative bumpy road with Bae.

Envy is real and because Type B is lonely and unable to find happiness, she’ll want you to be miserable just like her.

We all have a friend like this. As soon as you began reading this, she popped into your head.

The Friend Who Dates Too Much

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This friend takes relationships too lightly.

The whole “there’s other fish in the sea” attitude isn’t helpful when you’re in mature relationship that’s going through a tough moment.

Her happy-go-lucky way of looking at love makes you wonder if she’s right.

It makes you question whether or not you could find someone better, smarter and hotter in the sea of men that exists.

You don’t want what-ifs roaming around in your mind. You want to work at your relationship and make sure you get through your tough time because what-ifs are just that. They’re nothing concrete, and your bae is real and deserves a chance.

Your Family

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Your family loves you.

These people will always love you and the truth is because they love you so much, you can do no wrong.

They will automatically vilify your boyfriend and defend you no matter what.

When talking about relationship issues, you need to find someone who is neutral and unbiased.

Your family cannot detach themselves from you.

Therefore, they’ll make harsh criticisms that could potentially influence you negatively.

Your Ex

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For the love of God, do not, I REPEAT, do not hit up your ex for advice when you’ve hit a wall with your current man!

There’s no reason for this.

In fact, I’m kind of a firm believer there’s no reason for exes to become friends or stay friendly.

The possibility for disaster is much too great, particularly if your relationship with this ex was serious.

He may still have feelings for you and because he’s being so nice and caring about the whole situation, you may feel compelled into believing you also still have feelings for this person. You don’t, baby girl.

He’s your ex for a reason.

How to Turn Casual Dating into a Real Relationship?

20 years ago, no one could have casual dating. Relationships between the sexes were automatically considered serious if there was sympathy, mutual attraction, or sex between people. After a man and a woman said “I like you” to each other, they moved to a new level and started a serious relationship. Now everything is different. A little flirtation, fleeting sympathy, passionate sex and even cohabitation under one roof are not the reasons to start relationships. Why does this happen?

Casual dating vs. relationships: what is the real difference?

Nowadays, people believe that casual dating is the best variant of human relations. Is it really so and what does casual dating mean? Such relations can also be called free love without obligations and claims. Most often, people, who don’t want to take responsibility for a family and who love freedom, choose such an adventure. Modern emancipated women also don’t want to associate themselves with family and children. They want to make a career and have men for spending time interestingly. Divorced people also get on this list. They are already bored with family obligations, so they want to stay free.

So, what is casual dating? In brief, casual dating is a combination of an intimate relationship and a life together, but everyone has the right to flirt or have sex with another person without further quarrels and scandals. This kind of relationship can be experienced by those who are confident in their ability to forgive affairs if they want to continue to keep in touch increasing the degree of openness to a partner and not becoming mad in unpleasant situations.

Why do people choose it?

  • They feel bored;
  • They are lonely;
  • They want to reject the traditional concept of the family as a unit of society with its responsibilities;
  • They just maintain health and have regular sex life;

Many people say that such relationships don’t have a future, although they can last for months and years.

What are the advantages of casual dating?

At first glance, it seems that there is nothing worse than this type of relationship. But there are also some advantages:

  1. Personal freedom;
  2. Convenient and coordinated schedule of meetings;
  3. Full-time partners;
  4. Absence of boring life

Of course, such relationships have numerous shortcomings. Over time, there comes disappointment and understanding that all this is emptiness and falsity. Other negative aspects are:

  1. Lack of mutual understanding, warmth, trust, and openness;
  2. Minimum of normal human emotions;
  3. Addiction;
  4. Possibility of a breakup at any time

Yes, casual dating can be called a paradise for freedom-loving people. But you need to know that irresponsible and insecure people are often hidden behind this mask.

What are the casual dating rules?

So, there are a few rules that can help you if you decide to choose casual dating:

1. Be ready for jealousy

Yes, you can think that casual dating is just “created” for you, but it can happen that you become addicted to a person over time. Be ready for this.

2. Discuss all the details in advance

It is very important to discuss everything before you go for casually dating someone. Discuss each point in order to clearly understand what you can do and what can’t be done at all.

3. Think about how to tell it to your relatives

Of course, you have the right not to tell anyone. But if a relationship lasts long, then you should be ready for obtrusive questions.

4. Don’t turn your current relationship into casual dating

If you and your partner have been together for a long time and think that a free relationship will diversify it and bring something new into your lives – you both are mistaken. Rather, it can significantly worsen the remnants of all the good that you have.

5. Enjoy

How to date casually? If you decide to try casual dating, make it all so that you feel absolutely comfortable. If you feel that you don’t get the proper pleasure, then it is better to stop such relationship.

How to turn casual dating into a relationship: 7-step guide

Here are 7 steps of how to go from casual dating to a healthy relationship:

Step 1. Make sure that you really want it

Do you think that you want a serious relationship with this woman? Do you really want to turn casual dating to serious relationships? If yes, then it is worthwhile to make sure of this before taking any action. Take a step back and ask yourself such questions:

  • Do I have fun with this woman?
  • Is my mood improved when I’m with her?
  • Do I feel bad when we are not together?
  • Does she make my life better?

If a woman is too jealous or checks every action you do, it is better to stay away from her. Don’t convince yourself that she is a good woman. Just “a good woman” is not a reason to establish a serious relationship with her. Healthy relationships are those relationships in which you feel good when you are with her.

Step 2. Avoid serious conversation

Maybe it seems illogical, but the first advice of experts is never to start a conversation “who-are-we-for-each-other?” It’s like to come to a party, turn off the music, turn on the light and ask: “We’re having a good time here, aren’t we?” Good relationships are built on impulses. And stopping the fun for “checking” is the right way to kill the romance. Let the events develop naturally. Look at her actions:

  • Does she want to see you all the time when she is free?
  • Is she sincerely interested in what you say?
  • Do meetings with you bring her pleasure?

All this is the likely signs that she is really interested in you. So, enjoy the fact that she is nearby and don’t worry about how to turn your current relationships into something serious.

Step 3. Clarify the situation for yourself

If you have been dating for six months and she has not given you a single hint of how she sees your relationship, you can check her reaction to your offer. For example, you can ask her whether she can dine with your family next Friday. At the same time, let her know that nothing terrible will happen if suddenly it turns out that she is not yet ready for such step. First of all, be positive and open for communication. If you are sure that you have the exact picture of a relationship with her but don’t know how to turn casual dating into a relationship, you can directly tell her about it. Explain what kind of relationship you want and why. If she is not ready to answer you something right now, postpone the continuation of the conversation for several weeks. However, if she persistently refuses to react again and again, then it is better to re-evaluate your relationships. You have to decide what you want more: a woman who is ready for everything for you or this particular woman even if she is never ready for love relationships with you. But if you prefer the second variant, then remember about “Step 2” and just enjoy a relationship that you have now. Otherwise, you can lose even this communication with her.

Step 4. Be creative

Going from casual dating to relationships, come up with interesting dates. It should be something more than ordinary dinner in a restaurant and clubs. A good date is a date that forces you to stop chatting on Facebook, put phones on a table and devote time to each other. Sometimes it’s worth trying something non-trivial; something that takes you out of the usual comfort zone. Go to the festival of beer or folk crafts, visit a concert of a local rock band or go rollerblading to the park. The new adventure enriches with joint impressions, which can be remembered in the future. This strengthens the connection between you and increases the likelihood that she strives to continue these meetings. In addition, you can learn a lot from the idea for the next appointment that comes to her mind. For example, if she invites you to visit some exhibition, hoping that you are a lover of contemporary art, then she obviously wants to please you and this is a good sign.

Step 5. Add some intrigue

Even if you are waiting for her call, you don’t need to be available whenever she wants to see you. Let her realize your value! If you always wait for her, she will get used to it. Add some intrigue to your schedule, make her want you more. Wait a few minutes before answering her messages or if she asks whether you are free on Tuesday, answer that you have other plans but you will be happy to see her on Wednesday. This will make her understand that your time is valuable and she will have to try to steal you. However, don’t flirt.

Step 6. Don’t forget about independence

It’s so tempting to sacrifice a part of yourself when you finally meet the woman of your dreams. However, there is no need for sacrifices. Trying to be someone you are not is so transparent and boring. It is better to have your own interests and show her how interesting your life is, with or without her. By the way, this is important in both cases – in casual dating and in a relationship. Continue your long jogging on weekends even if she wants to be lazy. And don’t expect that she will not go shopping for the sake of meeting you. The more she will be convinced that your life is fantastically interesting, the more likely she will want to become a part of it.

Step 7. Show your feelings

There is a fine line between playing a “thing that is hard to get” and demonstrating complete indifference. For example, when you have dinner somewhere together, don’t check your phone all the time. This is a date. Listen to her, understand her, and let her see your interest in what she wants to say. Ask about what is happening in her life now. Show how much it means to you. A woman appreciates and wants to be with someone who makes her feel terrific. And if you are the one who can make her world better, make her feel the most intelligent, beautiful and amazing, she will want to be near such man. And realizing that you are the best, she will make the choice in your favor. This is how you can go from casual dating to healthy relationships.

Sum up

If you want to turn casual dating into a real relationship, then you should remember that it is the mutual process. It is possible only if both have this desire, even if one of the partners doesn’t say it. If you are rejected, then it is better to stop. You risk of losing even what you have now.

Casual to Committed: 5 Ways to Make Him Want a Long-Term Relationship

Racking your brain on how to take a situation from casual to committed?

I hear ya. This is such a common problem for women, and I have advised so many of my clients on exactly this topic!

I’ve got some really useful tips on how you can position yourself as a woman that this man will want to commit to, but we’ll get to those in a minute. First, imagine this scenario:

You meet a guy that you think is just okay, but since you don’t have much else going on, you decide to go out with him.

The date blows your mind. He’s actually pretty funny, and you’re glad you gave him a shot.

By the end of the night, you’re thinking, I’m a modern woman. I can do what I want! Before you know it, you’re waking up in his bed the next morning.

A week later, he texts: Going out with friends tonight. Meet up later?

You think, well, the sex was good. Why the heck not?

Before long, you’re hooking up once every week or two, and it’s going pretty well. You’re patting yourself on the back for mastering the casual hookup.

You dig him, but you’re not sure you see a future with him. You think to yourself, This is aight! Let’s keep it ‘casual’ until I find someone I really click with.

Then some time passes…you keep seeing each other…and it’s allllll good.

Until…

One morning, you wake up and suddenly realize that you’re falling in love with this guy you were so sure wasn’t for you. Now you want something more.

But the problem is: you’re pretty sure he’s still happy being in the casual zone. And since you’re the one who put him there, you’re at a loss on how to change your status from casual to committed.

You don’t want to screw things up by asking for more, but you’re at the point where you’ll never be satisfied with only connecting on a physical level with this guy again.If this has happened to you, and you want to learn how to go from a casual to committed relationship, then this video is for you. It’s not going to happen overnight, and it may not happen at all if this guy isn’t The One for you, but I will give you some tips on how to make sure he’s seeing you in a different light: like a girlfriend.

Sometimes casually dating is exactly what you need. But sometimes what you need and want changes as you get to know a guy. If you’re ready to take what’s been, up until this point, casual to committed, take a look at this video and read my sage advice below.

See you next week.

Your coach,

P.S. This is such a hot topic for my Sexy Confident readers that I’ve designed a FREE Casual to Committed Blueprint video series to help you quickly identify men who are contenders for a long-term relationship, and help you get exactly what you want. Get instant access here.

Summary

It’s time to get out of the bedroom and into his heart.

I’m not gonna lie: going from casual to committed is tricky territory to navigate. Why? Essentially, you are renegotiating the relationship.

Up until now, this “relationship” (if we can call it that) was all about sex. And you were cool with that. This guy didn’t have to do anything to have sex with you except maybe ask for it.

Now you’re ready to say I want more in return for that sex.

You’re asking him to be there for you emotionally.

Maybe buy you dinner once in a while.

See you during daylight hours.

Maybe even stop seeing other women. Definitely stop sleeping with them!

So it’s understandable that you’d be a little hesitant about pushing that casual to committed big red button.

How will he react? Will he run for the hills? Or will he be totally into the idea?

You hate the idea of scaring this guy off if he is in no way interested in a more meaningful relationship with you…but at the same time, things have changed for you and can never go back to the way they were.

Let me tell you this: I personally have been in casual relationships with women that turned into serious ones. But I’ve also been in casual relationships that turned into total shit when the woman tried to renegotiate the contract.

The difference between the two? How the situation was handled. But rather than kiss and tell stories about the women who failed to get me to commit for one reason or another, let’s look at some tips you can use when you’re ready to talk to your guy about going from casual to committed.

Casual to Committed Tip #1: Be Ready to Let Go

Be prepared to walk away in case he can’t commit.

I know this seems counterintuitive when you’re trying to draw a guy closer to you, but you need to be prepared to lose him altogether, should the conversation derail.

You need to be okay with letting him go because you have to admit to yourself that the current arrangement is no longer making you happy. You want something more. If it turns out that he is unwilling to renegotiate the terms of your relationship, he’s not for you.

In no way should you let him convince you to keep things casual. Remind yourself that it’s come to a point where you can’t tolerate things continuing the way they’ve been up until now. Your feelings have changed, and so have your needs. If he can’t meet your expectations of committing to you, then move on.

You’ve got to be in a state of mind where you’re willing to walk away when you talk to him about shifting things from casual to committed. He might stay. But if he doesn’t, you have to be okay with that. You won’t be able to change his mind down the road, and staying with a man who has told you he only wants to keep things casual will only fracture your heart more and more in the future. Get out now while it’s still relatively easy to do so!

Casual to Committed Tip #2: Remove Sex from the Equation

This man will never get the clue that you’re looking to change your relationship status if you continue giving him sex any time he wants it.

So take the initiative: invite him to go out with you and your friends. Or to go for a walk. Have lunch together. Just keep things away from the bedroom.

This gives you the opportunity to get to know each other on a nonsexual level. Likely it could cause him to say what gives, since clearly, he’s not getting as much bootie as he used to. Be ready to have that conversation about why you’re withholding sex from him. (I address having this conversation in the conclusion, so, heads up!)

Casual to Committed Tip #3: Reintroduce and Refine Yourself

Show him how wonderful a person you are.

Your goal here is to get him to see you in a different light from the one he’s seen you in up until now.

That might mean wearing something different (maybe moving away from those sexy low-cut dresses and wearing jeans and your favorite weekend shirt). Maybe it means sharing something a little deeper about yourself than you normally would. Or maybe it means introducing him to your goofy side that he hasn’t gotten a chance to see yet.

He needs to see you from a different perspective in order for this shift from casual to committed to happen successfully. Up until now, you’ve been his Wednesday Night Lay or his FWB, and it’ll take a little work to make him see you as girlfriend material.

Speaking of friends with benefits, here’s some good news: in a study from the University of Denver, researchers discovered that, while sexual satisfaction was important, it wasn’t the only thing that mattered to those who had casual sex with friends.

Those people surveyed showed that they sacrificed a bit for their FWB, and were often devoted to them. Sounds a bit like a couple, doesn’t it? That’s good news if you’re working on a casual to committed conversion!

Casual to Committed Tip #4: Accept Other Dates

Stick with me: I am indeed suggesting that you go on dates with other guys. No, that doesn’t mean you need to sleep with them because you’ve already established that you’re over the whole casual sex thing.

So…why am I telling you to go out with other guys if you just want this one guy to commit to you?

Well, for one, it’ll make Tip #1 easier should this guy say no way in hell is he interested in a relationship with you or anyone else. You’ll have an escape hatch and won’t feel quite so rejected if you already have a date lined up for Friday night.

And for two, it might make him wake up when he sees that you aren’t just sitting around waiting for him to call for a hookup. You’re out there looking for something real and meaningful. It might just make him realize that he wants to be the one to provide it for you.

Casual to Committed Tip #5: Make Him Invest in You

Let him work toward being with you.

You are a high-value woman. Start positioning yourself as one. And high-value women don’t give up all their energy for a man who doesn’t reciprocate.

Create a little space between you. Pay attention to who reaches out to whom. Is he only texting late at night when he wants sex? Are you the one sending texts to see how he’s doing without him reciprocating?

Make him put forth that effort to be with you. If he proves unable or unwilling to do that, then clearly he’s not on the same page as you. In that case, cut bait and move on.

Conclusion:

Look, sexy lady, these tips aren’t guaranteed to make a man commit to you. Sometimes the chemistry’s wrong (fine for sex but not for long-term compatibility). Sometimes he’s simply in a different place in his life and isn’t ready for a relationship. Sometimes he’s just a sleazebag who only wants sex.

You don’t yet know what the situation is. But after you have “the conversation,” you probably will.

I urge you to think out what you plan on saying rather than blurting it out without a plan. That’s a surefire way to run him off! Even if you think you’ve fallen in love with him, maybe withhold that particular juicy bit for the time being and focus on the fact that you want to give something more sustainable and emotional a try.

Let him know that while you were cool with things being casual at the start, you’ve really enjoyed spending time with him and want to get to know him better…outside the bedroom. Ask what his thoughts are about actually dating rather than just hooking up.

That’s it.

Let him talk. Because you’ll probably be tempted to keep blabbering about what you want and how you love how he acts with his puppy and how adorable he is when he wakes up…

But trust me: he is not going to dig that.

So bring it up as a suggestion. See what he says. If he’s surprised, give him time to process the idea and get back with you. If his immediate reaction is negative, ask why. This is where you find out that he was hurt in a recent relationship and isn’t ready to get back on the horse, or he loves being a player.

If his answer is no, then let him know that the hookups are over. Tell him you couldn’t have casual sex with someone you have feelings for, then let that bomb settle all over him.

Yes, he could come back once he realizes what an idiot he is for turning you down, but be prepared for that not to happen. Mark having a casual relationship off your bucket list and make room to meet a guy who actually wants something serious.

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Have you ever been in the “casual dating” situation and wanted to make it more serious? Share your story in the comment below. I’d love to hear from you.

Sometimes it is very easy to know the actual moment when a causal relationship turned out to be serious. However, it is not usually about any single defining moment that makes it clear as to when a relationship should head towards commitment. It rather involves many baby steps that gradually turn the relationship to a more serious affair even before your realization of the same.

But what if you are still fixed in the grey region in which you feel prepared to go to the next step, but are unsure if your partner feels the same? Here are the signs that can assure you if your casual affair is getting transformed into a serious relationship.

1. You are Honest and Open with Each Other

According to clinical psychologists and relationship experts, an early sign of your relationship getting serious is that you do not feel the need to playing coy about what you feel. If you feel that you can share your honest feelings with your partner, then it shows that you have already reached the position where you kind of feel that you can possibly be quite vulnerable with each other in a manner you could not when everything was more casual between both of you.

2. Discussions about the Future Surface Naturally

When relationships get serious, they stop involving just the present time and start focusing on the future. So, if your partner starts speaking about his/her future plans that involve you, it undoubtedly implies that the “only-dating” relationship is slowly getting transformed into a serious affair. If your partner is serious about the relationship, he/she would not be scared of talking about where things may be headed in the near future.

3. You Go Through Fights, But Overcome them Together

Having disagreements in a relationship is very normal and genuine. But how you deal with an argument, can possibly tell you where the relationship is actually headed. In the beginning, relationships are usually fun and easy. But it is important to check if you are able to navigate the challenges together and come out even stronger. So, if you have overcome some disagreements together and feel safer opening up to each other, you can possibly go ahead and look forward to the next step of your relationship.

4. You Have Introduced One Another to Your Respective Circles

If both of you have begun introducing one another to your associates and close friends, it is a very transparent sign that your relationship is becoming serious.

Just like gambling on video slot sites or related casinos demands full attention to details and high alertness, a relationship also calls for keen observance to identify its course. Once you’re sure that you are getting serious about your partner and vice versa, go for it. Walking from a casual relationship to a serious one is something that usually seems big before it takes place, but feels absolutely normal once it has happened. This is due to the reason that it usually tends to occur gradually, but then all of a sudden.

So, if you are a member of a relationship which seems like it is on the verge of turning into a serious one, it is time for you to pause for some time and think if you are prepared to commit. Once you are sure of what can make you happy, it is just about allowing nature to take its own course.

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