WHY WONT SHE CALL YOU HER BOYFRIEND?
Women Don't Lie - Men Don't Listen
Success Coach - Doc Love
Ive been dating this fantastic girl, Julie, for about five months (thanks to your
great advice) but there is one thing she does that confuses me. For instance, last night
she said that she doesnt want to make a commitment or be exclusive with anyone right
now. She says that we arent really exclusive even though neither one of us has dated
anyone else since we started our relationship. She says shes happy with the way
things are, and shes not pursuing anyone else because she likes me and loves my
company. But -- she doesnt want to put a label on our relationship right
Julie is young (22), likes to flirt with guys and is very popular, so I can see how a
commitment to me might make her think that it would change her life, but she
made it sound like if we were exclusive that I would demand all her time and would have to
be the number-one priority in her life. But Im not looking for that; I want time
away from her too so that both of us can hang out with friends.
Her definition of commitment and exclusive seem pretty serious,
and I told her that. On the other hand, my definition of those two terms isnt as
heavy, and actually pretty much describes what were doing right now.
We already see a lot of each other. She talks to me everyday (she calls me 75% of the
time). She must have high interest in me because of all the things she does for me:
shes very affectionate, laughs all the time, compliments me, invites me out, bakes
me cookies, visits me at work, never turned down a date, schedules dates, invites me to
hang out with her family -- I mean, I could go on and on. And shes been very
consistent since the beginning.
I just dont understand why she wont use the term boyfriend. I kind
of feel like Im dating a guy who cant commit. I told her that she can do
whatever she wants and that Im not trying to force her into anything serious (but if
she starts dating someone else, I wont be a part of it). I asked her what she would
think if I decided to date other girls, and she said she would think that I didnt
like her very much.
Should I just chill out, or should I be concerned about why Julies so afraid of
having a boyfriend? I guess it shouldnt be such a big deal that she
doesnt call me her boyfriend, but I just dont want to spend more money and
time with a girl whose mind and heart might be elsewhere.
Thanks Doc. You are a great help!
Matt - who cant figure her out
You blew a great opportunity to establish yourself as a Challenge to be reckoned with when
Julie told you she didnt want to be exclusive. Right then and there you should have
said, Know what, honey? Those are exactly my feelings, too! Since the woman
always sets the tone in the relationship, you really had no choice but to come right back
with that statement, but you didnt. Furthermore, as Sal The Fish Love
says, The best way to get a woman to change her mind is by agreeing with her!
Remember that the next time Julie tells you how independent she needs to be.
But lets look at how silly this whole thing really is. If neither of you are seeing
anyone else, thats the definition of exclusive, right? Julies just
got cold feet about the word itself. If thats her little quirk, so what? Thats
why we have the Bottom Line Factor, buddy: All we ever go by is the womans actions.
We dont care about what she says. The problem here is that like a sensitive plant
youre reacting to her hang-up. Julies definition of exclusivity is obviously a
lot heavier than yours, so you two are splitting hairs over definitions. But your
relationship itself is great.
By the way, Matt, you could have been in a real danger zone if Julie were between the ages
of 18 to 22. Because this is the age range when girls fall in love for five
minutes. (Think Britney Spears.) But youve got five months in with her already, and
things have been going great guns. To boot, shell be turning 23, shes almost a
young woman now, so you should be out of the woods.
One piece of advice: its not your mission in life to keep AT&T in business. Let
Julie talk to the answering machine and call her the next day. Do that every other time
she calls. Let her think about where you are and what youre doing. The tactic is
sure to drive already-high Interest Level into the upper 90s. It works every time.
Now, pal, why is it so important to you that Julie uses the word boyfriend
when it doesnt really matter? Its true, as you yourself said, that youre
acting like an insecure woman. (You further weaken your position by giving Julie
permission to do whatever she wants hey, who said you had to give
permission in the first place?) Why are you so afraid when she wont use the term
boyfriend when she treats you exactly like one? Just chill out, Matt!
Finally, its impossible that your girls mind might be elsewhere because your
laundry list proving her Interest Level is about a mile long. This girls all over
you like a cheap suit. Forget about what she says. Pay attention to what she does.
Remember, guys: you dont want to be too rigid.
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For the past 30 years he has asked thousands of women, "Why do you stay with
one man versus another?"
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