After I left my marriage emotionally scarred and damaged, I have discovered that I am the world’s worst dater. No really…I am the world’s worst dater. I am terrible at it. I talk too much, reveal too much, ramble on and on…and I think I come across as a neurotic idiot. No, make that a desperate neurotic idiot. If I am not into a guy I get bored and can’t really hide it, I stop asking him questions and just blather on about any nonsense. Somehow my brain tells me if I just keep going then maybe something will click, when instead I should just make up an excuse and get out of the situation. If a man is rude or insulting to me, I don’t think to just get up and leave, even though there were many times when I should have done just that. And on those rare occasions someone sparks my interest, all I can think of is
“Please like me…please don’t think I am a weirdo…please don’t run away”
And call me crazy, but I think my inner monologue might be projecting…because so far the ones I seem to fancy…run away.
In my never-ending search for dating advice I turn to self-help books. Books have always been my go-to when I need information about anything. I own a couple hundred books on various subjects and have an entire shelf dedicated to the subject of “DATING”
One best-selling tome promotes a simple premise “He’s Just Not that Into You” by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo. From what I know of the back story, a male comedian and writer came up with the premise for an episode of “Sex in the City“. The episode was so popular that the concept transformed into a book and then a movie. Millions in sales later it remains as a classic for women to turn to when we get so damn confused by men.
The wisdom contained in the book is simple
- Men really aren’t that complicated
- If a man wants you, he will stop at nothing to get you.
- Don’t chase a man, or pursue them
- Don’t waste the pretty if a man is treating you badly don’t put up with it.
- If a man doesn’t want to commit, cut him off, don’t look back
- There are quality men out there, but it may take a while to find one.
All of this is great advice and will help any woman to stop obsessing about every little move a man makes. It also helps women to stop giving inconsiderate men second and third chances.
This is all great medicine, but like any medicine it comes with some side effects. For instance, I have desperately tried to live by its ideals but I rarely go on second or third dates…I am starting to believe that “No one will ever be into you” I have had to deal with…
- Men I barely know try to booty call me even though I gave them no indication that I would be game for that
- Ignored text messages, emails and phone calls
- I have sent invites to my shows – only to have them ignored
- Dated men that rarely if ever gave me a compliment
- Been blown off completely – countless times
- One man decided an ex-girlfriend was more important to follow on twitter than I was, even though he was emailing me every day…for months.
So when I apply the “He’s just not that into you” philosophy it leads me to the conclusion
- There is something wrong with me
- Who marries a gay clown? – A freak does
- I repel men
- I am a total weirdo and no one wants to stick around
- I am a liability or an emotional wreck
- They saw your blog, videos or stand-up and have decided your are not dating material
These are irrational fears that swirl about in my head, completely untrue but persistent nonetheless. The more I seem to stick my neck out in the dating pool of sharks, the more I seem to get bitten. I have honestly given up trying to figure this out, and I think I am finally done with online dating. We are after all commodities on any dating site, and any potential suitor might think they can always find a shinier less damaged version out there. I have had friends find the loves of their lives on online dating websites but whatever reason most of my dates end in tears. If not immediately afterward I usually end up crying days later when I realize I am not going to hear from the guy. Either I walk away somewhat disgusted or discouraged by the men that I meet or become crushed when I thought there was a connection and then I never hear from the guy again. I have met some lovely men who were nice but I didn’t have any chemistry with or felt were more compatible as friends, but then that happens to everyone now doesn’t it.
I think I am going to throw the books away, get off the dating sites and hope that the universe releases me from this undeserved penance. In a fit of self-protection I can feel a thick emotional callous forming around my heart and I don’t like it.
- Dating Online: The Coward (julietjeske.wordpress.com)
- The Analytics of Valentine’s Day – An Online Dating Infographic (iacquire.com)
- The Lie Hollywood Loves to Tell (jmtame.posthaven.com)
- Online dating: how devious companies make money out of heartache (blogs.telegraph.co.uk)
- FBI Warns About Online Dating Scams (forbes.com)
- Does Technology Lead to More Breakups But Stronger Relationships? (howaboutwe.com)
- How Much Should You Tell When Dating After Divorce? (madamenoire.com)