Sitting with one of my oldest and most brutally honest male friends, I decided to probe him and get to the bottom of what guys are really looking for… or better yet, what pushes them away. We got into a very interesting conversation on deal breakers.
Needy…. Clingy… Frigid… These were of few the words that came up. They really stuck with me because they sound like someone’s worst nightmare, male or female.
Needy and clingy can be describe with almost the same words. The person becomes your main focus; you think about them all the time, you want to talk to them, to see them, to text them (guilty!). Who could blame you-you like them and enjoy their company. Shouldn’t they enjoy yours and feel the same? Be careful-there is a fine line between showing your interest and showing your obsessed.
This is a typical needy girl move- you text a guy you went on a date with twice. You start to go ballistic that he didn’t respond to your text messages within two hours. Here come the questions and negative thoughts… Does he like me? Should I call him? What did I do wrong? Did he find someone else? I’ll call him so we can talk about it. Danger! You have now become a Stage 5 Clinger. Abort immediately, this one is a goner, darling.
Guys are attracted to confident girls. I mean don’t we look for the same thing when we look for a guy? Do we really want that guy that shows up to the bar when we are hanging out with girlfriends because he was worried when we didn’t answer his text an hour ago? Kind of sucks the sexiness right out of him no matter how hot he is. Neediness and clinginess come down to you defining yourself based on other people—makes you seem weak and insecure. Everyone has insecurities but there is a tipping point when grave insecurity becomes pathetic and annoying.
Frigid is not a complex concept either, we are talking about guys here aren’t we. It’s whether or not you have a sexually healthy appetite. No one says you have to be a porn star in the bedroom, but taking chances shows that you trust your partner and you are willing to open yourself up to new experiences with them. Always within reason of course, and only what you are comfortable with.
This is not rocket science, although having the self control to do this makes it seem like it is. What cause us women to become “crazy” you ask… Being pushed into neediness or clinginess is based on the mixed messages guys send. When guys are not able to express emotions or not able to communicate and problem solve or work through a solutions, it forces us to come up with our own scenarios, usually negative.
I discovered that the things that are turning guys away are the same things that turn us girls away. The only difference, guys are quicker to toss a girl aside while we are busy trying to change the guy or make excuses for him, or worse, blame ourselves.