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How Do I Know If He’s Playing Games?

 A reader asked me, “How do I know if he’s playing games?” If you are wondering the same thing, I’m going to make it easy for you to know in this post.

how do i know if he's playing gamesIs He Playing Games with Me?

“Dear Dating Coach Ronnie,

I met a man on a dating site who seemed interested to get to know me. We both”liked” each others profiles and exchanged a couple of messages about twice a week.

Surprisingly, in all this messaging, he doesn’t ask much about me. To keep the conversation going, I always ended with a question giving him something to respond to. Lately, I noticed that he checks my profile, sees my message and then…waits a week to respond!

Recently, he said maybe we can connect one day when I am free, I told him the days I am free and he waited another week to respond, but gave me his cell asking me to talk by phone.

So, I texted him my number saying that I am looking forward to hearing from him and I told him when I was free. But, he never texted or called! But guess what- he checked my profile again! What is that about?

What should I do? ( I researched him and he is very reputable person and does not play games.)

Thanks for your help,
Dangling in Delaware”

Dear Dangling,

I’m sorry to contradict you but this guy is a TOTAL GAME PLAYER! Are you kidding? This is a huge game played by many men (and yes women too) called “Stringing You Along”.

What You Need to Know about Men and Dating

The next time you meet a new guy and wonder, “How do I know if he’s playing games?” the fact that you even have to ASK let’s you know the answer. YES!

Interested vs. Serious

There’s a big difference between a man texting you, calling or emailing and a man who asks you out. Within the first seven days, most communication is virtual. But a man who is genuinely interested will ask you out almost always within 7 days, 10 at the most and two weeks at the very outside.

Some men have no intention of meeting you even though they show interest by constantly texting or long phone calls. These can be fun for sure, but please understand – this is NOT an indication of true interest. Only live dates demonstrate real interest and a serious intent to see if you are girlfriend material.

How Do I Know If He’s Play Games?

Here are four things this man did that prove he’s not serious:

1.No man with genuine interest would LEAVE YOU HANGING or BE SO VAGUE about getting together. He would want to meet you and watch you laugh, see you smile, and get to know you.

2. A man who really wants to get to know you would NEVER TAKE A WEEK TO RESPOND! That’s terrible! It shouldn’t take more than 24 hours, maybe 48 but that’s already showing a weakness. (That goes for the women responding to men as well.)

3. Men who are genuinely interested would never let you do all the work of holding up the entire conversation. GUYS WHO ARE SERIOUS about getting to know you, want to learn about you so they ASK YOU QUESTIONS. His not asking about you shows a total LACK of interest.

4. I hate to say this but, he’s not really interested in you. He’s USING you to BOOST his EGO. That’s what all the texting and calling is about – him,

Say NO to Game Playing Heart Breakers

I encourage you to let go of the idea that he’s into you. He’s NOT. He’s playing games and boosting his ego. He might be a reputable person as you say but, he’s a cruel dater.

You’d be so much better off moving on now, because he’ll drag this out until you quit and you’ll risk heartbreak over an egotistical bum.

My dating advice to you is to increase your self-worth and know your true value as a woman and a person. No decent, self-respecting woman deserves this kind of treatment.

Perhaps you haven’t dated much so you don’t know about the games men play? This is something I specialize in as a dating coach for women over 40. My bestselling book Is He the One? Find Mr. Right by Spotting Mr. Wrong reveals over 40 games men play and how to spot them quickly.

 (Some women play them too and men get hurt as well.)

Time to Move On

In the future, when a man takes longer than seven days to ask you out, stop texting or talking on the phone and move on. Two weeks at the very most! Otherwise, the guy is most likely another game player who will leave you dangling and wondering.

In addition, if it takes a man several days to return a text – block him! There are no excuses for this kind of behavior except laziness or a lack of genuine interest. If a man has either quality, he’s not worthy of your precious time and good company.

You might also want to read these two posts which talk about texting and vague plans.

Wishing you love,

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Why Do Guys Make Vague Plans? Understanding Men

The big question – why do guys make vague plans? Read on as I explain what it means when a man exhibits this confusing behavior.

why do guys make vague plansShould I Set Up the Date?

“Dear Dating Coach Ronnie,

I met a guy online and we messaged a few times. There was some witty banter and it was okay but he didn’t ask me anything about myself or the things I wrote on my profile (big pet peeve). The conversation was okay. He asked for my number and I gave it to him. He texted me “hi, how are you?” and I replied and got one word answers like, “Great, awesome or okay”. No real conversation.

Then he said we should pick a day to meet. I said “Okay, call me to set something up after July 4th”. He called me on the 6th. Conversation was okay, mostly me asking questions or talking again. We don’t seem to have much in common.

We Should Set a Date

At the end of the call he said we should set a date. I said let me know when is good for you and where we’ll go (I like a guy to ask me out). He replied, “I’m free whenever” then we ended the call. I felt bad about not having a date set up so I texted him, “I’m free every weekend but this one so let me know”. He texted back, “I will”.

Ronnie, I’m confused! Am I being difficult? Is there a difference between a guy who talks about setting a date and a guy who actually sets one?

Thanks for your help!
Still Waiting”

Dear Still Waiting,

No you are not being difficult. And yes, there is a difference between a guy who talks about a date and a guy who schedules one! It’s either passiveness or laziness but neither one is attractive or a good sign about his potential.

Why Do Guys Make Vague Plans?

Here are four of the most common reasons guys leave plans fuzzy:

1. Insecure – Yes, he might be insecure. But if he says something lame like, “Let’s set a date” to see how you’ll respond and you say yes, there’s no excuse for not setting a date right then. Your positive response should be all the ego boost he needs to take the next step.

Who wants to be with a man who can’t take this step? Most importantly, don’t make it easy for him by initiating or scheduling. You could end up dragging him every decision and be in charge of everything as time moves forward. That’s exhausting!

2. Hedging His Bets – He might be talking to several women at the same time. That’s not a problem – if you’re dating online or by dating apps, you know everyone is meeting lots of people. However, in this case, a “hedger” doesn’t want to commit until he decides who his top option is. That’s annoying and tells you his interest in you is not so strong. (Women also do this.)

3. Doesn’t Want to Date – There are men (and women) online who email and text but have no intention of meeting you. They are entertaining themselves, cheating without cheating or getting their ego stroked. So they talk about meeting but, never set anything up. And if you try to solidify plans, they are evasive or unresponsive.

4. Just Not that into You – He might think you’re an option, but he’s just not that into (thanks Greg Behrandt from his book He’s Just Not that into You). This is not a good sign for his Mr. Right potential. Your best option is to date men who WANT to get to know you which is the reason they pursue you, call, ask you out, pay etc. They do this to WIN YOU OVER.

[Read another post about guys who make vague plans]

How to Clear Up Dating Confusion

In addition, feeling confused by a man’s mixed signals often happens when you date men who leave plans vague or text a lot but are inconsistent with calls and dates. Remember, the way to know a man is genuinely interested is that HE WANTS to SPEND TIME with YOU.

In other words, if you’re don’t understand his behavior early in dating because he talks a good game but doesn’t go on many dates (at least weekly), he’s not interested enough to be the right man. The right man will not leave you hanging or feeling confused. That how you end dating confusion. Simply don’t put up with men who aren’t clear you could be the one.

Back to your question and this particular guy. You’re bored by the conversation and can already see he’s not making much effort. Those are lame, no effort texts he’s sending. That’s why it’s time to move on to meet a man who knows how to take charge. And who is engaging, fun and asks questions because he wants to get to know you!

Don’t bother with substandard men who
don’t meet your most basic needs.

Save yourself the time and aggravation and connect with some new guys who know how to date, have confidence, are curious about you and schedule dates! You deserve to be treated well, so start by treating yourself well and guarding against men like this.

Wishing you love,

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How to Know If He’s a Player – Understanding Men

How to know if he’s a player matters to every single woman on the planet. If you’ve been taken in by a sweet talker find out the signs to watch for.

how to know if he's a playerSpotting a Player Is Simple When You How

You go out to mingle and meet an amazing guy. He’s handsome, well-spoken and worldly. He flatters you and makes you feel very special. You feel an incredible connection so quickly and the chemistry is off the charts. Even though you just met him, you feel like you’ve know him forever.

Most likely, you’ve met a player.

What Is a Player?

A player is a man who seems to know every hot button a woman wants to hear. Regardless of which woman, he can figure out what makes you tick and he’s soooo good at it. He’s a pro at seduction. Somehow, he seems to have read the book on women because he knows exactly how to make you fall for him in an instant.

He gains your trust easily and before you know it he has convinced you to go off with him some place more private. How romantic! You just can’t help yourself and before you know it you’ve made love and are glowing.

Too bad you’ll never see him again. He’s a player and is only interested in the conquest – then he’s off to find another unsuspecting single gal.

After, you feel hurt, used and so very sad. How could this have happened to you? Why would he do such a thing? He seemed like he really liked you. How could you be such a poor judge of character?

You curse him and then you beat yourself up for being so foolish to be taken in by the likes of him. You think he’s the scum of the earth and totally romantic at the very same time. It’s so confusing and devastatingly emotional.

Has this happened to you? I know how painful it is because I’ve been through it myself. But don’t be too hard on yourself. We all have a romance novel in our heads and sometimes we fall for it. Join the club!

The trick is to pick yourself up, dust yourself off and go back out there to meet new men – better more sincere guys. And of course learn how to know if he’s a player!

5 Ways to Spot a Player

Below I reveal how to know if he’s a player which you can usually figure out fairly quickly once you know the signs to watch for.

1. He’s So Into You

When a man is so into you with a matter of minutes, beware! You probably wonder why he’s so into you but it feels so good to get this attention, you push your rationale brain to the side. Soaking in the attention awakens desire that may have long been dormant.

Sit back and think about this objectively. No man can be that interested that quickly. It takes time to get to know someone. He may be incredibly attracted to you but that doesn’t mean he knows you – and you don’t know him either. Don’t fall for this player even though he’s dreamy.

2. He Opens Up to You

Maybe you meet this guy online and before you even meet, he opens up deeply and shares private details about his life. You cannot believe it! He must be into you or why would he tell you those personal things?

This player creates a deep level of trust by sharing his life. It’s seductive. When you are mesmerized, he pulls you into his web and sleeps with you. Then he disappears. Don’t be fooled by this player type who shares deeply. You need to get to know him over time just like any other man.

3. He’s So Charming

This man is a master of charm like George Clooney. He’s got a twinkle in his eye which lets you know he’s got some mischief in him. His wonderful laugh makes you feel fabulous. He looks deeply into your eyes and sees your soul. Then you are lost.

A charmer looks for women who have been deprived of attention and knows when he pays attention to you, gets close, touches you, you will melt into his hands. enjoy the charmer but hold off on sleeping with him to see how long he sticks around. Usually – not very long.

4.  He’s Got a Sad Story

A man with a sad story takes advantage of your caring nature. He knows some women are uncontrollably drawn to men who are down on their luck, especially with love troubles. maybe he had a wife who didn’t understand him or treated him poorly. He pulls on your heart strings and you can’t stop yourself from wanting to help.

But Mr. Sad Story is not your problem or your project. My advice is to let him figure out his own solutions. A man is not a lost puppy so don’t put yourself out to save him or he’ll take everything you’ve got. Even if he’s not after your money, he can drain your energy and life force from you. Stay clear of this player type.

5. He Says Your “The One”

There are men who will tell you on the very first meeting and sometimes in the email or phone call before you meet that they already know you are “The One”. He is similar to the guy who is so into you. He’ll tell you that you are the woman he’s been waiting for and hoping to meet.

The problem is this is total nonsense. No one can tell that fast and even for people who said they knew the minute they saw a woman they’d marry her – they certainly don’t say that out loud! A man only share such an emotional reaction because he knows that will bring you close and help you trust him.

Too bad he’ll break that trust quickly once he gets into your pants. If you ever find yourself amazed that something so wonderful is happening to you so quickly and are being swept off your feet – STOP! Remember if something feels too good to be true, it usually is.

Players Come in All Ages

Yes there are players in their 20’s and 60s. Don’t think for one minute that older men wouldn’t be bother with such hi-jinx. Or yes they will if they want to get you into bed. Age is not relevant when it comes to players. The little blue pill (Viagra) has made this all possible.

How to Know If He’s a Player

So those are five of my best clues to spot a player quickly. Most of the signs boil down to not falling for a man in a night or two just because he’s playing these games with your head. Know that if he’s sincere, he’ll wait to sleep with you. Hold off and get to know him over time. That’s the bet way to guard your heart and keep yourself safe from players.


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Should I Start the Conversation with Him? Understanding Men

Should I start the conversation with him? Absolutely! Here’s the best way to get things started with a guy you want to meet.

should-I-start-the-conversationIt’s Time for You to Start the Conversation!

I’m not a fan of women taking over a man’s role to pursue. for the most part, quality men don’t like to be chased by women. Instead most decent guys prefer to do the chasing themselves and take the lead to get a relationship started.

However, something has changed for a good chunk of quality men today. Like many single women, they’ve been beaten down by more than their fair share of rejection on the dating sites. Not all women are nice like you are.

Surprisingly, as a result, some quality men are now a little gun shy about dating and want to feel more certain you’ll be open to them before they approach.

Is that confusing? Don’t chase men but they aren’t as brave as they used to be at getting the ball rolling.  Don’t worry if that sounds like a contradiction because I’ll explain how to work around this new breed of men.

1. Be Warm and Friendly

Single women who have the best results on any singles scene are warm and friendly. They don’t hang back waiting for men to approach them. These women know the answer is definitely “YES” to the question, “Should I start the conversation with him?”

Take charge of meeting men so you can improve your chances of finding the right one. This is not about being aggressive. Instead, this strategy encourages you to make it easy for men to get to know you by letting them see you are open to them. When you start the conversation, you remove the dread of immediate rejection.

Single men can be a lot more sensitive than you’d expect today. Feelings of isolation and rejection are not something just women deal with any more. Both genders get their fair share of these unpleasant emotional states. And this is the biggest reason why being warm and friendly works today when your goal is to find love.

2. Pour on the Feminine Charm

When you rely on your feminine charm, either online, the dating apps or in person, you are more likely to connect with men. Why?

Here’s some insight into understanding men. When you come from your feminine power, you are sure to perk up a man’s masculinity. That makes him feel good, virile, and attractive. It sparks desire and his innate ability to take action.

Remember, men are people too – so he’s probably sitting over there thinking, “Should I start the conversation?” wishing you’d make it easy for him. Today that is often how a man begins the chase – after getting a little positive feedback from you.

Men choose women who make them feel good and are fun and easy to be with. Your feminine charm easily puts you into that category versus other women who are too busy qualifying men as potential partners. Your best bet is to relax and enjoy men – it’s very enticing!

3. Hospitality Is the Key

Let me make this really simple. When was the last time you hosted a party? When guests arrived, did you take their coats and ask what they wanted to drink? Did you make the drink or hand them the beer or wine? Did you introduce them to others so they could feel comfortable and talk to others?

These are the mainstays of hospitality. To welcome your guests warmly into your home. To take care of their needs by putting the coat away and getting them a beverage. And be ensuring a good time by introducing them to someone else to start a conversation easily.

All of these actions help your guest feel super comfortable, wanted and appreciated. They’ll feel special and cared for and at home. Pretty nice when well done. This is how you want single men to feel around you!

Welcome Men into Your Life

Are you catching on to what this dating strategy is all about? You want to welcome men into your life and you’ll be a hit with quality men. Now I realize you might not want to date lots of men, you just want to find the one right guy. However, the only way to find that one guy is to date plenty of men!

Dating is a numbers game and there is just no way around that fact. Which is even more reason to be hospitable and welcoming to quality men. The warmer you are and easy to appraoch, the more quality men will engage with you. That’s how you’ll find the right one for you!

Which Man Would You Rather Get to Know?

Man A wants to know why you are still single, what caused your divorce or if your debt/asset ratio will add to his own wealth.

Man B makes you laugh, pays you a compliment, feels comfortable in his own skin and is great at conversation.

My bet is you chose Man B – who wouldn’t? Well the same thing applies to you honey. The more relaxed, confident and fun you are to be with, the more attractive you become. Yes, it really is this simple.

Can you give it a shot? Are you willing to drop your usual investigative techniques designed to assess him as quickly as possible and replace it with feminine charm? Can you see yourself being friendly and starting a conversation to make a man feel welcome in your world? If you do these things, you will be well rewarded by meeting more quality men and improve your chances of finding one you click with.

Should I Start the Conversation with Him? Hell Yeah!

So if you’re still wondering, “Should I start the conversation with him?” the answer is a resounding, “YES!” Do NOT hesitate when you see a man you’d like to meet. GO FOR IT GIRLFRIEND!

Quick Openers in Person

  1. Have a sense of humor? Use it!
  2. Ask a man for help with something simple – get the bartenders attention, help you reach something, get directions, etc.
  3. Ask how his day or evening is going
  4. Share one compliment – That tie brings out your eyes; I love a man in a pink shirt; What a great watch!
  5. Comment on the weather if you’re outside – “What a beautiful day!”
  6. Talk about the music playing, “This band is on fire – what do you think?”
  7. Chime in about the sports game on TV in the bar
  8. Ask how he knows the host of the party
  9. Flirty moves will also work, so make sure you smile and have eye contact too!

Any of these simple, no brainer ice breakers will get the conversation started and you engaging with quality men everywhere you go. Go for it with gusto and have fun out there!

For more conversation tips check out this post. And if you want more about understanding men, get y free book about His Mixed Signals are So Confusing!



If He Keeps Texting Me Does He Like Me? Understanding Men

You ask yourself, “If he keeps texting me does he like me?” Here’s the answer if you’re ready for the truth and want help with understanding men.

if he keeps texting me does he like meDoes His Texting Mean Anything?

“Dear Dating Coach Ronnie,

I met this guy online two months ago. The 1st month we texted and talked on the phone all day everyday! He was very flirty, started conversations and called me. He always said, “if I was there in person….” After a few weeks I suggested we meet in person. He said he liked that idea, but we live  7 hours apart. So we have not met yet.

After a month his texts began to border on sexual and I flirted back. Next thing his texts went over the edge for a  week. Then he became distant and 4 or 5 days would go by without hearing from him. So I’d text him.

At this point, I was very clear that I wasn’t into sexting and said we couldn’t continue this way. He said he respected that and was feeling the same way which is why he became distant. He apologized to me.

After a week of strained conversation I again suggested we  meet in person. This time he said he wasn’t sure if he wanted to. He was still interested in talking/getting to know me but wanted a clean friendship and then to see where things might lead later.

Since then we continued to text daily, but he was no longer flirty even in a clean way. During the 1st month we would text all day long and he’d call me as soon as he got off work. Some times we’d stay up talking til midnight.

Now He never initiates the conversations.  He usually responds to messages I send him quickly. i have attempted to talk on the phone but he always busy.  I have asked him several times if anything is wrong and he says we’re good.

I’m so confused. I feel like an after thought and he’s not pursuing me at all. When I ask him if he’s still interested he says yes I want to get to know you. But his day to day actions say otherwise.

I really like this guy a lot. If he keeps texting me, does he like me? Do I need to just be patient and give him time to figure out what he wants … or should I close the door and move on?

Please help!
Missing Him”

Dear Missing,

Wow there is a lot to talk about here!

First this guy was hot and heavy and you texted and talked all the time. He didn’t agree to meet because you live too far apart but shifted into sexting. You put a stop to that and asked to meet again. He said no and became distant. There are many clues about what he wants which I’ll point below.

Clue #1 – He Didn’t Agree to Meet

When it comes to understanding men, this guy took his time showing his true nature. When you asked to meet him and he didn’t jump at the chance. That let’s you know he’s not serious no matter how much time he texts or talks on the phone. He wanted a virtual relationship – a fantasy, not anything real.

Think about it this way – if he were as into you as you were into him, why wouldn’t he want to meet? Men who do this are often married, in a relationship or aren’t capable of a relationship, so they text or talk on the phone instead.

Clue #2 – He Started Sexting

This is what he was really after – sexual fantasy. But you balked and told him no way. Good for you! Boundaries are essential in dating so you did the right thing. Next time, you can get there even faster rather than waiting till a man goes over edge. Feel free to cut it off just at the start.

Clue #3 – He Withdrew and Stopped Initiating

After you set up the no sexting rule, he withdrew and days went by with no communication. In addition, while he does respond to your texts, he no longer initiates at all. That’s your clue things are over.

Here’s what you want to get clear about – he wanted to sext with you and once you put the kibosh on that, he was done. Now he’s too busy to even talk on the phone!

Clue #4 – He Wants to Get to Know You But Not Meet You

I encourage you to question a man’s integrity when he says something like this, “I want to get to know you and text but not meet you”. How does that make any sense?

The only point of getting to know a man (with long-term relationship and love in mind) is to date him and see if he has potential for a long-term relationship. So, don’t fall for this kind of nonsense. No dates means he doesn’t want a relationship. No excuses work here.

What the heck is a clean friendship? Did you want to be his friend? That’s ridiculous.

Why Do Men String Women Along With Texting?

Let’s face it, you were both having fun! All that communication provided fertile ground for fantasy. Sexting is perfect for creating fantasy. A lot of men doing this are married, living with a woman or in a relationship. They do this thinking they aren’t “really” cheating. I disagree with that concept.

When You Ask Directly, Men Will Not Tell You It’s Over

Even though this guy was up to no good in terms of offering you long-term love, he still doesn’t want to be the bad guy. Instead, he withdrew hoping you’d move on. Men don’t come out and tell a woman go away even when you ask directly, “Are you still interested?” He didn’t want to hurt your feelings – he just wanted you for his fantasy. Of course that’s confusing, but it’s the truth.

He’s Also Your Fantasy

You say that you really like him, but you can’t know him without meeting him face-to-face and spending time together. You haven’t caught on to who he really is. He’s not at all interested in an actual relationship with you. Otherwise he would have made an effort to meet you.

This guy gave you a lame excuse about distance. Here’s the clincher –  chances are a million to one that any long-distance guy is serious about meeting you. Unfortunately your desire for romance took over here and you got swept up in the fantasy.

A man who is genuinely interested does what it takes to win you over. They aren’t too busy or too far away. This is why I advise my clients and readers not to bother with long-distance men. Hit delete! There are a lot of out-of-state men who will try g BECAUSE it’s long distance which is perfect for excuses and fantasy. They have no intention of ever meeting you.

If He Keeps Texting Me Does He Like Me?

Many women fall into texting and create a connection, allowing feelings to grow. But his texting, emailing and calling mean absolutely nothing without face-to-face, live dates.

Experts call this “The Texting Trap” because it’s such a common mistake. Here are two posts about how texting means nothing and when to stop texting a man.

Your Next Step

You asked if you should be more patient? No way! A man like this deserves no additional patience. He wants to fantasize and waste your time.

The very best thing you can do if you want a serious relationship is to stop texting this guy immediately and block him. He is nothing but a distraction for your goal of true love.

The next time you find yourself asking, “If he keeps texting me does he like me?” that’s your signal you’ve been texting for too long and it’s time to move on.

If you are serious about finding love, meet new men who are local. Don’t text with any of them for more than seven days. If you go on a date, then you can text a bit more. However, if there’s no second date within seven more days, stop texting again. Pull back and let the man pursue you. If he doesn’t, then you know he’s not the man for you.

Remember, men need to earn the right to take up your time. Texting for fantasy takes up a tremendous amount of time and emotional band width that will keep you from finding true love.


If you want more insights into understanding men and how to spot the guys who will waste your time, check out my Amazon Bestseller Is He The One? It’s packed with tips to spot Mr. Wrong super fast and only $3.99 US for the Kindle edition (also available as an audio book).

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Why Do Men Pull Away and What Can I Do?

You want to know why do men pull away? Get empowering insights about understanding men, why he disappeared and what you can do in this Q&A post.

Why Do Men Pull AwayWhy Men Pull Away After Getting Close

“Dear Dating Coach Ronnie,

A man whom I’ve known for 25 years helped me with a work project and I fell for him. We went to lunch and had coffee many times over the past few months (he always paid). Went to a movie and also had dinner a few times.

He told me he liked me and I said the same about him. I see how he looks at me with desire. He even told me I have this sexiness about me! But now he says he’s been alone for too long to get involved again. Then in the next breath he asks me out to see a movie.

Right now he seems to be a ghost in terms of spending time together. So how come, if he sees me, he always stops to chat? What the heck is going on?

We have so much in common and he agrees with that. There is this chemistry we have when we see each other but maybe it’s just not enough. I’m so attracted to him and when we see each other it’s not like we stand 10 feet apart.

I guess it’s not the right timing for him, but I can’t stop thinking about him. What can I do?

Thanks for your advice in advance,
Hi Casandra,

I feel your pain and I know how hard this is for you. So many women ask me, “Why do men pull away?” When a man sends mixed signals like this it’s terribly tormenting. But I’m going to be straight with you so you know the truth.

Why Do Men Pull Away? There Are Many Reasons!

  • He may have been hurt in the past and never recovered
  • He may have other priorities besides dating and love
  • He might not want the responsibility of a relationship
  • He might not be emotionally available due to childhood issues
  • He might realize he can’t give you what you want

Why men pull away when things get serious causes emotional distress for women all over the world. There are countless reasons for why he disappeared or put distance between you. It’s a gigantic red flag because it points to his inner conflicts that are keeping him single. And he is the only one who can resolve them.

Nothing you do can shift his inner conflict for him.


In this case, there is another problem getting in the way of you connecting.

He Doesn’t Want a Relationship

When a man tells you he doesn’t want a relationship by saying something like, “It’s been too long,” there is absolutely nothing you can do. Any time a man says something to push you away, believe him. Take him for his word when he says:

  • “He’s not looking for a relationship”
  • “He doesn’t want to get serious”
  • “He doesn’t want a relationship but is happy to see what happen as he gets to know you.”

What all of these lines have in common is what MEN DO NOT WANT – which is a serious relationship. Even if he’s willing to get to know you to see where things go, that’s just a DISTRACTION from the first part of the sentence which was HE DOESN’T WANT A RELATIONSHIP.

See, a man has to want the same thing you want for things to work out. In other words, you both need to have the same agenda. Or at least he can’t be ruling out the relationship agenda.

THIS IS A MAJOR PIECE OF COMPATIBILITY that most WOMEN IGNORE. We do this because we think his obvious interest is enough. Unfortunately…

Attraction, attention and chemistry are NOT ENOUGH to build a lasting relationship.

A man has to WANT a RELATIONSHIP or not be opposed to getting seriously involved for things to work out in the long run. If his desire is not present, then all the flirting, butterflies, and interest will not shift into the romance you want or lasting love.

Should You Wait Hoping He’ll Come Around?

If you decide to hold out hope for this guy, here is what’s going to happen. First you won’t notice other men who are interested because you’ll be wrapped up with this guy. Your heart will not remain open to men who do want a relationship. So you’ll miss out on other prospects. And ultimately staying attached to this guy will keep you stuck in desire for him and …single too.

What Can You Do?

The best thing you can do is steer clear of him for long enough so you can detach. Let your feelings die down. Out-of-sight really can help a lot to get him out of your head and heart. The last thing you want to do is think you are a victim of your feelings and you cannot help it. This is a powerless stance and definitely, 100% NOT TRUE.

It might not be easy but you can let go and move. Especially if you want to find real, lasting love. Hankering after Mr. ItsBeenTooLong will make you miserable and keep you single. Don’t do it. Here are some empowering suggestions to help you let go:

  • Go on vacation
  • Visit a friend for a long weekend
  • Learn positive self talk like, “You deserve a relationship ready man”
  • Start interacting and flirting with other men
  • Start a new project or take a new class
  • Volunteer and do charity work
  • Post a profile online and meet new men

Once you manage to detach and the longing subsides, then you can be friends if you want. I don’t recommend this but with enough time it can be possible.

So Cassandra, that sums up my answer to why do men pull away, Most importantly, they are not relationship ready and the minute you figure this out about any man, the very best thing you can do is move on. There are plenty more fish in the sea and men who would be more compatible partners.

Wishing you love,

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Understanding Men: We Text and Talk, But Don’t Go on Dates

When it comes to understanding men, why you text and talk, but don’t go on dates,create a “no Excuses” policy. I explain everything in this post.

understanding men“Dear Dating Coach Ronnie,

I have been talking to a guy I met online for three months now. We Just met a week ago in person. He does call and text me all the time but we have never been out on a date. He hasn’t called me for 2 days now and has sent no text.Please tell me what to do. He made a statement to me on our last phone call saying, “You are very naive sometimes.” What is he telling me? Please help me with understanding men. I really like this man.

Frustrated in Florida”


Dear Frustrated,

I know you are confused because you are emotionally invested in this man. You have spent three months talking on the phone and texting with him, so you feel you have developed a deep connection. And from that place you have assumed that he must want what you want – a close, loving relationship.

The trouble is, YOU’RE NOT in a REAL RELATIONSHIP. You cannot be in a relationship with a man if you don’t go on dates. I know this is hard to hear or even think about, but IT’S THE SIMPLE TRUTH.

Perils of the Virtual Relationship

Instead, you have gotten pulled into in a virtual relationship with a man who took three months to finally meet you. (Why don’t you consider that a date?) My blog is filled with questions from hundreds of women with this same problem about understanding men. They have fallen for a man who won’t make time to see them.

3 Reasons Why You Don’t Go On Dates

1.He could be married or already in a relationship. He has time to talk to you and text, but he can’t SEE you on dates. That’s too risky for his current relationship. Probably after you asked him for weeks (or longer), he squeezed in a meeting with you. That doesn’t mean he wants a real relationship or that he loves you.

2. Maybe he wants everything on his terms. To talk and text when he feels like it. He doesn’t want to invest his time in getting together or creating a situation where you have bigger expectations. He doesn’t have time or money to spend going out to dinner or taking weekend trips. Or he’s not interested in physical contact.

3. Some men are emotionally manipulative and controlling. Occasionally a man gets pleasure from being adored and wanted by you, while he dangles love over your head. He enjoys watching a woman suffer as she falls in love, but can’t have him. This mean-spirited scenario is rare but does happen.

Texting and Talking Aren’t Signs of Love

It’s so easy to feel confused when you accept texting and talking on the phone as signs of his genuine interest and feelings for you. But this is not enough to indicate love. When it comes to understanding men in relationships, recognize that he may need your emotional support or want to boost his ego.

But texting and talking are a small part of a loving relationship. Spending time together is a bigger component which is missing from your scenario.

The Plain and Simple Truth about Understanding Men

If he wanted to date you and
build a genuine relationship,
he would find the time.
That’s what quality men do

No matter how busy or shy or whatever other excuse he may have, any man who wants love will do what it takes. This is fundamental to understanding men.

Sadly, you have opened your heart to a man who doesn’t want what you hope for – his love and commitment. So naturally you are confused. You wonder why he calls and texts if he doesn’t like you and want more? He likes you enough to do those things – but that is not enough for you.

I realize it’s hard to not know, but you may never know the reason. The fact is, it doesn’t even matter.

What DOES MATTER is that he is not willing to go on weekly dates and build a relationship face-to-face. This automatically disqualifies him as being the right man for you.

While you like parts of his personality that he shares via text and phone, HE DOESN’T WANT TO GO ON DATES and that is a huge part of who he is. Can you see that?

For this particular guy or any man, you can’t do anything to make him date you or want a relationship. Anyone who tells you differently is not being honest or realistic.

How to Qualify the Men You Date

What you can do is GET BETTER AT QUALIFYING THE MEN YOU DATE so you don’t get into this kind of virtual relationship again. This is for women who to date men with the goal of finding a lasting, committed relationship.

It takes a bit of self discipline, but if a man cannot meet you on a real date within 7 days, MOVE ON. I don’t care what his reasons are. He’s busy with work, he’s traveling for business or vacation, his kids are sick, his ex wife is taking him to court, he has to paint his house, etc.

These are all EXCUSES and a man’s way of letting you know that he’s not into you enough to make time to meet you. Or he’s not ready and available to date.

Establish a “No Excuses” Policy for Yourself

Don’t share this policy with men. Just stop texting and communicating with any man who can’t meet you within 7-10 days at the most. Don’t except a man’s excuses thinking you are being flexible. When it comes to decoding men and understanding how men think, it’s best to focus on what works for you instead. Excuses don’t work. Move on to men who are ready to meet you.

The next qualifying hurdle is that you want to date men who will go on dates at least once a week. Yes, there are occasions when someone has go out of town, but if a man is always out of town, that alone makes him unavailable due to his lifestyle.

The Bottom Line about Your Man

My best dating advice for understanding men is to realize this man is NOT into you. He’s told you he thinks you are naive because he knows the game he’s playing. The good news is NOW YOU DO TOO.

Don’t continue to play hoping things will change. HE WON’T CHANGE. Move on to find a better man who wants the loving relationship you want and demonstrates that by making time to see you.

Wishing you love,

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Understanding Men: I Want to See Him More Often

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Understanding Men – How Can I Get on his Calendar?

Here’s a tip about understanding men. If you want to see more of a guy who dates you occasionally, first think about what his sporadic dates tell you about him.

“Dear Ronnie The Dating Coach,

I’m a career focused 40 year old woman who has never married and has no kids. I’m dating a man who is 50 with the same deal. We were set up by family & friends. So far, we’ve had three great dates in 3 months. We  have not slept together yet. Work and travel have definitely gotten in our way. His life is his job, my life is career too, but not as extreme as it is for him.

Problem is, he does not call or email me when he travels which makes for long gaps between contact and dates. I want to get to know him better, to speak to him more and see him more often. How do I bring that up without seeming desperate and/or needy? We have not slept together. Please help! I need your advice!

Wanting More in Westover”

Dear Wanting More,

You like this man, want to get to know him better and hope this relationship goes deeper. So far you’ve seen him three times, but just once a month and he doesn’t contact you in between. What does that tell you about him?

Understanding Men – Learn to Read a Man’s Actions

If you take a step back and look at this objectively, not from what you want but from what is happening, you will get a clear picture. This is a man who is content seeing you infrequently and doesn’t desire contact in between. Ultimately, he enjoys your company, but he’s not craving more. He’s not curious about how you’re doing and he’s not trying to win you over.

The truth is he doesn’t want more from you. If he did, he would take action to talk to you and see you more. He’s perfectly happy with how things are. No expectations, no demands, no strings attached. He gets to come and go and you have no options to change this.

I know this is hard to hear but HE HAS TO WANT MORE and unfortunately, you can’t MAKE him want more. He is not looking for a relationship or he would step things up. He likes things just the way they are or he would do something to change that.

Can I Do Anything to Change the Pace?

The one thing you can do is encourage him. Next time you see him,  tell him how much you enjoy his company or sense of humor.  Say you feel relaxed and comfortable around him. Let him know you appreciate  the restaurant he chose or whatever place he took you too. Don’t over do it – a couple of compliments  will be enough if his has any chance of getting him to see you more frequently.

When it comes to understanding men, they choose women who make them feel good. When you tell him you like spending time with him and compliment his choices or sense of humor, he’ll feel appreciated which reflects well on you.

But the fact is this is a man who is 50, never married, and travels a lot for work. If that didn’t please him, he’d have changed it long ago. Truth is he’s probably happy alone. He could enjoy a woman’s company like yours from time to time, but not want anything serious.

I’ve done a lot of work on understanding men and one thing I know for sure: Regardless of how busy a man is, if he’s interested in you and wants to see you, he will FIND THE TIME. A man will move hell and high water (as the old saying goes) to be with a woman who captivates him.

My Advice for Understanding Men

So my advice is to move on and look for a man who has more time in his calendar for you and for love. This man is not likely to change his ways for you and you’ll do nothing but waste your precious time waiting for him to become the man you want.

Wishing you love,

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Can’t Find Love? Maybe You’re Too Clingy or Needy?

find loveCan’t find love and dating seems too hard? Try to avoid appearing clingy or needy – these are two big turnoffs for men! Learn how to curb these tendencies. You’ll find examples of these behaviors and how to turn things around in this post.

Signs You’re Too Clingy or Needy

You may not recognize the signs because this is about how you interact with men. Most men want a woman who is confident, self sufficient and has an enjoyable life as is. You are open to a man in your life and would like to find a good partner. Having a mate would add another dimension to your life, but you don’t NEED a man to survive.

On the other hand, if you act clingy or needy, you are telegraphing your insecurity the minute you get interested in a man. This can look differently for everyone. You may need a lot of attention and reassurance so you want your him to call and see you often, give you compliments or plan dates far in advance. And you’ll want this before it’s appropriate to even expect it.

Here’s how you know you are too clingy or needy during the first 1 – 4 dates:

1) You freak out if his interest cools after a coffee date or even a couple of dates

  • You wear out your girlfriends asking them about what your man said and did, going over every detail
  • You look for meaning and what might have gone right or wrong based on every little nuance
  • You spend more than 50% of any day obsessively thinking about the new guy

2)  You initiate contact to see what’s happening

  • You call him because you haven’t heard from him
  • You text him to say thank you after every date
  • You feel compelled to stay in touch regularly
  • You share life details on a daily basis

To a man, this behavior is invasive. You are invading his personal space without being invited. This is a red flag to men that you are high maintenance woman and demanding. That’s not something you want him to think about you.

   3) You share your feelings too quickly

  • You can’t hold back and tell him that you like him soon after meeting
  • You express anger that he didn’t call or follow through on a promise
  • You give him too many compliments or do nice things beyond normal
  • You want to know how he feels about the relationship

Most men aren’t big on sharing feelings even in a long-term relationship, so early on in dating this freaks guys out and makes them bolt.

   4) You drop plans when he asks you out

  • Plans with others are expendable
  • You cancel on your girlfriends whenever he calls

  5) You try to take the lead because he’s not stepping up

  • You call to ask him out since you haven’t heard from him
  • You say you hope to see him again to close the deal at the end of the date which is a man’s job
  • You buy tickets to an event so you can ask him out
  • You go someplace you know he’ll be to “bump” into him “accidentally”

Why Clingy and Needy Women Can’t Find Love

You may think that dating has changed and things are different. Sadly, nothing could be further from the truth. Men are biologically still hunters. That means the chase is still a part of courtship, harkening back to when men were hunters. Easy prey offers little excitement because there is is no thrill of the hunt and no conquest. If you think this is ridiculous, chauvinistic and archaic, you are very wrong. (OK, maybe it is chauvinistic, but it is what it is.)

So, when you demonstrate that you are clingy or needy, a man gets turned off quickly. His deep need to “win you over” is negated when that challenge is removed from the process. That’s one of the biggest reasons men pull away or disappear.

Use the Ballroom Dancing Analogy to Find Love

Think of dating like Ballroom Dancing. He steps forward and you follow his lead. You take a step forward and he backs away. Get it? This simple analogy can save you from taking the wrong action. If you ever have a question about what to do next, just ask yourself, “How would I handle this in ballroom dancing?” The answer is always to FOLLOW HIS LEAD so you can be a great dance partner. Follow this idea to find love.

Clingy/needy women don’t wait to see what a man will do or follow his lead. They have no patience, don’t understand how dating works and can’t hold off to see what will happen. They jump to get the ball rolling or start to question him about his intentions before he’s even decided how much he wants to date you. To a man, this behavior is highly unappealing and intolerable.

Most Women Get to “Relationship” First

It’s natural that women see relationship potential before most men do. This is just the way things are. Men require more time to know they want a relationship with you. Which is why a woman MUST HAVE PATIENCE. No one likes to be rushed, especially men about relationships.

Building confidence and self assurance are essential to find love. It will take time before you get a clear message from a new guy. Until he feels certain you are the one, he will keep his feelings to himself. His actions however, give you a peak under the tent about his intentions. Consistent calls/emails and frequent dates over six to eight weeks demonstrate where he could be headed which is into a relationship with you.

To find love, be patient and give a man the space to decide for himself how much he wants to be with you. Avoid anything that even remotely resembles clinginess or neediness. To appeal most to men, boost your confidence and self assuredness – two qualities that are highly attractive and desirable about single women of any age.




Understanding Men: Suddenly He’s Too Busy to See Me?

Need help understanding men? This post answers a question from a reader about men and explains what is happening when a guy tells you, “I’m so busy.”

understanding men“Dear Dating Coach Ronnie,

I need your help. We’ve been dating for almost a month. He’s been attentive, making dates, really into me and then suddenly –a week before Valentine’s Day– he didn’t make time to see me. At the end of every date or time together he has followed up quickly… and now nothing. No texts for 3 days.

So I sent him a text advising him of my first day off in 4 weeks. He quizzed me about the day asking when I’m free and what work I’m doing now. Then nothing until LATE last night, he sent a weird message about how he’s been so busy and “did you have a fantastic day?” What is that about? I’m so OVER this dating bullsh*t.

I really like this guy and i thought he really liked me, you know? But not talking to me at all for 3 days and then quizzing me instead of having a heart-felt conversation (like we’ve had numerous times up until now) doesn’t cut it.

I’m sure Valentine’s Day is playing a part in freaking him out. I don’t care too much about Valentine’s Day – I just enjoy spending time together. I feel he’s losing interest in me. I want to ignore him right now because I’m so angry. 🙁 I don’t know what to do. Please give me some of your dating advice.

No Texts in Texas”


Dear No Texts,

I’m sorry this is happening to you. It’s so hard when dating seems to be going well and then BOOM, it fizzles out. And you have no idea what went wrong. Of course this is certainly not uncommon – pretty much standard dating nonsense.

Is he freaked out by Valentine’s Day? Maybe. But if he were as into you as he was acting, why would he risk turning you off?  I’m going to guess something else is going on. When a man tells you he’s been so busy, that’s the biggest RED FLAG. He was so into and now he’s suddenly busy? I don’t think so.

I hate to break this to you, but “I’m so busy” is ManSpeak or code to cover a bunch of circumstances. Let me help you with understanding men and explain what those words could mean:

  • I’m not that into you any more
  • I met someone else
  • I don’t have time for you
  • Dating is not my priority right now
  • I’m done, but want to keep you hanging

He could also be pulling away like so many men do when things are going well and it occurs to them that a relationship is starting. That’s another reason why a guy might scamper off and become too busy. They do get scared about commitment and getting caught up in something. Usually this is the sign of an ambivalent man – one who isn’t sure what he wants.

There is no denying that dating is a process. It takes time to observe a man’s behavior in a variety of situations. You are watching for consistency in a man’s actions. This guy started out doing all the right things, but now he’s doing a disappearing act. I realize this kind of thing can take a toll on your heart.

I lived through this myself and it was tough no doubt. But I came up with a way to handle the disappointment and actually guard against it. When I was dating over 40 to find love, I noticed a lot of guys showed up gung ho, then evaporated. I also got sick of this quickly.

Date More Than One Man at a Time

For me, the solution was to date several men at the same time. Any man who pursued me and fit within my idea of a potential mate – I went out with him. This way, if a man was only around for one, two or three dates, I had other contenders in line.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with this. It’s not sleazy – it’s very smart dating strategy!  Especially for online dating – just expect men to be seeing other women until they tell you they want to be exclusive with you. Then you won’t be shocked when you find out you are not the only one.

Understanding Men – Realize Dating is a Glorified Sorting Process

The idea is to realize that dating is not the same as being in a relationship. From the first 4 – 8 dates, you are still in dating mode. Until you know you have a standing date on Saturday night (depending on schedules), you are NOT in a relationship.

Relationships take time to develop. Everything else is just dating where there is no commitment. The purpose of dating is to spend time with someone to evaluate his/her potential as a mate and decide if you want to invest more time getting to know each other.

So, it’s time to let go and  move on. Brush yourself off and start again. It’s not easy, but this is the only way you will find love. And believe me, if you persevere, YOU WILL FIND LOVE. I know because against all kinds of odds, I found an adorable man and we’ve been married now for nearly 15 years. I had no prospects when I started dating at 40, but found 30 guys to date in just 15 months.

Dating is a journey of self discovery. You are learning about yourself – what works and what doesn’t and how to react to keep yourself open to meeting more men. That’s the biggest secret of successful dating – don’t stop until you find the right one.

Wishing you love,

dating coach, understanding men, true love



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Understanding Men – STOP Waiting For Him To Call

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Understanding Men – Should I Call Him?

Do you find yourself waiting for the phone to ring? Waiting for him to call? Let me help you with understanding men and what you can do about it.

There is a lot of dating advice for women on this topic because it’s a tough issue that all single gals have to face. After a great first date and a strong connection, excitement builds. This is especially true at the end of your date, when he asks you for another.

He says he’ll call to set the next date up. So you wait … and wait. The stress builds and for some women turns to anxiety. But he doesn’t call and you feel more than disappointed – you feel devastated! How could he do that to you?

What’s a woman supposed to do? You may feel confused, rejected, or sink into despair. How could he not call when you had such a good time? You could tell he did, too. So, what’s the problem?

Understanding Men – Should I Call Him?

You might think calling him is the answer. Why not right? After all you’re both adults. This is a new era in dating. It’s easy to convince yourself that this is by far the quickest route to ending the tension and waiting.

But as a dating coach for women, I’m not a fan of calling men or initiating contact at the start of dating and here’s why.

  1. How Interested Is He?
    You want to know what a man will do without your prompting because that tells you how interested he truly is. If he can’t even make a call or ask you out, he’s not interested, no matter how great your first date seemed.
  2. You’ll Look Desperate
    When you pick up that phone and contact him, you risk looking desperate. Yes, even today many men will think that when they hear your voice on the other end of the phone. This is a fact when it comes to understanding men.
  3. You’ll Take Over Pursuit
    If you make that one call and it goes well, then you might be tempted to continue on this path. Every time he doesn’t call or ask you out again, you’ll be calling or texting to find out what’s happening and asking to see him again. Now you are chasing him and that never ends well. If you have to chase man, he definitely not that interested. But he may be curious enough to stick around and get lucky.

I know it’s not easy to deal with the angst of not knowing. It can drive you nuts wondering what is going on. Some women start to think he get sick or injured himself. Trust me, he’s perfectly fine but just not calling you.

Learn to Read Between the Lines

This might sound weird, but when a man doesn’t call you, he is still communicating loud and clear. He’s saying, “Sorry honey, I’m not that into you.” Once you catch on to the fact that this IS the message he is sending, now you’re on your way to understanding men.

The good news, you’ll stop waiting by the phone and free yourself up to move on to meet better men! Good men are out there. Don’t waste your Precious time waiting around for some guy to call. I don’t care who he is or how great a time you had or what a great catch he seems to be. He’s not the man for you or HE WOULD HAVE CALLED.

How Long Should You Wait for Him to Call

If you had a great with a man and you don’t hear from him in seven days, allow yourself to let go with grace. When a man is into you, he won’t wait a week. He’ll want to see you again and he’ll move heaven and earth to make that happen. Occasionally there are extenuating circumstances but that is a very rare thing. Don’t assume that applies to you because the odds are very strong he’s just not calling.

Why Did He Say He’d Call?

The hard truth is there are plenty of decent men out there who don’t want to hurt you, but don’t know what else to say. They feel saying, “I’ll call you” because they think this is what is expected. Many think not asking is too hard to get away with.

What Can You Do?

Be smart! Know that when a man says, “I’ll call you,” he most likely won’t. This way you won’t be waiting around or disappointed.  You can go about your business and meet other men. And if he does call, then that is a wonderful surprise!

If a man is genuinely interested, he’ll probably contact you with a few days and ask you out again for the following week. Now that’s a man with potential.


For more help with understanding men, schedule a Dating Discovery Session with me and check out my book Is He the One? and learn everything you need to know so you don’t get stuck wasting time.


Understanding Men: This Is NOT True Love

Understanding men is not always easy.

understanding menBut, in this particular case, it’s more about understanding what this woman’s motivation is for staying with such a crumb of a guy who has so little to offer.

“Dear Ronnie-
I have known this guy for 12+ years. We started becoming closer friends about 6 years ago, then started hanging out and getting closer two years ago. We have been on and off sleeping together and occasionally going out together these past two years.

We text each other nearly every day since day one. We both have had other relationship issues, family, job, and stress issues in our lives. Let’s just say he is rough around the edges as I am myself.

I dated someone else for about 7 months yet still talked to Him. He showed signs of jealousy. For some reason I just can’t shake him. Although he knew I was with someone else I was honest with him about things, I finally told him we couldn’t talk anymore. He thought it was disrespectful.

Tell that relationship blew up and I contacted Him again afterwards. We started being physical,yet I think he was trying to pursue his last girlfriend, who is an older woman, possibly sugar mama, not sure. However I feel like he cannot be single and faithful. I ignore him for a few days and it drives him crazy. He ignores me for a few days and it drives me crazy.

Basically I want to know if he is with this other woman, what is doing with me? I am trying to cut him off se.x.ually for a month and I can tell it’s driving him nuts. See, I don’t want to be the other woman. And he needs to get his life together before I would even be with him. He doesn’t have his own place or car or a job right now. I know that’s hard on a man.

I am doing fairly well for myself and he seems jealous, yet he says he’s proud of me. I just feel like a piece of meat to him yet he “says he cares for me”. Am I wasting my time? Even though he doesn’t say it, when I’m with him I feel like he loves me.

I go on with my normal life and haven’t turned down others for dates, but have not found one I’m attracted to as much as I am attracted to him. I’ve just always felt for some reason he was the One. But he’s so wrapped up in his life style. Do I cut him out of my life completely? Please help me.

Confused in California”


Dear Confused,

Sorry to tell you this but your situation is not true love. If anything I would say you are addicted to him and he may be addicted to you as well. How can you imagine he is “The One” when he has no car, no job and no life? He doesn’t ask you out. He sleeps with you, but pursues other women. Is that how you deserve or want to be treated? I hope you answered “No!” when you read this.

Let me help you with understanding men – these are not the behaviors of a man in love.

I’m not sure why he is still with you. That is not my concern. As a dating coach for women,  I only care about why you are still choosing him? Perhaps you are confusing love with intimacy – that does happen more often than you think. Ask yourself if this could be possible.

No man can compare with a man you are addicted to. What other explanation can you have for still sleeping with him besides self-destructive behavior? Holding on to your fantasy that he is “The One” will never allow you to find the man who really is right for you.

There is only one choice here if you desire a healthy, loving relationship. Stop this now. Cut him off. And cut yourself off from contacting him, thinking about him, sleeping with him and wishing for him to be the right a man for you. He is not.

After 2 years of this on again, off again routine, he shows no signs of becoming a genuine partner. He is not capable – as you said – his life is a mess. When it comes to understanding men, you can see he is troubled.

You are correct when you said you know how hard this lack of stability and success can be on a man’s ego. Perhaps being with many women gives his ego the boost he needs. The reason doesn’t really matter. The only thing that matters is this is anything but a healthy, happy, loving relationship.

Free up your heart. Do the healing you need. You may want to seek the help of a good counselor to figure out why you are so drawn to a man offering you so little. Shore up your own self esteem. Then when you are ready, go out to find the lasting, healthy love you deserve.

Wishing you love,

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Understanding Men: Learn How to Attract a Man


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understanding men, how to attract a manYou are not alone! Read on to discover how to attract a man when you are dating after 40 or dating over 50. These methods may surprise you.

1. Become Aware of the Men Around You

Do you notice men around you? Many of the women who come to me for dating coaching insist there are no single men where they live. They simply don’t SEE them. Okay single gals, it’s time to WAKE UP to all the men around you. Yes, MEN ARE EVERYWHERE even if you don’t notice them.

How can you build your awareness? Set an intention to notice men every morning. If you get very task focused, and realize it – remember part of your awareness today is set for seeing men. They pass by on he sidewalk, stand with you in the elevator, stand in line at the bank, etc.

2. Smile at the Men You See!

I know I say this all the time, but apparently I need to keep saying it. Most women just won’t smile at a man. You are worried that if you acknowledge that a man has spotted you (or you have spotted him) you’ll be starting something you can’t get out of. But that is NOT TRUE. A simple smile is so delightful, but it comes with no promise for anything more.

When you smile at men you can make their day! And, when he feels good and you see that transformation, you’ll feel good too. Your smile is basically nothing more than a bit of friendliness in a rather unfriendly world. Plus, it is a basic form of acknowledgement that most people today don’t get nearly enough of.

3. Shell Out a Few Compliments

When was the last time you gave a man a compliment? Come on now, admit it -it’s been years! If you enjoy a good compliment, how do you think a man will feel after you let him know you approve of something about him? He’ll be beaming And trust me, that WILL REFLECT WELL ON YOU.

Tell him that color looks good on him, notice his watch or his tie. It’s not very personal, but if you want to catch a man’s attention PRAISE WORKS WONDERS.

4. Quit Hiding the Hot Woman You Are

As Austin Powers would say, “Yeah Baby!” Quit throwing on anything old thing to run to the store or do errands. Think about your presentation because remember, men are everywhere. Since that’s true, put some thought into what you look like. This isn’t about plastic surgery or exercising with P90X. The idea is to make the most of who you already are. Do you do that on a regular basis? I doubt it.

Put on something that makes you feel FABULOUS. Chose colors that suit your skin tone and clothing that leverages your assets. If you don’t know what to wear,  ask a friend who has style or loves fashion. This is easy so no excuses.

5. Put Some Effort into Your Man Hunt!

Some how women have gotten sort of, well…lazy about looking for a romantic partner. I know that might offend some of you, but it’s completely true. I am amazed when I ask my clients, “What did you do this month to meet men and find love?”, how little they have to say for themselves.

Nothing in life is easy – haven’t you noticed that? So why should finding love be like a Disney movie? Love is magical, but you’ll need to make an effort, carve time out of your calendar and raise your romantic consciousness. Education is key because as a dating coach for women over 40 I’ve discovered most single gals know very little about how dating works today. Most don’t know much about understanding men either. That’s OK, just start learning what you can. Reading my blog is a great start.

To see where you stand, take the The Love Mindset Quiz. Answer the questions honestly, get your score, then follow the instructions and you’ll be on your way to meeting more men and finding love.


Understanding Men: I Want to Meet Him But We Only Talk or Text


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understanding men, texting him, dating coach, online datingAre you texting and talking to him, but wonder why you can’t seem to meet? This is such a common problem, many women have been in this frustrating situation. My dating advice below will help you clear up the mystery of why he’ll text or call, but not meet you in person.


“Dear Ronnie The Dating Coach for Women,

I met this man through an online site. We have been texting and talking on the phone since January 2014. At first, we planned on several meetings, but they were canceled (due to his work and mine). I feel comfortable talking with him and he always initiates the calls. I can tell he is a smart guy. We can talk for hours from one topic to another including sharing se.xual conversations. He even shares his fantasy of being with me.

When I am confused or upset, he supports me through calls or texts. I enjoy texting him. I really want to meet him, He says he wants to meet me too, but he also says he prefers knowing me bit by bit, talking for hours on the phone. One day, he says, we will meet up.

All in all, he is a nice person. But, I know that this will not be healthy in the long run. How should I tell him that this “fantasy” relationship between him and I should stop? I feel that ignoring his calls and texts are not the proper way, since we have good relation and respect on each other.

I kindly need your advice and input, Ronnie.. Thank you so much..

Hoping to Meet Him”


Dear Hoping,

You could use a little help with understanding men. I know you want to be nice, but bottom line, you are NOT in a relationship. Truth is, you share a fantasy and he is wasting your time. Don’t think for a moment your smart guy doesn’t know this. You stay because you hope to meet him someday. Why does he stay when he knows he’ll never meet you? How is this respectful or honest on his part?

One thing I know for sure, if you decide to talk to him about this, he will argue with you and tell you he has good intentions. He will promise to meet you soon. But that will just be more meaningless words to keep you in his game.

Think about it logically for a moment and put your heart aside. That’s the best way to start understanding men. Why would a man want to talk on the phone and text for more than six months and not meet you? Here are a few possibilities:

  • He’s married or in a relationship but doesn’t really want to physically “cheat”
  • He doesn’t want the responsibility of a true relationship
  • He prefers to avoid any strings of attachment or expectations on your part
  • He’s not really emotionally available beyond phone chats
  • He doesn’t look like his photo and knows you wouldn’t go for him if you saw him
  • He prefers a fantasy life vs. real life because he’s maladjusted in some way

I could go 0n, but I’m sure you get the idea right? There isn’t one legitimate or rational idea that comes to mind.

If this man wanted to date you, he would done so by now. Seriously, how much more is there to know? He is using you and taking advantage of your good nature for emotional support and fantasy s.ex.

My best dating advice for you is:

1) Think about yourself first, not him.

Think about how much time you have invested and wasted with this man. More than six months! Think about how you have given your heart away to a man who will not meet you. Think about how you are attached to a man you will never kiss or have dinner with. Acknowledge the manipulation! Then stop texting him and talking to him on the phone. You owe him nothing.

Not all men are like this, but understanding men who are like this will keep you from getting into another fantasy relationship again  Good men are definitely out there waiting to meet a woman like you.

2) Get back online to find real men to date.

Once you start dating others, you will soon forget about the man who dared to waste six months of your life or how you allowed that to happen. Once you go on live dates, you’ll see how limited this situation is and how you deserve so much more. You deserve a real relationship, face-to-face, holding hands, dancing together. You deserve to make love in person with a warm, caring, loving man who is relationship ready and not hiding behind technology.

Please let go and free yourself up to find a real love and a healthy relationship. This one is not only a dead end, but a terrible waste of your love and kindness.



Should I Text Him? 5 Reasons Why Texting Is a Dead End

Wondering if you should text him? Here’s the skinny on texting; the good, the bad and the ugly truth.

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Understand Men and Why They Text

If you are looking for love with online dating, you can easily find yourself in this situation. You want to get past emailing through the site with a guy who looks good “one paper”. So you suggest talking on the phone. Or maybe the guy suggests moving to the phone. You share your number and boom! he starts texting.

At first this is a lot of fun. The back and forth and excitement of not knowing what the next text will say or when he’ll send it. Some people are very clever with their texts. Some share deeply. Some men ply you with compliments and early morning and late evening check-ins. It can be very nice and lure you into feeling like this is going somewhere.

Too bad that’s just not true! Most texting is completely meaningless in terms of a real loving relationship. Worse than that, it is a waste of your time and can keep you hopelessly single, especially if you are in a texting relationship where you don’t get together for dates.

Many women will let a man get away with lame excuses for not going on dates because you keep hoping he’ll come around. After all, it seems he likes you. Why else would  he be texting you for so long, right? Let me share five reasons why texting is a big fat dead end.

1. Some men need emotional support.

Let’s say a man doesn’t have anyone to talk to, but knows he’s missing out on getting the emotional support he needs. Texting is perfect for this. He can share what’s going on with him without looking you in eye. He can build a virtual friendship without spending a dime on you. He knows women love to be helpful and get sucked in thinking these deep conversations are creating a loving bond.

Too bad he’ll never step up to the plate to take you out on a real date. Or if you have been on dates, they are few and far between. Don’t trade your emotional support, which is really a privilege, in the hopes that he’ll come around to love you. In this case all the soul-baring he does is meaningless in terms of ever having a real relationship.

2. Some men can only handle a relationship at a distance.

There are men who want to feel connected to a woman. They want to feel your love and adoration, but can only handle those emotions from a distance. Texting allows them to open up to you, but keep you at a distance. The texting keeps him in contact with you but it’s all hands off. You may ask to see him, but he can work around that.

These men can’t handle anything more and don’t have much to give which is why texting is so perfect. Sharing through typing is actually very limited when you think about it. Don’t fall for this poor excuse of a relationship. You deserve the whole shebang, not just typing out a few tender sentences several times a day.

3. Some men crave female attention (ego boost)

Yes it’s true. Some men have weak egos that need constant stroking. What better way to feel good about himself and the power he has over women then by texting a whole bevvy of beauties? There are men who are in texting relationships with many women at the same time. How hard is it to write something simple twice a day like, “Hi beautiful. Thinking about you this morning. Hope you have a great day.” Then he can follow up at night with something like, “Sweet dreams honey. Thinking about you makes me smile.”

Or the weekend check in which goes something like, “What have you got planned this weekend?” Forget about it though – he’s not asking because he hopes you can fit him into your schedule. He’s just acting interested to keep you on a string. When a man asks this, but doesn’t follow up by asking you out, this is highly manipulative.

4. Some men don’t want any commitment.

Not only does this guy want to avoid a relationship, he doesn’t want any expectations either. And what kind of expectations can you have for a man who doesn’t have time to see you? Not much which is why, once again, texting is ideal. He can fantasize about you and with you. Talk about life and enjoy your  continued interest and attention without giving you a single moment of his time face-to-face.

5. Some men want to cheat without cheating.

This guy wants to avoid feeling guilty about his need for variety. He’s in a relationship or married and feeling the need to roam.  He connects with single women who he knows are lonely and have a deep desire for male attention. He’ll act so very interested in everything about you.

You may even see him once so he can get you really hooked on him. Then a million things happen that keep the two of you apart. He knows that keeping things going makes you want to hang in there so you can see him again some day. But you most likely won’t. Why? Because he’s already in a relationship! He doesn’t want to actually cheat on his woman sexually, so instead he is texting with you. Or maybe se.xting with you. The truth is, he is still cheating even if there is no sex involved, since he’s cheating with you emotionally.

What All Texting  Relationships Have in Common

Over time, your feelings grow for the man you are texting. You think you are building a strong foundation for your relationship. You value his ability to open up and tell you intimate details about his life. You assign meaning to all of this texting, thinking he must really be into you.

Regardless of what is behind a man’s texting, it’s a DEAD END. He’ll never come around, never spend time with you and never have a real relationship with you. Yet, you are allowing him to take up space in your heart. You may feel fulfilled in some way that keeps you from seeking true love. You might feel satisfied or hopeful enough that you don’t bother looking for other men.

Don’t let this happen to you. If you are in a long-term texting relationship, from two weeks to a full year, dumb his sorry ass right now. If you are wondering, “should I text him?” stop right there. Call a girlfriend instead. Read a book. Watch a movie. Exercise or do yoga. Anything but text him one more time!

Stop thinking about what you are going to be losing. You are not losing love because you never had him. You only had the illusion. You have a virtual relationship and are up in your head.

True Love Involves Spending Time Together

A real relationship, one that enriches your life and adds value, is  face-to-face, live and in person. You go on dates. He makes time for you. You share experiences while getting to know each other. You kiss and touch and more. This is a loving relationship and there is no romantic substitute. Please don’t be fooled for another minute.

Texting certainly does not hold a candle to kissing the man of your dreams.

Understanding Men: How Can I Tell If He’s Relationship Ready?


Understanding men makes dating after 40 so much easier.

understanding men, dating after 40, dating over 50, dating coachAre you dating to find lasting love? If so, you may be struggling to figure out who is ready. One of my clients told me how she has dated several men who don’t reveal things about themselves that she wished she had known sooner. As her dating coach, when I heard this, I realized she needed a better screening method. Here’s what I came up with.

How to Tell If a Man Is Relationship Ready?

There are four different topics to discuss with your date. You want to ask these questions gently and only one at a time. Space them out over a few dates because men hate to be interrogated. That’s why you want to approach this from a conversational standpoint, rather than looking like you are trying to dig up dirt or complete your “boyfriend checklist”.

What’s really interesting is that most men, once you get them started, will tell you all about their life, how they live it and their philosophy. so don’t be afraid to bring up these subjects. To get better at understanding men, make sure you really pay attention to his answers. Most of all, BELIEVE what he tells you. So many dating problems stem from women not believing what a man says. Like when he says he’s not looking for a relationship – BELIEVE IT. He means with you too, not just other women.

1. Ask About His Family. Ask your date about his siblings, his parents and his relationships with both. You can start with, “Tell me about your family,” then move on to ask deeper questions once the conversation starts to flow.

It doesn’t really matter if his parents are still together or had the best marriage. What does matter is how he relates to his family. Do they have good interactions? Does he enjoy their company? Or are there strained or severed relationships and plenty of fighting? This can help you take the emotional “temperature” of his family.

2. Ask About His Friends. Who you spend time with is very telling about your values and views on life. Get him to talk about his friends, what they do together and what he likes about them. You can learn a great deal about a man from his closest friends.

Hopefully you’ll get to meet them some time between the 6th and 10th dates. That’s the timing in most cases. Meeting a man’s buddies will help you see discover what he values and how they treat each other and interact. Notice too how they treat wait staff and how they speak about the women in their lives. Last, but not least, are his friends in solid relationships. If most of his friends are single and on the prowl, that doesn’t bode well for the two of you.

3. Ask About His Job. Regardless of what your date’s job is, how well he handles the ever present ups and downs will give you a peak at how he may handle other life stress. If a man likes his job and is stable in his career, that gives him an edge over other guys. Of course  some of this can change with age as many people tend to become more stable. But not always.

Find out about his relationship with his boss and co-workers. How does he talk about situations that need to be resolved. Another important aspect of his job is if he is a planner. You can ask if he likes it enough to stay there or if he has plans to climbing the corporate ladder.

4. Ask Him If Marriage Is in His Plans. You may balk at this idea so you don’t have to ask if you are against it. But  I did this and learned a ton from a man’s response. I often asked on the very first “get-to-know-you” date. Here’s what I would say, “for me, I want to get married. Not today so don’t worry. So, I’m wondering if you want to marry at some point. I’m not talking about me. I just want to get an idea of marriage is part of your overall plan.”

Now you may not want to marry, for the first time or again if you have already been here done that. That’s totally up to you  of course. I know there are all kinds of relationships and marriage is less and less the objective today, even for women. However, if you are marriage minded, why not ask? You don’t have to ask on the first date like I did. You can ask on the second or third date too.

Keep in mind that while I listened to a man’s response, I paid more attention to his body language and what he DIDN’T say. For example, if he looked away when he spoke, probably not a marriage guy. If he said something about how he hasn’t ruled it out, probably not a top priority. A man who is truly marriage minded will not have a hard time answering this question.

Understanding Men: One Caveat

I must admit, I didn’t ask my husband this question about marriage when I met him. We had such a good conversation I never got to it.  I’m not completely sure what he would have said, but , I would guess he would have said he didn’t know or think much about it.

None of these questions are 100%, but you can certainly get an idea if a man is stable, has quality friends and healthy relationships with his family. The information you gather will help you with understanding men and can be very good indicators of a man’s maturity and his relationship readiness.

Understanding Men: Let a Man Lead to Clear Up Dating Confusion

Here is the #1 thing you can do for understanding men and getting them invested in dating you.

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Dating is like Ballroom Dancing

Right now I have an awesome single guy as a client. In his early 50’s, Rick has shared with me the ups and downs of his romantic life. He felt ready to date again, but wanted to avoid some of the painful mistakes he has made in past relationships. I have been very excited to guide him on this journey as he is a great catch.

On his very first date after starting with me as his dating coach, he was a bit nervous and as a result, Rick let the woman lead the conversation. She went down the unfortunate road of discussing past relationships and he followed her there. Then Rick noticed the energy between them diminished immediately following this conversation.

They talked about getting together again and his date said she’d let him know what was good. He told me he left the ball in her court. (I thought, oh no!)

Who Should Lead on the 1st Few Dates?

Talking about past relationships on a first date aside which is not advised, let’s talk about who should lead on the first 4-8 dates. I explained to Rick about my “Ballroom Dancing Theory of Dating” In ballroom dancing, there is only one leader – the man, and one follower – the woman. This strategy works best for the first 4-8 dates, (8 is better) depending on the couple, for so many reasons.

When you let a man lead, you can observe what he will do to win you over without your prompts. This is essential to judge his interest level. Does he take three weeks for a second date and more than a week between calls? Or does he ask you for a second date within three days? Obviously the quicker he gets in touch with you and asks you out, the greater interest he is showing. In this case, texting does NOT count.

But, as the woman, if you can’t handle waiting or think it’s unnecessary to let him lead, you might make the mistake of calling and asking when you can see him again. “Are you busy this weekend?” might slip out of your anxious lips. This is not a good dating strategy.

You Can’t Take the DNA Out of Dating

Now that women and men have achieved greater equality in the work place, women often think its perfectly fine to chase men. They want to be direct and say what is on their minds, ask a guy out, call him if they want to talk. Unfortunately dating has not caught up with business. Dating is still an archaic mating ritual based in biology. And you can’t take the DNA out of dating.

What does that mean about DNA? See a man has hunter instincts coded into his DNA. The hunter wants to win. He enjoys setting his sights on a woman and then doing what it takes to win her over. Dating you needs to be his idea. Once you are into relationship (after 8 dates approximately) then the chase is mostly over and the dance balances out. But as the woman, if you don’t wait, you can lose big time.

Men Don’t Like to Be Chased or Pursued

Instinctively, most men (at least men over 40) know this is their role in dating. So when you step in, it’s often a turn off. There is no resistance, no wondering if you like him or not and no striving to win you over. When you call him or ask him out early on, you take all the guess work, sexual tension and mystery out of the situation and a man loses interest.

What Makes Him Get Interested in You?

Letting the man do the work to see you gets him invested in winning you over! Making yourself too available by initiating contact or asking him out ruins the magic and eliminates the mystery. Instead of appearing independent and confident, usually you end up looking aggressive, needy or desperate! These are not traits men seek in a woman.

That’s why my steadfast dating advice is:



I hope you are catching on to why calling a man, asking him out and being direct with him are all bad initial dating strategies.  To make this even more clear, I want to share Rick’s email with me after I talked about the “Ballroom Dancing Theory of Dating” with him.

Rick understood that leaving the “ball in her court” was far too passive. This was how he  tried to ward off rejection so he could say it was up to her rather than potentially hearing her say, “No” to his next invitation.

“Hi Ronnie,

I’ve been thinking a lot about the Ballroom Dance Analogy and wow, that’s really powerful.

Here was my experience when I took Ballroom Dance lessons: At first, I was really nervous and awkward and didn’t know what to do, but gradually, I became more confident at it and knew what I was doing. As my confidence grew and I had more lessons, my instructor taught me that my job as the man was:

1) To Lead – never, ever let the woman take the lead. Never. Ever. Period. This was drilled into me.

2) Always make the woman feel that she is the center of attention and the most beautiful, graceful being on the planet.

3) Have a plan on the dance floor and know where you’re going – the woman usually can’t see where we are going because she’s facing backwards. It’s the man’s job to keep a woman out of trouble and on the right path in dancing.

4) Past mistakes are in the past and you can’t do anything about them. If you don’t focus on the here and now and the immediate future, you will make more mistakes.

When I learned and put these concepts into place, my dance card was always full and I never sat down at a dance party. In fact, the Dance Studio I went to stopped charging me for coming to the dances because they wanted me to keep coming.

So now, I’ll compare this with dating.  I am a past dance master just getting back into dancing, but I’m talking about and thinking about all my past dance partners and the fun dances we had, instead of putting these four concepts into place. I’m not leading or making the woman feel special, I don’t have a well defined plan, and I’m not letting go of my mistakes.

If I don’t get this under control, I’ll be sitting down for most of the dances (figuratively speaking) and ruin my dating chances to find a new partner. I know what to do and how to do it. Time to get off my duff and start leading again!”

You can only imagine how excited I was when I got this email from Rick! He had forgotten what his role was in dating and dancing. Rick must step up to be the leader and if he wants to find the right woman, he better take charge.

When you meet a guy who is too nice, usually he has forgotten he is the leader. And guess what, you find him unattractive!

Promise Me You Will Not Take the Lead

Sit back and follow the man’s lead. If he calls, call him back. When you have fun, tell him at the end of the date! But do not call him, ask when you can see him again, ask if he’s busy this weekend, or ask him out for eight dates in a row.

Give yourself the chance to see how much a man is genuinely interested in you and what he will do  on his own to win you over. This is the best process for the start of dating and for understanding men. Let him do the work and allow the sexual tension to grow so he gets invested in starting a lasting, loving relationship with you.

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Understanding Men: Was I Too Forward with Him?

When it comes to understanding men, do you sabotage your new relationships by pursing him?

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“Hi Ronnie, The Dating Coach for Women Over 40

I met a guy a few months ago on a boat (we are both sailors), and we’ve been texting just about every day since. We live a long distance from each other. After about a month of talking he made the drive to see me, even though he only had a few days to spare, and we had a great time. Last week I flew up to see him for the weekend and again we had a great time.

But, now I worry that maybe I was being a little too forward by flying up spontaneously to see him. We’ve talked a bit since, but the texts are getting less flirty/engaged. He’s home right now moving into a new place. Should I back away? Did I make myself too available? Or is he just comfortable now and doesn’t feel he has to ‘try’ anymore. I’ve been hurt a lot the past couple years, so I’m just trying to prevent it from happening again. Tough being a (female) sailor…

Thanks for your insights and help,
Sailor Gal”


Hey Sailor Gal,

You flew up spontaneously without giving him warning and spent the weekend? If that is correct, then that was a major dating boo boo. For the first 4-8 dates, you need to let the man lead. That means you don’t do any initiating. You let him contact you and ask you out. Naturally, you can respond when he contacts you and you should.

Men still have the  hunter instinct because it’s coded into their DNA.  The hunter instinct behavior shows up in his career, how he plays and watches sports and chooses a woman. Men want to pursue you. This is called the “chase” which is still alive and well and part of how dating works. Men love the chase because it appeals to their need to  WIN. He wants to win you over to make you his. But he can’t win if you do all the work for him. That eliminates the hunt, the challenge, the tension and your desirability plummet.

It’s pure human nature to desire what we have to work for. And this definitely applies to dating. That’s what makes meeting a new date so exciting and exhilarating! The vast majority of men do not want to be chased by a woman. It makes most men feel uncomfortable because this is his job.

I can’t say if you chased him away or if the outcome would have been the same – one or two great weekends. But for the future, don’t spontaneously visit a guy. Don’t ask him out at all because:

  • You may have given him the impression you liked him more than he liked you.
  • You might have made yourself too available.
  • You might have seemed too forward.

Who knows? However, none of these impressions are good for you or your potential new relationship. You’ve got to let him be in charge until you know you see consistency in his pursuit of you over some amount of time. This can take a month of two, sometimes even three At that point, the power balances out and you can start to initiate too.

In most cases, 99% of the time, if a man wants to see you , he will find a way.

Your only choice now is to back off and let him come to you. If he doesn’t come back, he’s not the right guy because the right man knows you are the woman for him and wants to get to know you better so he can try to win you over and make you his.

Wishing you love,

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Dating a Divorced Man and What You Need to Know

understanding men, dating coach, finding loveUnderstanding Men Can Be Challenging. So Can Dating a Divorced Man.

Having a hard time understanding men? You are not alone. In this post I’m going to explain what I call, “Newly Divorced Man Syndrome – I hope you haven’t run into this but if you have, this will help you figure out what happened.

“Hi Ronnie, The Dating Coach for Women Over 40

I met this guy online from a dating site. He took the initiative and we started chatting/texting immediately. I feel like we connected and have the same beliefs and common interests. We both right off the bat explained to each other our likes and dislikes and had mutual feelings..

We became close. After a week of talking he begged me everyday to meet him but because our work schedules clash and the distance, we had a hard time planning a date. He is recently divorced has children every other weekend. We FaceTimed just to get to know each other a little better before we met up and afterwards he asked me if I was still interested? I said yes and so did he.

The next day he asked if I wanted to come meet him when he got home from work. He did have the kids, but they would be asleep by the time I got there. So I did go ahead and meet him. We had a great time and watched a movie. He was very caring made sure I got there OK made sure I was comfortable while I was there. We hit it off and we did fool around.

We both felt that connection really strongly. He held me all night basically treated me as a girlfriend. Before I even met him he would include me in all his future ideas and speak to me as if he was already going to date me.. He told me he already liked me. But if for some reason after a few dates if we didn’t hit it off or feel the same about each other, he would still remain friends with me. This was before we met.

The next day after meeting I didn’t hear from him which I didn’t expect too because he had the kids and it was Father’s Day. I sent him a nice message for Father’s Day and he thanked me and told me he was sorry for not texting. He was getting the kids ready and has a full day ahead of him but told me to have a great day. I asked him if he was still interested and he said yes are u?

I didn’t hear back from him so I sent him another message asking how his day was. He said it was all good until he went to drop off his kids and their mother showed up late and with her boyfriend.. I said I’m sorry 🙁 and he replied with how he wasn’t happy. He said he would never take her back because he lost of trust in her and that she made her bed and can lie in It. I told him if he ever needed to vent I would be here for him and he replied with thank you. than he stayed quiet and I asked him if he was OK? He hasn’t talked to me since, but I’ve seen him post a few things on Facebook.

What are your thoughts Ronnie? He seemed so into me. Please help me with understanding men and dating a divorced man.

Missing the Connection in Michigan”


Dear Missing,

I’m sorry to be the one to tell you this, but it sounds like you fell into the “newly divorced man trap.” Of course dating a divorced men is not always like this. But this guy sure fits the pattern. Here are some of the clues that indicate you fell into trap to help you with understanding men:

1. Opening Up – Texting, emailing, talking on the phone, and sharing deeply before you meet sadly mean nothing. This “open communication” when dating a divorced man (or single) creates an emotional connection so you let your guard down and start to trust the the guy. It’s a strategy that works all the time with countless unsuspecting women.

Deep sharing before meeting is a trap itself. Think of this like a spider in a web – “Come closer,” the spider says, ” I won’t hurt you, I can really open up and share my feelings with you and we’ll be friends no matter what.”

2. Movie Watching – When a man you haven’t met in person yet (or any time early on in dating)  asks you to come over and watch a movie, this is “ManSpeake” for “let’s get naked.” You’re better off meeting in public places until he pursues you consistently enough that you feel his intentions are to keep seeing you. This is a safeguard to help avoid the men who just want to get you into bed.

3. No Follow Up – After sleeping with this type of newly divorce guy, his communication and interest slows or disappears. “Have a great day” is not a personal comment for someone you are really connected to. Plus, you had to initiate contact by texting several times to hear from him. He clearly fails here on Mr. Right potential. For help with understanding men, if they slow down with contact or date requests or disappear, that’s your sign he’s not the one.

4. No Commitment – Recently divorced men aren’t known for wanting commitment, but ARE known for wanting sex with a variety of partners. Conquest and getting a woman to trust them to sleep together is often the focus and somehow they are very skilled at it. They KNOW what a woman needs to hear to gain that trust. Then they take advantage of your vulnerability. Not all divorced men are like this – but many fit the pattern.

5. Complains about the Ex – When a divorced man complains about his ex a lot upfront, that means he’s not over her. He’s not ready for a relationship. Walk away! There’s nothing more to understanding men who do this.

Promise me you’ll NEVER offer to nurse a man back to emotional health over his ex or let him vent to you about her. You will feel your connection getting stronger as he leans on your for healing. But, you will be his TRANSITION woman and the minute he feels better, he’ll move on. It happens all the time.

Compassionate women exchange emotional support hoping of love. This will not serve you. Next time you meet a divorced man who talks about his ex frequently, move on immediately to find a better man who is ready and available for love and a relationship.

The Truth about Dating A Divorced Man

So that’s the unfortunate truth about the “Newly Divorced Man Trap” and dating divorced men. I know firsthand all about this because it happened to me too. But, now that you know, you won’t fall for that trap again! Keep meeting new men because GOOD men are out there I promise.

Wishing you love,

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7 Crushing Mistakes That Left Her Heartbroken


If you’ve been heartbroken, sometimes there is nothing you could have done differently that would change the outcome.

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Occasionally, women do make dating mistakes that push a guy away. Discover my advice on handling this disastrous dating situation.


“Dear Ronnie The Dating Coach for Women Over 40,

I’ve had a crush on his guy for 4 months and few weeks ago he finally ask me out. He wined and dined me. Even went early to go pick up the movie tickets. The next day he texted me saying he forget to give me something and asked to drop by to give it to me. It was a pink rose. We ended up go get take out and came back for movie marathon at my place. He stayed the night.

I can for sure tell he was heading towards relationship with me. He was even willing to take one day off to go to New York with me for my photo shoot. We text and talk during the week. The downhill came when I was going out of town the following weekend.  I asked him if he’d like to see me before I leave. Initially we planned lunch but it didn’t work out. That night he was suppose to watch a game with his cousin, but instead he invited me to watch it with him instead. And I ended up stay over night again. We were up all night and by the time we looked at the clock, he had to go to work.

I asked, “Where is this going?” He said,“I can’t think right now. I didn’t sleep all night and now I have to go to work.” Later  he called me to say he is not looking for relationship because of his family problems and financial issue.

Saturday, he texted me, then  called when I didn’t respond, but I missed his call. Then Sunday morning I did the most out of character thing I ever did. I called him up at 8 am and said told him he seemed was different. I asked why none of my Prince Charmings are looking for a relationship.

Then Monday came around and I felt bad so I called him. He took time to clear things up with me. I apologized, explaining that I feel like I get played a lot. He said he had no intention of playing me, he just enjoyed my company, but he is not emotionally stable. We haven’t talked since.

So now my question is should I move on? Will he come back around ? Was that talk a goodbye? I really like this guy a lot. I like him the first movement I saw him and now I feel heartbroken. Please help me. I am feeling powerless which I haven’t had that feeling for long time. Usually I bounce back right away.

Thank you!
Powerless Gal”


Dear Powerless,

I know this might be hard to hear, but several things went wrong here that lead to feeling heartbroken:

  1. The whole “stopping by with a gift” thing was a play to get you into bed – it worked.
  2. Just because a man shows amazing interest doesn’t mean he wants to get into a relationship. But he may want to get into your pants.
  3. It’s best to hold off on s.e.x, not because it’s wrong, but to guard your heart from hurt should the guy disappear.
  4. It’s also works best to let men lead. So asking him if you can get to get together before you went away wasn’t letting him lead. It would have been better to let him miss you and then want to see you. Instead, you pursued him by asking to see him. For the first 4-8 dates, let the man initiate so you can learn how much he wants to see you. If you ask, you’ll never know if he’s being polite or truly interested.
  5. When a man tells you he’s not looking for a relationship, BELIEVE HIM. He’s not ready and he told you so.
  6. Never ask a man, “Where is this going?” after only two dates or even four. That’s a conversation after dating consistently for at least four to six months, depending on your age. If you’re younger (20’s) it could be more like six-eight months.
  7. Try not to get so excited about a man you only had a couple of dates with. No matter how much fun you had, it’s easy to see that things do not always progress or turn into a relationship. This is why I recommend dating more than one man at a time. You never know who will stick around and who will disappear as fast as he came on. This strategy helps you stay emotionally balanced instead of getting over the top too soon. That’s what leads to heartbreak.

Based on these seven mistakes and the final outcome, I can guarantee he is not the right man for you. He may seem like a great guy with desirable qualities, but he doesn’t want a relationship. There’s no way to bridge that gap. More heartbreak will follow if you continue to go after him. The hard truth is, even if you had not made these mistakes, he would still be the wrong guy because he’s not looking for a relationship.

In a way, you are lucky you made these dating mistakes with this guy since there was little risk of ruining a good thing. Learn from this situation so you don’t repeat these devastating errors.


Keep this in mind – the biggest mistake you made was getting so attached before you knew he was a keeper. That’s the true cause of the heartbreak you feel.


Absolutely move on to find a man who is relationship ready and not full of excuses.


Wishing you love,

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