Not OK, Cupid A gay male friend set me up on a date. The man was HORRIBLE. He spent the entire date talking about himself. Everything was a brag. He didn’t ask one question about me. Now I’m wondering whether my “friend” knows me at all. Why would he set me up with someone so wrong for me? — Seething Woman The road to good intentions is sometimes paved with hell. It’s understandable you feel bad, considering your friend’s idea of the guy you’d like was a mismatch on par with inviting the vegan neighbors over for a baby...Read More
Author: Amy Alkon
Bored Walk Empire Why am I only attracted to unattainable guys? As soon as men express interest in me, I lose interest in them. How do I break this cycle?! — Frustrated At the moment, the perfect love poem for you would come from a clerk at the court: “Roses are red, violets are blue; stay 500 feet away, or it’s handcuffs for you!” Chances are you’re looking to win, not looking for love. Once you win — once you’ve landed the guy you’ve been pursuing — you’re done. However, you probably tell yourself you’re seeking romantic connection because,...Read More
Ask yourself whether you might want more than a friendship. Grisly Bare I hooked up with a really good friend a few times. We both agreed to forget about it to preserve our friendship, but he’s been really distant. I don’t want to be the one to reach out and say something. How do I get things back to normal? — Upset Woman Sure, they say a really good friend is someone who knows everything about you — though, ideally, stopping short of how your sex face is a ringer for a pug having a seizure. Chances are, this...Read More
Flee Infestation Disturbingly, I’ve had two close female friends “ghost” me in five months. I’ve known each for 15 years. (They don’t know each other, and one lives out of state.) I’ve tried repeatedly to contact each, asking “Did I do anything to hurt or offend you?” No response. I just want the truth so I can move on. — Baffled There comes a time when you wish someone would treat you with a little more kindness, like by screaming out all the reasons you deserve to be left for dead and have your face eaten off by raccoons....Read More
Business Whirled I’m a woman who’s fiercely competitive in the business world. I’ve been rewarded for pursuing deals as relentlessly as highly successful men do. Yet, taking this approach in my dating life — energetically pursuing men and confidently asking them out — has been a bust. The men I go after seem to find my openness, excitement, and confidence off-putting. I keep hearing that I need to chill out and let men pursue me. This seems crazy. I shouldn’t have to act like a debutante, waiting for a man to ask me out. — Irritated In seduction, more...Read More
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