But now, men have no incentive to take care of us or keep their promises at all. I'm very sad that the world has changed to exclude love, honor, and any semblance of loyalty.
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There are so few good men out there these days. It feels selfish to even wish for one when I have so many single girlfriends going through the same things over and over again. Yes, the answer is to be happy all alone and just care for yourself. This seems like such a selfish world to live in when I have so much love to give to a reciprocal man. Mirror, Thanks for this one - I was married for twenty years to one of these.
After being happy on my own for four years my first relationship turned out to be a DM after seven months. He too was an insecure guy. I have learned so much on this site from all the ladies and I am heeding your advice while dating on-line. No more insecure men for me and if that means no more men then I'm better off!
I just got my ass handed to me by an insecure celebrity d-bag but after reading this, I am happy to see him go. Good riddance to these chumps. If I feel my confidence waver in the days to come, rest assured I will be right back here reading your words. You are a saint To readers reading this with blue hearts, savor MOA's words.
They are the light out of the darkness. You are not alone. You are not desperate. You are strong, you are together, and you are fine on your own. Hello Mirror, this is Anonymous with the clever, cunning ex who returned who last posted on Jan 16, Thank you for this latest article. You've explored certain angles which I had not considered. Clever ex manned up, took me to dinner he did the work - made the reservations, etc. He made 2 lame excuses about network coverage and not knowing that the date was important to me , but essentially did not deny that it was deliberate he's incapable of lying when confronted with the truth.
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He apologised and has apologised expressing remorse a few times since , and since then he has been trying to make it up to me - through actions, not just words. He continued with the dinners and dates and gifts, in fact it has been even better than the very early stages of when we first met. On several of these occasions we continued to talk through various issues. Well, now that his little game was exposed and I called him on it and he knows if he ever pulled a stunt like that again, I'm gone , he's not pulled any more stunts save for one instance of disrespectful behaviour on which I called him out.
In fact, he's been more or less the perfect gent. LOL, my use of the terms "tricks" and "stunts" bothered him - he keeps alluding to them. Mirror, you were right. No matter how much they kick and stomp their feet and complain, they prefer it when they're the man. And truth be told, he's a lot more comfortable in his natural role and much happier than he ever was. To be fair, there has been a lot less drama of late too. Where am I going with this? Save for that occasion which has been dealt with, with your helpful analysis , he's been fairly well-behaved.
We've settled into the natural push-pull rhythm of things, giving each other the space that we need, and so on. Do you have any advice? Anonymous Feb 23, 2: Because in the past hee HAS exhibited some of these traits. He has deliberately pulled stunts, he has attempted to take control, he has exhibited some offensive behavior and previously, his words and actions did not align and he's been inconsistent. What's next is - he has to keep this up. He now needs to be consistent in his actions and behavior for an extended length of time. If he's bluffing you, he will not be able to maintain this for very long and he will get frustrated that he has to prove himself to you and he will start to act out, or revert back to previous bad behavior.
If he has truly made a change here, then he will try very hard to maintain this. He will be willing to prove himself a better man to you because he will CARE what you think about him and whether or not he will lose you. He will continue to make you a priority and he will continue to treat you well, and eventually, he will open up to you and comfortably fall into he newly found role in the relationship.
Most of all, he will be happy with you, and he will no longer need to deliberately pull stunts. But only time will tell. This will require you to observe his actions closely for an extended length of time, to see if he remains consistent and has truly embraced a change. If you're dating him three or four months from now and things are still going well and he is maintaining his new ways, then at that time you can begin to trust in him a bit more - slowly.
But he's got a long road ahead of him and still a lot of proving himself an honorable man to you. And all you need to do - is observe if that's what he's actually doing, and making sure his words align with his actions: Greetings Ladies, The ending to this article is what I liked best. It is so true. It takes a lot of work to change old scripts and practice new actions.
The good news is support is available thank you Ms. Mirror and practice makes perfect -- well, not perfect - who wants perfect? The results are worth the work; you won't experience them immediately. You may feel them inside before you see them, but if you continue to do the work, you will be amazed at the transformation within as well as around you.source
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And if we are lucky, the opportunities for this work never goes away: I will watch him, observing all the "MOA ways" and the do's and don'ts explained in, amongst others, Argov's books. I have a question regarding your comment "he will be happy with you, and he will no longer need to deliberately pull stunts. No problem - no audience, no show, as they say, and later that night, I reminded him, "hey, no one's forcing you to stay, we all have free will; she's a nice person and you're free to do what makes you happy.
He made it a point to say that they were just friends, and he chose to refuse her invitation on behalf of another guest to attend another dinner event earlier that evening. I understand that men pull stunts to reassure themselves.
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Do you mean to say that, as things get better, and we become happier, that he will feel less of a "need" to deliberately pull stunts - because he's happier? And because we're in a good place, and he becomes more comfortable in the relationship, that he will "feel" more secure, and is not so afraid of being hurt - and so will feel less need to pull stunts? Anonymous Feb 24, 4: If he's truly changed and becomes happier with himself internally more secure in himself , then he will be noticeably happier externally as well.
So as HE gets better and HE becomes happier with himself, he will feel less of a need to pull stunts to overcompensate for his insecurity , because he's at peace with himself and feeling good about himself. If he truly changes internally then he will become more secure in himself and he will not feel the need to overcompensate and act out upon others. It all depends on him.
You won't be able to help him with that because he has to do the work himself. The change would first need to take place within him, internally, for these things to then start showing externally. And if he does the work on himself internally, then he'll feel better and happier externally and that will start showing in his relationships, career, friendships, interactions with others, etc.
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His internal change will then start to display itself externally. Moa, You have written again a great article. I want to thank you for doing this. You have help me so much and other women too. I have found a man who I like so much, but he is also insecure, he is also selfish, but how can I get rid of him when the thought of it hurts me. Sorry my mobile device is acting up.
I was going to say as always, you're right. I think I will have to somehow convey that he has to get his act together, and step up to the plate, or I won't be around any longer. As you said, no one can help him with this. And yes, it's tiring. Anonymous Mar 2, 9: And that means not jumping on his calls or texts, not initiating contact with him and seeing if he pursues you, not rearranging your schedule for him, and not giving him the benefit of doubt.
And if he doesn't do that, then you have your answer, and it's time to move on, ya' know? And if he doesn't do that, if he doesn't step up, don't beat yourself up for it or blame yourself. Because here's the thing. When folks have deep insecurities that affect their behavior and relationships like this - you can't help them. Nothing you do or say is going to change them. They have to want to change, they have to do the work of changing, and they are the only ones that can help themselves. And that's really the entire reason that dating someone who's deeply insecure is so exhausting.
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