Do Women Actually Like Nice Guys? - Dr Robert Glover
Nice Guy Syndrome
- Nice guys inaccurately internalize the belief that they are not okay just as they are, leading them to try to become what they think everyone else wants them to be.
- Nice guys tend to be unauthentic, dishonest, untrustworthy, frustrated, resentful, and passive-aggressive.
- The prototypical nice guy is someone who tries to make everyone happy, avoids conflict, and goes along to get along.
- Nice guys often attribute their niceness to their upbringing, either by fathers who were emotionally unavailable or by fathers who were nice guys themselves.
- Nice guys are often resentful and angry because they don't get back what they think they deserve.
- Nice guys may feel emasculated because they don't express anger or aggression.
- Shame and anxiety are core foundations of nice guy syndrome.
- Nice guys and jerks are both on the same continuum of fight, flight, or freeze mode of managing their internal states of anxiety.
- Safety and reassurance are at the core of the "nice guy" behavior, stemming from a deep-seated fear of abandonment.
- "Nice guys" may have perfectionistic expectations of themselves, leading to constant anxiety.
- Fear of success is a common anxiety among "nice guys," as they worry about the consequences of achieving their full potential.
- "Nice guys" often engage in self-sabotage, preventing themselves from reaching their full potential.
- Dishonesty, manipulation, and a lack of healthy boundaries are common traits among "nice guys," particularly in relationships.
- The "nice guy" behavior can manifest differently in different areas of life, with some individuals exhibiting it primarily in relationships while others display it more in professional settings.
- Individual differences in temperament and life experiences can influence the specific ways in which "nice guy" tendencies manifest.
- "Nice guys" often hide things about themselves, particularly those that might cause negative reactions from others.
- Nice guys often hide their needs and wants because they believe that expressing them will draw negative attention and reactions from others.
- This behavior stems from early childhood experiences where they may have been neglected or punished for expressing their needs.
- As a result, they develop coping mechanisms such as overeating, compulsive social media use, or substance abuse to manage their discomfort.
- Nice guys often have difficulty receiving help from others because they believe that it makes them vulnerable and indebted to others.
- This behavior robs others of the enjoyment of helping them and can hinder the development of healthy relationships.
Attraction and Relationships
- The feminine is attracted to men who are centered, differentiated, and on purpose, not those who seek feminine approval.
- Seeking feminine approval is a trap that leads to a never-ending cycle of validation-seeking.
- Self-validation and living life on one's own terms make men more attractive to the feminine.
- Nice guys often misunderstand female attraction because they rely on outdated advice, such as being a gentleman and opening doors for women.
- Attraction involves polarity, which includes dominance and submission. Without polarity, there is no attraction.
- Polarity can be flipped back and forth in conscious relationships, and it is not always the man who has to be dominant.
- Women often feel burdened when men are too compliant and leave all decisions up to them.
- Emotional tension plays a role in female attraction and attachment, while men generally dislike emotional tension in relationships.
- Men and women experience emotional tension differently.
- Women need emotional tension to feel something and to want to engage.
- Men tend to relieve women's tension by listening to them talk about their problems, which can actually work against them.
- Playfulness is a key element in successful relationships and can help relieve tension and seriousness.
- When listening to your partner, give them your undivided attention for a set amount of time, such as five minutes, to show that you value their thoughts and feelings.
- Use playful banter and humor to connect with your partner and create a light-hearted atmosphere.
- Avoid being too rigid or serious in your interactions, and allow for movement and spontaneity.
- Don't be afraid to show your silly side and let your hair down with your partner.
- Practice self-awareness and avoid the need for constant validation or always having the right answers.
- Encourage playfulness in conversations by making jokes, referencing past events, or taking the conversation in unexpected directions.
- Trust your instincts and act on impulses, as this allows your authentic self to come out and can lead to positive experiences.
Societal and Cultural Influences
- There are more fighter pilots in the US Air Force than male kindergarten teachers.
- Historically, boys were initiated into manhood by men, but today there is no such initiation to teach them how to face their fears and quit seeking the approval of women.
- Pursuing women and trying to please them doesn't make them interested in you.
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