Why do girls get annoyed that their man didn’t do something they wanted them to…even though they never actually spelled it out? It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that guys are the furthest things from psychic – which is a problem for girls who want you boys to read their minds. Say one thing, mean another, expect you to read between the (completely unfair) lines. Bad idea. So, if you’ve failed at playing Houdini one too many times, or stared dumbfounded into the face of a disgusted girl, this list is dedicated to you.
5. Stop trying to fix it and let us vent
I know it goes against everything you guys stand for to hear a problem and not try to fix it or suggest a solution, but sometimes that’s the wrong answer. Sometimes we want you to be supportive, stop talking and just (brace yourselves here…) listen.
Is she having friend drama? Office turmoil? School issues? Zip it, boys, and just be a good listener while we get it off our chests. We just may appreciate you more if you say less.
4. Be willing to miss out on bro time once in a rare while
STOP RIGHT THERE – I know this sounds like, “ditch your friends and be whipped” but that’s not the message. Sometimes girls are crazy and tell you to go out with the guys instead of (insert an undesirable thing they want you to do here), but they’re lying. What they really want is for you to realize that if she says it’s OK, what she really means is, “I’m going to make your life miserable for this.” What she hoped was that you’d be considerate enough to at least be willing to forego said cooler plans. So if you feel like it’s a trap, it probably is – better to play it safe and ask if she wants you to stick by her side. Even if you still land a Get Out Of Jail Free Card, she’ll at least appreciate the offer – and you won’t get frozen out.
3. Do something thoughtful and unsolicited
It doesn’t have to be a grand gesture, but sometimes it’s nice to be sweet just because. You don’t have to buy her a dozen roses (that’s pretty unoriginal actually), it could be something small like bringing her caffeine when she’s hung over or letting her pick the movie this time. You guys have a tendency to give gifts that are less about us and more about you (lingerie and sports tickets are only altruistic if you’re dating Carmen Electra or Marv Albert), so showing us your thoughtful side could score you major points. Especially if we don’t have to ask.
2. Respect our right to be girly
Chicks don’t always wake up at our prettiest or look hot after a long night in a sweaty bar, so every so often we reserve the right to obsess over our appearance and do some major damage control.
If this requires us to be stealth and freshen up, please pretend like you don’t notice.
Call us crazy, but most of us would like to remain cute in your eyes at all times. OK fine…most of the time.
1. Know when to step up and when to step back
Times when you should keep a low profile: in family matters, girl issues or when doing anything that could get you arrested. It’s nice to defend our honor if some guy hits on us, just don’t start a brawl over it (bailing you out of the clink is not sexy). But there are times when we’d like you to take some initiative, and we may not always spell it out. Never make a girl make the first move, open her own car door or introduce herself to your friends/family/coworkers. That’s your job, boys. Don’t forget it.
Alas, you may never hone your psychic powers, but the trick is to find the girl who says what she means *most* of the time. And if you can’t find her, at least do the opposite of what she asks fifty percent of the time and you’re bound to get it right at some point.
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