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😳 Conversation is getting a wee bit silly over in our Facebook group. I have seen some folks suggesting many times to “never initiate” when dating men.
Where do I even start with this?
If you’re going to latch on to a principle, that’s fine, but let’s get our definitions straight first, because initiating is clearly getting confused with chasing.
Initiate = cause a process or action to begin
Chase = pursue in order to catch or catch up with
Let’s use our thinking caps – we aren’t mindless women following dogma about what it means to be “feminine” without ever questioning anything. We are not incapable of thinking critically, right? We are living, breathing and responsible creatures, I hope.
So if you say never “initiate”, what does that really mean for you and your future?
If you believe you should never initiate in online dating, then how much success do you truly think you’ll have in connecting with the high value men (who always get snapped up super fast)?
Do you think any truly feminine woman would never initiate? What about “dropping the hanky”? What about a simple but beautiful smile?
What about women who use the 17 Attraction Triggers?
What about actual, human flexibility and adaptiveness?
If you are a woman incapable or unwilling – ever – to initiate, then that’s a sign that you’re not able to calibrate yourself in a dating or relationship situation. But I’m sure that’s not really you deep down inside, is it?
I’ve done a lot of thinking about this, and I’ve come to an insight I’d like to share with you, and maybe have you bounce back your thoughts to me. I’ll share what I have learned with a question:
What kinds of people need or respond to advice that is basically asking them to be passive? Really, have a think. What kinds of people?
That’s right. Insecurely attached people – people whose equilibrium when getting close and attaching to others is insecure. I’m not hating on insecurely attached people, because I used to be one of them and I know there’s lots of people who share this attachment style out there, and that’s totally OK. It’s just something to work through once you’re aware of it.
So, do you believe that securely attached people need dating advice that keeps them passive?
They might find such advice intriguing, and it might be nice to think about it, but what kinds of people really need and thrive upon advice that’s designed to get them to swing the pendulum away from truly engaging in playfulness with men, and instead towards “never initiating”?
People who are insecurely attached. And why would this be?
Well, it’s because insecurely attached people haven’t had the feeling of safety in emotional attachment during childhood, an emotional safety, a secure attachment that allowed them to naturally and intuitively learn the art of courtship and the mating dance.
When they were growing up, they learned that almost nothing involving closeness and attachment is safe, nor worth the vulnerability or risk. That’s what insecurely attached or traumatised children can often subconsciously feel.
In contrast, securely attached children and adults make mistakes yet keep going and learn faster than others, because they have resilience. They will never stay passive for long (if at all). Because they just have that emotional freedom, the confidence and dare I say fearlessness to engage with men (or women, if the securely attached person is a man).
If you have insecure attachment, heal that FIRST
So if you are indeed one of the many people out there with insecure attachment and therefore lack confidence, I suggest you proceed to heal that rather than trying to use superficial methods to try to avoid being vulnerable to your own emotions. Because just deciding to ‘never initiate’ won’t help you heal and won’t put you on the right track.
They will only cause you to stall your progress.
It is only in grieving past traumas, cutting out toxic attachments in your life and seeking secure attachments that you can begin to heal. (If you would be interested in a program on how to heal insecure attachment and become more securely attached, let me know in the comments below and if there’s enough interest, I’ll go ahead and make such a program for you.)
Initiating should not be confused with chasing…
Look, I understand the whole fear behind the advice to “never initiate” – because, you apparently shouldn’t chase a man. However, chasing, as we established earlier, is not initiating.
If women didn’t initiate throughout history, then they wouldn’t be feminine women. We’d be half-dead, boring robots. Feminine women are initiators in their own way, just as much as men are.
Don’t give me the argument about men being “programmed to love the chase”, because if that’s where the true value of women really lies, then no man would emotionally commit long-term! The women would have to be constantly (inauthentically) making herself scarce and uncommunicative in order to “tantalise” and trigger his desire to “chase”.
And that is where a lot of women lose out. They think they have to make a man chase her.
No. The value is not in the chase, otherwise you’d see men chasing and courting rabbits. The value is in the emotional connection. Otherwise every woman could “win” a man’s emotional long term commitment by repeatedly running away to be chased.
That’s not how it works. You win the real commitment of men when you’re a man’s one and only woman; that’s where all of your answers lie. If you’re not the man’s one and only, then you’ve never actually emotionally connected with him, and you’re really just one of many.
He will therefore never feel any real emotions for you. Desire maybe, but not the emotions required to inspire him to commit.
This is also why I made my free DVD, “Becoming His One & Only”. In it, you will learn the 5 secrets to have your chosen man fall madly in love with you and beg you to be his one and only woman. If you don’t have a DVD player, we do have an online version. Check it out for yourself!
Initiating does not mean bombarding a man with annoying messages…
I am not saying all of this so that women can now justify bombarding a non interested man with value-taking texts where they declare to him their undying admiration and love in an uncalibrated way – that’s not what this is about.
I am saying all of this so that women might direct their energy in a smarter way and with more efficiency. Your energy should be put in the right places – not in controlling yourself so that you take no risks and be passive, but in the intent to be playful and connect with men.
This is why it’s important to not just “never initiate” in dating and just lean back, it’s important to be a woman of value who has the confidence to engage in the mating dance with a man. No one falls in love by being passive. No one falls in love by chasing someone, either.
People fall in love through engagement with each other spontaneously and vulnerably. And every man or woman who falls in love has made a multitude of mistakes, too.
So, dig a little deeper, and be patient. Be patient with yourself and with the process of connecting. If you don’t allow yourself to take a leap of faith and learn how to connect and communicate with men, mistakes and all – in online dating or in real life, then you’ll never fix the core issue of feeling deeply insecure or perhaps insecurely attached.
Again, don’t confuse chasing with initiating. The solution to never chasing a man is not to be passive!
No woman wants to chase a man. And I’m not saying you should chase a man, because you shouldn’t. But you would ideally be able to have the vivaciousness to actually engage and put the emotional connection first. Especially in online dating.
You see in online dating, the high value men get snapped up so fast and so hard that you’ll be convincing yourself that these types of men basically don’t exist and every woman who is married must be unhappily married. (hint: they are not!)
This is why we have an article on the 3 Reasons Why Women Should Initiate in Online Dating.
So, don’t be passive. Don’t let old rules strip you of your ability to actually live and learn. Even if you have insecure attachment and are an anxious avoidant type, the only way to begin changing it is to do the very thing you fear you can’t truly do – be human, emotionally engage and connect despite feeling vulnerable. And of course, give yourself the permission to learn and have your own journey.
If you would like to know how you can actually engage with men in a way that adds value and always adds to the playfulness of the situation, I recommend you take my husband David’s free High Value Banter Class.
So many women have been using the text examples he gives and noticing that they are able to gradually learn how to connect with the high value men better and faster, and repel the low value men faster.
You’ve got nothing to lose. If you decide it’s not for you, at least it was a free class and at least you had the courage to investigate a new idea for yourself.
🎓 So, to end this, let’s engage in a little thought exercise. If the goal is not to chase, but not to be passive, then what is the real goal here in dating, for us as women?
Share with us your thoughts, and once there are some answers, I’ll share my answer too.
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