The Program: Solutions
You meet men that you're interested in,
but they're not interested in you at all
Okay, I know this list sounds harsh, but you're here, so it
obviously means something to you.
You're lacking in social skills
This is a tough one because it's so general and there's so
many different types of social skills.
I'm going to cheat for a moment, pull a "Dear Abby"
and tell you that it may help to see a therapist...someone who
has the professional contacts to get you together with the
right person so that you can start learning these skills.
Another way of dealing with this that's so obvious that I
didn't even think to mention it is to practice your
social skills. Whether it's the cute checker down at the
grocery store or seeing if you can get a smile out of the
person behind the desk at the Department of Motor Vehicles.
It doesn't hurt.
You don't dress well
If you don't dress well, you may not know it. Compare what you
wear to what other people who are dating are wearing. How different
are these two?
If you realize that you don't dress well, save up some money
and get sneaky. Find a fairly attractive male co-worker (think
"target audience") or friend who will give you
the time of day and tell him that you're trying to upgrade your
wardrobe but really need some help.
Three quick things that may help:
- Make sure your clothes fit well. Too baggy and you look
like you're afraid of your body or like you lost weight WAY
too fast. Too tight and you're going to look slutty.
- Find colors that work. Find a few simple colors that work
together and use them to mix and match.
- Beware of fashion. Some fashions are silly. Many are just
ugly. And most men don't care about fashion.
You're physically unattractive
This is such a broad category, it's tough to start. The first
thing is to figure out if being physically unattractive is
really your problem. Your best bet is probably checking your
yellow pages for an "image consultant." If you don't
live near a major city, it may be difficult to find one.
If you're tall, you already know that you have a disadvantage.
Most women want to date men who are at least three inches
taller than they are...they like being able to wear high
heels and still be shorter than their boyfriend.
This means that you're going to have to focus on your other
strengths. Since you will probably have a harder time getting
the first date, you'll have to find ways of increasing your
chances for getting a second, third, etc. date. Actually,
that's just good general advice.
The main thing I've found is combining treating him well with
having a life of your own.
Any other suggestions?
With some major exceptions, it is far easier for men to
lose weight than it is for women. I'm sorry.
This doesn't change the fact that most men prefer thin women.
Note: I said "thin," not "anorexic."
By the way, before you start in with the diet plan of the week,
understand one thing: diets don't work. What does
work is eating less and exercising more. If calorie output is
greater than calorie input and you don't let your body go into
starvation mode by dieting you will lose weight. It takes minimal
changes to make a major difference, but it does take some time.
Here's a thought for anyone who thinks that little changes don't
make a difference: a can of Dr Pepper soda has 160 calories; there
are 365 days in a year; a pound of body fat is 3,500 calories.
This means that one can of Dr Pepper a day is equal to over 16
pounds of fat a year.
You have emotional problems
We've all dated...we all have emotional problems. Now we need to
deal with them. If you can't deal with them by yourself, find a
good results-oriented therapist. Many of them will try to keep
you coming back forever. You have better things to do.
You have habits that men don't like (You smoke/drink too
Figure out what your problem area is and find friends who will
help you. You are probably going to need to find a support group.
You have our sympathies. There have been studies that show that
quitting smoking is harder than quitting cocaine. Your brain
has receptors which are specifically designed to interact with
nicotine. Before quitting smoking you need to consult your
doctor the nicotine modifies your brain chemistry and
if you try to quit on your own, you're going to have a hell
of a time.
Another thing is that you're going to have to avoid your
smoker friends, it's next to impossible to quit with your
friends going out and taking their smoke-breaks.
A few drinks are okay but if you're not in control that's
another story. And one of the first things you lose when you
drink is judgement. How many of the people who are involved
in drunk driving accidents do you think said to themselves,
"Wow. I'm really, really wasted and my coordination is
gone, but I think I'll drive home now."
This should be fairly self-evident, but shower every day
(especially after exercising). Use deodorant. Use perfume
when going on a date...but not too much.
Please don't use too much.
Also, there are two things that may not be under the category
of poor hygiene, but people think of them that way:
If you have any other ideas please
If you're not sure if you have dandruff, get a black shirt,
lay it out flat, put your head over it and scratch your head
vigorously for about 20 seconds. If you see it on your shirt,
other people have noticed it.
Try Head & Shoulders and Selsyn Blue. If they don't work,
call your doctor. Also, changes in weather may cause dandruff.
If you're prone to dandruff, you might want to use one of the
medicated shampoos as a preventative.
It's not just for teenagers anymore. If you have a few pimples,
don't stress it, just try to keep your skin clean and use
whatever pads or topical medication seem to help. If you
have cystic acne (lumps that are deeper and don't have a
head) the topical medication may not help as much. Talk to
your doctor about tetracycline, Accutane, or other options.
NOTE: Accutane can cause serious birth defects. You MUST
use birth control if you're on it and sexually active.