Are You Treating Dating as ‘Game’ Using Seduction Tactics?
Are You Treating Dating as ‘Game’ Using Seduction Tactics?
I have several times read timelines update from some folks I knew on Facebook, to which I tend to quote their use of words about dating and relationship, “Don’t take any lady serious in relationship, either treat them as a game or as a prey using it for your favor.” “Ladies are horrible, most don’t know what they want! Wicked, and love to cheat in relationships.” some have even gone beyond tagging every lady as ‘gold diggers’. Some have also exclaimed their experience to many, backed with the quote, ”make the money and ladies will come running after you.
While for the ladies most believe that every man is a cheat! And they have settle their mind to reciprocate the attitude to cheat. Their relationship is on shallow foundation not heading anywhere near- seriousness. Most have adopted similar of the above statement based on people’s opinions and not consider as articulate, near-facts. “Some have grown up with the mindset that what is theirs remain theirs. Rather than these categories of men and ladies to develop themselves becoming a positive and better person to who they may tend to date or be in relationship with; they may adopt “Dating as Game Using Seduction Tactics.’’ This is why most of these folks may not have any successful relationship that seems to work out right. Even if it may have worked for some folks. Today we will look at why most people/you treating dating as game using seduction tactics?
“Dating is a game” someone said. This is a reference which I’ve many times heard love coaches use on their radios shows, and friends use. While I have never thought much about this reference in the past, immersing into the dating world into the past few months have made me consider it in much depth.
Why Dating is Like a Game?
I can totally understand the constant references of dating as a game in the seduction and dating world. When dating…
…you are a player in a world of possibilities, where the possibilities are up to you.
…there is a “playing” field—the single ladies and the single guys. (Some people’s playing field extends to even non-singles, but that’s not the point of today’s article.)
…you have to consciously deliberate on what to do in order to achieve your desired outcome.
…different things can unfold, depending on the actions that you take at each turn.
…you can achieve different endings depending on the path you select.
…sometimes there is competition along the way (i.e. other candidates for the other party) whom you have to “outlast” in order to secure the “victory”.
…there is a “prize” at the end of the journey (depending on what you are looking for, it could be a long-term loving relationship, a short-term fling, or a one-night stand).
However, at the same time, dating isn’t a game though.
…you aren’t dealing with fake characters—you are dealing with real-life people with real emotions.
…you aren’t in the game just to “play” (or at least, I hope that’s not the case)—there is something you hope to get out of this experience, be it self-awareness, love, self-development, or companionship.
…(I hope) you are not doing this to win some “prize”—you are in it because you want to get a meaningful relationship with someone you like.
When Approaching Dating as a Game Backfires on You, here is a story I read someetim ago, I mean a real-life story.
Here’s a real-life dating story of, Jane. This story tells of Jane’s dating experience with a guy, John, how she approached it as a game thinking that it would help her win him over, and how it blew up in her face at the end of it.
About four years ago, Jane sought out online dating to look for a long-term relationship partner. Jane had been in various relationships which ended for one reason or another. After much dating, Jane was ready to look for a serious, long-term relationship and perhaps settle down. She was 31 then.
After a few months of meeting incompatible matches on Match.com and feeling exasperated with dating in general, Jane received a message from John one day on Match. At this point, Jane was open to giving any good quality prospect a shot, for she was tired of dates that went nowhere. From his profile, John seemed like a cool guy, so Jane thought, “Hey, why not just meet him and see how this goes?” (John was 39 then.)
And so they met for their first date. Within the first few minutes of meeting each other, the chemistry was instant. At the end of the date, Jane was eager to see John again. They subsequently met for a second date, which then led on to a third date, forth date, fifth date, and more.
Jane liked John a lot. She felt that John could very well be the one for her. Not wanting to “mess” this one shot with him, Jane sought the advice of her good friend, A, an active dater, on how she should approach this budding “relationship” (they were still not an official couple) and maximize the chances of it working out.
Jane: Hey A, so there’s this guy I really like. *proceeds to share about John* What should I do to make sure that this works out?
A: Jane, whatever you do, do NOT give him any personal information. Say whatever you want, but don’t tell him the things that he wants to hear. This will keep him interested.
Jane: Oh really?
A: Yes, just play it cool the whole time. Whenever he asks you personal questions, tell him something else. It is about preserving your mystery and allure.
“Oh, okay,” so Jane thought. She heeded A’s advice and did just that—she played it cool, withheld her true self, and never showed much of her real thoughts and emotions. If John ever asked Jane deep, personal questions to know her better, Jane would dance around the situation and respond with something else instead.
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Two months passed. Jane and John were still dating each other, just non-exclusively. On the surface, it seemed that A’s advice was working. John and Jane were meeting on a regular basis—sometimes once a week, sometimes several times a week.
One fine week, Jane had an upcoming date with John. She was looking forward to seeing him again. On the night before the date itself, Jane received a call from John. Excited to see his call, she answered it.
John: Hey Jane?
Jane: Hey John!
John: Hey. Listen, I was thinking—I think we should cancel the date tomorrow and stop seeing each other.
Jane: … … Whap…what?
John: You know, we have been seeing each other for two months by now. I think you are a really great person, I’m really attracted to you, and I really like you a lot. However, I’m looking for a deeper relationship and it doesn’t feel like you are looking for the same. You seem shallow and superficial and it feels like you are playing around and not looking for something serious or deep. I think it’s better than we end it here rather than continue this any further, since it doesn’t feel like things are going anywhere.
Appalled, Jane gaped and sat in total silence.
For she is anything BUT shallow, superficial, or looking for something that isn’t serious or deep.
“No, you are getting it ALL WRONG!!!! I’m EMOTIONAL! I cry all the times at the movies! I’m looking for something serious and deep! I want to settle down and be with someone one day! You are getting it all wrong! I’m not what you think I am!!!!” These thoughts SCREAMED in Jane’s head.
In a last-ditch effort to salvage the situation, Jane, without even thinking, started pouring her heart out to John over the phone. In between sobs and tears, she explained the reasoning behind her evasive behavior in the past two months. She related the advice her friend, A, had given her, and the rationale behind it. She explained that she had been intentionally holding her true self back because she liked him a lot and she thought that was the right thing to do.
Throughout her explanation, Jane was crying (to quote her) “hysterically”, in a way she had never cried before in front of someone else, much less someone whom she had barely known for two months. To her, this was her one chance to get things right. John could well be the guy for her! Forget embarrassment—that was the last thing on her mind. All she was thinking was how to salvage the situation—if it could even be salvaged to begin with.
John was quiet throughout the entire outburst as he listened to what Jane had to say. At the end of it, John said, “Hey Jane, you know what? Forget what I said just now. Let’s keep the dinner plans tomorrow and meet as we had agreed. I’m sorry that I made you so upset. I look forward to seeing you tomorrow. “
The next day, Jane and John met.
On that same day, they officially became a couple and agreed to be exclusive to each other.
Today, they are married, just had their first baby, and are more in love than they have ever been. (If you must know, Jane’s friend, A, who gave Jane those “tactics”, remains single as of today.)
Rationale Behind Seduction “Tactics” have negative effect building relationship
You know, I totally get the rationale behind such seduction and dating tactics. Let’s take for example, the following tactics that many seduction and dating books, trainers, and coaches, usually teach girls:
1. Do NOT accept a guy’s invitation for a weekend date if he asks you out after Wednesday (or X day). — To let the guy know that you have your personal agenda and you will not going to be available just because he wants to meet you. If he wants to date you, he needs to factor into account your agenda, respect your time, and give you due notice before each date.
2. Do NOT reveal too much information to a guy; deliberately withhold information from him. — Oversharing can lead to fatigue and wear out, especially if both of you just met.
3. Do EVERYTHING you can to make the guy interested in you. — Every guy can be a potential partner, so it’s better to maximize your chances by maximizing his initial interest in you. You can decide later if you like this guy enough to continue seeing him or not.
4. Play hard to get; it will make you more desirable and appreciated. — People tend not to appreciate things that are easily “obtainable”. By “playing hard to get”, you send the message that you are valuable and you have to be “earned”.
5. Don’t respond to texts and emails right away; take your time to revert. Respond to texts and emails with at least the same delay as the time the guy took to respond. — To mirror the guy’s efforts. He has to learn that if he wants you to respond faster or commit more into the “relationship”, he will need to put in more effort.
6. Let the guy chase and woo you; you shouldn’t do anything, otherwise you’ll come across as too easy. — To let the guy, know that he has to “earn” you if he wants to be with you; you are not going to make yourself available without a proper “chase”.
Why Tactics that Look Upon Dating as a “Game” are Pointless
These seductions and dating tactics have their merits; they really do. I have no doubt that there are girls who get marvelous results from applying said tactics, just as there are guys who successfully win the hearts of ladies from sticking to the rules of the seduction and dating book.
For these guys and girls, they might have had huge difficulty in dating prior to learning said rules. For these guys and girls, these approaches might have saved their dating lives and helped them to find their special someone’s in the sea of singles.
However, I personally feel that these tactics are fundamentally flawed, for two reasons. Firstly, seduction tactics (not all, but many) tend to be fear-based in nature. Because they focus on lower-level actions to draw attention and elicit interest rather than a heart-level connection. They also often involve manipulation and ingenuity to a certain extent (e.g., intentionally hiding emotions to make the other party like you more and saying things you think the other party wants to hear vs. what you really feel).
People who utilize seduction tactics often do so because they like to be in control; much of what seduction is about is about control and maintaining the upper hand over the other person (the person you are trying to seduce). These are already fear-based feelings in themselves.
I don’t think you should necessarily approach dating like it is a game. There are really serious people out there who date to be in a serious relationship; they don’t see dating as a game, and neither do they approach it like a game.” Using implicit message that seduction techniques would fail on people, and it is wise you sooner drop the notion.
Why you have people approaching dating as a game or using gaming analogies in love to take their emotions out of the equation and lessen their emotional investment. That’s why you have people who apply seduction tactics like there is no tomorrow—they want people to love (and like) them rather than put themselves out there to be loved and liked. That’s also why you have people who hesitate from dating and love—because they are afraid of taking the step forward and opening their heart to others.
And you know what? I say forget this tango you are trying to do with love and put yourself out there to really love and be loved. Because until you allow yourself to be vulnerable, open, and susceptible, you are never going to attract the kind of love you want—true, authentic love. Love that is real, unpretentious, unconditional, and nonjudgmental.
Forget fear of hurt, fear of humiliation, fear of being vulnerable, fear of being put down, or any other fear you may have. As long as you carry such fears with you, you will not attract the kind of (romantic) relationship that you really want.
How You Should Approach Dating Instead
So what should you do, if not to treat dating as a game?
1. Be open about your intentions. Don’t withhold them. This means if you feel like going out with someone, simply let it be known to the person (vs. strategizing means and ways to get the person to go out with you). If you have positive feelings about someone, be upfront about those feelings—don’t feel like you need to conceal them.
This doesn’t mean running around telling every person you like that you like him/her. No, that’s not necessarily the case (it depends on the context; sometimes it might not be appropriate). What I’m saying is that you shouldn’t withhold your feelings with the people you like. If you like the person, express it openly through your care and concern. You will find such an approach less taxing on your heart and soul as well.
2. Be yourself. Don’t curb your opinions or modify your behavior just to fit someone else. Don’t behave in a certain way just because you think this is needed to make the other person like you. Don’t be in a hurry to show your lesser traits, but don’t behave in a way that is not in line with your true self. Be open to accommodate but retain your core identity. If the person can’t take your usual mannerisms and persona, then what’s the point in putting up a charade for?
3. Stop strategizing. Acquaint yourself with the basic dating etiquette in your culture (such as what you should do on your first date, how you should behave, and so on), and be conscious about your approach toward dating.
In conclusion, stop approaching dating like it’s some strategy game. Always be aware that you are dealing with real people and real emotions, and everything you do affects these people’s emotions as well. Be in tune with your real emotions, and react based on those emotions, rather than sticking to some elaborate stratagem designed to elicit certain responses. It’s about being earnest and authentic.