What Women Want: Not Too Naughty or Too Nice

Wonder why some women seem to be attracted to the bad guys? Why the nice guys seem to finish last? The reality is she wants a balance of confidence and thoughtfulness, not a pushover or a jerk.

Take Charge, Don't Take Control
The woman you want definitely wants you to step up, but not step on her toes. Hold the door for her. Call the waiter over if she needs something. If she has already told you what she wants to eat, it's OK to order it for her. But don't assume you know her choice based on past experience. Her desires can change from minute to minute (including her desire for you, which can cool quickly if you're too pushy). Never fear though - she thinks it's hot when you show initiative!

Have an Opinion
She wants a man, not a marshmallow. When the movie you rushed to see is sold out, propose an alternative. She can counter with her own opinion if she disagrees. Whatever you do, don't start the mind-numbing exchange: "What do you want to do? I don't know, what do you want to do?"

Be Decisive
She wants a man who likes to take the wheel, not just come along for the ride. When you're discussing where to eat or which concert to see, don't always defer to her. She wants you to share your preferences and take the pressure off her sometimes. If you're debating two options, and she says either one is fine, make a choice. She likes to see you take charge once in a while.

Ask for Forgiveness, Not Permission
When you think she likes you enough to get physical, go in for the kiss with passion and intention. Definitely don't ask her permission! If you feel obligated to, you can apologize afterward, telling her you were overcome by her beauty and charm. She needs to know that you're attracted to her in more than in a polite way.

Just like you, women admire a partner with confidence. She wants a man with a spine, not one who'll carry her purse and follow her around like a puppy. On the other hand, she doesn't want a guy who stomps all over her feelings. Show her consideration, and let her know she's hanging out with a powerful, but thoughtful guy. With the right balance, you'll be sure not to finish last.

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