Nice Guys Suck

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I'm an INTJ and what is this

SilverUchiha:
Despite your clarification, I can't help but feel like you still have an aversion to "nice guys" in terms of people who are just generally good people. My question is, what is wrong with wanting someone who is just generally good as a base "ideal person" to look for in a relationship. We should all want to be with people who will treat us with respect and kindness and to accept anything less just seems rather stupid.

Also, I move we switch calling "Nice Guys tm" to something less confusing because that's all it really will lead to anyway. Why not call them manipulators? "Masterminds"? Riddlers, so to speak. Those all seem to fit much better from where I'm sitting.

the problem is that "nice guys" is what they call themselves. thus the clarification. girls quickly learn to avoid guys who call themselves nice. and you're right that there's nothing wrong with a person being nice to us, but every guy in the world must understand that nice is the bare minimum for friends and lovers, and being nice to us without anything else will not get you farther than the level of "acquaintance" and you shouldn't expect it to. act like a basic human and you'll be treated that way. act like someone who is deep and interesting and worth knowing (which almost everyone already is, in their way) and you'll be treated that way. that's all that lara is saying.

Lara Crigger:
Yes, be respectful, generous and kind. Be nice. But also: Do the things you do well. Don't apologize when you win. Tell jokes in a crowd. Take the mic in Rock Band. Be the DM. See the world. Laugh loudly. Dance badly. Try the things that scare you. Wear a stupid hat. Share your opinions freely. Share your kindnesses even more freely. Love yourself first, and without restraint. Just burn, burn like a flame that can't go out; burn brighter and hotter than even the sun.

Fuck being a nice guy. Be a supernova instead.

I love the be "out there" approach. It's such bullshit. The more I do all of that the more disdain I gather from every girl I know because they think I'm just trying to be cool because I love getting drunk, taking the mic and dancing like a crazy person and that's apparently mutually exclusive with being nerdy.

EmperorSubcutaneous:
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Like I said better than being treated like dirt like a lot of women. You don't have any idea how lucky you are to have men fawning over you. You should be enjoying it rather than complaining about a non-existent problem.

It must be a real curse...

I think I found myself.

xXxJessicaxXx:

EmperorSubcutaneous:
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Like I said better than being treated like dirt like a lot of women. You don't have any idea how lucky you are to have men fawning over you. You should be enjoying it rather than complaining about a non-existent problem.

It must be a real curse...

I'd like to imagine that there's a middle ground between treating other human beings like deities and treating them like dirt. It's certainly a middle ground I try to occupy in my relationships.

Lara Crigger:
A woman who tells her friends that, "well, he was nice" is damning you with faint praise, because it means she can't think of anything else to remember you by.

So don't settle for being "nice". Strive for "amazing", or "unforgettable", or "the greatest man I've ever met".

Yes, be respectful, generous and kind. Be nice. But also: Do the things you do well. Don't apologize when you win. Tell jokes in a crowd. Take the mic in Rock Band. Be the DM. See the world. Laugh loudly. Dance badly. Try the things that scare you. Wear a stupid hat. Share your opinions freely. Share your kindnesses even more freely. Love yourself first, and without restraint. Just burn, burn like a flame that can't go out; burn brighter and hotter than even the sun.

Fuck being a nice guy. Be a supernova instead.

You are a real human being, and not a cabbage or something.

The above passage should be read, and then gender flipped and read again. It's the only advice to give on any subject, to any person, at any time of their life.

Frankly, Lara Crigger, I'm smitten. I'm in deep smit. You just made my weekend (and I did a live show last night...), knowing that someone who knows the real tune is here, calling it, and cavorting along instead of leading. You are in the light.

Have a great set of holidays and a fabulous 2012.

Kahunaburger:

xXxJessicaxXx:

EmperorSubcutaneous:
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Like I said better than being treated like dirt like a lot of women. You don't have any idea how lucky you are to have men fawning over you. You should be enjoying it rather than complaining about a non-existent problem.

It must be a real curse...

I'd like to imagine that there's a middle ground between treating other human beings like deities and treating them like dirt. It's certainly a middle ground I try to occupy in my relationships.

Well being at that end of the spectrum is a hell of a lot better than being at the other.

Xeraxis:

Spirit356:

Really when I look at it from that perspective I see 'Nice Guys' less as the Machiavellian orchestrators and more naive confused young men stuck on level one of the game of love and really, shouldn't we be giving these guys a hint?

The problem with that, though, is that most people don't bother giving hints or any meaningful advice to those types of guys (which I could say I am one of those "stuck" guys); they just spew the same tired cliches of "Be yourself" and "Have confidence", and fail to go into more specific or proficient detail.

Plus, it doesn't help when this person seems like she's implying that being nice, introverted or unsuccessful with love means that you are an incompetent dick who only want women for sex. Just ridiculous.

I agree. Though not currently a nice guy, I used to be one. This thread is turning into a 'GRL-power-LULZ!' thread. The reason for the backlash was -NOT- because her advice was wrong. It was because it was uncalled for/harsh in its context.

Have people forgotten the original article and who she was replying to? Did it sound like he was a nice-guy TM? And WTF is this 'nice-guy TM' business anyway. Way to generalize. There's a difference between a guy who becomes friends with a girl first to get to know her, and is too shy to be forthright, and a guy who friends a girl hoping he can one day manipulate her into having sex with him. Let's throw everyone under the 'manipulator' umbrella. Don't even get me started on evolutionary biology, it'll turn everyone into a manipulator...

This is honestly a pretty awkward 'burn the witch at the stake' demonization, although I suppose there are plenty of girls/guys who would prefer to take the cheap shot at shy/immature individuals rather than reasonably help their fellow man without calling them 'jerks'. Emotional punching bag much?

Owyn_Merrilin:

Nice Guys (TM) are inexperienced at dating, and they don't realize that chick flicks are just the female version of video games; fantasies, a "wouldn't it be nice if..." world of make believe. The whole thing with a girl eventually realizing that the guy who's always been there for her is the one for here? Yeah, that's an escapist fantasy for people who know that the world doesn't really work like that. The problem is that those of us who grew up on movies like that wouldn't know the world isn't like that unless we had first hand experience -- which the nice guys (TM) severely lack. We need to be building up these guys and teaching them where they're going wrong, not debasing them as assholes. Otherwise, they run a serious risk of growing up to be bitter old coots who die alone. Case in point:

not_you:
Eh, I know I'm a nice guy, not a self-entitled over-expectant shit... (the trade-marked "nice guy")....

I've been told "one day" someone will recognise that, but until such time.... Their loss, no-one really knows how "nice" or "caring" I can be, maybe because of years of living in solitude, ignoring almost anything to do with anyone of importance...

I know it sounds like I'm a little "up myself" but, fuck it, no-one cares... The day someone does, then I might pretend they actually exist...

MasochisticAvenger:
"but if you're ever going to find love, the kind that changes your life and makes you the man you were meant to be"

That's right, guys. If you don't go out and find love you're not the man you were "meant to be". It doesn't matter if you're not interested in love... that just means you are a worthless human being because apparently you're only worth a damn if you have someone who loves you.

I'm sorry that was probably a bit harsh, but that line really rubbed me the wrong way. I am someone who isn't really interested in love, relationships and all that crap, so does that make me less of a man in your eyes?

To both of you: I'm sorry, but you sound /incredibly/ bitter. These are the words of a person who has been rejected so many times that he has not only given up, but become actively angry at the world.

You know what's ironic? In the context of these conversations, I don't even think the real jerks are the Nice-guys at all. Your post insinuates that quite nicely.

Ah. I guess that's true. But you cannot just force yourself to become awesome. The most you're gonna get out of too much effort put into amazing the fuck out of everybody is you shit your pants (figuratively, I would hope). Trying to be the center of attention when you are the introverted type is... either just not going to happen, or will be painfully awkward and cringeworthy. But I don't actually have advice, just anti-advice. Maybe I shoula just shut the fuck up. Huh.

xXxJessicaxXx:

Kahunaburger:

xXxJessicaxXx:

Like I said better than being treated like dirt like a lot of women. You don't have any idea how lucky you are to have men fawning over you. You should be enjoying it rather than complaining about a non-existent problem.

It must be a real curse...

I'd like to imagine that there's a middle ground between treating other human beings like deities and treating them like dirt. It's certainly a middle ground I try to occupy in my relationships.

Well being at that end of the spectrum is a hell of a lot better than being at the other.

But why look for "less bad" when you can look for good?

xXxJessicaxXx:

EmperorSubcutaneous:
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Like I said better than being treated like dirt like a lot of women. You don't have any idea how lucky you are to have men fawning over you. You should be enjoying it rather than complaining about a non-existent problem.

It must be a real curse...

Yeah, clearly nothing I'm saying is getting through to you. You're too emotionally invested in this argument.

There's kind of a huge amount of space between being treated like dirt and being treated like a goddess on a pedestal who is never allowed to fall off it ever. But if you want to think there are only those two extremes, you can go right ahead and think that.

walrusaurus:
I can't help but feel a little assaulted by this article. Excuse me for wanting to actually know someone before I pursue a relationship with them. I'm 22 and i've only seriously dated 2 people, and I'm totally fine with that. Both of them were women that i had been friends with prior and we casually flirted a little and eventually started dating. Both of them were very positive relationships that i would not have done any differently. You seem to be saying that since being a nice guy won't get you every woman in the room its a bad personality. And, from where i'm sitting, that is a very sad perspective.

the point is that you guys did flirt a little. there was attraction during the friendship. she's not talking about you, that's normal. she's talking about the guys who try to force attraction where there is none because they feel like being a good friend to a girl entitles them to move beyond friendship and into the sex part. you're fine, don't worry.

I suspect that everyone agreeing that nice guys finish last (without any caveats) are still teenagers. No offence to anyone who isn't.

Wow, talk about a swing and a miss. This really drives home just how badly Crigger fails to get it.

The problem was never her distinction between Nice Guys™ and nice guys (though I find that distinction more than a little condescending). Her great clarification in this column amounts to nothing more than "sometimes people who pretend to be nice aren't nice", which as advice goes is right up there with "don't eat the yellow snow" on the list of things that insult your audience by pretending they need to be told it.

No, the problem with Crigger's last column is that she thinks she can just declare some guy writing in to be a Nice Guy™ without him saying anything in his letter demonstrating that. Perhaps Crigger needs to be reminded that she is not a mind-reader, and that she cannot just magically divine people's motivations through several hundred miles of Internet cabling. This isn't the first time she has made that mistake, and she makes it again in her response to "I am a Nice Guy", when she busts out this "advice":

Lara Crigger:
So don't settle for being "nice". Strive for "amazing", or "unforgettable", or "the greatest man I've ever met".

Yes, be respectful, generous and kind. Be nice. But also: Do the things you do well. Don't apologize when you win. Tell jokes in a crowd. Take the mic in Rock Band. Be the DM. See the world. Laugh loudly. Dance badly. Try the things that scare you. Wear a stupid hat. Share your opinions freely. Share your kindnesses even more freely. Love yourself first, and without restraint. Just burn, burn like a flame that can't go out; burn brighter and hotter than even the sun.

Fuck being a nice guy. Be a supernova instead.

"I am a Nice Guy" did not ask for insincere, cliche advice about how to "be a supernova". "I am a Nice Guy" admitted to social anxiety issues, a real and studied psychological condition. If we give him the benefit of the doubt that in his letter he wasn't lying through his teeth (and why wouldn't we?) then his problem is not general confidence but learning to deal with his anxiety in social situations. But he didn't even ask for that. We don't know that he needs or wants that kind of help. It's quite presumptuous to treat him like he's helpless the way Crigger did.

I understand that Crigger has absolutely no qualifications or experience that would make her advice any more sound than anyone else's, and that the purpose of advice columns is to provide entertainment for the readers in general rather than actually solving anyone's problems. But unless TheEscapist has turned into the kind of website that gets its page views by outright trolling its audience, there should be no place for advice that insults the people writing in by just making up stuff about them because they kinda-sorta resemble a nerdy stereotype.

Methe:
I suspect that everyone agreeing that nice guys finish last (without any caveats) are still teenagers. No offence to anyone who isn't.

...That's kind of the point. Nice guys don't 'win' (Not that women are a prize to be won) until mid-life when women start looking to settle down. Which, yes, means that they finish last. It's the assholes who attract all of the girls/women at the earlier stages of life.

Kopikatsu:

Methe:
I suspect that everyone agreeing that nice guys finish last (without any caveats) are still teenagers. No offence to anyone who isn't.

...That's kind of the point. Nice guys don't 'win' (Not that women are a prize to be won) until mid-life when women start looking to settle down. Which, yes, means that they finish last. It's the assholes who attract all of the girls/women at the earlier stages of life.

Oh, that's what it was referring to. I always thought "nice guys finish last, assholes finish first" was about premature ejaculation.

(Although in all seriousness, I don't really buy that dickishness is attractive to young people, and friendliness is only attractive to older people.)

Kahunaburger:

xXxJessicaxXx:

Kahunaburger:

I'd like to imagine that there's a middle ground between treating other human beings like deities and treating them like dirt. It's certainly a middle ground I try to occupy in my relationships.

Well being at that end of the spectrum is a hell of a lot better than being at the other.

But why look for "less bad" when you can look for good?

Because not all women have the luxury of being picky...

It just seems to me that complaining about someone being nice to you is kind of ridiculous.

GrandmaFunk:

trooper6:

...And the woman says, "Great, because you are in the freind-zone."

Then they have a friendship.

Ya, that's not actually a friendship. that's the friend zone.

if you think it's the same as a real friendship, you're deceiving yourself just as much as the nice guy is.

taking offers of "lets just be friends" at face value stops being a valid response for either gender when you're over 20.

lies. all of my friends are male, i'm female, we're over 20, and none of them have ulterior motives and neither do i. we're friends and we don't have any sexual attraction issues. this is mostly because i didn't stay friends with the guys who gave me the "i listened to your problems so now we have sex" ultimatum. and you won't find a girl who will. so if you really want to keep treating girls the way you are saying you do, you need to prepare for the way they'll treat you that goes with that. i'm not saying you are, but you come across as a "nice guy" jerk, so you'll stay single until you fill whatever void is in you on your own and stop lying to women about your motives.

xXxJessicaxXx:

EmperorSubcutaneous:
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Like I said better than being treated like dirt like a lot of women. You don't have any idea how lucky you are to have men fawning over you. You should be enjoying it rather than complaining about a non-existent problem.

It must be a real curse...

The thing is, though, is that it is a real problem. It might not be as serious as the problems you experienced, but you are wrong to be dismissive of it. Would you like people to play this sort of game with you? "My suffering was worse than your suffering, so yours doesn't matter" is a hurtful, even cruel, thing to do to someone.

Now, as for the problems with Nice Guy behaviour. Part of the issue with Nice Guys is that they are not just being pleasant for the sake of pleasantness. The behaviour is quite sleazy, in that it's an attempt to gain and maintain a relationship with a woman through deceit. The Nice Guy's behaviour is also built on objectification and entitlement, in which the woman ceases to be a person in the eyes of the Nice Guy and he feels he has a right to her, her own thoughts and feelings be damned. This in turn can lead to the Nice Guy becoming extremely nasty when ultimately rejected (or when they realize that the "goddess" is in fact human), resulting in stalker behaviour or completely turning on the former object of affection, treating her like dirt. While this is not violently abusive, it is unhealthy and ultimately wrong. This is what the post and many commenters are attempting to get across: being nice is not the problem, but claiming to be nice while, in fact, acting like a passive-aggressive, cowardly asshole is. It's not women hating guys for being nice, it's hating guys for using "nice" as an excuse for problematic behaviour.

It's also worth noting that Nice Guy behaviour can also occur in and be a warning sign of an abusive fuckhead, so there's that too.

EmperorSubcutaneous:

xXxJessicaxXx:

EmperorSubcutaneous:
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Like I said better than being treated like dirt like a lot of women. You don't have any idea how lucky you are to have men fawning over you. You should be enjoying it rather than complaining about a non-existent problem.

It must be a real curse...

Yeah, clearly nothing I'm saying is getting through to you. You're too emotionally invested in this argument.

There's kind of a huge amount of space between being treated like dirt and being treated like a goddess on a pedestal who is never allowed to fall off it ever. But if you want to think there are only those two extremes, you can go right ahead and think that.

You are the one who put forward the idea of being put on a pedestal. I merely said that it's pretty ridiculous to complain about being treated nicely by someone. Nice is a good thing.

You took what I said completely out of context.

KirbyKrackle:

The thing is, though, is that it is a real problem. It might not be as serious as the problems you experienced, but you are wrong to be dismissive of it. Would you like people to play this sort of game with you? "My suffering was worse than your suffering, so yours doesn't matter" is a hurtful, even cruel, thing to do to someone.

Are you saying someone being nice to you is a problem? It's not a problem at all. It's something good. :/

Labelling nice people as sinister plotters is kind of harsh don't you think?

xXxJessicaxXx:

Kahunaburger:

xXxJessicaxXx:

Well being at that end of the spectrum is a hell of a lot better than being at the other.

But why look for "less bad" when you can look for good?

Because not all women have the luxury of being picky...

It just seems to me that complaining about someone being nice to you is kind of ridiculous.

I don't see "giving xyz gifts and performing xyz vaguely sexist favors, and expecting sex and relationship stability in return" as "nice." Probably not just me, either.

Kahunaburger:

xXxJessicaxXx:

Kahunaburger:

But why look for "less bad" when you can look for good?

Because not all women have the luxury of being picky...

It just seems to me that complaining about someone being nice to you is kind of ridiculous.

I don't see "giving xyz gifts and performing xyz vaguely sexist favours, and expecting sex and relationship stability in return" as "nice." Probably not just me, either.

That's just an incredibly cynical and paranoid way of looking it. I gave a guy I like a copy of Skyrim for Christmas. I didn't give him it expecting sexual favours I gave him it because I wanted him to not feel left out while everyone else was playing it because he's working on getting his car up and running and it's costing him a lot of money...

I suppose in your eyes I'm a villainous schemer.

xXxJessicaxXx:

KirbyKrackle:

The thing is, though, is that it is a real problem. It might not be as serious as the problems you experienced, but you are wrong to be dismissive of it. Would you like people to play this sort of game with you? "My suffering was worse than your suffering, so yours doesn't matter" is a hurtful, even cruel, thing to do to someone.

Are you saying someone being nice to you is a problem? It's not a problem at all. It's something good. :/

Er, no. I'm saying "being nice is not the problem, but claiming to be nice while, in fact, acting like a passive-aggressive, cowardly asshole is". I should have also added "underhanded and deceitful".

Perhaps this will clarify: Being "nice" for the sake of being a decent human being is fine. Being "Nice" because you (general you) expect something in return is not, especially when you aren't even honest about it.

Also, I noticed that "some don't have that luxury" comment, and I'm a bit concerned about it. You should always feel that, yes, you do have that luxury. You shouldn't pair up with someone just for the sake of pairing up with someone because you feel that a romantic relationship is a necessity in life. That can also lead to unhealthy, unhappy relationships.

EDIT: Ah, I just noticed your Skyrim anecdote above. That's actually a good example of being kind; that makes you a nice person. Now, if you were being "Nice" with the expectation that, because you gave this person a copy of Skyrim, that person owes you something in return, (particularly a relationship or sexual favours) then you are a "Nice Guy", or, in other words, a jerk.

I cant help but feel that I may well be a nice guy (tm) as I have a friend who i have feelings for, but she has a boyfriend a long distance away, so when she has a problem she comes to me. I look after her slightly more than I do other people around me, admittedly, and I can't help feeling that, as much as I enjoy her company, the fact I am constantly helping her and cannot show her how I feel due to the social situation and the fact she is (to my knowledge, she talks to her girlfriends about her relationships, I try to avoid talking about relationships mainly because i got tangled up in the clusterfuck that was my best buddies last relationship, not cool) happy with her boyfriend, is tearing me apart slightly. Im trying to get away from her a bit and chat with other girls, but she keeps asking me to help her and I can't exactly not help her as she is an old friend. Its fucked up.

KirbyKrackle:
Now, if you were being "Nice" with the expectation that, because you gave this person a copy of Skyrim, that person owes you something in return, (particularly a relationship or sexual favours) then you are a "Nice Guy", or, in other words, a jerk.

It's kind of a complete assumption that's what they are after in the first place though.

xXxJessicaxXx:

Kahunaburger:

xXxJessicaxXx:

Because not all women have the luxury of being picky...

It just seems to me that complaining about someone being nice to you is kind of ridiculous.

I don't see "giving xyz gifts and performing xyz vaguely sexist favours, and expecting sex and relationship stability in return" as "nice." Probably not just me, either.

That's just an incredibly cynical and paranoid way of looking it. I gave a guy I like a copy of Skyrim for Christmas. I didn't give him it expecting sexual favours I gave him it because I wanted him to not feel left out while everyone else was playing it because he's working on getting his car up and running and it's costing him a lot of money...

I suppose in your eyes I'm a villainous schemer.

No, I personally love it when people give me copies of Skyrim. It's just that if someone bought me a copy of Skyrim every Saturday, and then was all "you should have sex with me because I gave you 20 copies of Skyrim!" I would be somewhat creeped out.

Katatori-kun:
Wow, talk about a swing and a miss. This really drives home just how badly Crigger fails to get it.

The problem was never her distinction between Nice Guys™ and nice guys (though I find that distinction more than a little condescending). Her great clarification in this column amounts to nothing more than "sometimes people who pretend to be nice aren't nice", which as advice goes is right up there with "don't eat the yellow snow" on the list of things that insult your audience by pretending they need to be told it.

No, the problem with Crigger's last column is that she thinks she can just declare some guy writing in to be a Nice Guy™ without him saying anything in his letter demonstrating that. Perhaps Crigger needs to be reminded that she is not a mind-reader, and that she cannot just magically divine people's motivations through several hundred miles of Internet cabling. This isn't the first time she has made that mistake, and she makes it again in her response to "I am a Nice Guy", when she busts out this "advice":

Lara Crigger:
So don't settle for being "nice". Strive for "amazing", or "unforgettable", or "the greatest man I've ever met".

Yes, be respectful, generous and kind. Be nice. But also: Do the things you do well. Don't apologize when you win. Tell jokes in a crowd. Take the mic in Rock Band. Be the DM. See the world. Laugh loudly. Dance badly. Try the things that scare you. Wear a stupid hat. Share your opinions freely. Share your kindnesses even more freely. Love yourself first, and without restraint. Just burn, burn like a flame that can't go out; burn brighter and hotter than even the sun.

Fuck being a nice guy. Be a supernova instead.

"I am a Nice Guy" did not ask for insincere, cliche advice about how to "be a supernova". "I am a Nice Guy" admitted to social anxiety issues, a real and studied psychological condition. If we give him the benefit of the doubt that in his letter he wasn't lying through his teeth (and why wouldn't we?) then his problem is not general confidence but learning to deal with his anxiety in social situations. But he didn't even ask for that. We don't know that he needs or wants that kind of help. It's quite presumptuous to treat him like he's helpless the way Crigger did.

I understand that Crigger has absolutely no qualifications or experience that would make her advice any more sound than anyone else's, and that the purpose of advice columns is to provide entertainment for the readers in general rather than actually solving anyone's problems. But unless TheEscapist has turned into the kind of website that gets its page views by outright trolling its audience, there should be no place for advice that insults the people writing in by just making up stuff about them because they kinda-sorta resemble a nerdy stereotype.

I scanned this last page and I just want to quickly point out a particular term:

The Strawman Argument

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Straw_man

This entire article was damage control, and it's kind of nasty (at least to me) how easily some are gobbling it all up. The original context/argument is all missing (surprise!), because this new pseudo-argument is so easy to win (it's not even really an argument. It's common sense, at least to those with experience in actual dating). It's a classic switch-and-bait, while the author gets to smile behind the scenes maintaining:

You weren't the only one to call me out for my apparent disdain of "nice guys". And while I stand by my answer, I thought it might be best to clarify a little.

It's all about semantics, saving face, not admitting fault, throwing out a strawman, and moving on. Talk about manipulation, lol.

Alright I'm done pissing in the wind. For anybody who's actually interested in the -real- argument, feel free to do actual research on the primary source (last week's love FAQ thread).

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/columns/lovefaq/9230-Love-FAQ-Stop-Camping-Your-Girlfriend-for-Sex.2

Pressed, she's not into you. She's never been into you. She will never be into you. Stop obsessing over her and find someone else.

One last thing: Stop inviting girls to meet your parents before you even have your first date. You're 21. An adult. You don't need Mommy and Daddy's approval of your sex life.

Hmm, this is getting kinda heated. Odds say 10/1 this sets up a trend of 'Nice Guy' related threads. Any takers? Place your bets Ladies and Gentlemen, place your bets!

Kahunaburger:

xXxJessicaxXx:

Kahunaburger:

I don't see "giving xyz gifts and performing xyz vaguely sexist favours, and expecting sex and relationship stability in return" as "nice." Probably not just me, either.

That's just an incredibly cynical and paranoid way of looking it. I gave a guy I like a copy of Skyrim for Christmas. I didn't give him it expecting sexual favours I gave him it because I wanted him to not feel left out while everyone else was playing it because he's working on getting his car up and running and it's costing him a lot of money...

I suppose in your eyes I'm a villainous schemer.

No, I personally love it when people give me copies of Skyrim. It's just that if someone bought me a copy of Skyrim every Saturday, and then was all "you should have sex with me because I gave you 20 copies of Skyrim!" I would be somewhat creeped out.

I think if they were crazy enough to do that they would have bigger problems than just being a 'Nice Guy' Someone with empathy and concern for people other than themselves would get them help and confront them with him. Not think 'What a creepy weirdo.' and bin them (as a friend).

Athinira:

Cephei Mordred:
Ignoring the clear tone of "be alpha or gtfo" for a moment...

This seems to go in contradiction to your earlier statement of:

But there is nothing wrong with changing your personality, not to accommodate what (you think) will please others, but because of a genuine desire for yourself to become something better and more awesome.

"Providing value for others" sounds a lot like a mandate to please others to me. Heck, all this talk of 'value' pretty much sets the stage for a moral mandate to be subject to the judgement of all others, at the expense of ones own self judgement of value.

There is nothing "be alpha" about it. Most people who know me consider me an awesome person, and I'm not an alpha type at all. Being awesome is in no way associated with being an alpha male or being a pack leader :o)

As for your point, the reason I'm talking about providing value for others is because this thread is essentially about the mating game, and if you can't provide 'value' to the opposite sex (or same sex if you're gay), then you obviously aren't going to get laid.

Beyond that, most people want to be awesome not to please others, but because it pleases them self mentally.
Why do you think those big guys who work out at the Gym with big muscles like admiring themselves in the mirror? Because they like their awesome muscles. Same reason girls pose in front of the mirror in their new clothes and photograph it.
Why do you think people like to brag about their accomplishments (like a Facebook status with someone saying they just ran 4 minutes in 30 minutes, and then being totally proud of them self)? Because bragging boosts their ego.

Ultimately the goal of being "awesome" for most people is about pleasing themselves, not pleasing others. That's why i recommend that if you want to make your life better, then do it for your OWN sake, not for others. Providing value to others is just a side bonus that makes them like you (which in turn also boosts your ego, as in, it grants you a selfish pleasure, and will eventually enable you to find people to spend your life with, be it friends or a wife/husband), but it's not a priority over YOU being happy with YOURSELF.

Wanting to attain social status is ultimately a selfish goal, but it relies on providing other people with value in their lives. If you want to ignore (or don't care) about your social status, then all the more power to you, but don't expect other people to care about you then.

I suppose the difference between you and me is:

You think that "You have a duty to provide value to others" and "You should be valuable because you want to be, but everyone has a right to look down on you if you fail to do so" are two different things.

I don't. Or at least, I think that it's impossible to differentiate between the two meaningfully.

As I said in my first post on the thread, don't love me because I'm beautiful. If a woman doesn't love me when I'm weak and worthless, why should I believe her feelings are sincere when I do become more valuable and productive?

Love with conditions is not really love, is it?

xXxJessicaxXx:

KirbyKrackle:
Now, if you were being "Nice" with the expectation that, because you gave this person a copy of Skyrim, that person owes you something in return, (particularly a relationship or sexual favours) then you are a "Nice Guy", or, in other words, a jerk.

It's kind of a complete assumption that's what they are after in the first place though.

Nice Guys tend to make it quite clear, sooner or later, usually in the context of "I was so nice to you, you owe me X" or "how can she refuse me after I was so nice". Or sometimes they'll just never mention their true intentions, instead becoming increasingly bitter while refusing to ever change their poor behaviour since it's far easier to blame women and other people for their problems than suck it up and act like an adult.

Part of the problem, though, is that they are ultimately deceptive and you DON'T know that that's why they're being nice until the above blow up, which is why it's a huge problem, and again why I said it's an attempt to create and maintain a dishonest, unhealthy relationship.

KirbyKrackle:

xXxJessicaxXx:

KirbyKrackle:
Now, if you were being "Nice" with the expectation that, because you gave this person a copy of Skyrim, that person owes you something in return, (particularly a relationship or sexual favours) then you are a "Nice Guy", or, in other words, a jerk.

It's kind of a complete assumption that's what they are after in the first place though.

Nice Guys tend to make it quite clear, sooner or later, usually in the context of "I was so nice to you, you owe me X" or "how can she refuse me after I was so nice". Or sometimes they'll just never mention their true intentions, instead becoming increasingly bitter while refusing to ever change their poor behaviour since it's far easier to blame women and other people for their problems than suck it up and act like an adult.

Part of the problem, though, is that they are ultimately deceptive and you DON'T know that that's why they're being nice until the above blow up, which is why it's a huge problem, and again why I said it's an attempt to create and maintain a dishonest, unhealthy relationship.

Sorry but I just think it's an incredibly suspicious and victimising way of looking at it.
Most of these men just want someone to care for them back, they just don't know how to express it.

Making them out to be some ultimate evil is pretty harsh.

Especially from the point of view of someone who has experienced actual 'bad men'

Cephei Mordred:

As I said in my first post on the thread, don't love me because I'm beautiful. If a woman doesn't love me when I'm weak and worthless, why should I believe her feelings are sincere when I do become more valuable and productive?

Love with conditions is not really love, is it?

So much this... The women who expect men to be some kind of rockstar (and the reverse is true also) are the same as the ill touted Nice Guy because they have unrealistic expectations. 'Be amazing or I won't give you the time of day.' vs 'I gave you presents why won't you like me?' Aren't they equally as noxious?

xXxJessicaxXx:

EmperorSubcutaneous:

xXxJessicaxXx:

Like I said better than being treated like dirt like a lot of women. You don't have any idea how lucky you are to have men fawning over you. You should be enjoying it rather than complaining about a non-existent problem.

It must be a real curse...

Yeah, clearly nothing I'm saying is getting through to you. You're too emotionally invested in this argument.

There's kind of a huge amount of space between being treated like dirt and being treated like a goddess on a pedestal who is never allowed to fall off it ever. But if you want to think there are only those two extremes, you can go right ahead and think that.

You are the one who put forward the idea of being put on a pedestal. I merely said that it's pretty ridiculous to complain about being treated nicely by someone. Nice is a good thing.

You took what I said completely out of context.

Absolutely no one in this thread is complaining about being treated nicely. That's not what it's about.

It's about "nice guy behavior." Which is not even remotely the same thing as "nice behavior."

xXxJessicaxXx:

Kahunaburger:

xXxJessicaxXx:

That's just an incredibly cynical and paranoid way of looking it. I gave a guy I like a copy of Skyrim for Christmas. I didn't give him it expecting sexual favours I gave him it because I wanted him to not feel left out while everyone else was playing it because he's working on getting his car up and running and it's costing him a lot of money...

I suppose in your eyes I'm a villainous schemer.

No, I personally love it when people give me copies of Skyrim. It's just that if someone bought me a copy of Skyrim every Saturday, and then was all "you should have sex with me because I gave you 20 copies of Skyrim!" I would be somewhat creeped out.

I think if they were crazy enough to do that they would have bigger problems than just being a 'Nice Guy' Someone with empathy and concern for people other than themselves would get them help and confront them with him. Not think 'What a creepy weirdo.' and bin them (as a friend).

The point is more that 20 Skyrims = sexytime is basically an exaggeration of what the nice guy phenomenon boils down to. It's the whole concept that doing nice things for people should be rewarded with affection/sex, and that if someone doesn't do so, it's a failure on their part. Not exactly the recipe for a healthy relationship.

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