Does a Man Always Ask Out a Woman If He’s Interested In Her?

Does a Man Always Ask Out a Woman If He’s Interested In Her?Evan, I have a common problem that you’ve responded to lots of times: I fooled myself into thinking that my friend of 10 years had feelings for me, and when I mustered up the nerve to tell him, I was shot down. I thought I had read the signs right. We talked almost every day, he told me I was hot, he told me that he fantasized about me, and we went traveling together. He never actually made a move on me though. Now that I know my feelings are not returned, I’ve cut him out of my life so that I can move on and find someone who truly does love me. I have to admit though, that this whole experience has left me scarred. I was wondering if you could explain how to avoid a situation like this in the future. Do men always ask out a woman they’re immediately interested in? Does love never grow over time? Does the romantic story of “When Harry Met Sally” really just exist in the movies? –Angelina

Angelina, sweetheart. I’ve never answered this question before, and I’m glad you shared your story with me. It definitely hurts to have a long-time unrequited love and I’d be lying to you if I said that I never experienced the exact same thing.

So believe me when I tell you, everything you’re going through is very common – and, not only that, but this will NEVER ever happen to you again. Okay?

First of all, you have to stop beating yourself up over the outcome of your friendship. Any woman in a similar position would have read all of those signs in the same way. I can’t think of many guys who will tell you you’re attractive and claim to fantasize about you, who aren’t at least somewhat interested in something more than friendship.

Usually, when there’s smoke, there’s fire. In this case, there was not.

C’est la vie.

It definitely hurts to have a long-time unrequited love and I’d be lying to you if I said that I never experienced the exact same thing.

But there are some things that you could have been ignoring the entire time you were with him that led to this crisis. The first thing that I can think of is that he’s not some shy beta male who had a crush on you for ten years and was too embarrassed to make a move.

I’m guessing that maybe 25% of guys are that way. Maybe more, but I don’t know too many men like that. Guys who are the way I was in high school – befriending all the pretty girls in hopes of getting close to them, only to discover that you’re in the friend zone.

But for all the other men out there who got the memo in third grade that if you find someone attractive, you ask her out, the easiest thing to do is simply observe them.

If he asks you out, he’s interested. If he doesn’t, he’s not.

I’m guessing, Angelina, that your guy was in the top 75%. Which meant that if he liked you, at some point over 10 years, he would have let you know it.

So, looking back on your history, was your friend somewhat confident, charismatic, and funny? Did he have any other girlfriends? Any random hookups? Did he tell you about other women and ask you for advice on them?

If so, I could have told you from the beginning that he saw you as just a friend.

Men see women as just friends in four fundamental ways:

1. He’s not attracted to you at all – which makes friendship really easy to maintain, without all the sexual tension of the “When Harry Met Sally” friendship.

2. He’s taken and content in his relationship – which makes you off-limits, and even if he is attracted to you, he wouldn’t do anything about it.

3. He’s hooked up with you before – so the mystery and excitement is gone and you can just enjoy each other’s company as friends.

4. He’s a mature adult who’s had enough sex to understand that just because he’s attracted to someone doesn’t mean she’d be a viable girlfriend/life partner, so it’s best not to act on that attraction.

I can only make such a list because there I am friends with women under all four of those pretenses – I’m not attracted to her, I’ve hooked up with her before, I’ve slept around and don’t need to do it again, and I’m married and not ruining a good thing.

So when you’re assessing future friendships with men, first ask yourself whether he’s the shy, awkward guy who may be repressing his true feelings for you.

If he’s not, he’s probably not interested in you and is one of the four men above.

Any questions?

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  1. 121
    Angel

    There have men that instead of making things easy for me and asking me out, they tell other people to say things to me and they sneak around and play stupid games and create stress in me that I get to a point where I am thinking about commiting myself into a hospital because of their stupidity. If they could just approch me just say hello and we can move on from there, but NO! they just have to get me to a point where I just want to get commited to a hospital of call the police on them. My god, really!

    1. 121.1
      JoJOe

      Always be grateful for the men that never call, never show up, never come along, never enter your space. Be cheerful and be thankful they never came along, to your door, out of the woodwork, across the floor.
      Be happy knowing they were never suppose to come along on your ride, your journey. Sweep any hostility aside and smile knowing they were never meant to. Be secure in knowing this and watch the magic in your life surround you. I know this to be true. I’ve come along way “baby” and I’ve snatched the pebble. I’ve tossed it into the pond knowing that holding onto my vices was ridiculous but letting go started the ripples on the shores of tomorrow. Oh, I’m on a roll today. HA.

  2. 122
    Angel

    Either they talk and approch me in a appropraite way or  they need to leave me alone. They need to choose!!!! I will call the police on them if they don’t leave me alone. People can talk to me, but when they do thing like what they have been doing I will document and I will call the ploice on whomever.

  3. 123
    Eliot

    75% of men are Alpha males? Seriously?

    Evan, I’m betting you are an attractive women, by most standards. As such, you can’t base this presumption about “men who got the memo in the third grade” on your experiences. How insulting you are.

    I’m guessing that you encounter Alpha males all the time, I don’t doubt. Most reasonably attractive women do. But to abdicate women’s responsibility for asking men out on that basis is irresponsible, in my view.

    While I feel for Angelina, and I know her feelings got hurt, guess what? Her story has happen dozens if not hundreds of times to most men. A man will meet a woman. She will seem interested, even agree to go on a date. Then, usually because she got a better offer, she will cancel; or it will turn out she just really wanted a free meal; or she will stand the man up just to get back at other men; or she will go out with you just to make the guy she really likes jealous; or she will purposefully misunderstand your “date” while she in fact has a boyfriend.

    This is the world of single men. These are the minefields they face. Angelina, that feeling you’re feeling right now? Confusion, rejection, disappointment? That happens so often for men, it’s like air.

    So yes, Erin is right that it’s just the cost of expressing your feelings. And I agree that, if being around him is too painful, then you can no longer be friends. But I disagree with Erin that it’s a good idea to “read the signs.” Why, when it’s so much simpler: if you think you like a guy, ask him out. Know that he might say no, even if he’s attracted to you. In fact, I kind of give this guy props if his reason for not going out was he wanted to keep the friendship or he didn’t think you’d have a good relationship. Of course, if that were true, I take the props back, because why is he telling you those things? Still, you were right to ask him out, and you should do it more often, if you think you might be interested in someone.

  4. 124
    JW

    Hi

    No. Men do not always ask out women to whom their attracted.

    I”m a case in point. In college, I was attracted to someone in every way possible. I never hinted on it. I was just too focused on being a better person through studying, that I didn’t take time to focus on her.

    Had she asked me if I was into her, I would have said yes. Had I asked her, I do not know what she would have said. We were and we are both fit and very attractive.

    So, women, maybe he is into you.

  5. 125
    Amanda

    Evan what you wrote was wonderful! I wasn’t looking for this type of advice, but it sure did help. Men always confuse me. I think they have a shelf life when it comes to asking girls out. Maybe initially he was attracted, but you were unavailable. Then, so much time went on that he thought he didn’t want to ruin the friendship because look what happened :( I am curious to what your friend said to you when you told him. Just being nosey. It’s a shame a friendship got ruined in the midst of this! Keep searching honey, you will find him out there!

  6. 126
    John

    Honestly as a guy I can straight up tell you from well knowing myself and many others that a guy will not ask you out just because hes interested in you, I myself haven’t asked a single one I’ve been interested in WHY? There are a million reasons however I’m sure most would be ignored and chalked up to being a beta so ill just post one reason and that’s rejection. Most guys I have met would not ask out a girl they truly like unless they had a VERY strong reason to believe she would reciprocate those feelings this apply’s to many guys women even the ones women often assume are “ALPHA” not just talking about betas here. You need to keep in mind that as a guy there is well an 80 to 90% chance that we have never even been approached and hit on by an attractive or even unattractive girl and even for those who have had this happen I would bet it was but a fraction of the number of times you’ve had your looks validated by a member of the opposite sex. Point is the saying men are from Mars and women are from Venus makes allot more sense than most realize since we truly live and grow up in COMPLETELY different worlds from each other.

    1. 126.1
      starthrower68

      So I am curious; do you ask out girls you really don’t have any interest in? That’s like aiming at a target and missing on purpose. I don’t think a girl likes being “settled for” anymore than a guy does.

  7. 127
    Adam

    I don’t typically ask a girl out simply because I consider her attractive.

    I look at the whole situation and there are various factors that affect whether I would ask her out. For example, if I work with her, even if I am attracted to her, I wouldn’t ask her out or start any kind of relationship with her. Too much chance for drama.

    Another major thing, is I try to gauge her interest in me. If she is not interested, I don’t bother to ask her out no matter how attracted I am to her. No need for unnecessary awkwardness.

  8. 128
    JoJOe

    Failure is the only answer.
    All the top dogs in business say, if you have not failed many times, you will never succeed.
    Don’t repeat the same actions that did not work, that’s insanity.
    But don’t stop the attempt towards the goal.
    Churchill, “Never never never (13) of them, give up”
    There is a guy on youtube who looks for rejection. I think that’s the best way to go about it. That takes out the sting and perfects the game.
    Just like the “Interview” the new resume, the new anything.
    Look for failure, look for rejection.

  9. 129
    Ivy

    I agree wtih what Evan wrote and it’s insightful but for Angela who posted this the biggest thing I’d say is why in the world did you wait 10 years to ask this guy outright if he had feelings for you?

    No matter how you could have known from A, B, or C, or a combination, you could have known a lot sooner by just asking him outright sooner, much much sooner.

    I mean, how fun could it be to be friends with a guy hoping or thinking there is more but never getting to that point and why in the world would anyone put themselves in a long term heart juggling situation like that?

    Friendship is great, but 10 years, really, putting one’s heart on an unreiprocated line like that for so long, it’s just something I don’t understand. 

    If I were friends with someone and had feelings, I’d just throw it out there, you are either with me or you aren’t, I value my heart above a friendship, so I’d risk that frienship to save my heart from being on a fake string with a man who didn’t love me back.
                     

  10. 130
    IntellectualCandy

    Fact of the matter is that some men are using women to practice and sharpen their skills for the main event.  Learn from the lesson because life is too short to allow guys like that to waste your time!  

  11. 131
    wp

    If I like a guy and we are talking on the phone and texting and he has not asked me out within a fair amount of time- I start to slowly ‘fade him to black’ as I call it. Which means I slow down on returning his texts or calls. It has worked with some real potentials but it definetly weeds out the rif raf or guys that aren’t worth my time.

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