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What Does It Mean If My Boyfriend Tells Me About Other Girls Who Want to Be With Him?

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Does it get you mad when your boyfriend mentions other women who want him?

Seriously, how bad does it suck when you’re hanging out with your boyfriend and he finds yet another way to bring “her” into the conversation.

Maybe a girl in the movie you’re watching reminds him.. Maybe your waitress looks like a girl he knows at work – who just happens to be always trying to get him to go out with her.

Perhaps, and this one really spikes your anger, you can feel your fists clench up as he laughs at his own story about this “girl” he knows he won’t stop calling him late at night.

No matter what your personal situation is, it’s no joke no matter how “lightly” he spins it.

I’m positive if you’ve ever dated even only one guy who you called a boyfriend – he has told you about some “other” girl who wants to be with him.

He’s laughing it off while you’re steaming inside, possibly getting ready for yet another pointless fight which this time – may be the LAST one. Whether those other girls are going to steal him from you, or you’re going to dump his ass because he don’t know when to shut up.

Here’s MY take on the whole “boyfriend-bragging” thing.

  • Insecurity – to a certain degree of course.
  • Validation – an assurance of how you really feel about him.

A man will talk about other women wanting him in an attempt to stir jealousy. How you react can either guarantee your real devotion to him or have him believing you don’t really care.

Either way this borderline passive aggressive act is done with purpose although you will find most men don’t even realize they’re doing it.

You see there are lots of guys who may not believe they’re good enough to hold a woman close. Their self-esteem, past relationships, childhood experiences, all can keep them in a perpetual state of “looking for real validation.”

Words are never good enough and actions can be misunderstood.

But getting a woman jealous can be a very clear emotional sign a girl is dedicated. ( Which done by “gaming” the situation validates her emotional investment in the relationship.)

I can honestly tell you from personal experience (when women alluded my understanding) it came down to power. Before I mislead you, it’s NOT about gaining power over you.

Lots of men believe women have all the power to choose who they sleep with. They believe YOU are the selector and they have no “real” say in the matter.

This could easily lead them to feel like while you’re in a commitment with him, YOU have the power to sleep with any other guy you want. If that guy has too many insecurities and is constantly searching for validation he will (at times) feel helpless.

As always, when a man feels “helpless” you’re likely to see parts of him you may not enjoy… Such as talking about his not-so-favorite stalker.

Now I don’t want you to believe he’s not strong enough for you or that you should dump a man who’s not secure enough for you.

Just to understand him better and acknowledge this “problem” you might be experiencing is not necessarily a conscious act to keep the attraction alive.

Even the most secure men may mention another girl from time to time.

Some men even do it because they believe they’re reassuring their commitment to you like, “Hey this girl won’t leave me alone…” meaning “You have nothing to worry about I am not interested in cheating on you AND it’s more likely I won’t by telling you.”

Sometimes it’s even a conversation thing. Not knowing what to say some guys just blurt out anything.

Take a look at your situation and I’m sure you’ll understand exactly why YOUR boyfriend feels the need to tell you about other girls who want to be with him:

  • If he’s the jealous type – he’s probably insecure, scared, or has a history of choosing women that will cheat on him.
  • If he’s the “overly” nice guy type – he’s probably looking for validation or an emotional response proving your commitment to the relationship.
  • If he’s very secure, has lots of choices, and has only mentioned on girl a few times – then you might be the one facing your own insecurity about losing him.
  • If he’s a past cheater and seems really into you, he may be worried or feel too weak to reject her. By telling you about it, the openness may be just enough to stop him from straying.
  • If he’s not a great talker, has lots of guy friends, he’s probably only used to talking to his buddies and so not realizing he’s treating you like a guy friend and not a girlfriend.
  • If he’s generally considered not-so-nice or even a player he may be using the old “jealousy” game to keep you close.

Wherever your boyfriend falls in the loosely based categories above – rest assured communication skills, security, and emotional investment on both “sides” of the relationship will play a major role of why it is happening.

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8 comments… add one

  • Jen

    My boyfriend falls into the following category even though I try not to believe he will cheat on me.
    ◾If he’s a past cheater and seems really into you, he may be worried or feel too weak to reject her. By telling you about it, the openness may be just enough to stop him from straying.

    He screwed up date for going to see a condo with an office girl (he says she invited him), dinner and sent her back home. We had a tough night that day. Next day he told me there are two more girls interested in him and an ex girlfriend almost keeps the daily contact with him. Totally 5 girls including me are interested in him. He told me he is not into commitment now and he wants freedom. We will be friends for a few weeks. The EXCLUSIVE clause is on for us. But he chased me for almost 2 years when he was married but I didn’t get into a relationship with him. We became best friends. In March, he started divorce which surprised me. But I had to sort out another relationship which ended in April. I was sad so I didn’t want to get into a relationship with him. My best friend and her kid came over for 10 days visit. During that 10 days, he got into a relationship and a few weeks ago I was able to fight him back.

    I think he wants to explore other girls but I already fell in love with him. Am I right? I have not talked to him at all for a whole week. We did some texting but not so much. I want to be back into the relationship but it has to be better than what we had. But how?

    Thanks very much.
    J

    • Hello Jen,

      I’d like to completely candid with you. When a guy tells you about five other girls, he’s been in and out of relationships, AND he tells you he is not into commitment – AND he wants his freedom…

      He chases you for two years while he’s married. He got into another relationship I’m assuming just after his divorce and you fought him back.

      It all sounds like neither of you are ready for any kind of relationship. As far as I’m concerned “being in love” or whatever you call it is not grounds for a relationship. There’s more to it than that.

      Both people must be in the same place at the same time. Granted those “places” can be sometimes hard but there’s one thing I know about relationships is (and I know most might not agree with me here) – Relationships are easy!

      The best happen almost effortlessly. Sure there are bumps along the road. Things to figure out. Stuff you can not plan on and sometimes shit happens but honestly in the beginning things tend to fall right in place.

      With that said – if you’re going through all this work – both of you are in and out of different relationships with different people, he wants to explore other girls… you’re going to find yourself working harder than you need for something which at this time, seems to be the wrong thing.

      My personal advice would be for you to step back. Figure out where you are. Forget about where he is. When you are feelings more stable and he’s out of your head – them maybe just maybe you can take a peak to see where he is.

      If he’s not settled himself by then, there’s a good chance he’ll not be ready to contribute to something better than you had.

      I believe you can not have something better than you had unless both are you are able to complete yourself first – become a stronger single unit apart – and then start communicating on a level much different than the past.

      I wish you the best and I do hope you take heed and do what’s best for you without him,

      Pete

  • K

    Hey Pete;

    I think my boyfriend falls into the category “past cheater”.

    When I first met my boyfriend I thought he was the most sweetest and innocent guy, but as the months went on, more and more “past girl” & “present girl” stories started to pop up. After two months after we started going out he confessed to me that he had an ex-girlfiend which he broke up with 2 days after the first time we kissed. This upset me as it took him this long to tell me AND it made ME feel terrible about somehow violating his relationship with her. He explained it away by telling me that he was in a relationship with this girl for 3 years and I gave him the courage to break it off with her and he didn’t want to tarnish our relationship by cheating on her with me.

    As more time went by he unintentionally confessed to me that he was unfaithful in his relationship with her(his ex) and slept with ALOT of women while he was with her during their last year together. This really made me upset as it made me question his faithfulness in relationships as you know how the old saying goes “once a cheater, always a cheater”. I’d like to point out that at this point he had never made me feel like he was cheating or that I should distrust him. I didn’t want to be one of those girls who was constantly worried about her boyfriend being unfaithful, so i decided to get past this, as he was in a relationship with me now, not with her, and as i have said before he hadn’t given me a reason not to trust him.

    I’d also like to explain that my boyfriend is one of those people who love attention. And i know, just by the way he talks about it, he loves getting attention from girls who “want” him. My boyfriend is also waaaaaay more sexually experienced then I am and therefore has alot more “past girl” stories to talk about. Fine, I get it, hes slept with alot of girls and he thinks hes a stud; everyone likes to get sexual attention from other people, its flattering. I think what bothers me the most is how much he enjoys it, i mean he is supposed to be in a relationship with me. Shouldn’t my attention matter more? Do i need to constantly be told about how these girls at work “want” him and if he said “yes” he could bed them in a second? Or how this girl at the restaurant kept dropping major hints about how she wanted to “take him home” that night? I mean, I get attention from other guys too but i always end it pretty quickly by giving the hint that i am not interested as i have a boyfriend. I care about my boyfriend, and I only care about his attention.

    He teases me a lot about all these girls “wanting” him, and it never used to bother me in the beginning, but now its really starting to make me feel so insecure. I’ve told him that I don’t like hearing about it, but it still happens. I don’t know what he is trying to accomplish by this. I don’t want to be a constantly jealous girlfriend and i don’t want to turn into one who has to, for example, check his phone to see what he is saying back to these girls who “want” him. If i can’t trust him, what is the point of being in a relationship? He always assures me I have nothing to worry about or that girl isn’t a threat, but why are you still talking about them then?

    I just don’t know what to think anymore. I am constantly at war with myself to trust him but to not blindly trust him because his past history and how he talks about girls “wanting” him.

    Is he insecure? Or is he trying to tell me something? I have no idea….

    • Hey K,

      You nailed it – insecure.

      The thing that gets me is that he stayed in a relationship for a year when he wasn’t committed to it. This tells me he’s scared of being alone. How his entire image of himself is based on how women see him.

      It’s tough to be secure in who we are when we’re not first capable of being alone for some time and it’s even tougher when our self-image is held up by how others see us.

      That means, if at some point he wants out of the relationship he’ll look elsewhere and will “stick around” until something supposedly better comes along.

      Unfortunately this puts all the pressure on you to make the relationship work. Because, in a way, he’s telling you, “Hey I can go anywhere, anytime…” Of course he may not ever bring that up until a terrible fight happens where he feels wrong but still wants to win.

      I think you know what I mean there. You have a great handle on all this and you painted me a great picture to go by. I thank you for that.

      I’ve seen things like this work before but it was always a cat and mouse game, was done in a fun flirty way, and both were involved in doing it. (Actually it’s kind of fun to watch.)

      But it was always between two very secure people who knew it was all in fun. When one part is less secure and measurable so – it often caused serious issues driving them apart.

      Be careful K. Don’t let his actions get to your security. It has nothing to do with you and has everything to do with him.

      Sometimes I wish I could turn back time and give you some insight – and it would be – never ever ever ever commit to a man until he shows you without a doubt (by actions and not promises) that he’s a complete man “alone” and only wants to be in a relationship that enhances his life.

      It sounds like he needs women to complete him. Make him feel special. Make him feel wanted, loved, and adored.

      This is all good when it’s a drive to enjoy intimacy on many levels (not just sex) and a drive to be a dependable “family” man but when the “Ego” relies on outward expressions from other people to stay confident it’s often a sign that person needs to learn to function alone first.

      Like me. For so many years I thought I was a pathetic man because women refused to love me or see something in me which went beyond the “friendly.” It took me so long to realize that of course they couldn’t love a guy who wasn’t confident in himself. It all changed when I took the “alone time” women granted me :) which I thought I was cursed with, to build myself into a fully capable and complete man by myself, first!

      That’s one extreme and the other is the overly confident guy. Similar to yours. They’re really not far off just live in two different worlds. However under the surface their both deathly afraid of being alone and will do whatever necessary to fill that void.

      I won’t offer you any advice at this time and what to do. I believe you are quite capable of understanding all your options and you do understand whatever choices you make, you are responsible for.

      But I do hope I’ve cleared any doubt and supported your beliefs entirely.

      Thanks for putting it all out there. Stop back anytime K,

      Pete

  • Mariana

    Hello, I met a guy about two months ago and I liked him since the first day but im too shy to talk to him and so is him so about two weeks ago he finally asked me out. We did we had so much fun, we held hands and kissed so than our second date he said he wanted us to be a couple and I said yes. The way he is, the way he talks, the way he smells, and the way he kisses me invites me to get in bed with him but the is something that stops me and I run away. He says he wants to move in with me and be together forever but we go out then after that he doesnt even text me, I tried texting him once and never replied so I left it like that cause I dont want to appear desperate. He calls me once in a while and tells me that this krazy girl on facebook keeps stalking him and laughts about it and that he has girls at his workplace that are afterhim but im the only one for him. Also I went to visit him to his work once in a while but stopped after he said he had several girl with crushes on him because I feel like he only wants to show me off with his friends and his crushes. Im just not sure he is committed to a serious relationship becuse I think about him 24/7 and want to know about him even though I restrain myself yet he doesnt even say hello.

  • Michelle

    Hi Pete,

    I’m wondering what your opinion is. I’ve been with my partner for 2 years and in 2 months we will be married. He has on odd occasions commented on whether he thought a girl was pretty whether it was someone he knew, saw or even on TV. Although I hated hearing it, particularly because he never really compliments me at all, I let it go and thought its a natural feeling and I want him to be open with me. I also justified and said well I sometimes see someone and say to myself his cute, but I never said it to him. I wanted him to feel secure about the way i feel about him. But recently, in the past week, his been telling me how a few girls on facebook approached him and were kind of flirty calling him sexy etc etc. He told me that he told them his getting married soon and that he cant talk to them and that his starting ‘a new life’ a ‘fresh start’ with me. One girl he said, a girl he knew from his past (were never dating), got really angry by this comment and said he didn’t have to be so rude about it and that she was going to find me on facebook and tell me that he was cheating (weird?). For these reasons together with the fact that we have been saying how boring facebook is lately, he deactivated his account….? Immediately i thought this was overkill and maybe he had something to hide? or the tempatation was too much he had to deactivate? I don’t think he is doing something behind my back with these girls. But it upsets me for some reason. This was a week ago and lastnight he told me again that when he was on his motorbike on the way home from my house that another couple girls tried to pick him up and he brushed them off. Should this be bothering me so much? What is his intentions by telling me all this? Guys say nice things to me all the time, and try to pick me up but i never say anything. The other thing is why doesn’t he ever compliment me? I’m a pretty girl, I’ve done well for myself and I love him with all my heart It has been a constant upset in our relationship for me that he never acknowledges or say a nice thing about me, he has to be prompted all the time and its just not the same when I do that.

    ?? Do I have something to worry about…? How should i handle this?

    xx Michelle.

    • Hi Michelle,

      I have a million opinions on all this (and everything I suppose Haha!) so I’ll try to keep it short and simple for you.

      Of course I can understand how frustrating it can be that he never compliments you unless you prompt him to do so but…

      Consider this: When he talks about how pretty other women are – he’s telling you that out of all of them – you’re the one who got him. And to him that makes you the most beautiful woman in the world.

      When he mentions how other girls are trying to pick him up and how he has to deactivate his account on Facebook because of them – he’s telling you he’s found his one. It just might be “his” way of complimenting you.

      You’re a pretty girl and guys tell you all the time, right? Guys hit on you and you never mention them, right? But I’m positive he knows what a catch you are. He also knows and probably believes that those guys are not with you because of how they act. They’re not with you despite all the compliments and hitting on you.

      Therefore to him – to begin to act like those other guys would surely have you less attracted to him. Which is something he will avoid doing at all costs. Which is why you have to prompt him to say those kind of things to you. And which is why he probably gives you the “fine” look when he feels forced to tell the woman who “got him” how beautiful she really is.

      It sounds to me this guy has his share of experiences with women. Which means he’s learned a certain way with women which has worked for him. This means he will do anything and everything to stick to what has worked especially with the one he plans on marrying shorty. Rather than risk losing you by acting differently you’ll find his compliments of other women grow because he might believe if he starts saying all those things to you – he’ll lose you.

      I know it sounds strange. I know it may even sound stupid. You might be wondering why the games or why can’t he just be real with you but you must understand the man you’re marrying, the one you fell in love with, wants to be special to you and to always be the guy you fell for.

      To start changing now could easily send you running during the “cold feet stage” ALL couples experience right before marriage.

      Okay – I’ve been know to tell a close woman in my life how I find “her” attractive and I understand how she’ll take it. And yes usually it doesn’t seem like the smart thing to do but think of it this way. In my mind I’m merely showing her that I KNOW what’s attractive. I have a great taste in beauty. I know what separates the average from the beautiful and I’m in touch with what I like on a woman.

      As bad as that seems what am I really saying is – “I have great taste in women and I’m choosing YOU!”

      Should you worry about a guy who is saying the same thing to you? I wouldn’t. I would worry more about the guy who always seems to be hiding something or who is actually cheating on you, or suddenly starts acting different than the guy you fell in love with.

      You can handle it however you like. You can use what I’ve told you today and imagine he’s not complimenting them – he’s showing you the only way he knows that his taste in women is real and he believes without a doubt he’s found the one.

      Of course this is never a 100%. I don’t know him personally nor do I claim to know your personal relationship with him… Yes. Sometimes I’m wrong. Haha!

      But I do know guys… :D

      Enjoy your wedding day. If you or him don’t experience cold feet or nervousness, then I’d start to worry about it all.

      Here’s to that magical day… cheers!!!

      Pete

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