I'm going to start with this some words about men I normally don't like to say: ONLY insecure - approval seeking guys - who feel forgotten or succumb to believe they're helpless to change their stay or status in life absolutely HATE being ignored.
You'll find the entire list of character traits listed below on the types of men who doesn't respond well to being ignored.
The rest will either see it for what it is: a passive aggressive game to illicit a certain response OR they won't even know they're being ignored or care negating the game entirely.
So why do THOSE other guys hate being ignored?
A lack of attention when they desperately need it. Give them a little and take it away and you can literally watch them squirm as they plan their next move to stop it.
Insecurity - no one likes to feel insecure and tell if I'm wrong, but feeling jealous is not the most fun feeling in the world. Show another guy more attention and start ignoring the first guy and you'll quickly see his anger grow. He'll desperately try to hold it back but eventually it will send him over the top and he'll do some crazy stuff to assure he's HEARD once and for all.
Immaturity - Most mature stable adult men can handle being ignored and will often not let it affect them too much. They respond one way or another to it but rarely is it with anger or desperation.
The more mature man deals with being ignored and can see it quite differently. He may simply see it as you wanting space or just living your life independently. You not paying attention to him is rarely taken personal at all.
The immature guy - even one who appears mature might be sent over the edge when a woman he loves, is into, or anyone begins to ignore him IF he has hidden issues with not being seen or heard or paid attention to at a time he needs it the most.
The truly immature guy is triggered to ACT OUT when he's being ignored because he's, well immature and hasn't learned how to deal with his emotions in a more adult manner.
An overly self-conscious man will also not handle being ignored in a positive way but his reaction can be much different - You see, for him everything is taken personal as if it pertains to him. When something happens, lots of things beyond being ignored, he believes HE is the cause.
The too self-conscious man tends to think a little too much and connects things in his brain which (most of the time) should NOT be connected AND he typically finds fault within himself as to why it happened.
Take this situation for example:
You're seeing a self-conscious man and you said you were going to text him at a certain time but you got busy, the time passed by, and you missed the sending the message.
In HIS world he will first dismiss it but then as time goes by he begins to overthink and over-analyze the situation. He starts to wonder.
Did he do something wrong?
Was it something he said?
Do you still like him?
Worse yet, if he's also a little immature and insecure he can find himself thinking there MUST be another man - that's WHY you didn't text him.
Depending on the rest of his traits he'll either act out on it through jealousy, anger or both OR withdraw and become overly quiet when you get back to him. You could even truthfully explain why you didn't contact him but deep in his mind - the connection is already there and he's less likely to be it to be true.
His silence will get worse as he continues to internalize the events that took place until it ALL comes out either in a very strange way or further withdrawing in a highly passive aggressive nature.
I understand this can be a very confusing often complex problem so I'll break down the traits of a guy who DOES hate being ignored:
- Little belief in himself.
- Low self-esteem.
- Overly self-conscious.
- Over thinker.
- Analyzes things too much.
- Connects external events that may or may not be connected to him personally.
- Attention seeker.
- Passive aggressive by nature.
- Takes things or life and what happens to him way too personal.
- The jealous type.
- Immature or hasn't fully grasped how to handle his stronger emotions.
- Feels somewhat helpless to make positive changes in his life.
- Unsure or convinced on how someone feels about him.
- Feels like he has little or no control over his life.
I'm sure there's more but that's enough for now.
You can now clearly see there's a distinct pattern of a guy who will absolutely HATE being ignored.
You can also see how in the so-called games of "dating" and "relationships" the IGNORE card is often used because it can illicit a response that PROVES something very important to a man or woman.
It's typically used as a means to measure a man's interest of feelings towards a woman.
In other words - ignore a man and if he acts out or even withdraws further it could mean he cares because as stated in another post...
Ignoring someone who couldn't care less does NOTHING as stated in this post:
Making this GAME an often used one for quick results.
It's also (although terrible) way of determining a man's character IF and when it's done purposely or not.
I reveal over 40 questions you can ask about a man to help you determine his character in my book:
In an ideal world you should NEVER have to resort to ignoring a man just to determine a man's character but it does happen and will continue to happen despite it being a game.
Normally it's accidental. One does not INTEND to ignore someone else. Circumstance and situation often plays the major role here.
My obvious advisement is against all game playing even if it's effective because they often lead to something far worse.
There are much more beneficial and ATTRACTIVE ways to determine a man's character quickly.
You should not NEVER have to ignore a guy and a guy should not have to ignore you purposely to get a reaction, see if interest is there or not, or figure out someone's character with this test.
Here's the biggest reason why:
What if you DO ignore a guy who is far from what is listed above ONLY to find out he's a mature and secure man who isn't reacting in a way which either determines like, interest, or love OR shows any sign that he even noticed?
You will - without a doubt - push him away and he will NEVER come back.
Mature men HATE game playing of any sort just as much as you do and once found out... it's GAME OVER.