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Why Do Some Men Like You One Time, Then Pretend They Barely Know You?

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Why is it when a guy is into you, shows every sign he likes you, but the next time he sees you, it's like you don't even exist?

He acts a little distant. Barely listens to a word you say.

You want to ask him what's wrong but it's not like you're dating or anything.

You're not in a relationship.

You're still getting to know each other...

But for some reason he's making you feel you did something wrong and this passive aggressive attitude he's displaying is making you wonder why you're even bothering with him at all.

I was totally into this "chic" once. She was the type who lots of guys chase. You could take one look at her and instantly assume she could have any guy she wanted.

If you don't know about how much attraction controls men I can tell you it's not too easy to shrug it off. It makes you do things you wouldn't normally do.

It makes you almost want to give everything you got - in the hopes her attraction would be returned.

The way I see it - as a man who's studied this stuff - us guys actually "suffer" from attraction because if we follow it and listen to it, it only seems to do just the opposite to the woman we're madly falling for.

It's like when we go blindly into in it causes us to push any highly sought out woman away.

Well let me tell you this girl had me hooked. Literally every curve on her body mesmerized me. Her face was flawless and her eyes, the way they lit up when she saw me... got me scared.

I was terrified that I was going to screw it up.

So here's this guy - not the greatest "ladies man" in the world at the time, hasn't had much success with very attractive women, and feeling it like there's no tomorrow.

Feeling the peak of attraction I gave it all despite all my fears.

Tried to make her laugh.

Tried to find a connection with her.

Tried to be "all that a man could be" because I was "suffering" from a lowered self-esteem just being around her.

Just so you know, it felt like it worked. She was returning the flirts and playing right back with me. The chemistry was increasing and so was the sexual tension.

Despite the fact as our interaction continued so did my self-confidence because she was just that cool to be around.

Now you would think I would've been smart enough to run with it. To "do my thing" and keep it up. You would think, because it only makes sense, I'd be all her into her when we met again.

But it wasn't like that at all.

There was more people around.

More guys there to flirt with her.

Suddenly every available "stud" was taking over where I had left off and I just knew it was a losing battle.

Here I am, now watching other guys be all into her and I got a glimpse into the future.

We'd talk a little. Get to know each other better. A few weeks or maybe a month would pass and we would grow closer.

And I've been through that before. What happened was more predictable than the sunrise.

While I was "doing all the work" she was dating some other guy and kissing him on the first date. Since I was "being nice" and spent way too much time waiting for the moment to happen, and didn't know how to make it happen naturally...

I was waiting for HER to make a move on me.

To men - that's the ultimate sign a girl is into them... when she makes a move on him.

Remember that because "making a move" to some men is a lot more than just going for a kiss.

You see this seemingly innocent "passive aggressive" method is just another way to get YOU to prove how much you like us.

If we ignore you and you seek us out - our confidence goes up and we believe you're feeling it just as much as we are.

If we keep away and act aloof or distant it's a test.

We definitely want to feel in control of our attraction and if we can stay away long enough, it gives us time to think about how to handle it and stop our attraction from pushing you away.

After all EVERY guy understands (even though he acts differently) that every woman he chases just seems to run away quicker.

We're testing our restraint but more than that we're testing YOU because some guys, like I was, need to feel like you're into us just as much as the guy you kissed so much quicker than us.

When we predict our future with you and we only see what some other woman did to us, our anger turns passive and we want to make sure THIS TIME it's going to be different.

This time I won't chase her because she's too hot.

This time I won't be the guy who kisses her ass "hoping" she'll like us back.

This time I will do anything and everything I know to make sure I make her prove how much she likes me.

Even if it means ignoring you and acting like I couldn't care less about her.

Thus satisfying the fragile "Ego" and it's thirst for validation.

Okay, so you met a guy who seemed into you and you even "liked" him back.

And the next time you're together it feel like you don't exist anymore.

Don't let him fool you - he just wants to know you're going to meet him half way.

Or maybe the whole way for some guys.

He is probably worried too much spent watching for your signals or he just doesn't understand how all this attraction thing really works.

Is he playing you on purpose?

Some are. I won't lie.

Here's how you can tell if he really is a player or not or is playing you:

"A REAL player is a guy who manipulates a woman’s feelings or emotions with the purpose of using those feelings to get what he wants from her. Typically, after he gets what he wants he disappears with little or no contact… ever again."

Defining A Player, The Games He Uses, & Why Most Men Are Not Players

Did you do something to push him away?

Well obviously there's a chance that DID happen.

Is there a chance he doesn't even notice it's happening?

Of course.

Some guys just don't pay attention to this kind of stuff as much as others.

Yet, generally speaking, you can consider it giving you space.

He's trying to show you he's not needy.

He doesn't want to screw it up.

He wants YOU to prove to him you're not going to treat him like a "dear friend" three weeks down the road.

Men are not always obvious when their attraction for you is driving them crazy.

If a guy likes you one minute and is ignoring you the next - all things considered it could just  means he "really really really" likes you!

These questions and more are completely covered in my new book, "The Silent Man" I just released a week before this post was updated and beyond learning everything you could ever learn about the silent man and why he ignores you the questioned below are fully covered:

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  • Was It Something You Did?
  • Was It Something You Said?
  • Is He Doing It On Purpose?
  • Is He Playing Hard To Get?
  • Was He Just Playing You? Were You Played?
  • Were You Used? Was He Just Using You?
  • Did you misread him? Maybe he wasn't into you as much as you once thought.
  • Does he, or did he even like you?
  • Was how he acted or the things he said to you even mean anything?

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  • Marilyn Waters

    Theres this guy who is like my best friend. We used to talk everyday and I was a little shy so he would start the conversation everytime. He’d tease me often telling me that he had to confess something and then one day he wrote, I Love you. I thought it was one of his jokes so I kind of didnt give a very good reply. Ever since that day he stopped replying often, he wouldn’t start the conversations. I asked him several times what was wrong but he just didn’t tell me the reason and now hes like a completely different person. He won’t reply even if he’s online and I have to message him. What do I do?

  • Riya

    there is this guy who is in my school and used to text me a lot. Everyone teased us at school. The way he used to text made it clear that he liked me. We both went to the same after classes and he wouldn’t stop touching me. We used to talk the whole day. He definitely flirted with me. He would tell me the minutest details of his day like when he is disturbed after his parents fight. He had become my best friend in just 3 months. Then suddenly he started behaving very rudely with me something which he never did before. He stopped texting and behaved distant and cold. Its been over 3 months we stopped talking. after we stopped talking some of my other friends came over and told me about his flirtatious nature. I saw him talking to other girls many times but his behavior with them was completely different than what he behaved with me. While talking to other girls he had this cool stud type behavior but with he was a sweet helping good guy.. Every now and then when I m not looking he would steal glances at me and stare at me when our eyes meet..
    I fail to understand the reason behind this cold behavior of his… Is it that i did something wrong? I don’t even remember being rude to him.. I even don’t understand why is his behavior different while talking to me and the other girls..

    • Peter White

      Hi Riya,

      Guys tend to act different around girls they are attracted to. It’s not always obvious and some are good at hiding it BUT if you look hard enough you’ll see it.

      From what I can tell about your situation is that he wanted to be with you but felt like you didn’t want to be with him. That would cause a lot of guys to feel led on and perhaps become instantly rude and distant.

      I’d look at what was going on with regards to you two becoming involved just before it happened and maybe you can pinpoint the exact moment.

      Remember some guys will continually hint and wait for YOU to say it’s okay before they’re willing to make a move. If something hinted to him that you liked somebody else or were not interested after he’s been putting all this work
      into you, he’ll sort of begin to avoid or even hate you for it.

      Also, guys are notoriously bad at reading a woman’s signals so you might have been giving him the green light, but he just wasn’t getting it.


  • jennifer

    There is this boy next door my apartment that i know.He used to say hi and tak to me sometimes…but then other times he made fun of me and hit me with a football in a joke way and laughs….why does he do that?
    once I was with my friends talking to him ad after a few sec he told me he has a crush and when i asked him who is it he just looked at me and said don’t worry.He even share a lot of common things with me.eg.he asked me my favorite food and i said pizza ,he said same to me and tha’s when i started crushing on him…
    Another time when i showed him my ex’s pic he started saying rude stuff about him for no reason….He was sometimes nice but then sometimes rude.
    lots of times I saw him and he was just staring..cuz i felt awkward i didn’t look up….
    Now if i pass him he doesn’t really say hi or anything….he just look at me for few sec and walk past……
    why is he doing this?
    did i do anyhting bad….

    • Peter White

      Hi Jennifer,

      He was making fun of you to tease you. That was his “opening” and I won’t get into all the reasons why guys tease women this way BUT it’s normally a sign he wants you to flirt with him and tease him back. This shows him you’re interested in “sparing” with him.

      He said rude things about your ex because he was jealous AND he probably thought it was rude that you would show him those pictures. I would suggest you don’t do that to a guy IF you don’t want this reaction.

      If you were subconsciously testing him or even knowingly doing it to see how he responds, then yes, it’s a good way to tell early on how strong the guy you’re dealing with is, and I might even encourage it if finding a strong guy has been a problem for you, but then you must accept the consequences. It will scare off a lot of guys. They just don’t like it.

      Imagine you were hanging out with a guy and he started showing you pictures of his “hot ex” and I believe you’ll see what I mean.

      Other than that, it’s salvageable. He’ll probably (sort of) forget about it sooner or later depending on how into you he is and how many other women he hits on.

      Thanks for asking and all the best,


  • courtney

    Hello so quick story. A guy friend and I have been for 3 years. We recently started becoming closer as friends. I went through a break up and he was there to listen to me. We hung out and went to an event and we had a great time. He started complimenting me more and actually talking to me more. Our last conversation was over a month ago. He just stopped talking to me. On social media he will comment on pictures but if I were to contact him he wont respond. I need help. what does this mean?

    • Peter White

      Hello Courtney,

      Sounds like he is a guy who lives in the friends zone all too often. Been there myself many times long ago. He’s probably worried you’re going to put him there again and so is refraining from getting too close to you.

      These type of guys sort of expect the woman to make the first, second, and third move and if they don’t – they take it personal and automatically assume the woman isn’t interested in anything more.

      Your history with him tells me that after your break up and him being there for you – that he’s going to be hesitant about putting himself in that position again. It’s not a fun place to be.


  • QT

    I think this guy likes me. He was flirting with me by telling funny jokes. But I met him again next week, he acted disinterested and blunt, not nice to me. Like you said, it seems like a couple of guys like me and it might make he responded that way. I like him, but I’m hesitant because he is 4yr younger. I just want to enjoy our time together right now. I don’t want to approach him first to show that I like him because of my past experience of rejection due to misunderstand that a guy like me when he didn’t. So, I want him to pursue me, not vice versa. What should do during this time that he ignoring me so that I won’t be the first to pursue him, but makes him pursue me instead? And also how can I know if a guy likes me? I tend to misunderstand.

    • QT,

      Anytime a guy is not nice to you in a not so pleasant way… WHY would you put up with it? It’s one thing to tease someone a little, I’ve done it many times BUT you need to find a line and stick to it.

      Decide right now – how much rudeness are you really willing to put up with from a guy you barely know? When is too much… too much!

      AND why would you want a guy who is not nice to you PURSUE you anyways. That’s where you’ll find yourself looking for an Ego boost and not a potential date, boyfriend, or future husband.

      Live your life. Forget about him. That’s how you stop yourself from pursuing him.

      If you want to make HIM pursue you – I’m not going there because he wasn’t NICE to you… period.

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      How do you know if a guy likes you – because he treats you with respect and doesn’t play mind games with you. He steps up to your challenge. He leads you forward. He takes ACTION. Sure other guys who may like you might not do anything of those things but the ones who do those things are actually the best guys for you anyways.

      So the rest – eventually they’ll learn how or not. It shouldn’t be your concern.

      I understand you’re worried about rejection BUT this guy basically has already rejected you in a RUDE way. He did YOU a favor. Trust me on that.

      It’s going to be okay.

      Kindly your friend,

  • k

    Have to comment on this; daughter is a percussionist and works with them(she’s high school age) They all do this because they feel there’s more than one girl in the picture. I’ve told my daughter she can’t date any of them after the stories she’s told me. IT’s like a game to these guys. THey all want to feel (or believe) there’s one or more girls into them–they love the attention. Whether a girl is really into them or not—they are massive flirts. Eventually, a girl or two gives up because it’s this on / off again thing—but then another one comes around. I don’t know if the football players do this too–but it helps the guys feel they’re popular. So basically, they are not serious—

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