What to do if you're dating a 'douchebag' Caroline Cranshaw: What to do if you're dating a 'douchebag' Publish Date Thursday, 12 October , 1: I have dealt with this topic so often that I am now an expert on "the douchebag. And it breaks my heart every time another woman is crying her eyes out to me after being screwed over by this type of man.
Now, just to be clear, women can be douchebags too. A douchebag is someone who treats people badly. Here is my best advice to help you realise why you are attracted to them, how to avoid or get rid of a douche and save yourself a whole lot of pain. You are the one choosing them, after all.
After years of therapy and then in my training to become a therapist myself, I found the answer most of the time lies in your childhood and your subconscious. We learn what love is from our home environments and in relationships, we gravitate towards the familiar.
Our unconscious minds cause us to seek out emotional situations that resemble our childhood circumstances or first romantic relationships, regardless of whether those experiences were negative or positive. Here is a little equation to show how it works.
If home was drama, you may attract partners that have addictions, crazy issues and lots of dramas. If home was lonely and unkind, you may attract partners that ignore, withhold affection or criticize you. If home was fearful, you may attract partners that are emotionally or physically abusive. In your subconscious, love and therefore sexual attraction is equated with the negative feelings that you grew up with. We attract and are attracted to the type of people who treat us how we treat ourselves or subconsciously think we should be treated.
Here are some red flags — and signs you should kiss him goodbye: Does he take you out? Now even if he is broke, he can still make an effort. If he only texts you after 10 pm wanting sex, it will never magically turn into the relationship of your dreams.
Start as you mean to continue and be too busy for a booty call. Does he listen to you and show interest in your life? If all he talks is about himself, then the relationship will be all about him, as well. A man who only cares about himself is called a narcissist and will never be able to give love in a healthy way.
Does he pay for things? A man that is stingy with his money is usually not generous with other things either. Does he have a girlfriend, wife or live with an ex? Stay away until he is. If he is truly the love of your life and wants to be with you, he will leave her to make that happen. Is he emotionally available? Does he say that he does not want a relationship or a commitment or hung up on another woman? Not the one you are making up with a fantasy ending.
If he needs space as big as the outdoors, assume you are going to be left out in the cold. Find a man that wants a relationship too. Does he hate a particular race, his family, the government, his ex-girlfriend, certain clothes you wear, your friends, other drivers, animals, strong women, successful people or clowns? If you are in a relationship with an angry man, you can be guaranteed that one day he will spew it all over you.
Does he tell you what to wear, where to go, who you can and cannot talk to or how you should live your life? The controlling man was a speciality of mine. If I talked to a man for more than five minutes when we were out together, he would come up and stand behind the guy tapping his watch.
According to him, I was disrespecting him by paying attention to another man. He would do this with men thirty years my senior. Love should be supportive and allow you to grow, not keep you on a leash! I do believe that things happen for a reason and our relationships teach us what we need to learn. There have been valuable lessons in every one of them. Identifying what your relationship patterns are is the first step in changing them.
If you are with someone that makes you unhappy — leave! It is that simple, and I have never regretted breaking up with someone that I was unhappy with. It may have hurt and been scary in the beginning, but it has always been a relief in the end.
You deserve to be happy! I am amazing and will only be with men that treat me with the respect I deserve! You may trip up now and then but dust yourself off and know that you are an amazing, gorgeous woman who will meet a man who knows it too and treats you with the love and respect you give yourself and know that you deserve. Caroline Cranshaw is a hypnotherapist, life coach and the author of The Smoking Cure.