Parenting: Attachment, Bonding & Reactive Attachment Disorder
Secure attachment establishes the basis on which the child will form relationships with others; his sense of security about exploring the world; his resilience to stress; his ability to balance his emotions, make sense of his life & create meaningful interpersonal relationships in the future.
In order to have a secure base from which to explore the world, be resilient to stress & form meaningful relationships with themselves & others, all infants need a primary adult who cares for them in sensitive ways & who perceives, makes sense of & responds to their needs.
Attachment is an instinctive system in the
brain that evolved to ensure infant safety & survival. Primary caretakers are usually the natural mothers, but they need not be. A father, another relative or a non-relative can function in the role of primary caretaker provided they sustain
a central role in a child’s life for at least 3 & preferably 5 years - the period when a child’s brain develops
Each attachment occurs in a unique way. Infants vary in what it takes to calm & soothe them or what they find most pleasurable. Caretakers also have their own preferences, but the attuned caretaker
will observe & follow the lead of the infant.
by secure attachment have the following attributes:
- The adult aligns his/her own internal state with that of the
infant or child & communicates this alignment in non-verbal ways that the child understands. This “communication” forms a bond of trust that makes the infant feel that he / she is felt, known & respected.
- The child cries; the adult feels concern & acts in ways
that communicate this concern.
The infant smiles & wants to interact in a positive manner.
Seeing this, the adult understands & accommodates the infant’s desire for joyful play.
Thru this mutually attuned interaction, the infant learns to
attain balance in his body, emotions & states of mind.
How is secure attachment related to optimum development?
Human beings are highly social
creatures. Our brains are designed to be in relationship with other people. Interactive communication shapes both the structure
& function of the brain. The technology that brain scans have made available in the past 15 years proves this point.
Attachment experience directly influences the development of children & is directly responsible for activating or not activating their genetic potential. Interpersonal relationships & the patterns of communications
that children experience with their caretakers directly influence the development of their mental processes.
Secure attachment establishes the basis on which the child will form relationships with others; his sense of security about exploring
the world; his resilience to stress; his ability to balance his emotions, make sense of his life & create meaningful interpersonal relationships
in the future.
Secure attachment doesn’t have
to be perfect
Attachment isn't destiny because
the brain remains flexible throughout life. Relationships with parents can & do change. If communication with the infant is secure at least a 3rd of the time or more, that's enough to support a secure relationship.
Repair, an important part
of the attachment process, contributes as much to optimum development as joyous interaction. No caretaker will interpret a child’s needs correctly all the time. And, as the child grows, there will be times of disagreement between the pair. The caretaker, who
sets limits initiates repair as soon as the child indicates a desire for reconnection, strengthens the child’s feeling of safety within the relationship.
For example, mom says, “you
can’t play with fire” or “you must brush your teeth before bed.” Infants & totters unable to see things from an adult perspective are easily put off by requests they dislike, temporarily severing the relationship
with anger & tears. The attuned caretaker isn't intimidated or put off by this disruption in their closeness.
If the child is angry or pouting, the caretaker understands their feelings, but remains firm. Relatively soon the dependant party (the child) gives up because they need to reconnect. An attuned caretaker will respond positively & immediately.
What causes insecure attachment & attachment disorder?
If the attachment bond doesn’t occur with sufficient regularity, then the necessary safe & secure experiences don't occur as they should. Instead, insecure attachments are formed. All insecure attachments arise
from repeated experiences of failed emotional communication. They take 1 of 3 different forms.
Before listing some of these,
it's important to note that parents of insecure children are themselves products of insecure experiences. Insecure attachment is passed on from one generation to the next unless repair
When children have experiences
with parents that leave them overwhelmed, traumatized & frightened, the youngsters become disorganized & chaotic.
Disorganized attachment leads
to difficulties in the regulation of emotions, social communication, academic reasoning as well as to more severe emotional problems.
Socio-economic status has
nothing to do with the ability to establish successful attachment relationships. Orphaned children who spend their early years
in orphanages or move from foster home to foster home are at risk for severe attachment disruption.
It also can occur as a result
of severe illness in the parent or the child, parental unavailability, or emotional trauma. Some children have inborn disabilities or temperaments that make it difficult for them to form a secure attachment, no matter how hard the parent tries.
In any case, there generally are several factors involved. The
major causes are:
What are the signs & symptoms of
Insecure attachments influence
the developing brain, which in turn affects future interactions with others, self-esteem, self-control & the ability to learn & to achieve optimum mental & physical health.
Symptoms can include the following:
- low self-esteem
- needy, clingy or pseudo-independent behavior
- inability to deal with stress & adversity
- lack of self-control
- inability to develop & maintain friendships
- alienation from & opposition to parents, caregivers & other authority figures
- anti-social attitudes & behaviors
- aggression & violence
- difficulty with genuine trust, intimacy & affection
- negative, hopeless, pessimistic view of self, family & society
- lack of empathy, compassion & remorse
- behavioral & academic problems at school
- speech & language problems
- incessant chatter & questions
- difficulty learning
- susceptibility to chronic illness
- obsession with food: hordes,
gorges, refuses to eat, eats strange things, hides food
- repetition of cycle of maltreatment & attachment disorder in their own children when they reach adulthood.
What is Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)?
Reactive Attachment Disorder
(RAD) is a clinically recognized form of severe insecure attachment. Children with RAD are so neurologically disrupted that they can't attach to a primary caregiver or go thru the normal developmental
These children can't establish
positive relationships with other people. Many of these children may have been incorrectly diagnosed as having severe emotional &
behavioral disturbances ranging from attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) to bipolar disorder to depression.
In response to these diagnoses,
they may have received various combinations of unnecessary psychotropic mediation. See References & resources for an excellent website that thoroughly describes the problem.
How is inadequate attachment repaired?
Recent studies show that it’s
never too late to create positive change in a child’s life, or in an adult’s, for that matter. The learning that accompanies new experiences can alter
neural connections in the brain. Relationships with relatives, teachers & childcare providers can provide an important
source of connection & strength for the child’s developing mind.
In attempts to repair attachment, here are some things to consider:
- Attachment is an interactive process. It's an evolutionary fact that our brains are structured to connect to one another. The attachment process alters the brains of both parent & child. But what makes attachment so unique is that the stronger, older, more experienced parent attunes & follows the lead of the younger, less experienced,
more vulnerable child
- Following an infant’s
lead doesn't mean that that the infant makes all the decisions. It does mean that the caretaker follows & responds
to the infant’s emotional needs & defers to the infants emotional needs when appropriate.
- Attachment is a nonverbal process. It takes place many months & even years before speech & thought develop. Communication is accomplished thru wordless means that rely on several things to convey interest, understanding & caring:
Children vary in what they find soothing.
There is no “one size fits all” for every child. In determining what constitutes “just right” communication
for a particular child, it'll be up to the adult to follow the nonverbal cues of that child.
- Attachment is akin to falling in love, but can’t begin until both parties feel safe in their bodies & safe with one another. When adults are anxious, mad, tuned out or overwhelmed, they'll not be able to make an attuned connection with a child.
They should regulate
themselves before attempting to connect. If a child is overwhelmed or inconsolable, he may not be available for an attuned emotional connection until he feels safer in his body.
such as rocking, singing, moving, touching & feeding can sooth children, but youngsters vary in their sensory preferences.
What soothes a parent may not soothe an infant.
may have to become sensory detectives to determine the best techniques for soothing their child & soothing themselves
in order to make connection with the child.
- The key to shared emotional
experience isn't simply to mirror or give lip service to the child, but to share his experience by feeling it to some degree
within your own body. This process of shared experience helps both infants & children regulate their feeling states. It's usually more important to share a negative state with a child than to problem solve.
children to learn to problem solve for themselves.
- The shared positive emotional experiences of joy are as important to the attachment bond as the shared negative emotional experiences of fear, sadness, anger & shame. Some parents are very good at detecting a child’s distress & responding appropriately to it. Other parents share joyous moments but leave or space out in times of trouble &
A strong attachment bond includes the full range of shared emotional experience.
- Rupture &
repair is a crucial part of secure attachment. No matter how much we love our children, there comes a point where we aren't in agreement with them, a point when
we have to set limits & say “no.”
This is usually a point
of rupture in the relationship as the child angrily protests. Such protest is to be expected.
The key to strengthening
the attachment bond of trust is to be available the minute the child is ready to reconnect. It's also important to initiate repair when we've done something
to hurt, disrespect, or shame a child.
perfect. From time to time, we're the cause of the disconnection. Again, our willingness to initiate repair can strengthen the attachment bond.
- Families who have children with
Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) will benefit from treatment & therapeutic parenting. Other disorders may accompany
severe attachment disorder.
He needs mirrors of his own quest to understand his masculinity; soul buddies who can validate his journey like no woman ever can. Find a friend. Take off your mask. Show
him who you really are.
Barbara DeAngelis, Author
Guidelines for a "Men's Support Community"
a specific place, time & length of the meeting. Once a week in the same place, at the same time with a 2 hour maximum
effectiveness of the group is dependent upon each member's total committment to making attendance at this weekly meeting a high priority. No committment. No healing.
If you can't commit to be present at every meeting don't join the group. Obviously there will be an ocassional missed meeting because of family
- Our group determined
that family comes first. Other than family or you die, there were no excuses for not attending this life-changing meeting. Be on time. Better yet, arrive early & visit for a few minutes before the meeting officially begins. If someone
is unavoidably late, don't stop to greet them, continue with the meeting.
I once was late for a sales
meeting & made the comment, "Better late than never," to which the sales manager replied, "Better never late!" Lesson
learned. It's wise for everyone to commit to meet for a minimum of 6 weeks in the beginning & at the end of that period you can all choose to extend your meetings
at 6 week intervals.
group eventually decided to meet indefinitely. A group of from 6 to 8 is most effective. Decide whether you want to
have a closed group once the group reaches capacity. I'm of the opinion that a closed group is a good idea. A new member introduced to the group after the group has been meeting for awhile may
feel left out because the others in the group have already bonded.
The older members will often
feel the need to bring the new member up to speed. A closed group is recommended. Start the meeting promptly at the appointed time &
end on time.
- Eating, drinking, gum
chewing, alcohol & recreational drugs all serve as distractions from feelings. Refrain from alcohol & recreational drugs the day of the meeting. No smoking. Refrain from giving advice & criticism. This is a must. If a member requests assistance,
it's best to volunteer it at a private meeting between the 2 of you at another time. A phone call also works.
- Use "I" messages (e.g., I think, I feel, I believe, etc.) & all the listening skills you can muster. Confidentiality is paramount. This can't be over
emphasized. This includes talking to your spouse or significant other about who said what in the meeting. Nothing discussed
in the meeting goes out of the room.
If a confidentially
breach is discovered is it wise to ask the guilty party to leave the group. No subject is taboo. The focus must be on expressing
your thoughts & feelings about what's happening in your life.
Remember: this is a "safety zone;" a place where you can say what needs to be said without the judgment of others & without the fear of anyone else speaking about it to their friends. Avoid chit-chat about the score of the big game or other less important stuff you can talk about at another time.
- During this meeting
it's important to notice what it "feels" like to suspend your judgment about what someone is saying. This will free them up to speak whatever is on their mind. No "raised eyebrows" or "elbow nudging." You're there for them only to be their
Always read the "Statement of Purpose
& Intention" at the beginning of every meeting. Always. Resist the urge to dispense with this very important part
of the ritual because you've "heard it before!" It must be an intergral part of every meeting. Since there is no leader of
the group, it's a good idea that each week the responsibility for reading the "Statement of Purpose & Intention" word-for-word be rotated. (See below).
- When one person talks, everyone
listens. No interruptions & absolutely no advice given. This is a opportunity to say what you want to. You may choose to take
a turn talking or not. As a gimmick to call attention to who has the floor, when each man in the group took their turn to
talk in the group I was in, they held a TV remote control. Somehow it made us feel at home & more in control. There may be some irony there, I think.
Getting the Respect You Deserve
by Brian Caniglia
a woman doesn't respect you she CANNOT feel attracted to you. Respect is the foundation of attraction... it's absolutely necessary.
Trying to "get" respect is difficult. In fact, the harder you try to GET respect the more it eludes you. It's one of those many things in life where the harder you try the more likely you are to fail.
That shouldn't be discouraging. There ARE things you can do to gain the respect & admiration of others. BUT, in order to do that, you can't concentrate on "getting respect." Rather, must you concentrate on the SOLUTION. Or, in other words, the root of the problem.
are 3 "solutions" for you to focus on:
1.) Be completely
People (especially women) have
an intuitive sense of whether or not you're being genuine. In fact, studies have shown that even when people are *sure* that they fooled someone into believing something that wasn't true... they DIDN'T; the other person knew they were being deceitful. We're all human lie detectors, we can sense when what's going on inside doesn't
match up with what someone is trying to portray on the outside. People don't like &/or respect false fronts & fakeness. Instead, they're drawn to & respect people that are genuine, comfortable & confident in their own skin.
HOW we do any
given thing in life is sometimes more important than WHAT we do. Interacting with women is no exception. Your body language trumps what you say. It doesn't matter what witty,
ultra-cool lines you manage to eek out during a date, if you're as tense as a coiled spring & sheepish when you say them
she will still view you as a sheepish, nervous, easily intimidated little weakling.
Suave (adj.) - Smoothly agreeable &
NOT "agreeable" as in being a "yes-man." Rather, I think what dictionary.com is trying to say here is agreeable as in pleasant. Have you ever been around a pleasant person? Have
you ever been around a SMOOTHLY pleasant person? These are the people that men & woman alike BOTH seek out & admire. I'd pay attention to what that "suave" person you know is doing right so that you can figure out what you're doing wrong.
3.) Don't ignore your opinions...
Have you ever noticed how interesting opinions are? When 2 people are debating surrounding people perk up & pay attention. The good thing is you don't even need to be having a heated debate... just stating your opinion on a subject will have the same effect.
Why then do so many men hide their opinions from women? In fact, on a first date, a lot of men forget they even HAVE opinions. Guys think that if their opinion is conflicting a woman will like them less when it simply isn't true. People with viewpoints & opinions are people that think, people that have things to say & people who voice a DIFFERING opinion are people with a backbone... all VERY attractive & respectable things.
Women want to respect you, don't make it hard for them.
8 Mistakes Men Make That Disgust Women by
Most guys act jealous when there is absolutely NO reason to... which makes them look extremely silly & foolish. Some guys even think that women are impressed by jealousy, likes it's manly or something... nope.
No *healthy* woman would want to be with a guy that feels threatened by other men. Women like men that are confident with themselves & at ease around "the competition."
Look at it this way, if your
girlfriend or date requires constant supervision, if you can't trust her around other guys... then why would you want her? She's not the kind of high-quality woman you deserve to
be with anyway.
Clingy, sheepish guys who need to be affirmed & reassured all the time don't get respect (which is EXTREMELY bad because respect is the foundation of attraction).
Give the woman of your life
some space. Show her how strong & independent you are & then watch how she's drawn to you like metal to a magnet - act needy around her & prepare for her to be repelled.
Buying women gifts, giving
excessive compliments & being too nice all fall into this category, they're all attempts to increase a woman's
interest but all fail miserably.
Compensating only draws attention
to the fact that you have weaknesses, it doesn't cover anything up. Rather than trying to disguise your flaws focus on
becoming comfortable with, & overcoming, them.
Coming on Too Strong Too Soon
People (both men & women) have a tendency to
get caught up in the emotions of a new relationship & show too much interest way too soon.
It's especially unattractive
when a man becomes infatuated too easily, believe it or not people like to work for what they get. If a woman feels like your affection was too easy to obtain she won't be satisfied with it.
Don't jump into relationships... ease into them gradually. With
it is better to error on the side of caution - take things slow.
Centering Life Around Her
Women are attracted to movers & shakers... & repulsed by men
who have no worthy ambition or drive to succeed.
Most people don't feel
worthy to be the core of another person's life so when a woman realizes that she is your sun & your whole solar system
is orbiting her she will begin to question how boring & unimportant the rest of your life must be.
When a man becomes dependent on a woman, psychologically,
emotionally, or financially he places himself below her (on
a psychosocial level) which makes it hard for her to respect him.
Trying Too Hard
We're taught since we're very
young that if we want something we have to try our hardest to get it. e.g., we're told that if we want a high paying job we
have to put forth our best effort & in the end we will be rewarded because 'hard work always pays off.'
Getting women is one of those
few things in life where the less you try the better your results will be. When guys try too hard to be cool or
likeable it's obvious to women & their actions seem forced, unnatural & unattractive.
Don't TRY TOO HARD to be cool, funny, or noticeable, just relax & be yourself.
Talking yourself up makes
you look bad (which is strange since the whole reason people do it is to make themselves look
Allow your good qualities
& life achievements to come to the surface naturally a woman will admire that 10 - no, 20 - times as much & think much more highly of you than if you pointed it out to her.
Call it what you will (wussy, shy, being a doormat, etc.), women
HATE it. Don't allow ANYONE to overstep your boundaries (you do have boundaries, don't you?)... especially not her.
When a weak, untrained man
gets around a beautiful woman he
loses his opinions, he loses his ability to say no & he loses his
ability to stand up for himself. Don't be one of these guys NOBODY likes
a push-over, yes-man people pleaser.
Oftentimes a woman will deliberately
test your inner strength by trying to get you to bend your will for her. This is one test you DO NOT want to fail because it will be close to IMPOSSIBLE for her to respect you if you give in to her.
Interestingly enough, EVERY
SINGLE ONE of these mistakes that
men make which drive women away are caused by, or indicative of, INSECURITY!
Did you notice that? It's
amazing. Insecurity repels women. Which is perfectly logical because insecurity means BIG problems for women (abuse, mental problems, "baggage," etc.) so if they even sense it, if they are healthy themselves, they'll lose
interest & leave. Can you blame them? I can't.
Luckily, the opposite is also
true. CONFIDENCE ATTRACTS WOMEN, INSECURITY REPELS THEM. Women are DRAWN to real self-confidence like metal to a magnet. NOTHING is more attractive than a confident, competent man. Women are attracted to men with goals, desires & opinions.
Men who are secure & proud of who they are. Men who aren't afraid to be themselves. Men who love to get the most out of life & aren't afraid.
For Men Only
How to Read a Woman
In 1963 I met my first
woman. She was beautiful, kind & loving (still is). She's my mother. As time went by as it inevitably
does, I would meet many other women. They came in all sizes & temperaments.
Some were flashy
& glitzy like brand new cars; others not so shiny & glitzy but very dependable. As I reached middle age I started noticing distinct characteristics that some women had & some lacked.
In my head
I categorized women into types. When I was done, I believed, I had put a description on every type of woman that existed.
The only thing
to do next was prove my hypothesis.
So, over a
period of quite a few months every woman that I met, saw on television or read about got plugged into my theory. After a little
tweaking, 7 categories of women emerged. They're presented here in no particular order. They are:
1.) The Beauty
2.) The Amazon
3.) The Drama Mama
4.) The Vestal Virgin
5.) The Black Widow
6.) The Ugly Duckling
7.) The Girl Next Door
What I found was that while there are some women
that are 100% one type; they're the exception.
More the norm
was that most women were mixes or blends. Dominant Amazon with submissive Girl Next Door & a dash of Vestal Virgin; or
dominant Girl Next Door w/an under current of Ugly Duckling.
was one type at least 75% of the time & spent the other 25% dabbling in others.
I've put pen
to paper to share my insights so maybe other men might find some solace in knowing who they're dating, married to or separating from. If my little
system helps you, I'm grateful.
The Beauty Queen
of us the Beauty Queen isn't difficult to spot. The title's a clear give away. She's first & foremost a sight for
sore eyes; a beautiful face, nice figure & sex appeal to match.
Ginger on Gilligan's Island. What sets the Beauty Queen apart from just a regular beauty is the belief that her looks come with some sort of entitlement, special privileges.
(Beauty Queen), as the title clearly states, feels she should be treated
like a queen. She shouldn't have to stand in line because she's a queen. She should wear the finest clothes, the most expensive
shoes, the Fendi handbag & name brand jewelry (Cartier, Winston, Bulgari, Tiffany)
because she's the queen.
live in their own special world where reality doesn't exist. Price tags are for somebody else to worry about. Children are
for nannies to raise but important to have to feel complete.
Monroe was a Beauty Queen. Marilyn Monroe committed suicide. Most B.Q.'s are rarely happy because they live in a world of need & expectation. There's
always something they need, there's always something they expect.
me away about some B.Q.'s is how many of them think they're all that & a bag of chips, while most guys see them
as nothing but tramps. The tramps should really be called "Wannabes."
easy to spot because the Fendi bag is a copy, the make up is a little too thick, a little too much hair spray &
a total lack of class or demeanor. Certainly these "Wannabe" B.Q.'s turn our head but kinda the same way a traffic accident
gets us to slow down.
want to see what's going on. These "Wannabes" believe that their beauty is the only card they have to play. Sadly, for many of them, it's true. The "Wannabes" gravitate to the
strip club, the street corner & the local bar. Others land 15 seconds of fame on the cover of men's magazines or hard
& soft-core adult films.
once said that what every man wants is a virgin who's a whore. These women forgot the virgin part.
whether high class or downtown, do have that one thing in common, they all play the beauty card. As men we can't be sucked
in. We must determine if she's holding any other cards.
The humor card, the I.Q. card, the compassion card, the reliability card. Are all B.Q.'s bad? No, certainly
not. Nobody's judging here. There are a lot of B.Q.'s that are a staple of society; governors' wives, senators' wives, wives of celebrities.
them different from the "Girl next door" (to be explained later) is their lack of
gratitude for anything & their demand that everything should be handed to them on a silver platter.
most people think of an Amazon, a Linda Carter Wonder Woman - type probably comes to mind. But that's not what I'm talking about.
has nothing to do with stature but everything to do with attitude & assertiveness. Amazons come in every size, from petite
to plus sizes, from gorgeous to something the cat dragged in.
isn't categorized as an Amazon by anything but her personality. Amazons are the first to ask questions, the first to speak
up, the first to sign up. They are extroverts, Type A personalities.
If a meal
isn't prepared just right, back it goes to the kitchen. If someone cuts in line at the movie theatre, she's the first to say,
"Hey buddy, there's the back of the line, now get there!"
I believe were on their way to being overbearing men in their mother's wombs but turned into females at the last moment.
Spineless men w/out pants tend to gravitate to these testosterone driven gals.
will you find an equally brazen muscle bound man who'll team up w/them. Amazons spend a lot of time proving they're just as
good or better than a man instead of appreciating the differences. Amazon women don't play games (probably one of their best features).
always get straight to the point. If you're dating an Amazon, you'll never have to worry why she's mad at you, trust me, she'll
let you know.
who are very secure with themselves & don't feel the need to tell their woman how pretty they are every 15 minutes might
want to choose an Amazon.
honest, straightforward & logical thinkers. If on top of that you get lucky enough to get looks thrown into the
mix, hang on! You're in for a fun but bumpy ride!!
The Drama Mama
the expression, "Making a mountain out of a molehill"?
that is a Drama Mama's battle cry. A Drama Mama can take any small insignificant thing & by the time she's done with it
make it larger than Mount Everest. Drama Mamas have a skewed perception on reality.
always at Def Con One with a missile launch ready to go at any second. Here's a classic
example of a Drama Mama in action:
Wife: Honey, did you take the garbage out?
Husband: I'll get to it.
Wife: Oh sure, that's what you always say then we get garbage piled for days. Next thing you know, we'll miss
garbage pick up day because you failed to take the garbage out to the curb. We'll have garbage piled up for all the world
to see, then the dogs
will get into it & scatter it over the yard, THEN THE NEIGHBORS WILL CALL THE POLICE FOR LITTERING!!
IS THAT WHAT YOU WANT?!! IS THATS WHAT'S GOING TO MAKE YOU HAPPY?!! HUH? YOU WANT TO GO TO JAIL? DO YOU WANT
TO BE SOMEBODY'S PUNK IN PRISON? DO YOU WANT TO BE KNOWN AS THE TRASHMAN?
Husband: Honey stop, look, I'm getting up, I'm taking the garbage out
Sounds familiar? If there's always drama in your life, you're either married to a Drama Mama or
are one yourself.
The Vestal Virgin
Mother Teresa, The
Virgin Mary, Princess Di are all classic examples of Vestal Virgins. Vestals have your classic caretaker personality. Many
of them are homemakers, mothers & humanitarians.
They'll do w/out until
everyone else is taken care of first. Vestals are selfless almost to the point in some cases where it's sickening. In a word,
Vestals are usually
not risk takers, conservative by nature & practical. Usually easy to spot because they rarely wear make up unless required.
Vestals range in beauty from natural beauties to homely.
The highest levels
of Vestals have no problem w/their self-worth but will always choose the best interest of the whole (family, society,
country) vs. the interest of the self. At the other extreme, low-level Vestals have a low self-worth & want to
please others because they dont feel they are worthy.
have one of the highest suicide rates because they believe their life has no purpose.
The Black Widow
Also referred to as
the Chameleons for their ability to take any form & any one of the other 6 personas. Black Widows are the most lethal
& toxic women walking on the face of the planet.
First & foremost
they are takers, opportunists, destroyers. The only thing they care about is looking out for #1, themselves. Their motto is,
"What's in it for me?" Different than the bartering Beauty Queens who actually believe the more you need from someone the
more you love them.
At least Beauty Queens
in most cases allow themselves the belief that they are in love w/the person that's doing so much for them. Most divorces
w/Beauty Queens arise when their mate can no longer satisfy the B.Q.'s needs. While long-term relationships w/B.Q.'s are forged,
the bartering never ends.
The Black Widow should
never be confused w/the Beauty Queen because she never allows herself the emotional attachment. There is no bartering, just the illusion of
it. There are a lot of Black Widows doing time right now because they couldn't be patient & allow their elderly husbands
to pass on of natural causes in order to collect their inheritance.
Anna Nicole Smith
is a classic example of a Black Widow (in my opinion, please no letters) who was patient & did her time to cash in. A lot of people would argue w/me & say she was clearly a Beauty Queen but since Black
Widows are inherently such good actresses, who'll ever know if her crocodile tears at the funeral were just a stage show.
Either way she's worth more money than me.
A psychiatrist that
I consulted for this article told me, just like men, there are women out there prepared to do what ever it takes to get what
they want. The end always justifies the means. These women are Black Widows.
Ever see a beautiful,
fit, sexy woman standing in front of a full length mirror talking about how fat she is? To a degree that's what I'm talking
about here but at another level. Ducklings see themselves through imperfect eyes.
They see fat when
everyone else sees thin. They see ugly when everyone else sees beautiful. They see stupid when everyone sees intelligent.
Ducklings radar systems are broken. Most, if not all anorexics & bulimics fall in this category.
Many ducklings are
over achievers & seen by the world as successful only to return home at the end of the day to believe they never cut the
Different than the
successful Amazons who know when they've crossed the finish line, Ducklings never measure up to their own twisted sense of
Julia Roberts is a
classic example of an Ugly Duckling. To the world she attempts to come off as the Girl Next Door or pretty woman w/that contagious
laugh while inside she hides scars from broken relationships & name calling from a childhood long since passed.
Ducklings need constant
reassurance that they're smart enough, pretty enough & successful enough. Needy, to the point of desperation, is the one word that best describes a Duckling.
need for approval is typically the deciding factor that pushes the ones closest to them out of their life. Another good example
of a Duckling is Sally Fields. I still remember in her acceptance speech upon winning her second Oscar saying, "You like,
You like me, You really like me."
My word, practically
the whole world had loved her since the Flying Nun to Smokey & the Bandit but she was still this little girl trapped in
a grown up's body looking for approval.
On the plus side many
Ducklings turn into swans & overcome their self worth issues & make the kindest sweetest people to live w/but at some level never accept just how magnificent they are. One thing Ducklings should remember is the following quote, "I'm told I'm pretty, I'm told
I'm ugly. I'm told I'm fat, I'm told I'm thin. Who's right? Brace yourself, they all are! What I choose to be on any given
day is up to me."
The Girl Next Door
When I was in 3rd
grade I lived next door to Mary Vinci.
We walked together
to school, played together, studied together, got in trouble together. We weren't boyfriend & girlfriend, heck, we didn't
even know what that meant. What we were, was buds. I could tell her my deepest darkest secrets & she would tell me hers.
We stuck up for each
other, looked out for each other. When I got older & moved away she'd be the one I consulted about girls, even if it was
by long distance. Our friendship transcended any & everything else.
As I look back at
my relationship w/Mary I realized I fell in love w/all the same traits she showed me were possible to find in a woman:
a sense of humor
Mary liked herself.
I didn't know it then, but I know it now. All Girls Next Door aren't trying to be something or someone they're not. They like
their own skin. They like who they are. That alone should be their biggest attraction.
Try marrying someone
who doesn't like themselves. See how far that gets you. But when you can find that woman who likes her reflection in the mirror
& is all loving, my friend you have found The Girl Next Door.
is this what women think of you?
- Someone once said that women are the ones w/feelings.
- Men are the thinkers & fixers.
- Men have feelings too, however they often refuse
to acknowledge them, much less talk about them; seldom to their spouse or significant other & especially not to other
- Most think it's a sign of weakness. Not so!
It's a sign of strength & of courage.
- Men who get in touch w/their feelings can reinvent
themselves. It opens up numerous possibilities.
- It's possible for a man to be tough AND tender!
- Often men get caught up in the business of
the day & when they arrive home, they express their feelings in unintentionally destructive ways by literally "dumping"
on their significant other. This doesn't work. The relationship can only go downhill from there.
- For the most part, men haven't been brought
up to express their feelings at all, much less in a constructive way.
- Generally speaking, you can trace this behavior
back several generations.
- Remember the song, "Big Boys Don't Cry?" It
should have been, "Big Boys Don't Express Their Feelings."
- Bet your grandfather didn't. Most likely neither
did your dad. He was probably the "rock;" the one who must be strong & not demonstrate his feelings lest he be seen as
a weak man.
- Men are suppose to be macho.
- Oh, really? The truth is, most men lack the skills to express their feelings. "But," you say, "that's a woman thing." Says who? The more you're
in touch w/how you really feel about things, the easier it is to communicate those feelings. I call this: getting totally
- Men are notoriously poor at cultivating &
maintaining close friendships w/other men.
- Often when you ask a man how many close friends
he has, he'll be at a loss to come up w/more than 1 or 2 (if any at all).
- Many times the people he'll mention are the
guys he gets together w/over a beer to talk about the big game last Sunday or the other men he communicates w/about business.
- Other men may talk about their childhood friends
they no longer are in touch with. How sad. These aren't the kind of close friendships w/whom you can share your most intimate feelings.
- Intimate feelings? Is that scary, or what?
- Feelings must be expressed.
- To stuff your most intimate feelings is to
stay stuck w/the feeling. What is the solution? How can you find a way to communicate your feelings in a way that feels safe
& where you can always be assured of being heard?
- One highly effective solution is to form your
own "Men's Support Community."
- To be heard is to be healed. You learn to talk
openly & honestly in an environment of absolute confidentiality where there are no rules about what or how you say what
you need to say.
- The other men in the group only listen. No
one offers advice. No solutions.
- The other men learn to suspend their judgments
about what they think or feel about what you say. They're there to be your committed listener.
- Listening IS support. Soooo. . . how does this help you? You get to "vent" all you want, anyway you want but this time w/out the destructive tones
damaging the relationship you have w/your significant other.
- Another way it helps is that you learn when
you listen. You discover that you can benefit from the experiences of the other men.
- You should have learned by now that a solution
that you discover on your own rather than being told by someone else is almost always the better & most workable solution.
- While it may be difficult for men to understand
how only talking w/no advice & solutions will work, I can assure you that after meeting & getting to know each other
after about 6 to 10 weeks you'll begin to notice a shift in the dynamics of the group -- to say nothing about your attitude
about expressing yourself fully.
- To be listened to attentively feels good. Knowing
that you have everyone's full attention to how you feel can be a bit disarming for some men.
- In "Men's Support Communities" I've been involved
w/ in the beginning most men experienced some level of discomfort in only being listened to w/out anyone offering solutions.
- Men are fixers, remember? This is not the expected
way for men to be. Or is it? As the group spent more time together, the bonding that occurred worked its own miracle.
- Frequency assists in the bonding process. Men
can learn a very important lesson from fully participating in a group such as this. They learn to empathize w/women who are often heard complaining,
- "He never listens to me!"
- Once men experience the committed listening
of the group, they begin to feel more at ease in sharing their deepest concerns about their relationship, their work &
their life w/their spouse or significant other. Most often this is the salvation for their personal relationship!
for women only.....
For Women Only
The Man Behind the Curtain
Like the quest for the Holy Grail
there's been an eternal quest into the psyche of the adult male. This article picks up where many of my other articles left
In "The Scarecrow, The Cowardly
Lion & The Tin Man", I began to attempt to explain the psyche which is the male spirit. It was followed up by "Snugglers
Blues"; "Superman Syndrome" & "Secondhand Men", which were all snap-shot attempts to explain why men do the things they
In "The Man Behind the Curtain",
I take a painstaking journey of introspection & personal evaluation of man. Who are we; what are our aspirations; what
are our insecurities; what are our fears; & in the end, how do we become winners, sinners & those lost in between.
This piece is a companion piece
to "How to Read a Woman". In that article I outlined my observations & conversations w/hundreds of women & took my
findings to help outline the 7 types of women that walk amongst us.
While I did my research on the
7 types of women I also developed data on an eventual list to describe men. After the release of "How to Read a Woman", I
was bombarded w/inquiries on when I would write the article youre reading now.
My attempts to write this piece
were fruitless for countless hours. Every time I tried to classify men I would always end up w/categories that failed to corral
all the personas that are male.
I got to the point, more than
once, where I felt this article couldn't be written because I was having an impossible time understanding men & their
motives. When I asked my own dad why I was having such a tough time explaining men he replied, "Heck, son, you've spent your
whole life trying to figure women out; don't be upset if you can't solve this puzzle in a day."
My dad was right! I had spent
so much of my time looking over the fence that I never got to know my own backyard; me, my buddies, my friends, my enemies,
my contemporaries-- men.
With time, the fog began to clear.
In its wake, 8 distinct types of men emerged. They're presented here in no particular order:
1. The Boy Scout
2. The Maverick
4. The Mogul
5. Nowhere Man
6. The Warrior
7. Mr. Fix It
8. The Playboy
The Boy Scout
Usually, in this day & age,
to call somebody a "Boy Scout" isn't considered a compliment. A lot of people I interviewed felt "Boy Scouts" were:
Those that like the "Boy Scout"
felt he is:
These are the men that:
pay their taxes on time
pay their bills early
don't walk on the grass if
give to the poor & live
their lives by a strict moral code
there's right & there's
Right is not an interpretation
but a truth that anyone w/out blinders on can see plain as day. "Boy Scouts" believe that a man is defined by his actions.
A "Boy Scout" aspires to perfection;
generally a neat freak, he can sometimes alienate those around him by imposing his strict moral code on others.
A "Boy Scouts" biggest fear is
isolation. Fear they won't have somebody to lead; that they'll be left all alone. This obsessive - compulsive disorder that rules the
"Boy Scouts" life generally doesn't let a lot of light of happiness in, because happiness is something that is placed on hold till perfection is met.
To love a "Boy Scout" is to believe
the same dreams they do: "If you do what's right, do what you're told, work hard, good things will happen."
Sometimes, sometimes, they're
right & everything goes according to plan. But if there's anything I've learned about life is this:
seldom is it fair
the good guy is generally denigrated
the riches go to those who
break the rules
given a choice most women will
choose a rebel
No, sadly, to call someone a
"Boy Scout" these days usually means you're putting them down. But do me a favor, the next time you hear someone say, "Who
does he think he is, some kind of "Boy Scout"? or "What a "Boy Scout, he's no fun!"
Tell them this, "Boy Scouts"
went into the twin towers to save people like you & me, "Boy Scouts" die every day for people like you & me. And w/out
"Boy Scouts" there is no us.
More years ago than I care to
remember, I found myself in the main hub of the Atlanta airport waiting for my connecting flight. Someone once said that when
you die you have to go thru Atlanta on your way to your final destination.
Nevertheless, I was there for
a 2 hour layover along w/thousands of others on their way home. Of the thousands of people there that day, there was one person
I met I'll never forget.
He was a tall, lanky fellow,
about 6' 4", jet-black hair slicked back, a large chiseled jaw that would make the gods jealous & a giant mouth full of teeth.
I'd just come back from a managers
meeting (from my days of working for a jewelry chain) & was dead tired. All I wanted to do was get on
my plane, get home, shower & crawl straight into bed. As I sat in the hard preformed plastic chairs that are attached
together at the base (like someone would want to take one as a souvenir) I sat next to Mr. Mouth-full-of-teeth.
The thing I remember most about
him is he wouldn't sit still. He was like a 2 year old in his high chair that just wanted out! After what seemed like an eternity
(15 minutes) I couldn't take it anymore.
"Dude, (trust me people said "dude" in the early 80's) calm down. Why are you so hyper?"
"Oh, I'm sorry, I'm just a little
nervous. I'm on my way to be on my first national television appearance".
"Really?" I said, "What show?"
"Merv Griffin", he replied.
"Wow, why you going on the show?"
"Well", he said kind of sheepishly
w/eyes to the floor then back at me, "I'm going to change the world."
"Really, how's that?" I sat straight
up in my seat & then leaned over to hear his answer. This guy was certainly more interesting than the crossword puzzle
I'd been working on.
"Well, I'm going to help people
solve their problems. If they're overweight I'm going to teach them how to be thin; if they're financially challenged I'm
going to show them how to achieve financial freedom; if they're lonely I'm going to show them how to attract the love of their life."
This guy definitely had my full
attention now. "How in the hell you going to pull off that little trick? Who are you any way, Houdini?"
"No, my name is Anthony Robbins."
(For those of you who don't know, Tony Robbins is a world-renowned author & motivational speaker & personal advisor
to presidents, CEOs, professional athletes, including Andre Agassi when he had lost his game)
But back then he was still a
kid in his 20's & had yet to realize all the future successes that lay before him or the one billion dollar empire he
"Never heard of you Anthony",
I replied, "But I certainly like your enthusiasm. But seriously how are you going to pull this off?"
With a big infectious grin he
said, "I figured something out."
"Im waiting!" I replied w/baited
breath. "I figured there are those special people in the world who will see what has never been seen; say what has never been
said; write what has never been written & do what has never been done.
I don't think I'm one of them.
But what I figured out was it doesn't make a difference! Success can be copied! For the last few years I've interviewed people
that have been challenged w/their weight & become thin & found out their secrets.
I've interviewed wealthy men
& wrote down their rules for success. I've even interviewed people in wonderful loving relationships & asked them
how they attracted the love of their life.
Point blank I'm going to share
w/the world my findings."
I never met Tony, "The Motivator"
again, although he wasn't too hard to find on his popular late-night infomercials. Tony said, he wasn't one of those rare
people that could see what had never been seen. But he was clearly wrong.
There was one thing he saw that
up until that time no one else had, success can be copied. Tony was & is a "Maverick". In fact, w/out him being aware
of it, he had helped describe what a "Maverick" is.
A man that sees what hasn't been
seen; says what has never been said; writes what has never been written, does what has never been done. They are visionaries.
Their way is a new way. To most
people "Mavericks" are bold adventurous risk-takers but at heart they are inquisitors; always asking why; always wanting to
know how something works; always questioning past theories.
"Mavericks", although seen by
most as Type A personalities are actually quite insecure. They put on this bravado face that they take outdoors but inside they are more petrified of life than most because they
are so curious.
I asked one "Maverick" what his
greatest asset was & he replied quite matter of factly, "time".
When I told him practically every
other person I interviewed answered "health" (Their argument being you have nothing if you don't have your health) he replied,
"What good is your health w/out time to enjoy it?"
"Mavericks" think outside the
box. If you're going to be married to them, there are some very basic rules for success:
1. Keep an eye out for them;
they're impulsive & don't look both ways before crossing the street.
2. Diversify them; don't let
them get locked in for too long a time on one goal. They can quickly become obsessed & forget about
everyone else in their life. "Mavericks" need
3. Don't block their creativity
when it comes, or make "it's me or your work" kind of demands because you'll lose. "Mavericks" must be allowed to breathe.
Many "Mavericks" are entrepreneurs
but there are a lot of these creative geniuses that hibernate when they get stuck on a question like "the meaning of life"
or "God" that holds no concrete answer.
When they hibernate, they distance
themselves from others & in some cases life itself.
Anybody ever tell you something
was impossible? I'm sure you have. When we grow up, we're influenced by many different things; our environment, our friends,
family & even our biological make-up.
Some of us were born w/out all
10 fingers or all 10 toes. Some of us were given all our senses, some of us were left a few enchiladas short of a full mexican
plate. W/out denying it, some of us were born into luckier circumstances than others.
So wouldn't logic tell you that
those of us that were dealt the good cards should end up on top & those of us that were dealt the lousy hand should be
happy to be alive. It's funny, but it doesn't always work out that way.
Time & time again our history
has shown us how the underdog can win. Just ask John Elway what chance his team was given against Green Bay in their first
Super Bowl win. They were 17-point underdogs. They were outmatched, out classed, out talented (so the experts said) but they
The impossible is possible or
so would say a "Juggernaut". A "Juggernaut" is someone who against all odds, win or lose, never quits. And I mean that. "Juggernauts"
don't necessarily have high IQ's, but they do have one incredible quality, they're driven.
If they decide to take on a task
they stick w/it till the end, till there's nothing left in them to give. "Juggernauts" find the joy in the pursuit. They have an uncanny ability to tackle long-term goals that can only be accomplished through months, years, even decades of practice, hard work, pain & even suffering.
Lance Armstrong is casebook "Juggernaut".
Anything he puts his mind to he gives everything he has. He fought through the mountains, the training, cancer & in the
end not only competed, he won.
Different than the creative genius
of the "Mavericks" who may see a new way; some of them do nothing to implement their grand idea. "Juggernauts" set goals &
do everything in their power to achieve them. You'll never ever see a homeless "Juggernaut".
Whereas there are countless "Mavericks"
pan-handling because even w/their genius or maybe because of their genius, some are too afraid to take action on their grand
idea. Mostly, because they're smart enough to realize the mathematical odds of achieving their success are so small many of
them do nothing.
Genius can be a prison.
of my most favorite stories that has been told time & time again about a couple of "Juggernauts" is about the 2 unknown
actors. The way the story goes, the 2 nobodies were up for a screen test to see if they would be asked to join a major studio.
After they both tested, the director
said, "You both better find a new line of work because trust me neither of you will ever be actors. So quit while you're ahead.
Get out of here!" When they both asked why, the director replied, "Well for starters (he points to one of them)
you're too ugly to be an actor (then he points to the other) & you have no talent!!
Now get out of here before I
have you thrown off the lot!" As they both walked off one of them was laughing to himself, which prompted the other one to
say, "What the hell is so funny?" To which he replied, "Heck I can still learn how to act but you're still going to be ugly!"
What's fascinating about this
true story is whenever both actors were stung w/extraordinary criticism neither of them ever quit. If they had, we probably
would've never heard of Burt Reynolds (the talentless one) or Clint Eastwood (the ugly one).
In doing this article I interviewed
a lot of exceptional driven people (The Juggernauts) & asked them what their main goal in life was. They all had the same
answer, to make a difference, to leave a giant footprint in the sands of time. When I asked them their fears they also all
replied the same way, "Can you spell it?
Cause I don't know what it means."
If "Juggernauts" are putting on some kind of act its a good one because they sure are impressing me! One of my favorite "Juggernauts",
if not my own personal hero, is Christopher Reeves.
Even facing all his adversity
he still sees himself walking again. He's not just a survivor, he's an achiever. And that's what "Juggernauts" are, they are
the achievers, the doer's. The ones who say they're going to do something & back it up.
If there's a flaw & its a
big one, is that practically all "Juggernauts" have trouble achieving balance in their lives. In that respect they are like the "Mavericks". If as a woman you're married to one you have to get your jug
head to understand the idea of a priority list.
If his goal or goals ever get
placed above you or your family or your kids it may be time to give him a reality check.
Randomly choose 10 men from a
crowd, isolate them, step back & observe. Almost instantaneously one will step forward; the leader. He's brash, confident, organized & appears to know what to do. Sometimes he's right, sometimes he's wrong but either way he's someone who takes
Flash forward, now take 10 leaders
from 10 groups, isolate them, step back & observe. This time it won't be pretty. At least 2 of the men will battle for
control. They'll build alliances, the group will be divided & civil war will commence. The battle will rage on till there's
one king of the jungle.
Repeat this process over &
over & over. Imagine that every time there's a battle, the same man comes out on top.
When this happens, a "Mogul"
is born. "Moguls" are much more than simple leaders. In their minds eye they're omnipotent, almighty, better than. They have
zero tolerance for incompetence or those they see as inferior to them.
Their power is self-serving.
They see people as pawns, assets, pluses & minuses on a balance sheet. They rule not for the people or of the people but
in spite of the people. They are takers & opportunists. They build empires on the backs of men, women & children,
which ever is more convenient.
Some see "Moguls" as good &
will give examples like Getty, Rockefeller & Kennedy Senior as men who used an iron fist where needed to evoke change
& survival. While others point to the same list to argue that these men are only poor excuses of human beings that prove
the old adage absolute power corrupts absolutely.
It's just as easy to add names
to the list like Hitler, Genghis Khan, Gambino.
How do you know when you're in
the presence of a "Mogul"? It's easy, he'll be the one using fear & intimidation to sell his point of view. Power is as much a drug as heroin. Even in small doses it can be lethal.
A lot of women I met said they
were attracted to a powerful man. They told me that even the ugliest man became more appealing the higher up the echelon he
climbed. "Moguls" are typically narcissists who eventually get taken down when the masses eventually have had enough &
over throw him or father time takes the edge off .
In any battle of superiority,
you'll have a true leader or a "Mogul". The way to tell the difference is to see where the person places himself. The leader
is on the front lines, the "Mogul" is at the rear.
In the 1960's, John Lennon wrote
the lyrics to a song appropriately titled "Nowhere Man". In the prose, he sang about a type of man that exists but has
yet to make himself known.
The opening of the song goes
He's a real nowhere man,
in his nowhere land,
Making all his nowhere plans for nobody.
Doesn't have a point of view
Knows not where he's going
Isn't he a bit like you & me?
Lennon, a "Maverick" of his generation,
was a true visionary. He wrote & sang about what he saw. In "Nowhere Man" he introduces us to a man non-apologetic about
his existence or lack of determination.
Possibly overwhelmed by the grandeur
of it all "Nowhere Man" becomes a drifter w/out a compass or boat w/out a rudder. A non-goal oriented individual whose favorite
sayings often spoken include, "That's good enough, it can wait till tomorrow & don't rock the boat".
"Nowhere Men" are in no rush
to get anywhere. Often they awake to the sun of a new day only looking to catch another 20 winks. Not necessarily self-absorbed as much as inherently lazy.
Also known as the excuse makers,
"Nowhere Men" shirk responsibility like most of us embrace it.
In the last line of Lennons first
verse he hints that "Nowhere Man" is a little bit like you & me. And to a degree it's hard to argue, there are probably
quite a few of us that are a little lost & can't find our way.
The difference in the "Nowhere
Man" is he doesn't care if he's lost. One "Nowhere Man" I interviewed replied, "Of all the places I've been, this is one of
them!" "Nowhere Men" either can't keep a job or have had the same one they've been holding on to since the day they turned
"Nowhere Men" were one of the
most difficult men for me to write about because as I interviewed them I found countless of them absolute geniuses & great
orators. There was so much promise so much ability, but no fire. A man w/no drive is like a Ferrari w/no fuel; it's not going
The most frightening fact I found
was (as I interviewed male after male w/a lot of the same questions I used to categorize men. "Who are you?", "Where
do you see your self in 5, 10, 15 years from now?" What are your priorities?) "Nowhere Men" were popping up everywhere!
Men w/out direction or ambition were as common as grandma's apple pie.
By the time I sat down to write
the article I found that nearly 80% of those interviewed fell into this category or the "Playboy" category ( to be
discussed later). My only advice to women is, if your man is afraid of change, doesn't know where he's going & dreams of dying in front of his big screen watching "Monday Night Football" on his recliner
w/a cold one, it's time to pack your bags.
If however he's lost but asking
for a roadmap, don't abandon him. Most "Nowhere Men" have good hearts. Show him the forest from the trees & get out together.
Webster defines a
"Warrior" as someone who's engaged in or experienced in battle. "Warriors" are ruled by their emotions or should I say their
lack of control of them.
"Warriors" in general
are filled w/rage. They're either in a fight, looking for a fight or starting a fight. At their most primitive levels they are abusers of women, children & society.
Similar to the "Drama
Mamas" I wrote about in the companion article to this piece, in the sense that they're pressure junkies. While most of us
look for ways to relieve stress by fishing, sun bathing or reading a good book, "Warriors" look for ways to release their
One "Warrior" I interviewed
who always seemed to look like a caged animal when he got a little stressed commented "I just need something to hit!"
do find constructive ways to vent their anger. A lot of the "Warriors" I met installed heavy bags in their basements or garages that they could punch until their little
I also found a lot
of "Warriors" who enjoyed weight lifting.
Another common trait of a "Warrior" is their voice. Practically all "Warriors"
I met had a difficult time w/indoor voices. They were always yelling at someone, pounding their fists, yelling till their
faces turned red & their eyes popped out & the veins in their neck looked like road maps.
I found "Warriors"
were attracted to jobs that could supply a steady stream of adrenaline to keep their high. Courtroom attorneys, ER doctors,
surgeons, professional athletes, mercenaries, police officers & even salesmen were all professions that could supply enough
pressure & stress (that most of us avoid) to keep them fueled.
I found "Warriors"
at all ends of the educational spectrum, from the genius of the ER surgeon to the illiteracy of the street brawler. If you
look at emotion the same way you describe the temperature of water, "Warriors" tend to run hot & cold.
In their cold states,
they are sensible, logical, charismatic. At their hot states, they are impulsive, erratic, unstable & combative. Practically
every psychiatrist I interviewed told me that the rage is controllable & is actually most likely caused by a serotonin
imbalance in their brains.
From a womans perspective,
"Warriors" must be viewed w/caution. A lot of women confuse the rage w/drive & determination & find themselves calling
"911" in a desperate cry for help.
"Warriors" are goal
setters but they are typically only concerned w/the here & now. Almost all "Warriors" I interviewed were very poor long-range
goal achievers. This could be explained by the fact that since their daily lives were so volatile, it would be hard to predict
w/any certainty any accurate future.
My final comment to
women who choose to be w/a "Warrior" is, "Proceed w/caution."
Mr. Fix It
Everything breaks. Bones, toys,
cars, space shuttles, us. "Fix It" men want to restore because that's what they are at heart, they are restorers.
"Fixers" aren't necessarily looking
to make things better than new, good as new will do. "Fixers" come in every shape, size & educational background. They
can easily be identified by asking them what they're up to.
"Fixers" will always reply w/some
project they're currently tackling. It could be restoring a 1969 Mustang to mint condition, the new addition to the house
or working on their sons batting swing.
"Fixers" have to stay busy. They
are inherently hard workers. When or if they run out of things to fix in their own lives, they tend to poke around in the
lives of others to pull out their tool kit.
"Fixers" can be adoring &
annoying all at the same time. Their favorite saying is, "Well, that's not how I would do it." "Fixers" also like to start off sayings
w/"The reality is", so they can justify why they should be allowed to meddle or repair something.
Since everything is in a constant
state of flux "Fixers" don't have anything to worry about in the sense that there won't always be something to fix. Where
a lot of "Fixers" get off track is when they confuse change w/broken.
They aren't the same thing. Just
because something isn't the way it was in the past doesn't mean it needs fixing. "Fixers" make great husbands. They're responsible,
organized & good providers.
"Fixers" are loyal. They know
how to keep their ship on course & those on it out of harms way. When I asked women who believed they were married to
"Fixers" how they liked it, most responded, "That it was great but irritating".
When I asked them to elaborate,
every single person said, "You try living w/someone who always think they're right!" And then quickly commented, "And the
real sick part is 99 times out of 100, they are! Thats very annoying!"
"Fixers" pride themselves on
always having the facts. Where I was able to find cracks in the "Fixers" armor was when that "One time in a hundred" happens
& they end up being wrong, they tend to refuse to accept it.
"Fixers" are slow at changing
core beliefs. Once they take a stand on something, it's hard to get them uprooted. Some women I interviewed said that while
they like the security of being married to a "Fixer", they wished there was more spontaneity.
More vicariousness & less
rules. "Fixers" tend to only make decisions when they're sure they have weighed the pros & cons of every situation. Of
course the last thing a "Fixer" wants to do is make a mistake that will just require time & effort to fix. If there's
any advice I would give to a "Fixer" is this, relax.
Every now & then put your
feet up & just relax. Let go of the reins. They'll still be there when you get back from your siesta. And the second thing,
everything isn't life or death. Take things w/more of a grain of salt & realize the world isn't your responsibility to
To women marrying or married
to "Fixers" keep enough projects around the house for them to work on or they may start wondering what you're up to.
I've saved, if not the best, clearly, the most interesting for last. There are basically 2 kinds of "Playboys," rich "Playboys"
& poor ones.
Trust me when I say this, neither is a picnic or a stroll in the park to deal with. But if I had my druthers, I'd naturally
pick a rich, narcissistic, good-for-nothing, life of the party before I'd pick a poor, narcissistic, good-for-nothing, life
of the party. So well start there, with the rich kid.
If we dissect the
word "Playboy" we get "Play" (a guy just wants to have fun) &
"boy" (never grows up, never takes responsibility).
While it's true
that the other 7 types of men previously described can be either introverts or extroverts, "Playboys" cant.
They're only extroverts.
Rich "Playboys" whether rich by inheritance, trust fund or just the plain lottery only see money as the means to an end. One
"Playboy" I interviewed said, "The worst thing you can do with money is save it". Thats why many of todays rich "Playboys"
are tomorrows poor "Playboys".
There's no moderation,
no self-control, no self-discipline. Rich "Playboys" as with poor "Playboys" are attracted to instant satisfaction. A popular
saying amongst "Playboys" I met was "If it feels good, do it."
are a lot like fast food; they are convenient and tasty at first but you cant have a steady diet of them. "Playboys" are different
than "Nowhere Men" because a "Playboy" will go to great lengths to keep himself entertained; a "Nowhere Man" doesnt. Some
of the "Playboys" I met were intelligent but most were of the eye candy variety.
were a sad mixture of lazy and leaches. Always looking for a free lunch. Poor "Playboys" are always on the look out for a
"Sugar Momma" willing to pay the bills or some unethical get rich quick scheme. I asked some psychiatrists if a "James Bond
007" would fit the profile of a "Playboy" to which every doctor replied the same, "No".
Bonds primary goal
was always saving the world. If he could get the girl and the loot along the way, why not? "Playboys" arent trying to invent
anything, build anything, fix anything or get anywhere but a good time.
A lot of people throw
around the word "Player" to describe a "Playboy" and to some respects it fits. "Playboys" see life as a game, not a
process with some underlying deeper meaning. And as long as its a game, they want to be the ones holding the dice.
win (the girl, the money, the house, the car) with little or no effort at all. But most of the time they crap out. They dont
seem to understand that even when theyre on a winning streak if they keep rolling those dice, "Snake Eyes" is just around
Who are men?
Were scoundrels, were clergymen, were lovers, were fighters, were doers, were haters, were believers, were liars. You can
deal with us, lock us up, marry us, divorce us, hate us or love us. Either way, were not going anywhere.