How to Know He Loves You: Stress Him Out

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This is not what a committed relationship should feel like.

I’ve had a number of female friends over the years ask, How can I tell he loves me? I’ve answered this question a lot of different ways but when it boils down to it, the best way to tell if a man loves you is to STRESS. HIM. OUT.

I’m serious.

You’re probably thinking to yourself, “Stress him out? That’s ridiculous!” That’s because you’ve been brainwashed. 1) A man has to care about you enough to even let you stress him out. 2) If a man really loves you, a little stress is not going to make him leave. An oft glossed over fact of life is that relationships take work. If a man is willing to work on your relationship, it’s because he cares. If he runs at the first sign of hardship he didn’t value you or the relationship very much.

You know the type of women that get caught up in years and years of pseudo-relationship with no commitment or direction? The laid-back woman. The woman that causes a man no stress what-so-ever is the type he keeps around but never commits to. Sure, they may never fight because what do they have to fight about? The relationship has no substance. She is perfectly content holding on to the hope of commitment instead of facing the reality that it may never come but she fo-damn-sho won’t “stress him out” by asking a simple, yet pertinent question, “where is this relationship going?”

Unfortunately, it is the women who follow the men’s plan – even if it is completely contradictory to their own – that end up frustrated and confused when he suddenly leaves because he was never emotionally vested in the relationship.

Just as women prefer alpha males, men like women with a backbone. If you let a man get away with all kinds of non-sense he shouldn’t get away with, consciously or subconsciously, he will lose respect for you. And no, I’m not saying (or excusing) he will treat you bad. He just has no incentive to treat you great, let alone put a ring on it. If his minimum has proven sufficient, why put in the excess effort of giving you his best?

Too often, my lady friends are willing to change their entire make up as a person simply to be with a man they like because she’s afraid if she’s herself  that same man won’t like the “real her.” She’ll change employment, residence, personality, religion and the list goes on and on to make her fit the mold she thinks this man wants before she’ll do something as crazy as be herself. In reality, a man doesn’t want to fall for the woman you’re pretending to be – you won’t be able to keep that farce up anyway – he wants to fall in love with the woman you are. In other words, be yourself, so we can fall in love with you not your representative.

Assuming you have reasonable expectations, standards and goals, then voice them to us. Give us an opportunity to figure out if we can and will love the real you. Important to you, let us accurately assess if we can be the man you want and need. Don’t get me wrong, you should remain open to negotiation but you shouldn’t bite your tongue either. That comes off as weak. It also comes off as fake. Otherwise, we’ll both be unhappy when you “change.” But technically, you never changed. All you really did was become your self after the guarantee of commitment…well damn…it’s nice to finally meet you.

If you religiously watch VH1 reality shows, talk during Tyler Perry movies, drink 40 malt liquors, curse like a sailor and smoke cigarillos, then don’t go to the opera, keep your mouth closed during a Kevin Smith marathon, choke down wine and never curse simply because you’re hanging around us. Changing on your own accord is one thing, faking changing into someone you are not to obtain someone’s affections is misleading. If you have a tough question, ask it. If something’s bothering you, voice it. If in being yourself, you stress him out and he leaves. F-him! It’s his loss, not yours. He couldn’t accept the real you, which only means he doesn’t deserve any of you. Point. Blank. Period.

When a man doesn’t care about a future with a woman he retreats at the first sign of stress. You ask where this relationship is going? He disappears. You ask if he wants more than sex from you? He stops calling. You want to know why his ex-girlfriend keeps calling at 3am? He tells you you’re trippin to the point where you actually believe you are trippin. YOU ARE NOT TRIPPIN. These are perfectly reasonable questions that any logical person with half a brain should ask and should receive an honest response. Do not let some man tell you they are not. Reverse psychology is older than the words of the Bible. Don’t fall for it. Know your worth and expect, if not demand, he honor it. THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT.

I’m not saying you should run into the next room and slap your man upside the head. I am saying you shouldn’t have act like someone completely different than who you are naturally in order to get a man to fall in love with you. Doesn’t that mean he isn’t really in love with you?

It’s possible he may leave you, but what have you really lost? A man that never respected you enough to commit or respect you as a person? That doesn’t seem like much of a loss to me. It seems like a gain. When a man loves a woman, he doesn’t abscond as soon as the relationship is tested. He looks at it as an opportunity to strengthen the relationship. This is the man you should have in your life instead of settling for someone willing to remain simply because you never stress him out. After all, that might be the only reason he’s keeping you around.

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  • http://www.simplymerenee.wordpress.com SimplyMeRenee

    Is it possible to +1 this entire post?

    This is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Yes yes yes.

  • Lady Ngo

    *starts slow clap*
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  • http://www.therealslimjackson.com Slim Jackson

    Interesting.

    When someone asks me how do I know when it's love, I usually say "when she can piss me off and rile me up, but I still stick around." It really is an indicator of where a man is mentally and sometimes emotionally.

    And now I wonder how many men will be tested tomorrow.lol.
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    • nwa_baby

      lol@ "And now I wonder how many men will be tested tomorrow".

      __You ain't lying!!

    • shareefjackson

      Real talk. Those men need to be tested. They're also wasting their time in these types of relationships.
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    • jasmine

      is there is any other ways

  • Herthoughts2

    Amen! This is so on point! Thank you for this post, it solidifies how I have been feeling this past week! I feel all empowered and ish.

  • http://blackgirlmd.wordpress.com blackgirlmd

    REALNESS dot org.

    But the only thing I would add to this is that you have to be willing to put your money where your mouth is… aka enforce your boundaries and step when you know a guy isn't treating you right. I think that's the really hard part. If he cares about you and your complaints are reasonable, he should be willing to change. Or at least try. But if he's unwilling todo that and this behavior is par for the course in your relationship, you need to be able to cut your losses and KIM. Don't stay around trying to change him. It usually doesn't work.

    Yeah you might end up being alone but your self-esteem will probably be higher… you'll have more positive energy surrounding you… and more space for the right guy to come into your life.

    Okay I'm done.

    Good post.
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    • LiveLoveSing

      excellent addition.

    • http://www.WisdomIsMisery.com WisdomIsMisery

      +1 @blackgirlmd. I will say, to be fair, it's not always about him (or her) being willing to change even if your complaint is reasonable. Some personality traits, etc are engrained. I believe a discussion may yield a better understanding for both parties even if there is no tangible change. For example, you may think he's being insensitive by doing X but he may not see it that way (especially if he's unaware it even bothers you – and please don't assume what bothers you bothers him). Given the chance to explain himself (or herself) they might in fact have a perfectly logical reason for doing whatever it is that bothers you. I say all this to say, the goal shouldn't always be to get the other person to change because that'll set your expectations up for failure. The goal should be to have a conversation and let the conversation dictate the outcome.

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      • cynicaloptmst81

        Agreed!

        My personality is NOT up for compromise. And some of my actions are a direct result of my personality. Either you can understand and deal, or you can't.

      • Hugh Jazz

        WIM: "the goal shouldn't always be to get the other person to change because that'll set your expectations up for failure."

        cynicaloptmst81: "Either you can understand and deal, or you can't."

        These points can't be stressed enough. No two people have everything in common. There's probably someone thinking right now, "I'm gonna stress this negro the next time I see him, and if he don't change, I'm out!" If you care about the person, then take these steps:

        - Take an inventory if the issue you disagree on is major or not.
        - If it is major, then determine if it is something you can compromise on.
        - If it's non-negotiable, then determine if you can deal with the issue long-term.
        - If you can't, then let your significant other know and ask him/her to change.

        The goal is never to make people change who they are. You only request they change after those options are exhausted. If they can't, then you leave.

      • http://blackgirlmd.wordpress.com blackgirlmd

        Yea you're definitely right! I totally agree.
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      • jwoodny

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    • simplesaline

      I agree! if he knows what you want and doesn't change then its time to walk. don't waste your time on someone who doesn't care about you. or who might not be a good match for you.

  • nwa_baby

    Speakonit.net!!!__I didn't read this as purposely 'stressing' the hell out of a kneegrows but if whatever level of stress a woman does bring is too much for him then maybe…

  • http://twitter.com/MOTRenaissance @MOTRenaissance

    WTH… Are not chicks hardwired to do this anyway… sigh…

    I would hope that my lady(ies) & side chicks take on my persona… Peace & harmony is part of my religion…

    There has to be a better system for women to figure how their love interest feels about them….

    idk man

    • Just Some Dude

      *agreed*

  • Oh ok…

    Truth.com
    Great post WIM :-)

  • Smilez_920

    Good post …These two quotes

    "When a man loves a woman, he doesn’t abscond as soon as the relationship is tested. He looks at it as an opportunity to strengthen the relationship. This is the man you should have in your life"

    "men like women with a backbone"

    Men will only do what you allow them to do in your life. Being overly passive will leave you with the short end of the stick.

  • thatchicknik

    Well said! Usually I am one to frown upon advice for women in (or desiring) relationships, since we get so much of it from psuedo experts that try to teach women to do all the work and make all the changes for men in relationships. But this article invites women to be themselves and stand firm on our core values and beliefs. I will admit, however, that if we really keep it real with ourselves, we know long before the need to stress him out, whether or not a man loves us…

  • http://createyourreality.info Love

    I don't agree one bit! I've had healthy longterm relationships. I only date healthy kind men who treat me with respect. I don't have to treat them badly to know they adore me! That's right! I only date men who adore me, celebrate me and empower me! I do the same for them.

    I would never date a guy who would treat me badly and for changing my personality? No way.

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    Lest we forget, love is kind all the time. Love empowers and celebrates all the time. Love brings out the best in you.

    • Naija

      "I don't have to treat them badly to know they adore me!"

      Two words for you: reading comprehension. Please endeavour to cultivate it.

      • Kema

        lol! I feel like I hear you speaking everytime I read something you wrote. Oh and just so you know in my head you have an accent.

        • Naija

          Haha. Dare I ask what kind of accent?

        • Kema

          I have a friend from Kenya and she has this real proper way of speaking. Its something like that.

    • Muze

      i don't think anything you said is in the post. lol.

      i agree, i only date men who celebrate and adore and respect me as well. and that's great for the both of us. lol. that doesn't however, mean they won't ever get mad at you, or vice versa. i think the point of the article was saying that when those arguments and stress happen, if he goes into flight mode automatically… he didn't really celebrate or adore or respect you.
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    • kim

      He does not infer that women should intentionally treat men badly or vice versa. Simply that if a women is not receiving the treatment she desires i.e. respect, commitment OR she peeps behavior on his part that she has an issue with i.e. dishonesty, lack of commitment; then she should tell him.

      Women who sit back silently and not call men on unbecoming behavior out of fear he’ll leave – become the passive chick. They suspect he’s cheating, but don’t say anything, cause she doesn’t want to ‘stress him out’……news flash miss passivity – He’s Already Gone. Reasonable intelligent questions from a women that a man sincerely cares about…is not stressful (well maybe momentarily).

      When a women honest about what she desires, she positions herself to actually receive the respect – honesty- commitment (fill in the blank), from a man that she deserves. There’s nothing more attractive to a man than a women with a healthy dose of self esteem. So speak your peace ladies, with love & respect.

    • nofear

      its not about treatin him badly. its about bein yourself and standing up for what u believe in. theres a difference.

    • Shell

      Im sorry but I think you missed the point of this. Its called how to tell if he loves you. So if you are unsure stress him out. Only very insecure people try to mold themselves into something they are not which means they will never truly be happy with anyone. The message in this is love yourself and the right man will love you more.

  • cbrantley15

    Oh, I can't help it I have to say this, LOL!!!! This is the best and most real post since I been posting here… SUPER HUGE KUDOS Wisdom… SUPER HUGE!!!!

  • LuvlyfeLuvWife

    Great writing as ALWAYS wisdomismisery!
    However, I don't know if what you're prescribing this time will work in every case.

    "When a man doesn’t care about a future with a woman he retreats at the first sign of stress."

    When I was single and ready to settle down, I looked for a woman who was loving, kind, and could bring some peace to my life. High-drama chicks got kicked to the curb.
    By suggesting that they test some poor dude by creating stress in the relationship you may cause some of the ladies here to run off a decent marriage-minded brotha or two.

    • Oh ok…

      Hmm… Good point!
      Ppl just need to be real w/ one another. Stop the games.

    • GirlSixx is ChloeRayne516

      I understand what you are saying Sir, but I think WIM’s use of the word “STRESS” was tongue-in-cheek. Right WIM??

      What I took from the post was it’s okay to stand your ground and help co-pilot your relationship — whichever kind of relationship you may currently be in, I don’t think WIM meant a woman should flip all the way the hell out cuz her man picked up one-ply toilet tissue instead of that 2-ply in hopes that he’l go back to store to exchange it just to Prove His Love to You.

      What I BELIEVE what he was saying is that it’s okay to ask questions or even have some demands in regards to the love life you want — don’t let ole boy just have free reign so to speak, if something is bothering you and you feel that passionate about something SPEAK UP!! If he wants you he’ll be willing to work on making you happy, IF NOT……at least now you know.

      Good Post!!!

      • http://www.WisdomIsMisery.com WisdomIsMisery

        That’s exactly what I was saying @ GirlSixx.

    • http://www.WisdomIsMisery.com WisdomIsMisery

      @LuvlyfeLuvWife: By suggesting that they test some poor dude by creating stress in the relationship you may cause some of the ladies here to run off a decent marriage-minded brotha or two. To clarify, I'm not saying women should purposefully "create stress." I'm saying they should not avoid stress by not being themselves because in the long run that will only hurt both parties in the relationship. If there's an issue, it should be discussed not ignored. If stress is incurred as a result, so be it.

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  • serendipity

    HI!
    This is my first time commenting though I’ve been a fan of the blog (and you W.I.M.) for several months. I cosign this whoooooole well-written post-its hilarious how you WIM always manage to accurately make what seems logical to women sound utttterly illogical – “…Be yourself so we can fall in love with you not your representative.” What’s even better is that this is coming from a man, so its like getting a sneak peek at the other team’s playbook!
    I am fan of not only telling a man what you want, but also walking away if you don’t get it-otherwise you’re just talking when you should be negotiating-either with the same team or a new prospect.

    Great Post!

  • 48.

    Awesome post wim!!
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  • Camille

    cheers, applause and finger snaps!

  • GirlSixx is ChloeRayne516

    WIM you know this post slices 2 ways….. Meaning there is something men can take away from this as well

    Men: if your woman HARDLY ever checks you on utterly stupid/foul or disrespectful things that YOU KNOW you should’ve had your azz handed to you about…. Please take heed because 9 times outta 10 if she’s not beefing guess what — SHE DOESN’T REALLY GIVE A DAMN ABOUT YOU and you should tread lightly and be very afraid.

    I only fight with the people I Love and/or Care about. Trust me on that!!

    • Nicatictic

      What's interesting about this is, in my observation, if she's in her twenties, then 9 times outta 10 she doesn't give a damn about you. She's whatever about you. HOWEVER, if that chick is knocking on da big 3-0 or reached her Jesus years, and she's as cool as the other side of the pillow when a dude is outta line, cuidado and watch out. 9 times outta 10 she really is that chick that's tired of going through life alone and is willing to do whatever to land a life partner or have a baby. Sorry, but I've seen it a disturbing number of times over the last couple of years to not raise the point. Suddenly, the woman he's married to isn't the woman he married OR suddenly, wages are getting garnished to pay for little TeeTee. Just my thoughts.

  • MzNewy

    AWESOME Post!!!!!

    And I want to add…don't sell wolf tickets. If you say you are going to walk if "X" happens, you better really have your shoes on and be prepared to walk. If you mean anything to him, he will chase you down before you make it down the block and he will work on whatever it was that made you walk.
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    • GirlSixx is ChloeRayne516

      Truth24/7.Org!!!

    • starita34

      ooooh, thanks for the prompt!
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      *commences head bobbing*

      • Hugh Jazz

        A Click reference?!? Now I'm feeling old!

        • starita34

          Get thee to youtube, you will feel young four minutes at a time :-)
          (at least we're old together maaan)

  • shareefjackson

    "It’s possible he may leave you, but what have you really lost? A man that never respected you enough to commit or respect you as a person? That doesn’t seem like much of a loss to me. It seems like a gain."

    Well said sir. I see so many people in relationships with people that don't truly respect them. Never worth it.
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  • Naija

    Welp, absolutely nothing to add over here. Excellent advice. Preach on, brotha man.

    • starita34

      I'ma nestle my comment right in chere. Cosign, I don't even know what to add. Sometimes we gotta take it back to the daggone basics…

  • Lena J

    This is a good read and the truth! Very Insightful!

  • Hugh Jazz

    Cosign 100%, assuming the term "stress" is rhetorical. A woman should let a man know what she wants. I supposed that could be synonymous with stress, but it would not be stress if what she wants and what he will give are in alignment. Even if what she wants isn't congruent to what he is willing to give, it could be an issue he's willing to compromise on. If not, then the two just aren't compatible and it's time to move on.

    A woman can be laid-back, yet firm on the things she is not willing to compromise on. A woman should never hide who she is to get a commitment. That only leads to resentment and wasted time.

    • http://www.WisdomIsMisery.com WisdomIsMisery

      Co-sign Hugh. Actually, I think this could easily be the thesis for the post, A woman can be laid-back, yet firm on the things she is not willing to compromise on.

      And before the finger pointing starts, yes I know the same can be said for men. Please bring more to the discussion than he said/she said. Much obliged. – WIM

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  • cynicaloptmst81

    LOL, WIM! True story…went down just last night…

    Me: (story about advice given to friend)…I mean, what did it for you? What did I do to make you want to commit?
    Him: I don't think there's any one thing in particular that you did. Its about how I feel. All I know is that I've endured waaaaaay more in this relationship than I ever have…all because of how I feel. You can't help how you feel. You either feel something or you don't.

    Mind you, I'm very easy-going. We don't always agree on things but we rarely argue. We're very loving to one another. But, for as rational, logical, and easy-going as I am, I am still a woman…an emotional creature, lol. So, along with the normal work that goes into growing a relationship (which can be stressful at times), those "girlie" moments will make the coolest brother wanna shake you really good, lol…or even bounce depending on how bad the moment got. But, if he gets through the moment…stays with you through the moment, best believe he stayed cause his heart wouldn't let him leave.

    Great post!

  • simplesaline

    if he loves you should you really have to question him about ex girlfriends and ask him where things are going. don't let him get away with shit? I don't have to train a man how to treat a woman or commit, that's something he knows. So instead of yelling and arguing and chasing after answers stressing my own self out (smh) I just either have fun while it last or let him go. A man that loves and wants you will show it to and commit to you. And I applaud that woman who has to chase down her man and yell at him about x-lovers but that's just not how I operate. He's not worth it.

    I am that laid back gal and I only waste my time on arguments that are worth my time and energy. I also don't believe on playing games. The relationship will be tested eventually but I am not going to start stress just to see. I know he loves me by what he does for me, being their for me and he makes time for me. not a moment goes by where I need to question where he is or that he loves me

  • Mr. SD

    How to Know He Loves You:
    He'll go to the store and re-up on them maxi pads wit no problem!
    He loves ya kid(s) like its his own
    If he can ACCEPT YOU AT YOUR WORSE
    He references his future and includes you in it..(uses future-tense phrases: we, us, our)
    He helps you take out ya weave..lol
    He watches ya stupid shows without complaining (ie: love & hip hop/Basketball wives..lol)
    HE ACTUALLY SAYS "I LOVE YOU" (some dudes express it but rarely say it)
    He takes very good care of you when you're sick
    He kisses you square in the mouf when you wake up!
    You're very prego and hes overly excited! (me when i found out my Breezy was coming!)

    • simplesaline

      he helps you take out ur weave LOL so true my man did that before.

      • Mr. SD

        That had to make the list..i once saw my pops helping my moms take her weave out and thought that's some real love shit right there..lol Some Mary and Meth on top of the roof shit

        • Shelia Goss

          Yes, that's real love.
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        • cynicaloptmst81

          "Some Mary and Meth on top of the roof sh*t…"

          LMBO!

        • starita34

          lol, I love when Mr. SD talks about his parents, lol #FoolsInLove

        • Mr. SD

          They Cliff and Clair all day..its hilarious

    • Shelia Goss

      Yes, indeed. He basically loves you not your representative. A man who will help take out the weave is a keeper. LOL
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    • Vee

      How to know She loves You:
      She wont ask you to get those Maxi pads cause she knows you would if you had to but you'd hate it.
      She watches your stupid shows (South Park, Jackass) with you just to keep you company.

      Goes both ways, yes?

      • Alexian's Queen

        Hey, I'm a woman, and I'd rather watch SouthPark, Jackass, Family Guy than that other stuff. And I've met some guys who would rather watch those VH1 shows and Teen Mom… Don't assume all men/women are the same ;)

  • DeKela

    A well written post that I can agree with. Kudos.

  • Shelia Goss

    Love this post. If you can't be yourself with your man, then why be with him in the first place???

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  • Beef Bacon

    Thought provoking post WIM. I hope your right…lol. I have to call nonsense out when needed. Somethings are better left alone, sure, however, if it's something that will cause a big rift, be prepared to discuss it.

    I know there is a thin line between a discussion and nagging and sometimes it's hard to know where to draw the line on an important issue. I have been told by my husband that he appreciate me for this however sometimes, I see him second guessing it.

    I care how he feels, but I also care about the state of our family. He knows that things being in order (as much as possible) is important to me. I think it takes hindsight for him sometimes to realize why I say certain things, but it's all in the name of LOVE for my family.

    I try to remind him that everything I do, is for our family, including nag.

    • starita34

      lol, the Woman's National Motto
      "… everything I do, is for our family, including nag. "

      *salute*

  • Streetz

    Wis is going to have every man catch the 21 questions treatment in the hopes of finding out if he really cares… lol
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    • Just Some Dude

      *Throws the BS flag*

  • http://twitter.com/KatWebb84 @KatWebb84

    "Assuming you have reasonable expectations, standards and goals…"

    That's a heck of an expectation. If reading these blogs has taught me anything, it's that I have NO IDEA what men are thinking and what they may or may not consider "reasonable". I don't know what men are thinking and I don't even know what a lot of other WOMEN are thinking.

    I generally agree with this post, but I think ladies need to be forewarned that putting the real you on the table, of course, increases the chances for REJECTION. If your goal is long-term commitment, love and happiness, then it's worth it. If your goal is short-term companionship with a male specimen that's given you no real signs he's interested in the real you, beyond the warm gushy part, then this move might not pay off.

    I made the move to be the real me and ALL THREE of the "friends" I was dealing with suddenly got very busy. But I then met a very nice guy who seems to be fine. He's even voiced he's interested in being more of a shoulder or an ear to me, which is surprising, given my experience with men when I let them see the "real me". But this never would've happened if I was still walking on eggshells with the other guys. It's definitely the way to go if you want real love or like.

    • Mr. SD

      "I generally agree with this post, but I think ladies need to be forewarned that putting the real you on the table, of course, increases the chances for REJECTION"

      whats so wrong wit a lil rejection? men have been getting rejected since the 3rd grade

      • http://twitter.com/KatWebb84 @KatWebb84

        That's fantastic. Doesn't mean it's super awesome to experience. And it's one thing to get rejected in the beginning when you ask for a dance. It's another to get rejected in the middle, when you finally get the courage to ask for a RELATIONSHIP. But it's cool. I think it's worth it. Rip the band-aid off and KIM.

    • http://www.WisdomIsMisery.com WisdomIsMisery

      First, Co-sign Mr. SD's point above.

      Second, I generally agree with this post, but I think ladies need to be forewarned that putting the real you on the table, of course, increases the chances for REJECTION. If your goal is long-term commitment, love and happiness, then it's worth it. If your goal is short-term companionship with a male specimen that's given you no real signs he's interested in the real you, beyond the warm gushy part, then this move might not pay off. This paragraph is true and should be taken under consideration. This post in particular is geared towards folks looking for more than a casual relationship.

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  • Muze

    Love this.

    i think this could go hand-in-hand with Slim's post about some women making it too easy for a man, but in the sense that, you can still be your mellow, breezy self while not being passive. i am not very confrontational or nit-picky, but if there is something bothering me that i feel strongly about, or a question i feel burning within (i am the QUEEN of questions lol) i will state it.

    also, like girlsixx said above, if a woman does this, she doesn't care about you either, fellas. i have never ever been mad at a man i didn't care about being with. ever. annoyed, sure. but still not enough to endure an argument or discussion about it.

    anyhoo, i don't think being a woman that causes drama and being a woman that has a backbone are the same at all, and i'm glad that this differentiates that. great post.

    and, yeah… i've def experienced the epiphanous moment a man has when he realizes he just might love you because he's up at 3am talking about how you pissed him off and what "we" can do to remedy it. lol. win.

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    • http://www.WisdomIsMisery.com WisdomIsMisery

      anyhoo, i don't think being a woman that causes drama and being a woman that has a backbone are the same at all, and i'm glad that this differentiates that.

      Thank you for noticing this.

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  • Dr. J

    If a chick stresses me out, I will leave her. Some of the women I have loved very much have gotten left because they started stressing me out. I'm going to give you a very good example. Think about when women stress men over a ring. They get the ring, Chrissy-ass hoes. But in reality, then men don't want to marry them, they just doing it cause they have to.

    Sorry WIM, but I respectfully disagree. Ladies, do not stress men out, they will leave you. Do not nag, do not stress, do not do that, it won't work out for you. This sounds logical, but then again, we need to keep it real. How many women here today in relationships are like, "That's right boo, I stress my man out." Nope, Krystl ain't even comment today cause she's reading this like, "Nah girl, don't do that… that ain't the type of love you want."

    • Mr. SD

      I with the good doctor on this one. Don't stress me out because i will leave! but Do engage and act like you wanna be apart of the relationship.

      Krystl ain't even comment today cause she's reading this like, "Nah girl, don't do that… that ain't the type of love you want."

      true, she is MIA on the lo lo

    • cynicaloptmst81

      Stress can be positive or negative. It all feels uncomfortable…like pressure. But, positive stress pushes you to a better place and negative stress is draining on all levels. If negative stress is consuming your relationship, you should def bounce. If the stress is uncomfortable yet positive, meaningful, or worth the reward at the end, ride it out till it subsides.

      • Dr. J

        I think you just made that up. Give me an example of positive stress. That's something you just made that up.

        • cynicaloptmst81

          I'm not THAT good, Dr. J, lol. I'm sure this "theory" is google-able.

          Positive or temporary stress…

          Exam time…project at work…

          In regards to relationships, temporary problems…stuff you can work through…stuff you may need to work out together or in your own self for your own good first then the relationship.

        • Dr. J

          So you saying to create temporary problems so that he can work through them? That doesn't make any damn sense. Stop it. Ain't no positive stress. Constructive criticism. Motivation. But not stress.

        • cynicaloptmst81

          Who said anything about creating anything?? Other than you…that's what YOU said. Stuff or stress just comes. And you need to determine whether or not that "stuff" is worth dealing with to push the relationship forward (which would be a positive thing) or its not…its just pointless in the long run and draining (which would be a negative thing).

          Again…this is not something I pulled out of thin air. You don't rock wit it, that's cool, lol…

        • http://twitter.com/RaveySayThaBaby @RaveySayThaBaby

          There is indeed a such thing as "positive" stress. Things such as getting married, buying a home, or hitting the lottery. There is stress associated with these events but the outcome is positive or of great benefit.

          You weren't totally misunderstood, I felt where you were coming from lol

        • http://musicmakesmehigh.wordpress.com Reecie

          I hollered at "I think you just made that up" LMAO!!!!!

          I do think WIM didn't mean stress like we usually interpret it, as he stated upthread.

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        • Teflon Mom

          You're gonna stop messing with the ladies Dr. J – I can give you an example of "positive stress" – you have a project coming up at work that will elevate your status if done well. Getting ready for the presentation to hundreds of folks? Stressful. The resulting accolades/promotion? Positive. Everything I do that is really worthwhile involves some level of stress, but the stress (and nerves) is what propels me to a better end result. Another example: countdown to birth of two kids. Mega stressful. End result? Totally awesome.

      • http://www.blackgirlmd.wordpress.com blackgirlmd

        Lol actual there is such a thing as positive stress. Ever heard of eustress vs. distress? google it.

        Eustress is good stress, like stress you put on your body by running or getting fit, or on your kids to get their homework done, or on your man to and an honest lady out of you when y’all have been dating for over 1.5 yrs. These things make you better, more fit, smarter, etc.

        Distress is bad stress, like a boss riding you at work, an abusive husband, things like. These things bring you down, make you gain weight, make your hair fall out, etc.

        Anyway point is, all stress isn’t bad stress, and that goes across the board… You see the same concept in physics, biology, psychology, and as WIM so aptly taught us today, in relationships as well.

        And for you, I think you just haven’t met a women that you’re willing to undergo stress for. I’m like that too, but I’m pretty self aware. If a dude starts getting on my nerves, I’m like… “he is not even cute enough for all that. Delete delete delete!”

        But let it be somebody I like. I struggle to give those walking papers lol

        • Just Some Dude

          "stress your man" is not eustress, it is intentional distress

        • cynicaloptmst81

          WIM is NOT suggesting that anyone goes and intentionally stresses out their s/o.

          Like…"Thanks for the tip, WIM! Now, Imma go home and work his nerves to see whether he'll bounce or stay…" The title may be a bit misleading but the content is clear…to me, at least.

          HOWEVER, bringing up a touchy subject…whether its the male or female…that needs to be addressed WILL create some degree of stress for both parties. And, in this case, WIM is explaining what the males response may say about his feelings for her. And alls I'm saying is, in this case, the male must weigh whether this stress will ultimately be positive (the work it'll take to improve the relationship) or negative (the issue cannot be resolved which means unending headache, whining, etc. sapping all the joy from the relationship).

      • Paul B.

        Stress is never positive. There's a difference between being challenged/pushed to greater heights and stressing, kinda like the difference between the effects of exercising and being stressed out on the human heart. Both have an effect, but exercising makes the heart better and more efficient, whereas stress simply makes the heart work harder, but sets it up for disease instead.

        • Naija

          "Stress is never positive."

          That is a matter of personal opinion. As far as science is concerned and the other ladies have pointed out, stress can be either positive or negative. It is merely "the body's nonspecific response to a demand placed on it," which means that your body reacts in some way to some demand placed on you. Whether it is negative or positive is largely a matter of how you deal with it and the outcome. It is not in and of itself negative; we simply have the tendency to focus on its negative aspects.

        • Paul B.

          Naija, the way I interpreted what he said, stress in that sense is never positive. I can deal with being challenged to grow, that should never be a problem. But working my nerves just to see how much I love you is plain dysfunctional.

    • shareefjackson

      When I read the post I was thinking stressing about rings, nagging, etc. I was thinking about the natural conflict that arises between two folks that grew up in separate households and have different lives up to the point.

      I just can't see a meaningful relationship that does not involve stress at some point. The highs and lows of a relationship that you're invested in are what makes it real.
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      • Dr. J

        There is stress in any relationship, but you can't intentionally stress a man out. You can't test a relationship. That's not the way to go about anything.

        • Beef Bacon

          Dr. J…I can not WAIT to you are married.

        • Beef Bacon

          But let me also add that I do NOT advocate a woman intentionally stressing a man out. That is like throwing your good mood off the bridge…not worth it. In the end the woman will be the one frustrated and it may open up a can of unnecessary worms.

        • cynicaloptmst81

          Thing is…neither does WIM's post.

          Or did I read something wrong? *shrugs*

        • http://www.WisdomIsMisery.com WisdomIsMisery

          You read right.

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        • Beef Bacon

          *until

        • Dr. J

          Don't worry, I can.

        • Dr. J

          Don't worry, I can.

      • http://www.WisdomIsMisery.com WisdomIsMisery

        shareefjackson: I just can't see a meaningful relationship that does not involve stress at some point. The highs and lows of a relationship that you're invested in are what makes it real.

        Co-sign.

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    • http://www.WisdomIsMisery.com WisdomIsMisery

      We don't have to agree. Though I admit I'm somewhat disappointed since it seems you focused more on the title than the content (and you are not alone). I actually don't mind my woman "stressing" me about issues that are important to her, because those are issues that need to be addressed. Id rather that than she hold them in until she blows up one day and I end up on an episode of Snapped. If I cant relieve her stress, then I want to know it and she needs to know it so she can find a man that can – even if that man isnt me. I'm humble enough to accep that reality. (1/2)

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      • Dr. J

        Naw I read the post several times before commenting. I just don't agree with that line of thinking at all. In the second to last paragraph you dropped landing gear but the whole premise of the post was stress initiated by the woman. And what i'm saying is to the women, do not do that, that ain't going to work for you. Even with her feelings and problems, women need to do that like speaker points. Don't say everything that's on your mind, budget your issues out. If everytime you got an issue, you say, "when I have a problem, I like to speak up about it right away" that's an intentional decision to stress your man out. Don't do that. Speakers points… pick and choose your battles or he'll leave.

        • http://www.WisdomIsMisery.com WisdomIsMisery

          Cool story bro. I guess we disagree.

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        • http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jermaine-spradley/a-millennial-manifesto-jobs_b_956053.html Most

          I just don't see where you're getting the "intentionally" part.

          Telling women to not say everything that's on their mind sounds like good advice and it works in short term relationships or in relationships that don't have the expectation of lasting forever. If you're in a relationship you're hoping lasts till one of you dies, you need to say what's on your mind, when it's on your mind. Early on in a relationship it's important to say what's on your mind because that's how you find out who each other really are, what makes you tick what your real expectations of a long term mate are really like. Once you're deeply entrenched in the relationship, sharing what you really feel, when you feel it is helpful because the most difficult problems to solve in a relationship are the ones that have been building and festering over time. In my house, we share even the smallest of issues, from where she puts her shoes when she takes them off to whether I use a sponge or a brush-tool to wash the dishes.

          Gotta agree with WIS here. If a man and woman can put up with the natural stress that comes with building a relationship, there's a good chance that relationship will last.

        • Dr. J

          Nah you said in another post that sometimes when the Mrs. gets upset about something you tell her to sit on it and then ask her a few days later to see if she still upset about it. That's an example of how you don't stress a man out, you sit on sh*t and sometimes turns out it ain't all that important.

          You ain't got to lie, Craig.

        • http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jermaine-spradley/a-millennial-manifesto-jobs_b_956053.html Most

          You can't find me ever telling the Mrs. to ever sit on anything for "a few days." A few hours maybe, never a few days. And that's only when there's uncontrolled anger involved.

        • http://twitter.com/TrueandSincere1 @TrueandSincere1

          Tell two people the same story at the same time, and chances are, each of them will take from it something different.

          That being said… at no time while reading this post, did I think WIM was encouraging women to bring drama to the table. What I read was him saying to "keep it 100 at all times."

          Furthermore, I'd have to disagree with your train of thought here. If I am with someone, I shouldn't have to bite my tongue at any time if I feel some kind of way about anything. PERIOD. Besides, if you're being yourself at all times, (like WIM is advocating in his post), your significant other will know how you work ( "she rants randomly" or " if he's saying something about it, it must really bother him" etc..). I understand the concept of timing, as far as picking and choosing when to say what. However, if I have something to say, I should be able to express myself. Everyone knows that one of the building blocks to any healthy relationship is communication. If I can't "speak up" about my issues (big or small) with my man, he doesn't have to worry about leaving, I'll be the one to go.

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        • http://twitter.com/KatWebb84 @KatWebb84

          Does this only extend to your girl, or do other people get the same treatment? Do your friends get kicked to the curb if they stress you? Do you estrange yourself from your family if they stress you? Do you quit stressful jobs? It just doesn't seem possible to free yourself from all stress while still having any kind of relationships with ANYONE. But that's just me. I don't have the expectation of a stress-less life.

        • spiderlgs

          I do agree with this.. I think speaking up on everything right away is a great way to get someone not wanting to come home to you cause what the hell you got to argue about now… I think we have to learn to decide what we need to bring to the table in other to have a healthy relationship and not what we want to say just cause your nerves get worked… No point in you working my nerves too just because… Sometimes you just have to take a step back and see if it's really important in a day or two… lots of times by the end of that second day… you straight.

    • herthoughts2

      I think you are taking the use of the term "stress" literally. I think that he is saying a man loves a woman if he is stays for better or worse. I would never intentionally stress a man out. However, stress is something that is inevitable in a relationship and if a man or woman bails.. it is a great indication that they do not love you.

      Sidenote: I rarely comment on SBM but this post was amazing. Scorpio love!

    • Hugh Jazz

      Dr.J: "the whole premise of the post was stress initiated by the woman"

      I suppose if that's what you took away from the post, I agree with this statement. I don't think too many people disagree with what you said. WIM is using the term "stress" more as a rhetorical tactic to bring attention to the post. I read the title and thought WTH myself until I read the post. Perhaps a more accurate title for the post would be "Speak Up If You're Not Getting What You Want."

      I agree that women shouldn't nag about every little thing that bothers them, that's just annoying. But if a woman change(s) employment, residence, personality, religion and the list goes on and on to make her fit the mold she thinks this man wants, you'll have a very unhappy woman on your hands, and likely when the inevitable breakup happens, it will be bitter instead of just a mutual understanding you weren't compatible. Stating the basic requirements that you're looking for in a mate is not stressing.

    • krystllyght

      You're right, I would not advise a woman to go and intentionally create stress for her man. I don't think any good can come from that. I do think it is important to be herself though and I would tell her to address pertinent issues when they arise, otherwise, she's just stressing herself out trying to maintain some facade. But being yourself and bringing up important issues don't have to be stressful events IMHO.

    • rhenewal

      I see where you're coming from, Dr J. There were a couple of places within the post that made me raise my right eyebrow.

      The idea of creating stress in order to test a relationship doesn't sit well with me. It kind of seems like WIM is encouraging women to become drama queens (crazyosychob*tch as one of my cousin's calls it) in order to focus and keep a man's attention, as well as prove his affection. I am unable to co-sign that. Especially because for some of us "laid-back" women who enjoy a peaceful and amicable relationship that very move would make us untrue to ourselves.

      HOWEVER, I did re-skim the post (I originally read it in its entirety) and have come to the conclusion that the MAJOR point being made is to pursue what you truly want out of the relationship. To make needs and wants known, and be ready to move on if the dude is not on the same page as the woman is. That aspect of the post I agree with. To maintain the status quo in a relationship when you desire something more/different is an exercise in futility, and will eventually end in someone being hurt. Or in an episode of Snapped as WIM said :)

  • Jevioso

    A wise man once told me a relationship is like karate class.

    Basically the student (woman) goes up to the sensei (man) and says, "Master I want to learn karate!" And the sensei decides to teach the student if the student has some of the values that he appreciates (she got a bad ass body, she's smart, she's give good dome etc) . If the sensei is legit, when the student tries to attack or challenge him, he will flip the student over and make a fool out of the student (Challenge his confidence). The student will then get up after being flipped over and be like "Damn, Master got skills" ( skills = swag, charm, intelligence, confidence etc) As time progresses the student becomes more mature and the master has to use more of his experience to combat his student. After the student reaches a high enough level, the master decides to give a new belt (commitment, gifts, trips, introduction to family, marriage etc) And it consistently goes that way until the master is too old or too tired to combat or the student loses interest and wants to go learn at a more prestigious dojo (finds a new, more challenging man that she's attracted to), or wants to start his own (start dealing with weak guys who she can turn from Steve Urkel to Stephan)

    If the sensei is illegitimate (he's phony) and his student realizes very early on that he can hurt his master when he attacks (he's weak), the master is going to have to handle out more belts in less time (be a pushover, a trick, a simp) in order for that student to stay around. However, the student will have short-lived respect for the master, and before you know it, he will begin to wonder why he doesn't own the dojo (why doesn't she wear the pants in the relationship, or she can do much better than this) at which point he might either leave or stay, because the master will beg the student to stay – he doesn't believe he can find a replacement (another woman). Although this student might reach black belt status faster than his peers, and that might get to his head, in reality he will be far inferior to the students who train at the legit sensei's dojo, and once he leaves the dojo, and has to compete against other students (other women), he will be faced with the reality that he wasted his whole time controlling his weak master.

  • ERICA

    I CAUGHT THE HOLY GHOST HALF WAY THROUGH THIS POST.

  • KylaH

    make it plain, sir. great post. #preach

  • http://www.wildcougarconfessions.com Wild Cougar

    This post is gold. I’m gonna read it three times just to remind myself.

    • Naija

      *rubs eyes vigorously*

      Say word. Them Mayan peeps were right about 2012, y'all.

  • TheTravelingType

    Excellent, excellent post!!!
    " Otherwise, we’ll both be unhappy when you “change.” But technically, you never changed. All you really did was become your self after the guarantee of commitment…well damn…it’s nice to finally meet you."
    That right there spoke volumes to me. I have always felt that "well I can't be myself" sort of mentality. Which as an adult really doesn't make sense but it has been a consequence of being dfft or not fitting the typical "black" mold. Whatever that may be. Anywho I grew up repressing so many unique things about myself to prevent being judged by my ppl and it wasn't until I got out of my home town went to college that I was able to start expressing myself freely. I know for me I rarely feel that I can be "myself" when I date black men I usually test a few things like playing some avril lavigne to see what sort of reaction I get but its usually negative. I am dating a french guy now and this honestly is the most comfortable I have ever been. I feel like he just accepts me for me. I can listen to avril lavigne then gucci without scorn. Its so freeing.

    • http://www.WisdomIsMisery.com WisdomIsMisery

      For the record avril lavigne &gt;&gt;&gt;

      Although I'm more a fan of her earlier content, circa I'm With You. I actually still jam that song from time to time. I can relate to your overall comment because I'm pretty much the same way with music – as I assume you were merely using as an example – being an indicator of how different I am from the typical "mold." For example, I'm far more likely to bump the new Snow Patrol (In The End – great song by the way) than I am….well, anything else. And if it wasnt for Twitter, I wouldnt even know who J. Cole is…etc etc However, I am who I am regardless of who I'm dating and while I hope they like the real me if I'm interested. At the same time, if they dont, they can kick rocks.

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      • TheTravelingType

        I agree. But it took me a long long time to get to that point. And even now when I go home I tone myself down cause I get tired of the same old questions about how much I have changed when in all reality they just never really knew me they knew the me I showed them. Nor am I condoning my behavior but I wasn't very strong in my character as you seem to be. A flaw I admit to having.

  • Dr. J

    I’m not replying to all y’all comments but the post said, “Stress him out.” The verb was stress, the subject was him. It was not a noun as in the stress that one goes through, it was a command. It said stress him out.

    But moreover than that, if you want to say, “You have to go through tough times to be able to enjoy the good times” then you got to say that, point blank period. This whole post is the exact same sh*t we argue about all the time. One day it’s “you said that but this is what you meant” and you’re mad. The next is, “I said that but I ain’t really mean that”.

    Then we tell women, don’t stress us out, then you tell them, stress me out. What in the hell… How is a single woman supposed to pick a man out this bunch?

    Oh she just supposed to know what you meant. Remember that the next time you answer her literally and she tells you what you really meant. Remember that.

    PS – This ain’t to just WiM either, this is to all the dudes who defending this.

    • Teflon Mom

      You know you love language games right? This is clearly a case of intentional mis-interpretation for the sake of being contrary as hell. If there's something that's stressing me out (where are we in a relationship) but I don't say anything to the man I'm with because I fear that it would stress him out…then the best advice would be to share honestly and "stress" him out. Based on your comments, it sounds like your advice is for women to not say anything "stressful" to a man, or the punishment is that he'll leave her. In which case: sayonara, bamma!

      • Dr. J

        This conversation is over.

        • Teflon Mom

          I'm picturing you gathering your toys, crossing your arms real tight and going to the other side of the room right now.

        • http://twitter.com/KatWebb84 @KatWebb84

          ____________________!!!!

          That made me think of Kevin Hart packing a suitcase with one toy and running away from home.

        • rhenewal

          LMAO!

    • http://www.WisdomIsMisery.com WisdomIsMisery
    • spiderlgs

      Stop.. Grammar Time! In "Stress him out." the subject is the understood "you" and "him" is the direct object. But I feel you on the literal tip of the words vs the sentiment behind them.

    • King Jordan

      gonna have to agree w/ you on this one Dr. J…i understand that no 2 people feel the same way about everything, think the same way about everything, so if 2 people are in a relationship, problems, situations will occur naturually, and the guy's reaction to those situations/problems will define his level of interest in something deeper..

      but this…just sounds like … be aggie for the sake of bein' aggie (when keeping it too real goes wrong)..

      i guess i see it 'wrong' as well. i'm personally not a stress person, the minimum amount of stress the better.

  • http://twitter.com/RaveySayThaBaby @RaveySayThaBaby

    This post is love! I don't see it as "Go home and stress your man out" it's more of a "be yourself, it'll work out better." I like the confirmation to continue to be my crazy self. I try to scale back on the craziness in the beginning but it always seeps out and that's a good thing; dude knows exactly what he's getting into :)

    • Just Some Dude

      don't go home and "stress your man out" intentionally…but definitely "be yourself"

  • http://twitter.com/MOTRenaissance @MOTRenaissance

    I am sure this could work for the minority of chicks who are super laid back, but are in limbo in their relationship… & they need to take a temperature… But for the majority of relationships, women do this early & often…

    I'm good… There has to be a more efficient way

    • Just Some Dude

      when shouldn't a woman be herself? I like to know what I'm getting from the beginning…no fluff, no filler

  • krystllyght

    "my guess is Krystl isnt commenting because she's busy keeping her man happy – by stressing him when necessary and letting him be when not."

    Thank ya kindly! Very nice comment especially after the other day.

    "Online psuedo-girlfriend" though?

    • http://www.WisdomIsMisery.com WisdomIsMisery

      krystllyght: Very nice comment especially after the other day.

      What did I say the other day? …in sticking with the post, feel free to "stress me out" by telling me what you're talking about. lol Since I have no idea.

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      • krystllyght

        Nah it was something I said on your personal blog. You didn't say anything bad to me. lol

  • Anna Jackson

    Thanks Karmen for emailing me this link. I find it useful getting a males perspective on a well talked about view among woman! just goes to show Real Men arent to far off from the way we think :)

  • Just Some Dude

    As much as I WANT to agree with the whole post, I have to ask: "What if he asserts HIS boundaries when you choose to INTENTIONALLY see whether he stays or goes?" I mean, seriously, you should stand your ground and be who you truly are…but if he stands his ground and is who he truly is as well you may find yourself in a confrontation (not physical of course, that is completely unacceptable on both parts).

    At this point you must ask yourself: "How committed are YOU really?"

    • rhenewal

      I suppose at that point is where WIM is saying you'll find out if the relationship is going to work or not. If he loves you, and you love him, both sets of boundaries are pushed but both of you are willing to work it out as opposed to walking away because lines have been crossed.

      I don't know…. I agree with the IDEA of this post (State your feelings, intentions, direction and if he's headed in the same direction as you are, it'll work out. If not, y'all are done.) The word "stress", while probably chosen to pull attention to the post, is just a sticking point for a few of us.

  • Just Some Dude

    Some of ya'll believe that you should really go home and start some isht on purpose…

    …No one deserves that, man nor woman

    • Mr. SD

      That's def going down today, WIM set off a bunch of beef..lol

  • http://youreratchet.blogspot.com Young Heaux

    I've been reading this blog and others around dating n shit, and I think there may be (generally) two schools of thought when it comes to relationships. Some of y'all treat relationships like a science, and some of y'all (myself included) treat it as more of an art. I think this is where a lot of disagreements on this subject are rooted.
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  • MeteorMan

    Stress tests the relationship. BUT don't inject stress for the purpose of testing. In this point in my life, I don't want to feel like someone is testing me and trying to push my buttons. That ish is obvious and annoying. You the last thing you want to do is be seen as "annoying" by your potential future bf.

    To be fair to WIM, let me restate what I believe is the point of this post: His reaction to stressors relative to you two's relation is proportional to what he's willing to endure with you. He's not saying test him by doing things that you know stresses him out. If you know trust is a sensitive issue, don't repeatedly bring it up for the purpose of seeing if he'll endure your nagging.

    I don't agree that inquiring about the status of relations will cause stress and his response is based on what he feels for you. nawl… Those questions won't cause a shred of stress if isn't against the concept even if the answer is "no" at that moment. Why would I get stressed out when she asked if I want to make it official? It'll stress me out only if I'm not like minded. So I say that, a simple question shouldn't stress dude out. A whole conversation that requires him to explain himself could. but a question or two? nawl.

    "Where is this going?" and the variations are poorly worded questions which I guess could cause (negative?) stress to someone. Don't ask that question. Make a statement. Asking that question sounds like his answer defines it everything. Frankly, my answer is always: "I don't know. We haven't discussed it yet." It's a joint decision but you want to gauge his intent right? So make a statement of what you think it should be. Shoot, even make the argument that it's already that and he's being a title wimp if you have to. If homie disagrees, then roll bounce…
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    • http://www.therealslimjackson.com Slim Jackson

      I see what you did with the stress test reference.lol. Or maybe I'm just being overly technical.
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    • Hugh Jazz

      MeteorMan: "Stress tests the relationship. BUT don't inject stress for the purpose of testing."

      There is is.

  • rhenewal

    "You know the type of women that get caught up in years and years of pseudo-relationship with no commitment or direction? The laid-back woman. The woman that causes a man no stress what-so-ever is the type he keeps around but never commits to."

    ^^ That's my sticking point with this post, WIM. I don't believe that because I'm "laid-back" and enjoy a peaceful home life, I'm necessarily going to spend years in a directionless pseudo-relationship. Being laid-back does not mean accepting crumbs from a man. Your word choices in this post leave too much room for interpretation, IMHO. In becoming not laid-back, in randomly challenging the state of my relationship simply to test a dude's level of commitment to me/our relationship makes no sense to me. If there is a problem, if I have a question, if I'm uncertain we're headed in the same direction, or if I want to change directions and haven't ever discussed with dude where that destination IS, then I see your point.

    "Don't ignore an issue because you don't want to create stress" would probably be a more accurate representation of what you're advocating, I think. I recognize, however, that it wouldn't have gotten my attention nearly as quickly as the title and opening paragraph that you chose did.

    "Unfortunately, it is the women who follow the men’s plan – even if it is completely contradictory to their own – that end up frustrated and confused when he suddenly leaves because he was never emotionally vested in the relationship."

    ^^ And that is sort of true. Assuming that the "men's plan" is somehow not the same as the women's, then yes, there is a problem there.

    Sorry if this was a confusing comment. I find that the post was overall good: thought-provoking, good premise… Your brain and mine are just not on the same page as to the meaning of "stress".

  • cynicaloptmst81

    Its really simple…

    Humans bring crap to relationships. We can't help that we're flawed and all so yeah, its intentional. But, not in a "and what?!" "just to ruin your life" kinda way. Its in a "no one's perfect" kinda way. If dude sticks it out with you…working through your share of the crap, his crap, and y'alls crap, he's doing it cause he loves you. And, vice versa.

  • jwoodny

    "Once you're deeply entrenched in the relationship, sharing what you really feel, when you feel it is helpful because the most difficult problems to solve in a relationship are the ones that have been building and festering over time. " Most

    I'm learning this in my current relationship. Letting things slide and allowing her to continue to do those things (whether they're big or small) builds up my own resentment and frustration. And when she finally does something that's the straw on the camel's back, our argument goes to a place that was completely avoidable. So confronting things when they happen, the 1st time they happen is 1 of the commitments I've made for this relationship

    I understood WIS euphemism and I do agree w/ it on a few levels. In a committed relationship, you have to know that you're capable of handling the natural stresses of life. It doesn't have to be something between the 2 of you; it could be a death in the family or 1 of you being fired or a bad hair day because shorty's stylist in on vacation. There's enough independent stressors to occur that nobody needs to create stress to "test" the longevity of the relationship. At the end of day, when it comes to a long term partner, I want 1 that'll bend, not break
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  • @vonbtrippin

    Nothing but some truth. Keep in mind when angry lot of actual emotions are revealed. Any will tell you they’re love for you if you can break it down. We all enjoy a stress free relationship but when it comes down to it. The problems help see where the relationship is going overall at times.

  • Bree

    I was watching Bobby Womack on Unsung last weekend and yesterday. He was saying he wrote the song "That's The Way I Feel About You" about a skycap he met and his story about his problems with his woman.
    After the man complained to him about the woman Bobby Womack said to him "Man why you don't leave that bit**" He replied, "Bobby she ain't no bit** man that's my woman and I love her man."
    Maybe it's like brothers and sisters and best friends who constantly fight and argue with each other, but will never allow other people to talk about their siblings and friends and will fight somebody else for saying the same bad things they say about their siblings and/or friends and will always defend them.
    Either way, it's still an azz backwards way of thinking…….but it is what it is.

  • Bree

    Great post Wis and a great lesson and moral in it. I hope the ladies "got it."
    I've been there and done that. Been that girl that tried to be more of what a man wanted and needed me to be. Then said F this. I'm gonna be me…..love me or leave me alone, take it or leave it.
    It's always astounded me though how the very people I can be hard on and boldly and brutally honest with seem to love me to death. I can tell them the straight up ugly truth about themselves and tell them stuff they don't like and don't want to hear and they will still like me. After this post I see why this is the case.
    One thing about me though is I'm not a woman that stresses a man out. I have tried to help my ex's be the best men they can be and be more successful and push them to be better. However I don't keep pushing. If I make suggestions to a person and they say ok that sounds good, I'll do that and then don't follow through or if they don't take my advice I say F it….it's your life, your grown and that's on you.
    I don't become like a mom and nag or continuously tell folks about themselves. I speak my peace once or twice and let it go. I don't like drama and I don't nag because I don't like to be nagged. So I consider myself an easy person to get along with. I don't trip about the small stuff and I allow folks the freedom to be who they are and I take them or leave them and expect the same thing in return.
    I don't change anything about myself to be with or please a man………however at the same time I don't constantly nag him to conform to my ways either. I accept people as they are. Maybe that's part of my problem with men. Makes no sense to me though. Why would you as a man wanna deal with someone your constantly complaining about who makes you feel like your her son and wants to control you and mold you into the man she wants you to be, instead of letting you be who you are? What could you possibly love and like about someone like that? I never did (and still don't) understand why men stay with the very women they complain about the most and around other people make her seem like a nag, a bitch, and cause people to ask the question "if she is this bad why the hell are you still with her?"

    • Navaura

      I agree with you Bree. I tell what's on my mind but I'm not going to babysit a grown man or stroke his ego. Doesn't mean I'm not going to show you some love but honestly, don't expect me to be the type of woman who push and push and push you into getting things done. Hopefully your mom and dad would have taught you to be responsible by the time you meet a woman because it's not the woman's job to make a man. He should already come equipped. If a man puts up with a woman who constantly pushes him to be what he isn't, then that's the type of woman he deserves. If a man puts up with a controlling woman that's the type he wants. I am not a controlling woman but I've learned to not let men step on me, still learning along the way, but I've always learned things from my past that makes me become a better woman each day.

  • easilyhurtescapist

    I have read a lot of SBM's post! This is by far the most helpful. Good job on this one :

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003596505371 Nancelis Serrano

    My philosophy: If he's not all in, …it's not him. (Shrugs)

  • Okpo lilian

    I quite agree with wat is been said here i think its a great step to any relationship we should be able to pick something from this that will surely help us build our relationships thanks a lot for this wonderful insight

  • Shurlon

    How about you reverse the roles….would woman put up with this crap….what about what i want…i don’t want stress i dont want test..i tell women that up from the start..if you need to be testing my love than you don’t trust me and if you don’t trust me then im sorry your wasting my time.All this post is telling women is the be them self but telling them if the men don’t conform to what they want he does not love them..like i said reverse the roles.

  • am

    It depends on the scenario that stressing him out is a really good way of seeing if he cares. Certainly being assertive and able to communicate open and freely is good if you make time for this. Of course if he loves being with you and knows you he will see general stress being unloaded, that he just happens to get in the way, is just that, as long as you don’t get personal or nasty.

    However creating stress by challenging our insecurities with him that we do not feel we are being treated good enough but want to will usually not go down well. It is too easy for a man to think you are implying he is not good enough in which he will not want to stick around- what would be the point? Of course unless you still like sex? Men want to be wanted if you act like you don’t want them they will think just that and disappear unless they can see it really was just a bad day and this doesn’t happen too often. Men are actually quite simple but sensitive and understanding creatures but not mind readers. So where does it go wrong?

    Not to say you shouldn’t have high hopes but life is often about being realistic. It can back fire if you have high hopes – and drive ahead for them. The problem is here; two questions; Can you accept this? What happens if you fail? How do you maintain your standards? How do you ever make a relationship work then? What if you end up alone? These are probably all the things running through your head which should be replaced with ‘You can accept anything with happiness and grace’, ‘you might fail- you learn and everything happens for a reason’, ‘ maintain your standards- you are worth more than you know- i am telling you x’ ‘ you have to be sure to set the tone of the perfect relationship, accept no less or realise like men- anything that doesn’t develop is just the inbetween stage before you find the one you love- don’t ever let a man know this- he needs to feel special because ideally really we should wait until the one – not seeing anyone else if you can ideally’ ‘your not scared of being alone (have you tried it- enjoying yourself without a man??!- if not you must try it- it boosts your confidence and belief in you!)

    The ultimate test is knowing when he walks away when you didn’t think he would knowing in yourself you can cope with that?

    The irony is ladies we know this and are probably planning again right now to think ahead. Don’t worry most women are programmed to think like this. This usually results in taking the lead pushing them away (incase they do drop us) thinking this is ‘being strong’, the way to avoid heartbreak. We fool ourselves into thinking we can cope with being rejected because we will protect ourselves and dump them first or we will somehow find a way using scare tactics , ultimatums, pretend we don’t care anyway. Then later question what we were doing because we wanted a relationship? Just didn’t want rejection. Ever done this? … Well unfortunately to 2 come together you have to be prepared to lose and be a good loser to win. How do we win then?

    The truth is this – no-one likes being rejected. If we could learn to care about the feelings of the other person and think how they will feel. If we love them we will want to protect them we will love them in this moment. This is what men mean by strength – It would be so easy if men could understand why we push them away but in all honesty they don’t want to be pushed away because your insecure they want to see you are truely secure and don’t want to hear the reason they aren’t good enough. They need to work this out by you going about it the nice way- just say nothing and continue with your life as happy as you were before. Simply if he notices a change he will be hot on doing what he can to see such a beautiful lady again. (If you can’t do it – don’t let him see you). They have to sort it out so don’t get stressed its not your problem anymore.

    Men want a lady who is in control of her emotions and life. You control how you deal with your choices and feelings to best effect- not him. You must learn to love yourself enough like you would him that when he shows his insecurities you still have the strength to act like the perfect lady. The perfect lady is being truthful, loving, caring, understanding and kind. Its these moments that test a lady. The sooner we admit this to ourselves and realise we have more control over our own emotional state than we think and a man should never control this we become strong and powerful. This is much stronger than false pretence, words and actions trying to cover our true feelings or hope of becoming better. I have this advice -simply be better.

    If we don’t push him away, just embrace him, accept him by not becoming too attached to soon it leaves room space for him to be in control. You want to see his true nature so appreciate him for whatever he is; good and bad. Its the hardest thing you can ever do but only then will you truely be in control and be accepted on his terms. Only then can you both truely love. If its true love you will only want to improve yourselves for each other at your own pace and not each other ok.

  • Nure

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  • Debi

    I must say ! I am dating a man who left me a few times because apparently he had no backbone for the heat…. If someone doesnt like me… away with them… I know how to love someone unconditionally. If a man cannot give me the same then they are not worth it. I have waited for a man who has promised to marry me for a year and a half… I love him very much but he has dragged his feet…. He has not ran from me recently and did all to win my heart back… I am getting to a place where I feel like he is truly just playing games. he lives here and Im not certain its a good idea anymore… Im actually to the point of disgust. Im more disgusted with myself because I feel Im settling for less that I am worth…. Im not a game or a chess piece.. If this guy doesnt come through in 2 weeks Im going to walk…… and NOT LOOK BACK

  • melissa reid

    I was living with my husband for 5 years and everything was moving so fine. until one morning a call came in and when i picked the call, a ladies spoke to me saying he wants to speak with my husband and when i asked who she is, she said that she is a girlfriend to my husband and she asked me too who i was, for me not to curse any dispute, i lied to her, so when my husband came back i asked him he lied to me, that night i was so down, i broke in tears and left the house for finding out that my husband is cheating on me, but i loved him so much, i thought of what to do to make him love me passionately, so a friend gave me clue on what to do that i should contact spell caster, So i went into search in the Internet so fortunately i found good testimonies on how this Lord Ogadikehas helped a lot of people in my condition, so i contacted [email protected] and he worked a spell on me and my husband, getting back my husband was the most important thing i was after, this spell worked like nothing I had ever seen in my life .after 2 days of the spell was casted my husband came begging me to come back home, he promised to be faithful to me and promised never to cheat on me again, I’m happy now and free. my problems are solved by [email protected]
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  • Mari

    This is awesome…your are SOOO right…. AMEN to this

  • kaite~18

    i feel as if my boyfriend doesnt love me but he says he does what should i do?

    • Navaura

      Go with your gut. If it says he's being fake then either A. He is or B you are just not that into him. Only you can chose to stay or go, but a woman's first instinct is naturally right.

  • Julio Sanchez

    WAO MY FAMILY IS BACK AGAIN
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  • lisa,

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  • patricia

    All Thanks goes to the great Prophet for what he has done for me in my life he brought back happiness that I thought I will never have in my life after my ex left me for 7 long months lonely, I was thinking everything was over and to end my life cause I truly loved Aaron until i came across this Prophet's website (www.prophetofgoddess.com) because i have been scammed by some fake spell caster who where just adding pain to my pain but he just ended the pain for me by bringing back my ex in just 2days after I got to his temple cause I didn't want to take a chance of sending any more people money. Now Aaron is back to me am so grateful to the Prophet you can contact him on ([email protected]) because he is a man i can swear with my life that he is real.

  • Sherrycole11

    Am most grateful to a spelll lady who has given me a new outlook with my relationship. I have been experiencing difficulty in my relationhip for about 6months now, but just last week here i heard about this spell lady who i contacted online at priestessifaa@yahoo.co[email protected], she has been wonderful and kind with all her honest spell. Priestess Ifaa, My lover has totally.YOU should call her and see for yourself, thank you so much for being there for me, and clearing the air for be the most wonderful and dream man i ever want to be with now, he has totally changed for the best ever since the spell lady did cast the spell for me to make my lover stop cheating and misbehaving. I would urge you never to give up on the one you love for there are some real spell people who can restore your relationship, the email to meet this lady just as i did is [email protected], i must confess that she is incredibly powerful.
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  • Angela

    he can help you get your ex back
    My ex-boyfriend dumped me 4 months ago after I accused him of seeing someone else and insulting him.I want him back in my

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    and I saw a testimony of how a spell caster help them to get their ex back so I contact the spell caster and explain my

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    • Frank T

      You must be the spell caster…..

  • http://www.opinionatedmale.com cortonio

    Man listen, stressing anyone is out is a CLEAR sign you're a pain in the arse. Why would anyone go out of their way to stress anyone just to see how much they love them. I can see the intital 'chase' the playing hard to get and things like that. Stressing a brother IS NOT cool. You're basically asking, no BEGGING him to part ways with you and that's never a good thing. Life is too short to be stressed over anything…money included.

  • Frank Trovato

    It's been 8 months since we split. She has a restraining order against me and I'm trying to get my car from her by suing her. She got a new job, moved and started a relationship with the pool guy. (3 weeks after we split) I got ba new job, obviously a new house and spend time with a woman. I still have very strong feelings for her. (guilt, remorse and love) i struggle with these feelings because the restraining order prevents me from figjting for her. All I can do is wait for my chance…..They've written many songs about things like this. i guess it's real…..Thanks.

  • natasha34

    I can't thank you enough for all that you have done for me. About 2 year ago I my partner had misunderstanding, we had both made BIG mistakes in our relationship. He ended up moving away from me to pursue a new life. I knew in my heart that he would be the only one to make me happy. I was relieved when I found your email: [email protected] on a site about what you have done. I requested 1 to 2 day casting of the reunite us love spell and within 3days frank company had relocated him back to our hometown where I still lived. We immediately reconnected and move in with each other I can't really thank you enough Dr Okoja.

  • Dijona

    Solid Gold Post, WIM.

    Printed out and bookmarked!

    Thank you for your wisdom!

  • Lilian

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  • Cappucino

    It's true. I did — made my bf stressed out. He's awesome – never leaves me. I know he loves me.

  • enburg

    enburg
    My ex-boyfriend dumped me 4 months ago after I accused him of seeing someone else and insulting him.I want him back in my life but he refuse to have any contact with me.I was so confuse and don't know what to do,so I reach to the internet for help and I saw a testimony of how a spell caster help them to get their ex back so I contact the spell caster and explain my problem to him and he cast a spell for me and assure me of 3days that my ex will return to me and to my greatest surprise the third day my ex came knocking on my door and beg for forgiveness.I am so happy that my love is back again and not only that,we are about to get married.once again thank you Antonin spell.you are truly talented and gifted.Email. [email protected] is the only answe

  • Kilik R'Mor

    You insulted his honor by making an accusation with no proof. If it were me you accused, you would be lucky to even BE BREATHING.

    • Navaura

      Little bit harsh Kilik don't you think? A woman who accuses a man of cheating is a woman who has not been assured that her man loves her. When a woman feels secure in her relationship, the last thing she'll think is the man is cheating, even if he is.

  • Walt

    It took me 10 years to learn what you explain here so succinctly, so thank you. Expressing reasonable needs within your relationship (whether you are a fellow or a lady) is not only the best way to see if someone's really going to stick by you, it's also the only way you can have a real relationship with someone. If you hide your needs and thoughts, they will never know you. How can they love you if they don't know you? You're not being fair to them or yourself. Your needs and theirs are equally valid, regardless of what years of "nice girl" conditioning has told you.

    Perhaps if you respectfully but assertively open up your needs, they will be more encouraged to share theirs. A good person who cares for you will respect you more and will be encouraged to express their own needs back. If they dump you, then you got rid of someone who was a drain on you and you can still stand tall knowing your own strength.

    One caveat, though, make sure you know what your actual needs are – because often insecurities masquerade as needs. Eg., if you've only been with a man for a month and you need him to propose, perhaps you should take a look at yourself and why you feel you need that. Obviously, this is an exaggeration, but I think it's an important one.

  • http://thetaoofbadassinvestigator.com Jacky

    Great Post!! I totally agree what you wrote. Men wont simply leave women if they care for the relationship even a little stress.
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  • lifeofalovergirl

    Yep. I just found out the hard way that someone didn't care as much about me as I thought he did and it's because I did exactly that, stressed him out. He dumped me saying "this is too much work". So, now I know!

  • Aabidah

    Lol, awesome read.

    Most articles will name a variety of different things that "men do" when they love you && could have you sitting there thinking he doesn't love me because he doesn't do xyz when the reality may be he just isn't that type of man.

    But your article held the most weight, hands down. Makes sense! Love it.

    Great job! <3

  • BESTY

    Life can be very displeasing especially when we loose the ones we love and cherish so much. in this kind of situation where one loses his/her soul mate there are several dangers engage in it. one may no longer be able to do the things he was doing before then success will be very scarce and happiness will be rare. that person was created to be with you for without him things may fall apart.
    That was my experience late last year. but thank god today i am happy with him again. all thanks to DR AKPAKPA, i was nearly loosing hope until i saw an article on how DR AKPAKPA could cast a love spell to make lovers come back. There is no harm in trying, i said to my self. i contacted him via email: [email protected]. words will not be enough to appreciate what he has done for me. i have promised to share the good news as long as i live.

  • jon

    nonononononononononono
    this sounds horribly familiar. is this why women are lunatics? its on purpose?
    i thought it was hormones or because the hemispheres in their brains were backwards.

    • Navaura

      I don't know about the woman in the above comment but I would never do something like that. If a man leaves you and stay gone, his love was never completely developed to begin with. That's a whacked post.

  • Lee Kima

    My Name is Lee Kima, From United Kingdom. I wish to share my testimonies with the general public about what this man called Dr.USMAN KERIM has just done for me , this man has just brought back my lost Ex husband to me with his great spell, I was married to this man called Steven we were together for a long time and we loved our self’s but when I was unable to give him a child for 2 years he left me and told me he can’t continue anymore then I was now looking for ways to get him back until a friend of mine told me about this man and gave his contact email([email protected] then you won't believe this when I contacted this man on my problems he prepared this spell cast and bring my lost husband back, and after a month I miss my month and go for a test and the result stated am pregnant am happy today am a mother of a baby girl, thank you once again the great Dr.USMAN KERIM for what you have done for me, if you are out there passing through any of this problems listed below:

    1) If you want your ex back.
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  • Anamarie

    My name is Anamarie and I’m here to let you know that with what people say, it may seem impossible, but with what you believe…..NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE, I made a promise to Priest JAYEMA and to myself that WHEN he restored my marriage, I would testify and tell the world…I would share EVERY single detail no matter how shameful and embarrassing it would be, in the hope and knowledge that I would someday be able to bring some kind of hope for a hurting wife or husband who would’ve been going through what I once was. I’ll try to be as brief as possible but I really don’t want to leave any detail out…no matter how small, because it may be the very thing the priest wants to use to inspire and encourage a stander or prodigal spouse. I don’t want to apportion blame too much here but suffice it to say we had some in-law issues which contributed greatly to our demise…but that is another story and I want to concentrate on how priest JAYEMA showed up and showed off in the mist of my situation. Today. My husband of 1 year and 7 months left me on November 30th, 2012.But. all thanks and all praise be to God who give power to priest JAYEMA, he is now back home and we are rebuilding a marriage that from all counts and to the naked eye in the natural realm was dead. As far as I could see we were the perfect couple went out together.stayed home together,laughed, joked,we were like two peas in a pod of course we had our regular marital problems.no marriage is perfect.in addition to the above we also. argued and sometimes told each other some harsh words.LIKE EVERY OTHER COUPLE,it isn’t right but it happens. In spite of all this , I believed he loved me just as much as I loved him.you could imagine my surprise and heart break when one day after a short disagreement and I mean short.lasting no more that a few minutes.my beloved husband packed his clothes and walked out of my life. All this happened on Nov 30th 2012.I held off from calling him because I was still upset and I figured I didn’t do him any harm.he was the one that stepped out in our marriage and on our marriage.ours wasn’t a physical stepping as in outside sex.it was an on-going 5 month relationship on the internet, with someone he had been previously involved with. The days went by and he didn’t call so on December 5th 2012.I called him.he refused to take my calls so I texted him only to be told that he wasn’t interested in me and I should go on with my life.that I should never call or text him again.that was like a dagger through my heart,I felt as though someone had literally ran a knife straight through my stomach and was twisting it repeatedly.but that isn’t the worse yet. I persisted in calling him that same day and eventually he picked up the phone…he was as cold as ice,I felt frightened even listening to him,he told me.I NEVER LOVED YOU,I AM SORRY WE GOT MARRIED,I FELT TRAPPED IN THIS MARRIAGE,I DON’T LOVE YOU LIKE A MAN SHOULD LOVE A WOMAN,THE FEELINGS I HAVE FOR YOU IS THAT OF A “GOOD” FRIEND,I DON’T WANT TO BE WITH YOU AND YOU SHOULD GET ON WITH YOUR LIFE. I’M NOT COMING BACK. I have never felt pain like I did then in my entire life.it is amazing when you are down on luck how quickly you remember looking for all mean to get back you happiness. I cried DAILY AND HOURLY,I felt all hope was gone,I mean how do you get someone to love you again when that person is saying I never loved you at all,YOU CANT.BUT when i contacted this great man, he told me no problem without solution. i have no choice but to give him a chance and see what happen after then, I had built my life around my husband and now he was gone,I felt like I lost the better part of me.I couldn’t eat,I didn’t want to socialize and I forced myself to go to work,but i strongly believe this man, even though all seemed lost, this man was turning my situation around even as I was hurting for the few days he work on me. I knew I wasn’t strong in my spirit and my faith was way less than even that of a mustard seed. I still cried every day but I also engaged in some radical and spiritual warfare for my husband.I use all the stuff priest JAYEMA send to me for 7days quoting what he wrote on the paper as he instructed me to over my marriage everyday. i was just at the sitting room alone thinking of when all this will be over then someone ring my doorbell, when i open the door, it was a DHL agent with some package. i sign and i took the package inside. when i open the parcel, it was my husband that sent me a gift. and a letter. what he wrote on the paper was I'm really sorry for all that have happen. the next day he was proud to just walk back and admit that he was wrong but he wanted to so much….. He wanted to give our marriage a chance and he loved me and wanted to be with ME.
    I give all the thanks Priest JAYEMA for what he did……it doesn’t matter what your situation looks like.it doesn’t matter how impossible and dead it seems……it doesn’t matter what your husband or wife is planning, just do what you have to do to keep you marriage alive.

    if you have any case, please you are very much free to contact him on his email. [email protected]

  • Navaura

    You know I've always been the type of woman who is going to be herself and if something needs to be addressed believe I won't hesitate in bringing it up. I may plan how I'm going to approach the topic but if it's important I spill it. As a matter of fact, I'm in a situation that called for me to tell something that I didn't want to talk about and it also has something to do with an decision I made that may have seemed deceitful in the beginning, but I didn't see it that way at the time. The guy and I aren't in a relationship and he's already upset with me because I didn't mention some thing about another guy when we first met, well, truth be told I decided since I was not in a relationship with the other guy and on the moving on phase I wouldn't because I knew exactly what the outcome would be but I figure, I'd rather him get to know the real me than to just give me a no without a chance so I kept it until I made a ratchet decision that ironically enough helped me to leave the other guy after just one time. I was able to let go. He doesn't see it like that because in his mind I didn't tell him about the other guy when we were just talking. I admitted to him I was wrong about that but I also explained to him why I did it. Now, two months later I find out I'm pregnant and I had to tell him about the one time with the guy because although the guy said he had a vasectomy, he never showed me proof so I felt compelled to tell the guy I was seeing about the one time with the guy that was linked around the time he and I were intimate. Now, he's angry at me but won't admit it, just say he angry at himself because of his choice to take me serious when he didn't know about the other guy. I told him well at least I told you the truth about the situation instead of keeping it from you. He said if you hadn't gotten pregnant you wouldn't have told me about him at all. I said why would I bring up a guy I know I was exiting out of the equation? He said because then I wouldn't have been pulled into your game. I said I don't play games. I admit that was my dumb decision and I wish I could take that night back but I can't. He may not appreciate the fact that I chose to not tell him about that guy from the beginning but in my head it's like I wasn't in a relationship with the other guy and there was no commitment on his or mine part so why should I? I also really liked the guy and wanted to see where this was going. When I figured it would be something worse invested in, I told the other guy the truth about me being interested in someone else and I didn't want to continue the way we were. That was the same night the other guy and I were together. Fast forward four weeks later and I find out I'm pregnant, so am I right for having told the guy I was seeing about him or should I have just not taken that first choice to not tell him all together and risked not being able to go out on that first date we had? The guy means a lot to me and I wish he could understand that this is not as horrible a situation as he's trying to make it. I've apologized to him, asked for forgiveness and even explained to him my point of view on it, even understand his being upset over the fact that I didn't tell him. But the guy still denies the baby, says he won't believe any documents he see concerning the guy's vasectomy and says he wants to move on. I told him I don't like the idea of him moving on but if that's what he wants I'm not going to try and stop him. I just feel like he's being immature and stupid about the whole situation and for him not to see that a woman that was ratchet would have just past the baby off as his and not told the truth to begin with. He would have had to wait til the baby was born to find out the truth, but I'm not that type of woman. I'm very honest and there are other qualities I have that makes me a pretty damn good catch but if he's not willing to give me a chance to show him those qualities and prove to him there's more to me than just this situation, then I'm not going to beg him to stay. I've been a single mother for a while and one more added won't break me and neither will a man walking. It just means he cares more about himself than me and the baby. That's a man I don't need around my kids to begin with.

  • sara

    I want to make a Big thanks to a man that just brought back my ex husband and my Kid back to my life through his spell casting,i thought Dr.OKAYA is a fake when i first meet him due to our Language differences and he told me that there is nothing i should be worried about because he is ready to help me and he promise that my Husband will be the one to call me begging me that he wants me back,i thought it was a joke,to my surprise this happen and Mark my Husband and ZAK my Kid is back to me now and i am very happy with the help of DR OKAYA that bring back happiness into my life..
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  • Audrey

    I don’t know how to express my gratitude to magic and spell cast. I have been a single mum for two months when my husband left me for another woman. I couldn’t stay without him. I was devastated and so lonely. I tried to beg him to come back but he wouldn’t listen to me or even pick my calls, then i decided to take to bringing him back at all cost. I tried a couple of spell casters but no evidence that my husband was coming back till i came across this man online. I didn’t expect anything to happen but i kept my fingers crossed and just as magic is unbelievable my man came back to me some weeks ago begging me to take him. making promises of never leaving me and my son. Thanks Dr. Imogire of the [email protected]

  • BLESSING

    i like ur page, pls help me out i’ve a guy i love but his give me tough time what can i do to win this guy?

  • carolina

    After i saw the post of Pamela and Carolyn on how Dr Trust helped them in bringing back their lover, i decided to contact him ,Then i told him how my husband is getting to divorcing me and am gonna be loosing a lot from that, He only told me to smile trice and asked me to fill a form, i Submitted it and he gave me the assurance of 24hrs, to my greatest surprise its was just 18hrs, and Lee Mines my husband came home telling me, why on earth would i have to misunderstood him always and said he is very sorry and promised never to divorce me, my Joy was restored and i called Dr Trust to tell him but he said he already knew about it that all i should do is to tell friends and people to contact him with any kind of problem that his gods have solutions, Friends i can swear by anything that Dr Trust is a man you can trust because that is why they call him Dr. Trust contact him for help and he is trustworthy. Here his is private mail [email protected] …Whitney

  • darlene

    Thank you for confirmation. I played this game for too long. Its time to move forward and enjoy my life despite the ill feelings. Trusting in the journey.

  • Falicia

    GET YOUR EX BOYFRIEND BACK
    MY Name is Falicia , i heard about Dr Love spell caster solution while reading on the internet about ways to help my relationship grow , i have been dating my boy friend for almost 4 years and we have talked about marriage ,kids and even buying a home together . he is 32 and i am 37 years old we have had an overall good relationship together but recent he started hanging out with his friends and i feel like he is sort of distancing himself from me for no reason ,all he said he was he cant be with just one Lover right now which he has done this two years ago and left me for almost 3months and he came back to me we worked on things and correct our mistake but now he has a hard time to dealing with emotions and his is sensitive hard to talk to when he gets mad that is why am confused he's disrespecting me and hanging out with his friends always , he has walk away from me for 3 months now which am so scared to lose him because we plan to get married soon and i have commitment to him but now my heart feel at rest because Dr Love help me bring him back between 48hrs and help me to make him love me the way i want and now we are living happily and planning to get married soon . if any Lady like me over there having same issue in relationship please be advice to Contact DR Love spell caster solution ([email protected] or [email protected] ) Tel :+2348038096203.
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  • Jesam Arikpo Bassey

    Tanks for ur candid advice, i’ll strictly check the relationship i’m into.

  • sylviak2k

    i just want to share my experience and testimony here.. i was married for 4 years to my husband and all of a sudden, another woman came into the picture.. he started hailing me and he was abusive..but i still loved him with all my heart and wanted him at all cost…then he filed for divorce..my whole life was turning apart and i didn't know what to do..he moved out of the house and abandoned the kids.. so someone told me about trying spiritual means to get my husband back and introduced me to a spell caster…so i decided to try it reluctantly..although i didn't believe in all those things… then when he did the special prayers and spell, after 2days, my husband came back and was pleading..he had realized his mistakes..i just couldn't believe it.. anyways we are back together now and we are happy..in case anyone needs this man, his email address [email protected] his spells is for a better life. again his email is [email protected]

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  • Mabel

    My boyfriend and I broke up in MAY after I found him scoping out women on various dating sites and finding out that he had actually picked up a woman in a bar while I was at my family’s Xmas party. We had a closure talk in JUNE and we were talking about remaining friends. In march we went out one more time when he took me to lunch for many birthday. He told me how beautiful I was and hugged and kissed me. It was like old times. A few days later we had a huge blowout fight. And he told me never to contact him again and that he hates me. Completely devastating. I haven’t called or anything since then…well one email last month with no response. I miss him like crazy and wonder how he is. I deleted him from Facebook right after we broke up and deleted all but one mutual friend . I want to talk to him but I don’t think he will ever want to. I tried dating someone else very briefly and i just couldn’t do it. I miss my ex more than i’ve ever missed any ex. I’ve tried so hard to move on and I’m just as heart broken as I was day one. 3 months seems too long to still be devastated. one day i came across Dr Kate love spell on internet on how he rebuild relationship and make it grow forever so i contacted her for help and explain all my problems to her, she guarantee me that after the spell in he next 24 hours me love will come back asking for my forgiveness that he still love and cherish me, after the spell, the next morning i was so so surprise that my jeff call me on phone asking me to forgive him, thank you once again Dr Kate he just came back thank you thank. reach her email she is a woman that fell others pain ([email protected])

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  • Cathy

    i want to share a surprising testimony on how my ex-boyfriend come back begging me to forgive him that he still love and cherish me that he want to be with me alone, he break up with me 5 months ago i do every things possible to have him back, he block me on Facebook and not answering my call any more, i was so confuse and heart broken because i love him so much, i must not forget my old school friend name (Vicky) she was the one that introduce me to DR OMOZOKPIA and i explain all about my relationship between me and Alex, i have never in my life hard about return and love spell that DR OMOZOKPIA did for me that make my man come fast in just 48 hours, till now i am still surprise good things like love spell exist in this earth wow thank you once again DR and i will always share you wonderful testimony, you can reach him at: [email protected]

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  • nancy

    My ex-boyfriend dumped me 9 months ago after I accused him of seeing someone else and insulting him.I want him back in my life but he refuse to have any contact with me.I was so confuse and don't know what to do,so I reach to the internet and i meet Dr AZIMA and i explain my problem to him and he cast a spell for me and assure me of 3 days that my ex will return to me and to my greatest surprise the third day my ex came knocking on my door and beg for forgiveness.I am so happy that my love is back again and not only that,we are about to get married.once again thank you AZIMA .you are truly talented and gifted. Meet him via his Email:[email protected]

  • Haley

    My Name is Haley. I have been rejected by my husband after 5 years of marriage just because another woman had evil spell on him and he left me and the kids to suffer. One day when I was reading through the web, I saw a post on how this spell caster Dr. Book have help a woman to get back her husband so I immediately contacted him through his email address [email protected] and he replied immediately and told me that a woman had a spell on my husband and he told me that he will help me get back my husband within 3days. I believed and gave him the information needed and in three days my husband came back to me.

  • joy

    I am sharing my testimony to everyone that has tried everything possible and had lost hope on how they can get their ex back, i want you all to know that their is one man called Dr. Kuma that work for me and after 2days of his spell. my ex came back to me without any delay, i am really happy now that we are together again and we are living happily with so much love and respect for each other, so i will advise everyone to ask for this same man's help so that you can be happy again and make your dreams and wishes you have with your ex come true. via [email protected] he can help you without any delay.

  • Thegirlnextdoor

    Ok I did stress him out but i had a good reason for it. we started dating after being friends for a long time I suspected he was seeing someone but he would always say it is not serious, she loves him but he was very secretive a vague about her…I wasn't at first interested in him but i guessed he got interested along the way…he said he wants to protect me, be there for me, he was always in my business asking how I was feeling, asking about interviews i was going to have, asking about my plans in life all in all making sure I feel special. Every little things i could talk to him about even how my toenails hurts or how my kids are doing at school… He also says, he wants my son to see him as a role model. we ended up one day on my couch at night and I was ready to be intimate with him when he tells me he is attached and doesn't want to sleep with me like any random girl…we cuddled up all night and I wasn't too sure what I was feeling. I realise he is talking about the same girl and I am trying to figure out what it is he really wants from me. He says we can just date to see where we are going, and that we should leave sex and all just get to know each other… Now that's the guy who go to the gym work out, as a body to die for…he doesn't have any kind of complex but he didn't want to be physical…That night we kissed and things were about to escalate when he stopped things… fast forward, he had been distant but when i am distant too he tries to shorten the gap…one day I told him I just want to be with him and he couldn't give me an answer…twice i told him to stay away from me, twice i found myself wondering if i am passing by a good guy who is trying to do the right thing…get to know me while he is attached is something i never did. if I come back to "senses" and ask him to slip me back to his arrangement , he always accepts as if i was never mad at him before..he would always reply to my texts or calls, and even sometimes tell me to get my tantrums in checks….I have called him names, told him all kind of nasty things for making me wonder like that, but he remains perfectly calm. Now one night, we did eventually have sex once , the making up got out of hand..i found myself giving a bj and a ride and he was way too quick to come…he said he wasn't prepared for me to go ahead on him….I told him the sex was bad which i suspect I hurt him …i never meant to hurt him but i was confused…he blanked me for a few weeks and after much apologising from me, he forgave me and we were back to talking; he said i needed time and that it was normal reaction from me but he is not going to touch me again. He is still caring but obviously gradually tired of seeing me never settling for his arrangement, questioning him and fast forward to today, I have asked him again what he wants from me and if he was still attached, he finally tells me yes and he wants me to be happy and meet someone. … I have cut contact all together so i don't go back to him after he said that…but at the back of my mind i feel, he was serious about me…

    • thegirlnextdoor

      I would like to have an input into this…i did stress him but what it is that i should understand from his behaviour

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  • jerrry

    this is all a bunch malarkey! I'm sorry. NOBODY MALE OR FEMALE actually WANTS to be stressed out in a relationship to test it's density!

    You been had!

  • AAJ

    Hilarious….and wrong…I know of actual cases where women craving extra attention did this to their partners, one ended up with a restraining order placed by him, the other was shocked to find her man was thinking of leaving her and her ridiculous behaviour encouraged him to report her to the police for behavioural no no's early in the relationship since that was the final straw in a relationship that needed less drama and more caring not histrionics! She ended up facing charges….there are a LOT better ways to test your love than this tripe!

  • jennet clark

    I have to share my testimony to the world because i don't know who it might be helpful to.

    My name is Mrs jennet from Chicago am 25 years old i got married at the age of 23 i have only one child and i was living happily .After one year of my marriage my husband behavior became so strange and i don’t really understand what was going on, he packed out of the house to another woman i love him so much that i never dream’s of losing him, i try my possible best to make sure that my husband get back to me but all to no avail, i cry and cry seeking for help, i discussed it with my best friend Allix and she promise to help me. She told me of a man called DR LAWAL KERIM, she told me he is a very great man and a real man that can be trusted and there is nothing concerning love issues he cannot solve and she told me how he has help countless number of people in restoring their relationship. I was really convince, I quickly contacted his email address at [email protected] . I explain all my problem to him, he told me that i should not worry that all my problems will be solved immediately. He told me what to do to get my husband back and i did, he said after 3days my husband will come back to me and start begging, and it really happen as he said, i was very surprise, this is so amazing.

    To God be the glory our relationship is now very tight and we both live happily again. If you having similar problem, Contact him now([email protected]) or call is mobile number +2347061066172, and get your problem solve once and for all. i am a living testimony to it.

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  • Paris

    Me and this guy have bee courting one another for a few months now with intimacy. I feel extremely strong about him. He has asked me numerous times if I was in love with him yet. But it wasn’t untik recently I gave in and answered yes. I am. From day one, he has openly told me about his current situation and his past. I never had to ask him about these areas. He has told me a few times he wants me to have his child (he’s already a father but doesn’t have custody) and wants me to be his wife. He said we could start our own little family. He spends time with the children he already has (from a previous marriage). I just want to know how can I trust he’s honest in his words to me. I’ve obviously been made broken promises before. But he just doesn’t seem to be the real deal. There is plenty pda. And when he spends the night, he doesn’t just leave. Not even the next morning. He hangs around. We watch TV, converse, and sometimes have breakfast.

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  • evidence

    Hello everyone,
    My name is evidence I can’t explain this but I just have to share my joy and happiness with the world I don’t no how priest grace helped me in bringing back my husband. I have been frustrated for the past 3years with my three kids living without my husband who surprisingly left home with a girl named Kathrine One faithful day a friend of mine came visiting and I told her about the situation I am in for the past 3 years, she then told me about priest grace. That he is a very powerful man, at first I never wanted to believe her because I have spent a lot going to different places but she convinced me so I had no choice because I really need my husband back. So we contacted priest grace. who told me all I needed to do which I doubted. But the greatest joy in me today is that priest grace. was able to bring my husband back to me and now we are living happily as never before. Thanks to you priest grace.If you have problems of any kind I will advice you to contact gracerelati