You might only have one chance to make the right not write impression.


Friday, October 31, 2008

10 Internet & Email Dating Tips

The following tips will help you with your quest to find someone who is right for you online.

1. When reviewing the photos of people on social networking sites, be sure that you don't pick someone who is seen in all his or her photographs smiling with their mouth closed, wearing a hat, sitting down, wearing an unusual amount of makeup, or standing behind someone or something. This person is obviously trying to cover up their hidden flaws. They may be balding, obese or very short, have terrible looking teeth, covering up birthmarks, freckles or pimples or they may have some kind of handicap.

2. If you should find someone who has done this in all there photographs, ask them in your email to send you a recent photo. Now he or she may not have one, but give them enough time to get one taken. If they are always coming up with an excuse, move on.

3. Don't rush to ask for phone numbers. If you find that you are anxious to speak to this person over the phone, think about why. Is it because you haven't had sex in awhile, you are just curious about his or her voice, and/or he or she is saying all the right things in their emails? Whatever the case, write as much as you like until you are comfortable with the answers you are receiving and that you honestly care for this person. (If they seem as if they are putting you off, not responding to email in a timely manner or answering all emails with little or no detail, move on.)

4. Be sure when you are writing your first emails to them that you aren't getting "too serious". Don't get into your desires of being married and having children right away or writing a history of every Tom, Dick and Harry or Jane, Mary and Tina who ever broke your heart. Find out what their likes and dislikes are, what they enjoy doing daily, where do they like to go, what kind of hobbies they love, how do they feel about their job, family, and friends. In later emails, you may want to bring up the serious topics in such a way that would not make them run for the border. For instance, when asking about a mental condition, you may say that you read somewhere how most mental illnesses are genetic and that you found out from a friend that he is bipolar (don't make up a lie, but use a true case.) Do they know of anyone who has suffered from the disease?

5. Don't forget to spell check your emails. Many educated people who can spell well, frown at emails that are riddled with spelling and grammatical errors. Be sure to read over what you write aloud. This helps when you are trying to find out if you communicated your point well.

6. There is no set time on how long you email back and fourth, so don't set a limit of how long you will do it. He or she may have other email pals or gals, but don't let that push you to ask for a date sooner rather than later. Sometimes those other email pals or gals are in a rush to meet and then ultimately hang themselves being disrespectful, pushy, lying, cheating etc. It is better to play the best friend or confidante role to get what you want long term rather than the one night stand.

7. Remember in your emails to acknowledge birthdays and other holidays. Ask about family and friends by name (if you know any.) It makes the receiver feel like you have been thinking about them and sincerely care.

8. When he or she feels like they can trust you, you may want to send them something special in the mail. Reassure them that you wouldn't surprise them on their job or at home, but that you just want to send them something nice. If they aren't ready to share their address, don't take it personal just say, "Maybe next time."

9. Now that you have survived the email relationship, you may want to ask for that all important date. Start the email off by saying how much you enjoyed writing, but you would like to exchange phone numbers. If they say no, be patient, at least you know that they will be thinking about it. The reason why it is a big deal for some people is they feel if they talk with you on the phone that eventually it will lead to something more and if they aren't ready they don't want to lead you on.

10. When you set up the date, time and meeting place, be sure to leave a note in your apartment and tell someone close to you where you will be going. Better yet, if you can have someone at your home to take a photo of the two of you or glance at the license plate of his or her vehicle, you will be playing it safe.

Nicholl McGuire writes for numerous websites, feel free to learn more about her services and connect here at Nicholl McGuire Media

Thursday, October 16, 2008

How Do You Know Your Boyfriend is Lying to You?

Whether you are in a new relationship or still trying to figure out an old one, chances are you either have been lied to or suspect your mate is lying to you again, otherwise you wouldn't be reading this article. To determine whether your mate is being honest with you the next time you question him or her, you will want to pay attention to the following signs. Although these clues may vary with some people, they are very popular with most liars.

Let's begin with one common tactic used by liars. You have approached him or her with a question followed by proof. He or she is obviously upset that you found out the truth. They will look for reasons to find faults with you also known as shifting blame. "Well if you hadn't went through my things we wouldn't be arguing? It's because of your insecurity is why I did what I did."

A softer tactic a liar will use to get off the hot seat is the all important phone call, meeting, or some other event. "Can this wait? I really have to go." In addition, they may even throw in a quick, "You know I love you and you are the only one for me."

Other distractions are touching, making jokes, coming up with a sudden emergency, or making up similar excuses to get away from you, so that it allows them time to assess the situation and come up with another lie to cover up the one you just found out.

Liars will easily become defensive by accusing you of "wanting to pick a fight" or another good one "What's with all the questions?" This is another attempt to buy some time to come up with a good story.

The wild, wide-eyed look is a great Kodak moment. They are trying to figure out what all do you really know. They are obviously in shock that you were smart enough to figure out their lie.

Bill Clinton used this next one. It's called "deny everything." Deny you were there, said it, or did it, and anything else you can deny. The liar's goal is to make you feel as if you are crazy and second-guess what you thought you heard or saw. Don't try to talk yourself out of what you know, he or she is guilty. Listen to your gut.

Liars feel like you are attacking them when you ask probing questions, so they will attack back. "Where were you last week when I called? Do I ask you about the people you talk to on the phone?" They may even call you a name or two just to get you off their back.

Without proof, what's the use in asking a liar questions, right? Maybe you don't want to reveal how you found out at least not at that moment. If you tell him or her that you can prove they are lying, they will encourage you to show your proof. The liar would like to call your bluff. When they see you are not bluffing, be prepared to hear another lie. They will discredit the proof or ask you how you got your information. Don't ever tell them exactly how you got anything! If you intend to stay with them a little while longer, you will want to follow up on a later date to see if they have developed a new habit like telling the truth. The liar will be more careful next time if you reveal all your secrets.

Some liars will have a quirky smile on their face. It isn't meant to be positive, it's really a frown turned upside down-a look of getting caught. Following the smile, the eyes will drop to the floor or look away from you.

There is the all-important pause after the question was asked or the "I didn't hear you" act. There is nothing wrong with his or her hearing; they heard you the first time. They just need the time to think like with all the other tactics. While they are pausing as they speak, watch how the eyes are looking away or down to the floor again, thinking of "What should I say?"

In summary, when a liar has been busted. Remember to first watch the facial expression. Facial muscles will either tense up or drop. The look is sorrowful or sad. Then gradually his or her mood will become angry. For temperamental people they will skip feeling sad and go right into the emotional anger outburst. Next, the liar will find an excuse to avoid talking about it further. They will not want to look at your face; instead they look down or away from you. The liar will make up a story to cover up the lie told. Some liars will tell only part of the truth and later come back asking for your forgiveness. Liars will want to try to make up immediately. From sex to gift giving, whatever makes you happy. Lastly, they will promise they won't do it again. However, old habits die hard so expect to be lied to again until they grow tired of getting busted.

Here's where many people who find out they have been lied to make mistakes. They continue to act as if everything is okay after the confrontation. In the beginning, you may have been angry, sad, or tearful, but you got over it and acted as if all was forgotten. You never held them accountable for their actions, nor did you follow up to see if he or she is telling you the truth. You are sold on their promises to never do it again.

Some victims of liars become obsessed with finding out more information and begin to nag their mates about everything. The key to healing is to know what you will do if they do it again. Give he or she the benefit of the doubt, but protect your heart by not being so trusting. If you don't have peace in the relationship, it will turn into a vicious cycle of break up to make up. Do you really want that circus in your life? If you know there is no hope for change, don't stick around. However, if you know there is some hope, then forgive and try to forget by not bringing their fault back up to them. Liars will confide in the one who they cheated with, a friend or family member with some of your relationship problems, but they will not tell them the whole story. Eventually when you have had enough of the endless cycle of make up to break up over lies, you will be sending him or her their walking papers. Although you may or may not ever find out the whole truth, whatever you do, embrace what you have found out and use it to set you free.

Nicholl McGuire writes for numerous websites, feel free to learn more about her services and connect here at Nicholl McGuire Media

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

How to Deal with Your In-Laws When They Have Offended You

They have said or done something that is nagging at your heart, those in-laws! "How dare they say that? Who do they think they are? If I wasn't a Christian, I would beat their...?" In-laws you don't live with them; therefore, you can do without them, right? Too often spouses give their in-laws far too much power, right? So what they are your husband's, wife's, boyfriend's, girlfriend's or significant other's family right? Wrong. What you say or do to them will ultimately affect how your mate sees you. If your mate never had a close relationship with his or her family, then you are safe, but as for the other mates who are somewhat close, very close, or too close for comfort with their family, you will have to handle conflicts with the in-laws carefully.

Depending on what the offense was you will need to be certain that it is worth explaining to your man or woman about how they made you feel. When you open up to your mate or his or her family about your feelings, you could be setting yourself up for ridicule, giving them power to misconstrue words that you have said, or even worse having to defend why you feel the way that you do.

The best advice when dealing with your in-laws' offenses initially is to keep quiet. Stay quiet until your temperament is under control and you are ready for any negative remarks, attitudes, or other behaviors that may further add insult to injury made by your in-laws. Later you may want to address issues, but how you do it comes later in this article. It is easier said then done to be quiet on offensive behavior, but if you don't want the battle of words or fists with the in-laws don't fall into their trap. What trap might they be setting you may ask?

Well depending on how serious the offense was and you know the in-laws may not like you, they could be looking for a bit of information they could later use against you when you don't guard your feelings. In-laws have a way of making you feel at ease and comfortable. They invite you to events, offer to help you with projects, or tell you to call them anytime hoping for a tidbit of information about their son or daughter's life. For instance, let's say you were upset with your spouse one day and decided to confide in your brother-in-law about his always being at the local bar, maybe his brother was unaware.

If your brother-in-law doesn't know how to converse with his brother in a way that communicates "hanging out at the local bar isn't good for your family," but says "your wife was complaining to me the other day about your being at the local bar," chances are your husband would blow up about you talking with his brother about him. If your brother-in-law doesn't like you, he could very well use this as a way to cause difficulty in your relationship. Think of an example you may have dealt with in the past that caused conflict with your in-laws. Do you feel you handled the situation in the best way possible and are you at peace with your silence about it? If your not, then speaking up about offenses is the next piece of advice.

When you feel there is no other alternative then to speak up on matters that you are offended, be polite, yet firm about your views. No matter how your spouse or in-laws try to soften their actions, make excuses, or say things to get you off track, stick to the topic of conversation. You are entitled to express your feelings, it may help you or it may cause you to become angry or distant. Whatever your emotion you experience, know that in time your peace will come and if you have a faith you know God will avenge for their offenses. Be sure that you come out a winner by returning a phone call when you are ready, being respectful by avoiding name calling, cursing or yelling. However, if you feel you need to change your pitch in your voice to show that you are upset, so be it, but don't overdo it.

Most of all, before you approach your in-laws discuss what you are going to say to your spouse. Phone conversations should be recorded and email should be saved for sensitive issues that you feel they may lie about or make you look like the bad guy in the eyes of your mate. It's unfortunate that you have to resort to such measures, but if your relationship to your spouse means anything to you and you feel your mate is seeing their negative behaviors through rose-colored glasses, then do it. Yet, some mates no matter what you say or do to prove that their family is more harmful than good, will still take their side, if so, you will seriously need to evaluate how your mate's action or inaction is affecting your relationship.

No one likes anyone from the outside looking in telling them about their family. Be prepared for your spouse to overreact to what you have said about his or her family or make excuses for them. When they have a history with their family, they tend to know all too well what their family is capable of doing, but refuse to admit to it. For others, they may not know how to deal with conflict when it comes to family issues. You will need to know if you have the type of mate who runs from conflict and waits for you to sort things out with the in-laws or the kind of man or woman who knows what is going on in the family, talks with them about issues, but leaves you in the dark. Either spouse is responsible for their family and it is up to you to remind him or her to deal with the issues and update you on what he or she said so that you can be prepared for any backlash, otherwise he or she will have to deal with an unhappy life with you.

Now every matter that comes up with the in-laws is not worth raising with your spouse. For instance, if it is an issue that has nothing to do with you or your children, don't say a word. It isn't worth commenting on, offering advice or anything else when you know the in-laws don't like you. Why set yourself up for being talked about by them when you could have stayed out of the limelight? For instance, why offer to help them with their problems or go out of your way to buy them things when you know they don't appreciate you being with their daughter or son?

Think of all of those people in movies and in real life who go over to the in-laws' home and make a point to look and act their best. They speak when spoken to and let their husband or wife do all the talking. Some of the best daughter and son-in-laws are the ones who don't come around their wife's and husband's family often. They know that familiarity breeds contempt. You will have to learn enough about the family to know how to balance the visits from knowing when to stay home. However, remember that with some families you are damned when you do and damned when you don't.

The next time a conflict arises with the in-laws involving you, put the conflict in your husband's or wife's hands and let them deal with it. Don't bother to discuss the issue with his or her side of the family until they have assured you that they have handled it. You will know that the conflict has been put to rest when the in-laws start behaving different than the way they did with you before the problem arose. In some cases, they may even act worse. If they do, talk with your spouse about it and try to distance yourself from them. No one should have to put up with verbal, non-verbal, or physical abuse from anyone no matter what good deeds they have done for you and your family in the past.

Nicholl McGuire writes for numerous websites, feel free to learn more about her services and connect here at Nicholl McGuire Media

Monday, October 13, 2008

How to Avoid Insecure Women Friends: Beautiful People with Low Self-Esteem

"You were destined to be great! Beautiful, smart, unique, talented and you will never have a problem getting your foot in anyone's door!" Some of you may have received similar compliments from well-meaning family, friends and strangers. You may know this about yourself, so you may take it like a grain of salt. However, some of you may not know this, and that is why this article is being written. Beautiful people with low self-esteem are targets for some unattractive people who are insecure. They hope to befriend you to get what they want! Hence, the expression, beauty can be a blessing and a curse.

Over the years you may have been friends with the ugly guy, the fat girl, the boy with the acne, the girl with the freckles and everyone else in between. Back when you were in elementary and high school you may not have thought too much about these people other than the fact that they were teased and you pitied them. You may have been one of the ugly ducklings that grew up to be a beautiful swan. With all that said, you may not have realized how attractive you were until the guys started telling you how nice looking you were and the girls around you started acting envious. Now if you were use to hanging out with the not-so attractive crowd, the attention you were receiving from people could have been a turn off or a turn on, but lurking underneath it all you knew you had secretly struggled with your own self-esteem. Years later you still struggle.

While you think you are not pretty to the rest of the world, the ugly people know different and that is why some of those annoying, jealous, and insecure women have been approaching you over the years. For the purpose of this article let's define ugly as you see it. Physically not appealing, bad personality, loud mouth, angry whatever you consider to be unattractive. Now you mustn't confuse the ugly woman with the unattractive women who have no problem with their self-esteem, but are simply looking for a good friend. The sincerely good-hearted, unattractive woman will not seem desperate, annoying or overbearing. She doesn't need you or what you have, she is confident in who she is and if anything, you may be able to benefit from her. This is not the type of woman this article references. However, the ugly woman on the inside and out is who this article is about and you know her. She is in your circle of friends and you are trying to get her out. She was your yesteryear's mistake, the one you befriended when you couldn't wait for the right friend to come along, similar to your past boyfriends, but that is another article.

The ugly woman knows what you are and how she can benefit from you even if you don't. She noticed you from afar like the man staring at you from a distance hoping to get your name and phone number. She invites herself into your personal space with a conversation starter. A simple complaint about something, a compliment on the way you look, a tidbit of office gossip, or other statements. You entertain her with a response and then over time you seem to bump into her where ever you go, at the office, where you live, at school, shopping or some event. (Now everyone you bump into isn't meant to be your friend as you have learned the hard way.) When the ugly woman sees you again, you may be with a relative, friend, your children or alone and now she has even more to talk about. "Oh this is your son. You must be the sister. Wow you must be the husband." At first her approach seems ordinary, matter of fact, nothing special, and you don't think twice about this insecure woman. Then she begins her requests of "let's do lunch, give me your phone number, I know a great place we could go to..." So you take her up on her offer and you find that she is a really nice person. You enjoy her company and she seems to enjoy you until...

She starts calling you too often, dropping by unannounced, showing up unexpectedly at places you frequent, and complimenting you far too many times than you can handle. "You are always dressed so nice. Your hair is so cute. Your figure is nice, I wish I was that small. You have a great shape. You are beautiful you can have any man you want." What started out as nice compliments have become overwhelming and you are beginning to question if this woman is sexually attracted to you, insecure, lonely, jealous and/or confused. Most likely, she is insecure. Think about how many times you went out with her and how many men looked at her as compared to you? When you showed up wearing something new what did her eyes say, not her mouth? What about when you ordered more food than she did at the restaurant, how did she react? When you offered to do some physical activity together like take a walk, did she object? How about when you bought her something nice or offered her money, how did she react to your gift? When she calls you on the phone and you are not available to answer her call, what does she say? How often does she contact you or visit? If your answer to any of these questions makes you feel uncomfortable, chances are you have an insecure woman in your life and sometimes these kind of women aren't easy to let go.

You may be growing tired of her and have told her in so many ways, yet she just doesn't seem to get the message. Other people may have noticed things about her that make them feel uncomfortable too. The "I don't want to be a b*tch" girl inside of you may have dismissed what they said by making excuses for her actions, "My friend is just lonely, she needs a friend. Look at her, she isn't that pretty, etc." However, while you are trying to justify her irrational, controlling behavior, she is growing weary of your friendship too, because she is no longer getting what she wants from you. Maybe she enjoyed riding in your car, wearing your clothes, shopping, talking long hours on the phone and more. She doesn't know how to let go of you either, so rather than retreat from the friendship she keeps it going.

If you are still ducking and dodging your "friend," then you are at an interesting place in your friendship with her. She may have found someone else to annoy who may know you. She begins to confide in this person about everything including what you have told her. She bad mouths you, says hurtful things about the way you look, how you speak or anything else that she may be envious about to this mutual friend. Her words travel back to you and now you are left angry, confused and bitter. "The audacity she would talk about me and allowed her ugly self into my life!" Well, if you would have took the time to notice the signs early on, she wouldn't be in your life, now would she? You could have broken up with her similar to the way you ended your relationships with past boyfriends. "I like you, but you are crowding my space. I think we should see other people." Remember those days? So why is it that women don't cut their losses with these insecure women friends? Because you don't want to hurt her feelings. Now look at whose feelings are hurt!? If there is anything you should remember from this article is watch the company you keep!

If you have reached this place in your so-called friendship with this insecure woman, that was your "out" in this friendship. The following are a list of other ways to handle the insecure women friends you have in your life and how to safeguard yourself from ones in the future.

Here's four points on how to handle the insecure women.

1) Don't invite them over to your home or any other place or event.

2) Avoid confrontation by telling them how you feel about the friendship over the phone.

3) Stop using them for anything you may or may not need such as companionship, food and other household products, car, childcare, money, employment, etc.

4) Don't introduce them to anymore of your family members or friends.

5) Gradually become distant. If you talked everyday, make it every other day for a week or two, then once a week and eventually no calls at all.

Here's how to safeguard yourself from an insecure woman.

1) Know what the two of you might have in common before you go out with them. For example, if she doesn't like to workout and you do, chances are she will grow envious of your body shape. If she doesn't dress nice in the public and you do, she may have a lot to say with her eyes or her mouth about the way you look.

2) Don't confide in her about any relationship problems you might be having with your mate.

3) Delay inviting her over your home to meet your family as long as you can until you feel comfortable you really know her. (She may have saw your man first before she saw you.)

4) Study the way she conducts herself in public and particularly around men. If she is a big flirt or tease and dresses provocatively, would you want her around your man and children?

5) Find out if she has other friends besides you. She will most likely give you signs she doesn't by how often you see her wherever the two of you first met.

6) Ask her about her hobbies such as watch TV, read, write, dance, workout, shop, etc. If she has none, keep away.

7) Talk to her about controversial things and watch her reaction. You will know right away if this is someone you can have an intelligent conversation.

8) Talk about general things such as family, children, employment and see if she can hold a conversation about these basic topics. If you find she doesn't have much to say and you are doing more talking, chances are she may have something to hide or may have some challenges about opening up to people. If she isn't looking for a therapist, don't offer your services.

Avoid feeling sorry for people. She may tell you about her tragic life story in one meeting or every time she sees you. If she seems to be so open about it, then she most likely used it with others to get what she wants. No the difference between a testimony and a sales pitch!

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