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Attracting a partner is all about the dance of polarity.Energy flows between positive and negative electrodes, anode and cathode, magnetic north and south.
All the way back to back to monkeys, to lizards, to the first amphibian that crawled out of the slime, the fish that preceded that amphibian, the worm before the fish and the amoeba that preceded the worm. E., the culmination of that miraculously unbroken line of succession, you, man (or woman), are the only one smart enough to SCREW THE WHOLE THING UP.
Dating is at best another extracurricular, #6 or #7 down the list, somewhere between Model UN and intramural badminton.
I’ve been co-hosting young alumni events for name-brand schools for long enough to know that these kids come out a little lopsided (which sounds so much better than ‘socially awkward’, don’t you think? All they need is a little tune-up, or a proper dating textbook to get them going — plus a little practice.
Sadly, no mom, dad or professor teaches us about the power of the well-placed compliment (or put-down), giving attention but not too much attention, being caring without being needy.
I wrote a whole book about that, boys, so that’s a story for a different day.
From then on, that was your principal identity: The Smart One.