I'm willing to bet that there has been a time in every man's life where he has been afraid to approach someone he's found attractive.
And because this is such a prevalent phenomenon, many men have come to the conclusion that approaching women is hard, stressful, and at worst, downright scary.
This is such a widespread feeling among men, we all understand it when guys decide not to approach a woman they like. We just nod our heads and mutter "You're better off without her," or "She wasn't really your type anyway," or the patented "There's plenty of fish in the sea, bro."
But like it or not, this fear of approaching is a rather irrational one.
People are social creatures, and need human interaction to survive (at least to stay mentally healthy, anyway).
However, despite this, most people fear public speaking more than death, and would rather stand in a corner quietly drinking than interact with others at a party. And when asked, they will almost always respond "I'm afraid of failure," or "I'm afraid of rejection." But no matter how they respond, they will always blame it on one thing:
So where does this fear come from?
First of all, I'd argue that it is not always fear that hinders men from approaching women. Rather, I'd say its laziness. Sir Isaac Newton had a theory, and that theory went something like this:
"Objects in motion stay in motion. Objects at rest, stay at rest."
When you're not approaching someone with the intent of befriending them or picking them up, even when you WANT to, you are in a state of "rest." This is a state where you've established what I like to call a "comfort zone."
This is a place where you feel safe.
In this zone, you know what to expect, and therefore don't have to worry about feeling afraid. And more often than not, you won't want to leave your comfort zone, because approaching someone introduces the prospect of uncertainty into your life. It takes EFFORT to get out of your comfort zone, and most of the time, people prefer to be lazy and stay comfortable, rather than do the work it takes to meet their goals.
This comfort zone can be the bane of your social existence. And this is the first barrier you have to approaching a woman you desire.
But there is a second barrier that exists, and this is often the hardest one to overcome. Even those who do the work to leave their comfort zone must face this barrier before they can proceed.
This barrier is what causes your stomach to tighten and contract. It's what causes your heart to beat faster. It's what causes you to break into a cold sweat and your palms to go clammy.
But it's not the type of fear you might think.
Many guys will site their "fear of rejection" as the thing that hinders them from approaching women, but I disagree with this.
Now, this is my theory, and you have every right to disagree with this theory because I have no scientific evidence to back it up. But this is what I think most guys suffer from:
Fear of Loss.
I know it sounds crazy, especially considering you don't have the woman you want yet, so how can you lose her?
Well, let me expound on this kookie theory of mine a bit.
When you see a girl you're attracted to, that you KNOW you want to have sex with, what happens? Do you get that funny feeling down below, like when you used to climb the rope in gym class? Do you imagine holding her in your arms, making sweet monkey love all night long? Do you fantasize about how her breasts feel or how her lips taste? Or do you just know that "Girl give you raging BO-NAR!"?
Call it desire, call it lust, call it whatever you want. But you have to admit one thing to yourself:
You wanna tap that ass.
It's this intense desire for that woman you find attractive that hinders you from meeting her. It's that incredible urge to fuck her, that overwhelming sense of "want." You simply WANT that girl -- especially if you're coming from a place of need. The fewer women you have in your life, the stronger this feeling becomes.
It's this desire that overtakes you and short circuits your brain. It's this desire that keeps you from thinking of clever things to say. And it's this desire that creates that fear of loss.
Desire creates an intense WANT of that woman.
And where there's an intense WANT, there's also an intense desire not to LOSE what you want!
Am I right?
That is why you censor yourself around attractive women. You keep quiet, because you don't want to mess up your "chances." You don't want to do anything that may screw up the possibility that you can GET what you WANT.
And when you DO take action to get that woman you so desire, you take a chance that you could LOSE that woman you want so badly.
That is where the fear comes from. Not really from rejection, we have too much rejection in our lives to be bothered by it. Not really from failure either, because we fail at stuff every day.
But when we LOSE something, something is taken away from us, and we experience a type of emptiness that is incredibly HARD to cope with.
That is why I think most men suffer from a Fear of Loss.
So when we break this down, here are the two barriers that keep men from approaching: Comfort Zone Fear of Loss
If you want to get over your fear of the approach, you are going to have to learn to overcome these two barriers on a regular and consistent basis.
So how do we do this?
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