By Christine Akiteng
It’s a well known fact that if things are all moving along nicely and you are comfortable with each other, you both should know if you want to be exclusive without having to say it. But what if you are ready to move into exclusivity and he doesn’t make a move or she doesn’t seem to be thinking about it even after you’ve dated for at least 6 months how do you find out if he is willing to give up all others and date you exclusively.
Going about it the wrong way, like nagging and begging, will likely make him run for the door, so what is the right way to approach the situation?
1. Take note of how much “quality” time the two of you spend together.
If your dates consist primarily of dinner and a movie, watching late-night TV, cuddling and then having sex but after the night of so-called passion, he disappears and forgets to call you for several days, that’s not dating, that’s a booty call. Let’s face it – it’s obvious he just wants sex, nothing more. And why buy the cow (and all the maintenance costs) if you can get the milk for free.
2. If you met him on a dating site/service ask him if he still uses it.
Keeping a profile on a dating service when he is dating you is not any different from hanging around single bars. If you are okay with him hanging around single bars – alone – then keeping a profile and logging onto their account daily when he is dating you should be no problem. Just keep in mind that how a man you’re dating handles “disconnecting from all others” tells you a lot about how they will handle commitment once you decide to be exclusive.
That said there are some dating websites that make it difficult for members to go offline. But if you managed to go offline, he should be able to do so as well. This Victoria Hearts Review is one way to work out online dating websites.
3. Ask him how long, in the past, he dated with an ex before he became aware she was the right/wrong person.
If they dated for 8 months then wait 8 months before you bring up the issue of exclusivity. If on the other hand you’ve been dating for more than 8 months (past their usual “know” time), then you need to bring up the issue of exclusivity (see No.4 for a subtle way of doing this)
4. Get him to say so.
The best way to convey that you’d rather he dates only you is to get him to say so. One subtle way (there are others) of asking him if he is seeing others besides you is to say something along the lines “you are a great a catch, there must be so many other women who want to date you.” If he proudly and excitedly tells you there are many others and even begins telling you stories and names you know he is not ready to be exclusive. His self-worth is still tied to how many others find him desirable.
If he keeps quiet, acts confused, changes the subject, or says something vague about wanting to get exclusive “some day,” then may be he thinks it’s too early or just not yet sure if you are the one. If the answer is yes there are many but I am not interested, ask him “why not?” If he says “because I have you”, “I’m happy with things the way they are between us”, etc, you’ve got your answer.
Never, ever, assume you’re exclusive and don’t depend on your own psychoanalyzing his behaviour to figure out why he can’t commit (maybe he’s terrified of commitment. Maybe he needs some time or some psychotherapy. Maybe he just doesn’t like me that much etc, you’re going to spend a lot of time being surprised.
Also see my articles – 10 Signs You Are Ready To Date Him Exclusively and The Other Woman: How To Get Him To Want To Be Exclusive (on articles section of my website under “Moving From Just Dating To Exclusive”).
About the Author: Christine Akiteng is an internationally renowned Sexual Confidence/Dating Coach and author of eBook: The Art Of Seducing Out Of Fullness™. Her unique approach to dating has helped hundreds create positive, constructive, honest and fulfilling relationships.