When He’s Just Not That Into You came out in 2004, I resisted buying a copy, even if one of my best friends got it, read it, and loved it.
I thought, “It’s another one of those self-help baloney books that their authors write just to make money off a trend or something.” I don’t read self-help – I consider them too wimpy. I belong to the bury-your-problems-in-chocolate-ice-cream-and-then-pull-yourself-up-by-the-bootstraps-through-sheer-willpower school of survival.
But lately, a movie made from the book came out and I wondered, how could they turn a self-help book into a movie?
I didn’t watch the movie, but I bought the book. Nothing like going straight to the source to find what’s up.
Now I wish I had read it sooner. Written by a guy and a girl who have had their share of failed relationships, the book does tell girls how guys really think. It delivers valuable and practical insights about the murky world of male-female interpersonal communication.
Basically, what authors Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo, former Sex in the City writers, are saying is - it’s no use over-analyzing a relationship. Guys tend to think one-track. And if they want out, they want out. If they tell you or show you in other ways that it’s over, accept that it’s over.
He’s not going to change his mind. He’s not going to come back. He might not come straight out and say, “I don’t love you anymore” – he may be too chicken for that or maybe doesn’t want to hurt you – but if he does, he’s telling you the truth.
Nothing you can say or do will change his mind.
If he cheats, it’s also over. Betrayal combines intent and deception. You don’t need that kind of disloyalty.
Best reaction: shut him out cold-turkey, and get on with your life, girl! In Filipino, we’d say, “Kung ayaw niya, ‘wag niya.” In other words – his loss, not yours.
Never ever beg or plead for a reconciliation. It just diminishes you in his eyes. It hurts, oh yes it hurts, but better to find out it’s not working sooner than later. Turn 180 on your high heels and walk away.
It will take a lot of strength and courage, but all of us women have that. That’s why ours is the real “stronger sex”. And it’s best to end a relationship with dignity, with your head held high, knowing that you tried your best to make it work.
As Greg says: “Don’t waste the pretty!” Make this your mantra.
Meanwhile, visualize yourself with the man of your dreams, someone who will truly love and respect you for who you are, because you are worth it! Don’t ever settle for second-best anymore.
Behrendt continues this train of thought in his next book, written with his wife, Amiira Ruotola-Behrendt – “It’s Called a Breakup Because It’s Broken”.
When is this going to be made into a movie, I wonder?
Bottom line: great reads. And they’ve changed my mind about self-help books, because goodness knows ain’t no one gonna help you, baby, but yourself.