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There are some men who seem to be natural magnets for the opposite sex, attracting women like light does moths. Then there are those other men who have a knack for making females flee, repelling them like maggots do, well, women. And while some suggest that the difference between these two camps comes down to minor personality nuances, those who do so usually fall into the latter category – and they’re wrong.
The reality is that there is a considerable gulf between the female attractors and the female repellers – one wide enough to allow us to separate them according to broad personality types. So we’ve done just that, packaging them neatly into two articles for AskMen.com readers: 8 Types of Guys Women Avoid and 5 Types Of Men Every Woman Wants.
But before coming to the happy (or horrifying) conclusion as to which side of the fence you fall on, you’ll need to do an honest assessment of your own personality. After all, there’s little point in sustaining the illusion that you’re a saint when every woman who’s ever dined with you has silently waited for you to choke. So let’s start the self-realization process with a personality test supplied by our friends at Maker’s Mark.
Click here to take the personality test, then continue by reading the article below.
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AskMen.com will be providing you with just this kind of gender intelligence — without the embarrassment that comes with retrieving it from your girlfriend's magazine rack. We'll be publishing a series of features from iVillage.com; articles originally written by women for women, but with insight that's invaluable to men. Of course, in exchange, we had to offer up some intelligence of our own… all the more reason for you to get on the inside track as soon as you can.
What women want
Are you confused about what women are looking for? Well, iVillage.com unravels some of that mystery for you by revealing the types of men women are looking to date. Read through the five categories of men and see if you are one of the eligible bachelors she’s looking for.
So, you want a boyfriend. You're sick of the singles scene and ready to move right past "Go" and settle down with someone who will carry you straight into your happily ever after. Well, hold it right there, Miss Antsy-Pants! Before you go tango into the sunset with Mr. Right, you have to take a few spins around the dating dance floor with a few Mr. Right Nows. Dating different personality types is the most effective way to find out your likes, dislikes and deal breakers. In fact, spending time with the wrong guys — namely these five — can actually make you a better package when Mr. Fabulous comes along.
1. Mr. Nice Romantic Guy
He'll show up with flowers, leave cards around your apartment and quote Keats on a whim. Think old-fashioned courtship where you're being wooed instead of sitting by the phone wondering if he'll call.
Celebrity counterparts: Cary Grant, Johnny Depp as Don Juan DeMarco
What he'll teach you: This affectionate man will show you a softer side of our male counterparts (what a relief to have someone fawn over you for a change!), all the while raising your expectations of how you wish to be treated. After realizing that there are guys out there who understand the importance of a random note or kiss in the moonlight, you'll be less likely to stay with someone who degrades or ignores you in the future.
The catch: Most of the time, these guys are in love with the idea of love. This means they will come on strong but lose momentum in the long haul as the reality of a relationship sets in (i.e. disagreements, uneventful days), but that doesn't mean you shouldn't date him and enjoy the experience. Just keep a level head while he floats around you.
2. Mr. Big Shot
He dresses sharp, talks slick and has the perfectly coiffed looks of a man straight out of a lad mag. One look at him in his tailored suit and you're toast — which is exactly why he wears it.
Celebrity counterparts: Chris Noth as Mr. Big, any Bond
What he'll teach you: From sending your nether regions to Brazil (Mr. Big Shot doesn't do granny panties) to the proper way to age a Cabernet, you're in for a crash course in the finer way of life. Dinners will be four-star and the conversation will be witty. You'll walk away from this relationship more sophisticated and well aware of your own inner vixen.
Channel your inner Antonio Banderas or Frank Sinatra…