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I have two problems, and I hope you can help me.
Heres the first. While most people have developed normally, it appears that other people (like me) do not, and we lack social skills compared to normal people. My problem is purely mental, not physical. I am not crazy or violent, just deficient in certain areas of brain function.
Doc, this makes it easy for me to commit social faux pas. Sometimes when people address me, I might not understand exactly what theyre saying. My hearing is perfect, but sometimes I draw a blank. Also, my lack of solid social skills means that some people might think Im odd or weird. Ive gotten better by learning and trying harder, but these problems are likely to last a lifetime.
So you can probably see where my second problem -- with women -- comes in. It can be hard to keep up in conversations, and I think they pick up on how different I am. Im a decent-looking fellow, and Ive had some rather pretty girls flirt with me, but I dont have the Confidence to use your techniques because Im not sure they would work for someone like me.
How am I supposed to be Confident when I stumble in conversations and make mistakes? My problems also attract attention from the worst kind of people those who enjoy cutting me down in front of others, especially pretty women, as it gives them a rush. There is nothing more emasculating than being cut down in front of a pretty woman. Its worse because I guess you could say Im a nice guy and dont fight back well.
Doc, what should I do? How can I be a winner when people have always (and will likely continue) to bring me down in front of Beautiful Women? I dont know what to do, and at times I can feel very broken.
Roger - who cant feel like a winner when he feels like a loser
You got two problems, pal? Youre real lucky! Most people have at least 11!
Roger, sometimes normal people commit blunders, too. Youre basically an okay guy; you just make a lot more mistakes than other guys, thats all. Whereas the so-called typical person on the street makes 20 boo-boos, you make 80.
Like the great Doctor Freud once said, Of course your problem is purely mental. Maybe you had lousy parents. And if it wasnt them who screwed you up, then maybe you werent born with a full deck. In life, everyone has shortcomings of some kind, even Jessica Simpson and Colin Farrell. What a surprise! But were going to give it a shot anyway.
First you should go and see a counselor a guy or gal with a sheepskin, one who specializes in treating your type of problem. But like my cousin Rabbi Love says, Dont spend your money for more than three months if something good isnt happening.
When you dont understand what people are talking about, heres what you say: Excuse me. Could you repeat that a little more slowly? Then smile. Write those words down on a three-by-five card, okay? Whenever you get lost in a conversation, pull the card out and use it. Its your security blanket.
Lots of people draw blanks in conversations, Roger, dont forget that. My book is full of witty and brilliant things to say to women, so that should be your first stop. You dont sound that bad off to me. Its just that you havent been exposed to the correct training or experience. And, like my cousin Sal The Fish Love says, I think youre laying a heavy trip on yourself. Give yourself a break, paisan.
My friend, there are lots of loser guys out there who say the wrong stuff all the time, so dont feel like youre alone. Youre being way too hard on yourself. And that can set you back straight out of the gate, no matter who you are.
But lets concede that you might have a lack of social skills anyway. What are you going to do about it? March down to Barnes and Noble and pick up a book of etiquette. Youre going to put it right next to the Dating Dictionary and youre going to study it. Then youre going to get a book on how to be a good speaker and do the same. Youre going to make your index cards and use them when you have to. And youre going to practice, practice, practice, until you know whats on those cards like you know your first name.
Look at it this way: if someone asks you your first name, you dont get stumped by that, right? Its the same principle. The point is that you can be coached. Like my cousin General Love says, Youre not completely hopeless, soldier. You should see what I have to put out there on the dating battlefield!
But you say youve gotten better, Roger. Fantastic! To you Psych majors, as long as you improve, thats whats important. I dont care if the trip to becoming the reincarnation of Cary Grant is 50 million miles, as long as youre on the right track and going forward and Roger, you are. Just the fact that you wrote a letter proves it. So you are doing some things right. Thats what you have to build on.
So when youre with women, you smile and show your teeth like they do. When they stop talking, you stop talking, until youre comfortable with your rap and can guide the conversation. And I hope that when these pretty women flirted with you, you said Hey, whats your home phone number?
Let me ask you something, Rog. If you want to dig a hole, would you rather use a spoon or a spade? Dude, The System is a power shovel. Youd be a fool not to use it. I get letters from guys all over the world. One of my loyal students in India, whos turning into a love doctor himself, called me recently. His buddy was about to commit hari-kari over some babe who dumped him. And my student talked him out of it by using some of the materials from my book. Now Im not going to tell you that my principles prevent suicide. But in this case it sure helped and if it could hold someone back from smoking the tailpipe, it could sure as heck help you to be more social!
So what youre going to do is use shorter sentences, guy, so your tongue doesnt get tied in a knot. Youre going to find a way to get the woman to carry most of the conversation. Youre also going to go to Toastmasters and talk about The System. The first time you get up on the podium youre going to make 88 mistakes. But the next time up youre only going to make 87. The third time it will be 86. And so on. Then youre headed in the right direction.
Regarding the mean-spirited people you run into, why dont you just walk away from them? Why do you hang around for a beating? But if you have to stay, get the upper hand, turn it to your advantage. Say what my cousin Fast Eddie Love would say to a hot babe who was putting him down: I love it when you beat me! And then grin like Christopher Walken. On second thought, smile like Tom Hanks.
But you dont have to fight back at all, Roger. Just walk off. Or disarm that Beautiful Woman who mocks you. Do you think its loving and hospitable, to torture me just because I cant get out three words in a row? Thats what you say to her. You have to use humor. If other guys cut you down in front of pretty women, just split, simple as that. Change your environment. If its too hot in the kitchen, get out.
Why are you so convinced that your pattern of failure will never change? How can you predict the future? See your therapist, Roger. Then well grow you a PERSONALITY. If you do what I tell you, if youre patient and dont put yourself down, and you realize that theres a light at the end of the tunnel, the truth will change you.
But if youre convinced that youre a lost cause, theres not much I can do. I may be able to get any guy in the world a date, but Im not a miracle worker.
Remember, guys: nobodys perfect.
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