How Do I Attract a Woman Even When My Income is Low?

Dear Neil: Most women these days want rich men, since they won’t date a man that makes much less money than they do. I fear I will never be accepted by a woman.

Single But Not By Choice

Dear Single: It is true that a man with a good paying stable job is in higher demand than a man with a lower paying job (or a man with no stable job at all). As a rule of thumb, women generally look for a man that has resources to provide her with a comfortable home and lifestyle. So men that can provide such a home and lifestyle usually have an advantage.

But that’s not the whole story. There are plenty of women who have good paying and/or professional jobs themselves, but who are still looking for someone to call theirs, even if his income doesn’t come close to matching hers. Such a woman might be looking for a man who would make an awesome father or stepfather. She may overlook a smaller income for a man who is kind, caring, empathetic, faithful and trustworthy. She may have a soft spot for a man who is funny, or fun to be with. She may desire a man who would willingly be the primary cook and the person most responsible for keeping the home clean, tidy and taken care of.

Perhaps she is a woman who is impressed with a man who knows how to fix or repair things. She might be looking at whether he has an upbeat optimistic attitude, or whether he feels cheated by life and therefore presents as angry, cynical or embittered. She might simply be looking for a gentleman whose heart is not walled off so she has a chance at having a close, affectionate loving relationship with him.

So don’t talk like this is hopeless. Go out there and become someone that a woman might desire.

Dear Neil: The person I’m in love with fits the profile of a self-loathing person. His insecurities have always gotten in the way of our relationship, and he’s scared of me rejecting him. This led to him saying that he had a special surprise and was excited to come clean about his feelings for me, but instead he ended our relationship and blocked me from his social media and phone. What is the best way to handle this? I have tried to move on from this for months, but I’m not succeeding.


Dear Help: First, the obvious. You cannot make anyone else choose you, or open themselves to you, or accept you—no mater how important the relationship may be. All you can do is offer to be his. So perhaps you might consider sending him an email, voice mail or a US mail letter, telling him that his behavior blindsided you, and that you’re having a hard time putting closure to the relationship. Then tell him you would like one conversation with him about what happened, in order for you to put this to rest.

If he grants you this wish, you may then be able to explore with him whether he is open to trying again, and what he would need in order to feel safe enough to let you back in.

One comment on “How Do I Attract a Woman Even When My Income is Low?

  1. I have been in a relationship with a great guy now going on 10 Year’s. I am fianancially set….thanks to my late husband. We worked almost 40 years to be financially secure in those years. On the other hand , the man I am dating went through several set backs, a divorce, the fall of the economy in 2008 and is not in the same place. Up to this point in our relationship, I have taken the same view as you have expressed above. I have held on to the relationship because I saw his kindness and love as something I wanted in my life. As yeas went by I have provided the income for extras that his income couldn’t provide. As more time went by, I loaned him a few thousand dollars here and there. I did it because I beleived he would get back on top of his finances. Especially because that’s what he does for a living. He is a financial advisor. What I would like to express to those in a relationship with someone who isn’t quite equal to their own finances is this: Communicate with each other and have and understanding and boundaries in place. Love is very important but being money smart is too. Especially as we get older. If We were in our 20 s I might feel like I could beilieve in and take chances that love and kindness is all I needed in this relationship. It would be enough to sustain us through anything. Now I don’t feel that way. I am still waiting 10 years later. Now retired I am not enjoying a retired partner. I am not happy in the relationship anymore. All I can say is. Money does matter. Be wise in who you choose to become involved with. Guys….don’t feel intimidated by your income. Just find a woman who has the same lifestyle as you She will be dancing the same dance and if the love you share will grow strong compassion,and appreciation for each other.

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