Being a relationship consultant and lifecoach over the past seven years, I hear similar stories of men and women being left alone and deprived of love for numerous reasons. The newest on my “Why are you Still Single? A.k.a., Why are you Thirsty?” list: the Bitch Factor. It is a recent development or trend I’ve noticed, specifically amongst gay men. This is when your gay friend is such a judgmental and drama filled individual that they can’t even keep it to themselves – they must impose it upon other people (most notably like a few pop culture references: Perez Hilton, the cast of A*List Dallas & New York, or certain contestants from RuPaul’s Drag Race).
Over the past few years, many homosexual men have embraced the notion that, at times, it can be appropriate to embrace these unconventional social norms; most, even those not familiar with the culture, would deem this as inappropriate. But, in reality, it has always been inappropriate for your gay friend to act like this. Is it possible that this “bitch” factor would likely leave your straight female friends in the same “single and ready to mingle” party? The answer is Yes.
Most suitors process their prospect’s friends, family, and living environment to get a better idea of who they are. Within the strokes of a couple keys, you can learn the most intimate details of a person and their social circle by just knowing what to look for. A woman’s closest friend’s attitude weighs heavy and, at times, can cause a person to lose interest. Why? Because you are the company you keep. So for those men that embrace the “bitch factor” you are not only causing yourself to be single, but also you could be keeping your straight friends from finding a good mate. No one wants to deal with drama.
We all have basic interests: being loved, valued, and happy. Don’t be the one with the “bitch factor” in your social circle. Realize that you could be “winning” in all of your social circles if you left your “bitch factor” at the house. Not only will it help you, but it could help your best pal in their relationships, as well.
Here are a few tips to keep you going down the right path:
1. Be comfortable – Most people are attracted to others that are comfortable in their own skin. People more often cross paths with people that are insecure. Don’t be ignored by your potential suitor, stand out!
2. Be confident – Be confident, not arrogant. Possessing this trait well get you noticed immediately but will also get you iced out if you don’t control yourself.
3. Have an opinion – No one ever wants just a “Yes” man. Engage people often.
4. Be independent – Have your life on pace regardless of whom you come across. Why? Most people have people dependent on them personally or professionally. Don’t add more weight to their ship called “life”.
5. Be Open to Change, but offer stability – Ever heard the classic saying, “A house is not a home?” This is tricky but achievable. We are all living an evolutionary lifestyle, but little things that never change are much appreciated.
6. Be the Company you want to keep – Negative people can be toxic. Not just for you, but for new relationships.
My job is not to critic and spread negativity, it is to enhance and educate. As a relationship consultant, I cannot guarantee love or marriage, but I can ensure that I place individuals in a better position to receive love. If we all check our egos at the door, we have the ability to grow and evolve towards something greater. A man regardless of his sexual orientation should not be excused from good manners and a level of self-respect. Don’t jump off or burn the bridge, enhance and make it stronger so others may cross.
We thank Thomas for his guest post to Gay-Straight Relationships. Thomas Massaquoi is a life coach and relationship consultant in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. http://www.thomasmassaquoi.com/