Why Do Women Constantly Test Men?

A girl smiling cleverlyWomen test men constantly. If you already knew this or just became aware of it now, the fact remains the same – everyone of us has at some point in our lives been tested by a woman.

However, the problem isn’t that most of us aren’t aware of this fact, but that we don’t even recognize when we are being tested. Hell, there could be a woman standing behind you right now… testing you… and you wouldn’t even know it!

But all jokes aside; to know when you are being tested, you first have to understand what exactly a test is, then learn to recognize one and finally how to react to it.

 

What is a Test?

Basically, testing is a screening tool to see if you have strength of character (or backbone, if you prefer this phrasing). For her, it is a way to see how you would behave in certain situations. If you manage to pass her tests constantly, she will categorize you as an alpha male and feel attraction for you. If not, she will categorize you as a wimp and lose interest (if there was any to begin with).

And trust me, getting a girl interested again is a real challenge; sometimes even impossible. That’s why your best course of action is to pass most of her tests so that she will become and stay attracted. Therefore, be ready to get tested all the time.

Of course, it should be noted that passing a woman’s tests is often only a short-term solution and doesn’t bring you much closer to becoming exclusive with her. So, instead of worrying about this small factor in attraction, you should shift your focus to more important matters – demonstrating that you are actually boyfriend material. But if you just met a girl and aren’t in for the long-term, passing her tests will definitely set you apart from others.

 

Why do Women Test You?

But surely if you have passed most of her test and are now in a relationship with her, you don’t have to worry about them again. Right?

WRONG!

A woman will test the same guy throughout the whole relationship. For her, it’s important to see if he’s still the man she fell for. She can’t stay sure if the guy she found so attractive at the beginning of the relationship, is still the same a couple of months in. So she tests him, and if he constantly fails these tests, she will lose interest and might even dump him.

With passing time, though, she will need less and less proof (if you manage to pass her tests most of the time) and feels safe knowing that you are in fact a man with a backbone, and when needed, can support her. That’s what a woman really wants – to feel safe knowing her man can take care of her. However, if the tests never stop, you are in a relationship with a very insecure person. Then it’s up to you to decide if you really want to stay with her and get bombarded with one test after another, or just leave.

Now, here is a scary fact for you: a woman isn’t always testing you on purpose. Sometimes she isn’t even aware of it. And if you have ever been in a relationship, you probably have experienced it yourself. When she acts “all weird” and doesn’t even know herself why she is behaving this way, she is subconsciously testing you.

A woman Testing a ManNevertheless, should you fail these tests, she will feel that something is off and lose attraction for you. She doesn’t even know what it is, but she feels it in her gut and starts acting accordingly. This means she might start to ignore you or won’t react to you the way you are used to.

Sometimes women don’t even have to say anything to test you. Just imagine a situation where you see a girl you are attracted to. So you muster up your courage and go to talk to her. But instead of being nice to you, she gives you the cold shoulder or acts like a real bitch. This could be a test to see how you will respond to it. If you manage to stay calm and collected and not let her behavior dictate yours, she will eventually warm up to you (of course, sometimes nothing works because she really is a mean bitch).

 

How do Women Test You?

By now you are probably pretty eager to know how women test you. So let me explain it to you.

It’s actually pretty simple and straightforward. She is always seeking your reaction on how you act towards her. If she says something outlandish just to get a reaction from you and tries to put you on the defensive, she is testing you. And if you react, you have failed her test. In this case, the best course of action would be not to become defensive when she says or does something. If you don’t let her behavior affect yours in any way, you will pass her test.

The one thing you should avoid at all costs, though, is to get too paranoid and take everything that a girl says or does as a test. Not everything is a test! If you start to take every little thing as one, it will backfire on you terribly.

If she is a stranger to you and doesn’t respond to you at all, or very seriously tells you to back off, then you need to let it go and not assume she acts this way because she is testing you. Other times a woman might even just says things that are on her mind and could require a reaction from you, so if you respond to her as if you would respond to a test, it will definitely not end well.

 

So, What’s the Answer?

Women test men regularly and the best way to distinguish if she is testing you or not is to have a core understanding of the female psyche. This doesn’t mean you have to know everything about her – only what makes a woman tick. Armed with this knowledge, you can separate a test from something she really says (means) and does.

To get a clear understanding of the female psyche, you have to understand the dynamics of male-female relationships and this goes beyond this article. However, you can go out and start interacting with as many women as possible to get a feel for it, or if you are looking for a faster way, take a look at Models by Mark Manson that can clear up many questions you still might have.

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71 Comments

  1. real man October 10, 2017 at 8:50 am - Reply

    Whoops…anyway, as I was saying. If you find you are failing all of these tests. Keep at it. There is nothing wrong with you. You may eventually find someone who speaks your language. Whos tests you cannot help but pass.

    Good article though. Well thought out and articulated. I just think the dynamics of men and women aren’t neat and clean cut. Sometimes you screw up by over thinking this stuff. Anyway thanks

    • John October 10, 2017 at 10:59 am

      In reply to real man: Thanks for the kind words. And I mostly agree with what you say, you really shouldn’t change yourself just to get women or chase the status of an alpha male because you compromise your integrity.

      However, the reason why I know the “be yourself” thing doesn’t work for all guys is because most men don’t know who they are. Take it from me, before going through a transformation on my own and becoming the person I am today, I didn’t know how to be myself. I used to look up to every guy (whether fictional or real) who displayed any kind of alpha traits and tried to imitate them. For me, being myself meant being a loser who will never amount to anything and pretending to be someone else meant I could be better.

      I get it, for you being yourself means someone with options, someone who wouldn’t compromise his integrity for women. It’s guys like you women actually want. But most guys aren’t like you! They are desperate to be with any woman they meet and therefore sacrifice themselves to get her. That’s why women test and dump them relentlessly – they are extremely needy and lack integrity. My “job” is to help these guys to become stronger and to see the world like you see it (to adopt a healthier mindset).

  2. real man October 10, 2017 at 8:42 am - Reply

    Interesting. I think the take home point is to be exactly yourself and never compromise that. Even if that self sometimes defies the ideal image of an alpha male. For example, sometimes the strongest thing a man can do is admit that they feel weak. Its the real cowards who are so afraid of that. If I started to change my actions or reactions toward women because of something I read online, id be compromising my own unique nature. Let relationships evolve naturally. I mean men and women have been successfully procreating long before this article was written. Crazy, right?
    if women have these hidden or conscious drives to test men, im sure men have all sorts of hidden drives at their disposal to counter it. Let nature do its thing, dont complicate it.
    that being said, I think it should be the goal of both men and women to keep their cool and expect reasonable things from each other. Dont be swayed by artificial depictions of the opposite sex based on what you’ve seen on tv. They are false. Do your own thing…always! Many people will reject you, hell…they might down right hate you. But the few that stick around will love you deeply. If you are not a man who naturally passes these tests, keep at it…you will find someone thatl

  3. Pippo August 12, 2017 at 12:24 am - Reply

    Even if I think there all the best intentions in the author of this article (to provide some tips on how to survive to tests and to be with a beautiful girl), I agree with some of the commenters that say that it might give bad interpretations… because “how moral is all of this?” I know that talking of morality in this context sounds weird, but in a different way… “is it worthy to lose yourself to win the insecurities of the girl?” The problem of this article is that it puts the man in a low position, because in the moment you pose the problem of passing the tests, it means that the man should questions himself and consequently act somehow unnaturally, because otherwise the problem of whether it is a test or not doesn’t exist, or should not be a concern. But if it exists… well, it means that the feelings of the girl/woman counts more than everything else and that the man’s goal is to make them good and alive for all of his life (you confirmed that this is valid even after the first meetings, but still posing the question whether to continue to be in the relationship). So, what’s the point of masking yourself to conquer a girl by passing the tests, but then to evaluate the goodness of the tests later in the relationship if they continue? Why to not claim that testing is bad regardless if it is beginning of the relationship or later? Isn’t it better to simply advice… testing a man is something bad that unfortunately many girls do: they may test you, but just be yourself, and if she doesn’t like you because you didn’t pass the test (translated you didn’t do what she wanted)… well, that’s her problem. Because, if you claim that the man must make the woman happy, or that the woman is happy if the man behaves in what she dreams about, well… I think that’s a simple ground for a lot of manipulations, because almost everything is acceptable unless the woman is happy, and where to draw the line of what is unacceptable? If the woman believes that testing is somewhat good because natural and belonging to female personality, she can always claim that some words were … well… simply tests, or ways to stimulate the reaction she wanted, and the man is not good enough to recognize this, which is “victim blaming”. I have been in a relationship where tests continued so much that once for a very trivial argument she first said that she was leaving, then when I called the bluff she went crazy not allowing me to leave the apartment, calling my parents to insult them, than claiming that if I stopped her to do it she would smash her head and saying to police that I abused her. When I told her I could not continue a similar relationship, obviously she said that it was not true, that she could not even remotely think of doing what she threatened, she was joking, she simply expected me to hug her after that little argument… (how does it differ from… that was a test and you didn’t get it?) So, my biggest regret was(is) to have passed most of her previous tests, instead of just being myself and let her run away from the beginning if my personality didn’t match her expectations, and that would be my same advice to every man… if you are interested in a serious long term relationship (not the single night where you can focus on passing tests because basically both of you are simply playing a game), be yourself and don’t care if she is testing you, because if you fail her test by being yourself… well, probably she doesn’t care about you because a relationship needs to be based on mutual love and trust, otherwise it is simply a need of attention and the best ground for manipulation. That is called “being responsible”, toward the girl because you are showing simply who you are, and toward you not allowing the girl to manipulate you, and it doesn’t matter if that testing need belongs to female psyche, there are a lot of immoral/bad actions built in our psyche (try to think the worst actions and yes… most of them believe to our instincts but fortunately we are able and must control them, especially because fortunately society evolves and many actions that in the past were considered normal now are seen as atrocious) but as humans probably we should push people to be the better version of ourselves, and that it is also about girls… instead of telling them that it is natural to test and showing off that you are good to understand them, probably we should tell them… “hey, I know that you have this weird desire of testing men, but that is wrong, nobody else except you is responsible of your feelings and you lose credibility every time you do it, try to imagine how you would feel if treated in the same way: if you want to be a better person stop playing these games and start to love.”

    • John August 12, 2017 at 8:51 pm

      In reply to Pippo: My response to you was originally much longer, but after going through your comment a couple of times, I’ll just say the following: the biggest problem I see with your comment is that you don’t seem to understand what exactly passing her test means. You are implying that it’s something that “lowers your value” and makes you sacrifice your self-worth (by jumping through hoops to please her) but that’s exactly the opposite what it actually is. You will NEVER sacrifice your integrity when passing a test! So, don’t assume that passing her tests means you have to keep her happy at all costs! Like I said in the beginning of the article, you actually show strength of character when you do it.

      Also, when you start shaming a woman for testing men, then you are the one doing the “victim blaming” here. This isn’t something she can control. Giving her shit for something that’s wired into her psyche is just stupid. How would you like it if people started to blame you for wanting the hot girl over the ugly one? By your logic, people could just tell you basically the same you suggested: “Hey, I know that you have this weird desire to date beautiful women, but that’s wrong! You should date fat and ugly girls too!” Stop playing these games and start to love the fatties!”

      It just seems to me that you just skimmed through this article before going on this tirade about how this article is wrong and “being yourself” is the answer to everything. Please do yourself a favor and read it again, because you missed the point by a mile.

  4. James July 14, 2017 at 7:01 am - Reply

    To be honest, I gotten professional help with the situation, but still seems I have difficulties. I’ve made a considerable amount of progress when socializing (I couldn’t function at all and mostly stayed isolated), but it isn’t an easy thing to overcome. I’ve attended group meetings, been institutionalized, and spoken to three different psychologists. Yes – men do value women by physical appeal by a certain degree, but woman seem to want a physically masculine man as well. I’m not certain what else can be done for myself as I’ve challenged myself many times (approaching women, going to social settings, etc.). While things have gotten better as I’ve said, it still seems to be a major problem of today. Perhaps I’ll never get over it, but instead, may have to find a more understanding person.

    One more question if you don’t mind me asking: If a female suffer from the same or similar condition, would they expect the man to simply “Get over it?” Must a man be free of all weaknesses?

    • John July 14, 2017 at 12:34 pm

      In reply to James: A girl who faces the same challenges as you do will hardly expect you to get over it. As a matter of fact, women are very empathic and most wouldn’t probably even see your “weakness” as a deal breaker once they get to know you. Most likely, they would be more impressed by you simply because you are showing strength despite your shortcomings. Only in the beginning when she doesn’t know you yet, can your behavior (caused by anxiety) affect her opinion of you. Once she knows who you are, she will be sympathetic to your situation.

      And no, you don’t have to be Mr. Perfect, you just have to work on yourself and have a drive in life. And it looks to me that you’re doing exactly that, just don’t give up on trying to improve and get better. Even if you never overcome your anxiety, women will still consider you attractive if you never use it as an excuse why you can’t do something.

  5. James July 14, 2017 at 12:01 am - Reply

    Well, this seems like an interesting article that I didn’t expect to come across. Anyways, here’s a question:

    If a man is suffering from Social Anxiety, how would he overcome such a condition? What if the woman he is interested in perceives his condition as a form of “weakness” when in reality, he cannot help it? Social Anxiety is something I’ve been struggling with for years, and unfortunately, I believe it has impacted every potential relationship I’ve come across. Ironically, it seems that one-night-stands are easier achieved than maintaining a girlfriend (to be honest, I would rather be interested in a relationship). While a lot of emphasis is put on the psychological state of the female mind, I’ve come across confident females who didn’t give me any tests or anything of the like, but exhibited an interest in me. I definitely hope that the majority of women don’t give these tests out, as it would explain why so many women come off as mean towards me. Who – knows, maybe I’m not a too bad looking guy, but I am 6.5ft, black, and muscular. Your article definitely have changed my perspective on women, but if things really are as you described, I believe I am best left single.

    • John July 14, 2017 at 3:28 am

      In reply to James: Okay, first of all, I haven’t made anything up. This is something I have experienced myself and have seen many guys gone through, so don’t assume I wrote this just to sell you something.

      But let’s move on to your questions. Now, if your social anxiety is affecting your life to such an extent that you can’t even function in a social setting, then the best advice I can give you is to seek professional help (I’m serious, I know how bad it can be for some people). But, as someone who has struggled with social anxiety myself, I can tell you that one way to overcome it is to face it. You have to move out of your comfort zone and constantly challenge your fears. You do that by baby stepping it and taking on increasingly harder challenges.

      And sorry to tell you this, but if a woman doesn’t know you, she will perceive your condition as a “weakness”. But don’t take this as a reason to start hating her, she can’t help it because it’s just something she’s “programmed” to look for in a potential partner (just like we are programmed to value women by their appearance). While it is unfair, I believe there is always something you can do about your situation, you just have to find a way. The absolutely worst thing you can do is to accept your helplessness and start to justify it.

      Also, don’t worry about her testing you. If she rarely/never tests you, then everything is fine.

  6. maria pirone April 17, 2017 at 4:53 am - Reply

    Thank you John,
    This article is very helpful in teaching men that women are just wanting to feel safe with her man. Manipulation is not healthy and some women are not healthy, but some times it is hard for a healthy woman to let a man know what she needs, because it may emasculate him. (so she tests) She tests to know he is strong enough to hold her emotions and remain true to his integrity. I have been researching the description of what a healthy Alfa man is, and you John are the definition.

  7. Anonymous February 26, 2017 at 5:36 pm - Reply

    Yeah the answer to the test is walk away from that narcissist. Because there are many more fish in the sea. People like people who stand up for themselves. As soon as you try to justify yourself by standing there and try to be this called calm collective (p*ssy) guy she has you hooked yeah you might bang her for the night but you’ll never have a relationship with her because she thinks she owns you. Relationships are a mutual respect not a game of King of the hill. Every woman (key word woman not girl) I have dated has never done this because they are confident in who they are and they know I can walk away just as the can yet know the world doesn’t revolve around them, just as it doesn’t revolve around me.

  8. Nick February 24, 2017 at 10:51 pm - Reply

    I think men have given women wayyyyyy too much power. With the influence of media like music videos, movies, and sex everywhere you look, female empowerment has surged beyond normal levels even extending to foreign countries. This is not normal.
    Power should be balanced between man and woman. There are good tips and perspectives in this article however I think men in this country are becoming a bunch of pussies and need to take the reigns back.

    • John February 25, 2017 at 12:09 am

      In reply to Nick: I agree. Thanks, Nick!

  9. Dennis January 26, 2017 at 1:45 pm - Reply

    I learn’t one lesson as a man and i some what keep passing their silly tests. ALWAYS BE COOL no matter what she says or does.And stay in charge. Period! If she’s too much for you too handle, you are in a wrong relationship because it’ll never work so look for the next woman you can control.

    • John January 26, 2017 at 3:25 pm

      In reply to Dennis: I Agree. Though, wouldn’t really use the word “control” in the end.

  10. Ice Ice Katie January 20, 2017 at 2:17 pm - Reply

    A woman’s “test” often starts out very small and if this test is failed that is when the intensity of the tests will increase. This increase must be triggered in order to occur because if the original smaller test is passed without her alarm bells ever going off she will feel extremely pleased by you, but she is not pleased because you passed her test, she probably didn’t even realize there even was a test. She but instinctively she feels a much stronger bonding connection for you, she feels loving emotions filling her chest and a warmth surrounds her causing her to feel tenderness for you and drives her desire to cuddle with you, smiles, giggles, giving you weird compliments while staring at you all starry eyed.. But let’s say you failed her subconscious test, she will experience a strange almost cold prickly sensation run through her body, her stomach will knot up, she will feel a mix of disappointment and sadness. To get rid of this feeling she will now in response to this feeling come at you with a much harsher test, to confirm her reaction. If you fail that one as well it will turn into anger, hurt, betrayal. After you fail so many times with her basically all of her warm fuzzy feelings for you have turned to cold stone. She knows she can’t count on you, she knows you fall short, she knows you give her the cold prickly sensation so her mind associates you with a sick feeling in her gut. If you genuinely pass her tests and mean it and treat her like she is your everything, she will in turn treat you like her baby Superman. If you fail she will treat you like an annoying little snot nosed brother.

    • John January 20, 2017 at 4:56 pm

      In reply to Ice Ice Katie: Thank you, Katie! Your comment is definitely going to be an eye-opener for many men.

    • Jay March 25, 2017 at 11:02 pm

      In reply to Ice Ice Katie: The only reason women have these tests is because they are so insecure inside their own bodies, they
      cant trust anyone else that approaches them.

    • John March 25, 2017 at 11:16 pm

      In reply to Jay: Nope, that’s not the reason… Also, would you trust any random person that approaches you?

    • J April 3, 2017 at 5:44 am

      In reply to Ice Ice Katie: I was going to say something similar to what you posted. It’s nice to see some logic about our emotions. 🙂

  11. Anonymous January 11, 2017 at 11:48 pm - Reply

    The good looking women are constantly testing their men because they have options. Somebody is interested in your good looking girlfriend. She wants an excuse to dump your ass if need be.

    • John January 12, 2017 at 1:03 am

      In reply to Anonymous: And she is going to dump your sorry ass, if you’re not “man enough” for her. That’s exactly what passing her tests helps to prevent, to some degree. Of course, you will have to demonstrate attractive qualities as well to keep a quality woman.

    • J April 3, 2017 at 6:23 am

      In reply to Anonymous: Wait a minute, guys, back up a second. There’s no reason to be rude. As someone that every man she’s ever been in a relationship with has described as f***ing rare and beautiful (though I don’t see where they get that from, but hey those are their words not mine) I totally contest this. I definitely don’t think, “hmmm…now what can I throw his way today?” Also, I don’t give a flying flip about stringing males along in case someone better comes along because I don’t need someone with the opposite genitalia in order to enjoy my life. At our core, we as humans have primal instincts. Women bear children and men spread their genetics. That said, every man and every woman feels insecure at times and needs affirmations and reassurances from their love even if they have the greatest self-confidence imaginable. I will be 100% honest with you, Anonymous. I get tired of being looked at by men all the time while their girlfriends shoot me scathing looks.The only man I want to have look at me is incapable of being by my side because of life circumstances at present. So why don’t I break it off with him and go for someone where I’m at? Easy. He’s a man of worth who understands and compliments me. The list of men I have bothered to even attempt a relationship with is very small because most of the guys who asked me out proved to me they weren’t worth my time long before I gave them an answer. So before you think good looking women are simply looking for a Plan B to dump you for, maybe you ought to ask yourself if you are worthy of being her Plan A.

      And John? Just a heads up about women: most of us don’t think in terms of “man enough.” You are either a real man or a boy in a grown up’s body, all of which we determine based on personality, values, and overall quality of being.

    • John April 3, 2017 at 3:48 pm

      In reply to J: You’re right. I probably should have corrected him. But I didn’t take his comment as literally as you did. Obviously, no woman thinks about dumping his man for a “better version.” But if he turns out to be a huge disappointment or lets her down too many times, it’s what she’s eventually going to do. And like I already mentioned in the article, sometimes women test men even in a relationship, especially if they still have doubts about him. I think this is what Anonymous meant. That’s why I agreed with him. Of course, unless he happens to come back and specify, I can’t really speak for him.

      Also, my comment wasn’t meant to be taken as something that women think or say. It was just my way of saying exactly what you described: you’re either a man or not. Didn’t you notice, I used quotation marks and actually mentioned that you need to have qualities that are considered attractive?

      Anyway, thank you for your comments! It’s great to see women like you and Katie give a female perspective on these things.

  12. Anonymous January 9, 2017 at 9:13 pm - Reply

    Women shouldn’t test men. End of! It ruins relationships all for a woman to have the feeling of power and control over the man which in turn weakens the man. Especially if children are involved. This article is utter bollocks and leads women into thinking they can do what they want!

    • John January 9, 2017 at 11:34 pm

      In reply to Anonymous: Wow, this comment is so stupid, I don’t even know how to respond to it… You do know that this article is aimed towards men, right? Also, it isn’t something I just made up on the fly to teach women how to act, it was written because this is how they already behave (to teach men how to respond to it).

    • Anonymous January 10, 2017 at 5:19 pm

      In reply to John: I agree with Anonymous.
      Your article is actually going to mess up relationships.

    • John January 10, 2017 at 6:46 pm

      In reply to Anonymous: And how exactly is it going to do that? I’m really curious to know.

    • Anon February 18, 2017 at 11:38 am

      In reply to Anonymous: @John. Hypothetically, consider that a woman has the intention of communicating some genuine feeling or concern, but a man who has read this article and no other ‘resources’ misidentifies her behavior as what you have deemed “testing”. The man therefore attempts to respond in a way he thinks is “alpha” and in the process, unintentionally pushes the woman away. She feels pushed away because from her perspective, this guy is randomly acting out of character or in a way that one wouldn’t deem organic – in fact, it comes off as weird, perhaps arrogant, or demonstrates a gross lack of emotional intelligence. Now, notice that this doesn’t mean that “tests” don’t exist; it merely highlights that there has been a misidentification of one. Here lies the problem. This hypothetical scenario will be commonplace because it would be exceptionally difficult to correctly identify behaviours associated with what you would consider to be genuine/meaningful vs “testing”. At this point you may say “yeah, that’s why you need to understand a woman’s psyche, there are courses and lots of resources…etc”. However, even if these exist, being able to differentiate between tests and genuine behaviour with these tools would require somebody to have an above-average intelligence, among other really well-developed faculties – I may even be being conservative here. Point here is, encouraging men to respond to these apparent tests (doesn’t matter if they are real) will be screwing up at least some relationships. I’m sure you’d agree that there will be at least some instances of this, but we’d probably disagree on the volume. I can acknowledge that these tests could exist in a similar way to what you describe – but I also acknowledge that women, despite the headf**kery, are also diverse beings with the desire to emotionally connect with somebody more often than “testing”. What I’m trying to say is, as men, we don’t really have much of a choice than to do our best to play it by ear; you can’t inorganically teach the stuff you’re talking about without it screwing up more relationships than you care to consider.

    • John February 18, 2017 at 6:53 pm

      In reply to Anon: You’re way off. Please point me to where I say to dismiss a woman with valid concerns and feeling. In fact, I specifically state not to get too paranoid and start to see everything as a test. Also, a girl who has valid concerns and wants to express them will act very differently from when she is actually testing you. You’re wrong about needing an above-average intelligence to know the difference because you will start to recognize a test very easily once you gain more experience. How do I know that? Because I went from a clueless dumbass to someone who has a solid understanding on this subject and I don’t consider myself a genius.

      Yes, I agree with you on that there will be guys who still start to take everything as tests. But that’s because these guys don’t understand my message. And as much as you would like to blame me for this, it’s not my fault! However, this article will help way more men who respond to a test the wrong way. It will be extremely helpful for guys who do everything she says (no matter how absurd it is) and then wonder why they get dumped. But maybe you’re right and I give way too much credit to people reading this article. However, I believe that if you found this information, you’re smart enough not to start acting like an idiot and dismiss a woman with valid concerns just to appear “alpha”.

      You also make terrible assumptions about how to respond to a test. You don’t respond to one by pushing her away or “coming off as weird/arrogant”! This is exactly the opposite what I’m saying in this article! If she is testing you, you keep your calm and don’t brush everything she says off just to appear alpha. Most of the time you actually talk to her but won’t budge on subjects that go against your core values just to appease her. Like I said in the article, by passing her tests, you demonstrate that you aren’t a pushover, not a hardass who doesn’t acknowledge her feelings!

      You’re not going to screw up a relationship by passing a woman’s test! You really reveal your ignorance on this topic with a statement like this. Look, I understand that you are skeptical about all of this. You don’t believe you can actually learn more about the female psyche (or you have to be a genius for that) and I’m not trying to convince you otherwise. But unless you have some experience on this subject, please don’t come here stating I’m wrong when you have no clue what you’re talking about. You’re making assumptions that don’t hold true and stating the obvious when you come here with “women… are also diverse beings with the desire to emotionally connect with somebody more often than testing”. Absolutely no one is denying that! But sometimes women do test you and this article is going to help you to deal with it in the correct way.

      Please read the comment from Katie and you get the definition of testing from an actual woman! Someone who didn’t come here dismissing my article but actually gave her own perspective and basically confirmed everything I wrote.

  13. Dirk January 5, 2017 at 3:54 am - Reply

    Good article like all the comments here. Am in my 50s and had to start all over lost my past girl to cancer. Dating now a days seems like hard work and I don’t understand woman these days starting dating a girl that I really like been going out for two months. Then she tells me she doesn’t feel the connection. I must have failed on her tests but I don’t know what test. We.were getting along great and out no were this any ideas guys

    • John January 5, 2017 at 7:37 pm

      In reply to Dirk: Hey, Dirk! Sorry to hear about your loss. The reason why she broke up with you or even what test you might have failed isn’t important. What matters is that you get back in the game. My advice to you is to start dating multiple women instead of just one.

      Since you don’t have the luxury a guy in his 20s has to jump from one relationship to another (even he shouldn’t do that!), you have to start meeting many women to find the right one. This way if one of them tells you that she isn’t ready for a relationship with you, at least you won’t fall back to zero.

  14. Brigett January 2, 2017 at 2:56 am - Reply

    So enjoyed this article and it helped me to understand some of my past experiences with men. I am very feminine but also very strong and determined in my own way. I realize how I tested my exhusband and how utterly crushed I felt when the dissapointment and sadness at his weakness hit me (a kind of awful visceral feeling that was felt all over my body) needless to say sex became impossible. (Even though I naturally have a very high libido). I made all the important decisions and held the vision for our family. I also depressingly stepped more into my masculine aspects of my personality which for a feminine women is kind of tragic. NEVER will I let this happen again. But also, looking back I can see how insecure I was and had little understanding. And my ex btw in his way is a good man. … but I learnt so much. Some of this involved deprograming feminist idealogies. I felt shame about wanting to submit to a strong man … anyway I love being a women and there is nothing a real women loves more than a strong powerful man of integrity who holds his ground…. and in a playful way its also kind of challenging fun and sexy ?

    • John January 2, 2017 at 1:34 pm

      In reply to Brigett: Thank you, Brigett! It’s always great to hear the perspective of a woman on this subject. Really appreciate your comment!

  15. Jean Pierre December 19, 2016 at 9:58 pm - Reply

    Heyy I met this nice girl and we went on 3 dates the 3 date we had sex and ever thing was fine when I was with her and as I got home I send her a message to say thanks for the night and the day I enjoy it so she replays she enjoyed it to and we started chting on whatsupp and she just said se enjoy it but she wants to take it slow and she likes me but she is not shore what she feels for me because it is to fast after her break up with her ex and
    she feeld that she was going to marry him and after 2 years he just lived her what do I do.

    • John December 20, 2016 at 1:18 am

      In reply to Jean Pierre: Hey man. Take it easy and don’t rush. Trying to “seal the deal” with her as fast as possible will only make you come across as needy and desperate. If you have options, date other girls and stop obsessing over her. Don’t rush her into making a decision. If she is ready she will let you know, if not… move on.

    • Brigett January 2, 2017 at 3:31 am

      In reply to Jean Pierre: Hello … I had a similar situation. I met a guy and I liked him but I never rush into emotional attachments. He however was ready to fall in love. I wasn’t totally closed to him (there was a glimmer) but not ready to rush in. So I (looking back) set a test ☺ I proposed to him that we only have a ‘physical relationship. .. ie sex. He unsurprisingly readily agreed. But the test for me was this. .. what was this man prepared to settle for. Was he an all or nothing guy. Did he know he was being kindof side tracked? And it was on my terms. If he had said in reply “as tempting as your offer is I want all or nothing” that would have stopped me in my tracks as I would know that I was dealing with a different kind of man. We did have sex 3 times … but it was very uninteresting … and I let it go.

    • John January 2, 2017 at 1:53 pm

      In reply to Brigett: Shows how desperate some men can be. As a man, you should always be ready to walk away if you’re not getting what you want, not hope that she will change her mind. Again, thanks Brigett!

  16. Johhnny October 13, 2016 at 2:45 pm - Reply

    K but what are they doing to be worth it, besides slathering on makeup?

    There, did I just pass a test?

    • John October 13, 2016 at 3:26 pm

      In reply to Johhnny: No.

  17. George September 18, 2016 at 12:57 am - Reply

    Women can’t help testing their men and thats an amazing thing. Without it relationships would be completely unproductive. Some men don’t have the ability to deal with being tested, these are men who are often single, have less productive lives, and just complain about women. Ive been with my girlfriend for about a year, and our relationship is better then ever. Shes beautiful and the most attractive girl I’ve ever dated, she’s very smart (in a doctorate program) and she throws her tests out every now and then. What I do is I stay true to myself and my opinions no matter what, and we always end up happy (not to mention she gives it up constantly.) But I’m always just a bit frosty because I know something could be lurking right around the corner. God bless her.

    • John September 18, 2016 at 1:37 am

      In reply to George: Thanks, George. I completely agree!

    • Anonymous October 7, 2016 at 8:55 am

      In reply to John: I think some simple tests are alright, and it does come with the territory of courting a lot of women unfortunately. However, like you said, if she’s CONSTANTLY throwing these tests out, then definitely re-check the relationship.

    • John October 7, 2016 at 11:05 am

      In reply to Anonymous: Yes, you can’t expect women not to test you. But then again, if one does it all the time, it’s a bad sign.

  18. JC September 2, 2016 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    Women are more trouble than they are worth!

    • John September 2, 2016 at 4:07 pm

      In reply to JC: Well, you still have to learn to live with them.

  19. Buster-Hymen July 21, 2016 at 10:17 am - Reply

    It’s called a congruency test and most women (highly sought after a.k.a. Good looking women) will do it subconsciously. Every hottie I’ve ever been with has done it, and before I understood it I used to lose my shit and they would be gone. Now, I just laugh it off and say “ok babe, whatever you say”. Then I’m usually the one who walks.

  20. thomas July 14, 2016 at 11:25 am - Reply

    this is nice….

  21. Jones May 27, 2016 at 7:31 am - Reply

    A woman wants to be cared for, understood, and respected. I agree with the other comment, if a woman is constantly testing you for alpha-male-ness . . . Run. Because she isn’t mature enough to deserve a real man and the relationship will be based on short term attraction.

    • John May 27, 2016 at 11:40 am

      In reply to Jones: I agree with the first sentence, but what does it have to do with this article? This is an old article and my views have somewhat changed on this topic, but I stand by most what I said. A woman will test you if you DON’T show yourself as an alpha male, real man, leader, man with backbone… call it whatever you like. Now, I’m actually not even disagreeing with you, and even though I never implied that “a woman(!) will test you constantly”, I’m adding a couple of sentences that hopefully clear things up.

  22. Mike May 25, 2016 at 6:12 pm - Reply

    do us men subconsciously test women as well?

    • John May 25, 2016 at 7:15 pm

      In reply to Mike: Interesting question. I’ve done it consciously but not sure if subconsciously. We usually know immediately if we find a woman attractive. But sometimes when we aren’t that sure yet, could be that we do it. What do you think?

  23. Mike May 18, 2016 at 6:59 pm - Reply

    All women are insecure to some extent so all of them will test you to some extent. The more secure a woman feels about herself and more confident she is in you and in the relationship the less she will test you. However, I do agree it is hardwired into the brain of women to test men. It’s how they determine which men are strong enough to deal with her emotions (ie the alpha male).

    • John May 19, 2016 at 2:13 am

      In reply to Mike: Thanks Mike. Totally agree with you!

  24. jeff April 14, 2016 at 5:10 pm - Reply

    Guys i need serious help.
    My fiance always tests me. She also does test insults about my parents.
    (This happens every month)Sometimes she doesn’t answer her phone when i call her at night, but after 4 hours she calls back and tells me that i cheated on her, accuses me, etc. Makes me feel like, she did that, but she is trying to blame me somehow.
    I don’t get it. She tells me that she loves me etc. But funny thing is that she goes test mad when i buy her something.

    • John April 14, 2016 at 6:04 pm

      In reply to jeff: Hey Jeff! If you want, you can contact me directly and tell me more about your situation. But based on what you wrote, my advice to you is not to react when she accuses you of cheating (although this is really weird behavior on her part) and don’t let her insult your parents.

  25. Carlos November 19, 2015 at 4:52 pm - Reply

    My wife still tests me from time to time. It can get a bit tiring but I know why she does that. Nice article by the way!

  26. Edgar November 9, 2015 at 9:05 am - Reply

    Women are designed to test men. It’s natural, we are left brainers and they are right brai ners. They do test are logic, but you just have to be a player to play the game.

  27. youtube video views October 31, 2015 at 10:26 pm - Reply

    Appreciate the recommendation. Will try it out.

  28. DeVaughn Burke August 23, 2015 at 1:09 am - Reply

    This is a great article. My wife tests me constantly and I’m pretty sure she doesn’t know when she does it. Its built into who women are.

  29. George February 18, 2015 at 7:32 pm - Reply

    I learned something interesting today!

  30. Cornell H. February 17, 2015 at 1:35 pm - Reply

    Hey man! Nice post, really appreciate the work you put into it.

  31. Eric December 1, 2013 at 6:25 am - Reply

    A woman that has to constantly test you has serious trust issues, plain and simple. It has nothing to do with Alpha male BS. If a woman constantly tests you, run like hell so she can work on herself.

    • John December 3, 2013 at 11:34 pm

      In reply to Eric: Well, good luck finding a woman who won’t test you!

    • md November 6, 2015 at 2:09 am

      In reply to Eric: Apparently you don’t know much about women.

    • Chip` December 5, 2015 at 5:14 am

      In reply to Eric: Agreed. First of all, what makes a woman think she’s “all that” and thus worthy of a man’s constant concentration? These are likely the same women who will complain about not wanting any “game playing.” lol Take the next off ramp and find yourself a more secure, and thus lower maintenance woman. Life is too short.

    • John December 5, 2015 at 12:22 pm

      In reply to Chip`: No… just no.

    • Sri June 15, 2016 at 10:54 am

      In reply to Eric: You don’t run. You tell her exactly how you feel and tell her that she can leave.

    • Anonymous June 19, 2016 at 1:44 am

      In reply to Eric: Eric. I completely agree with you. Any one who feels the need to test and constantly test another needs to to work on their own insecurities. its very immature!

  32. Sundance November 14, 2011 at 9:21 am - Reply

    This is an article that makes you think “never thought of that!”

  33. Lisbeth October 25, 2011 at 4:24 pm - Reply

    Truly rare to find educated individuals about this matter, you sound like you no doubt know exactly what you are dealing with! With thanks

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