You are Too Intelligent for Love

by Eric Disco
Apr 15

“I hope to say of her what never has been said of any woman…” – Dante

I have an ON switch. When I get into something, I really get into it.

Whether it’s becoming the best pickup artist in the world, crafting the perfect electro album, or becoming a journalist in the Middle East.

I’m focused. And ambitious. Some would even say obsessive.

A long time ago, when I first started as an assistant coach in the Art of Attraction workshop, Sean Messenger was head coach. It was a large workshop, about 16 guys.

He asked at one point how many guys were in the Gifted and Talented program as a kid. Gifted and Talented was a program to help nurture kids who seemed exceptionally bright or talented in grade school.

75% of the class raised their hand.

I did too.

We get ourselves into trouble, he said, because we think too much.

How many times have you seen that gorgeous girl and instead of walking up to her and saying hi, you think and think and think.

All these thoughts flood your mind. Brilliant reasons why you could fuck this up.

Thinking and thinking, trying to come up with the perfect thing to say to this girl when all along you know the perfect thing is not to be perfect but to just do it.

Getting better at relationships with women is not like other pursuits. It’s not like astronomy or chess or guitar playing or surfing or mountain climbing or journalism or the stock market.

With all those pursuits, the more focus and energy you put into it, the better you get.

Relationships are not the same. Getting better with women requires equal parts letting go and not worrying as it does focused intensity.

Chances are, you decided you needed to improve this area of your life, not so much because you want that perfect fantasy woman, but because at one point you succeeded in scaring off that precious angel who wandered into your vicinity.

You scared her off with your intensity. You drove her away with your inability to refocus on yourself.

From the drop, meeting women and keeping them involves two parts: being able to share and communicate and show appreciation for them, and also being able to elicit positive attention on one’s self.

What happens when you see that amazing woman in a coffee shop and you want to go approach her but then hesitate?

You think and think and think until… boom. You collapse in on yourself.

What happens when you get to know a woman and start to have feelings for her without her around?

You think and think and think about her until… boom. You collapse in on yourself.

You become needy. You start to read everything as her not liking you. You FOCUS too much on her and her every move, instead of focusing positive attention on yourself.

That focused intensity on her, with a lack of attention on one’s self, comes hand in hand with a negative cycle of thoughts about yourself.

Some call it obsession. Some call it depression. But whatever it is, it can start to feel bad.

Conversely, when a girl has that focused intensity on you, you start to lose interest as well, no matter how amazingly sexy and cool she is.

If on the second date she’s talking about marriage, you have a visceral body-level reaction: FUCKING RUN!

If approaching thousands of women over the past few years has taught me anything, it has taught me to learn to deal with my emotions.

Before doing pickup, I lived in a binary world. I was either intensely into a girl or she was intensely into me.

Reaching any kind of equilibrium seemed hopelessly impossible, like the first two cards of a house of cards, gently trying to rest upon each other–and constantly failing.

As I did more pickup, I came face to face with my fear. I encountered far more “rejection” in a single week than I encountered in my entire life previously. Instead of running, I learned to feel those feelings and accept them for what they were.

It has helped me immensely in relationships. I can now sense when I am focusing too much attention on a girl and not enough on myself.

But instead of feeling hopelessly out of control, I can accept those emotions and do something with them.

Perhaps refocusing attention on myself involves positive affirmations.

Or dating other people.

Or just stepping back from someone I care about and letting her show some affection for me.

Or perhaps it involves opening up to her and sharing with her how I feel, showing her how vulnerable I am and seeing if she can go there with me.

I used to fantasize about the perfect person. And I still do. I want that perfect Disney ending where we walk off into the sunset, hopelessly in love with each other forever.

But I know that this is a fantasy.

I know that relationships take work, as much work maintaining myself as it does showing affection and appreciation for the other person.

All my gifts and talents and intelligence are for not if I can’t open my heart, as a man, and feel what I want to feel.

Whether it’s a momentary interaction or the person I spend the rest of my life with, I know the journey will be as much about finding myself as it is finding the other person.

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COMMENTS
14 responses
Anonymous says:

The more I read on here the more I relate to everything you’re saying man. All my life I’ve been the binary type when it comes to women – decide after 1 date whether I’m intensely into them and intensely unattracted. Reading into everything they do or don’t do, all of it. And I’ve been the guy who runs like hell from the woman who’s far too into me right off the top.

When it comes to approaches, this plays right into the 3 second rule. Approach that quickly and you *can’t* overthink things.

Of course, knowing all of these things and understanding the concepts is a far cry from actually doing it (in my case at least); but each day is one step closer..

Great article, Eric. I really wish I could get into NY and hire you as my coach, as you seem to really understand where I’m coming from on all this – even without knowing me.

The Dude says:

Great post as always. I thought this one was especially inspiring to me. I am a pleaser and have a habit of focusing all of my energy on the girl, and have a hard time understanding why girls don’t appreciate that. This post as well as others have made me realize that I need to put myself first and, like you said, not only let her show some affection for me, but use interactions/relationships to find myself, not just the other person.

If you ever come back to Seattle to do a workshop or coaching, I’ll be there.

nahuk82 says:

I love this one, it gave me everthing i need to know in words. I recently told a friend of mine who is having some hard time with a gal he really like. I told him to play as if u have nouthing to lose….it worked…i told him this based on my mistakes.. and i am still learning from it…this ae all basic stuff in life..Why do men screw up in this…Remove all the social paradigm, i think every men has chance….Nice post ERIC…(this is from Malaysia btw)

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KJ says:

Real Talk E…Genius. Ironically, I’ve always said this about myself and here you go writing about it…

Wim says:

Hmm.. great one. And so true. One the “easier said than done” type of things, but your article finishes with a feel of acceptance that makes it easier.

Wim

azavalon says:

As a beautiful woman (who was also a gifted geek) I can tell you that it is ALWAYS flattering to be approached. It’s true, men are so afraid of approaching us that we never have dates!

lisa says:

what can i say…all of this applies for girls as well. way too much thinking and not eanough action, too much analyzing the situation… and then *bang* chance is over. i was told men like to be approached by girls too – (is that true?) but in fear of rejection, i hardly ever dare to chat anybody up – or if i do i always sound too aloof, too detached or too much like a buddy… am definitely the binary type too, i am currently dating a guy who is focusing on me way too much – a total turn-off!! unfortunately changing is easier said than done……….. thanks for the insight into the psyche of an intelligent male – good to see we are not that different after all!

jon says:

Eric, it seems like whenever I poke around on this site I get exactly what I needed to hear at that time. Thanks! Keep it coming-

stabZ says:

omg, this read was amazing !!

“You become needy. You start to read everything as her not liking you. You FOCUS too much on her and her every move, instead of focusing positive attention on yourself.”

this is exactly ME !

Abe says:

Great post.. I struggled with this same problem for a long time in the past. I added you to my RSS feed.

Lisa says:

I don’t know what to do. Whoever wrote this I probably will never get into contact with you but I would kill to just converse one e-mail with you. I thought I was the only person in the world like this. The entire post my hands were sweating and my heart was racing like there was no tomorrow. I almost felt like my twin wrote this whole thing. The only difference is that I am a girl. Chances are no one will ever read this…

Carlos says:

Great job, I bet many people around the world, me included, identified and understood a little better a lot about themselves in this article.

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