First of all, this is meant to be light-hearted. We’re gonna laugh and chuckle and we’ll react to any oh so human complaining with a sense of humour, okay?
Obviously, the “f” word is “friend”. This is a word all men dread but some have more intimiate affinity with it than others.
Here’s a short, funny “why are you still single” test from an unaffiliated free dating site (no, I’m not advertising) that I took a couple of minutes ago after spotting it randomly:
I got the following result:
Male Best Friend
You scored 48 despair, 25 relationship potential, 92 feelings, and 75 patience
You’re always there, you’re nice, you’re the shoulder to cry on, you get along just fine, why won’t she/he date you? you’re the “male best friend” [name omitted]: A woman has a close male friend. This means that he is probably interested in her, which is why he hangs around so much. She sees him strictly as a friend. This always starts out with, you’re a great guy, but I don’t like you in that way. This is roughly the equivalent for the guy of going to a job interview and the company saying, You have a great resume, you have all the qualifications we are looking for, but we’re not going to hire you. We will, however, use your resume as the basis for comparison for all other applicants. But, we’re going to hire somebody who is far less qualified and is probably an alcoholic. And if he doesn’t work out, we’ll hire somebody else, but still not you. In fact, we will never hire you. But we will call you from time to time to complain about the person that we hired.
Yuppee. Sounds exactly like me (except those that see me as a friend will have a tendency to flirt with me or show jealousy, so there goes the “strictly” part). Here we go.
So what’s the deal, you might ask. Basically, I’d like to discuss the “friend” problem, particularly with the ladies, but far would I be from not hearing it from a brother in arms! Being INTJ as I am, I would like to analyse it because that’s what one does with problems, no? Just kidding. It would be very interesting to hear a female point of view on this (for the record, the narrative quoted *is *a female point of view, but it’s descriptive more than analytical). It interests me from from an academic courtesy standpoint too, so shoot away and don’t hold your breath (I will read it and the more data the merrier).