What Type of Flirt Are You?
“Women often need to do nothing to promote a sexual encounter. Simply existing in time and space and being naked under their clothes is often enough to trigger approach attempts by men.” -D. Symons
Walk into any bar, coffee shop, bookstore, DMV, etc., etc.: anywhere men and women intermingle, there will be flirting. The tendency for men and women to flirt with each other is widely accepted (and expected!) as a means of initiating romantic relationships. Just exactly how we engage each other to communicate our romantic interests, however, allows more room for debate. Who should make the first move? Does flirting with someone always mean “I’m interested”? Does a “one-night stand” flirt differently than someone interested in a long-term relationship? And, given all the different ways there are to flirt, how much can you really determine about the flirter’s potential?
According to a recent study, you can learn quite a bit, including someone’s personality, attitudes and beliefs about courtship, self-presentation tendencies, and even past relationship behaviors. Researchers developed the “Flirting Styles Inventory” to identify the individual differences in the communication of romantic interest (Hall, Carter, Cody, & Albright, 2010). Specifically, they identified 5 distinct flirting styles…
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