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Ask a Trader: Is He Into Me?

Conventional Wisdom is a different kind of advice column. Your questions will be answered by people from all walks of life rather than by advice experts. This week, a trader helps out a frustrated woman. If you have a question you'd like answered on Conventional Wisdom, you can submit it here.

Today's question:

I have been seeing this man for a little over a month. He is significantly older than me (13 years) and pretty busy. We talked last weekend and both said we wanted to take things slow due to failed past relationships (jumping into them too quickly; he was engaged).

That's perfectly fine with me, but the problem is that we never talk. We Facebook message each other, but it's extremely brief two word phrases. When the weekend hits, we might see each other one day. When we do see each other, he acts like he really enjoys my company until I say something nice (he runs a gallery, so I told him if he ever needs help getting a show set up, to let me know) in which case he kind of buries his head. He also won't respond if I send him a compliment via one of our Facebook messages.


He does let me keep some toiletries at his house if I ever spend the night, which is rare — we don't have sex either. I really like this guy and want to get to know him, but it seems impossible and I feel like I'm just getting strung along. Should I talk to him and tell him what I expect with "taking it slow" or something? Or does it seem he really isn't into me at all? Would he really string me along if he knows I don't want to get hurt anymore?

Taking it Too Slow

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Dear Taking it Too Slow,

It sounds like, for whatever reason, this guy is not romantically attracted to you. You are right to worry that he lets you stay overnight and keep toiletries at his house, without ever making a move. You say you really like him, but I must recommend that you not waste too much more time on him without knowing he feels the same way because it sounds like you keep putting forth effort, without getting anything back from him. Tell him how you feel, and if he shares those feelings then you can explore the possibility of a real relationship together. If he says he's just not ready, this is your cue to move on and trade up. And no need to second-guess breaking off your sexless sleepovers: if he really does have feelings for you, he'll come back when he's ready, and if you want to, you can give him another shot.

A Trader

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Anneleah Anneleah 7 years
If the guy is into to you, You can definitely tell that.. What you just need to do is use Rules of Attraction: How To Get The Guy, soon he'll be the one proposing.
pink-elephant pink-elephant 7 years
I'd say move on..this guy sounds like he obviously has issues that he needs to work himself! Seriously if he was previously engaged and is having trouble committing to a serious relationship with you now, my guess is that he is still not over her and needs time to be alone, to figure out who he is, instead of being in a relationship right now.
TidalWave TidalWave 7 years
Well.... you say it's only been about a month so neither of you are exclusive (clearly) so if you like what you are getting out of this relationship, then keep him on the backburner (which is what he's doing for you) and keep dating other guys. Obviously it's not going anywhere with this one, but he might be good to keep around for a free dinner or two.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
I think he's not that interested or is shopping around for something else. I think it's best to move on and not waste any time on this one.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
another one for Move. On.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
wow, not into you, move on
Kimpossible Kimpossible 7 years
I agree with skigurl. Also, you say you want to take things slow, but your actions say otherwise. It might be time to take an honest look at what you want; and if what you want is to move a bit faster in a relationship there is nothing wrong with that, just be honest with yourself and whoever you're dating about it.
medenginer medenginer 7 years
He's working on getting someone else or he's already got someone on the side. He probably deciding between you two. If your putting out most of the effort into this relationship it probably won't change.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
i think the guy is f-ed up and he just isn't that into you for whatever reason BUT i think you're also f-ed up and delusional about the situation he LETS you keep stuff at his house probably because you asked and/or didn't give him a choice...frankly it's weird to keep toiletries at someone's house who you aren't even dating or sleeping with in the first place...anything you might need for a night can and should be kept in a normal-sized purse get over him because it will never happen between the two of you
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