The male is a simple creature. For you female readers this may come as a shock or may even conflict with your past experience. Rather than simple you may tend to describe them as confusing, a little strange, crude at times, foolish, and prone to primitive behaviors. Anything but simple. My intent is not to convince you otherwise, but I am here to provide tips on how to live in harmony with this species.
Relationship and interpersonal advice is available everywhere and in a variety of forms. This isn’t another 10 steps to blah, blah, blah. This is cutting right through the fluff and getting to the real issues at hand.
The better you understand males the more likely it is that you will have a positive encounter. Knowledge of the species will also help you know how to respond when challenges arise.
Of course not every male is the same. To pretend they are would be ridiculous. But there are some common traits that when you’re aware of can help.
Here is a disclaimer. I am not an authority on this topic. I have no special credentials, but I do have some valuable firsthand experience.
Let’s begin with the obvious.
Guys need food.
If you’ve ever been around a male at feeding time you will find some remarkable and unfortunate behaviors. If you’re running into problems with a male this can often be the culprit. If there was an owners manual for guys checking for male hunger would be the equivalent of making sure the refrigerator is plugged in if you suddenly found it wasn’t working.
Male hunger can sneak up like a ninja sometimes without the male subject even being aware of it. As warning signs the male may be observed as…
Easily agitated (beyond normal)
Frequently making comments like, “I think I might die if I don’t eat,” and/or “can’t we just eat already?”
While males aren’t the only living creatures needing food they generally cope worse than most when this biological sensation comes around.
While inconvenient to almost everyone male hunger can be most disruptive to relationships with females. Hunger may cause the male to stop listening (even less than they already are), or choose to interrupt any serious conversation with questions about which fast food establishment you’d like to stop at. This can be extremely irritating.
So what do you do if you find yourself with a self-proclaimed famished male?
Awareness is the first step. While you can’t stop it don’t be surprised when you hear a rumbling male belly followed by the aforementioned warning signs. It’s like clock work. It’s not if, it’s when.
Practically speaking the next best thing is being prepared. Have something digestible close by to stuff in their mouth when signs of hunger arise. Guys are much like toddlers. When they get fussy give them a snack. It’s amazing how a small amount of sustenance can practically transform a male into a whole new creature. Someone who is pleasant, reasonable, and in extreme cases, charming.
To understand a male is simple, but not easy.
Take Away: Grumpy guy? Feed the fella.
Stay tuned for more tips on Understanding Guys. I’m here to help.