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[Dating advice] "The art of flirting" [Copy link] 中文

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Does flirting actually work?

Very much so. In fact, research says it's more effective than looking good.

Signaling availability and interest trumps attractiveness.

Dr. Monica Moore, a psychologist at Webster University in St. Louis, has conducted research on the flirting techniques used in singles bars, shopping malls,

and places young people go to meet each other. She concluded that it's not the most physically appealing people who get approached, but the ones who

signal their availability and confidence through basic flirting techniques like eye contact and smiles. Just signaling your interest in someone gets you halfway

there, whether you're a man or a woman. [How to Make Someone Fall in Love With You in 90 Minutes or Less]

What type of flirting works best?

Two types of flirting are universal: Smiling and eye contact are indicators pretty much everywhere and work for both sexes.

The available evidence suggests that men and women around the world use many of the same nonverbal behaviors to communicate romantic interest....

Smiling and eye contact do appear to be universal methods used by men and women to convey romantic interest. [The Mating Game: A Primer on Love, Sex,

and Marriage]

In fact, eye contact is not only a signal ­ it can actually make someone more attracted to you.

But what works better than anything else?


And research has isolated which types of touching are regarded as "merely friendly," in the zone of "plausible deniability," or "going nuclear."

    Friendly: Shoulder push, shoulder tap, handshake.
    Plausible Deniability: Touch around the shoulder or waist, touch on the forearm.
    Nuclear: Face touch.

The behavior that participants rated as reflecting the most flirtation and the most romantic attraction was the soft face touch, followed by the touch around the

shoulder or waist, and then the soft touch on the forearm. The least flirtatious and romantic touches were the shoulder push, shoulder tap, and handshake.

Thus, touching that is gentle and informal, and that occurs face-to-face or involves "hugging" behavior, appears to convey the most relational intent. [Close


Research has shown that even a light touch on the arm makes a man more successful in getting a girl's number.

But don't ignore context.

Behavior is perceived differently in different locations. The more formal the setting, the more obvious you need to be to get the signal across.

For each scenario, participants indicated whether they believed the stranger was flirting with them or not. The results revealed significantly higher percentages

of "yes" (i.e., flirting) responses when the stranger was in the restaurant bar as opposed to the school hallway (61 percent vs. 49 percent), when the stranger

made an effort to go out of his or her way as opposed to making inadvertent and non-effortful eye contact (68 percent vs. 41 percent), and when the stranger

paid a compliment as opposed to asking for the time (83 percent vs 26 percent). Not surprisingly, given this pattern of results, the scenario that produced the

highest percentage of "yes" responses (74 percent) was that involving a stranger who went out of his or her way to compliment the target while in the "flirt-

friendly" setting of a restaurant bar. [The Mating Game: A Primer on Love, Sex, and Marriage]

And, ladies, after you've caught his attention with flirting, keep in mind that studies confirm that "playing hard to get" works.

(Here's the trick to doing it the right way.)

What about for men?

Touching is almost always acceptable for women, but can get men in hot water real fast. And hair flips and lip licking are pretty sex specific to women.

So, early on, how can a guy flirt without getting in trouble?

Research has shown that flirting which emphasizes physical attractiveness has little effect when males do it.

The flirting that is most effective for men involves displays of social dominance.

The results indicated that the men who successfully initiated romantic contact with women exhibited a greater number of particular kinds of nonverbal flirting

behavior than men who did not establish romantic contact. Specifically, successful men directed more brief glances at their intended, engaged in a greater

number of "space maximization" movements (positioning the body so that it takes up more space; e.g., extending one arm across an adjacent chair,

stretching so that both arms extend straight up in the air), changed their location in the bar more frequently, and displayed greater amounts of non-reciprocated

touching to surrounding men (e.g., playfully shoving, touching, or elbowing the ribs of other men). In discussing their findings, the researchers concluded that

men who provide signals of their positive intentions (e.g., through glancing behaviors) and their status (e.g., through space maximization and non-reciprocated

touch of male peers) receive preferential attention from women. [Close Relationships]

How do you know if it's working? When you start talking to her, ask yourself, "Is she speaking smoothly and quickly?"

Because MIT research says that's a very good sign.

Overall, ask yourself, "What would James Bond do?" And here's a guide to what makes Bond so irresistible.

Why aren't they getting my signals!?!

Here's something you probably don't hear a lot: It's most likely your fault.

Researchers have documented a bias where people think they're being clear about their intentions but, in reality, nobody but them thinks they're flirting.

A more recent series of investigations by Vorauer and her colleagues (Vorauer, Cameron, Holmes, & Pearce, 2003) demonstrated that the fear of being

rejected by a potential partner can produce yet another pernicious attributional bias. The "signal amplification bias" occurs when people believe that their social

overtures communicate more romantic interest to potential partners than is actually the case and thus fail to realize that they have not adequately conveyed

their feelings of attraction. [The Mating Game: A Primer on Love, Sex, and Marriage]

You may need to amp it up, even if that makes you a bit uncomfortable.

Research shows that women are more successful in their flirting when they're more direct.

The approach:

Kenneth Agee the marketing director for A Foreign Affair, an international dating service says: "Many of our clients are great guys, but they lack many of the

flirting skills needed to help meet people. Bars and restaurants are not the easiest places to meet people. The approach is key and can make or break the

flirting even before it starts. In social settings where you are already interacting, it is much easier to flirt. However, when you have no reason to start

communicating, this is where the issue really is. I can flirt easily with people I know, but how do you break the ice when you see someone you don't know.

This is the typical problem in bars."

A Foreign Affair operates social events where men get to avoid the awkward approach by doing what Kenneth calls: "Speed dating on steroids." Each week

they bring a group of men primarily from the USA to foreign countries like Ukraine, China, or Colombia. They sit these men in front of 100 to 300 women, all of

whom are seeking a man for a serious relationship. Each man is given a translator and moves from table to table; typically each table will have 3 to 5 women

seated. Men are moved about every 10 to 15 minutes and by using this technique the men never have to have an approach. Kenneth says: "This dramatically

reduces the stress men feel when approaching a stranger. With this scenario, men who are typically shy find it very easy to flirt. This is why our success rate

is so high"

Renee Piane of SinglesAdvice who gives courses on flirting for A Foreign Affair clients says: "Just learning a few techniques makes flirting so much easier.

Getting past the approach is half the battle."

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Post time 2014-4-11 16:37:57 |Display all floors
Interesting. But I don't think flirting will work for Chinese people.

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Good article, based on scientific research.

The idea that non-reciprocated male touch is attractive to women is a surprise to me. Same for space-occupation techniques. It takes very primitive things! I can imagine male gorillas doing this kind of stuff to attract a mate, so I'm a little sad that it still works. ;)

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Primal Instincts revisited....Hmmm. thought provoking...

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Interesting. But I don't think flirting will work for Chinese people.

It does work for sure

But only in ktv

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