Does Acting Aloof Make You More Attractive?

Question: I’ve been with a guy for a year and a few months. He’s very sweet and charming but also acts aloof,  cold and distant to a point where I resent him; because then I want him so bad. This is when I do everything I know how to draw him closer; but when he responds, I lose interest and start acting cold and aloof myself. He then becomes more interested in me but when I show interest, he breaks up with me. Right now, we’re not together and I know he expects me to make the first move. I’m trying to understand why people find those who act aloof and distant more attractive. And how can we have a normal relationship?

Yangki’s Answer:  Not everyone finds people who act aloof and distant more attractive. For some people it makes them want someone more, and for others it’s an instant total turn off.

When someone is intentionally making themselves inaccessible physically or emotionally; they’re trying to trigger the “fear of rejection” or “fear of abandonment” in another person. If you have this fear inside of you due to insecurities; low self-esteem, jealousy, controlling personality, co-dependency issues etc.; you’ll respond from that place of fear. You’ll try to “stop” the rejection or abandonment by drawing closer to the person who is triggering this fears inside of you.

Your words/language and actions will (sub-consciously) reflect that fear. For example, over-declarations of love, doing too much to please and all the things that look like you’re becoming “more attracted’ to someone; but which in reality are your fears being acted out.

Most people who use acting aloof and distant to make someone attracted to them are people who have issues themselves; insecurities, low self-esteem, jealousy, controlling personality, co-dependency issues etc.

This is why it’s important to be aware of what’s happening when someone is trying to draw you closer by acting aloof and distant. Some people have likened it to emotional abuse; where someone repeatedly withdraws physical and emotional access and attention just to make you feel unwanted and/or undesirable. It’s like someone hitting you on the head several times and you can’t figure out who is hitting you and why.

Can you have a normal relationship in this dynamic?

If you’re looking for hook-ups or one night-stands, this may work with certain men and women. But if you’re looking for a long term relationship, this strategy doesn’t stand a chance.

To make this work, one (or both of you) has to quit playing “the game” and create a different dynamic where you draw closer to each other at the same time.

Problem is, for most people acting aloof and distant is the only way they know how to get someone’s attention or interest (a carry-over from childhood), and so are just not willing or ready to give it up.

Sometimes what is best is to let go the person who thinks the only way to get you to be attracted/fall in love with him or her is to make you feel unwanted and/or undesirable. It’ll hurt now, but it’s better than hurting over and over every time they feel they want to draw you closer.

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23 replies on “Does Acting Aloof Make You More Attractive?”
  1. says: stephen

    I really need your help. At times I was emotionally distant with my ex and didn’t really open up to her. She is naturally very insecure but she loved me with all her heart. We broke up when I said I wasn’t sure if I could move in with her (long distance relationship). She asked for no contact because she was so upset. We didn’t speak for a month, then I changed my mind and made all the mistakes you say not to (apologising, asking to get back, begging etc for 2 months). How do I get her back? How do I show her that I can open up and be more loving without coming across as needy?


      You are in the right place. This is exactly what this site and my eBook are about… getting back your ex by being more open and more loving without coming across as needy.

      If you need personalized advice, I am happy to work with you one-on-one. Here is the link.

  2. says: Chucky

    You say people are different and pain, bad and twisted is not the normal here. I’m interested to know if you are open minded enough to have a discussion on a kind of normal other than your interpretation.

    1. Yes, I am. I’m open to learning as much as I can in this lifetime. But that kind of discussion will have to be in my spare time. This is my “office” so to speak… when I’m here I’m at work helping those who need my help.

      Of course not everyone who visits my blog needs my help… there are people like you who need to have a discussion… may be debate. If you have a blog, send me a link by email and when I have some time to spare, I’ll drop by and chat (discuss or debate) — in your turf.

      Yes… I’m very protective of the energy around here… or less it’ll become twisted and dysfunctional.

  3. says: Viv

    I enjoyed reading this. When I was in my 20s, men who were indifferent and aloof were most attractive. By then I was depressed and came from a dysfunctional home with lots of anger, drugs, emotional and sex abuse issues. As I grew up and also worked on my issues steming from my upbringing, I’ve found myself turned off by surly men that act as if they don’t care. It’s so tempermentally adolescent. Give me a guy with a broad smile that says he’s something to be happy about anytime!

    1. You said it!

      I think that when we’re young, we confuse having a deep-thought expression (a look of a sense of purpose, focus and responsibility) as indifferent and aloof. The former implies maturity, the later is… (I like your wording better)…(:

      Thankfully SOME of us grow up!

  4. says: Yeah

    I played hard-to-get in a relationship and it killed the relationship. I played too aloof and she basically pulled the plug. I feel so stupid about it and I really want to make it up to her. I gave her (and myself) some time and now I am slowly starting to contact her again. I hope I can show her that I have changed, for I feel she is worth the risk (my pain).

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