There are different types of create involved in relationships.
There is a type of create one must use in establishing a new relationship.
There is another type of create one must employ in moving a relationship up through its various stages – dating, boyfriend/girlfriend/living together/engaged/ married/ married with children.
There is another type of create (or pro-active lack of create) one must employ to keep a relationship at a certain stage and not have it progress.
There is another type of create one must use in order to keep the attraction between two individuals increasing and not diminishing at any level of relationship.
There is yet another form of create one must utilize when reestablishing a damaged relationship.
There are also two distinct conditions we have to look at when discussing male/female relationships. The first is a condition of “opposition” or “opponents”, where the love interest is an opponent. No matter where it is at, there is no agreement on the relationship and where it is going, and one person wants to take it to a different level or place than the other, who is usually just fine the way thing are.
This automatically applies to most new relationships, and old relationships that are damaged or in trouble.
Now, why do I call it a condition of opposition or “opponents”. Well, because someone is usually trying to get someone, or opposed to someone. You are trying to get the girl for a girlfriend, or you are trying to get her in bed for sex, and there is some opposition. There is not complete agreement even if it is just about timing or “when.” Or she is trying to get you to marry her and you don’t want to yet. You are happy being her boyfriend.
The second condition is when the love interests are “team mates.” They are in agreement on their relationship and where they want it to go, etc. There is no opposition here.
This applies to most good relationships where people are co-operating and in agreement on the form of their relationship, be it “friends with privileges,” “girlfriend/boyfriend” or “husband/wife.”
Now the truth of it is, most relationships are a combination of these conditions, perhaps mostly one or the other, but it is typical that we are in opposition about some things and in complete agreement and teammates about others.
In this essay I am going to discuss the first condition of “opponents” and the use of “gradients” – a major principle we use to successfully change the form of our relationship with someone and to move from one level of relationship to a higher level of relationship and to overcome opposition.
I will discuss how “teammates “ create in another essay.
Now what do I mean by “Gradient”?
For our purposes, let’s just look at a “gradient” as a step on a ladder. And functionally a gradient allows us to safely go up the ladder or down the ladder one step at a time.
Now you have all been on a ladder and you know that ladders are quite workable and safe as long as you take it one step at a time. If you tried jumping up onto the fifth step of a ladder, you might have some problems getting there, and if you tried climbing or descending five steps at a time, well, you might just get hurt.
Now occasionally you could start on the second or third step of a ladder with out any problem, and other times if you had some other means of ascending or descending ( like your buddy lifts you up with a fork lift) you could get on or off a ladder at a higher step with out any problem.
Get the picture? A gradient allows us to safely ascend or descend from one place to another.
Now when we are talking about developing or repairing or creating a relationship “gradients” are the steps that allow us to safely ascend to a higher level of relationship or safely descend (yes, there are times you have to do this too) to a lower level of relationship despite any opposition to our plan.
Now the first thing you have to learn about gradients in relationships is how to see them. Gradients in relationships are usually “mental” steps and as such are not as obvious as are the steps of a physical ladder.
This may be hardest thing about using gradients for guys to learn. Learning how to see them. Most people just don’t observe much. They are too use to being told by others what is right and wrong , good and bad, and simply what is and isn’t.
OBSERVATION is the key to success in relationships and particularly when you want to overcome opposition and establish a relationship or move it from one level of relationship to the next . OBSERVE your partner, observe how she relates to other people, her girlfriends, her guy friends, her family. What make her move closer towards them , what make her moves further away form them? When does she oppose them, when does she cooperate and become a teammate?
OBSERVE sequences of action. In order to see gradients you must be able to see sequences of action.
What is a sequence of action? Well in a sequence of action one thing precedes (comes before another) – like “date/engaged/marry” or “touch/kiss/make-out/petting/sex.”
OBSERVE your partner. Does she just get MAD at you. Or is there a gradient sequence there – like – you promise to do something – you screw up and forget – you won’t talk about it – she gets MAD!
Or how about this one. Does she just CHEAT on you, or is there a sequence of events – like:
1) She tells you she is unhappy but you ignore it, and don’t follow up on the communication;
2) She keeps telling you she is unhappy and wants to see more of you but you tell he you are too busy and she needs to understand;
3) She says she wants to talk and complains how she is unhappy and you never do anything together any more. But you don’t really listen to her. You tell her she just needs to understand that you are working hard to support the family;
4) She tells you she needs time to herself and wants to see more of her girlfriends and you say OK because you are too busy anyway
5) SHE CHEATS, and you are devastated because you didn’t see it coming!
EVERYTHING happens in gradients, there are no mysteries in life when you just open up your eyes and start looking for the right things. She doesn’t just up and leave you. Gradiently, you grow apart. She gives you plenty of signals of the exact gradient of “apart” you are on. You just have to learn to look.
If you start seeing sequence of events and gradients you can do something about all this.
Look at MOTION (away and towards). Look and see, “Do I have a teammate, here, or an opponent?” Look at sequences of action. Then when you have a problem and you don’t know what to do, when you have an opposition you don’t know how to overcome, when you feel uncomfortable about something, look for a different gradient (lower or higher, but usually its lower).
Here are some examples:
I use to feel uncomfortable approaching women. If I saw a hot babe, I felt like walking up to her and saying “Wow, are you hot or what?” or “Will you marry me?” or “I’m in love.” Or “Hey, I just saw you over there and I’m really attracted to you.”
Now before I really looked at it I thought the sequence of approach was something like this
1) First step -You have to approach the girl or she is gone forever and you lose.
2) Second step –You have to tell her you are attracted to her or you won’t be able to create the chance of seeing her again.
Problem is I couldn’t bring myself to do it — too shy, too insecure about my self. So I would just let the opportunity pass. One day I finally sat down and applied gradients to the situation. I figured out that the real problem was I was uncomfortable with telling a hot girl exactly how much I liked her because I didn’t want to face the rejection (especially in front of other people) if she responded negatively.
Now prior to this I watched guys approaching girls and observed some gradients. I observed that it didn’t really matter what you said to a girl, if a girl liked you, she would say something back. If a she is interested in you, she will keep the conversation going. If she is NOT, she will end the conversation quickly and try to get away.
So let’s look at the sequence of events in this situation which added some gradient steps between 1 and 2 above.
1) First step -You have to approach the girl or she is gone forever and you lose.
2) Second step – You have to say something to her or someway attempt to engage her in a conversation or she probably won’t do it herself.
3) Third step – Say something neutral that will not embarrass you are be obvious to people around that you are hitting on her.
4) Watch her response – does she try to keep the conversation going?
5) If she doesn’t, let her go – no harm no foul – nothing to be embarrassed about. After all, you just asked her for the time. But if she keeps the conversation going and appears to be interested in doing so, go to next step.
6) Keep the conversation going myself. At some point add a slight “flirt” and see how she responds – something like “Wow, you have really pretty eyes.”
7) If the slight flirt doesn’t push her away, take it to the next level. Tell her she is an interesting person and you would like to talk to her some more but you have to go. Get her phone number and/or email.
8) You have achieved step 2 in the first example above (letting her know you are attracted to her) because women are use to subtle communications, and she now knows you are interested in her and thinks you are really cool because you did it in normal way (not the usual guy way – “Wow, you are so beautiful!”)
With this one observation I worked out a gradient strategy that forever handled my uncomfortable feelings and shyness. My shyness was really about me not wanting to look stupid by getting shot down by some girl in front of other people. When I observed the motion between men and women and that it really didn’t matter what you said to a girl (if she is interested she will manage to keep the conversation going) . I realized I didn’t need to tell a girl that I liked her and was attracted to her on the approach.
So my best pick up line became and still is today, guys, “Hi!”
Works like a charm. And this LOWER gradient of approach eliminates what I was really afraid of – looking stupid by putting my heart on my sleeve and having some girl stomp all over it.
Situationally, every relationship, every problem, and every person is different so there is no cookie cuter model here of how to apply “gradients.” But it starts with OBSERVATION and that means internal observation as well as external.
In part two of this essay we will get into that and give some more specific examples of how to apply gradients.