Dear Dr. Date, My …

Dear Dr. Date,
My problem goes like this. I am told that I am good looking by some girls. I don’t let it get to my head. I work out a lot and I do it for myself. I am confident in the way that I look. The problem is, I have trouble meeting girls. It is the initiating conversation I have problems with. This is because I don’t want to be THAT guy in the bar that is using pick-up lines (because I think they are corny.)
What are some suggestions that you have? I also think that when a girl is confident enough to approach a guy, it makes her even more attractive than one that just sits back and waits for whatever to come to her. This is a double standard that girls have. They want guys to approach them, but, if they do, then they are coming on too strong or in the wrong way. What do you think about this double standard?

— Perplexed

I don’t think you’ve tried hard enough, buddy. If you had approached more women in your life, you wouldn’t be generalizing their behavior the way you do. Not all women are alike. Stop a second and compare yourself with all the guys around you. Are you like them? In some ways, yes, but in many ways you aren’t. That difference is not unique to the male gender.
If you don’t want to be that one sleazy guy at the bar that dishes out corny pick-up lines, the answer is simple. Don’t be that guy. No one says you have to be. The most useful pick-up line in the world is “Hi,” or a variation thereof. Combine this line with a smile and you’ve got a winning routine you can use over and over again. It won’t always work, but you’ll learn soon enough when to use it and when to pass.
Many guys inexperienced with dating tend to place all their bets on trophy women that fit a common stereotype of beauty. Meanwhile, the bulk of women, who out of self-respect don’t make themselves look like a Barbie doll, are equally if not more attractive. Remember, you aren’t going to be putting your partner on display, you are going to experience life together. To find out which women are beautifully compatible with you, you’ll have to get up close and talk to them. If the thought of doing this is painful to you, get over it. Good things don’t come to those who sit on their ass whining.
Most women want to date and no matter how strange you think you are, there are wonderful women out there that would love to talk to you. There’s probably one near you right now.

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