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TYPED Discover Your True Dating Personality and Rewrite Your Romantic Future MS. Michelle R. Callahan, Ph.D. crown publishers new york Copyright © 2009 by Michelle R. Callahan All rights reserved. Published in the United States by Crown Publishers, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc., New York. www.crownpublishing.com CROWN and the Crown colophon are registered trademarks of Random House, Inc. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Callahan, Michelle R. Ms. Typed / Michelle Callahan R.—1st ed. p. cm. Includes index. 1. Women—Psychology. 2. Man-woman relationships. 3. Male selection. 4. Personality assessment. 5. Interpersonal relations—Psychological aspects. I. Title. HQ1206.C235 2009 646.7’7019—dc22 2008050632 ISBN 978-0-307-40800-6 Printed in the United States of America design by barbara sturman 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 First Edition www.CrownPublishing.com To purchase a copy of  Ms. Typed  visit one of these online retailers:    Amazon  Barnes & Noble  Borders  IndieBound  Powell’s Books  Random House  www.CrownPublishing.com Contents Introduction … 1 1. What’s Your Type? … 13 2. Ms. Second Place … 31 3. Ms. Sex Machine … 51 4. Ms. Soul Mate … 69 5. Ms. Drama Queen … 87 6. Ms. Bag Lady … 105 7. Ms. Mom … 127 8. Ms. Anaconda … 149 9. Ms. Independent … 167 10. Ms. Rose-Colored Glasses … 185 11. Ms. Perfect … 201 The Ms. Typed Makeover Kit … 217 Acknowledgments … 243 Index … 245 www.CrownPublishing.com Introduction ave you ever caught yourself doing crazy things in a relationship and wondered, What is wrong with me, and why am I acting like this? Have you looked back at how you behaved in a past relationship and asked yourself, Who was that woman, and how did I become her? When riding the relationship roller coaster, sometimes we find ourselves acting out of character and doing things that we aren’t proud of. The crazier things get in your relationship, and the longer they stay that way, the greater the likelihood that your unusual behavior will become a habit rather than an exception to the rule. And before you know it, you seem to have become someone new whom you don’t recognize and whom you don’t want to be but can’t seem to get rid of. Maybe you used to be confident in relationships, but then 1 www.CrownPublishing.com H you started feeling insecure, and now you need more reassurance that everything is going to be okay. Perhaps you used to date more often, but now you feel you have to dress sexier or have sex sooner than you’d like in order to hold a man’s attention. Was dating and being single fun, until one day you couldn’t stop worrying about when you are going to meet Mr. Right, get married, and have some kids? Were you once comfortable with your boyfriend hanging out without you, but now you worry about where he is, who he’s with, and if he’s cheating? In the past were you able to find men who you felt were worthy of your time, but now you feel like you’re settling? There are so many ways in which we find ourselves moving away from feeling self-assured and smart in relationships to feeling vulnerable and desperate. Where did this version of you come from? Where is the real you, and how do we get her out on a date? We all have a dating type or personality that explains how we typically behave in dating relationships. But what if you had so many bad dates and disappointing relationships that it started to have a lasting effect on you? And instead of being the vibrant person you are meant to be, you’ve become jaded, cynical, jealous, fearful, desperate, resentful, or distrustful. When those changes start to affect your personality, you become Ms. Typed. Ms. Typed is a woman who has taken on behaviors and personality traits that don’t reflect who she wants or is destined to be. When it comes to dating, she is believed to have a less-than-desirable dating personality, but that personality isn’t the real her. It’s just who she has allowed herself to become as a result of her negative experiences and circum2 www.CrownPublishing.com stances. Because she is behaving out of character, she gets mistyped, both in her own mind and by the men she dates. Both she and her dates think she’s someone else, because her real dating personality is hidden deep inside, and her true greatness doesn’t always shine through. We all go through experiences that shape who we are, and sometimes as a result of those experiences, we develop negative or counterproductive thoughts and behaviors that sabotage our love lives. Instead of eventually getting ourselves back on track, we sometimes have dating experiences that are dominated by that negativity, and our real personalities get lost. We start to believe that we are that “other” person, and our dates meet Ms. Typed instead of that awesome person stuck living in her shadow. It isn’t your destiny to be a drama queen, a booty call, a mistress, or a stalker, but under certain circumstances you may have allowed yourself to become one or all of them. As a result, you may have lost sight of your true self, which caused you to behave in ways that are out of character for you. The longer you acted that way the more it became a regular part of your behavior and personality, and before you knew it you started acting like someone else. But what if you were mistyped? What if, instead of finding your way back to your old confident self, you stayed out of character? If you are Ms. Typed, you have taken on a dating personality that is probably more of a coping mechanism than a choice. If you can’t seem to figure out why you are always having problems with the men you’re dating, consider the possibility that you’ve been mistyped and you’re bringing a lot of counterproductive behaviors to your dating experiences that you 3 www.CrownPublishing.com need to let go of. When you mistype yourself and take on a personality that isn’t who you really are, you cause men to mistype you as well. So if the man you are dating doesn’t even know the real you, and he only knows you as Ms. Typed, then it’s no small wonder that your love life might not be working out! If you aren’t being your best self, then men aren’t meeting and dating your best self. They may be dating an angry, prudish, or judgmental you. Your past relationships may not have worked out because the man you were dating didn’t get along with the woman you were pretending to be, but he might love the real you if he could ever get to meet her! When you’ve been mistyped, every man you date seems like Mr. Wrong. He’s married, he’s got a girlfriend, he’s a workaholic, he’s a deadbeat, he’s a player, he’s a mama’s boy. You keep running into the same type of man or the same situation over and over again because you’ve taken on a counterproductive dating personality that attracts that type. Your dating personality, or dating type, affects what type of men you attract and are attracted to. So when you keep having that same drama over and over again but with different men, you need to look at your own behavior to understand how the things you say and do may be undermining your relationships. When you wonder why Mr. Wrong seems to be after you, you should look at your dating type to figure out what you’re doing to reel him in. If you’ve been mistyped, and you want to change the way you are acting in relationships, it’s even more important for you to understand your dating type. Men also have dating types. There are certain types of men whom you attract and certain types of men who are attracted to you. 4 www.CrownPublishing.com Knowing your dating type will help explain what you do to attract different types of men, and what you do that keeps you from being a man’s preferred type. Some men don’t even know what type of woman they want to date, but they can definitely tell you what type they don’t want, and sometimes— even though you don’t mean to, but because you’ve been mistyped—you act more like the type of woman he’s trying to avoid. If you or the men you date have mistyped you, then this is your opportunity to find your way back to the woman you are destined to be. Discovering your real dating personality will help you figure out who you are, what you want, and what you need to do to get it. Once you know that, you can choose to become whatever type of woman you want to be. If you know in your heart that you are one type of woman, but you somehow feel stuck acting like the wrong type of woman, I am here to help you find your way back to your true dating personality. Ms. Typed gives you the opportunity to discover your current dating type and understand how different the real you may be from the way you have been behaving. I will explain how your experiences may have driven you toward some of your unhealthy behaviors and created a counterproductive dating personality that has prevented your success in dating. This book provides the tools you need to transform yourself into the type of woman you want to be, and therefore discover your true dating personality. When you think about the dating mistakes you’ve made in the past, you might believe that those mistakes represent who you really are, but I’m here to tell you that you are probably just Ms. Typed. I wrote Ms. Typed to help you get that load of negative experiences 5 www.CrownPublishing.com and memories off your back, and out of your head and heart, so that you can finally be free of your difficult past to pursue an exciting romantic future. Why Do You Need This Book? You know in your heart that you’ve probably been Ms. Typed in some of your relationships, and it’s time for a change. You need to reconnect with the real you. If you aren’t currently dating, you may be asking yourself, Why am I still single? Why do I always attract the wrong type of person? Why don’t men return my phone calls? Why do my relationships end after we have sex, or only exist to provide sex? This book will help you understand yourself and your past relationships, so that you can discover your true dating personality and prevent remaking the mistakes of the past. It’s far too easy to become Ms. Typed. Maybe one day you look in the mirror and remember the old confident you, and you wonder what happened to her. Or you know deep in your heart that you are greater than your circumstances, but you just don’t know how to turn your love life around. Maybe a bad breakup or a string of bad relationships has made you feel less and less like the woman you’re supposed to be. We all know a woman who is so amazing and has so much potential but somehow always ends up with jerks in dead-end relationships, and we wonder why someone like her would end up with someone like him (or why someone like yourself would end up with someone like your ex). I’ll tell you why. It’s because she and you are Ms. Typed. Not only will this book help you rediscover your true self, 6 www.CrownPublishing.com but it will also help you create a strong foundation to get your romantic future back on track. If you don’t start acting as if you expect to meet Mr. Right right now, then how do you expect to be ready for him when he finally shows up? So many women go to bed at night and pray for their “soul mate” or a “good” man to show up in their lives. But what if he showed up and you were so caught up in your past and acting like Ms. Typed that you didn’t even recognize that he was “the one”? Under those circumstances, would you really be prepared to put your best foot forward and be in a good mental space to start a relationship? Of course not! Being Ms. Typed makes you vulnerable to dating drama that the real, healthy you would resist. And worst of all, when you are being Ms. Typed, you aren’t being yourself. So until you get rid of her, when Mr. Right shows up, that’s who he’s going to meet! This book can help you start your personal evolution from Ms. Typed to the true, happier, and healthier you. This way when Mr. Right walks in the door, not only will you recognize him, but with your newfound confidence, health, and inner beauty, you’ll have him saying to himself, Now, that’s my type of woman! Why Did I Write This Book? I have always been fascinated by dating and romantic relationships. As a teenager my friends and I spent hours discussing who did what and why. I couldn’t wait to get to college and graduate school to study psychology. I have always been particularly sensitive to the disappointment and pain that women experience as a result of romantic relationships. In 7 www.CrownPublishing.com graduate school I studied how marriages change over time, how domestic violence physically and mentally impacts married women and their children, and how dating violence affects single women. My doctoral dissertation focused on how teenagers cope with experiences of physical and psychological abuse in their dating relationships and how that abuse affects their psychological well-being. I have always been committed to discovering solutions to women’s self-esteem and relationship problems. First, I had to study and understand their experiences, and then I was determined to help them find ways out of these difficult situations. The younger the women were, the more frustrated I was that they had no support or resources. No one tells us how to act in relationships, least of all how to be smart and protect ourselves and by “protecting ourselves,” I don’t mean acting defensive but just being well informed about how men are, how relationships work, and how sex impacts us physically and emotionally—everything! Right after I finished my doctoral program at the University of Michigan, I started my postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University’s School of Epidemiology and Public Health, working on a research project studying teenage girls at risk for STDs and HIV. The time I spent interviewing these girls helped to change the course of my career and my life. When I interviewed them, I wasn’t supposed to be doing anything more than reading off questions and recording their answers. But their pain and their needs were so great that it felt almost impossible to record what they were saying and then ignore it. They wanted to talk to me and I wanted to talk to them, but we weren’t supposed to. I resisted as much as I could, but 8 www.CrownPublishing.com I knew then that I had to find a way to communicate to women everything I understood about the psychology of relationships. A few years later I started my own relationship and life coaching business, and I started working with the media and providing relationship advice on television. I am always looking for ways to take the research we create in academia and communicate it through the media. For over fifteen years I have studied and worked with women to understand their relationship challenges. I want to help women find ways to cope with their relationship stress and resolve their dating dilemmas. I decided to write a book about being mistyped because I saw dating types in myself and in the women around me. I have been Ms. Typed, and I was surrounded by other women who were as well, but we had no idea what to do about it. One of the reasons I wrote this book is that I wish it was available to me when I was struggling with feeling like Ms. Typed. I have had my share of dating disappointments. There was a time in my life when I looked back over my dating experiences and felt embarrassed by how often I acted out of character and in ways that didn’t represent who I was (or who I thought I should be). I thought I was a “keeper,” but I wasn’t acting like it! There was the amazing me who I knew I could be, and then there was the “other” me who often showed up for dates. My head kept saying, You’re smarter and stronger than this, but my body kept acting like it didn’t get the memo! I felt trapped in a dating personality that didn’t fit who I knew I was supposed to be. I didn’t know it at the time, but I was Ms. Typed. Once I 9 www.CrownPublishing.com realized that I needed to change, I decided to take some time away from dating so that I could think things through, give myself some time to heal, and return to the dating world as the real me. So I put myself through the makeover process that I use with my clients, much of which is included here in this book as the Ms. Typed Makeover Kit. Doing these exercises was part of a life makeover for me. Stepping away from dating and focusing on me helped change my entire life. Soon afterward, I quit my job, started my own business, started working in television, and met a wonderful man—and the list goes on! I have had the pleasure of speaking to countless women about their dating experiences, and I love sharing what I know and understand, as well as helping someone take a necessary next step toward a better life. That’s the inspiration for this book. I want to be able to reach all women who want to learn how to coach themselves and improve their dating relationships. Sometimes we don’t know what’s wrong, and other times we know what the problem is but don’t know what to do about it. I hope that this book addresses both issues and leaves you feeling empowered to find the love you deserve. This book will teach you to recognize your dating type’s thoughts and behaviors, things you may not even realize are sabotaging your relationships. Once you start to transform your old thoughts and behaviors, you will break unhealthy dating habits (some as simple as having sex too soon, and some as serious as tolerating lying, cheating, or abuse) and develop new habits (like learning to speak up for yourself and setting boundaries) that promote strong relationships and better represent the real you. 10 www.CrownPublishing.com How Do We Get Started? Since understanding where you’ve been romantically is the foundation of your work here, you will first take a quiz to discover your current dating type. Once you know your dating type, you can read the chapters written specifically for you. Then use the strategies at the end of each chapter to help you overcome being mistyped and grow. In each chapter you will find: v v v v v A profile of your dating type The consequences of being mistyped The types of men you attract and the types to avoid How you became your type or mistyped Advice and strategies for positive change 11 www.CrownPublishing.com What’s Your Type? ’ve discovered through my research and work with clients that most women are mistyped into one or more dating type categories. I will introduce you to several dating types, some or all of which might describe how you have behaved in your relationships in the past. Each type is named in a way to help you remember the dating challenges for that type. You will understand how living out that dating personality affects the type of men you attract or choose, how you handle conflicts in your relationships, and even what you believe or feel about yourself and your relationships. As you read through these chapters, inevitably you may find yourself in one or more of the types. (Many of us fall into more than one category.) I 13 www.CrownPublishing.com What Are Dating Types? Psychologists use the terms personality type or type to categorize and explain the patterns in people’s behaviors, thoughts, and feelings in different situations and over time. Recognizing and acknowledging the different patterns among the types reveals people’s motivations and shows us how to best support our clients in making desired changes to their lives. These types are often the basis for different types of therapy, coaching, interventions, and general good advice. We use types not only to help us better understand our clients but to help our clients better understand themselves. When you take a closer look at your life, you will see that you behave consistently, even under various circumstances. Your dating type represents how you typically behave in dating situations. It’s like your dating personality. I believe that your dating type describes how you’ve behaved but not necessarily who you are. Many women have had experiences that led them to be mistyped as something they are not. Bad relationships and difficult life experiences lead women to lose sight of their true character and self-worth. As a result, they react to their circumstances and become mistyped. The dating types will help you understand what counterproductive dating habits you’ve developed over time and what to do about them. The dating types described in this book are influenced by research in cognitive, behavioral, and schema therapy, and by research on life and relationship coaching. As psychologists have discovered, some of your habits in dating, and in life in general, are a result of early childhood experiences and long14 www.CrownPublishing.com held beliefs about yourself and the world around you. When it comes to dating, I’m particularly interested in how certain aspects of our personalities, along with our life experiences, shape our thoughts and feelings and cause us to consistently behave a certain way in romantic situations. Sometimes, even though we change dating partners, we handle dating situations the same way over and over again because of who we have become. We need to be aware of how our habits, tendencies, and preferences are affecting our lives and to learn how to adjust those behaviors or be flexible enough to change them when necessary. What worked in one relationship may not work in another, and because we are such creatures of habit, sometimes we keep on doing the same thing, even when it’s obvious that that thing isn’t working. Sometimes we don’t know what else to do or any other way to handle things besides doing what we’ve always done. I created these dating types to help you to recognize your dating patterns, to understand why you act the way you do in dating relationships, and to show you how to change those dating behaviors that are no longer working for you or that don’t represent who you are. This book is about the difficulties that women face in dating, particularly when they’ve been mistyped, so the dating types described here focus on women’s counterproductive dating behaviors. There are additional dating types that describe women’s healthy personality traits and positive dating behaviors. In this book I am trying to help women discover their true dating personalities that are hidden beneath so many counterproductive dating habits. So I have purposely chosen to focus on the types that represent our relationship 15 www.CrownPublishing.com problem areas, with the intent to provide helpful and practical solutions. How You Become Mistyped No one really teaches you how to have successful relationships or how to date. Instead, you learn as you go, from your successes and your failures. And when you don’t learn, you just keep repeating the same mistakes. We’re going to stop that process right now. This book will show you that although it takes time, someone who is really struggling in relationships may transform themselves into someone who is very savvy, self-aware, and successful at navigating all relationship challenges. We develop and grow into certain types of people based partly on our own genetic predispositions and partly on our experiences with our environment. So who we become is a result of our genetic makeup and our interactions with everyone and everything. From your early childhood until now, you observed and were taught things that encouraged and supported the development of your dating type. You learned lessons about relationships from watching your parents, parent-figures, and other family members. You picked up dating tips from your friends, peers, and the men you dated. When you combine that with what you learn from your exposure to television, movies, music, magazines, and books, you can see that there are many forces that influence how you behave in relationships and that can lead you to become Ms. Typed. 16 www.CrownPublishing.com Even with all these influences, you get to decide who you are going to be and how you are going to behave. That is true in your life as well as in your relationships. Now a combination of your own natural tendencies, your parents, your dating experiences, and our culture may have led you to become Ms. Typed, but ultimately the kind of woman you want to be today is now up to you. You don’t have to be like your mother, your grandmother, your best friend, or the star on the cover of a magazine. In the movie of your life you get to choose what role you want to play and you write your own lines. Your dating type certainly was made and came from somewhere, but where she came from doesn’t dictate where she is going. It is up to you to decide whether your dating type is working for you. If it isn’t, because you’ve been mistyped, you have the strength, wisdom, and power to change from that type into a happier and healthier you. I am going to help you think about your life so that you can remember when and how you became your type or were mistyped. The idea here is not to blame anyone but to show you where these behaviors came from. You can’t control what you experienced as a child, but you can control what you experience now. You don’t have to allow anyone to define who you are or what you can accomplish. Your dating type isn’t like your blood type—it can change! But until you recognize what you are doing that isn’t healthy, you won’t change. Recognizing the origins of your dating type will also help you resist becoming mistyped again in the future or looking to those same unhealthy sources for information about relationships. You may discover along the way that as much as you love your best friends, they are terrible at relationships 17 www.CrownPublishing.com and give awful advice. That doesn’t mean you love them any less as friends, but it does mean that you may need to stop asking for and taking dating advice from them. You may also discover that you have bought into many of Hollywood’s relationship fantasies and you are walking through life allowing a fairy tale to mistype you and determine what you expect of yourself and your mate. When you think about it objectively, you might say, “Of course, what we see on TV and in the movies isn’t real.” But are you sure that you haven’t internalized some of the messages and made them part of what you subconsciously believe about relationships? I want you to jump right in and kick off this process by answering the following questions about your behavior in your past relationships. There are no right or wrong answers, so it doesn’t matter which type you are, if you are many types, or if you are all of the types. Without overanalyzing the questions, just quickly read and answer each one. Don’t answer based on what you want to be true or wish were true about yourself, just be honest. Once you are finished with the questionnaire, you will score it and determine which dating type or types best describe you. 18 www.CrownPublishing.com Dating Types Questionnaire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Place a check ( ✔) next to any and all of the statements that describe you or your past experiences. 1. Have you settled for being a “friend with benefits” when what you really wanted was a commitment? 2. Have you had sex with a man you were dating sooner than you wanted to because you hoped it would bring you closer together? 3. Are you looking for your “soul mate” and feeling frustrated because you haven’t found him yet? 4. Do you love the challenge of chasing down a “bad boy” for a date? 5. Have you become really upset when a man you were dating did something inconsiderate like forget to call you back or cancel a date at the last minute? 6. Have you ever felt more like you were a man’s mother than his partner? 7. Have you ever insisted that the man you were dating spend all his time with you, and if he didn’t, you got upset? 8. Are you too busy with your career to make time to date? 9. Do you usually try to focus on the good and overlook the bad when it comes to the men you date? 10. Do you think that most men aren’t good enough to date you? 19 www.CrownPublishing.com Dating Types Questionnaire (continued) 11. Have you ever dated a man who was already in a committed relationship with another woman? 12. Have you had sex with a man on a first date hoping you could guarantee a second date? 13. Is your biological clock’s alarm ringing off the hook, and do you wish Mr. Right would show up right now? 14. Does dating “nice guys” bore you? 15. Do you feel like eventually, sooner or later, men always disappoint you or let you down? 16. Do the men you date ever become dependent on you to handle their day-to-day responsibilities for them or solve their problems? 17. Do you constantly call your man and keep track of his whereabouts? 18. Have you hidden behind your work as a way to avoid getting close to someone? 19. When things aren’t going well in a relationship, are you usually optimistic that your man will change for the better? 20. Do you or any of the men whom you’ve dated think that you’re a perfectionist? 21. Have you ever had a hard time speaking up or sticking up for yourself in a relationship? 22. Do you think you can control men with sex? 23. Before the relationships ended, did you think each of the men you were dating was “the one”? 20 www.CrownPublishing.com 24. Do you like it when the man you’re dating calls looking for you several times a day, even though you know he’s probably just checking up on you? 25. Are you still mad at one of your exes for how he treated you when you were together? 26. Have you spent a lot of your free time doing things for the man you’re dating, when you really needed to spend that time doing things for yourself? 27. Have you acted jealous or possessive of the man you’re dating? 28. Did an ex-boyfriend ever hurt you so much that you avoided dating for a long time? 29. Do you ever get a gut feeling that something is wrong in your relationship, but you ignore it because you don’t want to face the truth? 30. Has it ever been hard for you to date because you or your successes intimidate men? 31. Have you ever been attracted to or dated a man who was always too busy to give you the attention you needed? 32. Do you believe that you can have sex like a man without any emotional strings attached? 33. Is it important to you to always be in a relationship? 34. Have you ever enjoyed competing with another woman for a man’s attention? 35. Have you ever dated a man who psychologically or physically mistreated or harmed you? 21 www.CrownPublishing.com Dating Types Questionnaire (continued) 36. Have you ever spent more time helping your man take care of his business and meet his goals than you spent taking care of your own? 37. Do you often ask a man you’re dating how he feels about you and where your relationship is going? 38. Do you believe that men usually let you down and that they can’t really be trusted? 39. Have you ever found yourself making excuses for the inconsiderate or inappropriate behaviors of the men you date? 40. Has it ever been hard for you to just relax and enjoy yourself on a date because you really wanted everything about the date to be perfect? 41. Have you ever found yourself waiting around for the man you’re dating to make a commitment? 42. Have you ever continued dating someone who was only interested in sex when what you really wanted was a relationship? 43. Do you think it’s better to try to work things out in a rocky relationship than to be single? 44. Are you attracted to the challenge of dating an emotionally unavailable man or a man in a relationship with another woman? 45. Have you overreacted and become too emotional when the man you were dating did something to upset you? 46. Have you ever tried to change things about a man you were dating to make him more attractive to you? 22 www.CrownPublishing.com 47. Do you try to spend all of your time with your boyfriend or need to keep an eye on him because you worry he might cheat on you? 48. Do you want to date but avoid it for fear of getting hurt? 49. Do you usually believe what a man tells you, even when you think he’s probably lying? 50. Do you have unrealistically high standards for the type of men you date? Scoring Add your number of checks (✔) for the following questions: 1, 11, 21, 31, and 41. Enter the total here: _____. The higher the number, the more you are like Ms. Second Place. 2, 12, 22, 32, and 42. Enter the total here: _____. The higher the number, the more you are like Ms. Sex Machine. 3, 13, 23, 33, and 43. Enter the total here: _____. The higher the number, the more you are like Ms. Soul Mate. 4, 14, 24, 34, and 44. Enter the total here: _____. The higher the number, the more you are like Ms. Drama Queen. 5, 15, 25, 35, and 45. Enter the total here: _____. The higher the number, the more you are like Ms. Bag Lady. 6, 16, 26, 36, and 46. Enter the total here: _____. The higher the number, the more you are like Ms. Mom. 23 www.CrownPublishing.com 7, 17, 27, 37, and 47. Enter the total here: _____. The higher the number, the more you are like Ms. Anaconda. 8, 18, 28, 38, and 48. Enter the total here: _____. The higher the number, the more you are like Ms. Independent. 9, 19, 29, 39, and 49. Enter the total here: _____. The higher the number, the more you are like Ms. Rose-Colored Glasses. 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50. Enter the total here: _____. The higher the number, the more you are like Ms. Perfect. How to Interpret Your Score Your dating types are the types where you placed at least one check next to the questions for that type. The more checks you have, the more that type describes you. v You may find that you have a lot of checks in one or two types and then only one check in others. The type that you have the most checks in is your primary type and probably most accurately describes you. The types where you placed only one check are your secondary types. Your secondary types also describe how you sometimes act in relationships, but they may not describe you as well as your primary type. v That you didn’t place any checks next to certain types doesn’t mean that you don’t sometimes act like those types. You can benefit from reading about all the dating types because at some point most of us have faced, or will face, the core challenges of each dating type. Knowing how to cross that bridge before you come to it can save you a lot of trouble in the end. v 24 www.CrownPublishing.com The Dating Types at a Glance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1. Ms. Second Place . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ms. Second Place allows herself to be put in second place to everything else in her man’s life. She may be second to his wife, his career, or his friends. She isn’t a priority, she knows it, and she lives with it. She has forgotten what a special person she is, so she thinks she has to settle for second, when she deserves first place. 2. Ms. Sex Machine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ms. Sex Machine settles for physical and sexual intimacy when what she really wants is a relationship and emotional intimacy. She uses sex as a weapon to manipulate men and get what she wants (except a relationship). She thinks she has to give away her most prized possession to buy a man’s love and attention, when all she needs to do is allow her great personality to shine, and men will want to know more. 3. Ms. Soul Mate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ms. Soul Mate believes that life doesn’t exist outside of dating, so she wants every man she dates to be “the one.” She doesn’t know how to just enjoy dating a man while it lasts and admit when the relationship has no future. One day she will find “the one.” She just needs to take her time and wait for a man who is deserving of her love and commitment. 25 www.CrownPublishing.com The Dating Types at a Glance (continued) 4. Ms. Drama Queen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ms. Drama Queen loves a challenge and likes dating bad boys, unavailable men, and players. She thinks that love is supposed to be a challenge and is constantly pursuing dead-end relationships that result in her being rejected. She believes that she has to do something over the top to win a man’s heart, when all she needs to do is be herself. 5. Ms. Bag Lady . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ms. Bag Lady carries around a load of emotional “baggage” and lets her old emotions adversely affect her new relationships. She lets her unresolved problems from the past ruin her present and future. Because she’s been treated so poorly, she doesn’t realize how wonderful and deserving of love she truly is. 6. Ms. Mom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ms. Mom dates men whose lives are “under construction,” and she makes it her responsibility to solve their problems. She doesn’t know how to stop mothering a man and let him stand on his own two feet. Instead, she needs to apply that nurturing approach to her own life. He already has a mother. All Mr. Right needs is a friend and partner. 7. Ms. Anaconda . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ms. Anaconda kills her relationships by wrapping herself around a man until she suffocates him. She smoth- 26 www.CrownPublishing.com ers a relationship by being too needy, too demanding, and too overbearing. She thinks she has to hold on to a man like her life depends on it because she doesn’t realize that she is strong and smart enough to stand on her own. 8. Ms. Independent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ms. Independent has been burned in love before, so she won’t let anyone get close to her for fear of getting hurt again. She would rather be alone than risk rejection. When she realizes that letting her guard down doesn’t mean being taken advantage of, she can allow her inner light to shine, and men will flock to it. 9. Ms. Rose-Colored Glasses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ms. Rose-Colored Glasses won’t see the truth about the man she’s dating or what’s wrong with their relationship. She just keeps on going like nothing is wrong— until she crashes into reality. Her optimism is helpful when applied to other areas of her life. But in love it creates a blind spot that hides the truth that she doesn’t realize she is strong enough to face. 10. Ms. Perfect . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ms. Perfect is so caught up in a never-ending cycle of perfection and self-improvement that she has no time for a relationship. She is too uptight to let go and have fun on a date, and she rarely finds a man she thinks is “good enough” for her. When she realizes that she is already everything a man could want, she can finally sit back and start enjoying life. 27 www.CrownPublishing.com One Final Word Now let me be clear about something. Although we will often talk about what you do that is upsetting to the man you are dating or that might turn men off, the purpose of this book is to help you learn how to do what is best for you. I know that for most women, being in a relationship is very important, and as long as that is one of your priorities, I will help you accomplish that goal. But I want to make sure that you make yourself happy, because some of the same behaviors that undermine a dating relationship can also hurt you in other areas of your life. You can improve your love life but also get out of your own way so that you can live a happier life overall. Remember, the happier and healthier you are, the better your dating partner and relationship are likely to be. When you start looking in the mirror and seeing things you want to change, don’t do it for him—do it for you. No matter what happens with him, building a happier you is what’s most important. We often realize that we need to change things about ourselves, but we stop just short of doing something about that realization. If you are ready to finally make some changes in your dating life, I challenge you to not only accept the truth about yourself but to get involved in activities that will help you break those old habits and build some new ones. No matter how bad things may be or have ever been, you have the power within you to change your love life. You can do it by letting go of the old thoughts and behaviors that no longer represent who you are, and by letting the new you, the real you, emerge. This book can be the beginning of a new life for you, 28 www.CrownPublishing.com one where you pursue your personal and professional dreams. You can use the Ms. Typed Makeover Kit to help you get a fresh start. I wrote this book because I want to be there to encourage and inspire you along the way. Let’s get started! 29 www.CrownPublishing.com About the Author Dr. Michelle R. Callahan is a developmental psychologist, relationship expert, and coach. She is a television and media favorite who regularly provides relationship advice on television, talk, reality, news programs, and documentaries. She has been featured or quoted in national and international magazines and newspapers. As a consultant to Fortune 500 companies, Dr. Michelle provides executive coaching, training, and strategic organizational development consulting. As an instructor at the University of Michigan, Dr. Michelle taught introductory and developmental psychology courses. Dr. Michelle has conducted extensive research on the effects that dating and domestic violence have on the mental health and coping skills of children, adolescents, and adults. She has also researched the risk factors for teenage pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, HIV, and AIDS. Her original research has been presented at several national conferences of many professional associations, including the American Psychological Association, the Society for Research in Child Development, the Society for Research in Adolescence, and the National Council on Family Relations. Her research has been published in journals such as The Leadership Journal, American Journal of Public Health, the Journal of Adolescent Research, and Violence Against Women. Dr. Michelle received her Ph.D. and M.A. in psychology from the University of Michigan and her B.A. in sociology from Boston College. She was a National Institute of Mental Health Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Yale University. www.CrownPublishing.com To purchase a copy of  Ms. Typed  visit one of these online retailers:    Amazon  Barnes & Noble  Borders  IndieBound  Powell’s Books  Random House  www.CrownPublishing.com

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