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11 Behaviors That Keep You Single

Being single for a certain amount of time has its benefits. I personally experienced the most growth and self-awareness during my years as a single girl, and while there were some painful and lonely moments, they all led me to a place where I could break through some of my walls and do some necessary inner work.

At the same time, no one makes it a goal to be single forever. We all want love; we all want a partner to share our lives with. Even though that is the goal, a lot of us mistakenly go about attaining the thing we want so much in all the wrong ways. We continue to live life in the same way and hope that it will somehow lead to different results. We know that this doesn’t really make any sense, and yet we continue to operate from a default setting.

Being single isn’t a curse and being in a relationship isn’t a cure-all. No matter what stage you’re in, it’s important to take a personal inventory—to look at the habits and choices that are helping you, and the ones that are hurting you. It’s not a matter of putting yourself out there more, of signing up for every dating site and side-swiping app—finding a truly amazing, healthy relationship is much more about being ready for such a relationship. It’s about identifying faulty patterns and thought processes that may be blocking you from getting what you want.

I have written many articles on how to get the relationship you want. There are also ways to guarantee that you never get what you want. Seeing what they are is the first step in correcting the problem. And with that, here are ten ways to stay single forever:

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1. Don’t ever learn from your mistakes.

 If you don’t learn from your mistakes, you are bound to keep making them (this was the story of my life for many years!).

If you find that you keep ending up in the exact same situations over and over again, it’s time to do some reflecting and consider why it’s happening, and what is leading you to this place.

For example, if you keep ending up in pseudo-relationships with guys who act like your boyfriend but won’t call you their girlfriend …try to uncover why you seem to only be drawn to the emotionally unavailable type. Or maybe every guy you date ends up cheating on you. I’m not saying this is your fault but look at the types of guys you’re drawn to and ask yourself why and what these guys have in common.

Take a look at your patterns and see if you can rewire some default settings.


2. Blame your singleness on the fact that there are no good men left.

It is statistically impossible for every “normal” guy on the planet to be unavailable. It’s not that all the good guys are taken, it’s that maybe you’re so busy chasing the wrong guys and thinking they can give you what you want that you can’t see and appreciate all the good ones that come your way.

Again, it comes down to identifying your patterns and who you choose to date.

3. Have unrealistic standards

We all have certain criteria when it comes to a partner; some of these can be valid and others border on ridiculous.

We don’t know ourselves as much as we think we do and oftentimes what we think we want is not the same as what we actually need. When I was single, if you asked me to describe my ideal guy the answer would be exactly the opposite of who I ended up marrying and I realized that marrying that type of guy would have been a disaster.

You’ll be surprised at what can happen when you stop assessing if he has all the qualities you want and instead try to connect to him as a person.

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4. Don’t trust how he feels about you—assume he’s going to dump you, he won’t call you back, he won’t commit, etc.

If you convince yourself bad things are going to happen…then you increase the likelihood that something bad will in fact happen. Being paranoid about how a guy feels creates a vibe and energy that can turn this fear into a reality.

It’s called a self-fulfilling prophecy. The more you fear something, the more you create an environment where the thing you fear is likely to occur. For example, if you’re worried a guy is going to dump you or lose interest  you may act nervous and stressed around him, you may even act needy and desperate, constantly seeking his reassurance that he won’t leave you.

As a result, it just doesn’t feel good to be around you. Something just feels off. He can’t really connect with you because you’re not there. You’re busy interacting with the worried thoughts in your head rather than the person in front of you and eventually things fizzle out and he’s gone, bringing your greatest fear into fruition.


5. Overanalyze everything.

Analyze his texts, the things he said, his posture, the language he used. When you overanalyze, you aren’t being present or authentic. You’re in strategy mode and no matter how stealth you think you are, a guy can always pick up on this energy and it’s off-putting.

Instead of being on constant alert and trying to figure out exactly where he stands, maybe ask yourself why you feel you need to date so defensively. What are you trying to protect and how can you release whatever fear is driving you?

6. Don’t take care of yourself and try to look your best.

It’s been said many times and in many ways … men are visual creatures and physical attraction is extremely important.

Attraction works differently for men and women. A woman can develop an attraction to a man because of his internal qualities. Men also need to be attracted to a woman on an emotional and intellectual level, but they will never get there if there isn’t already a strong and established physical attraction. You shouldn’t take care of yourself just to get or keep a man. Do it because it will make you feel good about yourself, which opens the door for many good things in life aside from a relationship.

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7. Don’t deal with your issues. 

Most of us have been hurt in the past, be it a painful childhood or a painful breakup. It’s important to remember that issues don’t resolve themselves—you have to put forth some effort.  It’s a myth that time heals- time does nothing unless you do the work. You don’t wake up one day all whole and healed. 

Being in a happy, healthy relationship entails being your best self. You can only let in as much love from the outside as you feel on the inside, so if you don’t make self-love your focus, you will never experience the joys of true love (this applies whether you’re in a relationship or not).

8. Settle for “meantime” relationships.

 If you are at the stage in life where you’re ready to settle down and find a lasting relationship, don’t date guys who clearly are not in the same place! It’s pretty obvious when a guy isn’t serious; you know the signs, but you just ignore them because, well, he’s just so cute and what’s the harm in having a little fling at least to pass the time until someone else comes along …

The harm is this is usually where you end up getting hurt because the more time you spend with him, the more your emotions take hold and drown out your objective reasoning, the part of you that knows it would never work out long-term with this guy. If you want a certain kind of relationship, then date guys who want the same thing. It’s so obvious, yet somehow not.

9. Panic over the prospect of being single forever.

Sometimes the panic and anxiety oozing out of my single friends is so palpable I almost feel like I need a Xanax. Worrying about ending up alone gets you nowhere, the same way that worrying about what to eat for lunch doesn’t magically make a sandwich appear before you.

Worrying can feel like it’s serving a purpose, but it’s not. Instead, just keep it cool and calm, have faith that you will get the love you want when the time is right and try to just find happiness on your own until you get there.

10. You have low self-esteem

What keeps us in bad relationships is low self-esteem- deep down you don’t believe you deserve better or that you’ll find someone better. You also don’t have a strong sense of self so his opinion is everything to you. This is the perfect breeding ground for neediness which is an absolute relationship killer.

If you don’t love yourself, you also won’t be able to believe someone else can love you, so you won’t ever fully trust it even if a great guy does come along. How can you really believe it if you don’t love yourself? You’ll be looking for the other shoe to drop and you might sabotage the relationship.

11. You don’t even try

You are not going to find love but staying locked away and wondering where all the great guys are. Yes, the apps are annoying and going out meeting new people is annoying and asking your friends if they know anyone for you is annoying, but you have to put some effort into it.

You have to put yourself out there. And ask your married and couples up friends who they know! Don’t assume people are thinking of you. Anytime one of my single friends asks me if I know anyone, I suddenly realize that I actually do!

You have to make some effort to put yourself out there instead of moaning and complaining over how annoying it is to put the effort in.

I hope this article helped you better understand the behaviors that may be keeping you single. Now, if you want to know what makes a man see you as the one and what inspires him to commit, read this next: The #1 Things Men Desire in a Woman

Written by Sabrina Alexis

I’m Sabrina Alexis, the co-founder, and co-editor of A New Mode. I love writing relatable, insightful articles that help people understand relationship dynamics and how to get the love they want. I have a degree in psychology and have spent the last 10 years interviewing countless men and reading and studying as much as I can to better understand human psychology and how men operate. If you want to get in touch with me, hit me up on Facebook or Instagram.

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Janie Lynn overby

I keep picking the wrong guys the emotionally unavailable ones or ones that isn’t attracted to women and falling in love with these men just from very little interaction with them and getting my heart broken everytime i feel so broken don’t know how to stop falling in love so easily

Reply November 7, 2019, 4:59 am


I just wanna be single forever
I so hate relationships

Reply May 5, 2017, 2:31 pm

renah maria

am just twenty years old though i appear younger than my age bt things concerning relationships, i really hate that word despite that i cant avoid being dated by men,i have feelings yes but no one to trust, i was still waiting 4 a perfect man but it seems he will never be born better to stay single

Reply January 22, 2016, 12:09 pm


I really don’t care about relationships anymore and don’t want to deal with them later in life I look at them as a waste and just not worth it in the end

Reply July 11, 2015, 11:50 pm


How do I send my story to get advice? Who do I email it to so I can send it to ask a guy

Reply May 7, 2015, 12:48 pm


Well done Sabrina. If every woman read this before posting on the forums, 95% of them would become unnecessary. Should be REQUIRED reading for all women 12 and up!!!

Reply March 26, 2015, 1:07 pm


So True!

Reply March 26, 2015, 6:01 am


I’m finding that my situation is a little bit different but in a lot of senses it’s the same. I became widowed back in 2013. I haven’t been out in the dating world in 15 years. Who researches dating? LOL well, I did. I read a few books and I liked a few pages on the Facebook reel pertaining to dating today. After getting myself so-called up-to-date I went on a few Internet dating sites and I’ve been dating for a year. I’m finding that the integrity of people as drastically changed and I have learned a lot about this so called “ghosting.” I met a guy about a month and a half ago on one of the dating sites. After texting for about nine days we did meet for dinner. The date went well he did not ask for anything afterwords and within two hours I was back home. The next morning he called and wanted to see me again so I figured he was interested. I met him at a park and we went for a walk and then I was invited to go back to his home to play a game of pool. Again this encounter went very smoothly and that evening he texted me. His messages were a bit flirtatious and I did my best to appropriately flirt back so to speak. He told me that he enjoyed seeing me and that he couldn’t wait to see me again. Mind you, I’m still learning but I feel that I was on top of my game during these two encounters. I am a secure, confident woman who would like to have a man but doesn’t need one. I did not appear to be clingy or insecure or too needy. I also salted things through about myself but actively listened to him. He showed me around his home as well as his family photographs and talked about his family. We had shot the game of pool on a Sunday afternoon. Monday and Tuesday we did text back-and-forth. I was always careful to keep the banter somewhat even so I didn’t overdo it. By Wednesday all communications went dead. I decided to take a step back, knowing that maybe this disappearing act that they call ghosting may occur. Though, I tried to remain positive – six days passed and within those six days was a weekend. Now, for someone who claimed they couldn’t wait to see me again-the weekend came and went with no contact. Well, needless to say I started to beat myself up, questioning everything that happened during the two encounters with this man. I didn’t like the way I was starting to feel. I was giving him way too much power over my thoughts and he was taking up way too much space in my head. By the sixth day of no contact I felt I needed to take the power back. If he didn’t want to see me again that was fine but I was going to exit from this situation with my dignity. I sent him a very classy text message telling him that his interest must have faded. I told him there was no need to respond and because of certain life experiences that I had been through that I really liked to keep things simple. I told him life was too short and to go out and seize the day. I told him to take care and I left him a smiley face emoticon. After dealing with my husband’s catastrophic illness and watching him die in my home I have a new perspective on life. I’m not going to channel a lot of energy into a dead socket. Life is way too short. Am I still confused as to what may have gone wrong? Of course, but I believe that the problem lies on his side. As I said, I believe that I was on top of my game-following all the etiquette rules of dating. And no, I did not discuss my deceased husband. He did ask me questions and I told him that I would tell him anything he wanted to know. For which I did. It’s too bad because he did kiss me briefly and the energy was there. He had made a comment about it. I am determined to keep looking for a man that is able to openly communicate with a woman of confidence and strength. A lot of these men claim that they want a confident woman without drama, neediness and lack of emotional control. Well, I am this woman and it still did not work. In closing I’d like to add that I did not flaunt this confidence or boast about anything regarding myself but I feel that I did maintain a stance of strength and independence. But, as I mentioned above it seem to have backfired.

Reply March 26, 2015, 4:56 am


I think as women get older men have more and more choices and women less and less, and as a result, men are much more fickle than we are. They might date us one week and claim we’re the best date they’ve had in ages, but yet they stay on the dating site and keep trying for more and more despite this, and eventually find someone they like even better the next week, or month, or whenever, and that’s all it takes to erase the good time you had with them in their minds. So no it’s not my or your fault really and you probably were on top of your game but the tables turn for women later in life. I hate articles like this that try to put all women in one basket. Things that work for women in their twenties don’t work for women in their thirties, and not for women in their forties, and less so for women in their fifties and sixties. And articles like this that try to heap the blame on women quite frankly piss me off. Because the woman that wrote this – she still has options. She hasn’t hit the damn wall yet. Anyways, it’s best just to accept that that’s how it is and try your best to find someone who’s not so fickle. Ha. Good luck with that.

Reply July 3, 2015, 7:15 am

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