What I Like Being Spontaneous Really Means
“I like being spontaneous”
How many times have you heard that sentence from people you’re trying to schedule something with?
I was having a couple beers with the guys yesterday evening, making a pleasant exception to my work schedule and diet regimen. As we drank and chatted, I asked Mark about Anna, a common acquaintance of ours.
Mark and Anna are friends, and neither had any dating expectations in mind. But don’t get fooled: the dynamics are the same in this case, no matter if it’s friendship or dating.
Mark asked Anna for a couple possible dates when she was free and she replied, you guessed it, that “she prefers being spontaneous”. Mark then did a common mistake guys do: taking words at face value.
So he pinged her a couple times “spontaneously” and, since this was friendship, he was finally able to find a time.
He changed his schedule for Anna, dropped a couple of friends to have some more 1:1 time and then… Then 30 minutes before the spontaneous date… She spontaneously canceled.
That was the moment when I knew I had to rush out an article on “spontaneous dating”.
So let’s begin this spontaneous dating article:
I Like Being Spontaneous: Translation
When someone replies to you they like being spontaneous, don’t read it at face value, but translate it in your head with one of the following:
1. I’m not sure about my life
I’m not good at reaching decisions. Postponing is my way of deciding.
Spontaneity often communicate a lack of priorities and a clear vision for one’s life, because people with clear goals know what to say yes and no to (also read bad texts women send).
2. I’m politely brushing you off
I have difficulties saying no to people. And you’re so cute I’m afraid you might get hurt. So I give you a future maybe.
3. I’m not sure about you…
I’m stalling you for a while as I make up my mind
Be advise that “for a while” mostly ends up being “for ever”.
4. I’m keeping you in the backburner
You’re not my top priority, but I’m keeping you as an option. Maybe you’ll propose to take me shopping. I’d say yes to that 😊
Even if you just want to be friends, you still want a friendship of equals (unless he’s teaching your or mentoring you, also read Mastery for that relationship type).
5. You should chase me: make it easy for me
I’m not gonna block any time for you. Try to ping me and if I’m cool with it and I don’t have my period… I might consider you.
Be advise that the more times you ping and the more NOs you get, the more she’ll never be free (here’s an article on turning around no ladders).
6. Do more to prove yourself to me
I’m not yet fully open to you but start by jumping through my hoops a bit more first. And if I’m entertained enough I might consider it.
And here’s a rule of thumb: the more you jump through people’s hoops, the less they respect you.
7. I’m top dog
“I like being spontaneous” most of the times is an unconscious power move.
But conscious or unconscious, the effects are the same.
The party who likes being spontaneous is the party with more power. And the party who accepts it is also accepting the subordinate role in the relationship.
After all, think about, who do people want to be spontaneous with?
Who Are People Are Spontaneous With?
If you think about it, who do people tell that they like being spontaneous?
I bet you those spontaneous people don’t show up late at work saying they like being spontaneous.
Even with terrible bosses, if they care about keeping their jobs, they would at least take care of coming up with a more credible excuse.
People who can’t wait? Nope..
If our spontaneous friends are flying on vacation somewhere, they probably don’t show up one hour late at the counter telling them they spontaneously wanted to enjoy a wine before checking in.
Boyfriends? Neither these guys..
And if they have a boyfriend they like they probably don’t tell their boyfriends they want to be spontaneous when he’s organizing a meal together.
As silly as the top 2 might sound, what do all these scenarios have in common?
- Bosses have power over them
- Planes don’t wait for them
- They want to meet their boyfriends (in a healthy relationship, at least)
The Spontaneity Checklist
In short, this is who women (and men as well) pull the spontaneity card with:
- People who have little power over them
- People who will wait for them
- People they are not yet sure are important enough in their life
Not sure however doens’t necessarily mean “no”.
So here comes the juiciest part of this article:
Wrong Ways of Dealing With Spontaneity
Here are the most common bad ways of dealing with the “I like being spontaneous” line:
- Accepting it at face value
And chasing after her schedule.
- That’s cool, I like spontaneous
Notice there’s a slight jab in “I like being spontaneous”. And that’s that she’s free and rebellious, and you’re a bit of square.
When you say you like her for that, your are rewarding her for impolite behavior, which is the opposite of what you should do.
- Me too!
When you say “me too”, you’re doing a U-turn: you’re dropping your scheduling ways and conforming to her free-flowing standards.
And of course, women will like you when you make them U-turn, not when they make you change opinions.
Dealing With “I like Being Spontaneous”
You deal with “I like being spontaneous” by refusing to accept it.
- You say yes and never contact her again
- You leave it up to her
- You force a decision
1. Say Yes & Move On
In the first case, you accept that either you’re not top priority for her, or that she’s a time waster, low quality woman and you move on.
2. Leave It Up to Her
If it’s a friend and you want to stay in touch, I think leaving it up to her (or him) might be the best way to go.
You simply tell your friend:
Hey, I understand that you’re busy and it’s difficult to plan in advance. Tell you what, if you want to meet up, ping me when you’re good to go and we’ll see if we can set it up
This option tells your friend that you are not going to accept any subordinate role.
You expect her to do what both parties are expected to do in a healthy relationship: chip in and contribute. So since she’s the party who can’t make plans, it’s also her who must come up with spontaneous ideas (and not you pinging her).
If it’s a dating scenario, I like the third option best:
3. Forcing a Decision
I like forcing a decision as you can never be sure who you can move to yes until, well, until you actually push for a final decision.
To force a decision, you reject the spontaneous gambit and pin her to an exact date (or to a no thanks).
Here’s a great way to do it:
Oh I totally get you.
I used to love being spontaneous too!
Now I’m a bit too busy for spontaneity though and I’m afraid it might never happen if we don’t plan (and… That could be a pity).
What do you say we set a date instead
I love this one.
It starts by relating to her and pretending you’re going along.
Then it delivers the punch (counter power move) to re-establish balance in the relationship. That’s when you’re basically telling her she must not have much going on to be spontaneous. But you do have much going on and can’t afford spontaneity.
And then it rebuilds her value a bit to avoid ending on a combative tone, which is the part when you say “I’m afraid it might never happen“.
And ends on a conciliatory tone making it a collaborative effort when you end by asking her to weigh in.
Deliver this line and chances are you’ll get a yes.
And here’s is a successful real life texting example:
Note: in text keep it short and not too stern: it’s easy coming across the wrong way in text (this is an excerpt of my texting guideline from texts to dates).
Also read a case study on handling flaky girls.
In this article we saw that “I like being spontaneous” is often a brush off and puts you in the subordinate role in the relationship. To avoid it, you must not ping her spontaneously but must put the ball in her court or force her on a decision.
Best of all, if you deliver it with a counter-power move saying you’re too busy for spontaneity.. But you’d like to see her. So she better let you know her schedule.
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This article was inspired by the Text to Date guide, which gives you all the best texts, line by line, to go from numbers to dates.