How many times have you and your friends asked one another these questions without ever coming up with any good answers? Your girlfriends just tell you what you want to hear. At the end of the day, the only person who can give you insight into man problems is—that’s right—a man! But guys have hidden agendas. What guy would give up all his dating advantages by spilling the goods?
Steve Santagati would. A self-confessed serial dater and Bad Boy, Steve is telling all for the benefit of womankind. Every guy is at least part Bad Boy, and in The Manual, this prime specimen reveals what every woman needs to know to counter Bad Boy tactics, both amateur and professional. Steve is never condescending or callous, but honest, perceptive, and street-smart. His guidance is straightforward and his insights are dead-on, giving women tools they can immediately put to work.
Discover what you may not want to know but need to know about:
•The Heart of the Bad Boy (i.e., the nature of the beast)
•The Male Mind: how he sees you and how you can make this worko your advantage
•Guys on the Hunt: the male modus operandi, from the grocery store to Home Depot
•When Boy Meets Girl: how to handle dating, from flirting to “sext” messaging to learning his weaknesses
•Mating: so you’ve got him . . . should you keep him?
Why learn from a Bad Boy instead of, say, a psychologist? Because there’s no replacement for “in the field” experience. You’ll benefit from (and laugh at) stories of real things Steve has done in relationships with women as well as of women turning the tables on him when he least expected it. The book also includes a question-and-answer section, in which Steve explores some of the toughest dating issues.
To understand Steve is to understand the Bad Boy, and that will take you a long way in understanding all men. Find out how much more fun dating can be when you get the upper hand on Bad Boys . . .
From the Hardcover edition.
- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Three Rivers Press; Reprint edition (May 27, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 030734570X
- ISBN-13: 978-0307345707
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
A Guy’s Opinion: Tough love from a real world "Expert" that happens to be accurate
After serving as a shoulder to cry on more than once for my mystified and confused female friends, I’ve wanted at times to write a book much like this, though mine would probably have been more scientific, and perhaps even less PC. If you are curious about the scientific underpinning of the fundamental truths Steve seems to have learned in the real world, read Nancy Etcoff’s “Survival of the Prettiest” or Geoffrey Miller’s “The Mating Mind.” Men and women are profoundly DIFFERENT on a neurological level. There’s no moral judgment about it, and the more that we can learn to accept and embrace these differences, the happier we’ll become. Any trait taken to extremes becomes unappealing, and most everything that irritates women about men (and vice-versa) is something that in moderation is often very attractive.
There’s a big trend now, typified by VH1′s “The Pick Up Artist” and Neil Strauss’s “The Game” for men to explore the psychology of the female mind and leverage that into success in the dating world. When taken too far, this can be manipulative and disgusting, but in moderation, it does actually help some guys get over their issues or hurdles into being more comfortable in their skins. For me the moment when I realized just how different male and female minds were, I was in High School. I remember when I was first told by a brilliant beautiful girl I crushed on that she wanted confidence more than anything else in a man, and I remember thinking, “Huh? Not kindness, attractiveness, intelligence, or talent?” “You want confidence even if he boldly charges in wrongheaded directions?” “Yep. I don’t know quite why it is, but it’s still hot,” was the reply, although she couldn’t explain what made her feel that way any better than I can with my fascination with ponytails.
So our predilections are no more difficult for you to understand than yours are to us. Here’s an illustrative story of the parallels between male and female thinking from the other side: Recently I was at a trendy downtown Manhattan restaurant, when Mystery, the host of “The Pickup Artist” walked in, all gangly six-foot six inches of his goth-looking overdone self, and I pointed him out to my tablemates. After an explanation of who he was to the girls at our table, and grudging admissions that we’d seen his show or read Mr. Strauss’s book from all the guys, one of the girls (a highly educated, intelligent and stunning catch herself) proclaimed that she was certain that “confidence couldn’t be taught.” Well, she sure was wrong. The guy who brought her there on a date (also a handsome and successful match himself) had recently transformed himself from insecure to comfortable around women in part through Strauss’s teachings. And the whole world of women never would have learned or experienced what a great guy he was unless someone had taught him a thing or two about female evolutionary psychology. Santagati’s just trying to do the same thing for women that Strauss did for men. All sorts of girls with amazing personalities reject the notion of playing up their beauty on moral grounds. Sadly, the results of this are that lots of guys never meet truly amazing women who hide behind baggy clothes or overdone fashion.
Santiago tries to teach a few very accurate lessons: (1) Guys can’t be analyzed through the lens of the female psyche. Our minds are too different for it to be intuitive. Instead you should educate yourself on what men say men want, because we may be many things, but we do usually say what we want. (2) Yes we are superficial, but we LOVE women and we want to see you as your best selves so we can smother you with affection. (3) Taking advantage of your looks isn’t unethical or anti-feminist, a guy becomes attracted to you for physical assets, but STAYS for your personality (it’s not wrong, it’s just the way nature made us). (4) If you refuse to take advantage of the triggers for male attraction, chances are you won’t find the guy you deserve (and he won’t find you), so you will settle for a relatively boring guy instead. The differences between the sexes are a large source of excitement, and denying this will probably lead to antiseptic, dull relationships. (5) Don’t listen to your female friends about how to get a guy or what to wear — literally everything you do to impress your female friends will doom you with men. I’ve always been curious about why women spend so much effort on themselves, but that it’s always put in the wrong places. I can’t even count the number of times when I’ve seen a woman in a grossly unflattering outfit, only to hear her friends tell her how adorable it is. I don’t know if this is intentional sabotage or not, but it isn’t pretty. There are women out there who’ve spent loads of money on botox or handbags, but there isn’t a single guy out there who will remember a girl for her trendy clothing. Meanwhile there are plenty of girls who are out of shape but carrying lustworthy accessories, whose time and money would have been better spent in a gym or ditching the car for a day to walk or bike, and there are others who obsess about trivial aspects of their appearance like wrinkles or noses while covering up terrific assets. Men rarely care about the details women fixate on. We see women holistically instead. For every woman down on her skin, there’s a man who thinks she has amazing hair and never even notices her skin. The converse is doubtless true as well.
None of these insecurities are surprising. I know that the pressures that are put on women are Herculean and absurd. Success and family all before 30 or 35 … while keeping in great shape? Virgin and whore at the same time? Sexy, but successful and appreciated for your mind not your body? They’re unachievable paradoxes and it simply isn’t fair! “Us Weekly” runs profiles on women who are too skinny and too fat in the same issue. It’s all a little much.
But if you pause for a moment and consider where this criticism comes from, believe it or not, it’s usually not guys. In my experience, and that of any girl who’s gone through the social hell that is Junior High, it’s usually the female peer group that’s toughest on women! I rarely hear guys call women derogatory words unless they’re overreacting from a recent heartbreak or breakup, but I hear girls say those words all the time about their FRIENDS! Guys are usually pretty accepting of body image. All you really need to do to look great is to stay healthy and in-shape and not let the media or advertising deceive you into believing that trivial problems are major. I find the little signs of aging and maturity profoundly attractive … it’s just that our American corn-starch diet-soda sedentary lifestyle is not. Men love the whole woman, not her eyeliner. So if women could only accept their complete beauty without worrying about what Maybelline tells them, I think we’d have a lot of happier people out there. Frankly, I’ve always found the Dove commercials with the plus-sized models fascinating: The commercials told you to accept your body for being overweight … but then they replaced that insecurity with another, telling you that you had to buy their cream or moisturizer or suffer the horrors of cellulite (yet another thing guys could probably care less about). The cosmetics industry is made up of total hypocrites. The purveyors of unachievable body image are often those interested in making you feel bad about yourself so they can sell their products.
In summary, I’m a nice guy at heart, but I have a bit of a “bad guy” side. While I would love to be appreciated for my merits alone, I’ve realized that the “bad guy” side generates a lot more interest from women that just being a good guy. It’s not necessarily the way that I’d like things to be, but it is the way the world works. Even if it’s not what I wanted to hear, understanding that dichotomy does make for a more satisfying life than ignorance would have. So while some of what Steve says may not sit well, guys do respond to appearance in a way that isn’t necessarily intuitive or satisfying to women. Yes, beauty is important to men, but the beauty we like is actually often far more achievable than the one society tells you to strive for. So don’t get angry about men not finding you attractive while using that as an excuse for staying out of shape. It’s no more attractive than self-loathing is in men. Instead, embrace a healthy lifestyle and a physically flattering style of dress. That, in turn will reflect in your self image, so you can project that happiness into your life. For guys, a world of women comfortable with the influence of their physicality would be an immensely satisfying place to live … and it won’t be so bad for women to understand the affects it has on their well-being either.
Hard-Hitting But True
Congratulations to the author
All this supposed knowledge in the book comes from a man who admitted to not really having any long term relationships himself. Anyone who listens to this guy actually deserves to be swindled out of their money.
Nearly every page is rife with his arrogant belief that he’s handsome and impossible to resist due to his charm and appearance and can help you have the honor of getting laid by someone like him. He can’t seem to get through a paragraph without remind the reader how hot he thinks he is. How pathetic. In fact, I smell Napoleonic complex coming off this guy with each page turn. I don’t think he’s handsome at all. I don’t think he’s charming. If he approached me with any of this drivel, I’d tell him to take a piss.
This book presents a base, self-proclaimed bad boy who has somehow managed to find a way to make a living without real work – by getting women to buy his book and his products and pay him via his website for his dating advice. Is our gender really that desperate? Apparently so because he’s making a nice living off those foolish enough to listen to him and pay him for his advice. He’s a snake oil salesman of another type.
I love that he’s telling women what they need to do in order to gain attention from a man. He never seems to think that men should actually have to do anything to make themselves more appealin to women other than play games and compliment them. Adults looking for real relationships don’t play games. If you’re the type of person who plays games, I doubt Santagati can teach you any new tricks.
This book was loaned to me by a friend whose desperate to marry and whom I told a thousand times shouldn’t go after Santagati’s type. She still does and is still miserable and increasingly desperate. I told her I wanted to read this book that she thought was such great advice because from what she said about it, it sounded like some swindler conning women. I laughed at how cocky this guy is with little to back it up other than a former modeling career (sorry, but the guy isn’t good looking and if he was a male model, he’s the shortest one I’ve ever heard of).
The book is written by a man who obviously thinks all women are marks to be had and disposed of at will and if they don’t get the game, tough on them. Emotions and feelings, let alone substance play no part at all in his recommendations for successfully finding a mate and building a relationship. He thinks it’s all about tricks and games. Yeah, that’ll really build a stable, long-term relationship, Steve. You ought to know considering how many you claim you’ve had. Oh that’s right. You haven’t. So why again should people buy your book?
Buyers, if you’re looking to a lot of one night stands and nothing more, you don’t need this book or advice from this self-absorbed, primitive meathead. Just go outside of your home on any evening. Men who want one night stands abound. If you want a man with substance (the kinds he refers to as nice guys and he ignorantly seems to think no one wants), then by all means do not go anywhere near any advice Mr. Santagati gives or you will scare off the real catches, not the ones from whom you could catch something.
Women should be ashamed of themselves for giving this book a good rating. It’s insulting to the entire female gender and it does nothing but insult men who are decent human beings who respect women. If it was possible to give no stars, I would
Oh, and Steve dear, if we don’t find you attractive or interesting in any way, it is not US as you repeatedly state (most of your type usually blames us for your shortcomings) in the book. You’re type just isn’t of interest to most attractive, available women who have actual self-esteem and a functioning brain.
Fun, spirited, truthful and comical…
I didn’t know Bad boys needed to advertise………I got a headache….
There’s no such thing as a Bad boy. It’s just a made up name for guys who are bored with their life and who never manage to feel comfortable with themselves. If you think there is such a thing as a Bad boy, he wouldn’t have to advertise…..
The book is mostly about the author
One of the dumbest books I’ve ever read
This book was a dud, compared to other books I’ve read on the dating and mating game.
I bought this book, as well as, some others for my younger, single girlfriends. I myself am 54 years old and have been married for 26 years, to a nice guy. I never liked “bad boys” which is another word for men that are always searching for their next girl in the sack, and have no love in their heart for anyone but themselves. I would not waste my money on this book.
A Bad-Boy, But not THAT Bad…
Neil Strauss’s "The Game" For Women: Santagati Evens the Playing Field
I was disappointed to find “Game-like” techniques in the later chapters. Santagati describes a technique similar to Strauss’s “negging.” While this strategy is clever in that it in effect defends against a bad boy’s line of attack, it perpetuates a cycle of manipulation.
While Santagati’s method is inarguably effective, it’s important to take his words with a grain of salt.