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Emotionally Unavailable Men: Signs & How to Deal with them

Renee Wade
October 3, 2020

So many women are easily sucked into the allure of an emotionally unavailable man.

You see a high value guy. His value is undeniable. 

His deeply masculine demeanour and energy of independence has you pining for him, and fantasising about living a full life with him by your side.

You could be so good together, you think. 

âIt would be so amazing if he was my very own man..â you think.

His sense of confidence and direction in his life and in his body language makes him seem soâ¦.desirable. 

And since he engages with you sometimes, you think heâs somehow, âavailableâ. 

When, heâs really not.

Unfortunately, itâs not just that heâs emotionally unavailable that strangely makes you want him. 

Itâs the fact that he actually does have value.

So you want him to yourself.

Only, he doesnât have the emotional resources nor the desire to share an emotional life with you.

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Emotionally unavailable men seem more masculine

Emotionally unavailable men might be desirable because they do in fact have value.

Aside from that, their emotional unavailability often makes them seem more masculine.

To many women, a man being emotionally unavailable may simply make a man seem more âindependentâ and âgoal orientedâ.

Itâs easy for some of us ladies to confuse emotional unavailability with masculinity. 

Not to mention, the traits and habits of emotionally available men are often also the traits that many women find terrifying, and hard to meet emotionally. 

Perhaps because these women prefer to tolerate a manâs emotional distance, and it feels like home to them. 

In addition, some of the traits of a typically emotionally available man may come across to some women as sexually and sensually unexciting.

Traits like emotional availability and warmth, receptivity and a touch of softnessâ¦

Sometimes, these traits in a man just seem not quite as âhigh statusâ and attractive to the ladies who have a lot of rules for how her man should look or act.

However, receptivity in a man will be the ideal trait for a woman who is ready to emotionally commit!

Here’s an article I wrote on the 7 Burning Signs A Man Is Being Low Value.

Often, instead of seeing and feeling an emotionally unavailable manâs distance for what it is, we assume things.

We assume that this man must be extra masculine and worth the struggle and the pain.

To some women, emotionally available man can just seem soâ¦.âfeminineâ and âbetaâ (most women use this definition of alpha and beta in the totally wrong context, but they use it nonethelessâ¦)

(Of course in the case of emotionally healthy women, they usually wouldn’t tolerate anything less than an emotionally available man.)

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Why do women love emotionally unavailable men?

The real question is, why are you keen about an emotionally unavailable man?

Is it because you’d like to be the one to change an emotionally unavailable man to become an emotionally available man?

Itâs kind of like the phrase âturn a cad into a dadâ.

Some people theorise that if a woman could be the one to make such a man open up emotionally, then that would make her feel very special.

I think thereâs some truth in that.

But thereâs more to it.

Iâd say that women simply fantasize about a particularly masculine and high value man (who wasn’t initially commitment friendly), choosing to commit to her emotionally.

Because it means the ultimate investment from him. And it means she is different to the women in his âone of manyâ women basket.

Remember that thereâs only ever ONE woman in a manâs life who can be the âone and onlyâ. 

Once a woman is a manâs one and only, thatâs it for him. Sheâs his everything. Hence the reason for the creation of my program on âBecoming His One & Onlyâ. 

This is the program that will give you the 5 secrets to show up as his one and only woman and make him beg you to be his one and only. 

Here’s a video my man and I made on the topic of emotionally unavailable men: Signs & how to deal with them.

In this video, we answered a lot of questions women typically have surrounding this topic of emotionally unavailable men. I recommend you watch it, as you will never see emotionally unavailable men the same way again.

Why do I attract emotionally unavailable men?

WHY do I attract emotionally unavailable men? This is the question a lot of women ask.

Here are the answersâ¦

You feel safer with emotional distance.

You feel at home with emotional distance. And so you are âokâ with a man being emotionally unavailable. It speaks straight to your emotional comfort zone.

You donât test enough.

Some women just donât test men enough.

This may be due to the fact that theyâre in an abusive relationship with the emotionally unavailable guy. And itâs scary to âtestâ him, for fear of being abused even more, or be subjected to more toxicity and perhaps even gaslighting.

Some women are less intuitive about testing.

Iâm afraid to say that western societyâs mixed messages have eroded womenâs natural instincts on this front, and Iâll discuss that more shortly.

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You tolerate men who give you crumbs.

In fact, thatâs your comfort zone, and we get what we tolerate. So thatâs all that men will give you.

Perhaps you have a historical pattern of tolerating being given crumbs. So you think this is normal in a relationship with a man.

You feel undeserving of more emotionally.

In fact, you feel undeserving of deep, unconditional love from a man.

This ties into the fact that you may have some serious abandonment issues to process through.

Emotional unavailability is your paradigm of the relationship world.

Perhaps you donât believe that itâs even possible to have one whole, emotionally available man to yourself.

You think that this half-relationship, rather than an emotionally close and dependable relationship is in fact, all thatâs ever possible.

I find this is sometimes the case in women who settle for, and tolerate a man who practices polyamory or is in a polyamorous relationship.

Itâs easy for men who hide behind polyamory to string women like this along.

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You assume an emotionally unavailable man is the greatest fantasy.

Itâs more exciting for you that way, because of the variety and the ups and downs that come with being with an emotionally unavailable man.

It can play to a fantasy or a subconscious love story you may have in your head. 

Now that you know the answers, my question to you is, which one of these answers applies to you the most?

Am I Emotionally Unavailable? One question to find out.

Itâs no secret that women who tolerate emotionally unavailable men may be just as emotionally unavailable themselves.

This doesnât always have to be the case, of course. But it certainly can be.

If you want to answer the question: am I emotionally unavailable? Just ask yourself this, and you will get the answer.

âWhen in relationship with a man, do I feel more at home creating distance than creating connection?â

Every woman creates distance at times.

But it’s what you do most of the time that really matters.

But if youâd rather binge on ice cream and netflix most nights than say, hold emotional space for a man, then youâre probably far from emotionally generous or emotionally available. 

If you tend to push him away when you get close, more than you like to bring him closer, you may be emotionally unavailable.

If youâd rather read romantic novels, or watch porn than allow yourself to feel emotionally out of control during real intimate moments, or even real love making, then yes, youâre emotionally unavailable. 

If you’re wondering how to change that, then here’s an article on How To Go From Self-Sufficient Single To Connected Couple.

Why Am I Emotionally Unavailable? 

The reason you as a woman may be emotionally unavailable is for the same reasons why you attract emotionally unavailable men. 

And we discussed these reasons above.

But the short answer to the question why am I emotionally unavailable is this: you are emotionally unavailable because it is safer to be emotionally unavailable.

You donât have to risk anything emotionally.

And more than that…you donât have to be emotionally generous. 

A lot of women who are emotionally unavailable are that way due to growing up with parents who were emotionally stingy. 

If you tolerate emotional distance, thatâs what you get

The problem is that with men, you get what you tolerate.

Women who tolerate emotionally unavailable men get exactly what they tolerate.

Much like men who tolerate an emotionally distant, cold and selectively responsive woman shouldnât be surprised if she doesnât really belong to him.

In fact, an emotionally unavailable woman is something Iâd consider a red flag if I was advising men. 

A red flag in that she could very well take her sexual and emotional resources elsewhere.

If you accept crumbs emotionally, donât expect anything more.

If you want something real with a man, choose to tolerate nothing less than his gradual and proportionate emotional investment in you.

I know that sometimes, we tolerate emotional distance in a man because it’s more exciting than whatâs ârealâ. 

The irony is that whatâs real is everything but boring. 

Once you get through a bunch of conflicts with an emotionally healthy man, and the rawness of a real relationship with a man, you come to realize that what was exciting all along, was what is real. 

Take it from me, a woman who almost completely pushed away my emotionally available husband. 

Learning to lean into a real relationship with a man who demanded more from me than my emotional distance, was one of the most painful journeys of my life.

I grew up with two emotionally unavailable parents. 

So, you can probably guess that I sometimes resented the vulnerability he demanded of me. 

When you grow up in the environment I did, a man demanding nothing less than your full love and vulnerability can initially feel like heâs trying to hurt you. Even when heâs not! 

Later on, I learned that he was the man who was trying to hurt me the least. 

And thank goodness I stayed the course.

Because now we have 2 securely attached sons who are thriving on the stellar quality of the relationship we painfully and vulnerably created together.

How society encourages emotional unavailability

I think the real issue at hand is that we live in an era where we are encouraged to short-cut the very pure and innocent process of emotional bonding in dating.

Western culture has corrupted many men and women to say the least.

I have sons (3 to be exact, as one is on the way). And even though theyâre sons, I wouldnât even want them to just choose the casual sex route when they grow up.

Because I know how cheap it is, even for a man.

You may be wondering why thatâs even relevant in an article about men being emotionally unavailable.

Itâs relevant because when women and men buy into the idea of sexual equality, they think itâs ok to approach all their relationships from a predominantly sexual path.

And this is especially damaging for women.

Women then shirk their internal feminine bias of seeking trust, bonding and emotional closeness before the physical act of sex. 

This bypasses the process of pair bonding between a man and a woman.

In a pair bond, thereâs emotional availability, and he will be emotionally available most of the time. Period. 

Even the most avoidantly attached men will show some level of emotional availability, no matter how shallow or short-lived, if he was in love with a woman.

On the topic of a man falling in love, here is an article on How To Make Him Fall In Love With You: 5 Unconventional Ways To Make Him Love You MORE. 

So what happens is that after some form of casual sex between the man and the woman, or an unhealthy focus on sexually enticing each other, something strange happens.

The man and woman wonder why they canât have emotionally committed relationships.

Here are 10 Signs Of A Commitment Phobic Man.

The answer is because it was never about that to begin with.

Hereâs an article on the 6 burning signs he doesnât want a relationship with you. 

Why is he emotionally unavailable? 

A lot of the time, the reason why he is emotionally unavailable, is because thereâs not enough attraction and connection in the relationship.

This is not about your worth as a woman. This is about the quality of the relationship in the manâs eyes.

Given enough attraction and connection, even the most emotionally damaged men would give you a level of emotional availability. 

This is because thatâs what great connections inspire in humans.

This is why weâve always said there are only two critical things that matter inside of any intimate relationship. 

Find out more about how to create these two critical things inside of any relationship with any man, here. 

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Why wonât he open up? 

So, why canât he open up to you emotionally?

It is because he canât and he wonât.

As everybody knows, the realm of human relationships isnât always simple.

The reason itâs taken me 11 years to even write about the topic of emotionally unavailable men, is because I prefer other terms and frameworks.

And I donât use prefer to use this framework in my teachings.

As with lots of extremely popular descriptive terms, itâs not always used in the best or smartest way.

To me, a lot of the time, a woman calling a man âemotionally unavailableâ is no different to a man calling a woman sexually cold. 

I donât know what the cute term for that would be.

Maybe âsexually unavailableâ or âsexually coldâ?

No, sheâs not sexually cold. Maybe she just doesnât want sex with you.

Women are open to sex with the right man, in the right scenario.

In much the same way, men are open to emotional availability (or emotional commitment) with the right woman, at the right time!

See this article on why men wonât commit. 

Is there a Grey area?

Yes, in a real relationship, there’s usually a grey area in this.

In a relationship, sometimes a girlfriend or wife will be sexually cold.

And in a relationship, sometimes men will pull away and be emotionally unavailable for a little bit.

It happens. But in dating, if one is dealing with a perpetually unavailable man, that’s a problem.

If a guy is pursuing a woman who is always sexually cold or emotionally cold…yeah, I’d ask him why he’s still chasing her.

How to get an emotionally unavailable man to open up

The only thing that’s going to get an emotionally unavailable man to open up to you, is to value the emotional attraction and emotional connection first.

If you’re always focusing on what he’s not doing, you’re missing a treasure trove of ways you can open him up.

The key is to understand where he’s at.

This is something that requires generosity on your part.

So, let’s say you want and need more from him…

But that’s what YOU want.

What does HE want?

What does HE need in order to even remotely value investing in you?

Does he need you to understand him? Here’s 5 things every woman ought to know about men.

Does he need you to know more about how to be a high value woman?

There are definitely methods for how to get an emotionally unavailable man to open up.

The most effective way is to know what he values, and know if it’s even possible for you to offer that or not.

Maybe you’ll decide he’s not worth it.

Maybe you’ll realize that you can’t offer what he actually needs in order to be emotionally invested in you.

Gosh, maybe he’s married already?

And if he is married or taken already, maybe he simply cannot leave his wife (most men never file for divorce from their wife. Only a minority do leave their wife for another woman). And here’s why he would leave his wife for another woman.

Also, never rule out the fact that you might be beating a dead horse.

If a man is married, severely jaded, abusive, a true narcissist, or he cannot offer you the full emotional investment that you need, maybe you’re wasting your time.

You always have to allow your real emotions and vulnerability to guide you in your decision making, when moving forward with an emotionally unavailable man.

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Does being emotionally unavailable mean that he has avoidant attachment?

Is emotional unavailability the same thing as having insecure attachment?

If youâve looked into attachment theory at all, youâd know that thereâs a branch of insecure attachment called âavoidant attachmentâ, or anxious-avoidant attachment style.

And this label is so very exciting for women to use when describing an emotionally unavailable man.

But Iâd caution you against mixing the idea of avoidant attachment with emotional unavailability.

In order to accurately conclude that a man is indeed an avoidant type, you would have to get close enough to him emotionally for a long enough period.

To get close enough to him would mean that you actually have to feel, but also see (objectively) that he has a pattern of pushing you away as soon as you get emotionally close.

Emotionally unavailable as a framework however, is different to that.

What does it mean to be emotionally unavailable? 

Emotionally unavailable just means that he cannot invest in you. 

It means that heâs not emotionally available to you, now. At this time, and for the foreseeable future.

Attachment theory however, is a framework that is to be used when a man comes into attachment with you.

But if a man has never truly been emotionally close to you or in attachment with you, then how on earth can you call him avoidantly attached?

Answer: you canât. 

I think a lot of women are too quick to judge a man to have an avoidant attachment style, because they find it so hard to let go of an emotionally unavailable man.

They need to find meaning in a seemingly hopeless situation.

But remember that these two ideas (emotionally unavailable and avoidant attachment) certainly do not always go together. 

Instead, the truth may be that heâs emotionally unavailable for this woman, but is highly emotionally available for another woman. The right woman.

Why is he emotionally unavailable?

Letâs have a look at why a man might be emotionally unavailable, and then we will look at the possible signs that a man is emotionally unavailable.

Firstly, thereâs a few possible reasons as to why heâs emotionally unavailable:

1: Heâs married with children.

Or he already was married with children, heâs just widowed or divorced. Which means the purpose for him wanting to get married to a woman has already been served. 

Why would he bother doing it all again?

The only reason heâd bother is if he fell in love with the right woman. 

However, just because a married man has a mistress who provides him with excitement, sex and companionship, doesnât mean heâd risk everything in order to leave his wife for her. 

2: Heâs been used & abused by women in the past. 

And whilst he used to be emotionally healthy, he no longer has the desire to open up and invest himself in any woman.

His past experiences with women (or a woman) have left him with too much baggage to process, so he’s going to be harder (but not impossible) to open up.

3: He had an abusive childhood.

Therefore he is emotionally stunted and unable to offer any kind of emotional presence to you.

4: Thereâs no real attraction & connection in the relationship.

And so, why would he care about the relationship enough to invest in it emotionally?

For a man, committing to a relationship where thereâs hardly any attraction and connection is nothing but a pesky obligation

Who loves doing something or offering themselves up for something when it feels like an obligation? 

Answer: no one.

5: He only wanted to keep you around for sex.

As a woman, you know intuitively that a man who invests his time in you might like to eventually have sex with you, right?

Well, men often also know if theyâre emotionally unavailable. They know and feel it when a woman aches for more.

They just donât always want to give it. This may be because his interest in you stops at sex and casual fun.

Personally, I donât think this is morally right.

But why would the universe care about my morals or your morals? 

Yeah, it wouldnât.

We just have to see things as they are, and respond accordingly.

Emotionally unavailable man signs

Firstly, I want to say that the signs a man is emotionally unavailable to you are roughly the same as the burning signs he doesnât want a relationship with you.

I recommend every woman read that article, (and watch the video). 

So, here are the emotionally unavailable signs and characteristics.

Sign 1: He avoids.

The biggest sign that a man is emotionally unavailable is that he avoids. He avoids addressing your needs. Whether you express your needs as direct requirements, or indirect requests for more investment, he won’t meet them regardless.

And this goes for little things you need as well. Anything from asking him for the simplest piece of advice to asking him for the comfort of his presence and/or company.

Now, this is not the same as a man having avoidant attachment. As I mentioned earlier in this article, avoidant attachment style is a different matter altogether.

Sign 2: He canât be there with you for anything other than sex.

If you’re in this position, I really recommend that you take my “Becoming His One & Only” course. The promise of this course is to give you the 5 secrets to have the man of your choice fall in love with you and beg you to be his one and only.

If you enrol in the platinum course, you’ll get tests to use to see how emotionally invested he is in you right now.

Sign 3: Heâs married.

As I mentioned above, most married men will never leave their wives. It’s only a minority that do. And when they do, it’s a BIG deal.

Sign 4: He never actually reaches out to connect with you. 

And if he does, he does it on his terms or is only doing it to keep you chained to an abusive relationship. 

Sign 5: He is happy to make judgements & assumptions about you, but not happy to listen to you.

Emotionally unavailable men won’t be emotionally generous. They’ll be unable to hear your story, and validate your experiences.

Sign 6: He needs far more compassion (or validation) from you than he would ever give in return.

In other words, he’s happy to take all the nurturing from you, but can never reciprocate that gesture from you.

Always remember, for a man to give you the emotional presence you need, he would have to perceive value in you and in the relationship with you.

But sometimes, no matter what you offer, there’s men who won’t be able to value you.

Sign 7: The people close to him describe him as distant.

You may be dealing with a very emotionally distant man if he feels more comfortable keeping most people in his life at arms length.

If you would like to understand more about why he is like this, I recommend you read this popular article on the 12 Secret Reasons Some People Will Always Be Distant From You.

Sign 8: He has an incessant need for significance in the relationship.

In other words, his primary needs are in conflict with what you, (and perhaps some other people close to him) want and need from him.

People who need to always be seen as successful, significant and capable often pursue those wants at a huge sacrifice to those close to them. 

Sign 9: He simply doesnât care.

Do I need to say much about this? 

I suppose I should, even though in theory this should be self explanatory.

What I can say is that a lot of the time, as women, we get so caught up with the fantasy of the kind of relationship we think we have with a man, that we deign to acknowledge his non reciprocal actions.

Itâs hard to care. 

Itâs even harder for a man who doesnât feel an emotional bond with you to care about you. 

So, my advice is to notice whether he ever meets you emotionally when you reach out, and how often.

What that means is, does he return your attempts to be emotionally close? Or is the silence on the other end deafening?

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Can emotionally unavailable men change?

So can an emotionally unavailable man change? 

It depends on the reasons why he is emotionally unavailable. 

In theory, I believe everyone can change. I wouldnât doubt anyoneâs capacity to change.

But whether they will or not? 

Different matter altogether.

If you want your emotionally unavailable man to change, perhaps consider that the best path is not to try to âgetâ him to be different.

The right path is the path of knowing that you need to change first.

Along this line of thinking, it’s not so much about focusing too much on the characteristics of this emotionally unavailable man.

Rather, it’s about focusing on how you can inspire a different response in him.

But not only him, other men as well!

What that means is that you would need to show up differently to how you have been showing up.

I have a few suggestions for you, but the best recommendation I have for you on showing up differently, is to explore my âBecoming His One & Onlyâ Program.

In that, Iâll give you 5 secrets to have him fall in love with you, and beg you to be his one and only.

In the platinum version of that program, I also give you methods by which you can âtestâ your man to see once and for all, how far he can come. 

How to deal with an emotionally unavailable man

What I can say about a man keeping you around even when he doesnât want a relationship with you, is that it is solely up to you to put your foot down and say âNO!â. 

And walk away.

The way I see it is that if you are sure in your heart, that you will tolerate nothing less than full love and emotional presence in a man, then stand by that and show it.

Eliminate emotionally unavailable men by sending the message that youâll tolerate nothing less than real love.

We have a program called “High Value Mindsets” that will serve you on your path to becoming a high value woman who only tolerates the very best. Check that out here.

(The promise of this program is to give you the ability to âtrade inâ your anxiety and insecurities for self esteem, self worth and intrinsic confidence, so that no one will ever take you for granted & high value men will recognise you as an indispensable âkeeperâ.)

If you truly feel that nothing less than real love is your boundary, the only one who would care enough to exert and communicate that boundary is you. 

OR a man who loves you so deeply and cares so deeply that he becomes capable of exerting your boundaries for you.

And yes, this does exist. 

But only in very established relationships where lots of conflicts have been overcome, and as a consequence, lots of trust has been built.

Again, if you would like assistance in that matter, then I recommend our class on High Value Mindsets, created by my husband D.Shen. You can find out more about that popular class here. 

I wish you nothing less than full love in your life. 

Moving forward, I hope you choose that for yourself, too. 

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