Break Your Bad Guy Habits!

We broke down four clas­sic man ruts we all fall into and how to break out of them like a tri­umphant rom-com hero­ine.

Cosmopolitan (India) - - CONTENTS - By Emma Barker

About the Assh*le:

This is the guy who talks his way back­stage at a Kanye con­cert, makes out with you in front of Yeezus him­self, doesn’t text you again for two months, then wants to go out again like your first date was yes­ter­day. He’s to­tally full of him­self yet weirdly charis­matic—all at once. "Ev­ery­one's at­tracted to con­fi­dence, so it's easy to fall for these guys," says Chiara Atik, au­thor of Mod­ern Dat­ing.

HOW TO BREAK OUT:

Throw a bot­tle of fancy cologne his way, and when he looks the other way, run! Se­ri­ously though, delete the dude from your phone, and the next time he texts you at 2am, write back that you have a boyfriend now—whether or not that’s ac­tu­ally true.

WHO TO BREAK OUT WITH:

The 2014 lum­ber­jack. He’s take-charge, out­doorsy, al­ways tak­ing you on ad­ven­tures. He packs the ex­cite­ment of an a-hole, ex­cept he ac­tu­ally has hob­bies other than try­ing to get into your pants.

About the Man-Boy:

Peter Pans are just fun. Man-chil­dren are so spon­ta­neous, they make you feel like you just pounded three Red Bulls. It’s not un­til you wake up at 10am on a Wed­nes­day with a throb­bing hang­over that his devil may-care-ness loses its charm. Kar­ishma M (not her real name), 28, re­bounded from a break-up with a string of Peters, say­ing they “felt so laid­back” that it seemed they wouldn’t hurt her.

HOW TO BREAK OUT:

Start hang­ing out where more ma­ture guys do. “Go to events that have to do with your hob­bies,” says Atik. Ask friends who have their sh*t to­gether to set you up with proper, func­tion­ing adults.

WHO TO BREAK OUT WITH:

The Ad­ven­turer. This guy’s fun like a Peter Pan, but he has the job and the paid va­ca­tion days to back it up. Hola, cliff div­ing in Ibiza!

About the Men BF:

This male equiv­a­lent of an easy-lis­ten­ing sta­tion can be tempt­ing. He’s su­per sweet (like vanilla ice cream). He’s nice to your mom! He even sends you flow­ers for no rea­son (even if they’re never the ones you told him you like). But there’s no fire in your loins (he’s big on mis­sion­ary, and that’s about it), and you can’t stop think­ing about that an­noy­ing Sex and the City episode about zsa zsa zsu...

HOW TO BREAK OUT:

If you’re stay­ing with him only be­cause you’re afraid of the al­ter­na­tive (#ForeverAlone), it’s time to stop set­tling for just any­one and get com­fort­able be­ing solo. Trans­la­tion: dump him now.

WHO TO BREAK OUT WITH:

No one! Girl, do you. It’s bet­ter to be alone than to set­tle. Just be­ing out in the world and leav­ing your com­fort zone opens you up to at­tract­ing a guy for whom you might ac­tu­ally feel a spark...

About the BM:

There’s some­thing weird lurk­ing in his closet— per­haps a Break­ing Bad- style se­cret meth lab? It’s all so tor­tur­ous and pas­sion­ate—es­pe­cially in bed— that you re­solve to 'fix' him. “Women like to think of them­selves as the magic key that un­locks the per­fect guy in­side,” Atik ex­plains. Ekta S, 25, has been stuck in a rut of emo­tion­ally un­avail­able men for years. “It al­ways seems so ex­cit­ing,” she says. Un­til his ex pops out of a bush in prison black and white.

HOW TO BREAK OUT:

A more con­struc­tive way to tap into your nur­tur­ing side? Start vol­un­teer­ing. It’ll feel a lot bet­ter than dat­ing dudes with shady records.

WHO TO BREAK OUT WITH:

The Cul­ture Buff. He’s ex­pe­ri­enced and deep, mi­nus the se­cret fam­ily across state lines.

The Meh Boyfri end He tries so hard, you

feel sorry for him.

The Assh*

le Peace out. It's of­fi­cially over.

The

ge Bagga

Man No hoodie can hide

those is­sues.

The Man-Boy

Wait, you were born in what year?

From piece of work to work of art!

Real man, real Govern­ment ID.

Two scoops of eff­ing bor­ing.

Yep, he’s a tool.

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