Mem­oirs of a Mad­man*

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News -

ry­ing to write an on­line dat­ing pro­file for a Mad­man is a bit like be­ing a dodgy sec­ond-hand car sales­man try­ing to flog a bat­tered Tra­bant. Both have to em­pha­sise the pos­i­tive points of a prod­uct that is ei­ther well passed its hey­day or was flawed from the out­set.

Last week I wrote about how a Mad­man try­ing to find that spe­cial some­one will find that the pool of suit­able suit­ors is con­sid­er­ably smaller and that he too is no longer the at­trac­tive propo­si­tion he once was.

This is why an on­line dat­ing pro­file can be a trick thing to write.

If you don’t want to sound like a dodgy sec­ond-hand car sales­man try­ing to flog a bat­tered Tra­bant then you must find room in your pro­file for some hon­esty.

Strik­ing a bal­ance be­tween hon­esty and sales­man­ship is a del­i­cate one. This is be­cause one Mad­man’s per­ceived at­tribute could be an­other woman’s ul­ti­mate turn-off.

For ex­am­ple, stat­ing in your pro­file that you like to col­lect beer mats ac­tu­ally says you spend far too much time drink­ing down the pub.

Un­less you are look­ing to at­tract some­one with a sim­i­lar pas­sion for col­lecta­bles fo all sorts such as stamps and en­gine parts,

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