Teasing is a fun part of relationships. It’s the easiest way to flirt and lets you say what you’re thinking without actually having to say it(I mean, which girl hasn’t used the old ‘That girl has the bag I want! I guess she’s got a pretty good boyfriend to buy her something like that’ joke to get something you wanted??). But guys have very fragile egos and it’s easier than you’d think for that harmless flirting to turn into an offensive insult that stays on his mind.
If you’re one of the 80% of women who use teasing in their flirting style, make sure that you’re avoiding these 4 teasing red zones:
Balding jokes are always offensive!
Whether you’re lightheartedly joking about the fact he’ll go bald like his dad, or you’re pointing out that his hairline has changed over the years, balding jokes are always a bad idea. Even if your man has a full head of hair, it’s a pretty safe bet that his deep-down fear is that his luscious locks are going to be gone one day. Putting that thought in his head will drive him wild– In the bad way! If you’re talking about his hair, make sure it’s only ever compliments.
Mo’ money jokes, mo’ problems.
A mans wallet has a direct line to his ego. He could make a great living for himself, but the slightest joke about his bank account statements will leave him feeling bad about his bucks. Treat money conversations with your man as you would with your friends– Only put in your opinion about money when asked for it, and try to keep a positive spin on things.
“Look babe! I told you I’d be taller than you in these heels!”
In a survey done by GQ Magazine in 2009, they found that the actor men would least want to be is Tom Cruise. Pretty surprising since he’s had two stone cold sexy wives, a great acting career, and millions of dollars in the bank. Why are men so opposed to being Cruise? Because he’s a little fella! Much like most women feel they would look better skinnier, most men think they would look better taller. Pointing out your boyfriend is vertically challenged is like him pointing out you’ve put on 5 pounds since last month. It may be meant as a joke, but rarely is it ever taken as one!
Any teasing about his favorite member should be forbidden. Always.
Teasing your man about anything related to his penis– size, shape, color, hair, anything– is the biggest insult you can sling towards him. Even when you tease about something you think is a compliment, it can be taken the total wrong way. Saying something like, “You’re looking bigger than usual!” may seem to you like you’re telling him he’s well-hung, but it sends his mind into negative-overdrive with thoughts like, “Bigger than usual? Am I usually small?” Teasing about anything below the belt is, well, below the belt!
Keep these four topics out of your teasing so you don’t wind up date-blocking yourself by accident.