Eliciting your friends’ reactions to your guy

After dating a guy a while, you want to introduce him to your friends. You’re hoping they’ll see how terrific he is. But what if they don’t? You are torn between wanting to know what they think … and not. Some women defend their man if their friends say anything negative about him. But what if they see something glaring that you’re overlooking?

What if you could get their feedback in a non-threatening manner? Leslie, a friend of a friend, figured out a fun way to do this. She invited her close pals to a party to meet her new guy. Each guest was given a “Rate This Man!” card. After interacting with her new guy, before they left they marked their responses to multiple-choice questions:

First Impression
___ Not the pick of the litter. Good luck. No!
___ Could be a date. Will you share? Maybe.
___ He’s a treasure. Yes!

___ Keep the lights off; yikes! No!
___ OK, but I’d keep looking. Maybe.
___ Um, sorry, I got distracted. Yes!

___ A cold fish, throw him back. No!
___ Invite friends for company. Maybe.
___ A woman’s man. Mmmmm. Yes!

Sexual Potential
___ Buy more batteries. No!
___ Oh, what the hell. It’s only sex. Maybe.
___ I’m imagining …, yum. Yes!

Rate This Couple
___ Coffee shop only.
___ Could be fun.
___ Tropical honeymoon.

I wasn’t at the event, nor do I know Leslie, but I’m imagining the guy in question was in on it from the beginning, perhaps even helping create the possible responses. If so, it would show he had a good sense of humor, was confident he’d get good scores, and was a good sport.

Did Leslie and Mr. X review the responses after everyone left? Imagine how awkward it would be if the majority of answers were in the “no” category. At minimum, it would be interesting conversation fodder. It would let you see how he reacted to the information — whether he took it good-naturedly, got defensive, or angry. And it would give you a glimpse into what your friends thought, even though they may be less than candid.

yellow flagDoes it really matter what your friends think as long as you think he’s great? Yes and no. If they are true friends, they are interested in your happiness and good will. Their antennae will be looking for any yellow flags that you may have overlooked. But most friends won’t offer this feedback freely, unless you have asked and they believe you really want it.

Everyone’s opinion is filtered through their own biases. Mr. X may have reminded your best friend of her ex, so she hated him immediately. A male buddy may be harboring a crush on you, so will only point out the negatives of your new guy. Or your sister longs for a relationship so much and wishes one for you, that she’d give thumbs up to any man with a job who’s breathing.

And yet you have to balance their opinions with how you feel. After all, you’re the one dating him and hanging out with him. You may see a tender, caring, sensitive side that doesn’t come out in a party situation.

So if you hear a trend in your friends’ comments, take it to heart. But if only one person doesn’t like him, chock it up to his/her bias. Ideally, you’re able to keep a fair and balanced view of your guy, even as you’re falling for him.

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5 responses to “Eliciting your friends’ reactions to your guy”

  1. Bookyone Avatar

    Hi DG,

    I love the comment card idea, it sounds like fun! 🙂 What a refreshing way to get opinions instead of the usual dirt dishing that inevitably leads to hard feelings on one side or the other.

    Best wishes from bookyone 🙂

  2. NYSharon Avatar

    My girlfriend and her husband (my friend also) didn’t like the way my date shook their hand (limp) and allowed me to put money on the bill when I offered because my daughter was along also. Comments were, Cold fish , cheap and not too concerned about making a good impression. I continued anyway and guess what, after a couple more dates–they were right. My friends know me best, have my best interersts in mind, and of course I wouldn’t put any guy through this in the early weeks.

  3. Ellen Avatar

    Oh, how I would love to find a guy that would be amused by being rated by my friends. And I really wish my friends WOULD speak up with their opinions. I married and divorced my second husband and only after that did my friends tell me they didn’t like him. If ONLY they had said that while I was dating him it would have saved me such grief!!! But would I really have listened to them and taken them seriously? I would now, for sure!!!

    Hugs from Ellen

  4. Mitsy Avatar

    One thing I learned the hard way is this: If your friends and family (majority of them) do not like your guy, there are good reasons for that. I spent years thinking my family and friends were way too biased towards me in regard to my ex. He was a selfish, immature boy in a man’s body who refused to grow up. He did not treat me like I should have been treated, but I made a lot of excuses for a lot of years. Eventually, I saw the light and could then look back and realize what my family & friends were trying to tell me. You can’t change a man who has extreme character flaws.

    If one or two of your friends or family don’t care for the guy, I would not ditch him, but if all of your friends and family let you know that something is not quite right about the guy, they are usually right.

  5. Aggressively Single Avatar
    Aggressively Single

    Others reactions can be telling! Or not…..
    Everyone met my new love last weekend, including my last guy. I wasn’t too concerned, because he’s one of those guys who’s public and private demeanors are somewhat different, and I like that the private one is special for me. However, I’m steeling myself for comments because he’s older, balder, and shorter than I’ve ever dated. I find him very attractive, but since he’s not what others are used to seeing me with, and can be somewhat direct and aggressive, my friends might say something. That’s okay; I asked about him before I started dating him, so I knew public reactions would be mixed! If anyone pointed out a problem that I’ve missed in the haze of love and lust, I’d appreciate it! Ya gotta help your friends….