I love you baby
We hear so many stories of women falling in love with men they haven’t met, only to discover that he his a fake and a snake, after they have handed over their hard earned (or borrowed) money in response to whatever sob story he has suckered them with – and then either never heard from him again, or were asked for yet more.
Now this is something that I really didn’t think could happen to me. I bet you are saying the same thing aren’t you? Certainly, I would never hand over money to some person I have never met – heck, I have a hard time handing money over to anyone I know let alone a perfect stranger! I can though, appreciate why women find themselves in the position of loving a man they have never met. Why do I say this? I say this because last year, I thought I was in love – with a man I had never met. If you want to know more about that particular story, hop over to www.fakedating.blog
It is all in the head
No seriously, it quite literally is. The part of our brain that is responsible for our emotions, the amygdala, controls how we feel. Excite the amygdala, and we get a rush of emotions.
Love talk, which is used by the fakes, flakes and even sometimes the frogs, (look out for that article later), has the power to have us swooning over every word, begging for more and quite literally, out of our minds. This is what the n’er-do-wells rely on. In fact, I have it on good authority that scammers have a training package around “how to make a woman fall in love with you”. How do I know this? Not all scammers are that bright. One of them sent a link for the training to a woman he was trying to dupe!
Power of words
All it takes is a little bit of caring, a little bit of sharing – and a lot of attention. Why wouldn’t any woman have their head turned? In my own situation, as soon as the stimulation that was exciting my amygdala was removed, the feelings more or less went away. Ok, so there were some residual feelings: disappointment, shock, anger. Certainly I was bonded to the face in the pictures and videos that had been used to dupe me.
So what is it, apart from the action of our brain in response to some gooey words, that makes us fall for it? Are we all susceptible to being fooled by fake-love talk? Or are some of us immune to it?
The scammers target a specific profile
To consider this, I think it is useful to look at the profile of the types of women who fall for this. Wait a minute – before you dismiss them as being sad, lonely types with half a brain – it is worth mentioning that there have been plenty of stories in the press of business women and highly educated women being duped. I myself consider myself to be well educated – and nobody’s fool. Granted – I didn’t part with any cash and would have not looked back over my shoulder as I muttered “cheerio pet”. Ok ..so even though I am from the North East of England, I would never say “cheerio pet” – and in the circumstances, I am more likely to mutter some profanity and not so flattering adjectives to describe any such scammer.
Love is a many splendoured thing
Certainly my generation – I just missed the baby boomers; and apparently I am of the Jones Generation. Never heard of it before, but this essentially this what it is:
“Acquisitive, ambitious, achievement-oriented, cynical, materialistic (a reference to the expression ‘keeping up with the Joneses’). Generation Jones is predominantly a US concept, overlapping and representing a sub-group within the Baby Boomer and Gen-X generations.”
Ok, well, ahem. Not sure I QUITE fit into that modality, but let’s move on.
Getting back to my generation – we were brought up pretty much with the stereotypical role models of man, woman, love, marriage, family. Not necessarily in that order. Aside from the societal norms around being in a relationship, love, is a basic human need.
Many of the women that I speak to through my Fakedating forum, are women of a certain age. They are widowed, divorced, grandmothers, singletons. What many of them seem to have in common is that they are – lonely, put upon and overlooked.
Women of a certain age tend to have many responsibilities thrust upon them. They are caregivers for their adult children, their grandchildren, their elderly parents. They may even be in a marriage that does not serve their emotional needs well.
Let me just say, before you jump to conclusions – that I do not really fit into any of the above descriptors. I am definitely not lonely, and as a singleton I don’t have responsibility for others – except of course for my dog.
You don’t need a man to define you
I would hazard a pretty accurate guess, that what is different between myself and a lot of the women who fall for guys they have never met, is that my self esteem is pretty intact. I don’t need the validation from another human being that some of these women seek. It is a sad fact, that even today, many women feel as though they don’t have a life unless they have a man in it.
My self determination has never originated from a man. Just as well really, as I have spent a great deal of my adult life as a singleton, with the odd interlude. Heck, I nearly married the same man twice!
So why do I make this sweeping statement about the self esteem of the women who tend to fall for these fakes? I do this because some of the women I speak to go back time and again. Even with solid proof that the guy that is romancing them is fake – they refuse to believe it. It isn’t just women of a certain age either, I recently had contact from a young woman who wanted to know if there was a future for her relationship with a man who lived in a different country.
In this case, they had met a couple of times. He hadn’t scammed her out of money, but she had coughed up for some not so cheap expenses – I will let you be the judge of his motives for keeping that connection going.
There is more than one reason
So you see, it is not as straightforward as saying that women who get suckered in by these men are just lonely. My guess, is the young lady that reached out to me found it easier to have a remote relationship to meet her need for emotional connectedness. I can’t say for sure why this is as that would only become evident through coaching – and of course, I would not be discussing that here in specific terms.
My suggestion to the young lady that contacted me, was that she may benefit from some personal development to understand why she chooses a distant relationship over a tangible relationship in her everyday life.
Dating in the age of technology
Finding love is never easy, particularly when you are older. The options on how to do this are very different from when I was a young woman. Then, you socialised with friends, and scouted for potential suitors. A bit of flirting and bob’s your uncle – you had a date.
These days – it is all about swiping, hooking up and endless, repeated conversations as you try to find your prince amongst the inevitable fakes, flakes and frogs.
It is not a lost cause though – you just need to keep your wits about you.
I’ll sign off here, but look out for more of my articles in the coming weeks. If anything I have written about here is of interest to you, please comment like and share. You can also check out our social media groups if you would like to connect with like minded women, and get up to date tips on how to stay safe dating online.
Cheerio for now.
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