Did you ever watch that movie back in the 90’s with Richard Gere and Julia Roberts – Pretty Woman? (If you haven’t, it’s definitely worth your time)

If you have seen it… then let me ask you a simple question.

Why (or more specifically… HOW) did a high status and rich lawyer (Richard Gere) end up falling in love with a woman who sells her body for a living and apparently didn’t have any “class”, any education, or the other characteristics that society tells us we should have?

Perhaps love is blind? Or perhaps there are other factors at play here?

Let me come back to what the answer is a bit later on.

Interesting thing about men falling in love…

In all my research into why men and women fall in love, I’ve come across some very interesting and surprising discoveries.

For example… men tend to fall in love within hours of meeting a woman. In other words, the biological process of falling in love for a man, happens rather quick

(We’re talking about the cascade of dopamine, oxytocin and vasopressin in the brain but let’s not get too geeky here.)

What this means for you, is that when it comes to dating, the first few hours or the first few interactions are probably the most important.

This doesn’t mean a romance couldn’t ensue later down the track, it is just to demonstrate the speed in which “falling in love” occurs.

Another thing I have found interesting is this, the more effort you put into wanting someone to like you, the less likely they will fall in love with you.

So ironic huh?

(Perhaps I’ll talk more about that in another article.)

I believe one of the biggest roadblocks to romance is our need and desire to be perfect. It is our desire to be “enough” that is causing us much of the pain and suffering.

Watch this Commitment Triggers episode on Youtube…

If I could only just be enough…

If I could just be tall enough, pretty enough, thin enough, smart enough… perhaps then I am worthy of love, perhaps then I’ll find that man who loves me, perhaps then he won’t leave me again…

(Even though we theoretically and intellectually know that nobody in this world is perfect, we still chase after this idea of “perfection”.)

And look, there’s nothing wrong with chasing perfection. It is, by all means a “good” thing.

An artist chases perfection and takes their art to a whole new realm.

An athlete chases perfection and sets a new standard for the rest of the world.

A designer chases perfection and creates a brand new paradigm of thinking.

However… (And this is a BIG however…)

When it comes to love and romance, the pursuit of perfection is perhaps your biggest enemy.

That’s right… the pursuit of perfection kills love.

Because for as long as you’re trying to be perfect, you can’t be fully engaged with a man. You can’t fully be present and “fall” into the moment.

You can’t feel the subtle emotions that are required for romance and passion to exist.

You’re simply too busy in your own head being caught up with this idea of perfection.

(Remember perfectionists aren’t happy people)

And men simply don’t fall in love with perfect women.

In order to fall deeply in love, a man has to be able to relate to you. It’s hard to relate to someone when they’re stuck in their own head – when we try to be perfect, we really are stuck in our own head.

So if you feel like you have to strive towards something, strive towards being imperfect.

Julia Roberts wasn’t trying to be perfect in Pretty Woman. She was as imperfect as it gets… just like you and I deep down inside.

Men fall in love with imperfect women, because these women are real.

But don’t all the “perfect women” get all the attention?

I know what you’re thinking… perfect women get more attention.

Yes and no.

Sure, men as a collective whole may be fascinated by those “perfect women” and perhaps even give them most of the attention.

But there’s a huge difference between attention and love.

It’s a difference that can be hard to see when you’re chasing attention, but perhaps when you’ve reached the top of the pyramid of attention, then you’d realize how empty attention is.

(Remember all those Hollywood stars that have overdosed? They didn’t do it because they didn’t have enough attention.)

Because attention is cheap. It’s like those cheap snacks in your cupboards that only adds inches to the waistline, but are so damn tasty! (What? You don’t have those snacks in your cupboard? Me either.)

The truth is quite simple… men may give superficial attention to those “perfect women” but they fall deeply in love with those who are imperfect.

Which would you rather if you could only choose one? Men giving you attention or men actually falling in love with you emotionally?

It’s a real difficult decision, I know.

The best type of love is when it’s imperfect.

The perfect thing about love and romance is that it isn’t meant to be perfect.

It is meant to be two individuals sharing authentically and relating spontaneously.

It’s this pursuit of perfection that is sometimes preventing ourselves from being the authentic, spontaneous version of ourselves.

Men don’t fall in love with perfect women. They fall in love with real women… women who are imperfect.

So perhaps the most perfect thing to give yourself right now is the permission to be imperfect.

Perfection is the wrong game to play.

This all reminds me of when I was in my teenage years and playing a lot of competitive golf. (Don’t laugh, I know you think golf is an old man sport, at least I thought I was cool, that’s what matters right?)

Anyhow, I was young (and stupid) and I fell into the trap of becoming too fascinated with own golf swing.

Everywhere I went, I watched and analyzed my own golf swing in the reflections of mirrors and glass panels.

I used to record my swing on an old “piece of junk” camcorder and play it back over and over again, like a real golf swing connoisseur.

Deep down inside, I thought that if my golf swing was “perfect”, then everything would be great.

Boy – was I an idiot.

What I didn’t realize was that nobody was keeping score of what my golf swing looked like. Nobody even cared.

And as a result, I lost track of what really mattered.

(Which was shooting a good score and therefore winning tournaments… apparently that was what golf was all about… who would have thought!)

A golf swing that was aesthetically pleasing is, sadly useless. I know, hind sight is always 20-20 right?

Perhaps you’re also chasing after a certain type of perfection that is taking your focus off of what really matters?

Perhaps chasing perfection and chasing attention is sabotaging the possibility of men falling in love with you.

Just maybe…

Men fall in love with imperfect women.

Take a moment, and just look around you.

Men everywhere are falling deeply in love with women who are NOT perfect. If you would look, you would see many examples of this.

Many would suggest that Hugh Jackman’s wife isn’t so perfect, but it didn’t stop him from falling in love with her…

Or similar things could be said about Pierce Brosnan’s wife Keely?

And of course there are countless other examples.

You see, in the eyes of men, these “imperfect women” suddenly become every bit perfect, because they are real.

Falling in love is real, it can’t be faked.

Perhaps love is blind or perhaps love is not about being perfect.

Don’t chase perfection… your imperfections are worth more than that.


D. Shen

Commitment Triggers

P.S. Your job is not to be perfect. Your job is to be real.

In talking about men falling in love, I’ve done some more research. (I know, I sound like a super nerd – if only I spend half this amount of effort back doing my bachelor degree…)

Interesting discovery… after looking at hundreds of men and women in dating and relationships, in my own life and in those around me, I’ve discovered something really important.

I have come to realize that there are 2 common traits of those women whom men routinely fall in love with, regardless of age, culture or belief systems.

And I mean the kind of women that men adore and cherish.

But here’s the caveat… for a man to go through the emotional and biological experience of falling in love, a woman must exhibit BOTH of these traits.

That’s right, both. Miss one of these traits and it simply won’t work, and I’ll explain to you why one day.

These are two very different traits but equally as important.

(remember, falling in love is very much a biological process that occurs in your brain and your body)

It seriously took me years of research to be able to distill everything into these 2 traits. Perhaps I’ll write another blog post soon about what these 2 traits are and why they work to trigger men to fall in love. (Even if you’re not perfect)

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What a great way to start a new blog! As someone who tries so hard to be perfect, I need to hear this. I bookmarked your blog (already have Renee’s bookmarked) can’t wait to read more!

Hi David. Congratulations on starting your own blog, I’m sure it will be a huge success! And great article to start out with! Thank you so much for talking about this. This is such an important subject, not only when it comes to finding love, but also in finding inner peace and happiness (in my opinion). For me it was in particular important to read your phrase “Men may give superficial attention to those “perfect women” but they fall deeply in love with those who are imperfect”. The article also made me think about, how “perfection” is actually subjective. And… Read more »

David, I left my ex because he was giving cheap attention to other women but he was saying that it was me who he was in love with. I felt like the imperfect one…and that made me punish him…


Thank you for this post. I am so much different from the type of girl my guy has been attracted to all his life. (short, skinny blonds)…I am not skinny and I have brown hair and I am not much shorter than him. Reading blogs such as yours helps me keep the confidence that “I am enough” anyways. Thank you and can’t wait to read more!


Hi David,
you mentioned that men fall in love quickly. Would you say that if your man isn’t in love with you after months into the relationship (I’m talking 9-10 months here), there’s not much chance he’ll ever develop feelings?
Alos, the two traits article bait was a great one 🙂 can’t wait to read it.

Tanya Marcy

Yay, you started your own blog! Great article, David. Very true, but advice I have to always keep in mind because I tend to be a perfectionist. You got me too, with the 2 traits, can’t wait for that post either!


Great read David, thanks for sharing!


Thanks a lot. it is so cool that you started a blog and we can see views from the man of a feminine woman.


Hey David,nice article can’t wait for you share the two things

Rohini Naidu

HI David, really the article is interestng. and ur first article only is telling that the points u r sharing here are the truths. thank you for being the open hearted n sharing the truths man wants from woman.

David, thanks so much for writting this. Some men struggle to articulate this kind of thing and it feels so nice knowing there are men out there that believe this and that have a wonderful relationship (you and Renee). I hear what you’re saying about being perfectly imperfect. However, I really struggle feeling good enough when im with a man who is checking out someone societally more “perfect.” My Dad is a perfectionist so it is a hard thing to shake. Not to be greedy, but I cant help but want to feel like im everything physically my guy could… Read more »
Zaira Belle

Hey David, great article! Bravo!!!

Renee Wade

Thanks D. Shen for reminding us of what really matters in relationships, and for getting to the heart of the topic of what humans actually fall in love with, and HOW they fall in love. The best thing about this article is that it frees women. It frees us to just BE.

I know I feel euphoric around even just girlfriends who are freely being their imperfect selves. These kinds of women are infectious, exciting, and make the world a beautiful place.

Amal Elzargi

Thanks for the blog, it really inspirational. I really got curious about those two traits..
Eagerly waiting for your next blog 🙂

Denise Burton-Roberts
Denise Burton-Roberts

Loved it David! Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to further reads. Denise

Hello! Interesting article, though there are some things that are “disguised” just like in any article out there.. but nevertheless is a Good one, and I want to know which are the 2 things you feel a Woman should posses (at the end) Other than that.. Maybe I am in a wrong phase of my life, but I just wish someone once would spill the truth just like it is ! (so don`t necessarily take personally what I will say, just a general truth, that it is not enough said) Listen, all this CRAP about women being Imperfect, AND real,… Read more »
Omg, David, I’m so excited that you’ve created your own blog! I’m a huge fan of the feminine woman blog so this should be interesting. I wondered if there is a difference between being perfect and not putting the effort in? I’m currently undergoing therapy for past trauma, trying to heal myself of past pains and working towards the goal in mind of living up to my highest potential. Only then do I feel that I will be ready for an adult relationship. I could try and meet people now, but I feel that I wouldn’t attract what I’m looking… Read more »
Hi David, First time reading your blog and I have to tell you that Cory has really scared me. I’m interested in a man whom I connected with online but haven’t heard from him. He is imperfect but thinks he’s perfect because he’s a Surgeon. I am an Empath and a nurse. I know he has lost in the game of love and is floating around out there. I want to write to him and tell him he’s committing professional suicide with the things he’s doing online but, I’m not so sure. I believe all people are good and it’s… Read more »

Hi David, Congratulations on the new blog and thank-you for such a splendid article. I believe the take home message I got was:

Keep up the good work!


David where is Renee? are you still with her. I don’t see her on your website or your facebook. I really hope there is no issues cos your guys being together as a couple is such an inspiration to so many.

Anna C

Hi Mercy,

He is still with Renee; he has a son Tyson with her, they are happily married and completely in love. It’s amazing to see. I am very happy for them both.

Anna C
David, I want to say that falling in love really does happen very quickly. It comes back to what I spoke to you about early on regarding first impressions, and how they trigger subconscious needs and fears and comforts in another person. I couldn’t believe it, but my man & I fell in love very quickly. There was always a connection, but one night everything changed. For both of us. Our eyes were kinder towards each other, our initiatives rose, we became much better people. I could be a spas and a doofus. He could be an annoying jokester. This… Read more »

This is a great to know. Thanks for this article.


Oh what should I do?I’m a perfect woman 🙁


Hi David I understand what you saying, I don’t think I agree with you but I know you know better than me. What I am saying is, I am not perfect and I never was, but all my life I never met a man who fall love with me where is the truth on what you are sayin


[…] to other women when he’s fallen in love with you! It just means that you can’t expect him to fall in love with you, or want to make love to you for being […]

Kat MC
Could it beee… that some “Men” Guys dont bother enough to look for someone of their calibre, Intelligent educated fighter..and settle for dubie blondie, because they dont wanan complicate further AAAND they have small dic* ?? Trust me,some MEN are simply dumbasses Mysoginist! Why would they not choose a woman who challenges them like Sharon Stone, or Angelina, you give us this crap?? Am I suppossed to think the fact I am Woman and I want to grow both emotionally financially…gets in the way” of me getting a Man ?? Oh no my friend. Gets in the way of getting… Read more »
Kat MC
Also this article proves how much in the fog you guys are. You mention “real” and then you say Pretty Woman as an example. really ?? You think Prostritues are “real” ? My friend, everyone knows that prostitutes are probably the BEST ACTRESSES that you men adore so much. A woman does not love when she gets like that. in fact she gives up on being “real”. cause she realizes that Men” will never love a Woman for being simply a Woman but an actress.. but of course you cant know this, youre a GUY and thats why Women keep… Read more »
Bird O'ParadisePines

“But G Dammit, they’re so tasty!!!”….. You are hilarious. Thank you for the laugh out loud of the day. Love you guys.

Emma Cécilia Arnd

That’s interesting insight, thank you for helping us women.
Yet, what is this “perfection”, it seems that it has very much of being physically very attractive, according to the examples. Then the thing is that very beautiful women, the onss a lot of guys would say is rated a 9- 10, read this and could feel very uncomfortable through this analysis.

Barbara McDonald
Hello David…Barbara here…I have so enjoyed your you tube videos and emails. I am a slim vivacious senior lady who has no trouble getting attention. I do not want that. I just broke off a 2 and one half year relationship with a man 17 yrs. younger. I realized he would never commit but he admitted he had feelings for me. I did not try to be perfect as I can’t be. We where happy but I need stability. Now I am back with my former partner who is very supportive but I cant feel love for him like the… Read more »
Paula Frate

Great reminder! Thanks for the article!

Marcia Giupatto
Shen, I am from Brazil and when I´ve read the title of this article I had thought that you would talk about personality. But the article surprised me. Your words are so true. When people are worried about their performance, appearence or something else related to, they are not really inside the moment, the feelings and the others. They do not creat empahty, and it is the most important think that creat an environment of love. I have already found friends who are more concerned to show that they are perfect and the prettiest woman in the world and did… Read more »


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