The Love Gap: A Radical Plan to Win in Life and Love

The Love Gap: A Radical Plan to Win in Life and Love

by Jenna Birch


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A research-based guide to navigating the newest dating phenomenon—"the love gap"—and a trailblazing action plan to help smart, confident, career-driven women find (and keep) their match.

For a rising generation young women, the sky is the limit. Women can be anything and have everything. They are outpacing their male peers in higher education and earning the corner office at work. Smart, driven, assertive women are succeeding at just about everything they do—except romance.

Why are so many men afraid to date smart women?

Modern men claim to want smarts, success, and independence in romantic partners. Or so says the data collected by scientists and dating websites. If that's the case, why are so many independent, successful women winning in life, but losing in love? Journalist Jenna Birch has finally named the perplexing reason: "the love gap"—or that confusing rift between who men say they want to date and who they actually commit to. Backed by extensive data, research, in-depth interviews with experts and real-life relationship stories, The Love Gap is the first book to explore the most talked-about dating trend today. The guide also establishes a new framework for navigating modern relationships, and the tricky new gender dynamics that impact them. Women can, and should, have it all without settling.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781478920045
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 01/23/2018
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Jenna Birch is a health and lifestyle journalist. Her work appears frequently in print and online publications including Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Self, Teen Vogue, Marie Claire, Psychology Today, Health, Women's Health, and Yahoo!, among many others.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Hey Girl, I Understand You ix

Part 1 Identifying the gap

1 Meet the Full-Package Woman: You 3

2 Why You're Still Single 10

Part 2 It takes two

3 Don't Look Back in Anger: The Profiles 35

4 Meet the Almost Boyfriend 40

5 Meet the Disappearing Act 54

6 Meet Mr. All That But the Bag of Chips 68

7 Meet the Real Deal 79

Part 3 Minding the gap

8 What He's Doing While He's Not Dating You 95

9 Why Men Let You Go 115

Part 4 A radical plan

10 Why You Should Never Settle 135

11 Your Relationship Toolbox 158

12 Dating Effectively: How to Stop Playing the Game 174

13 The Case for Waiting 195

14 The Case for Seeking the Real Deal 219

15 The Case for Moving On 236

Conclusion: Wisdom for the (Modern) Ages 255

Glossary 263

Resources and Further Reading 267

Acknowledgments 269

Notes 273

About the Author 281

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