1. Needlessly playing hard to get, as if it’s some weird rule in a game. If you like someone or enjoyed spending time together (or even if you didn’t), be clear about it. It’s really that simple.
2. Never suggesting plans or counter-offers when a plan doesn’t work for you.
“Hey, want to get dinner on Friday?”
“No, I am busy, how about Saturday?”
Otherwise, I’m just going to assume you’re not that interested in going out with me. So, if you are interested, please make a counter-offer or just suggest something you think would be fun to do next time we go out.
3. Assuming the worst.
Communication is an imprecise art. Any given sentence can probably be interpreted in 5 different ways. I see many women who automatically assume that, of those 5 ways, he must have meant the one that is the worst.
When we started dating, I told my wife “If I say something and it can be taken two ways, and one of those ways makes you upset, trust me, I meant the other one. I’d never say anything to hurt you.”