People playing games in dating is all too common, but it always sucks. And the truth is, someone who plays games with you is not the kind of person you necessarily want to be with. It's a sign that they're not really being authentic in their dating life — and no grown-ass woman has time for that.
So why do people even play games in the first place? Well, a lot of people assume that's the way dating is supposed to be. "You may automatically assume that dating is some kind of game or competition to be mastered rather than something fun and enjoyable," relationship therapist Aimee Hartstein, LCSW tells Bustle. "If this isn’t checked you can lose a sense of trust and the belief that two people can meet, like each other, and form a relationship in a natural, easy way. The best way of combating these bad habits is to truly be yourself and don’t play games. Reach out to someone if you had a great date. If you want to be in a long-term relationship, let them know. Be yourself and be authentic and you have a much better chance of making a true connection with someone."
And yet, dating games still happen all the time. So give yourself permission to just bow out of them — as soon as they appear. We all have our own unique pet peeves, but here are some dating games grown-ass women just shouldn't put up with.