We all gossip about our friends, there's no doubt about that. Don't like the way the girl at the bar talked to you? If he's already out on a date with you, he thinks you're cool.

Here's a secret about men: we want a woman who's cool with who she is.

What we don't like is a woman who tries to be who she's NOT.

But here's some warning signs that maybe I'm not just talking about a current boyfriend; I'm talking about the ex, or the guy who didn't call back.

If you're trying to impress a guy, leave the other guys out.

Men like women who like food; men also like women who are in good shape. So, if you're going to talk about food, then eat it, too! Don't be the skinny person who brags about how "badly" they eat, because men know you're lying.

Because who worries what a lame guy like him thinks?

If you want him to be a different guy, then just find a different guy.

He should probably think your friends are cool, but if you portray your friends as not-so-great, what does that say about you?

Please apologize if you accidentally spit on me, or dump red wine on me. But whoever convinced you that you need to apologize for anything and everything is a dick.

Edward Royzman, a psychology professor at the University of Pennsylvania, asks me to list four qualities on a piece of paper: physical attractiveness, income, kindness, and fidelity.

Then he gives me 200 virtual “date points” that I’m to distribute among the four traits.