He sleeps with models or really hot chicks. He’ll change for you because you’re different.
He has Peter Pan Syndrome- and copious amounts of mysterious money he inherited or something because he doesn’t seem to have a job or work much on anything. This is so he can spend all of his time being a horn dog.
He’s supposedly irresistibly good-looking and knows it- some sort of man candy.
He’s um, off beat somehow – quirky himself, has low self esteem, hurts deep down inside, but masks it with narcissism.
He gets you out of your “shell” by getting you to throw things, role play as characters from Dirty Dancing, or play strip H-O-R-S-E (basketball) with him.
Similar to The Manic Pixie Dream Girl in that he'll get you to experience new things/lose some inhibitions, is "quirky" and also in that he is not successful professionally either. MPDG has Wendy Syndrome.
Different to The MPDG in that she hooks up with "nice guys", not just models, the superficially attractive. HWDG is sly and methodical where MPDG is coy and cutesy.
by Thuc Doan Nguyen, vetted by Rebecca Housel, PhD
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