6 Dating Disasters You’ve Seen In Movies (a.k.a. 6 J.E.R.K.s To Avoid)
Whether we are binge-watching them on Netflix or repeatedly dating them in real life, jerks are par for the course. Why is it that we not only fall for these jerks on the big screen but life too? Well, my dating friend, it all comes down to one simple mindset shift.
Put that one in the ol’ noggin and let it roll around for a moment. YOU as well as the female leads in these movies are a victim of repeated karma until you, or they, learn the universal truth that is literally slapping them in the face.
Mr. Narcissist J.E.R.K. = Christian Grey from 50 Shades of Grey
Mr. Big from Sex and the City is the epitome of the Aloof J.E.R.K. when it comes to being in a relationship. Why so many women rooted for them to be together in the end is beyond me. Big displays all the traits of the “unavailable man” that pushed and pulled Carrie into and out of a relationship repeatedly. Just when she was finally moving on, he would show up to twist her into mental knots. The mystery of the unknown, and wanting to figure him out, drew Carrie back only for her to complain about his traits to her girlfriends.
So why was his aloof demeanor so damn attractive? Let’s bring in the good doctor to explain. Dr. Jill P. Weber shares in her article, “Why Are Emotionally Unavailable Men So Damn Desirable?”, “The attraction of the ‘aloofness factor’ as looking desirable, in control, yet not being fully present. “The unavailable man leaves the observer (typically a woman) feeling she has discovered an exotic jewel of wonder, and it leaves her wanting to come closer and to know more about him.”
Fat chance of that happening—the Aloof J.E.R.K. only leaves a love trail of breadcrumbs. You will never really know what they are thinking, let alone feeling. Their mysterious nature makes us want more—we want to figure them out. They have an air about them, a presence that is quietly removed. They interact just enough with us to keep us interested, but they still keep people at a distance, especially their romantic interests, aka YOU! Check out the movie clip.
Mr. Manolesent J.E.R.K. = Tripp from Failure to Launch
Mr. Bad Boy J.E.R.K. = Patrick Verona from 10 Things I Hate About You
Mr. Player J.E.R.K. = Sebastian Valmont from Cruel Intentions
Mr. Ghosting J.E.R.K. = Conner & Alex vs. Gigi from He’s Just Not That into You
The Ghosting J.E.R.K. is a newer twist on dating in the 21st century but a play on the age-old concept of waiting by the phone for him to call. Conner and Alex both play a role in Gigi’s misinterpreting the signs of love. I call this being in love with virtual-him. Gigi reads meaning into the texts that are not really there. When Connor begins to disappear/ghost without an explanation, Gigi is left wondering. Alex tries to help her with this, but he ends up, at a certain point, being the object of her misinterpretations.
So why is happening? It fundamentally comes down to fear of conflict in communication. We, humans, tend to avoid conflict and not wanting to let others down. Dr. Jannice explains this in her article “This Is Why Ghosting Hurts So Much.” “People who ghost are primarily focused on avoiding their own emotional discomfort and they aren’t thinking about how it makes the other person feel. The lack of social connections to people who are met online also means there are less social consequences to dropping out of someone’s life.”
It seems to me that by both experiencing and/or being a Ghosting J.E.R.K., you can learn a valuable lesson about yourself. Often, it’s not your fault this keeps happening—sometimes it’s just them, and that’s okay! Or being ghosted/doing the ghosting can be a sign that it’s time to take a pause in your dating life and check in with you. Check out this movie clip.
These J.E.R.K.s will keep showing up in life until YOU or the main character finally says, “I’m Done!” Then spend time digging into the ol’ subconscious mind and find out why. Want to be J.E.R.K. proof and stop J.E.R.K. stands for J.ust E.xperiencing R.epeated K.arma? Then start with you! It’s too late for these on-screen ladies! Learn from these leading ladies mistakes and take the LEAD in YOUR life!