Jane Castro is a journalist and media enthusiast. She graduated from the University of Bacolod in the Philippines. She loves skating, scuba diving, and archery on her free time.

Are you having a hard time figuring out the complexities of a woman? Are you unsure of what a woman wants in a man? Women are very intricate beings. You may date one woman who is content with casual sex while another wants sensual sex. One woman has the expectation for a man to call and check up on her daily while another woman doesn’t.

It is virtually impossible to fathom what is going on in a woman’s mind and anyone who as attempted it has been unsuccessful as not even god cannot do it, so to speak, so if you are serious about dating the woman who has caught your fancy, then be sure to keep your wits along with you and follow certain rules and norms.

Honestly, women are not trying to intentionally play games with guys. If it is a game, someone sure threw out the handbook. So what do women really want?

Compatibility. Women want someone who they share similar interests with such as art, theatre, dancing, sushi, coffee. They want someone who they gel with and can be themselves with. Some characteristics that women do not like in a man are too needy/clingy, arrogant, ignorant, disrespectful, constant complainers, pushy, and bad hygiene. There may be a few more, but this is a good start.

Flexibility. Women who are very focused on advancing their careers like a man who can go with the flow. If she calls and her business meeting is running later than expected, don’t act like a child and give her a hard time about it. Be forgiving and understanding about the situation. Another great example is when you come to pick her up for a date and she is not ready. Be calm and relaxed even if it may interfere with the dinner reservations. Times like this can either make or break a relationship.

Trust. The most vulnerable thing a woman can do is give her trust to a man. Not only does a woman want to trust you to be faithful, she also wants to trust you with her heart. Women also base their trust factor on a man’s word. If you say something, stick to it. For one day, you may want to trust her with your last name.

Intimacy. This goes beyond just the realm of sex. Women want to emotionally connect with a man. Most men are thinking “What does that mean?” This means being open with your emotions and feelings. Women do not think you are not manly enough if you share an experience or sensitivity. This can actually turn a woman on even more.

Love. This is the most important of all. Women all want one thing from a man which is love. Love for women is extremely deep. Women do not want to know that they are loved, they want to feel it. You can buy things all day long, but if you say you love her and you don’t, she may put on a smile, but deep down she knows the truth. A woman will feel that a piece of her is still missing and if you cannot fill that piece to her puzzle, then she may just find someone new. Be honest when you speak on your feelings and make sure they come from a pure place. If you can love a woman as she is designed to love and be loved, then you have conquered more than the world.