[From the archives] Deal breakers: 5 things worth staying single for

This post was first published on 4 December 2011. Given that I am trying online dating again, this is a timely reminder to self. These deal breakers still stand, but I’m a bit more relaxed about smokers now than I was when I first wrote this post.

dating dealbreakers
Image source: www.fashioncentral.in

I was talking on the bus with a work colleague (we catch the same bus) and our conversation turned to relationships (as conversations often do) and what the deal breakers are. What things about a person would cause you to not see them again, or discontinue a relationship? We agreed that we are both “mature” individuals, conscious of the fact that as one gets older the pool of available partners shrinks because of a) fussiness and b) fewer available partners, but I said I would rather stay single than compromise on these things (and I think they are universal):

An addictive personality

Show me a gambler, smoker or boozer and I’ll show them the door. I don’t mind a bloke who has the odd flutter on Melbourne Cup, or a glass of wine or two with dinner, but someone who disappears into the pokie lounge for hours on end, or needs to get smashed to “enjoy” themselves… well, I’m just not interested. Smokers will say I’m being harsh lumping them in the same category as boozers and gamblers, but (and how can I put this nicely?)… I don’t care!

Family Issues

Everyone who has a family, has issues (trust me, I know!). But there issues, and there are Issues. Any man who has not dealt with his family issues is an emotional liability. And be warned: some family issues are easier to spot than others. It took me 18 months to realise that The Italian’s mother had an abnormal psychological hold over her children and him in particular, although the signs were always there. I vow to stay alert from now on, and listen to my gut.

Get up an go

I am an active person; I enjoy trying new things, meeting new people, getting out of my comfort zone. I reckon I’m giving this life thing a pretty good crack. A man whose idea of living is a weekly trip to the DVD shop, or Friday nights at the same pub with the same people is not living life. Well, not one that I want to share, anyway. And if he has no sense of humour (and I don’t mean the mean kind that gets laughs at the expense of other people), he can forget about it.

Dishonesty, lack of integrity and empathy

I wrote in a recent post that everyone lies. This is true (even I do at times and I think I’m an honest person), but there are people who have turned dishonesty into an art form. Any man who constantly lies (and we all know when they do, even if it’s just a gut feeling) or lies about The Big Things (and I’m not talking about the size of his willy here) is simply not worthy of my time. Ditto any man who can’t keep his word. And any man who is not able to empathise with others has no emotional intelligence, and has not evolved beyond being a teenager. I don’t want to mess around with that.


Not everyone has gone to university, but that is no reason to be uneducated.  There’s reading, there’s iTunes University, there’s TED. There is no excuse for not learning, or continuing to learn. A man who isn’t interested in expanding his mind, or considering another point of view, or shifting paradigms, or learning about what makes him and others tick  is uninteresting. That is all.

These are my deal breakers just in case any future husband-types are reading. Of course, there are other lesser things, but these are my non-negotiables. My biggies. These are things on which I will just not bend.

7 thoughts on “[From the archives] Deal breakers: 5 things worth staying single for

  1. I totally cannot accept someone who isn’t educated. I don’t mean that a person has to be a genius but I just dislike people who don’t value education or simply have no desire to learn more. Learning more can always be found everywhere and doesn’t mean only in university. Sadly I have met a lot of such people who think learning is a waste of time. I think they are just a waste of time to this world.

  2. Personally I think any and all women who are looking for pecefrtion in a man can be summed up in one word. Princesses. Not the good kind. The spoiled brat kind whom daddy doted on until they are unmarryable by any sane, reasonable man.E Harmony caters to and banks on and built their so called business on selling the idea of a perfect match to Princesses. And it does not work. The amount of success they have and the number of people who actually pay their ridiculous monthly fee is too few for them to survive. They felt with the ad blitz on tv, that numbers coming to the site would save them. E Harmony GONE within five years.Princesses. Unmarried or divorced in five years. Too much of a high maintenance pain in the ass to live with.Now the heart wants what the heart wants. I have found from personal experience when love hits all of your requirements list points go flying out the window. THAT you can bank on. And if it is real you are suddenly able to overlook glaring defects in a mate and amaze your friends at the same time who wonder what the hell is wrong with you that you would be pursuing such a lemon. Of course, this is all just my opinion. But, I have yet to see it invalidated. I stay well clear of long detailed lists from women. And the perfect marriages break up for the damnedest reasons. My brother was a king in high school and college, became a medical doctor, is tall and good looking, smart, polite, athletic and a fine Christian. And after ten years of marriage he walked out on his prom queen homemaker bride who loved him faithfully. And his two kids. Lesson to be learned? The perfect marriages break up as much as the other ones. Don’t be surprised. Yes, it was another woman his secretary who appreciated and worshiped him more than his wife. End of story.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Like this essay? Don't miss the next one!Subscribe now ♥