Monday, January 02, 2012

Why the perfect man doesn’t exist (for most of us at least)

Why the perfect man doesn’t exist (for most of us at least)

The perfect man is hard to find these days. So hard, it seems, that three out of four women admit they have given up on finding Mr Right and are happy to settle for Mr All-Right instead.

In fact, most women are happy to settle for a man who is 69% right according to a new survey.


So what went wrong with the other 39%? Common faults include watching too much sport, poor personal grooming, an inability to multi-task, criticising our driving and not getting on with our family.

Nikki McReynolds, marketing director for Remington which commissioned the poll, said: "It seems that women are actually quite realistic on what they look for from their partner.

"While they might happily overlook a few common flaws from their guys, there are certain behaviours that men just won't get away with."

The survey revealed a number of classic gripes – such as men who only pretend to listen and lazy slobs who leave their clothes on the bathroom floor, or worse still, leave the toilet door open while doing their business.

Thankfully, a good personality and a great sense of humour goes a long way – as 35% of women said a man who could make them laugh would score most highly with them.


Miss McReynolds added: "It's clear that while guys may not be completely perfect, there are plenty of things they can be perfect in, in order to please their partner.”

"As long as guys take the time to look after themselves, be attentive and keep up appearances then their partner will be willing to overlook the smaller pet peeves.”

If you haven't found Mr Right yet, it's worth remembering that perfect isn't always what's best for us.

As Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, says: "People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that's what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life."

And as we say, perfect is boring anyway.

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