8 Painfully Honest Reasons A Woman Turned You Down

Here's why she didn't give you her number.

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By Kelly J.

As soon as a girl hits puberty, people start warning her of the dangers of lecherous men–if not her parents, then the media, and various well-meaning mentors. The subjects of these warnings run the spectrum from garden-variety “bad boys” to creepy, relentless stalkers.  Most likely, women will have some exposure to the former and hopefully little to no experience with the latter. Fortunately, by our 20s, we realize that most men do not fall into these categories and our choice to withhold our info is not always based on our safety alone. We start to compile a mental list of who we share our information with, who we don’t, and why. If a woman won’t share, one of the following is probably the reason.


Here are 8 painfully honest reasons a woman turned you down:

1. She's just not interested

Maybe she met you in a bar and has been talking to you for just enough time to decide you are not someone she plans to go home with or date. She may enjoy your company, but a woman can quite easily chat with a man she is not interested in dating. If she does not want to take the conversation further than the vicinity of the barstool, she will probably start sending signals of her disinterest well before you initiate the request to exchange information.

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2. She knows that one of her friends is interested in you already

Girlfriends will talk to each other about who they may be interested in, whether he is a longtime male friend with potential or someone they just met that night. If one girl expresses interest in you and you start talking to her friend, the friend may be pleasant and kind in return but will stop short of sharing her digits. She may even think you are attractive, but her loyalty to her girlfriend keeps her from taking the next step.

3. You met online

There seems to be a protocol for the natural progression of sharing information when you meet on dating sites. Initially, even though you both share what you hope to be authentic, current pictures of each other and exchange messages behind the façade of a witty screen name, actually crossing over to sharing real names and personal details makes women feel vulnerable. Of course, some exchanges are light and limited to one or two messages before fading away. But most of the time, one of you will want to take it offline, and then you either give her your number and hope she calls or she gives you hers. But even if you have exchanged several messages sharing more and more personal stories about family, your exes, and your relationship expectations, to a woman, offering her number to someone who is still technically a set of staged images and carefully worded emails is an intimidating leap.

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4. She is married and faithful

Sure, she may be out with all her girlfriends in a bar on the weekend. She may be flirting with every man she talks to or dancing with every guy who asks. A woman may be happily married, but that does not mean she does not like the attention. There are a lot of married women who just enjoy going out with friends. If a man talks to (or flirts with) them, they will be nice and carry on the conversation as long as it stays neutral. Since they are attached and not actively seeking someone to talk to, their confidence is compelling. These women aren’t needy or desperate, and it shows. However, since they are happily married, they likely want to remain that way and will keep their number to themselves.


5. She works with you

She could be either your cubicle mate or your company’s client. Even if she is interested in you and, in any other scenario, wouldn’t hesitate for a minute to get to know you intimately, she may be wary of the consequences associated with office romances. Although they happen quite frequently, everyone still hears horror stories about when a working relationship goes south. Fewer women are willing to risk their professional reputations, office ridicule, or possible termination for a fun fling. She may have a hard time not flirting with you, but if she goes cold when you request her cell number for personal use, she may need her job more than a date.

6. She is still getting over a breakup

She may be out with friends and willing to talk to men, but if she is still reeling over an ex, she is not willing to open up too much. Women and men handle breakups differently. Women tend to prolong the post-breakup mode with an extended rehashing of how it all fell apart, or numerous sob sessions. Unfortunately, if you catch her in this mode, she may be guarded and not ready to open up to someone new. Bad timing is more of a factor here than anything else.

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7. She lied for no reason

This sounds kind of generic, so I will clarify. Maybe you met once before in a public place and chatted about general topics, with the assumption you would ever cross paths again–and then you did. It’s possible she could have blurred some details or overstated her persona the first time to impress you, thinking no damage could come from it. But now, if she gives you her number, she will have to explain her previous embellishments. Some women may not care and assume you will not remember, but many will not want to perpetuate the lie.

8. She doesn’t know you well enough yet

This is a valid reason why most women use it. Unfortunately, if she continues to say this after multiple opportunities to engage in open communication, then she may not want to go further and doesn’t know a gentle way to tell you she’s no longer interested. At this point, it’s time to move on. However, if you have other opportunities to chat and she continues to open up each time, she will give you clues that she is ready and willing to take it a step further. Patience is sometimes all you need.

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Coach Kelly J. is a successful business consultant who teaches coaches how to start and run successful group coaching programs.