Playing hard to get works. You probably don’t want to treat the person you’re playing with in a mean way, you do want to be distant, busy, and reserved. Just keep in mind that you are “playing” with somebody’s emotions, so be gentle if you break their heart. Nevertheless,

Here are a few useful tips on how to play hard-to-get the right way.

Replying to texts the a minute after they come screams that you have no life. Even if you do have a life and just happened to see his text come in, replying right away will give him the impression that you don’t. Most men don’t reply to texts right away either, so replying in such quick time doesn’t make any difference to his response. Taking a while to reply implies that you have other things to do and aren’t always there when he’s ready to talk.

If a guy asks you out for the next day, always be busy. You don’t want to appear that you have no other plans. Never, ever cancel plans that you already have if he asks you out on a day that you already have something to do. If he really likes you, he’ll ask you out again, hopefully with more advanced notice.

Don’t look to a guy to give you confidence. If you’re constantly putting yourself down and expecting a guy to reassure you of how awesome you are, he’s probably going to find talking to you more of a chore than anything. If you know how great you are, without being arrogant, that kind of confidence will make him work harder to get your attention. Confidence is a very sexy trait.

If the guy you’re playing hard to get with doesn’t take the bait, don’t get mad. You aren’t trying to get guys to beg for you on hands and knees. If you get annoyed at him that he’s not missing you enough or giving you enough attention after all you’ve done to play hard-to-get, you’ve given yourself away. You don’t want to be obvious in playing hard to get. A woman who is naturally hard to get doesn’t get annoyed when men don’t react in a certain way.

Playing hard-to-get is a game, but it shouldn’t consume all of your time. If you’re going to play hard-to-get, really be hard-to-get. Be busy for an hour or two before you open his text. Don’t answer the phone every single time he calls. Remember not to play hard-to-get all the time. You also want to be approachable. It’s a delicate balance when you’re playing hard-to-get.

H/T: Womanitely