Do Men Get Intimidated by Women? Dating Tips for Achievers — Be Your Own Brand of Sexy

Dr. Susan Edelman
5 min readMay 25, 2024

Successful women face a unique challenge when it comes to dating: how do you present your achievements without inadvertently intimidating potential partners? Let’s look at Natalie, a high-achieving marketing executive, and how she navigated this tricky dating situation.

Natalie had always taken pride in her professional accomplishments. As a rising star in her marketing firm, she had consistently delivered exceptional results, landing high-profile clients and spearheading record-breaking campaigns. She met Adam, a lawyer, through a mutual friend. When he asked her out, she was excited to see him.

The conversation flowed easily at first, with Natalie and Adam bonding over their shared love of travel and Italy. As Natalie started discussing the details of her recent career triumphs, their great connection changed. Adam’s smile became strained, and he leaned back in his chair, appearing to withdraw from their conversation. When Natalie mentioned her plans to pursue a prestigious MBA program while continuing to climb the corporate ladder, Adam’s response was a mix of surprise and discomfort.

Natalie felt uneasy when their date didn’t seem to improve. Adam hastily suggested splitting the check and made a vague excuse about an early morning meeting. They

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Dr. Susan Edelman

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