This sort of thinking doesn’t just affect men– when my wife was a teen in the same church, some of the leadership had an ‘intervention’ for her. She was heavily involved in the youth group and the youth pastor (12 years her senior) was quite taken with her, she was too young and naive to realize what was going on and just thought of him as a father figure since her dad had recently divorced her mom. But it was obvious to everyone else.
Compliment strangers! One time I was really, really sick, and felt like I was dying but a flight attendant stopped me as I was leaving the plane to tell me I had an amazing smile and it made me feel so nice it was easier to get through the day. Ever since then I decided I would give one stranger a genuine compliment a day. Now it just comes naturally and I barely even think about it before it happens anymore
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