The results show that those seeking a long term relationship had a better success rate when playing hard to get. Our subconscious is probably telling us that if your prospective partner is willing to put in the hard work, then they are probably in for the long haul.
You clearly missed the warning signals the guy sent, or perhaps didn’t know what to look for.
Have you ever left a dating experience feeling like a complete fool, wondering what the heck happened?
If you’ve tried to arrange a date, but it has been cancelled, the person playing hard to get will have a genuine reason for not showing up.
They will also probably have another time and date in mind so you two can get together.
But the fact that they still give you some kind of encouraging signal suggests that you are the one they want to get “caught” by.