Shannon Colleary is an author, sexpert, and Relationship/Dating Coach who lives in Los Angeles with her screenwriter husband and two daughters. She began in Los Angeles as a Wacktress (waiter/actress), starring most notably in music videos with Slash and Babyface (when he was a baby). She also did a classic turn in a cereal commercial where she talked to a parrot who thought her hair was his nest.
spent 10 years in two long-term relationships where she volunteered for
unwarranted criticism, inconsistency, lack of commitment and infidelity
with Mister Cruelly Handsome and The Greek God, before finally turning
it around and becoming a self-described Recovery Road Warrior. Then she
became a blissfully married, pregnant playwright and screenwriter
working, between bites of pizza, for Warner Brothers, Lifetime
Television, TBS and Disney. (She quit her waitressing job after selling
her first screenplay to Warner Brothers for six figures.) One of her
favorite gigs was a production rewrite on a film shot in Cape Town,
Colleary evolved into a memoirist and blogger.
Since then, she has been syndicated by "O” The Oprah Magazine, The
Huffington Post, Medium, Purple Clover, London's Daily MailOnline,
BlogHer and more, and her work has been featured on The Today Show, NPR,
CNN and HuffPo Live. Colleary's three well-reviewed memoirs are Married
Sex: Fact and Fiction, Smash, Crash and Burn: Tales from the Edge of
Celebrity, and Into the Child, which received a Kirkus star. Her newest
self-help book She Dated the #Asshats but Married the Good Guy: How to go from Toxic Love to Real Love in 12 Exercises comes out this Valentine's Day 2017.
Six Down-and-Dirty Types of Men:
Mr Need For Speed. This is the guy who sees you across a crowded room
and it's Love At First Sight. But, as soon as you're convinced he's a
good bet and you decide to
invest in the relationship, he freaks, ices you out and runs as fast as
he can, leaving you dazed and confused.
Mr Mopes A Lot. This is the guy who resists doing anything for you or
the relationship. He especially doesn't want to get to know your
friends, family or anyone who truly loves you because he actually knows
he's not treating you well and realizes they will sense it.
Mr One-Way Street. He has needs, but you can't have any. For instance,
he asks favors: Can you pick up his laundry? Can you do his laundry?
Can you type up a report for him at the last minute even though you need
to get to work? But, if you ask him to just be on time for a date he
acts like you're asking him to drywall your entire apartment.
Mr You Suck. Once this guy knows he's got you hooked, he slowly but
surely begins a campaign of criticism. It may begin with teasing. Then
it escalates to full-blown character assassination, "You're too needy or
neurotic." "You're paranoid if you think I'm cheating." Guys like this
want control. They want you to fill their emotional and sexual needs
while making you feel so inadequate that you don't feel entitled to have
any needs at all.
Mr Caution/Continue at Your Own Risk. This is the guy who wears his
dysfunction on his sleeve. He tells you right up front that he had a
terrible childhood he barely survived. For many women this guy is
catnip. The love of a good woman could heal him and turn him into a
loving, appreciative man! Danger, danger!
Mr KGB Agent. Don't ask this guy too much or he may have to kill you.
He doesn't want you anywhere near his phone, tablet, or computer. He
says if you could just trust him and give him his privacy, then
eventually he will trust you and give you more access. (Many women wait
patiently like little Cocker Spaniels for that access for years… and it
Three Spring Cleaning Tips:
If you are dating any of these men, it's time to take action, pick up a broom, and sweep them out of your life for good!
1. Identify your self-defeating traits that have kept you from leaving:
a. Overabundance of empathy
b. Misplaced responsibility
e. Abandonment of 'self' due to love/sex addictions
2. Establish a 'mental health village' focused on your needs:
a. A higher power of one's own understanding
b. A community of similarly-circumstanced women
c. One-on-one coaching
3. Implement actionable steps to empower yourself to receive Real Love. For example:
a. Create 'your perfect mate' list—what qualities and values you desire most
b. Find a role model - quiz a couple whose relationship you admire about the secrets to their success
Salvage yourself - start recording the amount of time you spend
drowning in codependency (i.e. minutes you spend stalking your Lothario
online, time spent driving to his place to see if his car is there, time
spent mentally obsessing), and then carve out equal time increments
for self-care (i.e. go to the gym, yoga class, out to lunch or the beach
with your girlfriends)
Other Sample Topics:
• Fears that keep us paralyzed
• How to avoid falling prey to a commitment-phobe
• 4 reasons you stay when you should go
• How loving a heartbreaker changes us
• Essential attitudes for recovery
more information or to
see the media reel, please visit www.ShannonColleary.com