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How to Tease a Girl in 2024 - Even if You're Not Funny

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Learning how to tease a girl is an effective strategy to take your interactions from a social one to a romantic or sexual one. It's a necessary skill set of modern dating. If you want to be competent in your dating life, learning how to tease a girl is a key skill.

The reason why teasing is effective is that it implies a kindred bond between you and her. Old friends tease each other all the time. Teasing is 'offensive', but it also implies a bond between two people. Teasing done right is demonstrating your intentions without outrightly saying it. Teasing also adds sexual polarity to your romantic interaction.

Man teasing his girlfriend

Taking care of yourself, dressing well, and demonstrating direct interest to girls can yield you results. However, it is not going to take you all the way. From personal experience, many women aren't ready or able to receive direct compliments or direct romantic interest. They may even feel awkward if you express interest directly. This is why teasing and making jokes help ease the interaction.

Furthermore, teasing done right, can demonstrate that you're 'of equal or higher' social value than her. It sets a romantic precedent in the interaction. You aren't just being a funny individual, you're setting a precedent for a potential romantic outcome in your interaction.

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How to Tease a Girl: Understanding Push Pull

90% of teases are going to end up in a category of 'push and pull'. The push-pull dynamic is a term coined by the pickup artist community to describe a commonly used technique of flirting. If you understand push pull, you understand 90% of the art of teasing. The push pull dynamic sends mixed signals, intentions and creates sexual tension.

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  • Push

The push is when you 'push a girl away' with a tease or a something negatively playful. For a push to work, you got to do it in a tongue-in-cheek style.

Here’s an example of a push:

‘That’s kind of annoying. We’re totally not going to get a long’

  • Pull

The 'pull' is when you say something that pulls her back in to soften the push. It's normally done after a 'push'. This creates an "I love you, I hate you dynamic" which is what girls find fun and arousing. There's research that suggests that mixed signals build sexual tension.

If a girl I'm out on a date with says something smart, I could say: "You're kind of a huge nerd. However, being smart is kind of cute." There's a push and the pull in one sentence. I'm teasing her for being nerd and saying it's a good thing.

If you're interested, I did an in-depth article on the push pull dynamic.

How to Tease without Insulting Her

Teasing done right isn't done to get a reaction from the girl. Teases should be done in a tongue-in-cheek manner... also in a way that it subtlety demonstrates interest. Teasing is NOT about using it as a 'technique' or a 'line'. When a tease is done right, she'll laugh, hit you on the arms, or give you a slightly shocked looked.

Teasing should be done right at the right time. For example, if you sense that your interaction with her is getting a little dry, you can add some teases to spice things up. If you feel that she's not comfortable with you, perhaps she doesn't feel special enough. You should stop teasing her and ease up a little.

There was this one approach with a Korean girl at the club. I approached her with a direct approach. I held her cheeks in my hands and leaned in as if to examine her face. She seemed interested until the point where I threw in a disqualification.

"You look like my younger little sister".

Her face changed immediately and she signaled her friend to walk away. In this case, I wasn't congruent with my direct approach, where I approached her expressing interest directly. Teasing has its right time and place in any situation.

Secondly, only teasing in the interaction may make it seem that you're only interested in insulting her. It also demonstrates that you're actually afraid to show your interest in her and that you're using teases as a way to means cover up your lack of confidence.

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4 Examples of How to Tease a Girl You Can Use Today

  • Role Playing

Role-playing is assuming imaginary roles between you and her and creating interesting scenarios out of it. Roleplaying is one of my favorite to use. The one I used to milk the hell out of is the husband and wife role play:

"We're getting divorced, you're keeping the kids, I get the TV and the music"

Other role-plays dynamics can be girlfriend boyfriend dynamic, the crazy ex-girlfriend, teacher and student, and anything that can imply a potentially romantic/ sexual interaction. You can also call back to the same role play from time to time throughout your time spent with her.

  • Stereotypes

Stereotypes are fun to play with. You can play around with common cultural narratives and jokes that are unique to your culture.

In Singapore (my home country), there's a stereotype known as the 'ah lian'. If a girl is ah lian, it means she's outspoken and unkempt. I used to milk this stereotype. Stereotype-styled jokes are culture and country-specific. If you're traveling to a new culture, it may be difficult for you to implement. I only suggest this method in a culture you are familiar with.

Here is a one size fits all solution:

"I have this idea that everyone from [her country] is [borderline racist stereotype]."

There are more universal stereotypes that you can tease her from observations. If a girl is wearing spectacles and likes to read, you can tease her about being nerdy. If she studying mass communication/ law/ political science or whatever, you can tease her about being an intellectual snob.

  • Embarrassing Physical or Personality Trait

This type of tease is usually delivered through observation about an embarrassing physical or personal trait in her. Even if you're just guessing and she doesn't actually display that trait. If she does something clumsy, or loud, or attention-seeking. You can tie the behavior to a children's character, or an immature youth and expand on it to ridiculous proportions.

This style of teasing is mostly done situationally.

You can use conversational jump-off points about her job or about her current mood and link it back to something childish. This should also be done positively, and not negatively. That's the difference between a tease and an insult.

The sensible and irresponsible dynamic:

 "You are the sensible one, aren't you? She's always having dumb ideas and you have to make the decisions before everything goes disastrously wrong."

The bad girl good girl dynamic:

"You're a bad girl. She's a nice girl - I can see it in her eyes. You are trouble. I don't trust you. My mother warned me to stay away from girls like you."

"You're the older sister, right? Always watching the baby one and keeping her out of trouble."

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  • Disqualification

Teasing can also be incorporated to disqualification. The basic idea of disqualification is to actively demonstrate to someone, that she may NOT be a right fit for you. At the start of every relationship, both parties isn’t invested in any outcome. She isn’t chasing. She hasn't invested.

If done right, this can elicit her to start qualifying herself, the value you more, and maybe start chasing you a little.

To properly disqualify girls, you need to be of value first. This means you can't be a bum and start disqualifying yourself. Only after you have built value, displayed status, and demonstrated you’re a win for her. Then you can actively evaluate her.

Here are some disqualification lines you can use:

‘You seem… interesting…’
‘You have the silliest/ most adorable expressions’
‘Your trouble’
‘You and I are so not going to get along’
‘You’re actually kind of cute’
‘You would make a great girlfriend/ wife if you weren’t so X’
‘You’ll never get into my pants if you keep doing that’

They all subtly say: I'm interested but I'm not quite sold yet, you got to show me more. I'm also screening and judging you if you are a right fit in my life. By disqualifying yourself as a potential partner, you send ambiguous signals. 

Ideally, a 'gap' is created between you and her and gets her to think ‘Who the hell is he? I’m hot, however, this guy doesn’t seem to want to get with me. Why is that so?’

It puts in her head: ‘am I not good enough?’

  • The Call Back Humor Styled Tease

Lastly, I enjoy using call-back humor styled tease because it's reusable and it relies on free association and improv skills. For example, early on in the interaction, you teased her about being nerdy. From then on, for every 'mistake' or 'foolish' action she does, you can call back to the tease of her being nerdy and relate the action to that.

In my experience, you can milk the initial tease a couple more times. However, she may start getting insulted if you bring it too far.

How to Incorporate Teasing to Touching and Touching

Just teasing a girl with words isn't enough. There's nothing inherently wrong with the push and pull style of flirting, childish teases, and coming up with role plays. However, these strategies can become repetitive and boring. If you're over-reliant on teasing her, then you're going to end up with a lot of laughs and a weird physical void. Sexual tension is never really reliant just on words.

You'll need to add physicality at some point of the interaction or she'll sense that you're just masking your confidence with clever lines. Note: The more attractive you become, the more girls to expect you to lead the interaction.

Girl hugging a guy after he teased her

However, not to worry, to incorporate your teases with touching her, it falls back the same dynamic of push pull. For example, you can tease her saying that she's annoyingly childish, and then reel her back in with a shoulder hug or front hug. Rinse and repeat this push-pull dynamic and you'll get a sexually charged interaction.

Here's a sequence:

[Tease Verbally + Touch]

“You're either the really independent type of girl or so you’re one of those pretentious bankers with that suit and tie. I’m just kidding, I really like the outfit, it has a sexy secretary look to it." +  Shoulder Hug. 

If you're looking for a more detailed process, you can take a look at my guide on how to touch a girl.

The push pull model remains in this process. There are negative and positive to your words and actions. You can rinse and repeat this model in different variations during different phases your interactions and it creates sexual tension.

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Closing Thoughts

Ultimately, teasing is a core skill set you need to get down to set a romantic/sexual precedent in your interactions and move your interactions forward. Girls do it, guys do it and everyone does it. It's the way people introduce sexual polarity between each other then. 


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