In life, you’ll date different kinds of guys–good ones and bad ones. If you happen to meet a man who respects your privacy and independence (among other things), don’t let him go. Here are more signs that your guy is worth keeping.

He doesn’t just hear you out, but actually listens.
It may seem like a small thing, but you'd be surprised at how some men find it hard do this for the women in their lives. According to Robert Leahy, Director of the American Institute for Cognitive Therapy in New York City, some guys actually see their relationship as a power struggle. They view listening as losing and refuse to respond emotionally because they think it'll make them weak. However, as Dr. Leahy states, "Real men share power, real men are partners, real men know that real women need real respect." So if your guy actually listens to you and keeps an open mind, congratulations on having a keeper.

He’s genuinely interested in everything about you.
It could be about the little things, such as how your day went at work, to the big ones, like your passions and dreams. He's sincerely interested when you tell him about your plans for the future and, going back to number one, he really listens to you when you do so.

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He understands your mood swings.
…and he knows what he should do to make you feel better. Before you even tell him about your bad day, he's already having pizza delivered and readying your favorite rom-com movie.

He’s consistent with his words and actions.
While it’s true that people change from time to time, you would want a partner who’s dependable. He should be a man who stays true to his word; his love, as demonstrated by his actions towards you, must be unwavering–you don’t want to invest your feelings in a person who’s not reliable.

He respects your privacy and independence.
It’s important that a couple spend their alone time separately, so they won't depend on each other too much. Being in a relationship doesn’t require you two to be attached to the hip. You can live each other’s life to the fullest and enjoy it together as a couple.

He doesn’t judge you.
…but he doesn’t let your mistakes slide, too. He knows how and when to tell you when you’ve done something wrong. When you’re in a serious relationship, it’s only right that you mold your partner to be the best person
they could be.

He knows his responsibilities.
There’s nothing more appealing than a man who’s mature and responsible–he knows what he wants and has a concrete plan on how to achieve them. If your man has the drive to be successful, then you’ve got yourself a keeper! You don’t want to babysit a 30-something man who can't even pay his bills on time, right?

SCREENCAP: The Vow/Screen Gems (2012); GIFs: Giphy

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