And they’re often attractive, possess a certain je ne sais quoi and are good in bed — they’ve had practice!
Women are often guilty of fuelling this behaviour: we get a morsel of their marvellous attention, hope for more and drop our plans when they choose to ring.
At a psychological level, this is known as partial reinforcement — a principle that confounds the person on the receiving end.
We filter out negative behaviour — such as the length of time between phone calls — focusing on the attentive behaviour.
Clooney’s famous former girlfriends include Lisa Snowdon, Renee Zellweger and Mariella Frostrup.
You’d have thought any one of these beautiful, talented, financially independent women would have fitted the bill, but this list is the proof he’ll never settle down.
She described him as delectable, attentive and flirtatious. Over drinks, we’d have long, girly chats about Robert, but alarm bells rang when Jane started mentioning his various exes.
I worried he enjoyed female company a bit too much, so I asked if he had been through an awful lot of women.
Initially, Jane wouldn’t have it, but a year later when their relationship failed to deepen from dating, she challenged him.
In the course of that conversation, he finished with her — he couldn’t get out of the door fast enough.
It’s hard to filter out men with commitment issues.
If you’re in your 40s, it’s frequently the commitment-phobes who are single.