Women's Health

How to Ask for Anything

If we told you there’s a surefire way to get what you desire—or at the very least, get closer to it—you’d want in on the secret, right?

Rhetorical question, we know. But one that deserves some thought. Because even though women are masterful connectors, we bomb when it comes to tapping our relationships for our own benefit. “Women don’t ask for what they want because they assume things are as good as they’re going to get, so why bother,” says Meg Myers Morgan, PhD, an assistant professor at, “or because they worry about what people will think.” Unlike men, we don’t want to “exploit” our network, new research confirms. At home and with friends, we hate the idea of seeming naggy or needy. So we trudge on, accepting our circumstances, in turn missing out on a better reality.

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