"Very Solid. Deep Advice on What it Takes to Get Quality Girlfriends."
September 08, 2013
FULL DETAILED REVIEW
The system combines self-growth advice (masculinity, sexuality, being a man) with a step by step process ("The Obsession Story") in order to achieve this.
The Creator - Christian HudsonGFAS was conceived by Christian Hudson, who is a very well known ex-pickup artist, and dating coach from New York City. He left pickup artistry around 2008 when he founded his company "The Social Man", to help men with both their dating lives and developing a better social lifestyle.
At the same time, his own lifestyle changed, from clubbing and dating numerous girls to settling into long term relationships. He's been in a relationship with his current girlfriend since 2012.
You can learn more about him in our full Christian Hudson bio.
Where Girlfriend Activation System Came FromWhat you may not know about the course is that it has been through a few evolutions since it was first released in 2013.
You may have heard this course referred to as "Girlfriend Activation System" or GFAS for short or just "Girlfriend System". They're all the same course.
The original course called GFAS 1.0 (version 1), was a video recording of the seminar that took place in New York in 2012 where Christian presented the system. It became a hit in 2013 and was very popular on the web, with 1000s of guys around the world buying the system.
It's popularity brought Christian and the team a ton of feedback within the Girlfriend Activation System membership area and dealing with customers, which led Christian to redesign the system to improve it. This became GFAS 2.0 in mid-2014. The new system was filmed in Los Angeles.
To be clear: GFAS 1.0 is no longer available, it was phased out, and now you just get access to GFAS 2.0 when you purchase the system, and this review has been updated to cover just GFAS 2.0.
GFAS 2.0 is led by Christian Hudson who features in most of the video training modules. However, in version 2.0 he also had guest instructors teach separate modules.
In this review, let's start with the what you may not expect from this course...
Tough Truths and Hard Work: Are You Ready?
The truth is that getting a high quality girlfriend, and keeping her in a stable long term relationship that is satisfactory for you both is the hardest part of dating.
You've seen how high the divorce rate is, right? While a good girlfriend relationship isn't marriage... when it works, it has a lot of the same ingredients and requirements.
In comparison it's relatively easy to meet girls in clubs for one night stands, or to create a little harem of friends with benefits.
Getting a high quality girlfriend into a committed relationship, and one where you're going to be happy with her, and her with you, for the longer term - requires hard work.
This is a message that Christian Hudson doesn't back away from. In fact it's delivered in the first two modules of the course to set the tone for what you are aiming for and what it takes to succeed. He covers the many aspects of inner game, growth and how you look at relationships and your life that feed into this.
And he makes all these tough truths more tangible - easier to relate to - by describing his own journey with girlfriends and relationships, where they failed, where he failed, what he learned with each.
It was great to see this - often in the world of dating training you'll be told it's easier than it is, so that you aren't frightened away. So, Christian has, by standing up and giving you the hard truth - done the whole dating community a great service.
The Process of Meeting a Girl, to Dates, to Girlfriend
The first 10 modules of this course stay pretty inner game focused and very little on implementation details or the process of getting a girlfriend are revealed - it's pre-work and preparation.
But from module 11 to module 22 it gets a lot more focused on steps to getting a girlfriend. In particular modules 19, 20 and 21 walk you through each date and meet with the girl scenario as you progress towards girlfriend - boyfriend status.
Christian talks about a specific process from meeting (how, where and why) to the dates, to the process of becoming girlfriend and boyfriend after sleeping together. The process is designed specifically for getting a girlfriend and differs from how you approach more casual relationships.
This timeline will be extremely helpful for men who haven't been through the girlfriend journey often - as he also points out the specific slip ups men make in this process. While he gives them "amusing categorizations" relating to dogs, his observations do hold very true to the reality. This makes it easy to see where you've been going wrong in an entertaining way.
At the end of the day, the fact that a timeline and process is given to you is important. It is something simple to learn, but something I haven't seen mapped out before. It makes the process from meet to girlfriend very clear and you won't have an excuse for not knowing where you are at and what the next step is.
In addition, in Module 5 Christian hits out at some myths that have been popularized by the pickup artist and seduction communities primarily about getting girlfriends - thumbs up to all of these, well said.
Staying in the Relationship Zone: "Quality Men" and "Quality Women"
Another strong point to this course is Christian's discussion of how quality women behave, how they are different, and importantly what attracts them.
While you may have heard many of the points in this discussion if you've already studied a fair amount of advice, what's really useful is that he is focused on the things that matter the most for making the type of impression needed to get in the 'relationship zone' and stay there.
He also cuts down some more myths about how easily women can be manipulated and how quality women in particular are more immune to certain types of dating tactics that have been popularized.
To be clear, this discussion of quality women focuses on women with strong personalities and other qualities valuable in long term relationships, not just good looks. This is important because women of this type of mental calibre, while not everyone's choice, are more stable and there's less drama attached to them. These type of women are more appropriate for longer term relationships - and girlfriends. This is something you should consider when thinking if this course is right for you - are these the types of women you aspire to?
Part of this discussion goes into relationships between men, respect, leadership and how important it is to be perceived as a quality man in social environments (not just with the girl you are interested in) for a successful relationship. The value here is how Christian connects this to the success of your relationship with your girlfriend. All good, thoughtful stuff that you need to be aware of.
The Important Details of Your Life and Dates
A nice point of this course are some of the details that Christian Hudson goes into in the 5th and 6th modules. These cover specifics about your apartment, your social life, how you organize your dates with women, specific dates and situations to avoid, and so on.
Some of what he talks about may seem like tiny details, but I guarantee you that A) most guys don't think about these things and B) they are important.
These are the sort of details that go unnoticed by most men, and most responsible for leading them to confusion when a date doesn't go well with a girl or the dynamic between you and a girl goes well at first and then dies off. What went wrong? Why did she start losing interest? Why did she back out when things were going so well? These details add a tangible and clear side to the higher level advice from the first two modules to be able to figure these situations out better.
Is this Course a Good Fit for You?This is a course with a lot of deep and mature advice given which is best for men looking at longer term goals in their life - thus the long term and quality girlfriend focus.
A negative while viewing this course is that in several places Christian Hudson and Nick Sparks refer to ideas, content and training from their other courses without explaining it in a lot of detail. This can make it a bit harder to follow the parts of the course where this happens.
If this happens to you, I'd post some questions in the private community you get access to with the course - that should give you any answers you need for clarification.
The important point here though is this: You are expected to already have a reasonable handle on approaching and meeting girls. While these subjects are covered to give you some specific advice of how to modify your approach to getting a girlfriend, they are not covered in depth.
I don't think you have to have studied those particular courses to get the benefits of this course, but you should have studied some good material on approaching and meeting girls, and experienced some success with it.
If you don't already have some successful dating experiences then this course isn't right for you. You have to do your foundational work first, before you can reach up to work on getting a solid girlfriend relationship and building that. If this is you, check out our Beginner's top ranked courses for a better place to start.
If you have already got some experience under your belt and have done the work on approaching and basic attraction skills - then you're ready for this. You're what we'd call 'intermediate' level.
Having said that? Is getting a long term stable girlfriend what you want? Because this course has that one sole purpose in mind. It's not for casual dating, picking up girls for one night stands or short term 3 month dating relationships. Or for getting lower quality girlfriends. It's for finding a serious quality girlfriend - for reaching up and pushing your boundaries and ambitions in this area - and that requires effort. If you are not looking for this, you may be disappointed.
If a serious quality girlfriend is what you are looking for, it's the right fit.
The Bonuses, The Members Community and The Group Coaching Calls
I haven't yet read all the bonuses with this course - there are a lot of them to go through including ebooks and audios. I'll update the review once I've been through them.
It's worth adding that the course has community interaction with it. You can comment and ask questions on each of the modules, and you can also access a private member's forum to discuss and ask questions. To be clear these member forums are only accessible to customers of The Social Man (whether it be via this course or another of their courses). As of April 2015 when I last checked in on this product there were nearly 10,000 posts in these forums - so it's pretty active.
With the 6 modules of the girlfriend activation system there was originally going to be a group coaching call with Christian Hudson set up for once a week, however this has now changed. While you can download the first of those coaching calls that took place in 2012 on "The Obsession Story", it's the only one.
As it stands, the first coaching call on "The Obsession Story" has audio quality that is 'rough', making it harder to listen to (Christian apologizes for this and says it will be fixed with the upcoming version).
I found that most of the material in this call was simply a repeat of the material from the GFAS modules with a few more details here and there, or different ways of looking at it. It doesn't add much value and not listening to it wouldn't make any difference for you in my opinion.
Does The Girlfriend Activation System Live Up to the Video/ Marketing?The video for GFAS makes some pretty big promises - this is very typical of marketing videos or sales videos these days - let's see how the promises compare to the reality.
The Big Promises
- Which women it works with? Can get any woman to be your girlfriend no matter your situation.
- How easy to use is it? How much effort does it take? "The Obsession Story" is a simple process any "dim-witted" man can follow.
- Does it require you to change who you are? The video promises that you won’t have to change who you are.
- Is it manipulative? It's not at all sleazy or manipulative and gives you totally natural approaches to get your quality girlfriend.
- Which women it works with? If you've listened to me on the podcast, you should know that nothing works 100% of the time with 100% of women. This is magical thinking, if you think about it rationally. A good solid approach can work with a high % of women though. And this course is a good solid approach - I would expect, if used properly, that 33% success rate is achievable. The other thing to be aware of is that there are pre-requisites for GFAS working for you, like having fixed any basic issues like Image, Physique & Style, or your ability to meet women.
- How easy to use is it? How much effort does it take? The process is pretty straightforward - it’s not really complex, however it will take some thought and effort. It's about as simple as it can get.
- How easy to use is it? How much effort does it take? You have to put the work in to get this course to work for you. You have to do the exercises at home to develop your sexuality, which takes time, and you have to put the time in to practice the practical examples and communication with women from the system.
- Does it require you to change who you are? Yes, and no. The program doesn't require you to change into a super social guy or change your hobbies and interests. However, it does need you to work on your weaknesses as a man, and for some of them you may be attached to these weaknesses. You may be comfortable with them. The problem is that they are in your way - stopping you from getting the attractive girlfriend you'd like. So it's unavoidable that you'll have to "evolve" some parts of yourself, to be better and stronger. That's what this program pushes you to do.
- Is it manipulative? GFAS hits the spot on this promise. There's nothing manipulative in the course. It doesn't have a lot of routines, or techniques to influence women in it. It's primarily about developing yourself - to be the attractive man women are attracted to - and following a step by step process that will keep you away from making typical errors on the path to a girl getting into a relationship with you.
Looking at the positive. The course is good at fulfilling its promise to get you a quality girlfriend. It has the solid information and training to get you there.
On the negative side, it has oversold how broadly it will work and how much effort you will need to put in yourself. It's going to take work from you - study and practice - to make the course a part of you. There's also some aspects of your 'skillsets' that you need to be good enough at before you can really use the material in the course. Overall, you'll need to bring a good attitude to this course to make it work for you. Also, you can't expect it to work on every girl in every situation - but it will work with a large percentage of women and situations.
The bottom line of this, is that the limitations on this program, are the limitations on any program. It's always going to need you to put effort in and tick the relevant boxes. It's as easy as it gets.
Further Resources to Help YouI have interviewed most of the coaches from Girlfriend Activation System on our podcast:
- Christian last appeared in the interview on The Path to a Serious Girlfriend in May 2014. We discuss some of the advice from GFAS in that interview. I also interviewed him previously with an interview in May 2011.
- Jason Capital appeared in November 2013 on the subject of How to Make Your Move with Women.
- David Wygant from June 2011 where we talk about Saying No to Routines, and Yes to Interests and Passions.
- I spoke to Alex Allman in October 2013 on Choosing Marriage and How to Make it Work and also in June 2011 on Clitoris Orgasm Step by Step to Orgasm.
Negative Reviews, Complaints and TestimonialsThe Social Man (incorporated as The Hero Company) has an A+ rating with the BBB (Better Business Bureau) and is BBB accredited.
100% of reviews (16 in total) with the BBB are positive. The company has had a total of 4 complaints to the BBB over the last 3 years, with 2 of those having been reported to be resolved by the complainants satisfactorily - the other 2 not having responded after The Hero Company reported back to the BBB having dealt with it.
As far as BBB ratings and complaints go in the dating space, this is a pretty stellar record. Very few dating advice companies are BBB accredited at all - even the largest ones.
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The Bottom Line
This is the best course we have found to date for finding, dating and evolving a relationship with a girl into a long term stable relationship. It's a great course for getting a quality girlfriend.
It requires hard work and effort to get the results from this course. That is one of the hard truths of this course, it tells it like it is without any empty promises.
Importantly though it gives you a clear plan to take yourself to the end goal of a successful long term relationship with a girl you like, and it helps you with the details along the way. Excellent course. Double thumbs up.
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