After reading books like Thinking, Fast and Slow, I began to wonder, when your female friend said to you, 'I like you for who you are' or something like that, don't you think what she ACTUALLY means is that she likes how you treat her AS A FRIEND?
I am a MGTOW but I didn't know that until I broke up and went to MGTOW and RP forum. In retrospect, I put my LTR girlfriend on the pedestal and that changed how I treated her. Then, she behaved like a person whom I think I would not even date in the first place.
I come from a conservative society in which having liberal physical intimacy is condemned, hence I have the chance to observe how females treat males without the aspect of physical intimacy. And RPers were correct, worshipping and infatuating exclusively with a girlfriend only turns the girl off.
Right now, my opinion is that by treating a girlfriend as if she is just one of my normal friends (in other words, by friend-zoning her), the relationship will be much healthier (not longer, just healthier for me).
Share with me your experience! I want to see if my belief holds true.