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Move Beyond Casual Dating: 3 Tips for Choosing a Partner You Can Grow With

You met at the right time and everything just fell into place. You’ve dated plenty of other people but it has never felt this right. You’re ready to move past casual dating and take the next step. A big, scary, exciting step. When you find someone you’re ready to take…

10 Subtle Signs of Emotional Abuse

If you’ve never been involved with a cunning, pathological lying, narcissistic, abusive partner, you may not know what you’re dealing with. When you date an abusive personality, you may buy into his charm, braggadocio, and phony façade while downplaying his inconsiderate and questionable behavior. Or you mistrust your instincts that…

15 Ways to Recover from a Bad Date

We all go on dates with high hopes and good intentions. You expect the encounter to be fun, exciting, and maybe even a step toward something bigger down the line. But not all dates are created equal, and some don’t meet expectations. Maybe you and the other person just didn’t click. Maybe…

15 Ways to Assess a Potential Partner’s Emotional Health

Psychologists point out that the relationship between two people can be no healthier than the emotional health of the least healthy person. To put this in a positive context: Fabulous relationships happen when two emotionally healthy individuals get together and invest the energy to build something wonderful. Further, researchers have…

5 Reasons to Choose Love over Fear

There are really only two human emotions: love and fear. All other emotions stem from those two basic emotions. Love is unconditional acceptance and the willingness to go beyond oneself for our own benefit (self-love) or the benefit of another. Fear is the absence of love, just as judgment is…

Dealing with Dating Burnout

Do any of the following statements ring true for you? “All the good ones are taken.” “If it’s meant to be, it’ll happen, right? I should stop looking.” “Sure, I’d accept the right partner if they came along. But they have to find me.  I’m done making an effort.” “I’m…

15 Ways to Deal With Dishonest People

What a wonderful world it would be if everyone made a collective commitment to be completely truthful and trustworthy with each other. We can all hope that day will one day arrive. But in the meantime, we must resign ourselves to the fact that there are people who choose to…

Why Men are More Distant in Relationships

Women immerse themselves in their romantic relationships, while men place their romantic partners on an equal but distant footing, according to research from Oxford University. The study shows that, generally, women are more invested in their relationships than men and that their happiness and well-being is more dependent upon how things are going in their intimate relationships.…

5 Things I’m No Longer Apologizing For in Dating

Subconsciously or consciously, how often do you find yourself apologizing? You slightly bump into a stranger and you mutter a ‘sorry.’ A coworker interrupts you, and yet, you find yourself stammering to apologize first. Or, perhaps just as frequently, you find yourself talking about a bad date and when you…