Dating Dos and Don’ts

The dating arena can be scary. Here’s a little direction to get you through those “Should I” or “Shouldn’t I” moments.

Should Unconditional Love Apply to Your Romantic Relationship?
February 26, 2015

Should Unconditional Love Apply to Your Romantic Relationship?

The idea of completely accepting someone as they are is so nice, but in reality, not so easy. There have to be personal boundaries and one has to be able to express themselves and share when a behavior that their partner is exhibiting is bothersome, or upsetting in any way. One of my favorite dating experts, […]

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How to Spot Control Issues in Your Date
February 24, 2015

How to Spot Control Issues in Your Date

While some character traits are tough to identify in others, control issues shine like Las Vegas neon lights when you see them in action. Unless you’re interested in co-signing for months or even years of drama down the road, you should avoid these signs in your dates immediately. Take a look at the behaviors below and […]

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It’s Not About the Shampoo (Listen for the Unspoken)
February 20, 2015

It’s Not About the Shampoo (Listen for the Unspoken)

How many times have you had a conversation with someone where they got really upset over something trivial? Clearly, there was a subtext there and something deeper going on. Instead of just reacting in the moment, is it possible to figure out what’s actually occuring and steer things in a more positive direction? Author Peter Bregman […]

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When Your Date is Rude to Waiters: It Means Everything or Nothing?
February 18, 2015

When Your Date is Rude to Waiters: It Means Everything or Nothing?

As deplorable as this behavior is, you’d probably be surprised by how frequently this type of rudeness occurs on dinner dates. Think for a moment about exes from your past. Specifically, ask yourself whether anyone who was ever rude to waiters turned out later to be one of the kindest and most compassionate people you know. I […]

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Codependent Dating: Signs and How to Stop It
February 11, 2015

Codependent Dating: Signs and How to Stop It

As a relationship therapist, I see codependence all the time. Put another way, I see codependence as frequently as, say, Jennifer Lopez sees bronzer when she looks in her makeup bag. (And that’s a lot.) Codependence – which I’ll define in a moment – is one of the biggest problems people have in relationships, and […]

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I Didn’t Drink For a Month and My Dating Life Was…
February 9, 2015

I Didn’t Drink For a Month and My Dating Life Was…

Blogger Lindsay Tigar is back with new confessions, and a personal challenge for the new year.  I love that she removed the “mask” of alcohol and went on dates without that little crutch, which can sometimes cloud judgment. Read on for her latest entry with us… Written by Lindsay Tigar Last year was truly amazing: […]

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The Great Date Experiment
February 9, 2015

The Great Date Experiment

“There is no such thing as a worthless conversation, provided you know what to listen for. And questions are the breath of life for a conversation.” ~ James Nathan Miller I was fired up last Friday evening. My husband and I were sitting down together, enjoying a glass of wine, and sharing our days with […]

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Don’t Let Valentine’s Day Break Your Heart — or Your Bank
February 3, 2015

Don’t Let Valentine’s Day Break Your Heart — or Your Bank

Many centuries ago, a Catholic priest named Valentine was sentenced to death for illegally marrying young couples. While imprisoned, he fell in love with his jailer’s daughter and just before his Feb. 14 execution passed her a note that said “from your Valentine.” This is the first—and possibly one of the last—times Valentine’s Day was […]

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Can 36 Questions Make You Fall in Love?
January 28, 2015

Can 36 Questions Make You Fall in Love?

Can you make a decision to fall in love? Writer Mandy Len Catron wanted to find out. As Catron writes in a wildly popular New York Times Modern Love column, she told an acquaintance about a technique, developed by psychologist Arthur Aron, in which two strangers ask each other 36 questions of increasing intimacy and […]

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How to Approach Someone New (Without Being Cheesy!)
January 16, 2015

How to Approach Someone New (Without Being Cheesy!)

This subject doesn’t need much of an introduction because we all know how awkward it is to approach someone new, as well as how cheesy so many well-intentioned efforts can be. Yet mastering the art of an introduction is actually much easier than you may think. Ask for permission. Walking over to talk to someone […]

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