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Cheaters and Liars: Should You Ever Give Them a Second Chance?

Here’s an idea that’s deeply ingrained in our cultural mythos: “Everybody deserves a second chance.”  In real life, however, the practical truth is not quite as simple. While forgiveness after an offense is always advisable—letting go to free yourself from lingering bitterness and pain—resuming the relationship is not. Second chances…

12 Signs of a Passive-Aggressive Person

How do you know if you’re passive-aggressive? Well, do people think you’re difficult to be around? Do they not trust you or respect you the way you wish they would? Truth is you that you may be exhibiting passive-aggressive behaviors that totally confuse people — and turn them off to you.…

6 Ways to Become a Successful Flirt

Men and women flirt differently, for both different reasons and expected outcomes. Flirting is an art that requires confidence without being over the top. Some of the same things that work in real life, also apply to online flirting. Let’s face it, someone has to break the ice, and all…

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 Things to Do When You’ve Said Something You Regret

Uh-oh. The words flew out of your mouth before your brain could process their potential impact. Maybe you made a sarcastic remark about your date’s new hairstyle … or criticized her parents … or attempted a joke that came across as a putdown. Sadly, there’s no rewind button for real life…

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…

15 Ways to Move From Hurt to Healing

Everyone on planet earth has endured some of life’s hurts and heartaches. And chances are that the longer we’ve lived, the more emotional scars we have to show. Hurts come in a variety of ways: a broken relationship, betrayal, job loss, or death of a loved one. Being single, of…

How to Tell If You Are Really Ready to Be Friends with the Ex

Ever broken up, only to realize you really missed the friendship you and your ex shared? A common reaction is to try to maintain the friendship during or right after the breakup. As ‘Vanessa’ wrote, “I ended it with the guy I was seeing. I did it because I started thinking…