Dr. Romance: Tips to Successful Dating
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So many people ask me questions about dating that I thought I’d share some guidelines, do’s and don’ts with you; to help you make dating fun, safe and successful. No matter how times change, what works in relationships remains surprisingly the same.
Everyone seems to be in a hurry today, but if you rush into a relationship, you’ll create big problems for yourself. Starting off on the right note will make many things easier later.
Although behaving badly seems to be a trend in movies and TV these days, rude and irresponsible behavior is deadly to relationships. Continuing to see someone who is rude, thoughtless or narcissistic is simply asking for a relationship problem. If you model good behavior and manners yourself, you’ll influence the person you’re dating in a positive way; or at least make his or her bad behavior stand out so you can see it clearly.
To get the best result out of your early dating experiences, try following these guidelines:
1. Avoid Anxiety and Giddiness.
Dating is exciting and energizing. Of course you should have fun and enjoy the moment, but if you get too excited, anxious and giddy, you might come on too strong. It’s important that your anxiety not mask the real you.Keep your thoughts on the reality that you don’t know what is going to happen to the relationship. Pay attention to what you are learning about your date, and allow the relationship to develop slowly over many dates like this.
2. Use the Power of Charm.
Remember how powerful your smile can be, and use your eye contact and ask questions to keep the conversation flowing. Think about what interests you about your date, and show interest in his or her opinions, experiences and activities. Be complimentary whenever possible, and respond intelligently to whatever is said to you.
3. Have Fun, Don’t Get Too Heavy.
Keep your date light and easy, and have a good time. If you keep the focus of your attention on being pleasant, having fun, and not getting too far ahead of the relationship, you will be great company.
4. Make Conversation Interesting and Easy, With No Deep Secrets.
You can talk about anything, including your personal lives, past relationships and love in general, but don’t be the one who brings up the intimate topics first. Be careful not to pry too deeply into your date’s private life and secrets, unless the information is voluntarily offered. You’ll learn a lot more about your date if you are genuinely interested in hearing what he or she has to say; than if you conduct an interrogation.
5. Don’t Talk Too Much about Yourself.
Keep your focus on learning about your date and don’t get into talking too much about yourself. Dole out some information about you, especially if it relates to what your date is saying, but don’t let yourself talk endlessly about your own life, opinions, experiences or activities.
6. Pay Attention! You Have Things to Learn Here!
The most important aspect of any date, in addition to having a good time, is to get to know each other better. No matter how excited, turned on or thrilled you may be about this date, listening to what your date says, watching what your date does and understanding how your date feels are still your primary objectives. Keep an objective viewpoint in the back of your mind and think about what your date is revealing to you.
7. What Your Date Thinks of You Is Not Your Business, Focus on What You Think of Your Date.
One of the easiest ways to lose your objectivity and balance in this is to let yourself worry about what your date thinks about you. I call this “getting into your date’s head”. If you spend your time essentially trying to look at yourself through your date’s eyes, guessing what he or she is seeing when looking at you, or hearing when listening to you, you’ll miss what’s really happening. It’s a very self-involved thing to do, and it makes it impossible for you to relate intelligently to your date. What your date thinks of you is not really your business. You have a responsibility to pay attention so you know what YOU think of your date.
Hopefully, in all these considerations, because you’ve thought about the serious issues in advance, you’ll still be able to relax and have a good time, so good, that you decide to keep dating each other. Keep in mind that you’re not looking for just sex or romance, if you want a long-term relationship, the character of the person that will determine whether your relationship will be a success, not his or her outward appearance.