Dating

As children, most of us were taught that lying is wrong. Though honesty is almost always the best policy, some subjects are best avoided when meeting somebody new. If these topics come up on your first date, telling a little white lie might actually be in your best interest. If the relationship progresses, you can gradually reveal the more personal details of your life. Intimate Details About Your Family Dynamic Most of us have less than sitcom-perfect relationships with our families. If your relationship with your kin is less than ideal, feel free to simply state that you “stay in ... more ...
What Really Counts as Cheating?What do you consider cheating? Most monogamous individuals will agree that having a physical affair while in a serious relationship is a treacherous form of betrayal. The term "cheating," however, often covers a variety of other behaviors, many of which fall into a grey area. Is flirting considered cheating, or is it only unacceptable when the flirting partner develops feelings for others? Is watching porn acceptable or not? Many individuals find such questions difficult to answer, as there is no universal definition for cheating. What is acceptabl... more ...
Romantic relationships can be complicated, messy, and emotionally draining. For these reasons and others, singles are increasingly turning to "friends with benefits" relationships. In such relationships, two consenting adults generally enter into sex-based, no-strings-attached partnerships. Though FWB relationships can be freeing and sexually gratifying, they are often tricky to maintain. If one partner "catches feelings" for the other, for instance, the arrangement may fall apart. To maintain a successful friends with benefits relationship, both partners have to accep... more ...
Gaslighting is a type of psychological abuse. This narcissistic form of psychological torment relies on presenting false or contradictory information to someone in order to make them doubt their own instincts and perceptions. The term is derived from the classic play Gas Light, in which a husband manipulates his wife into believing she is going insane. Many of us have experienced gaslighting at some point in our lives. Despite the prevalence of this abuse tactic, its successful execution often ensures that we cannot easily identify it when it's happening to us. Do you often feel ... more ...
All of us have expectations regarding dating and relationships. Though we are cognizant of some of these expectations, we may not be conscious of others. It is important to determine whether or not these hopes are realistic. Having high standards, for instance, may benefit us in some ways and hinder us in others. Though your expectations may vary, upholding the following standards in dating and subsequent relationships is a great place to start. They don't check off every box on your "nice-to-have" list. Having unrealistic standards while searching for a potential ... more ...
Being sexually assertive is a learned skill. Many of us struggle to express our needs, clarify our desires, and establish boundaries in the bedroom. Though you may have struggled with confidently expressing yourself in the past, it's never too late to change the way you communicate with your sexual partner. By becoming more sexually assertive, you can enjoy an even healthier and more passionate sex life.  Be Proactive Regarding Your Sexual HealthCheck up on your sexual health before diving into the sack. Studies have shown that only 22% of women and 38% of men talk to their docto... more ...
You're Doing What?: Why "Living Apart Together" is the New Relationship Trend There's a trend among Baby Boomers who are are in monogamous dating relationships: It's called "Living Apart Together," or LAT. These "Apartners," as they're called are perfectly happy in their coupled relationship -- they just want to have their own bed at the end of the day. It seems this phenomenon could have some potential pitfalls, but there also are some very positive outcomes of two people living apart while being together. Read on to learn our top three reaso... more ...
Dating is stressful at any age. Perhaps the most anxiety-inducing aspect of dating is flirting. What should you say? How can you make your interest known without scaring her off? By following these tips you'll be sure to win over the object of your affection in a charming and natural way. DO... maintain eye contact.  There's a reason why a penetrating gaze is often considered sexy! Research has proven that eye contact between potential partners is often perceived as a sign of attraction. Eye contact fosters intimacy and boosts feelings of empathy and understanding. When ... more ...
Some signs of toxic relationships are easy to identify. Constant infidelity or domestic abuse, for instance, are signs that your relationship is beyond unhealthy. Other signs of dysfunction, however, are less often acknowledged. Many of these behaviors are dismissed as "normal" relationship problems despite their apparent toxicity.  Are you engaged in a toxic romance? If these warning signs speak to you, it may be time to reconsider your relationship.  1.) You're always walking on eggshells and feeling guilty.  Does your partner blow up at you every time ... more ...
Navigating the dating world is always a challenge. From sorting through potential partners to choosing activities for your outings, planning dates can be stressful. Perhaps the trickiest part of dating, however, is deciding when to reveal personal information to your date. Though some subjects ought to be discussed within the first few dates, other topics may be better suited for later conversations. Whether you tend to keep secrets or habitually overshare, these guidelines will help you determine which touchy subjects you should and shouldn’t discuss when dating someone new. &... more ...