Falling in Love Too Fast Isn’t Good

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Do you fall in love easily? When you first start dating someone do you go “all in” and decide this is the person for you? Regardless of any actual compatibility between you, do you feel grateful he or she is showing interest in you? If you feel like you’re falling …

Complaints & Cynicism Are Negative Red Flags

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Energy is contagious. People want to surround themselves with positive people. If you complain a lot, are cynical, or are a hater you’re waving a major red flag to your date, and draining your date’s positive energy. You may not even recognize that you’re being negative. It’s common to complain …

How to Know Who is RIGHT for You

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You may think your attraction to a person depends on how hot, sweet, or successful he or she is. But the psychology behind our romantic choices says our attraction is based on our unresolved childhood wounds. Subconsciously, we choose partners with the same personality traits, and even physicality, of the …

Meeting For Drinks for a First Date

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If he or she has more than two drinks on your first date that’s a bad sign. If he or she has four or more drinks in a short period of time, that’s a bright red flag. Especially if he or she holds it well (doesn’t behave like a drunk). …

Instinct or Paranoia? How To Tell

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How do you feel when your partner isn’t with you? Do you worry about who he or she may potentially meet, or might be spending time with? Do you frequently call or text to check-up? Do you need constant contact and reassurance of his or her feelings for you? How …

When to First Say “I Love You”

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When should you first say “I love you?” To some degree trust your instincts. But if you’re feeling it in the first week or so, realize that your feelings are probably lust or infatuation, not true love. If you say those three little words too quickly, a healthy partner will think …

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Many times when I try to help a client or friend see that their relationship is not good for them, their response is that all relationships have problems. Their view is that someone else will just bring another set of difficulties or even the same ones. So they might as

Catch-22 of Being Single After 40

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After 40 the best way to meet someone is online. However, the FBI warns that’s the target age for dating scammers. Donna Barnes Dating has Online Dating Protector to prevent you from being scammed. Our team of highly trained online dating safety experts work 24 hours a day, 7 days …

Subtle Red Flags You Should Look Out for When Dating

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When a relationship doesn’t work out or ends badly, clients frequently ask me if there was something they should have seen in the beginning. The answer is almost always yes. But they were too caught up in the seduction to notice that it wasn’t a good fit. You have to …

Texting Etiquette In the Dating Phase

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Texting has changed relationships—and not for the better. I’m not a fan of rules but I do feel there needs to be one big bold rule about text messaging: NEVER send a text message to communicate emotions or feelings! Good communication is the foundation of a happy relationship. Texting is …

Is Superficial Conversation Keeping You Single?

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Do you know what to talk about on a first date? Do you even give any thought to it? If you’re having a lot of first dates but not many second or third dates you might want to stop just winging your conversation. You may be portraying yourself as superficial. …

Are Your Dating Manners & Hygiene Keeping You Single?

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I read in a man’s online profile that he was requesting women to shower before their date because he had been out with too many women who smelled bad. I was shocked. Theses simple grooming tips will make sure you’re not possibly turning your dates off with bad hygiene. Simple Grooming Tips …

How to Flirt on a First Date

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If your date doesn’t know you’re interested he or she won’t be, and you won’t get a second date. Flirt with your body language: lean in close, lightly touch their hand or arm, and make lots of eye contact while smiling. Even if he or she wasn’t interested they may …