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Five Warning Signs that You Might be Headed for a Dating Debacle
The older we get the more we know and the less we want to spend precious time on unaffirming and deadened relationships. We also realize that all relationships have a “honeymoon phase” where best-foot-forward and heady passion reign. At the end of this phase, reality reigns and we could wind up looking into the face of someone we only thought we had come to know. But, rather than to dread or shun the inevitable post-honeymoon stage, we should embrace and leverage it.
Dynamic or Debacle?
This is where reality emerges, allowing for the opportunity to make empowering choices that make the difference between driving the car and being taken for a ride. It determines if the outcome will result in a healthy dynamic or a dating debacle.
To leverage the revealing reality phase, keep your eyes and ears open and refuse to ignore evident warning signs. Remember, a person can only be as honest with others as they are with themselves. However, that knife cuts both ways. Therefore, job one in surviving the dating jungle is a healthy dose of honest self-reflection.
If you constantly find yourself caught up in Groundhog Day drama (a pattern of choosing the wrong relationships), take some time to heal and readjust. Consider seeking professional counseling to uncover subconscious expectations that are often at the root of poor relationship choices.
Next, draw boundaries with yourself based on what you have learned from past mistakes and Don’t Cross Them! Once you have done that homework, these are a few warning signs to heed in the reality phase of the dating relationship:
Remember that self-awareness removes roadblocks to healthy and fulfilling relationships. Heeding this advice should result in making better choices. You are in control. Leverage it!
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