City & State or ZIP Tonight, this weekend, May 5th...
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City & State or ZIP Tonight, this weekend, May 5th...
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Date check: Second opinion?

After multiple dating misadventures, Cathy decided to recruit some of her friends to check her dates. Although she felt as if she was a good judge of character, she sometimes overlooked obvious things because she was blinded by good looks, charm, or that tricky sex haze.

I think a lot of people have great intuition and should be able to trust their gut. How many times has that lead us wrong? When it comes to sizing up a guy, though, other men are the best to notice if something is off. Why do you think that is? I think it works the same with women. I can sense when my guy friends should be careful with the women they pick. I can also clearly see when they should start ring shopping!

Do you ever get second opinions about the people you date? Has anyone ever introduced you to their friends in an effort to get a second opinion on you?

By Wise Diva

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How understanding are you?

I overheard a woman complaining that she was asked out on a date the same day he wanted to go out. She was deeply bothered that he didn’t follow some dating rule about asking out someone at the last minute. I have also seen some people dumped because they had to cancel on a date because something came up. I wondered shouldn’t we should consider being a lot more flexible?

The dating scene requires a great deal of patience. Things won’t always go your way. Rejection, disappointment, and misunderstandings happen so we should expect it and deal with it. The more understanding you can be without being taken advantage of, the more likely you can successfully navigate the dating scene.

If you went out on a date the same day you were asked out, does it have to mean you are desperate for attention? I think it shows you are spontaneous and open to adventure, which is appealing to some people.

When it comes to dealing with the messy part of dating, how understanding are you?

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Too much control?

Have you ever watched a couple interact and noticed that one of them showed some domineering behavior? What do you do when it’s your friend and their new man or woman is a raging control freak? Do you voice your concern? Casually bring it up?

I have a friend who has handed his entire life over to his new woman. At first I thought it was adorable and sweet that she was “tweaking” little superficial things. Then I realize he has made major life changes in the short time they have been together. If he was happy about those changes I wouldn’t be so worried. He isn’t though and he admitted he did it to make her happy. It saddens me to see all this happen! What would you do?

Have you ever dated someone controlling? How did you establish boundaries?

How can you tell the difference between dating someone who challenges you to be better and someone who is way too controlling?

By Wise Diva

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Would you sacrifice career for love?

If you were offered a great career opportunity that required you move far away, would you turn it down for a relationship? The tough choices some people face often come down to picking what is most important to you at the time. A lot of women who are single but want to be married may consider picking a man over the career. The hope is that they can somehow end up with the great man and the great career will still come later. What if it doesn’t, though?

I have a friend who turned down a position because it required a lot of traveling. Her boyfriend at the time said that it would be hard to be in what would feel like a long distance relationship. He even admitted that he was not sure if he could resist temptation while she was away! She now regrets this choice because her relationship didn’t last and she thinks her career would be further along if she had accepted the traveling job.

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Dating: Exit strategy

I received an email from one of our readers seeking some advice. She is a 29 year old marketing professional who met a wonderful man in January. The two of them have decided to become exclusive which means all those flings, friends with benefits, and exes need to be made aware. Apparently, this is easier said than done. She and her man have people who they can’t seem to shake.

When you want to end the various “situations” you have been managing as a single person, what is your exit strategy for them? Do you stop calling? Do you send a text? What do you do when you let someone know you are coupled up and they suddenly admit to wanting something serious with you?

When you meet someone, do you believe that their single status only refers to marriage? Do you think most people have someone who they hook up with on a regular basis? How long do you allow for those loose ends to get tied up?

By Wise Diva

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Dating: Flip the script

Sometimes single people act like selfish jerks who don’t care much about anyone else. Their dating ethics are self-serving so the people they meet and date get the brunt of all of this. What if we flipped the script and suddenly were to get the treatment we give to others? Would you be worried?

I know a young lady who had a bad habit of disposing men when she got what she wanted from them: Money, attention, sex, etc. When she met up with someone she really liked, she was the one who was disposed and replaced. It was enough to change how she dealt with men. Maybe in these instances, we need to get played to see what it feels like.

If you reflect on the way you treat your dates and your mate, how would you feel if they treated you in the exact same manner?

By Wise Diva

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Love or lust

I believe many of us have experienced that feeling of wanting to be with someone all the time. You can’t stop thinking about them. When you aren’t with them you can count the minutes until you see them again. It’s a great ride when it’s new and exciting! It’s also the time when many people confuse love with lust. How can you tell the difference?

The “feelings” can mimic both and you aren’t always sure what is real and what is a result of great sex. I know lust is strong and powerful, and often times you can have lust for someone you love. The danger comes in when you think you love someone and it’s actually just a desire to have them physically.

Do you think there is a way to tell the difference? My friend used to tell me to imagine the person you “love” walking out of your life forever. If you can live without them and can easily see life with them gone, it’s probably not love.

Why do you think many of us confuse love and lust?

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Paying for the dates

My friend Mark wonders why men end up paying so much money for dates that occur early in the courtship. The period of time when a guy is not sure how much he likes a woman can be challenging when she expects to be treated. I know a lot of guys who basically wonder if the women are “worth” the investment of time, effort, and money.

This is partly why I believe going on cheap and fun dates is best when you first meet. It can take the pressure off both of you when you don’t worry about being used. I believe the expensive dates and gifts should come after you know the connection is truly there.

Why does it change things so much when more money is spent in dating? Do you think paying for dates sets up a dynamic of paying to spend time?

By Wise Diva

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Using sex to manipulate?

I was talking to a married couple about how the dynamics of their relationship had changed once they jumped the broom. The wife said in the beginning, she used sex to manipulate her husband. She was doing it without realizing it first, but soon found that there was a bit of power in it. She admitted that it was a tool she resorted to using when she wanted to get her way.

Her husband realized what she had been doing and it actually became a huge issue they nearly ended the marriage. Their first true hurdle as a married couple was her using sex as a weapon. He didn’t like being manipulated and she didn’t like it when he didn’t give her what she really wanted.

I can’t say that I am surprised that this was a real challenge to overcome in a marriage. Even in dating, using sex to manipulate a situation can be destructive. I think both men and women try to gain some power in a relationship and often use sex to that end.

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Dating: Your fault the date sucked?

I was having lunch with a couple of my guy friends recently. One of them was lamenting on and on about the last date he had with a woman from church. He said the woman was “fine but her personality was trash.” She only wanted to talk about vapid topics; she never put her phone on silent, and she was rude to the server.

Mind you, I have heard this same spiel from him time and time again. I wondered what her perception of the date was. I think we sometimes forget that we are an active participant on a date. If the date was awful, aren’t we partly to blame? At the very least, when we realize there is not a connection with our dates, shouldn’t we manage to have a pleasant evening somehow?

Have you ever considered that you are the reason your last bad date was so dreadful? Did you have engaging conversation? Were you listening to them talk without interrupting? Everyone thinks their date etiquette is so on point, but we would probably be shocked to learn how others …

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