Dating can be fun but make no mistake: If commitment is what you are looking for dating is serious business!
To paraphrase Chris Rock, Take the relationship slowly; in time defenses come down and you get to see each other warts and all.
To get to know someone you need to see who they are when they think no one is looking, how they handle conflict, meet their families and friends, manage their money, as well as many other aspects of their lives.
Sit back once in awhile and evaluate who they are and whether or not they meet your criteria as a lifelong partner and remember it takes two years to get to know someone.
Authenticity Do you feel accepted and liked for who you are or do you get the feeling your relationship partner is giving you pointers of who you should be?
He helped me to get a thicker skin, while I have helped him to learn how to be more diplomatic.
If you appreciate your partner's differences without seeing them as areas to be changed, but hopefully a way that will provide balance in a needed area, proceed with the relationship. interdependent A common mistake many first responders make is dating and then marrying the person who needs to be rescued.Are you able to share your opinions, dreams, aspirations, likes, dislikes, openly and honestly?Do you feel safe, encouraged, and nurtured to share emotions or do you get the sense you need to hold back parts of you? In order to build a future together, authenticity in who you are at all times is key for a lasting friendship.Also it is not healthy if you feel you are always chasing after someone because they are too independent of you.Are they returning you phone call, text messages, and emails or do their Facebook friends know more about them?We believe experiencing the early stages of a possibly long-term relationship with eyes wide open, a sense of purpose, and devotion to honestly assessing whether you and your significant other are an objectively good match are necessary to the lasting strength of the relationship.