“It's not always be a straight path moving from friendship to a romantic relationship – there might be some back-and-forth," says Di Donato."Shared friends might be really interested in this thing that’s happening between the both of you, but a romantic relationship is between two people.”Trust: the last thing you need on top of your nerves is a gaggle of mutual friends eyeing you talking to your friend from across the bar and drunkenly blurting out that you should both just kiss already.6.“I would consider the quality of your friendship before transitioning to a relationship," says Dr. "Do you feel safe and secure in that friendship, or is it an exciting, emotional ride?
’” Yes, you are taking a risk on your friendship by dating.
Yes, depending on if and how you break up, you may not be friends in the end.
We depend on and our romantic partners depend on us way more than we do as friends."Figuring out how to deal with jealousy, or meshing your schedules together, or helping each other through bigger life problems you never knew about before are all a part of it.
It's not as simple as grabbing a random coffee like you used to.
Make sure you have the right kind of friendship for a relationship.
There's a huge difference between your ride-or-die BFF and someone who's just really fun to party with.Here are seven things to keep in mind if you're two friends thinking of dating each other:1. It can be tough to suss out if you have mutual feelings when you're already jokey and sweet to each other.“Flirting is a skillful testing of the waters where you’re protecting yourself from rejection," says Dr.Eventually, I graduated to borderline-sexts about how his legs looked in shorts, but there were so many baby thirst steps in between.The point is you can take your time with getting more flirty and seeing if A.) they seem to return the flirtiness and B.) they're flirting with instead of generally flirting with everyone.2.Expect that things – including sex – might be really awkward at first.“People bring different sexual expectations to their relationships, so whether you’re expecting magic the first time or you see your sexual relationship as something that can grow and change, that’s going to influence how satisfied you are not just sexually but in the relationship," says Dr. "Two individuals who are willing to work on that factor might have an easier time transitioning into a relationship.” monologue, more power to you.