Dating after ending a relationship

While there are no easy answers for such a question, there may be signs that you are ready to start dating again after ending a bad relationship.

Whenever you are alone, your thoughts drift to your ex and what he may be doing.

I’m so glad you sent me this question, because I know so many people struggle with this issue.

How do you “break up” or end things with someone who you are casually dating?

What are your thoughts on break-up etiquette in casual dating?

Is there a rule for how many dates warrant a type of breakup?

If you’re divorced, or have ended a long-term relationship, well-meaning relatives and friends may encourage you to start dating again soon.

But how will you know when you're ready for a new relationship?

If your daily life still revolves around your past relationship and your feelings about it, it may be too soon to get back into dating, according to "Psychology Today" licensed clinical social worker Susan Pease Gadoua.

However, it’s the future, not the past, that you should consider. While an unhealthy relationship can become healthy with enough time and dedication, it is unrealistic to “fix” an abusive relationship.

Remember, at the end of the day, you can only change your own behavior — not your partner’s.

Dear Becca, After going on 4 dates with a guy, I noticed that I wasn’t feeling romantically interested in him, despite feeling like we had a great time together.

I debated for a while how I would let him know–phase him out, text him, call him, or set another date to talk to him in person.

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