The dating game can be tough. You want to get to know the other person, without jumping in too hard and fast. And you also want to put your best self on display, without giving it all away. It’s no wonder that even smart, self-assured women can find themselves turning into a mess when it comes to dating! But it doesn’t have to be difficult, if you know the common mistakes to avoid. Here are the top ten mistakes that women make when dating:
Texting more than you talk
We live in a digital world, so it can sometimes seem easier to text your feelings rather than speak them. But if you have the courage to express your emotions in person to your date, they’ll come across as more genuine and authentic. You don’t have to go overboard, but be confident and honest. You’ll also get the chance to see your date’s reaction in real life, which will give you a better idea of their feelings.
Not taking the first step
Some people are old-fashioned and think that the man should make the first move. But most men would love it if a woman has the courage to ask them out. You could be missing out on the perfect date—or the perfect partner—by waiting and waiting for them to take the first step. Just go for it! They’ll be impressed by your confidence and you won’t have to play the silly waiting game.
Expecting commitment too soon
If you’re looking for a long-term committed relationship, then you definitely deserve that. But it’s a mistake to expect a man to commit and be exclusive too soon, especially in the first couple of dates. Remember, he’s getting to know you as well, and that can take time. Just because they won’t commit straight away, doesn’t mean it won’t ever happen. Have patience!
Keeping your date guessing
Having an air of mystery about you can be alluring, but you don’t want to become a difficult riddle that your date has to solve. Strike a balance between being coy and being honest. Show your date that they might not knowing everything about you yet, but that you’re opening up bit by bit. Don’t make things more difficult than they need to be.
Overthinking and overanalyzing
If you’re going home after every date analyzing every single thing that’s happened or been said, you’ll drive yourself crazy. Instead, try to enjoy the fun of dating and let your feelings be your guide. If you feel good about things, let yourself feel good; if you don’t feel good for a legitimate reason, then be up front. But don’t spend sleepless nights agonizing over the small details—it’s not good for anyone!