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Five Personality Types to Avoid

Dec 15th, 2008 | Dating Advice

Hindsight is 20/20 and when it comes to dating, it would be great if there were a way to look into the future and get a clear picture of a person’s character. This would help prevent many relationships that had no potential of moving forward from ever happening in the first place.

Four Signs You’re Compatible

Dec 12th, 2008 | Advice For Men, Advice For Women, Relationship Advice

Compatibility is an important aspect of any relationship. When two people are compatible, there is a good indication that they have enough things in common that their relationship has a strong chance of enduring for the long haul. Every couple has differences, arguments, and conflicts and when these become the prominent factor of the relationship, the future can suddenly take a fast detour south. Making sure that you have certain areas of your personality or thinking in common can help prevent those differences from overriding your relationship. Here are four areas, or four signs that you and your partner have enough personality or character traits in common to overcome any hardships that you might face in the future.

How to Find Out is She's Into You

Dec 10th, 2008 | Advice For Men, Attraction, Dating Advice

It can be tough trying to figure out if a girl is into you or not. By watching a girl’s behavior, her mannerisms, and the way that she acts when your near is a good way to determine if she’s into your or not. This can be especially important if you’re thinking about taking a relationship with a friend to the next level. The best way to find out if a girl likes you or not is to ask. However, this is not as simple as it seems. The fear of rejection is often great and can inhibit a man from asking the object of his affection point blank if she reciprocates the feeling. Here are some suggestions that you can use to find out if she likes you or not.

Stop Using Sex as a Weapon

Dec 8th, 2008 | Advice For Men, Advice For Women, Intimacy, Relationship Advice

Sex is one of the greatest gifts given to humankind, however it is often used in ways that can hurt and destroy a relationship, rather than create intimacy. When sex is used as a weapon, both parties of the relationship suffer. Both men and women can equally abuse sex and use it as a weapon against their partner. Women might be more likely to withhold sex when angry, frustrated, or disappointed while men are more likely to use sex as a way to resolve conflicts and issues. Pressuring a woman to have sex when she isn’t consensual is just as damaging as a woman withholding sex to manipulate her partner. Understanding how recognize the signs of using sex as a form of control can help both partners make certain that they treat their sexual intimacy with respect and the reverence that it deserves.

Men are After One Thing Only, Right?

Dec 2nd, 2008 | Advice For Women, Intimacy, Relationship Advice

When starting a new relationship, it’s important to determine whether the connection is based upon qualities such as respect and integrity or if it is purely based upon sexual attraction. Sexual attraction is an important factor in all relationships, but it should never be the primary basis for a couple’s relationship. When women wonder if their man is only after sex, they can become very discouraged with the relationship. When women are focusing on love, marriage, and living happily ever after they can become suddenly devastated with the realization that their man isn’t returning the same level of emotional commitment. Here are some signs that can help you determine whether or not your man is interested in you on a deep level, or if he is only after sex.

The Fine Line Between Flirting and Cheating

Oct 21st, 2008 | Infidelity, Relationship Advice

Just about everybody likes to flirt – even those of us currently in committed relationships. Because just as being committed or married doesn't take away your need or desire to look at people of the opposite sex, being in a relationship doesn't stop you from wanting to spark connections with others. And that's what flirting generally is – a fun, vaguely sexual connection. Generally harmless.

Dating with Low Self Esteem

Oct 20th, 2008 | Advice For Men, Advice For Women, Dating Advice, Singles

Having low self esteem means more than just thinking you look fat in your jeans or that the girl you're chatting with at the bar won't like you – it brings a whole host of problems along with it. People with low self esteem suffer from a debilitating lack of confidence, depression, stress, jealousy, and general anxiety. I should know…I've suffered from it for years.

Polyamorous Relationships: Appealing, Repulsive…or Both?

Oct 19th, 2008 | Advice For Men, Advice For Women, Relationship Advice

I feel like I've been inundated lately with images of alternative relationships. Some of that is my own doing, of course – my favorite new show is HBO's "Big Love," which is about polygamous Mormon family living (where else?) in Utah. In the show, the male lead owns three houses, each occupied by a different wife. He rotates his nights between his houses – and between his wives, of course.

When Hygiene Issues Stink Up Your Relationship

Oct 18th, 2008 | Misc Advice, Relationship Advice

While personal hygiene might be one of the most entertaining subjects to laugh about with your friends after a bad date, it becomes much more serious in the rare event that that date turns into a relationship. Sure, some people have no trouble at all telling their boyfriend or girlfriend that their breath smells or that they need a shower. But for most of us, these kinds of subjects are delicate indeed…and more than a little embarrassing.

Setting Your Friends up on Dates

Oct 7th, 2008 | Advice For Men, Advice For Women, Dating Advice

When you're in a happy, healthy relationship, it's like the world is your oyster. And you, well…want to share your oyster with your friends.

Hmm. Since the oyster metaphor is getting a little gross, I'll put it simply: when you've found the right person for you, you tend to think you know who is right for your friends, too. And while your heart is probably in the right place, setting your friends up on dates isn't always a great idea…especially when you don't go about it the right way.