How to End a Relationship Before it Even
Starts -- What Not to do on the First Date
I often hear of singles who envision a first date as a way to interview their dates
instead of as a way to simply get to know and enjoy them. Needless to say those who
conduct the first date that way seldom end up on a second date.
Why would this be?
Simply put, people want to be liked and wanted. People want warmth and a person at
the other side of the table who is exited about the potential of the meeting. People
seldom want to fit into someone else's rigid idea of a perfect mate.
Yet the impulse behind first date interviews is understandable. Singles who conduct
first date interviews are trying to screen out people who are not a good fit for them
and are trying to select people who ARE a good fit for them. This makes sense, but
doesn't work exactly as planned. Here is why.
If you interview someone on a first date, that person may become uncomfortable and
even resentful. He or she will likely hold back, and you will not get to know the
real person. You may succeed in screening out some potentially unwanted behaviors or
traits, but you may also miss out on great people because of how the conversation is
You can certainly screen for traits that don't work for you in potential partners,
but you don't have to interview the potential partner to do so. Simply being with the
person in a relaxed atmosphere and talking about life should give you enough
information to know if that person is not the one. The key is to trust your gut if
you feel a person is not right for you, without having to justify why you may feel
On the other hand, if you end up leaving a relaxed first date unsure of whether or
not that person is a good fit, then congratulations -- you did it exactly right. Any
individual, no matter how simple they may seem, cannot be measured by someone else's
list of traits for the perfect mate. We as human beings are far too complex to be
reduced to a list.
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posted on Sunday, May 30, 2004 6:59 PM