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10 Questions To Consider Before Dating Someone Seriously

Making the decision to enter a new relationship should not be taken lightly. Whenever emotions between two people are involved, it is important to take a step back and determine whether you are ready.

If you want your next relationship to be happy, stable and fulfilling, you should ask yourself these 10 questions.


1. Is this the right time?

Building a romantic relationship takes time and energy. Consider where you currently are in your life. If you’ve just landed a challenging new job with long hours or a member of your family is dealing with a health crisis, throwing another human being into the mix could complicate things. In this situation, it is best to wait for things to settle down before you settle down.



2. Have I truly gotten over my ex?

This is perhaps the most important question of all. If you still hold out hope that your ex will come back into your life, you are not ready for a new relationship. It is completely selfish, not to mention unfair to your new potential partner. As a rule, never bring somebody new into your life until you are ready to move on from your past.



3. What were some of the successes in my previous relationship?

Even though your previous relationships ultimately failed, hopefully you can recognize some of the positive moments and use them for insight when exploring a new relationship. However, if you struggle with this, think about the ways in which your friends or family members have been able to maintain a solid relationship with their partners. They might be able to offer you advice.



4. Why didn’t my previous relationship last, and what are my expectations for my next relationship?

Why are you no longer with your previous partner? Perhaps one or both of you were too devoted to your careers. Or it could be the case that jealousy and a lack of trust got in the way. Jot down all the things that went wrong in previous relationships and determine how they can be properly handled the next time you take the plunge.

Are you looking to settle down with a new partner, or are you thinking about this as a “friends with benefits” sort of deal? The last thing you want to do is mess with another person’s heart. Be completely transparent with them and let them know how you see things proceeding.