Romantic comedies and love songs tell us that all our problems will be solved if we just find the one right person. And everything from prom dances to Valentine's Day seems to exist to extol the virtues of dating. Having a special someone to share your experiences with makes life sweeter, and having someone who knows you deeply can help you understand yourself better too. It's easy to develop an unhealthy dependency on the person you are dating, or for manipulation and disrespect to poison the affection that you share.
Fortunately, a little knowledge goes a long way in avoiding these problems.
This section will guide you all the way from your first meeting to a long-term relationship, and will show you the pitfalls to avoid along the way.
And since this is a social skills guide after all, I'll also address the social skills of dating. Healthy Relationships Defined What is a healthy relationship, and why is it important?
How to ask someone out, what to do on that first date---I'll cover it all. How To Have A Healthy Relationship How do you make sure that your relationship is healthy, positive and fulfilling?
Beginning a Romance How do you start a romance on the right foot? From Friendship To First Kiss How do you move from friendship to romance? Building A Relationship Worth Having Once you've started a relationship, how do you get closer to your partner? Slow And Steady Wins Their Heart How do time and commitment play into your relationship?
Slow And Steady Wins Their Heart, Part 2 How do you grow in physical and emotional intimacy, without damaging the relationship?
Dating FAQ Want to know how to be a good kisser, where to take someone on a first date, or how to make a long-term relationship work?
Come meet people who want to meet you at the Speed Dating Workshop!
If you've never speed dated before, here's how it works: Girls sit facing the guys.
You have 3 minutes to talk to the person across from you and get to know them.