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   What Not to do on the First Date

Meeting singles online is fun, easy, and convenient. It's a great way to find eligible singles and get noticed yourself. After meeting someone and the successful exchanges of emails and online conversations, it's time to meet for a first date. Don't ruin your chances of a second date by treating your first offline meeting like the Spanish inquisition. Read this article on what not to do to ensure that both of you will have an enjoyable time on your first date.

What Not to do on the First Date
(AKA How to End a Relationship Before it Even Starts)
By Rinatta Paries

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 conducted.

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 that way.

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.

(c) Rinatta Paries. Do you know how to attract your ideal mate? Do you know how to build a fulfilling relationship, or how to reinvent yours to meet your needs? Relationship Coach Rinatta Paries can teach you the skills and techniques to attract and sustain long-term, healthy partnerships. Visit www.WhatItTakes.com where you'll find quizzes, classes, advice and a free weekly ezine. Become a "true love magnet(tm)!

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