Tips for dating a friend

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Stop wearing your single status like a badge of honor. This sense of entitlement that dominates today’s dating culture is crippling your dating life by making you an invalid. Instead of always taking about what you want in an ideal partner, how about drawing some of that attention onto what your dream guy would want in his dream girl?

Who do you think you are, the Mother Teresa of singles? Consider what you bring to the table in a relationship rather than what someone else has to offer you. Stop validating yourself by the men that don’t want you.

Doing so will only perpetuate your fear of not being good enough for anyone.

You don’t need a man, or anyone outside yourself, to be happy.

Lots of people have told me unequivocally that they would never date a friend's ex.

They wholeheartedly believe that it's wrong, disrespectful, and if a friend did that to them, they'd never talk to that person again.

If one of you thinks the relationship will be more serious than the other, problems will arise. It’s for a couple to gauge whether they have a connection and find out whether they share interests and ideals.It’s like ‘When Harry Met Sally’, but in real life – you were just friends with someone for years and years, you knew all their unsavoury habits, you wished you could fancy them but you never did – until one day, you suddenly do, and by some miracle, they like you too.So you’ve started dating your best friend, and it’s weird, wonderful and definitely takes some getting used to. You (hopefully) don’t need to have the ‘are we boyfriend and girlfriend? Things progress pretty quickly You’ve been best friends for ten years, so that’s basically like dating for ten years, right? If the person you’re dating wants to keep seeing other people, you’re either okay with it or you’re not.The real complications happen when people don’t talk about the implications of conflicting intentions. I know you hate to think of dating as a game, but it is, and you need to be in it to win it, or accept being a loser. Take your loss like a champ, learn from your mistakes and move on.

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