Dating too soon after separation
So effectively seeking a partner as opposed to leaving it to fate.
But if you were thinking that searching for companionship online is strictly for losers or perverts, forget it — that's as outmoded as dial-up."My rule of thumb is to meet in person within two weeks of making online contact." Might as well find out as soon as you can if the chemistry is virtual — or real.Of course, when you do meet, take basic safety precautions. He may have seemed great, but loses interest, or is dating someone else, or has problems you will never know about.Instead, "it's usually clear when you're not ready," says Susan Pease Gadoua, a therapist and author of . But once the idea of going on a date comes into your mind and you don't want to chase it out again, you're at least ready to start, she says. The idea is that you should consciously decide how you want to proceed," which will in turn inform how you go about meeting people.
If it's truly awful, you can take a step back and wait some more. Gadoua, who runs dating workshops for women, asks them to free-associate words that come to mind when they think of "dating." Not surprisingly, words like "awful" and "dreadful" come up.
Dating after divorce can be a minefield for the midlife woman.