Paying For Dates Is Getting Incredibly Awkward

June 29, 2017
Paying For Dates Is Getting Incredibly Awkward

A recent article in the Wall St. Journal highlights how incredibly uncivil we’ve become toward one another. I don’t know whether this is related to the climate of political partisanship, but it sounds like we’ve hit a new low in dating. In Who Pays on the First Date? No One Knows Anymore, and It’s Really Awkward […]

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Men Praise Intelligent Women, But Do They Ask Them Out?

June 15, 2017
Men Praise Intelligent Women, But Do They Ask Them Out?

Congrats to longtime Hooking Up Smart reader Jenna Birch on her article in the July issue of Cosmopolitan! You can read Why Are Men Still So Afraid of Ambitious Women online HERE. I’m quoted in the article, which is always nice. 🙂 But more importantly (and alarmingly), Jenna presents evidence that while men say they like ambitious […]

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Self-Respect vs. Entitlement in Dating

June 12, 2017
Self-Respect vs. Entitlement in Dating

“The willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life is the source from which self-respect springs.” ~Joan Didion A young woman describes meeting a guy during an Uber ride. Before he got out of the car, he punched his number into her phone. She envisioned a blossoming serious relationship. But he’s not answering her texts […]

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8 Fast But Effective Ways to Judge a Man’s Character

June 1, 2017
8 Fast But Effective Ways to Judge a Man’s Character

Dating someone who’s not compatible with you is a costly mistake because you waste precious time that you could be spending with a better match. Dating someone of poor character is the costliest mistake, because the experience damages you. It makes you cynical and pessimistic about love – “All the good guys are taken.”  It makes […]

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Conversation As a Predictor of Relationship Success

May 17, 2017
Conversation As a Predictor of Relationship Success

Real Simple magazine has a good article this month about the 8 Habits of Happily Married Couples, with classic quotes illustrating the main points. My favorite is one that is often overlooked when discussing how to make relationships work: How good is the conversation?   “Marriage as a long conversation.—When entering into a marriage one […]

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