If you’re divorced, or have ended a long-term relationship, well-meaning relatives and friends may encourage you to start dating again soon.
But how will you know when you're ready for a new relationship?
If one person is on the page of just wanting to hook up and the other is looking for a relationship, things can get really sticky really fast.
It may be scary to straight out ask if you’re going on a date if you’re worried about coming on too strong.
“This wildly varies from person to person,” says Judith Sills, Ph D, a Philadelphia-based psychologist and author of Getting Naked Again: Dating, Romance, Sex, and Love When You've Been Divorced, Widowed, Dumped, or Distracted.