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Chapter 1: Getting Started What Is Dating? Evaluate Your Motives Your Commitment Level Your Past: Your Key to a Great Future Your Relationship History Their Histories Matter, Too Chapter 2: What Are You Looking For? Setting Your Sights Too High or Too Low Narrowing Down Your Options Mother Doesn¿t Always Know Best Avoid Carbon Copies of Your Exes Identifying Your ¿Type¿ Is Your Type Really Important? Chapter 3: Self-Evaluation What You Have to Offer Reality Check Makeover Magic Constructive Criticism from Friends Go for It! Try Something New Chapter 4: Meeting People Personal Introductions and Blind Dates Bars and Clubs Meeting and Eating Activities Continuing Education and Singles Travel Volunteering Religious Institutions and Special-Interest Groups Weddings and Funerals Office Romance Matchmakers and Dating Services Personal Ads Chapter 5: Online Dating What Is Online Dating? Chat Rooms Choosing the Right Dating Site Online Etiquette Making Contact Safety Net Taking Things OFFline When the Online ¿Honeymoon¿ Is Over Chapter 6: Focus Your Search Where to Find Your Type Follow Your Heart Intellectual and Creative Types Politicos and Activists Youthful Dates and Senior Singles Adventurers and Athletes Individualists Family Folks and Single Parents Animal Lovers Dating Perfectly for Your Personality Chapter 7: Your Image The Power of Image Make an Assessment Your Look: Love It or Leave It? Your Sense of Style Select a Makeover Coach Addressing Wardrobe Woes Find Your Colors Chapter 8: Your Attitude Attitude Is (Nearly) Everything Do More with Less Dressing for the Occasion Dressing ¿Sexy¿ It¿s Not Only about Clothes When to Call In an Expert Chapter 9: Making First Contact Be Approachable Avoid Drugs and Alcohol What to Say (and What Not to Say) The ABCs of Small Talk Stressed to Impress Flirting Remembering Names Chapter 10: The Art of the Date Phone Do¿s and Don¿ts Is It Really a Date? How to Ask Someone Out Short and Sweet First Dates Classic First-Date Ideas Dating off the Beaten Path How to Behave on a Date Who Pays? Chapter 11: Dating Survival Kit Practical Dating Tools Dating Buddies Dating Cards: Better than Bar Napkins Conquering Nerves Stow Your Baggage The All-Important Etiquette Book Chapter 12: Stepping Out¿Your First Date! Before You Go Out Conversation Tips Dealing with Meals Make an Impression When to Call It a Wrap The Question of Intimacy If You Don¿t Want Another Date Chapter 13: Challenging Dating Situations The Insufferable Boor Embarrassing Episodes Drinking and Drugs Violence Understanding ¿NO!¿ Inviting Dates In Stalkers Chapter 14: Narrowing Down the Possibilities The Ultimate Dating Tool Using Your Journal to Move Forward Reading Signals Do an Investigation If You¿re Doing the Dumping If You¿ve Been Dumped Dive Back into the Dating Pool Chapter 15: Beyond the First Date Great Second- and Third-Date Ideas After More than a Few Dates Will Sex Make the Relationship Stronger? Is It Love? Saying the L Word If It¿s Not Mutual Chapter 16: Relationship Trouble Areas Possible Obstacles Come to an Agreement Fear of Commitment If Your Date Is Not Free Fighting and Making Up Dealing with Really Bad News Heartbreak Hurts Chapter 17: A Fresh Start Dealing with Rejection Surviving a Dreadful Night Curbing Depression and Anger Take a Break Self-Affirmations Dating Support Teams When to Get Professional Help Chapter 18: Your Special Someone How Do You Know? Introducing Your Partner to Friends Introducing Your Partner to Work Colleagues Introducing Your Partner to Family Introducing Your Partner to Your Children Introducing Your Children to Each Other Introducing Your Partner to Former Loves Chapter 19: ¿Firsts¿ as a Couple Going Away for the Weekend Full-Length Vacations Major Holidays Birthdays and Anniversaries Entertaining Together Attending Weddings as a Couple Chapter 20: Taking Yourself Off the Market Anxiety about the Future Burying the Black Book Relationships with Exes Ready for the Next Level? Telling Others ¿We¿re Taken¿ Getting Engaged Preparations for Marriage Chapter 21: Dating Each Other¿Forever! Dating Doesn¿t End Make Romance a Part of Life Top Ten Ways to Awaken Passion Celebrate Special Days How Old Relationships Evolve Cheating Wisdom to Take with You Appendix A: Additional Resources
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
Dating (Social customs).
Single people -- Psychology.