Dating is a time to learn more about someone. Many people make the mistake of giving away their hearts too easily, without understanding more about their partners.
-- Movie or TV dates don't offer you a chance to learn that much about the other person because you're spending time watching the show. Try to spend time together afterward, and discuss what you've seen. Use this time to as questions and learn about your partner's attitudes.
-- Often, people on a date find awkward silences growing between you. Try to use this time to ask an open-ended question -- not a "yes" or "no" one -- about your partner's attitudes, past experiences, future goals and dreams.
-- A good way to get to know someone is to accomplish something together -- climbing a mountain, baking cookies, doing volunteer work, helping put on an event.
-- Don't try to surprise your date until you know his or her tastes. Not everyone enjoys balloon rides, slasher movies, or art classes.
-- Board games can teach you a lot about how your date views competition, winning, and losing.
-- After a few dates, slowly introduce your partner to the people who are important in your life. Watch how he or she interacts with them. Be wary of someone who wants to cut you off from your friends or family.
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