Common Myths About Dating and Looking for Love
Myth: I can only be happy and fulfilled if I’m in a relationship or It’s better to have a bad relationship than no relationship.
Fact: While there are health benefits that come with being in a solid relationship, many people can be just as happy and fulfilled without being part of a couple. Despite the stigma in some social circles that accompanies being single, it’s important not to enter a relationship just to “fit in.” Being alone and being lonely are not the same thing. And nothing is as unhealthy and dispiriting as being in a bad relationship.
Myth: If I don’t feel an instant attraction to someone, it’s not a relationship worth pursuing.
Fact: This is an important myth to dispel, especially if you have a history of making inappropriate choices. Instant sexual attraction and lasting love do not necessarily go hand-in-hand. Emotions can change and deepen over time, and friends sometimes become lovers—if you give those relationships a chance to develop.
Myth: Women have different emotions than men.
Fact: Women and men feel similar things but sometimes express their feelings differently, often according to society’s conventions. But both men and women experience the same core emotions such as sadness, anger, fear, and joy.
Myth: True love is constant or Physical attraction fades over time.
Fact: Love is rarely static, but that doesn’t mean love or physical attraction is doomed to fade over time. As we age, both men and women have fewer sexual hormones, but emotion often influences passion more than hormones, and sexual passion can become stronger over time.
Myth: I’ll be able to change the things I don’t like about someone.
Fact: You can’t change anyone. People only change if and when they want to change.
Myth: I didn’t feel close to my parents, so intimacy is always going to be uncomfortable for me.
Fact: It’s never too late to change any pattern of behavior. Over time, and with enough effort, you can change the way you think, feel, and act.
Myth: Disagreements always create problems in a relationship.
Fact: Conflict doesn’t have to be negative or destructive. With the right resolution skills, conflict can also provide an opportunity for growth in a relationship.