The protocols and practices of dating, and the terms used to describe it, vary considerably from country to country and over time.
While the term has several meanings, the most frequent usage refers to two people exploring whether they are romantically or sexually compatible by participating in dates with the other.
From Hermione Granger to Leslie Knope, type A personalities, while, yes, a little overeager, have proven to be fiercely loyal and forever lovable.
You spend the earlier parts of your relationship trying to “read” the other person; trying to make sure you’re both on the same page.
Then, once you’ve passed that phase, it’s on to really getting to know the other person.
You will no longer be that secretly loathed fool who drizzles ketchup over fries. Now, you get daily reminders to finally get your passport pic taken, add actual money to your savings, and pick out the exact dates you could take off work (with a range of options in case flights are $$.) If you blow it off, you get enticing links of cute hostels you could stay in or a walking tour of every cafe in .
They will teach you the error of your ways, because you can't keep living your life thinking soggy, slimy-to-hold fries are an OK choice. The bright side — once you get past the sheer annoyingness of it all, you end up with an actual trip, with an itinerary magically written by your S. And get your passport already, OMG, it’s been two weeks!!!!!
Then, there are the practical questions to consider, like are you willing to move for said person, or what is said person’s health history? What do you do when the person you’re falling for is struggling with a condition that’s too complex for even your partner to understand?
A 2010 report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reported that 19.9 percent of adults in the U. reported having a mental health condition that year.
That’s a pretty hefty chunk of the dating pool, not to mention the unreported cases and the probable addition of cases since that report was published.
Mental health conditions come in far too many forms—depression, suicidal tendencies, anxiety, bipolar disorder, OCD, substance abuse, addiction, eating disorders, schizophrenia, personality disorders, autism and Asperger’s, those that don’t immediately come to mind and so many layers within each of those conditions—to try to come up with a one-size fits all approach for how to deal with dating someone who is mentally ill.
These people will have dates on a regular basis, and they may or may not be having sexual relations.
This period of courtship is sometimes seen as a precursor to engagement or marriage.
You know you’re superficially compatible, but what about the important things—values, life goals, political beliefs?