Question: What are some do’s and don’ts when deciding whether your open to sharing details with a new interest about your journey to love?
Answer: There are definitely some things to consider. When you meet someone new that you’re interested in it’s important to start on an honest foot. You should feel comfortable sharing things about your past and if for some reason you don’t, pay attention to that feeling because it might be your intuition telling you something. There is a difference between having an opinion and being judgmental. A potential partner shouldn’t be judgmental. He or she can hold a value and accept that you might have made a choice that differs from their opinion but still be interested in getting to know you without that information coloring their opinion of you.
Now to play devil’s advocate. I think knowing that things can play out in many different ways, it’s important to strike a balance. Don’t intentionally hold things back if you’re still getting to know someone, but it’s also not necessary to put all of your business out there. For some people, they need to work through what it is they are going to share, before they actually share it. For those folks, talking to a therapist might be the best decision they can make. They can use BetterHelp.com to help them find the best therapist to start sharing with.
Ultimately, do remain open and honest. Don’t share anything that you’re not comfortable discussing. Do determine the potential for the outcome with the new interest before going in too far, and don’t worry about it too much. No one is perfect – everyone has a past. Focus on your present and your future.
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