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Including the word 'date' is making it so strange to ask. There is no way to make it witty that way. What I like to do is make clear that I am interested romantically in them and then set the date. No confessions or something. Just a simple 'hey...I like you/ find you extremely attractive/etc. I know this place, do you want to go there for a drink to get ...


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I don't think you are misunderstanding her expression of "special fondness", although it is a little unusual turn of phrase (quite formal). Still, she hasn't explicitly said to you that she is romantically interested, so while I would normally advocate a direct approach, there is perhaps not a need yet for any approach, until she is more specific. If I have ...


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I would like to add some personal experience and observation of mine that probably applies to many people but certainly to many men: We often like to have something to do when we get together with someone. A personal conversation without a specific topic or incentive, just in order to socialize, can feel a bit awkward. Note the typical venues where men ...


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You're dating without a purpose. Stop. As you mention in a comment, you're not sure why you're going on dates, just that you're supposed to. This is where you are coming undone. You have no aim, so you're aimless. And that is how you are making a first impression of a nose in a book. That isn't on your radar, clearly. And when you discuss it, from ...


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I would like to point out that people are different and any generalization about people is by default wrong. It is not true that "men" do not like to talk face to face. I'm a man, and I like to talk face to face, especially when I'm dating. I'm sure there are men who do not like to look at the woman they are dating, but I do. In the same way that ...


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An almost-universal expectation that people have, when they go on a date, is that the other person (you) will pay attention to them. Hopefully, they will also have the intention to reciprocate by attending to you, although unfortunately that's less of a given. Either way, the goal of the date is for the two people to become better acquainted. Merely sitting ...


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There are books and articles that say men don't like to talk face to face, but the meaning is the particular geometric orientation, not that they don't want to talk. For example: Intercultural Communication: Girls and women talk face-to-face; boys and men prefer to sit at an angle Talking shoulder-to-shoulder, not face-to-face: men often ...


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An important point especially pertinent to the first several dates is that the goal should be to try to get know each other so that you can both decide whether to continue to pursue the relationship. In this way your current strategy is extremely disruptive and counter productive, by withdrawing into a book or your work you are not engaging with your date so ...


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I think that the major reason your strategy isn't producing the results you want is because you've overinterpreted a very precise piece of information, and have based your entire approach around that overinterpretation The single most difficult element of your situation seems to me to be this: A few years ago, I read online that men and women communicate ...


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I'm on the spectrum myself, and I understand that dating can be quite the challenge. I've had a fair bit of success with it (I'm now married), so I've got a few tips that can help you out. Why your recent strategies have failed First of all, it's important to understand why what you've been doing hasn't worked. While it may be true (though it certainly isn'...


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I have found in my dating and married life, as well as with friends and family, that everyone is different. We do not need to generalize men as non-talkers and women as talkers that make them uncomfortable. I married a man who does not like social situations and is very quiet. However, when we went out, our conversation was very easy. He opens up to me, ...


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Ok, so what it looks like is that your challenge is managing expectations from both yourself and the girl regarding dating and relationship progressing. Cultural-wise, the western society is much less "strict" on relationships and more often than not there is no expectation on the step-by-step of a budding romance. And some of the terms and definitions are ...


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So, I also saw that research once in a training, and I think that one of the reasons why your strategy is not working might be related to a misinterpretation of ...specifically that men do not like to talk face to face and women like to talk face to face Men do not like to talk face to face means that they don't like to be positioned facing the person ...


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It's been a while since I've dated, but I've been married for quite a while. So maybe I might have some insight here. When I'm on a date with my wife, I want to be her focus - and she wants to be mine. I want her to think that she's the most interesting thing in the world at that point in time. Were she to bring a book, or work to do, I'd be really ...


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You need to go through a few distinct steps. Each will need time, and at least a few interactions for each one. Set the boundary Note her violation of the boundary Set the penalty Warn, and then act That's the outline. Now for some details: First, it has to be clear that there is some behavior here which is an issue, and you have to get that across without ...


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It doesn't help that your problem isn't really lateness, but something else you don't want to mention. Still, I'm going to answer as though it was lateness. When you are not on your way somewhere, discussing going somewhere, or fresh off waiting while she was really late somewhere, ask her, gently, Imagine if you arrived late for [whatever thing she was ...


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Remember that a "deal breaker" is normally something like "If you do X, we can't be together." Where X is something like cheating, owning a dog or putting ketchup on your mashed potatoes. Ordinarily, these aren't things that are fixable. They either are or they aren't. So it's a little confusing to me that you're using this terminology here. It's clear that ...


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Saying "it upsets me so much I'm considering breaking up with you" isn't describing how much it upsets you, it explains the consequence you are considering because of how it upsets you. I've been in similar situations where my date would consistently turn up late, I felt that they were not respecting my time by showing up late without any effort to update ...


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In my opinion, what you are trying to do is setting up a boundary (punctuality) which is good, but you want to translate the responsibility of breaking up if the boundary keeps being broken onto her, which probably won't happen because for her arriving late is not such an issue. Being sincere is almost always the best option, so I would wait for the next ...


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Given that the lady you are interested in apparently has been seriously ill, surgery, struggling with work due to health issues etc, you probably need to back off. I know because I went through a similar situation... met a woman, we dated a few times, she was dealing with some serious family issues, so we broke it off for a while. I maintained "light ...


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