5 Rookie Mistakes Made in Early-Stage Dating

In the excitement of meeting someone new, it’s common to overlook certain behaviors or actions that can send the wrong message or create misunderstandings. These mistakes can often be harmless, but they can also lead to missed opportunities or even ruin a potential relationship. After reflecting on my own experiences and speaking with others in similar situations, I’ve compiled a list of five rookie mistakes that many of us make in the early stages of dating. By avoiding these missteps, you can increase the chances of a successful and fulfilling relationship with your new flame.

Overthinking Everything

One of the biggest mistakes people make in early-stage dating is overthinking everything. It’s easy to get caught up in analyzing every text message, every interaction, and every detail about the other person. While it’s important to be aware of red flags and pay attention to how you feel, overthinking can make you second-guess yourself and create unnecessary anxiety.

Being Too Eager

It’s normal to feel excited about someone new and want to spend all your time with them, but being too eager can come off as desperate and push the other person away. It’s important to give each other space and not rush into things too quickly. Remember that building a relationship takes time and patience.

Ignoring Red Flags

Another common rookie mistake is ignoring red flags. Whether it’s a lack of communication or incompatible values, it’s important to pay attention to warning signs early on. Don’t brush off behavior that doesn’t sit well with you or make excuses for the other person. Trust your instincts and be honest with yourself about what you’re looking for in a partner.

Moving Too Fast Physically

While physical intimacy is an important part of any relationship, moving too fast too soon can be a big mistake. It’s important to take things slow and make sure both partners are comfortable with the pace of the relationship. Remember that physical intimacy should be a mutual decision, not something that is rushed or forced.

Putting Too Much Pressure on the Relationship

Finally, putting too much pressure on the relationship can be lethal to a budding relationship. It’s important to enjoy each other’s company and let things develop naturally. If you’re constantly thinking about the future and trying to define the relationship too early on, you might scare the other person away. Focus on getting to know each other and having fun, and let the rest unfold organically.

Dating in the beginning stages can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. However, by avoiding these five mistakes, you can increase your chances of building a strong and healthy relationship with someone special. Remember to stay true to yourself, communicate honestly, and have fun.

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Until next time,

Ash Pariseau


  1. “Ignoring red flags.” This is something I’d like to get your opinion about. Among men, this is probably one of the most common complaints I hear about women’s dating habits/mistakes. I’ve also seen it enough IRL to realize there’s a real issue. A lot of women seem to go out of their way to choose men who are obviously dysfunctional and dangerous. These types of men not only give off red flags—they might as well be painted red with ‘Toxic Male’ stamped on their shirts. The types of women I’m describing are often attractive, intelligent, giving—decent women, not trainwrecks. They’re certainly capable of attracting better men (given the types they choose, almost any man would be an improvement). I can understand a mistake—people make mistakes and learn from them—but it seems to be a recurring theme with many single women. Any thoughts on that?

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