I am dipping into this book again now after several years of not needing it.
Just be yourself, be more confident and a host of things that I can assure you have no basis in the kind of dating that REAL people actually do.The chapter on "Breaking Up" is especially valuable. The chapters about safety rules are ok I guess but that's all. Every once a while, I'll flip through the chapters and read a few of the things that seem applicable at the time.Although the book was written in 1997 many of the principles and endure.Still, if you're feeling shitty about your lack of dates this will probably lift your spirits making the whole partner attraction racket seem less out of your control. I think I was going through an, 'it's okay to admit I want a relationship' phase and thought taking advice from a book would be empowering.I read a few chapters, rolled my eyes excessively and generally felt ridiculous, and decided to donate it.I think the most interesting part of this book was the theory that we're always moving forward.
Meaning if you date someone and break up with them you will move on to other, better, relationships.
Full of essential tips and dating wisdom, Dating For Dummies covers everything a single person in search of a date should know, including Selecting the right place for your first date Finding the best places to meet people Knowing how to protect yourself and understanding the myths and facts about date rape Ditching your date (politely) and exiting with style Finding dating tips for single parents, seniors, or those involved in office romances and long-distance relationships Knowing when not to date Meeting your online date, blind date, or personal-ad date Surviving a break-up and waiting out the rebound period Realizing that you are in love With a little help from Dating For Dummies, discover how to turn what could be a disastrous date into a good time (and a fabulous relationship). Joy Browne - licensed clinical psychologist, best-selling author, and award-winning radio talk show host - guides you through it all.
I gave it three stars because I could never give any book in the "For Dummies" series more than three stars.
I did however, join a gym, drop like 5 or so dress sizes and snag a really hot guy.
I don't think I'm a nicer, thoughtful, or even more confident person.
At the very least, if you're careful, it's a good way of jazzing up your social life. Don't give out your home address or phone number; meet in a public place in daylight hours; go in your own car.