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By Clemence Michallon For Dailymail. Dating disasters: Psychologists reveal the BIGGEST mistakes guaranteed to sabotage a relationship in the early stages – so stages of dating many are YOU making?

Read this: Dating disasters: Psychologists reveal the BIGGEST mistakes guaranteed to sabotage a relationship in the early stages – so how many are YOU making? Dating can sometimes feel like playing a board game in which each participant has a different set of rules, but luckily, experts are here to identify some of the biggest mistakes that can tank a relationship in its infancy. From jumping the gun to taking rejection too seriously, it is easy to unknowingly sabotage what could have been a fun time or a more serious encounter by caring too much. The experts’ warnings also highlight how important self-confidence can be when it comes to dating, since managing one’s own shortcomings will help defuse some serious awkwardness during the first few dates.

Rushing things is almost never a good idea when it comes to dating, and experts recommend pacing oneself instead. Similarly, psychotherapist Megan Bruneau warned against expecting a date to turn into a relationship right away. Do I enjoy hanging out with this person? If the answer is yes, hope to have another date, not a wedding. In that spirit, Bruneau also urged single people to date multiple potential partners at a time, as long as things are still ‘light’.

Keeping cool might, in fact, give you a significant edge in the long run, especially since it might keep you from committing another major dating sin, which is to obsess over text exchanges—more specifically, how long the other person takes to reply to you. If you’re counting the minutes that it took them to respond, you’re only going to make yourself upset and potentially misread into someone’s actions. Yes, dating can be stressful, but there’s also plenty of fun to be had, so enjoy it—and learn from dates that don’t seem successful. Instead of looking at dates that don’t turn into relationships as failures, try to view them as experiences,’ Bruneau wrote. An ‘exhibition date’ for future dates. Prep for a job interview.

Try to take away something from the process of the date, not the outcome. And if you want to start dating, don’t wait until the ‘perfect’ time to start. We mistakenly think we ought to lose 10 pounds, finish school, become more confident, get a job, or get over a past relationship before we enter the dating world,’ Bruneau added. But being OK with your imperfection is true confidence. There will probably always be another 10 pounds, a partially-healed heart, or an unfulfilled goal standing in your way. So if you keep ‘waiting until,’ you may be waiting forever.