If you’ve given yourselves the opportunity for emotional intimacy to grow and it hasn’t, you haven’t failed.

This is just not the right relationship to take to that deeper level.

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Be thankful for the experience and move on, feeling richer for it.

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These processes help us to see the tendencies we’ve had and the patterns that have surfaced in our past dating experiences.

The willingness to recognize and accept what comes up is an essential part of this step.

This first step is foundational, because it’s required to for the other steps to work well.

This is also a crucial step for those wishing to overcome a fear of emotional intimacy.

One common, positive aspect of online dating is that going to the movies has been displaced with meeting for coffee as a typical first date.