First dates are usually filled with light conversation. You talk about movies, music, books, TV, how many kids you have or what you do for a living. If you’re feeling daring, you might talk politics or religion. If you’re really feeling the connection, you might dive a little deeper and start talking about more personal things.
But there comes a point where you go from light and fluffy conversation to deeper talks. As you move beyond just trying to figure out if you like each other and into the stage of knowing you want something more with each other, there’s information that needs to be shared with your new partner.
Starting a new relationship can be difficult, as it takes a great deal of time and effort. If important details are omitted during those first few formative conversations, you could be looking at a rocky road ahead.
Starting with a strong foundation of friendship and trust is important when you’re building a new relationship. A foundation built on honesty can mean the difference between a healthy relationship and one that leaves much to be desired.
Consider these keys to an honest and successful new relationship.
Share the reasons why your last relationship ended
It’s not only fair, but also important for your new dating partner to understand what caused the breakup of your last relationship. This is especially true if you’re to blame. Your honesty and candidness will be appreciated.
Showing this new person that you’re remorseful about your past actions allows them to see how you’ve learned from your past and wish to do things differently now, if you were to blame. And if you weren’t to blame, being able to speak openly without getting overly emotional about what happened lets the new partner know that you’re not still hung up on your ex.
Plus, by sharing your past relationship challenges, you could avoid repeating them. You make your partner aware of what could trigger a problem for you, while also making yourself…