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How to beat blind date nerves, according to an expert

How to beat blind date nerves, according to an expert

How to beat blind date nerves, according to an expert

Dr Gabrielle Morrissey bodyandsoul.com.au

Don’t let a bad case of butterflies deter you from the dating game. If it worked for Prince Harry and Meghan, could it work for you? 

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It's a common question I get asked as a sex and relationships expert, and it goes something like this: "I’m going on my first blind date in almost 10 years and I’m actually quite terrified. I know almost nothing about this man, other than that he is a newly single friend of my friend’s husband. I haven’t even been told what he looks like or what he does! All I know is that he is, in their opinion, a nice, decent man my age (mid-30s). I’m bad enough at dating generally – how do I prepare for a blind date?"

Keep this in mind – getting ready for a blind date is much the same as getting ready for any date.

Prepare things to talk about, remind yourself to listen well, smile, show interest if it’s there and be polite if it’s not. First impressions do count, so make an effort with your appearance and your manners.

A blind date can be intimidating not only because you don’t know what sort of experience you’re facing, but also because you weren’t the one in control: someone else used their judgement and set you up. That can be scary, but it can also be exhilarating.

Rather than letting yourself feel anxious about all that you don’t know about your date, be excitedly curious. If you’re positive, upbeat and open, you’ll be more likely to be attractive to your date, but even more importantly, you are much more likely to have fun on your date. And dating should be fun!

Dating is also a numbers game and the best way to play the odds is to keep saying yes to new experiences, including blind dates. Be proactive in your approach to dating. Don’t just sit back and expect your perfect someone to knock on your door. Stepping outside your comfort zone is a great way to meet new people and learn what you’re looking for.

In the world of modern dating, blind dates are taking on a new twist. Yes, one must use common sense and safety precautions, but fans of dating apps say smartphone dating allows for speedier meet-ups to determine whether there is common interest and chemistry.

Dr Gabrielle Morrissey is an expert in dating, mating and relating.

Prince Harry’s ‘romantic’ proposal to Meghan Markle1:44

Britain’s Prince Harry and U.S. actress Meghan Markle announced on Monday they were getting married next year, saying their relationship had blossomed "incredibly quickly" after meeting on a blind date. Scarlett Cvitanovich reports.


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