What's the difference between "just dating" and "boyfriend/girlfriend"? Yes, I know "just dating" is non-commital, but--How do you know if you've "secured" the title? A sexual inventory of your partner's past sexual practices is directly relevant to your health and well-being.Take note of any diagnosed and treated sexually transmitted infections, as well as consistency of protected sex.This knowledge can help you understand your compatibility, the likelihood of a future together and even assess your safety.For instance, a person's life experience, integrity and ambition are attributes that can be studied in the early months of a relationship.These intentions help inform your own vision of life in the next one, five, 10 years and beyond.Mutual dreams of living in Europe lend to compatibility, while disagreement over the institution of marriage may be a deal-breaker.
This includes believing that "things can always get better" and turning "obstacles into opportunities and adversity into lessons." Jill Avery-Stoss is a graduate of Penn State University and a writer and editor based in northeast Pennsylvania.
Observe how they interact and spend time with one another.