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17 Things To Expect When You Start Dating Someone Who Has Been Single For A While

Being single awards us certain privileges like not having to consider a partner in decision making and taking up literally all the space on the bed at night.

When someone has been single for an extended period of time, it changes the way they act on a regular basis.

If you've just started a relationship with someone who has been single for awhile there a several things you'll want to keep in mind.

There are 17 things you should consider when you start dating someone who has been alone for a while.

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1. They might do things without letting you know

At first at least. Being single for an extended period of time gets you into the habit of acting alone. As your relationship develops, so will your partnership with them.

2. They'll likely want to move slowly

It's not that they don't like you. They're just not in a rush to be married to you.

3. Their friends might be overprotective

But that'll wear off with time. They're just not used to seeing their friend be with someone else.

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4. They might not let you do things for them

Again, don't take it personally. Single people are used to taking care of themselves. They're not used to having someone look out for them.

5. They might be a little stubborn at first

Don't worry, it'll fade. Much like doing things without letting you know, this is how a single person operates. But eventually, your partnership will materialize.

6. They'll want to be left alone sometimes

Especially at first. They're probably not going to be head over heels for you the second your first date starts. They might still be nervous, but not exactly eager to jump into anything too serious too fast.

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7. There may be a point where they pull away

Give them time and space. They are probably just realizing how serious it's getting.

8. They might question your feelings

They'll probably want to get into your head. They're used to being able to figure things out on their own with themselves. Now they feel like they have to figure you out too.

9. They might be headstrong initially

They're not likely to ask for or accept help. They'll let go of their tight grip eventually.

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10. They have their guard up

But like everything else listed here, they'll let it down eventually. Especially if you're patient.

11. They might not be too trusting at first

And besides, why would they trust you fully after a few dates? Be patient and it'll come.

12. They'll seem strong

But don't be intimidated. It's just a protective shell. They'll come out eventually.

13. They might be reserved

A lot of these apply to me before I found myself happily in a relationship but this one. I'm outgoing on a date. Maybe too outgoing. But not everyone is like that. In general.

14. They may not show any vulnerability

Their weaknesses may be hidden. They'll likely feel weak once those vulnerabilities are out in the open. Make sure you're there to protect your new partner.

15. They don't need you

And they may never. But in time, they'll want you, and that's what you want.

16. They're likely afraid

Afraid of being hurt, of being in love, and of being loved. They may be afraid of being hurt again.

17. Being alone is their comfort zone

So be sure to take care not to charge into their comfort zone uninvited.

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