Donna Barnes NYU Certified Life & Relationship Coach
Author of Giving Up Junk-Food Relationships
First and foremost, when your new sweetheart tells you something about himself, believe him! I can't stress this enough. If he says, "I'm not ready for a serious relationship," don't think, "Well, maybe not with anyone else, but you have such a great connection with me." The connection part may be true—but it doesn't change the fact that he's not ready for more. If you ignore that important ingredient, you will get hurt. I had a client who came to me devastated because his girlfriend had cheated on him. But she had told him in the beginning that she had never been faithful to anyone. He trusted the connection he felt and assumed he'd be different, instead of truly hearing what she said. That was a painful mistake. She ultimately did what she said she would do. When people talk about themselves, it's not in relation to you. It probably has nothing to do with you; it's all about them. You can't change them. You have to accept their truth!