So how are we supposed to know when to open ourselves to love? When do we become intimate? When do we let our guard down but not to get our heart trampled on?
Here are three ways to protect yourself:
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1. Don't jump into bed with someone until you have both agreed to be exclusive. When a woman has sex with a man, the hormone oxytocin is released. Oxytocin is called the "love hormone" because it bonds us to the man. Even if he is completely wrong for you, when that oxytocin is released, watch out! You will probably think you are in love and he is your soul mate even when all of your girlfriends think you have flipped your lid!
2. Take time to get to know him. There is no rush. Everyone is on his or her best behavior in the beginning. You really don't know someone until you have been dating at least a year.
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3. Don't be afraid to communicate your expectations. If you are interested in finding a spouse and having a family, you need to know if he is on the same page for his long-term goals or if he is just having fun dating.