Divorced women and dating and trust
Relationship experts don't necessarily see problems with dating someone who has been divorced more than once, but it depends on circumstances."If you are thinking about casually dating someone who has had multiple marriages, then there is likely no issue," says psychologist Holly Parker, who teaches a course called "The Psychology of Close Relationships" at Harvard University.
If you aren't clear about that, you might want to consider professional help to empower yourself and hone your introspection, says Karen Sherman, a relationship coach based in Plainview, N. "There is no one-size-fits-all answer, because people get married and divorced for many different reasons," she says.That said, she still would want to know how the marriages ended, what the person learned about himself at the end of each marriage, what his concerns are regarding future marriage, and what his relationship is like with his ex or exes, "which will shed much light on how things could go with you."By the numbers, it's important to know how a once-divorced person has processed what went wrong, and whether he or she has done any work and gained insight toward correcting the problems.And ask yourself: Does this person acknowledge the mistakes he or she made that contributed to the divorces?Research does suggest that people who marry multiple times are more likely (than people who do not marry multiple times) to have personality traits and issues with emotional health that make it difficult to maintain satisfying, long-term relationships, Parker says.That can mean, even if you're not looking for anything lasting, you won't have much fun with a narcissist whose self-absorption and emotional detachment helped end several marriages.
So be keenly aware of the pot you've jumped into and why. Gail Saltz, a New York psychiatrist and author who specializes in relationship issues, says it's difficult to pigeonhole people.