But try not to let yourself spiral, focusing all your time and energy on losing hope and being convinced you’ll be single forever.
"If a date goes well, some people will assume that the person is perfect and they’re going to marry them," Sussman says.
If you’re in the early stages of dating someone, you should always assume that the person you’re dating is still seeing other people as well, Firstein says. ) Firstein recommends saying something like, “Look, I really like you and I want to know what you’re looking for.” And if the other person responds saying they like you, too, then you can reply with something like, “I’d like to keep getting to know you, but exclusively, if you want that too” (if that’s what you want).Don’t ghost someone just because you don't want to hurt their feelings, Orbuch says.If someone you’re no longer interested in reaches out to you, she recommends responding by saying something like, “It was lovely to meet you, but I’m sorry.But if you’ve gone on three or four dates, and you’re pretty sure you both like each other, just be honest about your feelings. However, keep in mind, if you've been on what feels like a bunch of dates with someone, and they're still seeing other people, Firstein says that could mean that they aren't ready for something serious with you.Again, you won’t really know until you talk about it."It’s okay to bring things up that concern you, like a date showing up a little late, or a date ordering a dish for you," Sussman says.