Dating questionnaire test
"I think people are ready at different times," says L.Kris Gowen, Ph D, Ed M, a researcher in sexual and mental health at the Portland State University School of Social Work.
It could be because they're very conservative, or because they remember how they acted during their own teen years.Once you -- and your parents -- feel ready and you've found someone you like and who likes you, you can start going out.But when you begin any new relationship, take it slow. " Are you ready to handle the pressures of hanging out -- and possibly hooking up -- with someone? You have met the most amazing person, and you totally NEED to go out with him/her. Do your parents even allow you to go out and "date?"A great way to start the whole dating scene is by hanging out in groups with parental supervision," Choate says.
"Then the next step might be some gradual couple time, but still with parental supervision." Over time, you can ask for more and more one-on-one time with this person, proving with each step that you are mature enough to handle the added freedom.
not because you're the only person in your group who doesn't have a special someone," Gowen says. Also get your friends' input about whether the person is worth your time.
One very important question you need to ask yourself is whether this person is safe for you to date.
Are you also mature enough to handle the rejection that can come in a relationship? On the flip side, if you were the one having to do the breaking up, could you do it in a firm, but kind way?
"Any time you open yourself to somebody, whether it's emotionally or physically, and then they reject you -- it's going to hurt," Gowen says. Don't base your readiness to date on what your friends are doing. "You have to share some common interests," Gowen says.
Before you ask out the object of your affection, or say, "yes" to someone who's interested in you, go through this checklist of questions to make sure you're ready to handle whatever might happen in your new relationship.