Dating after divorce psychology today
Your relationship with your children’s other parent has ended. Perhaps you have felt some combination of hurt, anger, depression, relief, guilt, uncertainty, or hopefulness.
Maybe you’ve taken the time to address your feelings and are ready to think about getting into a new relationship, or maybe you left your relationship in order to begin again with a new partner.
Divorce can be stressful at best and devastating at worst. There is emotional, financial and even social turmoil -- potential relocation and distancing from friends, schools and workplaces.
I feel like I’ve already been through those famous five stages of grief–denial with all the years I stayed in something unhealthy, bargaining was the last few years when I urged him to get counseling and tried to forgive him. I actually feel a huge wave of relief and happiness and hope for a future of actual love and that I might someday find a guy who can be kind and compassionate the way I am and the way I deserve.
While the desire for new romance is generally reasonable and expected, it requires a period of adjustment.
While socialization continues after you are settled into a marriage, the dynamics of a new romantic relationship become unnecessary to maintain.
After couples divorce, however, they face the daunting task of readjusting to the dating world.
For instance, a woman married in the 1980s at age 20 may be taken aback by the development of Internet dating.