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Everyone has been there at some point as a teen. You have a good friend or friends. That person gets a boyfriend or girlfriend and starts spending a lot of time with them. Then, next thing you know, you see your former friend once or twice a month. And, it’s not fun at all.
I had a friend in high school who fit this pattern. He would hang out with me a lot when he was single. Then, we got a girlfriend, I’d never see him. Until, he was single again, of course.
I don’t fault him for doing this. However, it’s not a really healthy pattern. Most normal relationships don’t involve being around the other person all the time. It usually means that you’ll end up getting tired of the other person quickly. In addition, it’s easy to miss out on people’s faults and problems when you aren’t around anyone else.
The best way to handle a friendship when you start dating is to balance friendship and dating. It might seem hard since you want to be around your crush all the time. But, remember you’ve likely known your friends for a long time and they’ve probably been there for you. Your boyfriend or girlfriend is new and exciting, but you can’t forget those who’ve been there for you.
One thing you might want to do is to schedule time for your friends. Perhaps on a weekend, you can spend one night with your friends and another with your date. Or you can find creative ways to do things together, like double dating or events with a group of friends. This way you’re being fair to your friends and your boyfriend or girlfriend.
Because there is one thing I can tell you as an adult: boyfriends and girlfriends come and go. But, your friends, especially the close ones, will be with you for a long, long time. Don’t let a temporary crush or love get in the way of that.
You are likely meeting people that you have a crush on. You feel very strong attraction to this person. And, in some cases, they might be feeling it back. Assuming that the two of you get together, you’ll be in a relationship. The temptation will be to fall in love. After all, that’s what happens when you meet someone you find attractive, right? The songs and movies tell us that.
When it comes to love, I’m going to add a little reasonable discussion to what is usually a very irrational topic. Love is an emotional feeling. It’s often beyond our control. However, when it comes to love, wait, even if it’s just a little bit.
What I mean is that when you meet someone and you feel the connection, resist the urge to instantly fall in love. You can use your brain to hold back on those feelings at least a little. Falling in love gives your brain a chemical bath. Dopamine rises and serotonin goes down. The dopamine makes us feel good, which is why people like being in love.
But, those chemicals can also do crazy things to us. Studies show that being “in love” with a person makes us overlook his or her faults (even abuse). The chemical swirl makes us do stupid things we wouldn’t normally do. People with “in love” brain chemistry have serotonin levels as low as those with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. This is why you can’t get that special someone out of your head, and seem obsessed with seeing them. And, these chemicals of attraction make breaking up absolutely horrible.
That’s why, when it comes to love, wait a little bit. Get to know the person and his or her true colors. Give of yourself slowly and over a period of time. Don’t let yourself instantly fall in love just because the person is cute and seems cool. Your brain is literally tricking you and coloring your perceptions.
Because once you fall in love, it’s hard to make sound decisions about the person. And, when the breakup occurs, it’ll be awful. Your heart will be like the image to the left. Except that it won’t be nearly as tasty.