This Is How You Deal With Awkward Dating Situations

You may pride yourself on being able to handle anything thrown at you at work, and you may boast about your quick wit and ability to respond quickly to the toughest of questions; but if you, like most of us, find yourself at a complete loss when met with certain awkward dating situations, this article is an absolute must-read.

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Get Out Of These Awkward Dating Situations

You never know what life might throw your way on a date, but it’s a good idea to be prepared for the most common things that may go wrong. Let’s examine some of them.

Awkward Situation #1: You run into your ex. Any way you look at it, this is one of the worst things that can happen on a date. However, it’s not the end of the world. If you can’t avoid her, you should ideally excuse yourself and approach her alone to say a brief ‘hello’, calmly explaining the situation to your date when you return.

If you come face-to-face and you are with your date, just politely say ‘hi’ and make the introductions only by name. Then, say it was nice meeting her –even though it probably wasn’t – and make up an excuse why you and your date should go (no reason to be too specific).

Awkward Situation #2: There is food stuck between her teeth, a classic awkward situation. You fear that she will be offended if you tell her, but it’s worse if she finds out when she looks in the mirror. So just casually let her know by saying something like: “This is a great salad, but the lettuce keeps getting stuck between my teeth. You’ve got this small piece stuck between yours too now. But don’t worry; you can wash it down with some water”.

Awkward Situation #3: You spill your drinks/ step on her toes/ accidentally set the place on fire. Unless it’s the fire situation (but even so maybe), you can always see the funny side of things. How we handle our mistakes, even at this level, says a lot about who we are. If you accidentally make a fool of yourself, it’s better to laugh about it than to feel bad, whine, or get angry. Make light of the situation and so will she.

Awkward Situation #4: You want to go in for the kiss, but you’re unsure about the state of your breath. Wherever you are, make an excuse to go to the toilet and check your breath. If your fears are founded and the garlic bread did leave its mark on you, wash your mouth with plenty of water and if you don’t have a chewing gum, either buy one or ask someone for one. Don’t attempt to kiss her until you do, though.

Awkward Situation #5: You had too much to drink and are in no state to drive. You shouldn’t let yourself go down that road, so to speak, but if you have and it’s too late, it’s best to call a cab. Make sure you take your date home first before you head to yours. Making a move on her when you are intoxicated is probably a bad idea, and it’s advisable to either call or text her the next morning to apologize for letting booze get a bit out of hand.

Awkward Situation #6: She asks you a question you don’t want to answer. You have the right to open up as much or as little as you like. If she asks a question that you consider too personal or that makes your feel uncomfortable, just look her in the eyes, smile and ask her back “Why do you want to know?” This will give you enough time to process a more general answer if she keeps pressuring you, and it will most probably show her your boundaries.

There are many possible scenarios that you may need to face on a date, but remember that being polite, being positive and being diplomatic as you employ your humorous side will help you be in control of all awkward dating situations.