If you recently learned that the girl you've liked for so long just broke up with her boyfriend, you might wonder how to ask her out without seeming insensitive to her recent breakup. Take a respectful but assertive approach to communicate to her that you are interested in pursuing a relationship with her. Keep in mind that she may be struggling with grief or self-confidence issues -- and may want to take a break from dating all together. However, there is no set period of post breakup mourning to observe; some people quickly find themselves in a new relationship while others wait awhile, notes social psychologist Petra Boynton in an article for The Telegraph. Listen to her.
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But the heart wants what the heart wants, and at some point in your life, you might find yourself with a partner who is significantly older or younger than you. Nothing is guaranteed obviously, and a relationship is more about compatibility than a birthday. But as long as you can be open about your issues with the relationship, it should all end happily ever after maybe. But depending on your own social habits, hearing people say or worse, hearing that they told someone else something negative about your relationship can wear a person down. Madonna recently said that she knows people judge her for sleeping with men three decades younger than her, and she brushed it off.
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They may not be looking for another serious relationship. Sure, this is an obvious realization, but we still manage to skirt over it. Treating them like damaged goods is never okay. As with anyone new, you want to be appropriate, polite and kind. When they want to talk about their last relationship and share with you, they will.
Last Updated: December 9, References Approved. This article was co-authored by John Keegan. John Keegan is a dating coach and motivational speaker based in New York City.