Synopses & Reviews
If you’re looking for a fun Saturday night date or a happily-ever-after mate, this is the guide for you. Whether you’re young and haven’t dated much or older and have been out of circulation so long you’ve forgotten how to flirt, dating can be intimidating. Author Dr. Joy Browne, America’s favorite psychologist, demystifies the whole dating process, from getting a date, plotting the place, and having a great time (or dealing with dud dates) to moving beyond a first date, playing it safe, and how sex can impact a budding relationship.
In this new edition, Dr. Joy offers updated guidance on how to find a date, covering "speed dating," Internet dating services, and singles nights at grocery stores and other unexpected places. She delivers fresh pointers on a whole host of topics, including:
- Building your confidence and polishing your social self
- Determining if you’re really ready to date
- How to meet and approach Mr. or Ms. Intriguing
- Where to go, what to do, what to wear, and what to avoid on the first date
- Taboo subjects, such as your ex, sex, politics, and religion
- Cell phone and e-mail etiquette
- Moving from dating to a successful relationship and the four stages of attachment
- Breaking up (just in case Mr. or Ms. Right wasn’t) and avoiding pity parties and pitfalls
- The dos and don’ts of Internet dating
Dr. Joy Browne’s nationally syndicated daily radio show is the longest running program of its kind. Dr. Joy has won numerous awards for her work including the American Psychological Associations President’s Award and the Talkers Magazine award for Best Female Talk Show Host (two years in a row). She was #10 on the list of the 25 Greatest Radio Talk Show Hosts of All Time, and has been named one of the 100 Most Influential Talk Show Hosts nine times. Dr. Joy can frequently be seen on television as a guest on shows such as CBS’ The Early Show, Oprah Winfrey and Larry King Live. Dr. Joy has authored: It’s A Jungle Out There Jane, Dating for Dummies, The Nine Fantasies That Will Ruin Your Life, and Getting Unstuck.
Dating For Dummies, 2nd Edition includes advice for special dating situations such as long-distance relationships, office romances, single parents, senior citizens, and more. It gives you worksheets to help you objectively analyze your date expectations and evaluate a relationship. Packed with real-world wisdom, confidence boosters, and a dash of humor, this is the guide to help you get out of exile, get into dating, and perhaps even get into a meaningful relationship.
This new edition includes new and updated content, including updated information on places to find potential dates, specifically examining the recently popular phenomenon of speed dating, dating services, and special “singles” nights at unexpected places like grocery stores, etc. Also, with couples like Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore in the news, Dating For Dummies, 2E has dating advice for those interested in dating someone of a significantly different age, dating someone who has been previously married, and dating someone with children. This new edition also includes additional hip, safe tips and advice on using the Internet to meet new people, as well as proper cellular phone etiquette for dating. Dating For Dummies, 2E also features new confidence boosters to help meet, date and start a relationship with Mr. or Mrs. Right, as well as how to prepare for dates and have a great time. Dating For Dummies, 2E features advice for divorced, widowed, and even senior singles.
The fun and easy way® to turn date nights into great nights
Does dating give you butterflies in your stomach? Relax! With Dr. Joy Browne as your guide, you'll find out how to meet potential romantic partners, plan the perfect outing, avoid common missteps, overcome disappointments, date safely, and have the time of your life, whether you're looking for a fun Saturday night date or a happily-ever-after mate.
Praise for Dr. Joy Browne and Dating For Dummies
"Can we talk about Dating For Dummies? It is a must read!"
"Her instincts are good enough to have made her one of radio's best-known psychologists."
—New York Daily News
"Dating For Dummies takes one of the most complicated, anxiety-filled social rituals we have and provides the reader with a handbook for success."
—Jim McCann, President, 1-800-Flowers
Discover how to
- Build your dating confidence
- Deal with dating difficulties
- Get serious — or keep it casual
- Plug into the online dating scene
- Date successfully if you're divorced, widowed, or a senior
About the Author
Dr. Joy Browne
has won numerous awards, including back-to-back female “Talk Show Host of the Year”; was nominated for the Marconi award for best talk show host; was named one of USA Today
’s 10 most influential broadcasters; and is a member of Vanity Fair
’s Radio Hall of Fame. She is currently the author of 13 books and counting including Getting Unstuck
(Hay House) and Dating Disasters and How to Avoid Them
(Hay House). In her spare time she has appeared on everyone’s television show, including her own on CBS and Discovery Health. Dr. Joy enjoys hot air ballooning, yoga, and helping people to improve their lives.
She’s gotten her dating experience on the front lines, by watching, listening, and doing, and she’s always working on a book about relationships.
Table of Contents
Part I: The Focus: Who Am I?
Chapter 1: Thoroughly Modern Dating.
Chapter 2: Being Confident.
Chapter 3: Polishing Your Social Self.
Chapter 4: Finding Out What Makes You Tick.
Chapter 5: Making Sure You’re Ready.
Part II: Who Do I Want?
Chapter 6: Finding a Date.
Chapter 7: Planning a Cool Approach.
Part III: Setting Up the Date.
Chapter 8: Asking for a Date.
Chapter 9: Getting a Phone Number.
Chapter 10: Plotting the Place for Your First Date.
Part IV: Date Day Preparations.
Chapter 11: Getting Your Outside Ready.
Chapter 12: Getting Your Inside Ready.
Chapter 13: Polishing the Act.
Part V: The Date.
Chapter 14: Having a Way Cool Time.
Chapter 15: Your Date Hates You.
Chapter 16: You Hate Your Date.
Chapter 17: You Hate Each Other.
Part VI: The Day After and Beyond.
Chapter 18: The Next Day.
Chapter 19: The Second Date.
Chapter 20: Learning about Each Other.
Chapter 21: Speed Bumps on Life’s Highway.
Chapter 22: Casual, Serious, and Heavy Dating.
Chapter 23: Breaking Up.
Chapter 24: Rebound.
Part VII: Playing It Safe and Keeping It Fresh.
Chapter 25: Safety First.
Chapter 26: Dating Sight Unseen.
Chapter 27: Dangerous Dates: The Dark Side.
Chapter 28: Keeping It Fresh, Alive, and Healthy.
Part VIII: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 29: Ten+ Do’s and Don’ts of Internet Dating.
Chapter 30: Ten Ways to Know You’re in Love.
Chapter 31: Ten Sexual Commandments of Dating.
Chapter 32: Ten Times Not to Date.
Chapter 33: Ten Tips to Happy Dating.
Chapter 34: Ten Ways to Make You and Your Date Miserable.
Appendix A: Specialized Dating Situations.
Appendix B: Catch Phrases.