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AnnounceThis week we learn from #8 of the TOP10 Signs You’re on a Bad First Date: Your date takes a call from their ex, and after cussing them out right in front of you, hangs up and says sweetly, “I’m sorry, where were we?”

OK. So this guy has a temper. And to be perfectly honest, I do too. I simply don’t exercise the level of self control over my mouth that I should.

Having confessed that log in my eye, let me make this clear: no girl I ever dated (except for Julie) ever knew about my temper. And Julie most certainly didn’t find out on our first date. Nor the second. Nor the 10th.

If we’re honest. We all have our “stuff” we need to work though, but at the same time, I hope you understand there is something deeply disturbing about someone demonstrating such deficiency of character on a first date, because the immature behavior someone is willing to showcase in public is generally just the tip of the iceberg of what you can expect them to reveal in private. And the immaturity someone reveals on a first date is the tippy toppy tip of the iceberg of what you should expect from them after you grow more familiar with each other.

So if your date will blow up at their ex right in front of you on a first date, consider whether you want to take a number, because if you pursue a relationship with this person – you’re next. And if they’re willing to yell at you (whether in person or over the phone) right in front of someone else I shudder to think of what kind of abuse you might be in for in private.

This underlines an important truth referenced in an earlier Date Night Advice (DNA) post that I just can’t stress it enough (but I’ll try by typing in bold caps):


There is very little reason to expect your date’s behavior to improve over time.

Of course with proper parenting, a child’s behavior should improve as they grow up, but you shouldn’t be dating a child. You should be dating a grownup.

So in addition to violent outbursts, consider these first date danger signs:

If so, at the close of the evening encourage them to go – go with God – but go.

And be sure to put them on your prayer list (seriously). Again, we all have issues. We are all “works in progress,” but…

Someone who can’t keep it together for a first date clearly isn’t ready to date at all.

They need to work on their emotional and relational maturity.

Fact is, you won’t find relational and emotional healing in romance, not even if your romantic interest is a therapist. You’ll find temporary distraction, but not long-term healing.

Relational and emotional healing comes through close, committed, platonic relationships. That said, this person may only need a couple good friends or mentors (of the same gender) who can help them walk through their mess. Until then instead of dating them, pray for them!

And in case you were wondering, I’ve got some solid men of God who know my mess and pray for me. Hope you have a couple yourself, even if you don’t have a temper problem.

Does any of this raise new questions? Just holler back! (But please, no yelling.) In next week’s Date Night Advice we hit #7: Once seated at the restaurant you find out your date’s ex works there, and you “just so happen” to be sitting in their section.

Date Night Advice (DNA) series: TOP10 Signs You’re on a Bad First Date
TOP10 Sign #8: @#^%$! I’m Sorry, Where Were We?
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