7 Men To Avoid When Dating Post-Divorce

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By Jackie Pilossoph, Editor-in-chief, Divorced Girl Smiling, Love Essentially columnist and author

Here is a piece I wrote for ESME on dating post divorce:

 

Beware of the Bad Guys  by Jackie Pilossoph for ESME

Picture this scenario: You’re feeling great now that the divorce is behind you; the kids are doing better, you’re feeling more financially confident, the devastation of your split is becoming a distant memory, and—surprisingly—you finally meet a guy you like.

Then the shoe drops. You find you’re not the only woman your new guy is dating, and suddenly you realize you shouldn’t have ignored the red flags you saw when he was getting all those late-night texts.

More heartbreak is the last thing a divorced Solo Mom needs, but if you’re not careful in the men you choose to date, you could get hurt. Here are seven types of men to avoid dating, not just after your divorce, but any time:

 

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    1. The drinker. Excessive drinking can lead to only bad things. DUIs, alcoholism, cheating, and other bad behavior are just some possible outcomes of overindulging in alcohol. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, almost 25% of adults surveyed said they engaged in binge drinking in the past month. So if he’s ordering three or four drinks every time you go out for dinner or if all your dates involve alcohol, he may have a drinking problem, so it’s important to pay attention to it. I also realize that when men and women are newly divorced and on first dates, they might drink more alcohol than they normally do to ease nervousness. Still, don’t let the infatuation you feel toward him mask a problem that might end up being significant.

2. The narcissist. Narcissistic personality disorder can include an excessive need for admiration, the failure to recognize other people’s feelings, the inability to handle criticism of any kind, and a sense of entitlement. Know anyone like that? A person like this can be very difficult to be around and can really hurt your self-esteem, which is why you want to stay away from him.

3.  The womanizer. I find that some older, divorced men turn into womanizers, a result of possibly not wanting to commit again for fear of getting hurt. They are pretty easy to spot, and you will know within a few dates if your guy is seeing other women. You might be OK with that, but don’t try to talk yourself into accepting a situation you don’t want to be in because either you think he will change or you are settling. I believe that dating someone who is dating other women leads to low self-esteem, disappointment, and unhappiness.

 

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4.  The angry, bitter guy. This guy is toxic to be around. You don’t deserve to have to deal with someone’s divorce baggage—you have your own. An angry, bitter guy will complain about his situation, bad-mouth his ex, and focus on how unfair life is. Stay away. Spending a lot of time with someone like this is exhausting and depressing. Encourage him to go to counseling and then be done.

5.  The gambler. The National Council on Problem Gambling reported that 15% of Americans gamble at least once a week, and six million adults meet the criteria for problem gambling. I’m not saying all men who bet on sports are gambling addicts, but be wise enough to know the difference between someone who is just having fun and someone who has a gambling addiction. If you end up in a long-term relationship with him, it could be detrimental, not only emotionally but also financially.

6.  The pothead/druggie. Much like the gambler, this guy could have an addiction that affects you greatly. Have the wisdom to recognize it and the courage to separate yourself from him if your gut tells you there is an issue.

7.  The rebound guy. Perhaps the most difficult to admit to yourself, the rebound guy isn’t over his ex. He is constantly talking about her, and you have a suspicion that he is using you to help break away from his feelings. I have been the rebound guy’s girl before, and trust me: it isn’t easy. When it ends, you feel used, even though he didn’t intend to make you feel that way. Divorce-support expert Cathy Meyer says if you find yourself in a relationship with someone who has recently broken off a long-term relationship, be cautious. Don’t allow your new relationship partner to set the pace. If you do, you will find yourself in the middle of a whirlwind. You don’t want to be left in the dust once he decides to move on. The rebound guy is usually a good guy. He just needs a little bit of time before he is capable of being in a healthy, romantic relationship. If you end up dating one of these guys…(click here to read the rest of the article, published on ESME!)

Like this article? Check out my blog, “There are no buts in a healthy romantic relationship”

 

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Jackie Pilossoph

Editor-in-chief: Jackie Pilossoph

Divorce is a journey. Live it with grace, courage and gratitude. Peace and joy are on the way! Jackie Pilossoph is the creator and Editor-In-Chief of Divorced Girl Smiling. The author of the novels, Divorced Girl Smiling and Free Gift With Purchase, Pilossoph also writes the weekly dating and relationships advice column, “Love Essentially”, published in the Chicago Tribune Pioneer Press and the Chicago Tribune online. Additionally, she is a Huffington Post contributor. Pilossoph holds a Masters degree in journalism from Boston University.

One Response to “7 Men To Avoid When Dating Post-Divorce”

  1. Barry S. Resnick

    The Narcissist is the most dangerous one to date….add emotion, alcohol, lies and usury and you have a deadly cocktail. Before I married my wonderful wife (who is awesome and my best friend), I dated a crazy drunk narcissist who I actually knew from high school and became reacquainted at age 47…what a trip this was and it was a very educational experience. The one very sickening aspect of this type of personality is NO INTEGRITY for anything. I do not drink alcohol at all and never did I ever have a drink with her, but she had no problem drinking to excess around me. I have watched her drink a twelve pack within a two hour period…I walked away after the lying, staying out all night and sleeping around and worst of all, used an old man for his money. Front row seat to a real freak show.

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