Instead of saying, ""I'm sorry for hurting you,"" say, ""I'm sorry for not returning your calls. Tell your ex why you did what you did and let him know what you have learned from the experience.
Prove that you're me and my cousin are secretly dating. If you and your ex broke up because you were unfaithful, you face the daunting task of convincing him that you will not cheat again. The exact way that you confront the issue should depend on why you cheated in the first place, but regardless of the reason, it's important to be open and honest with him.
If you cheated because you thought you had genuine feelings for the other person but you really didn't, let your ex-boyfriend know how wrong you were and tell him what you've learned. If you are a compulsive cheater and are unsure of what motivates you, show your commitment by seeking professional psychiatric counseling.
If you cheated to get revenge or teach your ex-boyfriend a lesson, tell him that you realize how immature that was and that you've learned how important it is to deal with conflicts like an adult.
One dating adviser agreed that love is risky, and wrote that ""There is truly only one real danger that we must concern ourselves with and that is closing our hearts to the possibility that love exists.
What happens in the dating world can reflect larger currents within popular culture. For example, when the book The Rules appeared, it touched off media controversy about how men and women should relate to each other, with different positions taken by New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd  and British writer Kira Cochrane of The Guardian.
Since people dating often do not know each other well, there is the risk of violenceincluding date rape. Sara McCorquodale suggests that women meeting strangers on dates meet initially in busy public places, share details of upcoming dates with friends or family so they know where they'll be and who they'll be with, avoid revealing one's surname or address, and conducting searches on them on the Internet prior to the date.
Don't leave drinks unattended; have an exit plan if things go badly; and ask a friend to call you on your cell phone an hour into the date to ask how it's going.