The Barrier: You believe in fairy tales and are waiting for your prince to come. Expecting perfection in a mate, you are constantly being disappointed. All your friends’ boyfriends and husbands appear to be perfect, but when you go on dates you find yourself with these flawed human beings. You’re irritated that they can’t read your mind and anticipate all your needs, get food stuck in their teeth, and would rather talk about video games than the meaning of life—or how cute you look in your new dress.
Relationship Rx: Having expectations that no mere mortal can live up to is a sure way stay single. If you want to be in a relationship, you have to tolerate the imperfection of another human being, including his dorky hobbies and irritating quirks. He’s an actual three-dimensional person and not just a character whose purpose is to fulfill your every need. Give the sweet guy who’s a little neurotic a second date and you’ll soon find that an imperfect relationship in real life is much better than a perfect fairy tale fantasy.