I Scared Her Away. Is There Any Way I Can Salvage This?

Dr. Wendy Walsh

Written by: Dr. Wendy Walsh

Dr. Wendy Walsh

Known as America's Relationship Expert, Dr. Wendy Walsh is an award-winning television journalist, radio host & podcaster, and the author of three books on relationships and thousands of print and digital articles. More than 1.5 million people follow her sage advice on social media. She holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and teaches in the Psychology Department at California State University Channel Islands and has been the host of "The Dr. Wendy Walsh Show" on iHeart Radio's KFI AM 640 since 2015. Walsh is also a former Emmy-nominated co-host of "The Doctors," as well as former host of the nationally syndicated show "EXTRA." She was named a Time Magazine Person of the Year in 2017 after speaking out about harassment at a major news network.

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Edited by: Lillian Castro

Lillian Castro

Lillian Guevara-Castro brings more than 30 years of journalism experience to ensure DatingAdvice articles have been edited for overall clarity, accuracy, and reader engagement. She has worked at The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, The Gwinnett Daily News, and The Gainesville Sun covering lifestyle topics.

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Reader Question:

I am a 31-year-old single father. I met this woman online two months ago. We finally met for coffee one morning. It was fantastic! I asked her to lunch and we had a great time. She and I have so much in common on a personal level.

After drinking some wine, I text her all of these deep things, like I’m the best man she’s ever met, how great she is, etc. The next day I apologized. She replied “Yeah, you def scared me away. I am not sure what to even say.” I replied if she could overlook it, I’d like to see her again. She gave no reply.

Is there any way I can salvage this?

-Joe (Ohio)

Dr. Wendy Walsh’s Answer:

Dear Joe,

In a word, no. But you did learn a very valuable lesson: The early dance of love involves the ability to pursue yet contain yourself.

It’s kind of like learning to drive a stick shift. Too much clutch or too much gas can cause you to stall. Next time you’ll do better.


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