I Want to Move Forward. Is She Waiting for Me to Make the First Move?

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 have been seeing this woman for about three months and so far it’s been platonic — aside from holding hands and warm embraces. We had a great discussion recently about where we are heading. We both enjoy being together. She has also confided in me about a sister who recently passed away from cancer. I’m interested in moving the relationship forward. She’s been divorced for a little over a year. I recently discovered she is back on Match.com, and she mentioned she had a date several weeks ago.

Am I just the guy friend, or is she waiting for me to make the first move? I’ve held off on making a move out of respect due to the death of her sister.

-Greg (Iowa)

Dr. Wendy Walsh’s Answer:

I’m sorry to bring you bad news, but if she’s actively back on online dating, it means she’s not that into you. And if she even told you about the date, then that is blatant code for “We are just friends.”

I’d have a least one open and honest conversation with her about your intentions, and if she isn’t ready to move forward, you are best to move away from her. If she wants you, she’ll come back.

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