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How Not to Sabotage a First Date

man tells watiress he wants his food separated

Has this happened to you? You’re out with someone at a restaurant, everything is going fine, and then he does something wrong. Maybe it’s how he copies your exact food order, or how he talks to (or looks at!) the waiter or waitress. (Both of these have happened to me.) Or maybe it’s something…else.

Brita Borg and Povel Ramel 1958, Sweden, from Wiki
Brita Borg and Povel Ramel 1958, Sweden, from Wiki

If he doesn’t like his food groups touching each other, what else is he afraid of? What does this mean about his personality? Does this have anything to do with people touching?

There’s a quiz here on OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder), and possibly this man has that. On the other hand, he just may not be a fan of stews or casseroles.

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How Not to Sabotage a First Date

Donna Barstow

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, . (2017). How Not to Sabotage a First Date. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 17, 2019, from


Last updated: 18 Jun 2017
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 18 Jun 2017
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