Sure, you know he'll freak over the biggies -- meeting your parents, moving in -- but read on to discover the
Bliss Barrier 1: The Third-Date Hesitate
You clicked so well the first night you went out, it was like you were fated to find each other. Following a temperature-rising lip lock at your front door after the second date, he cooed, "I'll call you." And he did ... three weeks later.
Why he freaks: "Moving on to date No. 3 is a huge deal for me," says Colin, 26, a teacher. "It means I'm not just dabbling anymore, I'm dating."
For most men, evening No. 1 is the let's-see-if-we-click date. No. 2, the get-to-know-each-other date. But before forging ahead to date #3, a guy tackles some tough questions: Do I really like her? Do I feel ready to get involved? In essence, he's looking at the last exit sign on the we're-an-item highway. The time has come to make a clean, guilt-free getaway -- or keep driving toward Coupleville.
Get-back-on-track tip: "To avoid third-date dithering, keep the mood casual on the second date by revealing only bits and pieces about yourself so it's clear you like to take your time getting to know a new man and aren't interested in accelerating the pace too soon," advises Susan Bradley, author of How to Be Irresistible to the Opposite Sex (Loving University Press, 1996).