“There's this fantasy about finding a partner for everything, for ever and ever,” Hegmann says.“The expectations are too great and no-one is able to fulfil them.
“It's all about finding structures and new ways to break those barriers.” One of the things you might be doing wrong is simply not talking to the people you'd like to get to know.
“Most singles say, I'm single because I'm too shy and waiting for the other side to make the first move,” Hegmann said. They'll be grateful and honour the fact that you took a risk.” In the study, 36 percent of German men said that shyness had had a role in keeping them single – much higher than the EU average of 27 percent. Don't worry about technology stealing your love away “Dating is getting a bit different now because we are online 24/7,” Hegmann said.
“Most normal people will find that this is wrong after about five or six months.
“People who tend to seek another partner after six weeks instead of working things out with the person they just met, will do this in real life also.” 4.
“There isn't a huge difference among European countries, although the cliché is that northern countries are more pragmatic and the southern countries more romantic,” Hegmann said.
That's not to say that there aren't a few intercultural differences.
As well as writing more than a dozen books on love and relationships, including the acclaimed “The Dream Prince Trap - covering the danger of searching for the perfect partner” - Hegmann is also a relationship counsellor for singles and couples.
We asked him about the most important things to look out for for expats dipping a toe into the German dating waters. Don't get hung up on cultural differences Your experience of dating is not going to be wildly different from one country to another — especially in Europe.
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