Recently divorced, she was overwhelmed by the mere thought of dating again.
Yolanda's self-esteem was so damaged by her tumultuous breakup that she worried about her ability to start a new relationship, not to mention her rusty dating skills.
For some newly single men and women getting back into the dating scene is almost immediate.
Even though they struggle with the trauma of a marital breakup, ex-spouses may seek to get involved with someone for various reasons.
In one study conducted at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research, social psychologist Jerald G. D., found that nearly 50 percent of 18-year-olds go out at least once a week, compared with only approximately 25 percent of 32-year-olds.
While it's true that some people simply choose not to date, others want to but don't know how to go about it or can't overcome their negative self-thoughts.
When Becky was invited to lunch by a man she met at a bookstore, she was excited.
Answering the question how long before dating after a divorce really depends on the individual.
The way one person deals with the trauma of a marital breakup may be completely different from another.
Because, as the saying goes, those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
So if you truly want to enjoy what the future has in store, give yourself time to come to terms with your past.