Clearly no-one heads to a date hoping that it will go badly.
It's also very unlikely that in the moment tumble weed is spiraling past you, you're thinking to yourself, "what a blessing this moment is! With a little space for reflection, often these dire, awkward moments can teach us something.
I'll put my hands up and say I am the first person to be strategic when it comes to communicating with new people.
It is also true that one stage tends to flow into another.
Your brain cannot, biologically, maintain the high of infatuation; you will fry.
The infatuation will ebb and flow at different points.
For the sake of analysis, we can often find events which represent the change from one stage to another.
Luckily none of these scenarios actually happened and instead I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of women (and men) who took the time to write, speak or message me in support and share their own version of similar problems.