Nothing else had mattered, and so after the breakup, he was left with nothing — a mistake he does not want to repeat.
As tempting as it is to dote on your partner, keep this realization in mind: There is only One who will never let you down.
Marie and Edwin, both divorced and in their early 50s, have been dating for three years and intentionally put boundaries into practice.
Usually, the independent mindset changes gradually — that's what happened to 20-something designer Stella from New York.
"I never noticed it happening over the course of the three years we dated, but my friends and family kept trying to tell me we were in way too deep," she says of her former boyfriend.
Henry Cloud and John Townsend, authors of Boundaries in Dating.
"Healthy boundaries are the to key to preserving freedom, responsibility, and ultimately love in your dating life.
Plus, being together 24/7 can take you to a place of intensity and intimacy that really isn't very healthy at all." If people have begun to merge you and your sweetie into one, dubbing you something like "Bennifer" or "Tom Kat," take this as a sign that you're together too much.