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If you think dating is a simple process--meet someone, ask him or her for a date or get asked out yourself, try not to come off as a drooling moron, then arrange to get together for a second date or cut your losses and work to meet someone else--well, lucky you. For many people, it's far more complicated than that, and Dr. Joy Browne addresses those complexities in Dating for Dummies. Exactly how do you meet a potential date? How do you present yourself in the most favorable light? How do you negotiate that first date? (One interesting story Browne tells is of a couple who negotiated a weekend together, deciding whether or not they'd have sex, and under what conditions they'd consider marriage and children--all before their first date.) And how do you proceed from there? The process still comes down to chemistry, but Browne shows how many ways there are to make sure you get your best possible chance with Mr./Ms. Right. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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While you wouldn't want to be caught dead reading either of these titles on the subway, they offer a study in contrasts. Baber and Spitznagel seem to have set out to produce a humorous look at dating and mating, but they deliver a boorish effort that will confirm a lot of women's worst fears about male dating behavior. While some might think that the "humor book" caveat makes everything okay, the overall Beavis-and-Butthead approach to the subject?which is, less dating and more sex in these authors' minds?provides little in the laughs department. Men and women should avoid this book like a blind date with a cold sore, and libraries can pass. By contrast and in keeping with the excellent "For Dummies" treatment of complicated subjects, psychologist Browne's book offers a professional, insightful, and very readable examination of dating?real dating. Browne covers every aspect of the basic mechanics of dating in the 1990s, from making your own personal inventory to help you discover who you are and what you want, to finding appropriate people to date, to actually conducting dates at various stages of relationship development. Nothing seems to be missed by Browne: she tackles breaking up, sex, and even the darker sides of dating, like rape and stalking. This excellent book's biggest drawback for libraries is its numerous "work form" sections, an invitation to certain patrons to make it their own. But Dating for Dummies is worth the risk; recommended for all public libraries.?David M. Turkalo, Suffolk Univ. Law Sch. Lib, Boston
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 3 edition (January 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470892056
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470892053
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Dr. Joy Browne is a nationally acclaimed, syndicated radio host and licensed clinical psychologist. Her radio program, the longest running of its kind, has been on the WOR Radio Network for nearly 15 years. Her show offers millions of devoted listeners advice on issues ranging from relationships and marriage, finance, work and career.

Dr. Joy has won numerous awards for her work including the American Psychological Associations President's Award, the Talkers Magazine award for Best Female Talk Show Host, #10 on the list of the 25 Greatest Radio Talk Show Hosts of All Time, and has been named one of the 100 Most Influential Talk Show Hosts. She has been singled out for News/Talk National Personality of the Year as well as Syndicated Talk Show of the Year by Radio & Records Magazine every year since the list was formed.

Additionally, Dr. Joy has been a guest on numerous popular television shows such as Lou Dobbs Tonight, The Early Show, Oprah Winfrey and Larry King Live. She has had two of her own television shows which include one on CBS called Dr Joy Browne and another on Discovery health which was a simulcast of her radio show. Dr Joy has three TV pilots in the works. Most recently Dr. Joy has extended her psychological input on media scandals such as "the boy in the hot air balloon" on CNN Prime News and the Tiger Woods' scandal on Inside Edition. Dr. Joy also hosted a panel at the 2010 New Media Seminar in New York City. Many clips of Dr. Joy's appearances can be found on YouTube or www.drjoy.com.

Dr. Joy has authored numerous self-help and inspirational books including: Dating for Dummies, The Nine Fantasies That Will Ruin Your Life, Dating Disasters, Getting Unstuck and It's A Jungle Out There, Jane.

In addition to her professional pursuits, Dr. Joy is an active volunteer. She was on the board of directors of the Herbert G. Birch Summer Project, helping to run a camp for children and families living with HIV and AIDS, and also worked extensively with the Salvation Army to provide counseling after the World Trade Center disaster. She is on the Advisory Council of the Mayor's Commission Against Domestic Violence. Dr. Joy can also be found helping out at the New York Rescue Mission where she was awarded as their 2010 Maria Mcauley Award recipient. She also recently kicked off the New York Rescue Mission 2010 "Souper Bowl", feeding hot meals to those in need. Dr. Joy is President of her own foundation: Dr. Joy to the World, which focuses on getting underprivileged children high school diplomas and jobs and also includes helping her listeners complete their education.

Before finding her way to the airwaves, Dr. Joy was a teacher, private practice therapist, and social service director for the Boston Redevelopment Authority, in addition to her work on the Space Program and her time as an archeologist. She holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. from Northeastern University as well as a B.A. from Rice University, and also did postdoctoral work at Tufts Medical School.

In her spare time, Dr. Joy loves to go to the theatre and actively views and reviews movies and theatre for her website www.drjoyreviews.com. Some of her theatre knowledge has also gone to hosting talkbacks at the famous Ziegfeld theatre in New York City in 2010. Most recently, Joy made her singing debut at the Friar's Club during a roast of Tovah Feldshuh. Also, as of late, Joy has joined the blogosphere. Her weekly blog can be found on www.drjoy.com and www.wor710.com

Joy is the mother of one daughter, and keeps herself inspired by dancing, doing yoga, and hot air ballooning. Although she has lived in many American cities, Dr. Joy currently resides in New York. After over a decade spent in the Big Apple, she is truly proud to be a New Yorker.

Customer Reviews

This book is a little too common sense.
"tsuk7777"
I recommend it to my friends, clients and anyone wanting to date or currently dating.
Robert L. Blackwell
I found the book very easy and fun to read.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Darnay, author of Dating 101 on October 29, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is like an encyclopedia for dating. It covers the entire process of dating from A to Z (well, at least from Abstinence to Yawning). It covers such frivolous topics as hygiene on the day of your date ... to very serious topics like date rape. And of course it covers just about everything in between.
Dating for Dummies is full of bullet points and checklists, which makes this huge book much easier to read than you might expect. For the person who thinks dating in today's world is as difficult as reading hieroglyphics, this book will help you get you over the hump.
As a dating expert who has spent my career as a matchmaker and singles coach, there are a few idiosyncrasies that remind you that Dr. Joy Browne is indeed a psychologist first and foremost. For example, she urges you not to date for an entire year after your divorce (to make sure you're emotionally whole) and not to wear perfume or cologne on a date (after all, you wouldn't want to offend your date or set off an allergic reaction).
Bottom Line - This is a great basic introduction to dating. If you're new to the dating scene (or if you haven't had a date in a decade), then this book will help you get started.
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41 of 49 people found the following review helpful By elizabeth zellner on April 25, 2004
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Amazon.com Review for Dating for Dummies
(...)This review was completed by a group of five college seniors from Villanova University. We spent a semester researching and reviewing best-selling self-help books on the subject of romantic relationships. We evaluated five texts after reviewing academic literature specifically on the topics of commitment, trust, conflict, verbal communication, and intimacy. In order to make you a more informed consumer, we hope to provide you with a review of Dating for Dummies.
The author's intent is to provide information on and fundamental ideas about dating so that everyday individuals are able to learn more about themselves. Then, the author helps one find a date, and provides helpful tips and insight in order to make the dating experience more enjoyable, less stressful, and a complete success.
This book is written individually for both men and women of any age group. Whether an individual is 15 years old and going on his or her first date, or 90 years old and rejoining the dating scene with grandchildren, this book provides information on the dating game. The only other prerequisites for reading this book are that individuals be heterosexual and dating in America. Also, Browne specifically notes that this book is designed to be in use from the time that one decides he or she wants to begin dating up until six to nine months after the first date. This book stops when couplehood begins.
Dating for Dummies reads similarly to a manual that is written in a casual, humorous style. In order to grow towards a relationship, Browne works to direct an individual into helping his or her self so that he or she can be a good date. The book provides useful advice and does so in a way that incorporates practical, everyday situations.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 28, 1999
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This book is a good guide to dating for everyone....it has useful information on manners and ettiquette. Perhaps one of its best strengths is to give more specific direction on when to do certain things, such as kissing on the first date, sex, good first date spots, how much to spend, etc. The major drawback to it is that it seems to give fairly rigid advice as absolute rules, when in many cases the individual situation would call for a different action. There is also some contradictory advice from one chapter to another, but they are minor contradictions.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12, 2001
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In ordering this book, I was hoping to get some insight, some understanding of how women think, how to achieve social success, how to deal with rejection. I certainly didn't need someone to tell me to brush my teeth and iron my clothes before going on a date! While the book is cleverly written, and amusing at times, it really didn't offer much to me in terms of information.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 17, 2002
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This book includes a lot of common sense and good humor. It was a bit too basic for me but would be good for young people. I personally found "4 Steps to Bring the Right Person into Your Life" by Philippa Courtney to be the most helpful to me because I am more interested in finding the right person than I am in the art of dating.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Vanessa VINE VOICE on January 8, 2003
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This was somewhat helpful, though I was not motivated to follow any advice; in fact, the moment I put the book down I had no desire to keep reading or come back to re-read.
Also some advice is too much on the surface, this book did not explore the feelings that are present when dating. Now you can see why I'm back on Amazon.com looking for a better book on dating.
I did like the organization and ease of reading though, even if it was a bit too on-the-surface and simplistic.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By G. Harris on September 17, 2000
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Granted I've labeled myself amongst the "dating impaired" for awhile before I picked up this book. I decided to review this book about 6 months after I've been through it and see where my life is. As far as dating goes, I'll say it has improved. I'm not sure whether it is the content of this book Or just my life in general.
Anyways, the book is neat and filled with good stuff for those who aren't too sure about dating. However only you can decide how the advice in the book will be used. Some of the information in this book you'll look at and say "duh" and some you'll say "will have to remember." Do with this book what you will. Above all, have fun!
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