Your friend's not dating anyone and you think you have a guy for her. Setting them up should be easy, right? "Getting involved in other people's relationships is extremely tricky," says Barbra Zuck Locker, PhD, a psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City. Before you play Cupid, read these tips to make sure the setup goes smoothly and your friendship remains solid. Photo by Getty.
1. Get permission first. Never presume a pal is unhappy just because she isn't attached at the moment. "People in relationships sometimes think anyone not in one needs to be in one," Dr. Locker says. So check that your friend actually wants your matchmaking help. "Say, 'I have someone I think you'd like to meet.' If she's divorced, don't ask why she isn't dating or say she should meet this person. Just ask if she's ready," suggests Dr. Locker. And never ambush her with an impromptu setup. "It's offensive and alienating," she adds.
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