“Are you two ex­clu­sive?”

Cosmopolitan (Philippines) - - Love -

blunt “Why do you want to know? Are you in­ter­ested in one of us?”

When your love sitch is firmly off- lim­its with a per­son, don’t send mixed mes­sages by of­fer­ing tid­bits of info any­way. “If your goal is to stop the con­ver­sa­tion, you can’t put any bait out there,” says swann. then as soon as you can, tran­si­tion to a pos­i­tive dis­cus­sion about the asker to show there are no hard feel­ings.

sub­tle

“No, but I’m so busy be­tween work and my photo class that I don’t have time to date any­one else!” With this script, you can be calm, even if your in­stinct is to re­act de­fen­sively, says shasta Nel­son, au­thor of Fri­en­ti­macy. Maybe you sus­pect your hookup doesn’t have long-term po­ten­tial. rather than beat­ing your­self (or your in­ter­viewer) up about how things are go­ing, be chill. you’re fig­ur­ing it out, and un­in­volved par­ties aren’t in­vited.

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