Whom have you used as a model of what a relationship should look like?
I believe that my relationship models mostly came from friends. And not from friends talking about their relationships, but merely by witnessing them in relationships. The result was that I didn’t really understand what couples do when they’re not around friends. I didn’t know how long it took them to reach the point where I was seeing them together. I wasn’t sure why it was they got together, or split apart. If any friends ever had first dates that failed, I never heard anything about it.