Though my ex-wife and I did not rush to finalize our divorce, we had no plans to reconcile. By the time I joined Match.com, I was divorced in every way except the legal one. So, when I posted a profile on Match.com, I listed myself as “Separated,” and I wrote a simple, honest, and incredibly naive description of myself in which I explained that I was recently separated and looking for a new relationship.

What I didn’t think about is that most men who are recently separated fall into one of the following three categories:

  • Type 1: Enthusiastic returnees to the world of dating looking to have fun with, and be incredibly nice to, interesting women they’ve never met before.
  • Type 2: Men who might go ...

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