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The Rules of Love, 2nd Edition by Richard Templar

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RULE 16

Don’t tar new partners with old brushes

Most of us have a past of some kind. Even very early on, the most innocent of teenage romances leaves us with some kind of history. And it’s very easy to let that get in the way of the next romance.

We’re programmed to assume that the future will work pretty much the same as the past, unless there’s a good reason to think otherwise. If your hair has always looked smarter brushed in the past, it’s wise to brush it again today if you want to look good. If you liked bananas the last time you ate one, you’ll probably like them the next time. If you’ve always been good with numbers, this job which calls for good numberwork shouldn’t be too much of a challenge. If your last partner cheated on you, your ...

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