4 Relationship Mistakes You Should Make

african american couple smiling (BlackDoctor.org) — Mistakes in love aren’t easy. More than likely, you’d love to just forget them. But, were these errors in judgement a complete waste of time? Not necessarily.

“Mistakes in relationships represent one of the best ways we can learn what we like and don’t like, and what others like and don’t like,” explains Maryanne Fisher, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Canada and coauthor of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Chemistry of Love. “They also help us push our boundaries. Mistakes represent fantastic opportunities for growth.”

That said, don’t be afraid to commit these four classic dating don’ts…and embrace the wisdom that can from them:

Confess Your Love Too Soon

Why: This is easily one of the most classic dating mistakes of all time. Still, being cautious isn’t always the best way to play it in real life. Do you really want to conduct your love life as if it’s some carefully planned military operation?