Master Dater

The "New Normal" Dating Guide for Finding Love In the Digital Age Plus 29 Hilarious & Humbling Anecdotes from a Therapist's Dating Life

Non-Fiction - Relationships
127 Pages
Reviewed on 10/26/2019
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Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite

Have you almost given up on the prospect of ever finding love again? Does the thought of stepping into the dating scene and going on a first date fill you with absolute dread? Maybe you feel your time of being in love is over. Do you feel you are too mature for dating or just too picky? Throughout this light-hearted look at all aspects of finding, maintaining and rejuvenating a relationship that is perfect for you, you will realize that the desire to have love in your life never ends. Love is an essential part of life and when you are in the right relationship, it can bring you so much happiness and help your personal growth in so many ways. Using her skills as a clinical psychologist and relationship counselor, as well as her own personal stories, Tasha Jackson imparts her golden nuggets of wisdom on the emotional maze of relationships in an easy to follow and comical way in Master Dater. You will discover what sort of relationship is right for you, why you have had issues finding 'The One' and how to keep a relationship romantic and passionate.

Master Dater by Tasha Jackson is not only remarkably informative but hilarious too. I think most readers will relate to the stories and insights throughout the book. I loved the analogy of The Seinfeld Curse and the dream of a perfect relationship never matches what happens in reality (the image of Will Ferrell in tight trousers is still with me). Although there are plenty of moments of lightheartedness throughout, such as The Ugly Step-children and The Man In The Boat, this book covers so many topics that people fearful of dating will experience; coping with past relationships ending, dealing with bumps in the road, and why it is important to date out of your comfort zone. There are other brilliant sections too that I found helpful, such as how to behave on a first date, how to know if a certain person is right for you, and knowing how to spot those worrying signals that a person is not compatible with you. What I did appreciate, though, was the point the author made regarding the importance of a person having to be ready emotionally and psychologically for a relationship and making time to work on yourself first.

Mamta Madhavan

Everyone deserves love and love is an essential part of life. In Master Dater: The "New Normal" Dating Guide for Finding Love In the Digital Age Plus 29 Hilarious & Humbling Anecdotes from a Therapist's Dating Life by Tasha Jackson, the author tackles a relevant topic by sharing her intimate voice and personal stories that will connect with readers. The book is a good dating guide to all those readers who are on the lookout for love, something which can be difficult at times for many of them. Let this book be food for thought and absorb the stories shared by the author which can be applicable to anyone's life. It is a book that will help readers understand how love connections are vital to health and happiness.

The approach to the topic is unique and fresh and the author laces her words with humor, which makes the book an easy and fun read. The techniques and suggestions when it comes to dating and bringing love home are helpful to all those readers who want to become better daters and find their potential life partners. It is a good book that will help readers look at dating and love with a new outlook and help those with failed relationships feel they are capable of having healthy and intimate relationships. The author speaks about the topic extensively and the anecdotes shared in the book will guide anyone who wants to restart their dating or love life all over again and be successful in it.

Deborah Lloyd

If you identify with this statement - “Dating is more effort than it’s worth. By the end of the day, I’m so tired I can’t imagine going on a date; I’ve given up!” - this book is for you. This quotation from the first chapter is the beginning of a great deal of encouraging and realistic advice. And it is given with anecdotes and big splashes of humor. At the same time, thought-provoking explanations, such as expectations and projection, are explored. Master Dater: The “New Normal” Dating Guide for Finding Love in the Digital Age Plus 29 Hilarious & Humbling Anecdotes from a Therapist’s Dating Life, written by Tasha Jackson, is a must for anyone wrestling with today’s dating scene. The inclusion of the current state of online dating, along with some old stand-bys such as blind dates, also adds to the many possibilities of meeting the right person.

The author shares that she is a psychotherapist who also lived through some difficult and painful dating situations. By adding many anecdotes from her life, as well as client experiences (with no identifying information), she teaches readers it is helpful to laugh and learn from past experiences. Her writing is easy to read and fast-paced. At the same time, a good amount of helpful information, including some physical sexual tips, is included. Author/psychotherapist Tasha Jackson has written a supportive, upbeat dating guide in Master Dater: The “New Normal” Dating Guide for Finding Love in the Digital Age Plus 29 Hilarious & Humbling Anecdotes from a Therapist’s Dating Life.