Maria, 22, had given up hope of ever finding love. Her past relationships and flings have all been rather casual, and she’s never had a strong attraction to either of them. Despite her best efforts, she wasn’t able to see them as marriage material. Worse, she was dumped because of her “clinginess,” which was really her effort to communicate with her boyfriend. She’s the only one in the relationship who is making an effort, so she may as well not have one at all! So, after her last relationship, she did the only sensible thing she could think of: she put herself first. She didn’t need to be in a serious relationship, in her opinion, because she already had her family and friends. That is, before she discovered international dating. Read more..