After coming out of a 10 year abusive relationship, I feel that when I'm on a date I need to be open about this, as I am regularly asked about my relationship history. Should I be honest or keep my cards to my chest?
No you don't need to tell them that story. If you have closed that chapter of your bad past, i don't see why you have to tell people about it, (you are kinda re living the story about yourself that you don't people to think that you are still that victim) i mean they'll be imprinted with 'victim' or 'damaged' in their heads and start making you feel more uncomfortable as they probed you more
That's cool if you want to be upfront with that. If you feel it's important, I would do that. If I heard a girl say that when first getting to know her, I may pick up on some kind of unhealthiness that may be unattractive. I wouldn't expect a girl to be perfect at all, but there are certain mentalities or personalities that I'd want to avoid and it's possible I might feel a little bit of that in that situation. Really knowing how I'd feel is complicated and depends on body language and there isn't enough information here to really know. Sorry if I was too honest. All of us guys are interested in different personalities. I just would want to avoid a unhealthy situation like a girl possibly liking the drama. I guess I recommend showing who you are for awhile before bringing up negative situations.