For the dating game, I tried after a year, thinking I got over the ex completely. Then during the date, we kissed, and I just suddenly got it in my head like, "This doesn't feel right. She's not her." And I was comparing her to my ex again. So I stopped it and apologized and told her about the ex, telling her I really got over it and didn't mean to string her along. So I aborted that date and waited another year again to try. Took maybe 2 years before I could date without that happening, and still another year to return completely back to normal.
* telling her I really [thought I] got over it and didn't mean to string her along.
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