Ask Dr. Rhodes

A man I’ve started dating recently is warm and talkative — when he’s alone with me. But when we meet friends for dinner, he shuts down to the point of rudeness, and I end up feeling as if I have to apologize for his behavior. It is embarrassing. What should I do?

Anonymous

Don’t be embarrassed and don’t apologize for his behavior. He may feel overwhelmed — it may bring out some shyness. Or he may be jealous of other people’s claims on you. Talk this out. He may just need more time to get used to your friends.

—Sonya Rhodes, Ph.D.

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