This is terrifying to any guy who has not been in many adult relationships. Because his first response (usually internally, but that’s not the way to bet) is: “I thought I had been!”

I’ve been doing it wrong? I haven’t said enough? I didn’t comment on the right thing? PANIC!!

Dude. Chill. Look in her eyes. Smile. Give her a quick, soft kiss and say whatever pops in your head. (If nothing pops in your head — and if you’re new at this, nothing might — read Devon’s ideas again. They work.) Your role is to be a piece of sanity in her crazy life. After a while it all comes naturally.

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