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The 14 stages of dating after divorce, raw and uncut (GIFs)

Based out of Dallas, Texas, Mary McCoy is a writer and social worker for disenfranchised women and children. She's a single mom, lover of Texas barbecue, and a die-hard fan of yoga

What dating is really like after going through a divorce

Dating after divorce is a tenuous endeavor, full of angst, awkwardness and anticipation.

Seriously, we know too much to willingly put ourselves through this again. Here are the fragile stages of dating after divorce, complete with difficulties and triumphs on the path to love.

1. Complete and total destruction

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"Well, this utterly destroyed life will be fun to rebuild."

2. Girlfriends, unite!

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"Hey, no biggie! I've got my ladies! Who the hell needs a man?"

3. Shopping for a rebound

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"I do. I need a man. I need a man now. I'm, like, totally over my ex anyway."

4. That rebound was a bad idea

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"Nope, not even remotely over my ex. That date was an exercise in self-torture."

5. Early nights solve the problem

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"I'm just going to solve my loneliness by sleeping more. Nothing fun happens after 8 p.m., anyway, I'm pretty sure."

6. Dabbling with online dating

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"Internet? Combined with dating? What a novel idea! So this is what happens after 8 p.m. No more early nights for this dating expert!"

7. Shut it down!

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"OKTinder, Cupid's Match, Plenty of Fish: This is what nightmare-scapes are made of."

8. Life is better lived alone

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"You know, I think I'm OK being alone. Men are a lot of trouble, after all. I'll be just fine with my cat and my ice cream."

9. Time to get a vibrator

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"Yeah, I'm going to need a vibrator, though."

10. A return to the land of destruction

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"All is lost! It's hopeless, I tell you! My girlfriends, my cat, my ice cream and my vibrator aren't helping anymore! And for the love of all that is holy, internet dating certainly didn't help, either."

11. The faint glimmer of hope

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"I put on lipstick today, just because it felt good. That's weird."

12. Dread gives way to excitement

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"He's kinda cute. Remarkably, the aching black hole of despair is missing from my gut, too. How convenient!"

13. The first non-terrible date

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"That was soooo fun!"

14. Laughing at a second date text message

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"No, you hang up first. No, you. Haha, you're so hilarious!"

Wink, giggle and a re-entry to the land of hope.

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