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7 deadly sins, and which ones you should avoid while dating

What sin do you think about the most?
What sin do you think about the most?
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"All the seven deadly sins are man's true nature. To be greedy. To be hateful. To have lust. Of course, you have to control them, but if you're made to feel guilty for being human, then you're going to be trapped in a never-ending sin-and-repent cycle that you can't escape from." - Marilyn Manson

How well do you know the seven deadly sins? Or, at least when it comes to dating? I bet you thought lust was the worst (right in my case). But did you know there's one you should actually embrace?

Why pride is your friend.

Of all the sins, which would you consider bad, worse or deal breakers? How about reconsidering one as less of a sin and more of a guiding source of encouragement? Pride, considered by many as the worst deadly sin may actually make your dating experience better.

Are you looking for instant pleasure or long-term rewards?

If you're not happy doing casual flings (lust), you should choose pride as your sin of choice. Pride is defined as an inflated sense of self, or the opposite of humility. If your dating experience has been filled with too much humility, where you feel like lowering your standards to find love, then pride is just what you need to fix those "I can fix it" tendencies!

Here is a list of the seven deadly sins, and which of them you should avoid while dating (and one you should consider).

Note that this is mostly an entertaining piece, but there are many truths to the tips, even if you're not a devout religious person. There is much wisdom to be gained with the fools who made mistakes dating back to biblical times. No disrespect to religion, but as they say, "a tale as old as time" for a reason. Sins haven't changed; only the fools, dates and faces of those committing them.

If you don't want to end up in a cheesy cliche, get to know these sins and why you should avoid them.

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1. Lust
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1. Lust

1. Lust.

Yes, when it comes to withholding your sexual urges, it's possibly the worst deadly sin while dating. It's all too tempting to give in to it, especially after a few drinks. Whatever you do... don't go all the way on a first date! Intimacy is pretty serious, so know what you can before going there with someone. It's not religious, just common sense.

2. Gluttony
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2. Gluttony

2. Gluttony.

Over-indulgence, over-consumption, gluttony is the sin of excess. I don't suggest anything in extremes: Not ordering the most expensive dish, nor a little bit of everything. It's not sensible to spend too much time on a "marathon" date, nor is it wise to date people for personal gain (or weight gain).

3. Greed.
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3. Greed.

3. Greed.

Just as it's a red flag that you think you can "buy" love if you splurge too much on a date, it's also as telling if you judge your date by how many Franklins he or she leaves on a date. Money doesn't buy happiness, but it will buy a few hours with someone for fake love. Might I add: if you put someone in the "friend zone" and still go out with them for a free meal, you're not only greedy, but a glutton, and possibly have envy (see #6).

4. Sloth
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4. Sloth

4. Sloth.

This sin is mostly about physical laziness (being slow and uncaring), but it can go beyond, to say, not keeping up with hygiene or appearances. Goodness knows: When you date, it's time to put your best foot forward. Don't get lazy about shaving, cleaning yourself (or your home), finishing your business or keeping up your appearance. We all notice how much you care.

5. Wrath
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5. Wrath

5. Wrath.

Also called "rage" or any self-destructive behavior that can negatively affect those around you. If you notice your date being guilty of this sin, it should be an instant deal breaker. Like the last sin mentioned, if you're trying to put your best foot forward on first impressions and you or your date loses their temper, you (or they) shouldn't be dating.

6. Envy
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6. Envy

6. Envy.

Similar to lust and greed in that it's laced with insatiable desire. Only, in the case of envy, you are sad for the good of others. In a healthy way, it should be the other way around. Dating isn't about competing for incomes, accomplishments or net worth. Nor should it be about comparing who's a better Samaritan, who is a better person, or longing to have what your date has. Oh, and if he or she's in a relationship with someone else, leave immediately. See sins #1, #2, #3, and possibly #5 for consequences.

7. Pride
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7. Pride

7. Pride.

Considered by many as the "worst" original sin, it is actually a healthy alternative to settling while dating. Pride is the opposite of humility, and if you're experiencing being taken advantage of, not being appreciated by your partner or feeling uninspired by your date, holding out for someone who is a better match is a good way to work your way up the dating totem pole. Although, don't expect an Olympian athlete if you're a couch potato. Be realistic and find your fair midway grounds for compatibility.