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    Dating Sheldon Cooper

    | Vancouver, BC, Canada | Dating

    (I have been dating my boyfriend for a few months and want to tell him how I am feeling. My boyfriend is doing a PhD in math and is extremely, painstakingly accurate about everything.)

    Me: “You make me really happy. I’ve really enjoyed the time we’ve been spending together. I feel really strongly about you.”

    (My boyfriend nods and smiles. I wait expectantly for a response, but he just looks confused.)

    Me: “Well? Don’t you feel the same as I do?”

    Boyfriend: “No.”

    Me: “What! Why not?”

    Boyfriend: “Well, I feel analogously to what I perceive to be the way you feel. Since I am not you, and therefore cannot experience your feelings directly, I cannot say that I feel the same as you do because I can never know exactly how you feel. I feel that what I understand you to be describing as your experience is something that I agree with and relate to, but it would be inaccurate to say that I ‘feel the same’.”