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Dilemma Doc E: Who Exactly Am I To This Guy?

Dear E

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I have been dating this guy for almost eight months and we are wildly attracted to each other. However, in all this time he has never told me that he loves me or introduced me as his girlfriend. Don’t get me wrong, I am not insecure or anything and I think he genuinely likes me but sometimes a girl needs to hear a man say those words.  Also I am not sure whether we are exclusive or not although we both casually expressed that we don’t want to see other people a few months ago.  Should I bring something up, or have we already established exclusivity? Is there a good way to bring it up? I don’t care about labels; I just want to know how he feels about being formally exclusive.