Psychology and Relationships

Actually, you should compare your new partner to your ex, relationship therapist says: Here's how to do it in a healthy way

Koron | Moment | Getty Images

A general rule of thumb is that if you're comparing your current dating prospects to your past partner, you're not ready for a new relationship.

This isn't always true, though, says Pamela Larkin, a therapist who specializes in relationships.

There are times when comparing a partner or potential partner to an ex is okay, and even healthy.