Recover from botched dates, fumbled trysts and sunken relationships.

Short of setting her kitchen on fire or groping her mom at Christmas dinner, bad moves can usually be overcome, says 
Dr Alex Lickerman, author of The Undefeated Mind (R160, loot.co.za). In fact, making the effort to right a wrong is a great opportunity to show her what you’re really made of.

“By admitting a mistake, taking responsibility for it, and allowing a woman the space to make up her own mind, a man can send a powerful message that few women can resist,” Lickerman says. So go ahead. Screw up.

“The way you deal with a sticky situation is a good predictor of who you are and how you’ll likely behave in a relationship.”

So let’s go snatch some victory from the jaws of defeat. Read on for the five relationship flops that you can convert into triumphs.