My Mission

My mission with The Dating Stoic is to empower middle-aged men and single dads to navigate the world of dating and relationships with confidence, resilience, and rational thinking by incorporating the principles of Stoicism. I want to inspire personal growth, self-awareness, and emotional mastery, enabling men to build lasting, fulfilling connections.

Ralph DeFelice, The Dating Stoic

Hi there, I’m Ralph DeFelice, founder of The Dating Stoic, and I’m on a mission to help middle-aged men and single dads navigate the challenging world of modern dating and relationships.

Ten years ago, my difficult marriage ended, leaving me emotionally scarred and struggling to cope with the demands of single parenthood. As a father to two amazing teenagers, my priority has always been to provide a loving and stable environment for my kids, but I quickly realized that I needed to rediscover myself and learn how to build healthy relationships.

Throughout the years, I’ve experienced the full spectrum of dating and relationships, from bad first dates, amazing first dates, awkward one-night stands and fun friends with benefits to fulfilling exclusive long-term partnerships. My journey has been full of ups and downs, but each experience has taught me valuable lessons about love, resilience, and personal growth.

I made plenty of mistakes along the way, but with each failure, I’ve tried to learn and grow stronger. But that didn’t stop me from making some of the same mistakes over and over and over, and hurting people along the way. I’ve been on hundreds of dates (both good and bad) and faced all kinds of relationship challenges. After going through these experiences firsthand, I became passionate about helping others navigate the complexities of modern romance.

The Dating Stoic was born out of a need to address the lack of a coherent underlying philosophy in most dating advice. Too often, dating guidance consists of random ideas without a foundational “why” or a consistent approach that ties everything together. By integrating the principles of Stoicism, The Dating Stoic seeks to fill this void and provide a more grounded, meaningful approach to dating and relationships. Stoicism, as a philosophy of life and action, offers a practical framework that can be practiced and applied to everyday situations, including the complex world of dating and relationships. It is this philosophical approach that sets The Dating Stoic apart, empowering individuals to not only learn but to actively engage in building stronger, healthier connections.

Today, as a certified dating and relationship coach, I use my expertise to support clients on their journey to a happier love life. My compassionate, non-judgmental approach is anchored by the study and practice of Stoic principles and philosophy to help middle-aged men and single dads navigate modern dating and relationships with an emphasis on self-control, resilience, and rational thinking.

By working with me, and learning from my mistakes and successes, you can expect valuable guidance and support as you face the challenges of dating and relationships with greater calm and patience. I’ll help empower you to overcome obstacles, have fun, and build the fulfilling relationships you deserve!

So, if you’re ready to take the first step towards a happier, more fulfilling love life, I invite you to join me on this journey by reading my content here and on social media, or getting in touch to have a conversation. Let’s work together to help you find the love and happiness you’ve been searching for.