You just gotta go with your gut…
Red flags can seem so obvious in other people’s relationships, or past endeavours, but they can be hard to spot when you are swept up in the excitement of a new partner. Of course you should be excited to pursue something new, but it is important to look out for warning signs or red flags in the early stages of a new relationship.
We never want to criticise a person for their personality traits, especially at the start of a new romance, however there is no harm in protecting yourself from potentially toxic people who bring nothing but negativity to your life.
Relationship red flags to look out for…
- They hide you from social media
- Your friends and family don’t like your new partner
- They are overly critical of exes
- They make you feel guilty
1. They hide you from social media
Look, don’t get us wrong, not everybody posts their whole lives on Instagram. Some people like to keep it to clothes, some people like to keep an ‘aesthetic’ and some don’t really like to post online at all. The problem comes when you are dating somebody that publishes their whole lives to their following, but obviously leaves you out of it.
2. Your friends and family don’t like your new partner
Not everybody is going to get along, that’s a given, but if multiple friends and family members are getting bad vibes from your new partner, then this is a BIG red flag. It can be all too easy to look past someone’s flaws when you fancy someone, but your friends and fam always have your best interests at heart.
3. They are overly critical of exes
Exes are exes for a reason, and not many relationships end in friendship. Red flags aren’t raised if your partner has a valid reason to dislike their ex, or hates one ex more than others, but when they are straight up nasty and cruel about a number of past partners, it’s time to start asking questions. Surely not ALL their exes are ‘pyschos’.
4. They make you feel guilty
Whether they guilt trip you for posting a selfie, wearing a certain outfit, or even just make you feel like a bad person every time you have an argument, THESE ARE RED FLAGS. This person is manipulating you to get their own way, next time you feel bad, take a step back and ask yourself if you should be feeling guilty or if they have pushed that on you.
5. Your gut feeling is bad
GO.WITH.YOUR.GUT. You know yourself better than anyone. If you start to get a funny feeling about someone, trust yourself. From tiny things such as odd comments, to major red flags such as hiding their phone screen from you, it is up to you to make the decision on whether they are a good person.
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