Relationship Red Flags

You know what I’m talking about: relationship red flags. Like when he answers his phone on the first date because his mommy is calling, or when he mentions he has a little bit of a gambling problem. Maybe it’s when he shows up an hour late (and a little high) to meet your mother and grandmother for the first time or when he tells you he’s not all that employed. Whatever it was that made you stop your fork halfway between your plate and your gaping, disbelieving mouth, it didn’t stop you, did it? No, you threw caution and logic to the wind and agreed to one, two, maybe 100 more dates before that big red flag turned into a full-on dealbreaker.

With a few sweeping generalizations, we’ve made you a list of what to watch out for:

The Hater:
This charmer has no problems talking about his past relationships. In fact, he can’t stop talking about them. All of them. You see, he’s had the worst of luck with dating. Every woman who has crossed his path can only be described in a series of words I still don’t feel comfortable saying in front of my mother. After high school, most adult relationships should end amicably, if not indifferently. If he hates every girl he’s ever dated, it’s easy to find the common denominator (way easier than it was in 3rd grade).

The Man-Child:
Let’s not confuse this with boyish charm. No, a guy with rumpled hair, dimples and a little bit of haplessness is still going to make me so nervous I choke on an ice cube or start repeating myself when we’re talking. The man-child, while initially charming, is bad news. The specimen can be identified by the following characteristics:

¢ Habitat: The man-child eschews comforts like furniture and cleaning products. He has one towel, a threadbare scrap likely swiped from a Holiday Inn during Spring Break 1999. His apartment isn’t sparse, it’s mangy. Be on the lookout for multiple video game consoles, a hand-me-down couch that’s been handed down one too many times, and a bare mattress in the middle of his bedroom floor.

¢ Demeanor: The man-child can often be heard uttering the following:

Look, it’s not my fault my phone doesn’t work, I just forgot to pay the bill like two months in a row and suddenly it’s off, just like that, can you believe those a-holes?

I only screamed at the cab driver because the guy was being a total dick about using a credit card, did you not notice that?

Babe, totally broke right now. Can you pay for dinner? I’ll get you back next week.

¢ Appearance:The man-child doesn’t know his neck size, has never purchased clothing for himself, and is always dressed for a playdate. He is easily identified by his omnipresent hoodie and the pants he’s so proud to have found on the street that one day.

The D-bag
The d-bag is a shapeshifter who knows many forms. Sometimes, he’s the guy who knows more about everything than you do, whatever the topic may be. Even if it’s periods and tampons, he is the world’s foremost expert and nothing you say will measure up to his level of insights. Sometimes, he’s the guy who wants to run down a list of his accomplishments on a first date, just so you’re aware that you are currently on a date with a former Prom King. Sometimes, he’s the guy who is already in a relationship but, you know, thinks you’re really interesting and would like to take you out and drink alcohol with you and kiss you in public. Sometimes, he’s the guy who takes you on a magical first date and then doesn’t text you until 4am two weeks later. Sometimes, he’s the guy who lets you know how much the final bill is before he pays for dinner, just so you know he really took you to the finest Applebee’s that money can buy. If you fought the urge to punch him in the face on your first date, you’ll be fighting it forever.

The Pushover
Aw, man. This guy is such a sad sack you feel bad about counting him out. Maybe it’s the way he agrees with everything you say, or the way his posture makes it look like he is literally melting into himself. Maybe it’s the way he carefully begins to take on all of your interests, slowly but surely becoming a male version of you after just a few dates. Make no mistake, a relationship with you will destroy this man. No matter how much you like being right all the time, you have to let that little baby bird try to fly with his weak little wings.

What were the warning signs that you ignored in your last dude?

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  1. Avatar
    • Anonymous
    • January 1, 1970
    Reply
    All these things mentioned here also apply to women. There are some women out there with these behaviour too. Those that hide things from guys hoping the relationship lasts long enough that the guy gives into to her red flags, such fools, on both sides. More power to the good man with a back bone that shows his dominance by favouring good behaviours that suits his values. A good normal woman can evaluate another woman better than men. Hope good men find them. Otherwise a twisted woman can make a man twisted just like themselves too. You know men are as good as the women that chooses them!!! men only want to be with women that accept them.
    Women have their own behaviour, values, and how/by who she was taught while growing up, to blame for. Not just men.
    YOU ARE what the choices you make. The things you like. The influences/persuasion you accept.
  2. Avatar
    • Anonymous
    • January 1, 1970
    Reply
    A few red flags to look out for (in no particular order):
    1) A man who tells you what to wear, how to style your hair or comments that you wouldn’t look good without his input – RED FLAG – he has control issues.
    2) Anyone who uses derogatory or abusive language to refer to anyone else (even if it isn’t you) – RUN – someday it will be directed at you and it only escalates from there.
    3) If he wants/tries to get access to your phone or email or demands to know who is calling you but guards his phone like the Hope Diamond – RED FLAG
    4) If he lies about anything but most especially about having a child, being married or if he keeps changing his story about the relationships he’s been in – RED FLAG
    5) If he ever raises a hand to you or his voice in anger, RUN – eventually that hand will strike you.
    6) If he sits around doing nothing and orders you around “get me this” “get me that” but won’t do the same for you even when you’re pregnant or sick. RED FLAG
    7) If he tells you he loves you too soon and demands committment from the first or second date – RED FLAG – it’s a sign that he potentially has a Personality Disorder and that in and of itself will cause issues.
    8) If he demands to know where you are, who you are with and asks to speak with them on the phone so he knows that you’re telling the truth – RED FLAG
    9) If he tells you that you cannot communicate with members of the opposite sex other than him, your father or your brother – RED FLAG
    10) If he loves you to death one minute and refuses to talk to you the next or is screaming at you/putting you down – RED FLAG
    There are many more but the bottom line is, if you don’t feel right or comfortable with someone’s behaviour you need to move on. Don’t allow yourself to be controlled as this can escalate into more severe forms of abuse. Listen to your gut (mind) instincts above all and save your heart for someone who will treasure it.
  3. Avatar
    • Anonymous
    • January 1, 1970
    Reply
    All these things mentioned here also apply to women. There are some women out there with these behaviour too. Those that hide things from guys hoping the relationship lasts long enough that the guy gives into to her red flags, such fools, on both sides. More power to the good man with a back bone that shows his dominance by favouring good behaviours that suits his values. A good normal woman can evaluate another woman better than men. Hope good men find them. Otherwise a twisted woman can make a man twisted just like themselves too. You know men are as good as the women that chooses them!!! men only want to be with women that accept them.
    Women have their own behaviour, values, and how/by who she was taught while growing up, to blame for. Not just men.
    YOU ARE what the choices you make. The things you like. The influences/persuasion you accept.
  4. Avatar
    • Anonymous
    • January 1, 1970
    Reply
    A few red flags to look out for (in no particular order):
    1) A man who tells you what to wear, how to style your hair or comments that you wouldn’t look good without his input – RED FLAG – he has control issues.
    2) Anyone who uses derogatory or abusive language to refer to anyone else (even if it isn’t you) – RUN – someday it will be directed at you and it only escalates from there.
    3) If he wants/tries to get access to your phone or email or demands to know who is calling you but guards his phone like the Hope Diamond – RED FLAG
    4) If he lies about anything but most especially about having a child, being married or if he keeps changing his story about the relationships he’s been in – RED FLAG
    5) If he ever raises a hand to you or his voice in anger, RUN – eventually that hand will strike you.
    6) If he sits around doing nothing and orders you around “get me this” “get me that” but won’t do the same for you even when you’re pregnant or sick. RED FLAG
    7) If he tells you he loves you too soon and demands committment from the first or second date – RED FLAG – it’s a sign that he potentially has a Personality Disorder and that in and of itself will cause issues.
    8) If he demands to know where you are, who you are with and asks to speak with them on the phone so he knows that you’re telling the truth – RED FLAG
    9) If he tells you that you cannot communicate with members of the opposite sex other than him, your father or your brother – RED FLAG
    10) If he loves you to death one minute and refuses to talk to you the next or is screaming at you/putting you down – RED FLAG
    There are many more but the bottom line is, if you don’t feel right or comfortable with someone’s behaviour you need to move on. Don’t allow yourself to be controlled as this can escalate into more severe forms of abuse. Listen to your gut (mind) instincts above all and save your heart for someone who will treasure it.
  5. Avatar
    • Anonymous
    • January 1, 1970
    Reply
    He wouldn’t step foot in my parent’s house (I lived there at the time). I don’t like eating out, and he would refuse to come in – we always had to go to some crappy restaurant. Also, on the short time that I dated him, he had a temper like you wouldn’t believe. The first time it was directed towards me, I said ‘see ya!’.
  6. Avatar
    • Anonymous
    • January 1, 1970
    Reply
    Biggest warning sign – He’s a musician!
  7. Avatar
    • Anonymous
    • January 1, 1970
    Reply
    i love this writer. she is very entertaining and clever…keeps me coming back
  8. Avatar
    • Anonymous
    • January 1, 1970
    Reply
    He wouldn’t step foot in my parent’s house (I lived there at the time). I don’t like eating out, and he would refuse to come in – we always had to go to some crappy restaurant. Also, on the short time that I dated him, he had a temper like you wouldn’t believe. The first time it was directed towards me, I said ‘see ya!’.
  9. Avatar
    • Anonymous
    • January 1, 1970
    Reply
    Biggest warning sign – He’s a musician!
  10. Avatar
    • Anonymous
    • January 1, 1970
    Reply
    i love this writer. she is very entertaining and clever…keeps me coming back

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