Red flags in a relationship: the biggest ones and how to steer clear of them!
When a relationship is developing with someone, we tend to see the world through rose-tinted glasses, right? We’re mesmerized by pretty much everything our partner does, we feel warm and fuzzy when we think about them, and we can’t wait for the next chance we’ll get to spend time with them. We’re so captivated by them and by the budding relationship that we can be at risk for turning a blind eye to some of the biggest red flags in a relationship, and this is very dangerous.
I work with people on a regular basis who come to me for help in getting the guy they want, or for saving their relationship. But one thing that we don’t talk about that is equally common is identifying a toxic relationship. The absolute best way to guard against falling into a toxic relationship with someone is by knowing how to detect red flags in a new relationship. If you can identify these things, you’ll be able to protect yourself from a relationship that ends up causing you pain and suffering.
I’ve been working as a love and relationship coach since 2007, and I have personally been able to help and guide over 40 thousand people. In all these years, I’ve been able to identify some of the biggest red flags that you need to keep an eye out for when you’re starting to date someone new and I wanted to write this article for you today on this subject. It is my goal to give you all the tools you need to ensure that you can be happy and fulfilled in love for the rest of your life!
Being aware of red flags in a new relationship
The issue with toxic relationships is that they tend to develop and become toxic over time, and sometimes people are left wondering how and when things got so bad.
In my experience, this usually happens when a person either ignores or does not know how to recognize the early dating red flags that appear. It’s such a common phenomenon, and it is the source of so much pain. I really want to make sure that I give my clients the tools to remain vigilant and know how to protect themselves from winding up in an unhealthy relationship.
It’s always easier to get out of a bad relationship when it’s in its beginning stages than when you’ve been together for many years.
I actually just got an email from a young woman named Elisabeth a couple of hours ago, and she’s the inspiration behind today’s article. She is struggling with making the guy she wants to be with commit, and in describing her situation she brought up one of the main warning signs in a relationship that I want you to keep an eye out for.
She told me that she’s interested in this guy that she met a few weeks ago at her friend’s birthday party. His name is Sam and she saw him checking her out from across the room. They were introduced to one another by a mutual friend and they seemed to click right away. The conversation was flowing, he was charming and clearly very interested in her.
They hit it off so well that they started texting in the week that followed, and she was super excited about going on a date with him.
They talked about going to this beach she knew about to have a picnic together as the sun would be setting, and Elisabeth couldn’t wait. It all sounds great, right? Well, Sam has already canceled two dates on her. They haven’t even gone out yet and he keeps canceling!
So Elisabeth is over here wondering what’s going on and what she needs to do to get him to stick with the plan, but unfortunately, this guy is showing some pretty big red flags already. So let’s go ahead and take a look at the 6 biggest red flags in a relationship that I want you to be aware of.
Identifying the biggest red flags in women and men
I want to be entirely honest with you. All too often I see people making excuses for the person they’re dating because they want the relationship to work so badly, but if you ignore red flags, you’re only doing yourself a disservice. One of the keys to profound happiness in love is keeping your eyes wide open and being aware of what lifts you up versus what brings you down. Learning how to spot a big red flag can make an enormous difference in your love life and can ensure that you wind up with a person that is going to make you happier than anyone ever did before. It will make sure that you are laying out a foundation for a relationship that will withstand the test of time and inspire you to become the best version of yourself.
Toxic relationships are way too common and I want to do whatever I can to protect you from them. So if you realize that you are recognizing the red flags that I’m about to go over, its time to pull the plug on this new relationship. I know that’s not fun to hear, but your future self will thank you.
I know that many people want to find love so badly that they end up accepting inappropriate or negative behavior from their partner, even when they know that it’s not right.
But you don’t have to do that. Plus, you’ve already gone out of your way to read an article on red flags in a new relationship so I know that you’re setting yourself up for success! So let’s go ahead and take a look at what to keep an eye out for when it comes to spotting relationship red flags.
Red flag in a relationship #1: You are not being yourself
This is so common. I see this all the time! A person gets into a relationship and suddenly they start to think that they’re not good enough, they’re not confident enough, and they feel like they need to be someone else to make their partner happy. It’s almost like they start to play a role to impress their partner and deep down, they feel really uneasy and stressed about not being able to keep their partner interested.
If you can’t be yourself with this person, it means that you need to change your behavior. Now is the time to work on yourself and truly become the best version of yourself. At the end of the day, a new relationship has to have a strong foundation and in order for this to happen, you have to be true to yourself and show who you are.
If you can make these changes and stay true to yourself, you can change the dynamic of the relationship and set it up for success. Ignoring red flags can severely undermine your relationship, and create an imbalance that ends up in a toxic relationship and/or a breakup.
Red flags in a relationship with a man or woman: Your Intuition
It’s always important to pay attention to your gut feeling. If something feels off to you, don’t ignore it.
Maybe you have a hunch that this person isn’t telling you the entire truth or is intentionally omitting information. For example, perhaps they’re still dating around, perhaps they’re in another relationship, or perhaps they’re just not committed to you… If your intuition tells you that something is up then it’s very possible that there is.
It’s a tool that should not be underestimated. Sometimes it can even manifest itself in the form of a twisted stomach or anxiety when you think about the person you have started to date….
Relationship red flags and deal breakers: Inconsistency
This is one of the biggest AND most common relationship red flags that I’ve come across in all my coaching sessions with clients.
When a person is hot and cold, and completely inconsistent in their actions, you’re looking at a blaring red flag. Let’s say that one week this person is constantly calling you, texting you, seeing what you’re up to, saying sweet things, wants to see you… And then from one day to the next, he or she vanishes into thin air.
A week later, like clockwork, they’re back.
What ends up happening in many of the situations I encounter is that the person on the receiving end of all of this just accepts it because they’re afraid of losing their partner. The result is that their partner continues to do it. Remember that you need to be careful with what you allow from a person because you are in essence teaching them how to treat you.
If you want to have a long-lasting relationship that is healthy and happy, you need a partner who is consistent and trustworthy!
Long term relationships red flags: Constant arguing
I sometimes work with people who tell me that they really want to be in a relationship where there are explosive fights because it makes them feel alive. The problem with this is that sometimes “passion” is confused with toxicity. Tough love is fine, but if you’re constantly yelling at each other and putting each other down, you’re creating a very weak foundation for your relationship and you’re opening the door to a toxic relationship.
Again, a healthy relationship is one in which both partners build each other up. There will inevitably be disagreements from time to time, but a relationship that is full of conflict will not be a sustainable one.
Similarly, if a person is always blaming you for literally everything, it’s one of the red flags of an unhealthy relationship. This is more than a toxic relationship actually, this is being in a relationship with a narcissist. Sure, once in a while your partner will blame you for something, but if it’s a consistent issue and you’re always the scapegoat, it’s a problem. If you’re seeing this, you will need to pull the plug on the relationship.
Relationship red flags: Moving too fast
People often think that when a person clearly doesn’t want to invest or commit to the relationship, it’s a red flag, but they often forget that the polar opposite is also a red flag.
When someone dives in head first and declares their undying love for you without even knowing your favorite color, this is also a relationship red flag.
If someone gets involved way too fast, there is no time to create a solid foundation for your relationship and things will be unstable and it puts you in a very vulnerable position. This red flag isn’t the end of the world, but you absolutely must be careful with this type of thing.
Things need to develop at a natural pace in order for a relationship to reach its full potential and be healthy and stable.
Your partner is always comparing you to their ex or to other people
Another big red flag in a relationship is when a person seems to always be comparing you to someone else. This is also very common.
When you first meet, everything is lovely, but then they start to make comments about how their ex did things differently, how his colleague does things differently… maybe even better…
But you need to be with someone who is sure about you, who appreciates you and everything about you that makes you unique. You should not be compared to other people in their lives, past or present, because you are an individual that should be appreciated as such.
Avoiding red flags in a relationship is crucial
I really want you to be careful with the red flags I’ve gone over in this article. If you’re unsure about whether or not you are experiencing red flags, I encourage you to reach out to me. It would be my pleasure to personally coach you and make sure that you set yourself up for longterm happiness in love.
Some red flags are minor and can be fixed, but others need to be avoided at all costs. If you’re unsure, remember that I am here to help you every step of the way.
To summarize, the biggest red flags are when you realize that this relationship is making you not be yourself, when your intuition tells you that something is wrong, when a person is inconsistent, when you two are putting each other down all the time, and when your partner is constantly comparing you to other people in their life.
You deserve nothing but the best from love, so make sure that you aren’t accepting things that will undermine your chances.
I wish you the very best!
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