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    Matthew Frank

    What are some red flags to look out for when dating someone new?

    Everyone dreams of finding that special someone to share our lives with. When you’re starting to date a new partner, it's important to pay attention for red flags that may signal a less-than-ideal match.

    Business meetings and job interviews may start by inquiring about your personal relationships, but let's face it – when it comes to your love life, sometimes it's best to keep personal details close to your heart. Unfortunately, just because it's tucked away doesn't mean potential obstacles won't crop up.

    As with any relationship, it is essential to be aware of what to look out for when dating someone new. Here are the main red flags to keep an eye on.


    The most vital part of building any kind of relationship, romantic or otherwise, is to trust each other. If your new flame isn't open to talking about their own past experiences or if they’re not ready to build up your trust and faithfulness, there could be an issue. They should be willing to accept your trustworthiness, just as you should respect theirs.


    How often do you talk to each other? If communication lengths are too short or long, it could be a warning sign. Both parties should show an interest in the other’s life and should strive to communicate. This can come in different forms – through words, body language, facial cues, etc.


    Be aware of the expectations of both parties. Are the expectations realistic? It is not healthy to start a relationship if one person expects to be called ten times a day, when that would normally be too much for them.


    Are they ever really honest and content with themselves? It is important that they don’t only rely on you to make them truly happy. As much as we want to be, we can’t be the sole source of somebody’s joy.


    What is it that they really want? Are they really, truly looking for a future together and all the things that come with it? It is no secret that people have different views on what they expect from dating someone new. But, if you feel like something is off and you're constantly being pushed back and forth, something isn't right.

    Financial pressure

    If someone exerts financial pressures, be wary. Don't allow it to go unaddressed and be prepared to end the relationship quickly. You should not have to be a provider for someone, especially in the early stages of a relationship.

    These are just a few of the red flags to be wary of when dating someone new. Our time is precious; don't waste it by investing in someone who isn't going anywhere good.

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