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    Natalie Garcia

    What are some red flags to watch out for when you're dating someone new?

    Dating someone new is an exhilarating experience filled with promises of exciting potential for a fulfilled life together. However, like in any relationship, it is important to be aware of the warning signs that could spell disaster ahead. Understanding the “red flags” particular to a given individual can help you make informed decisions and build healthier relationships.

    The first warning sign is when your date shows neglect for your physical safety. Does your date drive recklessly, or worse, ignore that you don’t feel safe? If your date doesn’t listen to you, and disregards your wishes, it’s time to take a step back and evaluate the situation.

    The second warning sign is if your date has unrealistic expectations in the relationship. It is important to discuss expectations, like spending time together and taking space when needed, but if your date has expectations that seem too far fetched and out of your comfort zone in terms of commitment, it may be best to reconsider if this relationship is right for you.

    The third warning sign is if your date communicates manipulative behavior. Are they attempting to emotionally blackmail you? Or perhaps they are begging and pleading, or using guilt tactics, to get what they want in the relationship. This is a surefire sign to exit the relationship.

    The fourth warning sign is if your date is closed minded. If your date can’t accept anyone else’s opinion, disregards others’ beliefs, and refuses to even try to understand them – it’s a clear sign that communicating and understanding cannot work in the relationship.

    The fifth warning sign is if your date is overly controlling. Does your date require you to call them frequently or ask permission to do things? Or is your date obsessively contacting you? If it’s creating an imbalance in how you are approaching your independence, it’s pivotal to reach out and ask your support system for help.

    These five red flags should never be ignored in any relationship, and being aware of them can save you from hurt in the long run. Pay attention to the signals you receive, trust your gut, and don’t be afraid to question any behaviors that make you feel uncomfortable. Acknowledge and address these crucial warning signs for a healthy dating relationship.

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