Although new relationships can be a combination of fun, excitement, and passion, you still need to be careful and really get to know your partner before diving in too deep. During new relationships, you should focus mainly on having fun while getting to know your partner better (don’t analyze their behavior too much). Most importantly, pay attention to what’s going on during the honeymoon phase of your relationship. By doing so it could help save you time and heartbreak later on. It also establishes a good foundation for a long-lasting relationship. Listed below six early warning signs you should look for while dating. If your partner displays lots of these signs then the relationship could come back to bite you in the future!
1. Putting Their Personal Life on Hold – In the early stages of a relationship, it’s obvious that your partner will probably want to spend every waking moment with you. That often leads to you having less communication with your friends and family. If you find yourself doing this then stop immediately. What would happen if the person you were dating grew tired of you and left you hanging just like you did to your friends and family? Healthy relationships always involve some degree of independence. Try to make sure time is divided accordingly so you spend around 50% with your significant other, 30% with friends and family, then the remaining 20% alone.
2. You’re Tolerating Bad Behavior – Never stay with someone who disrespects your personal space, makes insensitive jokes, threatens to leave you, is aggressive, or always shows up late. Trust me, lots of people tend to discount these red flags because other parts of their relationship seem to be good. Don’t be one of them by knowing these are clear warning signs of a future toxic relationship. One day you’ll end up realizing you’ve invested lots of time and energy in someone who’s been treating you badly for years. You don’t need to be demanding, but make sure and politely express your expectations.
3. You’re Not Talking to Each Other – For some strange reason, many people believe that their partners can actually read their minds. Sadly, that’s not true, and this one of the most serious mistakes you can make in a relationship. Similar to avoiding conflict, a lack of communication might lead to feelings of confusion and misunderstanding. Unresolved negative feelings are almost certain to turn into resentment over a period of time. The best way to prevent this is by speaking about your desires and complaints while dating.
4. You’re Idealizing Your Partner – We’re all human and we all make mistakes. But, some people forget about it during the honeymoon phase of their relationship because they’re still wearing those rose-colored glasses and consider their partners to be absolutely perfect. Those people also tend to pay for that mistake later on. Never put your partner on a pedestal because it will only set you up for disappointment in the future.
5. You’re Trying to Control Your Partner – Attempting to take over control of your partner’s life is usually a sign that you have some serious trust issues. Acts of taking control would be feeling or acting jealous, trying to control someone’s behavior, and constantly checking on where they’re at or what they’re up to. If you try to control every move your partner makes it will make them feel like you’re trying to limit them. In the end, you’ll most likely push them away. Remember that there is no need to send your partner 2 AM text messages asking how they’re doing. It also means you don’t need to blow up your partner’s phone just because they haven’t responded to your text in 10 or 20 minutes.
6. They’re Being Too Clingy – It’s important to try and build a strong connection with your significant other while it’s early in the relationship. However, that also means you take the risk of them becoming too needy or clingy with you. With that in mind, you should always try and be mindful of giving your partner some space without you. Everyone needs space and you both must understand that early on. If you really want your relationship to work in the long run, continue to be the confident and independent person you were before meeting and starting to date your partner.