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5 Relationship Red Flags You Should Never Ignore

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New relationships are notorious for causing a whirlwind of emotions, and in the excitement and newness of first love, a few red flags can be easy to miss. Of course, no relationship is perfect, and small quirks or bad habits are bound to pop up, most of which can easily be overcome if the relationship is strong. There are a few things, however, that you should never overlook, as they can be a big red flag for future troublesome (and even dangerous) situations. Keep reading to learn the five red flags you should never ignore in a relationship.

5. Violent Outbursts

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Everyone gets angry from time to time, but pay close attention the frequency and severity of your partner’s anger. Does he seem to get angry and blow up over every little thing? That can be a big warning sign for serious underlying anger issues. Also pay attention to how your partner handles his anger. Yelling can be a perfectly natural response to anger, but yelling in a way that is clearly meant to instill fear or to control the situation (or person) can be a bad sign. If nasty words (or physical objects) are being thrown around frequently, it might be time to move on to someone with a little more control over their own reactions.

4. Secrets and Lying

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While there is something to be said for leaving a little mystery in a relationship, outright keeping secrets or telling lies can be a big red flag. If you feel like your partner compartmentalizes his life, only allowing you access to certain aspects of it, beware. In most cases, what may seem like small secrets early on can lead to blatant dishonesty later. Keep in mind, however, that there is a difference between being a private person and being overly-secretive. Your partner doesn’t necessarily need to share every detail of his life with you, but if you feel like you’re being kept in the dark about important parts of his life (like family, friends or work), you may want to cut your losses and put an end to the relationship.

3. Sudden Mood Swings

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One day everything is coming up roses, and the next thing you know, your man is acting jealous, angry and insecure. What gives? If you’ve found yourself in a relationship with someone who shifts drastically between moods, try having an honest conversation with him in an effort to understand what’s bringing on the mood swings. Has he lost a job recently? Is he under a lot of pressure at work? Major life changes or added stress can bring on the occasional mood swing, but frequent mood swings can be a big red flag. A mood swing on occasion isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but if you never know which mood you’ll be having dinner with later, something bigger may be going on and it may be time to reevaluate the relationship.

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