3 Types of Relationship Behaviors That Are Burning Red Flags

Updated on September 25, 2019
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Michelle writes about relationships, self-improvement, life lessons & attitude to both inspire & relate to her readers

Every relationship has issues. You have to take the good with the bad, right? Arguments happen. It's normal. Everyone has their quirks. These are all common things we have all heard.

If you want to be part of a couple for a long period of time, you do need to learn how to accept certain traits or annoying habits that could be less than desirable.

But what about traits or behavior patterns that are not good for the long haul? How do you know when someone is going to be a destructive force in your life rather than a healthy influence?

Here are 3 glaring red flags that, unfortunately, can often get brushed off early on in relationships when infatuation takes over and logic takes a vacation:

Watch for these red flags in relationships
Watch for these red flags in relationships | Source

1. The Need To Control

If a person is attempting to control the clothes you wear, the friends you have, time spent with family, or even the words that come out of your mouth - it's time to reassess your situation - pronto!

I once had a boyfriend who tried to control what I wore so that other men wouldn't find me as attractive. He wanted me to constantly be covered up. It was ridiculous, but I took it as a sign that he was really, really into me.


He was really, really into himself and how he looked to the outside world. He wanted everyone to see that I was completely within in his power. I was nothing more than an accessory to his ego and a pawn in his sick game of power and control.

If anyone ever tries to manipulate you or threatens to take their love away unless you look or act a certain way in their presence, you can bet that relationship will be detrimental to your overall health and well-being. It's actually a form of abuse and it's not acceptable under any circumstances.

"If anyone ever tries to manipulate you or threaten to take their love away unless you look or act a certain way in their presence, you can bet that relationship will be detrimental to your overall health and well-being."

When a partner tries to control your daily moves - it may be a serious red flag
When a partner tries to control your daily moves - it may be a serious red flag | Source

2. Complete Emotional Shut Down

We all get angry in relationships. We all get our feelings hurt and pout for a while. But most of us get over it within a reasonable amount of time.

But some people take it to the next level. They shut down. Completely. They stop talking to you for days, maybe even weeks. They totally cut you off.

Whether it was a disagreement over something silly or more serious, certain people just aren't capable of talking rationally about things that upset them. This kind of person doesn't offer the ability to hash things out in a reasonable, respectful manner.

While you may think that emotionally shutting down is much better than outright physical or verbal abuse this is, in fact, another form of mental terrorism at it's most insidious.

When you're in a relationship with someone and they just shut you out without warning and you have to sit around playing a guessing game as to what went wrong or beg them to talk to you, then you'll need to pull the plug on the relationship. Unless a person like this is willing to fix their issues or go to therapy - move on.

"It's not normal to yell, scream, punch walls, or physically assault anyone on a regular basis."

3. Highly Aggressive/Short Fuse

This one is probably the most obvious of the 3. But that doesn't mean it's the easiest to break away from.

When you meet and get into a relationship with someone who starts to exhibit characteristics of an extremely bad temper - pay attention. This kind of behavior is potentially dangerous and even life threatening.

Look, everyone gets mad. Even furious sometimes. But over what? Someone cheating or someone lying perhaps? Possibly. But getting to a level of anger over something as simple as a change of plan or the waiter bringing the wrong dish to the table while you're out to dinner is another story.

If your partner loses their temper daily over small issues - it may be time to reassess your relationship
If your partner loses their temper daily over small issues - it may be time to reassess your relationship | Source

It doesn't matter if the person you're dating is smoking hot or amazing in bed - if they constantly lose their mind and start screaming over small issues, then they have a problem. It's not you, not what you said, or what you may have done. It's them.

It's not normal to yell, scream, punch walls, or physically assault anyone on a regular basis.

If you're in a relationship with someone who does these things or even threatens to, please make sure you have a good support system around you and seek help right away. This includes sexual aggression where you don't feel 100% safe during sex or feel forced into it in any way.

We all make mistakes and we all choose the wrong relationships from time to time. It's not okay to stay in an unhealthy relationship just because you believe you're in love or you're lonely. There are people out there who can have healthy, functioning relationships. I promise. Don't settle for anything less than that.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2016 Michelle Zunter


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      sabih ul hassan 

      3 years ago from pakistan

      health is waelth

    • dashingscorpio profile image


      3 years ago

      There are only two ways to experience joy and peace of mind in relationships: We either get what we want or we learn to be happy with what we have. Accept them (as is) or move on.The choice is up to us!

      Everyone (chooses) their own friends, lovers, and spouse.

      Each of us is entitled to have our own "deal breakers" and boundaries.

      If you go to the grocery store to purchase an apple but buy an onion instead whose fault is that? Do you curse the onion for not being an apple? No!

      You learn to become a "better shopper".

      Anyone who finds them self having one bad dating/relationship experience after another probably needs to reexamine their "mate selection criteria". The only thing all of your bad relationships have in common is (you)!

      Like attracts like and opposites attract divorce attorneys!

      Compatibility trumps compromise!

      One of the reasons why people stay in toxic relationships is because a part of them still holds onto how wonderful things were during the "infatuation phase" when they first got together.

      It's not until after you've had your first major fight or disagreement that you begin to see each other's "authentic selves".

      Being able to stay together comes down to whether or not you can accept/tolerate each other differences. If either of you has to change your (core being) to make the relationship work it means you're with the "wrong person". Know yourself, Love yourself, Trust yourself.

      The goal is to find someone who (already is) the kind of person you want to be with! Don't waste your time trying to "change water into wine".


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