How to handle a relationship that swings from one extreme to the next.
Chris brought me flowers every week. Chris wined and dined me and took me on spontaneous romantic getaways. Chris called when he said he would, made plans in advance, opened doors, and held hands. But when he wasn't doing all of those things, Chris was also kind of an a**hole. The Frisky: 37 Things We'll Teach Our Daughters About Men And Relationships
There is a moment in every doomed-to-fail union when your relationship jumps the shark, whether you know it or not. Maybe he forgets to calls one time too many or cancels again. Maybe you just wake up one day and realize you're tired of his face. For me, that moment with Chris came when I told him that my work schedule would make it impossible to hang out for a couple of days. On the brink of a giant promotion, I was coming in early and staying late, and I warned him I would be too busy to grab dinner in the coming 72 hours. The Frisky: 10 Tips For Ending A Bad Relationship
It is a nice feeling when your boyfriend expresses interest in seeing you often and is disappointed when you can't get together. It's most certainly not a nice feeling to sit and watch in horror as a grown 36-year-old man gets red in the face, curls his lips into an exaggerated pout, stamps his feet, and makes whining sounds. The Frisky: How To Avoid Dating An Abusive Freak
Was Chris just passionate, or was I dating a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde? It was his first temper tantrum, but not his last, and in the months following, I was treated to a couple a week as his list of grievances grew: I made him feel rejected when I wasn't up for having sex for a third time before noon; I couldn't hang out often enough or for long enough; I took too long to answer emails and too long to speak when he asked me a question; I was too focused on work. Chris yelled. Chris cried. Chris hurled insults, names, and, I soon learned, objects—something he confessed to after the fact: apparently, I had set him off by typing too slowly when we chatted online. The Frisky: MERRIme, A New Web Comedy About Online Dating