Love is definitely blind ... and sometimes unhealthy.
We don’t always see what others see when we enter a new relationship. Sometimes our family and friends can see what's happening LONG before we do.
Our emotions can get caught up in the euphoria of “falling in love” and ignore obvious signs that our boyfriend is bad news. Don't miss these signs that the guy you're super into is actually doing more harm than good to your life:
1. It's Instant Love
You meet, you kiss, you stay at his place, you move in together, he's met your parents and you've met his. It looks like he's really serious about you ... all in a matter of months. It sounds romantic and like a girl's dream, but remember, the bigger the high, the bigger the low. Beware of fast love, as it's often a sign your boyfriend is toxic.
2. His Problems Are Now Your Problems
Your new man is riddled with problems. You hear his story, you feel his pain and you understand he's in a difficult place. Before you know it, his problems are now your problems! We're all about supporting each other, but this is toxic because people are people. Some of us clean up our mess before we invite someone else in our life, while others drag us through it and will continue to do so unless they change their ways.
3. There Are Three In Your Relationship
There's nothing more draining than having your romantic evening rudely interrupted by his ex, leaving you sitting on the back burner.
Don’t get me wrong, we all come with baggage. But the man you want has already cleaned up his messy past, leaving time for both of you. He won't need you to take on his mistakes, too.
4. He Turns To You To Financially Support Him
We all go through financial difficulties from time to time, but beware — I don’t care how handsome your man is, how well he treats you or what he promises you. You don’t want to pay for someone else. You're either good with money, or you're not. If he's leaning on you to pay his loans/credit card debt, you're in BIG trouble.
5. He Says He Can’t Live Without You
It makes a great Hollywood movie, but in real life if someone tells you he can’t live without you or that you make him complete, that really translates into, "I'm co-dependent and I depend on you to make me happy. If you ever try to leave me, who knows what I might do." So please, be careful when someone's a little too keen and your gut is saying it's not good.
6. He Starts Unnecessary Fights
I used to carry a spare key with me when one of my ex-boyfriends and I left the house because every night we went out, he would start a fight.
He fought with me in front of my own family. He acted nicely to them and would pull me to the side to tell me that he wasn't talking to me because I did [insert lame complaint]. He was crazy. Don’t date a fighter.
7. You'd Have To Take Refuge To Break Up With Him
Have you ever had a boyfriend and you fear breaking up with him because you don’t know what he would do to himself, you or others? Well if that's the case, you just need to break up with him. I'm not kidding — do whatever it takes. I've left countries and took refuge in other people’s houses to break up with guys because they were so in unpredictable and infatuated.
8. Your Relationship Never Leaves The Bedroom
He tells you he loves his alone time with you, but when you think about it, it's not alone time, it's sex time. And you're getting bored with it. Watch for this trap!
9. You're His Short Notice Date
Beware of this. You like him, so every time he texts or calls you (even if it's only an hour's notice), you’re available. You go the bar with him and hangout, you go home with him at 2 AM because he called and said he misses you. You buy his crap and before you notice, he's taking advantage of you.
10. He 'Forgot' To Commit
You sleep with him, you hang out together, it looks like your boyfriend and girlfriend, but he's never actually said it. Months pass, maybe even years, and you have not approached the subject, fearing that you'll lose him. There will come a time in your life where you want to move on, and he'll just let you go. Watch out and notice if he's excited about you as you are about him — or not. Don’t buy his commitment-phobic excuses.
11. Your Relationship Is A Secret
If it's a secret, it's not real. Don’t believe the sob story. Don’t think that, because you’re dating him, you can somehow stop his bad habits and make him love you faithfully. Fairytales don't work in real life.
12. He Spends More Time With Your Family Than His Own
I personally did this for years. Thankfully, I now spend many days during the week with my family and not someone else's. I know some families are tough, but just make sure he has resolved his issues. You can't fix someone else. They must do that for themselves.
13. He's A Travel Junkie
People who are happy at home don't feel the need to jump from one country to the next. I traveled for 15 years looking for a better way to live.
Yes, people change. And yes, people come home. Just make sure your guy is here to stay — it's hard to detox the traveling bug.
14. His 'One Day' Promise Never Happens
He says one day you'll meet his parents, one day you'll meet his kid, one day you'll get engaged — and the list goes on. Don’t wait for the "one day". If the relationship doesn't move along at a reasonable pace, question it. Don’t put up with it!
Our relationships are one of the most rewarding areas of our life, but sometimes they're also one of the most painful.
One of the biggest mistakes people make is thinking that “I love you” is all there is to a relationship. We don’t think about how feel, how we're treated or if the relationship is good or bad for us.
Toxic relationships are very damaging, so it's really important to pay attention to the signs mentioned above.