8 Signs He Has Low Self-Esteem (Yikes!) And Why You Need To Move On

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8 Signs He Has Low Self-Esteem (Yikes!)

Can this relationship ever be healthy?

Have you ever been in an on-again, off-again relationship with a guy and the relationship was nothing but drama? Regularly fighting and then enduring prolonged periods of icy silence? Did you break up over and over again, but then keep getting back together in hopes of making it work?

And did all that drama go on for months or even years, wasting valuable time and so much energy that you felt exhausted (or even lost faith in love)? You knew the situation wasn’t healthy, but you stayed because you really loved him, right? 

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How can you avoid drama-filled relationships with insecure men? By recognizing the signs of low self-esteem, of course.

There's nothing more important when searching for a partner than finding someone who's emotionally healthy with high self-esteem. And drama-filled relationships typically have at least one partner who struggles with low self-esteem. On the contrary, when two emotionally healthy, happy people aren't ideally compatible, they usually just go their separate ways without all the ugly chaos, pain and confusion.

When you're looking for love, it's important to know the signs of low self-esteem early on, because a man can't fully love you if he doesn't love himself. To that end, here are eight signs that the man you're dating has low self-esteem and that you might have to move on:

1. He says self-deprecating things.

Being humble is one thing, but putting yourself down constantly is another. Your guy says things like, "I can't believe you'd date someone like me" or "You're out of my league."

2. He criticizes you.

A healthy man dates women he genuinely likes. If you're not what he's looking for, he'll just move on. If the guy you're dating constantly criticizes you (from your looks to your personality), that's a really bad sign.

3. He's just a little too perfect. 

Does he have the perfect house, the perfect car, the perfect clothes, the perfect job, and the perfect friends? People who feel the need to appear perfect are often trying to convince not only others, but also themselves, that they have value.

4. He's negative. 

Happy people see the best in others and look for the positive in most situations. If he's constantly pointing out what's wrong instead of what's right, pay close attention.

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5. He's jealous.

Is he constantly jealous, uncomfortable with your male friends, or does he unjustifiably accuse you of flirting? A confident, healthy man has faith in you and your relationship. 

6. He wants you all to himself. 

Your friends are important to you and being with them makes you happy. If he doesn't want you to spend time with them and he doesn't want to get to know them, that's a problem.

7. He can't admit when he's wrong. 

Being vulnerable is an important part of being in a relationship. If he's always blaming others and can't look inward and admit when he's made a mistake, that's a big red flag.

8. He doesn't really listen to what you're saying. 

Some people hear what they already believe instead of what you're actually saying. Does he often take what you're saying the wrong way? Are his feelings always getting hurt? Is he easily offended? 

If you have to rehearse before you talk to him or walk on eggshells, yikes — your partner's low self-esteem is a problem. Healthy communication shouldn't feel this hard.

If you want an easier, healthier relationship, find a guy with high self-esteem who isn't one of the insecure men you should avoid. You'll enjoy a relationship that is so much more rewarding. Because life’s too short to subject yourself to all the drama, don’t you agree?

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Michelle Jacoby is a matchmaker, a dating coach, a relationship coach, and a dating and relationship expert and the owner of DC Matchmaking, a small boutique matchmaking and coaching company for commitment-minded singles in The Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. 

This article was originally published at Michelle Jacoby. Reprinted with permission from the author.