5 Dating Habits to Avoid


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Dating is often challenging, and sometimes, couples don’t hit it off. This is normal and to be expected. Yet, some break up can be averted by avoiding certain bad dating habits.

1. Not Giving Each Other Enough Space

Everybody needs space and being in love in no exception. Couples tend to stay close to one another in the early stages of a relationship. But as the relationship matures, it’s common for them to spend time away from each other. They might hang out with their own friends, spend time with family or spend time alone. But when one member of a relationship is super clingy and always wants to be together, problems can arise. The clingy partner might complain whenever the other makes plans, or constantly calls or texts. Too much togetherness can be a bad thing for couples. And if one member of a relationship feels smothered, he or she is likely to look for a way out.

2. Too High Standards

You shouldn’t settle for anything less than the best. For this reason, you should date someone who treats you nicely and cares about your feelings. But on the other, it’s important to be realistic in your expectations. Your boyfriend or girlfriend has a life and you can’t expect this person to drop everything on a whim or give into your every request. Moreover, you shouldn’t ask too much of the person. For example, it’s unrealistic for a girl to require her boyfriend to take her to fancy, expensive restaurants if he doesn’t have the cash flow. Additionally, a guy shouldn’t expect his girlfriend to look like a model 24/7.

3. Being Too Eager

Relationships are progressive, and if you seem too eager, this can cause your guy or girl to run for the hills. There’s an appropriate time for everything, such as meeting the parents, being introduced to any children and talking about marriage. Divulging too much information too soon or addressing heavy topics during the very early stages of the relationship can scare the other person. Calm down and get to know each other first. And if you bring up a heavy topic, pay attention to his or her body language and facial expressions. If the other person feels uncomfortable with the topic, it’s probably too soon and you should change the subject.

4. Ignoring Red Flags

Many people fall in love with and marry the wrong person because they ignored red flags. Everyone gets a feeling in their stomach or gut when something doesn’t seem right. You can try and fight this feeling, but it rarely goes away. Don’t ignore or push this feeling to the back of your mind. Explore this feeling and take a candid look at your relationship. The sooner you identify an unhealthy or unsatisfying relationship and get out, the sooner you can move on with your life.

5. Belittling

You should never make the other person feel unimportant. Belittling can include spitefully joking his or her comments, feelings or actions. You’re two different people and you’re both entitled to your own opinions and thoughts. Even if you don’t agree with each other, there’s no reason to make the other feel inferior.

Finding the right person to spend your life with isn’t easy, and sometimes, you have to date several people to get it right. But if you don’t recognize and get your annoying habits in check, you could scare off your perfect match.

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