Red flags when you start dating someone

If we were to teach children in schools how to spot a controlling person, would be help save them from misery and self-doubt?

For this reason, I am writing two blog posts today. One for adults, here on this blog, and one for tweens and teens on Jump! For this reason, sex is a taboo topic on Jump! Mag, but I believe that the foundation for healthy relationship building is laid before children hit puberty. It is important that young people are taught how to recognise a controlling person whether it is a peer, and adult or a family member. This blog post is written from the perspective of a woman, and advises how to recognise a controlling man.

In the majority of abusive relationships, the man is the aggressor. Women who were raped, women who had been abused, many of them over a long period of time. The answer is that their self-esteem had been slowly but methodically eroded until they were no longer able to make a rational decision. Women who had been strong, independent and happy became timid and fearful. They tiptoed around the house and the moods of their partner.

What happened between the time that they met their partner and the moment when they realised it was time to get out? And why did they not notice that their partner was abusive? The gradual escalation of abuse is often very difficult to spot, if you are living in the middle of if.

Here are the signs to look out for. If you are seeing a man, and you recognise these signs, take a step back and assess the situation. He is extremely attentive, phones, emails or texts constantly He gets serious fast. Talks about the love of his life, or moving in together.

He is jealous which might flatter you at first. First Doubts He blames others eg for his failed marriage or relationship. He tries to change you. Your hair, make up, clothes. He tries to stop you seeing your friends. Sowing The Seeds of Self-Doubt He puts you down, at first when you are alone but later in front of others, often disguised as a joke. He makes comments about your appearance, making you feel less attractive.

He insults your friends, and tries to stop you seeing them. He is moody and unpredictable, but blames his bad moods on you so you start adapting your behaviour to keep him happy. He accuses you of being unfaithful, or of flirting with other men. By now, you are already doubting yourself, and beginning to refer to him for minor and major decision making. He stops you doing what you want, or seeing who you want. He isolates you financially, making you dependent on him. He blames you for anything that goes wrong.

He becomes more abusive, both verbally and physically He becomes upset if you talk of leaving him, and threatens to do himself harm By this point, you are cowed.

You are frightened and isolated. You barely say anything, for fear of saying the wrong thing. One woman I interviewed for the Mumsnet We Believe You Campaign talked of the red flags, and how she could see in retrospect many of the signs of abusive behaviour.

She was one of the lucky ones. The premise is that if a frog is placed in boiling water, it will jump out, but if it is placed in cold water that is slowly heated, it will not perceive the danger and will be cooked to death. Talk to a trusted friend or relative. They may already be worried about you or have felt unable to speak to you about your partner.


Relationship experts say these are the 8 red flags to look out for when you start dating someone and some are surprisingly common. We talk a lot here about "red flags" that warn you that a job may not be one you'll be happy in. But red flags can be tough to spot when you really, really.

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