Whether it's 'ghosting', 'pie-hunting' or 'submarining', there have been a lot of new dating practices doing the rounds lately - and we can now add 'firedooring' to the list of sneaky relationship habits you should worry about.
According to the Metro, firedooring describes the act of putting a lot of time and effort into a relationship and getting nothing in return.
If you're wondering how they came up with the name, you know how you can only open a firedoor from one side, with the other side being impenetrable? Yeah, that. Straightforward really.
So, for example, firedooring might describe when your texts to your new partner remainflagged as 'read' with no reply, even though you're willing to drop everything to talk to them when your phone lights up.
Alternatively, they might act like you're the most interesting person in the world when they invite you over, but are very distant when you bump into them unexpectedly in public.
And if you try to make your relationship a more two-way process and get shot down - sorry, you've been firedoored.
Firedooring isn't limited to the early stages of a relationship either - it can even be found in long-term relationships with people that you've known for years.
That can be in relationships or even in social situations - everyone has that friend who never bothers to turn up to your birthday but gets pissy if you don't attend their housewarming.
You can imagine that firedooring can be traced back to the old 'hard to get' approach where someone tries to make themselves more appealing by being bloody difficult - which might possibly work when you first meet the object of your affections, but once you're sharing a house and a dog, it's fair to wonder exactly what they're playing at.
Not every relationship needs to be 100% equal in every aspect, but if there isn't enough give and take for your liking in your relationship, it probably won't work out in the long run.
If you think you're being firedoored, maybe give your own self-esteem a boost by engaging the locks on your side, and finding someone else with a more open-door policy.
Words: Chris Ogden
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