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Dating coach shares five red flags never to ignore at the beginning of a relationship

Dating coach shares five red flags never to ignore at the beginning of a relationship

Some of the red flags are there right from the start

A relationship coach has been revealing the five major red flags you need to be on the lookout for at the start of a new relationship.

However they might end up, most relationships tend to start of pretty well, or at least they seem that way but in many cases the warning signs might have been there right from the beginning.

A new relationship brings with it that heady cocktail of endorphins which make you feel like you're having the time of your life and your new sweetheart is the most wonderful and interesting person in the world.

Not to put a downer on things but most relationships are doomed to fail, and when it all falls apart, people often realise that in hindsight there were some early warning signs they missed.

Dating coach Jacob Lucas has taken to TikTok to outline five major red flags you should be on the lookout for when you've just met that someone potentially special.

"Are you holding my hands or trying to steal my jewellery?"
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Red Flag 1: Spilling Secrets

According to Jacob, the first big warning you need to heed is getting in a relationship with someone who immediately starts spilling their guts.

More specifically, the dating coach explained secrets 'that will make you feel pity for them early on' are the ones to be on the lookout for.

"People who have been through genuine hard times in their life very rarely share that with people who they just met," the expert explained, laying out that this was likely a tactic to 'see how you emotionally respond to them'.

Not spotting this early on can be a problem, as he said 'if they get the reaction they're looking for they will think you are easy to manipulate'.

"I'm glad we got a sofa wide enough to have a whole cushion to hold hands on."
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Red Flag 2: Badmouthing the Ex

While anyone out of an old relationship may feel the need to vent about some of their ex's habits, it's not a great idea to do it to a new partner.

In particular, it's important to watch out for words like 'crazy', them blaming their ex for everything and just the general oversharing details of a past relationship with a new partner.

Jacob said this red flag indicated someone was 'socially unaware' as pretty much everyone ought to know people don't want to be on a date with someone just to listen to them talk about their ex.

Nip it in the bud or one day it'll be you they're calling crazy over coffee the next partner.

"In this book is everything I hated about my ex. What colour cover do you want yours to be when we break up?"
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Red Flag 3: Indecisiveness

Nobody wants to be in a relationship with someone who cannot make a decision to save their lives.

According to the dating coach, you need to be paying attention to whether you're planning all the dates and making the major decision in your relationship.

People might joke about who wears the trousers in a relationship but if you're responsible for every choice that will get 'exhausting'.

"I've planned every one of our dates for the last 37 years and it feels like I'm dying inside."
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Red Flag 4: Badmouthing Buddies

Moaning about the ex is a problem but so is constantly complaining about friends.

One of the great things about being a grown up is getting to choose who you hang out with, if they're always insulting their friends to you behind their backs it's probably not the best character reference for them.

Plus, if they're saying that about their friends to you, what are they saying about you to their friends?

"All these stories about your friends being pricks, have you ever wondered if it's you?"
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Red Flag 5: Incompatible Ambition

You know what you want out of life and being with a partner who wants exactly the opposite is going to be a problem.

If you want cosy nights in then you don't want the party animal who's going out clubbing every weekend and the reverse is true, if you want to go out and do things then getting in a relationship with someone who barely ever leaves their sofa just won't work long term.

The dating coach said 'you either grow together or your grow apart' and if each half of a relationship wants very different things then growing apart seems far more likely.

"Please get off the f**king sofa and let's do something together."
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Topics: Sex and Relationships