Relationships are complicated, so it makes sense that some so-called deal breakers should be ignored, but some quirks are such bright red flags flapping violently in the wind that they simply must be acknowledged. Whether that means working together on a compromise or accepting that a person is just all wrong for you, here are some neon warning signs to be on the look out for. It sounds irresistible at first, but there's nothing more infuriating than being put on a pedestal by a partner. This person doesn't really see you as you —you're a projection of some perfect idea they have in their head, and anytime you shatter those expectations by being a normal, flawed, breathing human being, they're impossible to console. There's no wrong amount of sex to have or not have in life, but it is important that you and your partner have a similar libido or, at the very least, a plan to handle any differences. What if one partner's vision of an ideal sex life is getting it on nearly every night, while the other is content with having sex just a few times a month?
The first kiss my boyfriend and I shared as friends-who-now-know-they-like-each-other was nothing short of terrifying. I pulled him into what I thought would be a sweeping, spark-filled smooch and he just stood there, hardly moving. The rest of the date was even more catastrophic. We nervously drank too much and watched Sweet Home Alabama on his bed without looking at each other.
I totally understand that people who date for a long time and then break up can go through very intense heartbreak and they're trying to relate, but it just isn't comparable to divorce where you have to wade through all the legalities of leaving your spouse. I did not appreciate people whom I haven't spoken to since high school flooding my Facebook with 'heartfelt messages' of support I could virtually hear them congratulating themselves on the kind gestures. Accept that it's private, and that the person will talk if they want to talk.