WHY DO YOU IG­NORE THE RED FLAGS?

Irish Daily Mail - YOU - - YOU RELATIONSHIPS -

YOU ARE VUL­NER­A­BLE You have re­cently come out of a long re­la­tion­ship and are naive about dat­ing or too trust­ing. Per­haps you’re on the re­bound from some­one nice but dull and con­fuse the adrenalin rush of fear with love. YOU BE­LIEVE IN LOVE You might scoff at the ex­cesses of rom­coms, but you fall hard and eas­ily in love. So when a charm­ing man gives you his spiel, even though he doesn’t re­ally be­lieve it, you cer­tainly will. YOU HAVE LOW SELF-ESTEEM You nor­mally hold men at arm’s length be­cause you think you’re too old or not at­trac­tive enough, but charm­ing men like a chal­lenge (it boosts their own low self-esteem) and once he’s past the first line of your de­fences, you open your heart far too quickly. It nor­mally takes three months for cou­ples to de­cide if they are boyfriend and girl­friend, and 18 months to es­tab­lish whether their re­la­tion­ship has a fu­ture. YOU WERE TRAINED TO PUT UP WITH DIF­FI­CULT MEN BY YOUR FA­THER He was al­ways the source of drama in your child­hood, so while other women will run at the first sign of ex­treme be­hav­iour – such as threat­en­ing to self-harm if he doesn’t get his own way – it all feels strangely fa­mil­iar. YOU ARE BORED Your life has not been ful­fill­ing re­cently or you haven’t chal­lenged your­self enough. How­ever, run­ning around after a dif­fi­cult man or try­ing to please one is not the sort of ex­cite­ment you need.

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