15 Relationship Red Flags Every Man Should Spot – Before He Gets Hurt

By Krystal Brown

If you are in a relationship and you are concerned about your partner’s behavior, here are some relationship red flags that every man should spot:

Controlling Behavior

If your partner tries to control who you see, what you do, or how you dress, that’s a red flag. A healthy relationship is based on trust and respect; your partner should give you the freedom to be yourself. Examples of controlling behavior could be your partner telling you who you can and cannot see, talk to, or monitor your text messages.


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A bit of jealousy is standard, but if your partner is constantly jealous and suspicious, that’s a sign of insecurity and distrust. A healthy relationship is based on mutual trust and respect. An example of jealousy could be your partner accusing you of cheating or flirting with others, even when no evidence supports these claims.

Anger Issues

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If your partner has a quick temper or often gets angry, that’s a red flag. Anger can lead to verbal or physical abuse, and you don’t deserve to be in a relationship with someone who makes you feel unsafe. It is important to remember that you are not responsible for your partner’s anger. It is their issue to deal with. If they are unwilling to work on their anger issues, you may need to end the relationship. You deserve to be with someone who can control their anger and treat you respectfully.


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Dishonesty is a major red flag in any relationship, whether it’s a romantic relationship, a friendship, or a professional relationship. When someone is dishonest with you, it shows that they don’t respect you or trust you. It also breaks down the foundation of the relationship and makes it difficult to build trust again.

Lack of Respect

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If your partner puts you down, makes fun of you, or calls you names, that’s a red flag. You deserve to be treated with respect, and you should never be in a relationship with someone who doesn’t respect you.

Pressure for Sex

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If your partner pressures you to have sex before you’re ready, or if they make you feel guilty about saying no, that’s a red flag. Sex should be consensual and enjoyable for both partners.

Unwillingness to Compromise

Every relationship requires compromise. If your partner is unwilling to compromise on anything, that’s a red flag. A healthy relationship is based on mutual understanding and respect.

Isolating You from Your Friends and Family

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A healthy relationship will encourage you to maintain close relationships with your friends and family. A partner who tries to isolate you from them is likely trying to control you and make you more dependent on them.

Constantly Criticizing You

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A healthy relationship will be supportive and encouraging. A partner who constantly criticizes you and makes you feel bad about yourself is likely trying to break down your self-esteem.

Gaslighting You

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Gaslighting is a form of emotional abuse where the abuser tries to make you doubt your sanity or reality. A partner who gaslights you may deny things they said or did, or they may accuse you of being crazy or imagining things.

Threatening You

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Any type of threat, whether it’s verbal, physical, or emotional, is a red flag. If your partner threatens you in any way, it’s important to end the relationship and seek safety.

Financial Abuse

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This could include controlling your finances, taking out loans in your name without your permission, or spending your money without your consent. Examples of financial abuse could be your partner controlling the household budget or taking out loans in your name. 

Substance Abuse

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If your partner is struggling with substance abuse, getting them help is essential. However, if they are unwilling to get help or if their substance abuse is negatively impacting their relationship, it may be time to end the relationship.

Physical Abuse

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Physical abuse by women in relationships is a serious problem that can have devastating consequences for victims. While it is less common than physical abuse by men, it is still a significant issue. Any physical abuse is a red flag. If your partner hits you, pushes you, or throws things at you, it’s important to end the relationship and seek safety.

Emotional Abuse

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This could include putting you down, constantly criticizing you, or making you feel bad about yourself. Emotional abuse can be just as damaging as physical abuse. One sign of emotional abuse in relationships is when your partner puts you down or makes you feel bad about yourself. This could include criticizing your appearance, your intelligence, your abilities, or your worth.

If you’re experiencing any of these red flags in your relationship, reaching out for help is important. You can talk to a trusted friend or family member or contact a domestic violence hotline. Many resources are available online and in your community that can help you.