Five Relationship “Red Flags” That Are Actually Normal
Tossing their clothes out the window and changing the locks is a sure sign your relationship's over. But here are five things that might seem like red flags, even though they're normal.
- Letting things go unresolved. Trying to find a solution to every single issue that you disagree on is exhausting and unrealistic. And sometimes it just starts another fight. So letting things go is okay sometimes.
- Feeling attracted to other people. It takes about 18 months for your hormones to settle in after you enter a relationship. Then you might start feeling attracted to other people again. But it's okay, as long as you don't act on it.
- Criticism. It's fine as long as it's constructive, and you're nice about it. You can actually help each other grow by giving feedback on things to improve on.
- Keeping secrets, as long as they're minor. There are some things you can keep to yourself. And you can still have a solid relationship without sharing every neurotic thought or detail. Obviously some secrets are bigger than others though.
- Having less sex. Slowdowns and even full stops for a while can be normal. And sometimes it has to do with work stress, or life stress. So don't assume your relationship is headed south just because you're in a lull.
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