"Age will always stir the pot in terms of interest," says Dr. Judy Scheel, PhD, LCSW, author, and national speaker. "It’s hard not to assign a value to age. With that said, people are motivated by different things when they fall in love. Whenever there is a subordinate role, or a role where the intent on either party is to use the other person in some way, take advantage of them, or put them in a victimized role, that is a red flag. Generally if the age of one partner is 21 or younger and the other partner is more than 10 years older, that is suspect."
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