Since nothing is more valuable than the prospect of free(ish) perpetual sex, we’re often willing to use some pretty fuzzy math when it comes to calculating the odds that we’re dating a train wreck. But today we get to clear up this confusing guesswork while you’re busy enjoying the end of your dry spell.
Here are the red flags to watch for that are instant indicators of high-maintenance relationships you should get out of. Now. Should someone you’re dating fall into these categories, now’s a good time to start working up your exit strategy.
They’re weird about exes
Mature, emotionally stable people can endure breakups without taking a blowtorch to the bridge. And while some residual attraction is to be expected, it should be no more glaring than any fleeting magnetism you may feel toward a co-worker, restaurant server, or cute butt in yoga class. History is just history; it doesn’t inherently refer to risk or distress. People struggling with this painfully obvious reality are likely to invite unnecessary doses of drama into other areas of the relationship that ought to be straightforward.
Their Instagram account is mostly photos of animals and other people’s children
If the majority of someone’s publicly documented life showcases speechless creatures and other goofy mammals conscripted into friendship, there is probably some kind of social disconnect waiting to rear its head in very dramatic, intense ways. (Seriously -- trust me on this.)
They’re overly sensitive about judgment
Judgement is nothing more than the ability to draw sensible conclusions. And once you chew through the padded shackles of your floppy, incompetent childhood so you can enter the world of a (supposedly) high-functioning adult, judgement is how you sort out life. Being maliciously critical is a very different thing. And if your new fling doesn’t understand that distinction, there’s a good chance they are afraid of being evaluated. Get ready for some disruptive burnouts!