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5 Subtle Signs You’re In The Wrong Relationship

If you're unsure about your current relationship, you may be wondering if you're in the wrong relationship entirely. It can be hard to know if you're with someone out of fear of being single, or if you're genuinely the right fit for one another. Thankfully, there are some telling signs that you're in the wrong relationship. Here are 5 signs you're with the wrong person:

1. They're unreliable.

You can't count on them to show up for you. In both big and small ways, they let you down and have proven themselves to be unreliable.

Maybe you ask them to take the trash out and they say that they will and don't. Maybe they promise they can pick up your friend from the airport and don't show up. Or, maybe you just can't count on them to do anything.

Their word doesn't mean much because you never know if they'll follow through - but you can assume they won't.

The right person will show up for you in big and small ways. They stay true to their word and don't let you down on a consistent basis. When you're with the right person, you know you can depend on them.

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2. You're stagnant.

You're not growing in life. Areas that you want to improve on or set goals in are not seeing progress.

Perhaps you're not working out anymore or moving up in your career. Your priorities may have taken the back burner to your relationship and you're feeling a bit stagnant.

Your relationship doesn't encourage or foster growth. Your partner isn't pushing you to be the best version possible and may even be holding you back from achieving the things you want.

When you're with the right person, growth is cultivated and nurtured. You encourage one another to grow and push one another to be better.

3. You daydream about others.

You may find your mind wandering and wondering - what if? Maybe you're thinking of a cute coworker or that person you really "click" with. You may wonder what it'd be like to be with someone like them instead.

You may find yourself daydreaming of being with that other person or even of being single again.

Though these innocent fantasies may seem harmless enough, they may be a sign you're ready for something different and you're currently in the wrong relationship.

4. You constantly have to explain yourself.

They are always questioning you and seemingly don't trust you. You regularly have to explain your whereabouts and justify things to them, despite giving them no reason not to trust you.

They want all the details of who you're with, what you're doing, where you're doing it, etc., but may get defensive if you ask the same of them. In other words, things are a bit one-sided and they're allowed to question you, but you're not allowed to question them to the same extent.

Constantly explaining yourself can be exhausting and take a huge toll on your mental health. When you find the right person, your soulmate, neither of you will have to explain yourselves or justify your whereabouts - there will be enough trust in the relationship to simply enjoy life together, without constant scrutiny.

5. You're unhappy.

Something is "off" and you're generally unhappy. Things may be fine, but not great and you feel like there's something more waiting for you.

Of course, you shouldn't rely on a relationship or partner to make you happy or provide you with fulfillment. But, it's important to make sure your relationship isn't taking away from your happiness and fulfillment in life.

With the right partner, you can enjoy the small beauties life has to offer, together. You can bask in one another's happiness and embrace it as your own. You're not left wondering if something is missing or if you're being held back by the person you love.

Finding your soulmate.

If you're with the wrong person, it may be time to let go and allow yourself space to find your soulmate. Maybe you're infatuated but not in love, or maybe you're just complacent. Either way, giving yourself space to welcome in that right match will be worth it in the long-run.

In fact, it's better to stay single until you find your soulmate than occupy yourself with someone who's emotionally draining or unsupportive of growth.

Though it can be really challenging to let go of a relationship, even an unhealthy one, sometimes you must do the hard thing to do the right thing.For more expert relationship advice and tips on how to make a long lasting relationship, watch this video: Click Here To Watch The Full Video

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8 Telltale Signs That You’re In Relationship With A Narcissist

The word "narcissist" is thrown around a lot these days, and for good reason. Dating a narcissist can be mentally exhausting, but you may have no idea until it's too late. It's important to recognize the warning signs of narcissism so you can identify them in your relationship if needed. Here are 8 signs you're with a narcissist:

1. They can't display empathy.

They don't express real sympathy or empathy. They don't really care if someone is having a bad day or if their grandma just died. It's part of life and if it doesn't directly affect them, they don't care.

Their lack of empathy can be expressed in a wide range of ways, from being insensitive to you if you're having a rough day to being a jerk to the guy at the post office who was moving a little slower than normal.

While most people could think, "maybe they're having a rough day," or, "you never know what someone is going through," a narcissist doesn't care either way and doesn't have time to feel for someone else - they're too busy being important.

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2. They make all of the decisions.

Whose deciding where you eat tonight? What about what vacation spot you're going to? Who makes the call on where to move and for whose career ?

Healthy relationships make decisions together, as partners. But with a narcissist, they get to call all the shots. They make every decision with only one person in mind: themselves.

And if you try and question them? You're a terrible person and they'll make sure you know it.

3. They're not nice.

They're not nice, and maybe even kind of mean. They don't empathize, they don't think of your feelings, they don't take others into consideration at all, and they can be downright rude because of it.

They may be rude to the waiter at the restaurant, the cars around them while driving (they have awful road rage), their coworker who didn't do something exactly right, or to you.

They may put you down in subtle or not so subtle ways, especially if it builds them up in the process.

For example, they might say something mean about you and compliment themselves on the same thing in the process.

4. They get upset over little things.

They struggle with emotional management and emotional maturity. They get triggered by the smallest things and allow minuscule details to upset them.

If something is just slightly off, their whole mood could explode.

You constantly feel like you're walking on eggshells around them, hoping not to do or say something upsetting on accident.

5. They don't respect boundaries.

They allow you zero privacy. Zero.

Your phone? Theirs for the taking. Your private conversations? Theirs for the reading. Your diary? Don't even bother putting it away.

They don't respect your boundaries at all and allow you no privacy.

If you try and express your discomfort with their overstepping of boundaries, they'll definitely try to pin you as the "bad" guy. If you get upset that they took your phone and went through it, they'll try and turn it back on you saying if you had nothing to hide, it wouldn't matter.

Healthy relationships do have boundaries, privacy, and respect. Don't let anyone convince you otherwise.

6. They think they're "special."

They have a sense of self-importance and desire (or even require) constant praise and admiration. They may truly believe they were born "special" or cut out of a different cloth than others.

They act and think like they're better than others and above others, including yourself. They expect to be recognized as special and get upset if you try and bring them down to the real world or sing the praises of anyone else.

7. They're deeply materialistic.

They dream of money, cars, fame, and fortune. They want to "make it" someday with riches and fame.

They gauge their success and the success of those around them on material wealth alone. They even base happiness and worth on material possessions.

Their borderline obsession with materialism trumps all other aspects of life. They may not even believe that happiness can be achieved without money and expensive "stuff."

8. They don't allow you (or others) to talk.

They dominate conversations and allow little room for feedback or opinions. Even if they're joining in someone else's conversation, they have to take it over and speak loudly, even talking over other people.

They definitely don't listen when you have something to say, but instead make sure they have something of greater importance to say. If you try and tell them about your day or have a conversation, they'll shift the conversation to focus on them and not allow you room to talk.

They value their own voice and thoughts over everyone else's, so it comes as no surprise that they don't enjoy listening to others or having two-way conversations.

What to do if you're dating a narcissist?

Narcissists are unlikely to want treatment, but if they're willing to try, psychotherapy may be helpful in getting their personality disorder under control.

However, getting them help shouldn't be a burden that falls on you, especially if they're unwilling. Do seek professional help if you're concerned for their wellbeing.

Be proactive about your wellbeing as well and decide if you'd like to continue in an unhealthy relationship any longer or if you'd rather move on and find that soulmate connection with someone else.

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6 Subtle Signs Someone Is Gaslighting You

You've probably heard the term "gaslighting" before and know it's a major red flag in a relationship. Maybe you think you would know if someone was treating you that way and wouldn't tolerate it. But it can actually be really hard to recognize when someone is gaslighting you. Gaslighting is extremely manipulative and creates an environment in which the victim does not trust their own judgement.

Beyond that, the signs that someone is gaslighting you may be subtle and start slowly. So, what can you do to make sure that you're not being gaslighted and manipulated? Avoid being in a toxic relationship and learn the red flags of gaslighting.

Here are 6 subtle signs that someone is gaslighting you:

1. They belittle your achievements.

They don't get excited for your achievements or accomplishments. They act unimpressed and make you feel bad about being excited.

Maybe you get a promotion at work or a raise and come home excited to share the news only to be met with negativity and disgust. They might say things like, "Oh, I thought you would've been in that position years ago," or "It's about time you got a raise, maybe you can start carrying your weight a little more around here."

When you're proud of something, they flip the situation to try and make you feel bad for it.

If this is happening to you, please channel your inner Alpha woman and move on from the relationship.

2. They're always right.

They're always right, and you're always wrong. Period.

It doesn't matter if you're washing dishes the "wrong" way or remembering details from an argument, you'll never be right around them (even if you are).

They try to make you feel bad about wrong, like you're less of a person than them for doing things differently. And if you argue with them about being right? They'll guilt you for it and act like you're being mean and a "monster."

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3. They don't support your happiness.

When you're in a good mood, they do something or say something to bring you down. They create an environment that fosters negativity, sadness, loneliness, and self-doubt. You may feel happy when you're away from that, but as soon as you get back to them, your mood drops.

Being with someone like this is like the opposite of being with your soulmate. Don't let them steal your happiness any longer.

4. They attack your decisions.

They second-guess every decision you make and make you feel stupid about it. They may angle it in a way that's seemingly from a place of positive intent. They may even act like they're second-guessing you for your best interest.

They want you to rely on them and not trust yourself at all. If you spend too much time with someone like this, you may start to second-guess your own decisions and question everything that you do.

5. They judge everything you do.

Everything you do and say is met with judgement and negativity. After all, you can't do anything right in their eyes and they're constantly judging you for it.

6. They think they can validate you.

They work hard to get you to a place where you feel like you need them to validate you. You don't trust yourself and may feel like you can't do anything right. Your own partner doesn't trust you to do anything right, why should you trust yourself?

Since they're always correcting you and questioning your every move, you start to take your decisions and thoughts directly to them. Instead of checking in with yourself and validating yourself, you check in with them and seek their approval and validation.

They make sure the control is in their hands.

Breaking free from gaslighting.

Your self-esteem may take a huge hit if you're in a partnership with someone who's gaslighting you for too long. This relationship dynamic can cause a lot of emotional scarring and trauma.

The best thing to do if you're in a relationship and being gaslighted is to gracefully remove yourself from that situation. Recognizing the unhealthy patterns is the first step to breaking free from gaslighting.

Don't be afraid to reach out to friends or family for support. While you may be conditioned to go through your partner for everything, it's important to get a 3rd party involved to support you so your partner can't manipulate you as easily as you exit the relationship.

It can be hard to break free, but it's so much better to be single than in a relationship with the wrong person.

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8 Red Flags That You’re In A One-Sided Relationship

Relationships take work, but they are so worth the effort with the right person. But if you're in a relationship with the wrong person, putting in the work may be a lost cause and only create heartache for you. There are many reasons why being single is better than being with the wrong person.

You may know you'd prefer to be single than spend time with someone who doesn't value you, but it can be hard to know if your relationship is experiencing normal and healthy hiccups, or if you're with someone who isn't meeting you halfway.

One-sided relationships can be soul-crushing and heartbreaking, but so hard to recognize without taking a deep, hard look at the relationship.

Recognizing the red flags of a one-sided relationship will help you more easily identify if you're in that situation to get out sooner. Here are 8 warning signs you're in a one-sided relationship:

1. They wish you were different.

They "love" you, but they wish you would change. They "care" about you, but there's a lot they wish were different.

They may express their desire for you to change openly, saying things like, "I wish you were like her," or, "Why don't you act this way?"

Or they may hint at their desire for you to change by saying things like, "They do it this way, why can't you?"

They may do things like buy you gifts that don't make sense to you (but make sense to the person they want you to be). For example, they may get you workout clothes when you don't workout because they wish you would workout. Or they may get you an elegant diamond necklace when you'd prefer a simple hemp choker because they wish you were more elegant.

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2. They don't connect with you when you're together.

They're distracted when you spend time together. They may be on their phone or lost in their own thoughts, but they're not fully present with you.

They rarely spend quality time with you and you struggle to connect with them on an emotional level.

3. They exclude you from decision making.

They make decisions for themselves, without consulting you. Even big life decisions, like taking a job in a new town, are made without you. You're simply told after the fact.

Of course, relying on a partner to make decisions can create a codependent and toxic relationship, but when you're in a partnership, it's important to discuss major moves with your partner and value their opinions and perspective.

4. They don't work to communicate.

They don't put an effort into communicating clearly or effectively, even when you do. You may feel like you're constantly working to communicate better and they're just not meeting you halfway.

They may even voice that they don't see a problem with the current communication and get annoyed when you try to better it.

5. They're disrespectful.

They talk about other people in a way that should be reserved for you. When they're out with friends, they may pretend you don't exist and act single. They may say things about other people they find attractive that hurts your feelings, and they don't seem to care. Friends and strangers alike may be unsure of your relationships status based on the way they talk about you or others.

6. They don't support your dreams and goals.

They put you down for wanting to achieve big things in life. They refuse to support your goals and don't believe that you can achieve much. They make you feel silly for wanting to do certain things or get upset if your goals interfere with their own.

7. They're secretive.

They hide their phone from you and are secretive about things. They try to keep you out of their business and don't share much with you about their work life, friends, or thoughts.

8. They make you feel guilty.

They question you and may accuse you of cheating, lying, or keeping secrets. They may make you feel guilty for wanting anything in the relationship, like better communication or to be included in major decision making.

You can have more.

Strong men and strong women don't tolerate this in relationships and you shouldn't either. It's hard, but so worth it to exit a partnership with the wrong person and wait until you meet your soulmate.

Be mindful that you're not putting in all the effort and living with a one-sided relationship. And remember, while these warning signs are a good place to evaluate from, every relationship is different and an unhealthy or one-sided relationship could look different for you and your partner.

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5 Subtle Habits Of People Who Conceal Their Depression

Recognizing depression in your loved ones or even in yourself can be a turning point for those struggling who need help. Sometimes depression isn't obvious. You might imagine someone with depression laying in bed, unable to move or get up to go to work or eat. They might struggle to take care of themselves on the most basic level. Severe depression can certainly look that way. But it can also appear in a lot subtler ways.

Some people who struggle with depression conceal or mask their depression and it can be hard to pick up on the warning signs unless you know what to look for. Here are 5 signs that someone is struggling with depression - and is good at masking it.

1. They display deep empathy.

People who mask their depression often express their hurt through the hurt of others. They express and display deep empathy.

If you're feeling broken and empty, they'll be by your side emphasizing and listening. If a tragedy occurs to someone else, they might take on that tragedy as their own and feel the pain as if it were happening to them.

They may try and mask their own feelings and emotions, but they allow themselves to live these things through others while pretending their own lives are absolutely fine.

2. They spend most of their time alone.

People with depression are known to spend time alone. You might picture them in a dark bedroom, alone, doing absolutely nothing.

It's not always obvious that excessive alone time is a sign of depression though.

People who mask their depression may still spend most of their time alone and they may or may not lie about what they're doing in that alone time. Sometimes they'll say they were busy on a hobby or craft, working or cleaning, doing productive things with their time. Other times they'll avoid talking about their time and try to steer the conversation in a different direction completely.

They may cancel plans to hangout with friends and family on a regular basis, usually making up excuses as to why.

Pay close attention if you notice a loved one spending excessive amounts of time alone.

3. They sometimes appear overly happy.

People struggling with depression and working to mask it will often overcompensate with their emotions. They may appear overly (and abnormally) happy. They work hard to appear positive and make others laugh. They might be full of jokes and kind words of encouragement.

Sometimes the people struggling the most are the people you'd expect it from the least because of this tendency to overcompensate.

If you know someone who's always happy and never seems to struggle, they may be secretly struggling with depression.

4. They have inconsistent sleeping and eating patterns.

They might sleep a lot, sometimes during the day and sometimes during the night. Their sleep patterns may be erratic and inconsistent. It's not uncommon for people with depression to take long naps or struggle with insomnia (or both).

They also might have strange eating patterns, sometimes skipping meals and hardly eating and other times eating a significant amount in a short period of time.

Regular and consistent eating and sleeping patterns are important for both mental and physical health. Someone struggling with depression may not be able to care for themselves on this basic level and it may affect all areas of their lives.

Pay close attention if someone you know is sleeping strange, inconsistent hours and struggling to eat (or binging on food).

5. They stop doing things they used to enjoy.

Depression takes the joy out of life and people with depression will eventually stop doing the things and activities they once enjoyed.

They'll pull away from their favorite hobbies and pastimes and may start to act like they don't enjoy them anymore.

While it can be normal and healthy to find new activities and hobbies to enjoy while finding the old ones less fun, it may be a sign of depression if someone stops all activities together.

If they don't replace their excitement for one activity with another, and just lose that enthusiasm completely, it may be a sign they have a depression and are trying to hide it.

What can you do?

Recognizing the signs of depression in a loved one is the first step. Once you're concerned they may be struggling with depression, it's time to reach out and talk with them.

It's ok to voice your concern and ask if you can help them schedule an appointment to see a general practitioner or therapist for further help.

Depression is treatable and no one should have to live with it for long. Speaking up about your concerns and love for the person may be the difference between them seeking help and living with that burden for another day.

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