You've done it before. Saw something wrong with him--whether it was suspect grooming habits or ridiculously childish behavior--but let it slide. It's not that big of a deal. Except it totally was. You wanted to fall in love, but ended up going insane. You swore you'd never do it again. But did.
Don't beat yourself up. In the search for love, we've all either blatantly ignored or completely missed red flags. Instead, smarten up. It's time to figure out what you missed and learn how to avoid similar flagtastic fiascos in the future. If you raise your red flag awareness now, you'll be able to greenlight a real relationship down the road.
Natasha Burton is a freelance writer and relationship expert who has written for Cosmopolitan for Latinas, Maxim, Cosmopolitan, Woman’s Day, LearnVest, and Daily Worth, among other publications. She’s the author of 101 Quizzes for Couples, 101 Quizzes for BFFs, 101 Quizzes for Brides and Grooms, and What’s My Type? and is the coauthor of The Little Black Book of Big Red Flags. She holds a master’s degree in creative nonfiction writing from the University of Southern California and lives in Santa Barbara, California.