20 Red Flags Mr. Right is Mr. Wrong
Posted by Anonymous on November 8, 2009 at 12:50 PM
Are you dating someone and wondering if he's the man for you? Are you not sure if he's husband quality? Here are 20 warning signs that might indicate he's not Mr. Right but Mr. Wrong. I found this article when I was trying to figure out if my ex was the right guy for me and it helped me realize he wasn't... Hopefully if some of you are going through the same thing this will help you as well...
Warning Sign #1: He doesn't treat his mother well.
Does he constantly complain about, badmouth, and have no respect for his mother? Does he argue with his mother frequently? Overall, does he not treat her well? That might be a good indication of how he'd treat you someday. If he doesn't respect his mother, that is a big red flag that he isn't the one for you. The same goes with how he treats his sister, grandmother, or other women in general.
The only situation I could think where this might be different, is if he had been abused or neglected by his mother. But even in that case, he should not be mistreating her, perhaps be estranged. If you are in that scenario, I recommend asking a counselor for advice.
Warning Sign #2: He doesn't have a steady job.
I may sound harsh, but if he's not working or in school full time, he's not marriage material. A good man should be able to support his family. Yes, its possible he could change. But you better make sure he's changed before you say "I do." What I mean is he's had a poor work history in the past, he needs to have had a steady job for at least 18 months or so, before you even think about marrying him.
Warning Sign #3: He is possessive.
If he tells you what you can and can't do, wear, or what kind of friends you can have, it time to say buh-bye. That is a big red flag of abusive men. If he is trying to control you, he's not for you.
Warning Sign #4: He criticizes you.
If he says hurtful, negative things to you about you, then its time to call it quits and move on. You deserve better. It will only get worse, hon, if you stay in this relationship.
Warning Sign #5: He has ever hit, slapped, or punched you.
Yep, that's a big red flag, sweetie. Is this the kind of guy you want to be the father of your children? Please don't make excuses for him, that behavior is not acceptable in any situation or scenario. It's time to move on. If you are in this situation, I recommend you call the national domestic violence hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE.
Warning Sign #6: He is in serious debt and not trying to work out of it.
Has he accumulated a large amount credit card debt or other bills? Does he admit he's made some mistakes and is trying to get out of it? If not, he's not for you. Do you really want to start off a marriage in that boat? This is not to say he can't have any debt (as its understandable to have student loans, car payments, medical bills, etc.), but if he's been frivolous with spending money and is not trying to change, that's a big sign he's Mr. Wrong.
Warning Sign #7: He doesn't share the same religious beliefs as you.
I'm just being honest. If you're not on the same page in the religion department, I don't believe he's a perfect match for you.
Warning Sign #8: He has lied to you.
A good man is an honest man. Liars don't make good husbands. That is just my personal opinion that I feel is a big red flag.
Warning Sign #9: You're not physically attracted to him.
I know this one is obvious! But I really felt I needed to include it, as there are many women who do marry someone they aren't physically attracted to and in love with. If you aren't "goo-goo-ga-ga" attracted to him, then please don't marry him. There are other fish in the sea.
Warning Sign #10: Your family/friends don't like him.
Okay, this is one where you need to use your best judgment. If your family and close friends have told you that they don't like him, by all means listen to them! If it's just one person, you might take that with a grain of salt, but if several people have told you, it's a big red flag! At the very least, please delay marriage for a long time if this is the case.
Warning Sign #11: He is going way too fast in the relationship.
In college I had friends where their boyfriends told them they loved them just a few weeks after dating! And some we're talking marriage within a few weeks. And, you've guessed correctly, some of these relationships didn't last. This is just my personal opinion, but marriage is something that should not be pushed and she be taken very seriously. It doesn't necessarily mean that it's not going to work out (as my grandparents were married for 50+ years and had a very short courtship), but I do consider this a warning sign.
Warning Sign #12: He flirts with other woman.
No, it's not just you being jealous, it's a sign that this relationship isn't for you. If he flirts with your friends or other woman, he's not a good guy. If he denies it, that's an even bigger sign he's not for you. You need to marry someone who will be dedicated to you 100%.
Warning Sign #13: He uses drugs / is an alcoholic.
I feel that good marriages and drugs / alcohol abuse don't mix. If he uses drugs or you feel he is an alcoholic it's time to let him go. This is not to say that someone with problems in the past could be a good husband - as someone who messed up, got treatment, and stayed substance free for years might have potential. But if it's a problem now, it's time to say goodbye for now.
Warning Sign #14: For single mothers - your kids don't like him.
I'm just being brutally honest, but you need to put your children first. If your children have expressed that they do not like him, and aren't comfortable with your relationship, then that is a big warning sign it will not work out. If you really, truly believe he is the one for you, then you should wait until the kids are grown to get married.
Warning Sign #15: He has a problem with pornography.
This is a tough one because you might not even know about it. But, if you have ever caught him with pornography or found it on his computer, that's a sign this guy isn't for you. If he does admit he has a problem and is seeking treatment, speak with a counselor about continuing the relationship.
Warning Sign #16: He is constantly negative and bitter about life in general.
If he complains frequently about his job, his family, your mother, random people at the grocery store, etc., then please think twice about this relationship. Do you really want to spend your life with a grumpy and grouchy man? It will only get worse.
Warning Sign #17: He has children from past relationships but doesn't have much contact with them.
This one's pretty self-explanatory. If he doesn't pay child support, doesn't act as a father to his children, he's definitely not that man for you.
Warning Sign #18: He has any kind of criminal history that involves domestic violence or abuse.
This one's obvious, but if he has ever had a restraining order against him, ever been arrested violent behavior, he's not Mr. Right. If he has other criminal history, I would think twice (but not necessarily immediately call it quits) about him. You might speak with a counselor on this one. People do change.
Warning Sign #19: He doesn't meet all of the qualities you've dreamed for in a husband.
This is another challenging one. You don't want to picky and unreasonable, but at the same time you need to stick to your qualifications in a husband. For example, if you always though you'd marry someone who would support you in being a stay-at-home-mom someday, but he doesn't like the idea, then he's probably Mr. Wrong. If you've always wanted 3 kids and he's not sure he wants kids at all, he is definitely not Mr. Right for you. (He could be Mr. Right for someone else that wants a childfree life.) You can settle when picking out your next car, but please don't settle for your husband.
Warning Sign #20: You are having some doubts.
If you are having an inkling of a feeling that he's not for you, by all means, listen to your intuition. Do not rush into marriage. I highly recommend speaking with a counselor to help you sort through your feelings.
These are just twenty warning signs that you are at risk of divorce, abuse, or just being unhappy. If your boyfriend fits any of these warning signs, please consult a counselor or minister. If you feel like you’re a victim of domestic violence please visit http://www.ndvh.org/ for help!
This article was written by Rachel Carpenter. To see the original article click here: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/887383/20_signs_youre_dating_mr_wrong.html?cat=41