Am I making a mistake leaving at the first red flag?

Editor Annie Lord wonders whether it’s better to leave at the first sign of danger and risk missing out on a good experience, or stay and risk a failed relationship.

Should we leave as soon as we observe the first potentially toxic behavior?

While I was at a large party, a group of shirtless dancers were engaged in some kind of interpretive dance, and I got my date to join them. Afterwards we sat on the couch for a while, then she dipped her fingers in my drink and splashed it on my face, teasing me as I continued to use the “I digress” expression. He flirted like a schoolboy who pulled your hair to show that he liked you. Unfortunately, I thought he was cute because I liked him. However, when I walked away after a while, I saw him talking to another girl that I knew nothing about. He leaned towards her and leaned his arm against the wall behind her.

How dare he? I said to myself. Does he know who I am? Does he know that I have a column in Vogue and that I wrote a book? That sometimes beautiful girls with dreamy hair come up to me and say it changed their lives? That I can walk in heels, that I have a cute little rose tattoo on my hip, “Which brand would you find most difficult to boycott?” That I asked stupid but interesting questions like? I have a nice butt and I dress like a 1990s rocker, is that a look that really suits me? I often get free coffee ReadyI have a warm and friendly face that makes people approach me to ask the time, I’m so disciplined that I don’t look at my phone until 4pm and I have lots of sexy lingerie that ‘he can’t see’. to you again because I will never date him again.

Leave at the first red flag to protect yourself

In some sort of logical sequence, I was still sleeping with him later in the evening. Because first he gave me a good excuse as to why he was talking to this girl. Then he brushed the small of my back, “unfortunately” making me stumble and I fell on his face while kissing him. But the next day my mind had moved on to something else. “Do you want to meet again soon?” I wrote a message saying, but I couldn’t send it because I knew I wrote it that way to show that I was distant. I didn’t specify exactly when we were supposed to see each other or include anything to indicate it was a date. history. And it bothered me because I knew I shouldn’t have to cajole or think that way to get him to spend time with me. He just has to want it. “When are you free next week?” He must be texting. or ask me if I like spicy food, knowing exactly where you want to take me.

I’ve been happier since I started protecting myself like this. I cut ties with someone over the summer because he was too weird and unreliable. And because I was the one who ended the relationship, I didn’t feel rejected or unstable. I didn’t have to wonder if there was something wrong with my hair or if the lines around my mouth were just too noticeable, because I knew the responsibility for the failure of this potential relationship was entirely hers.

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