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10 Ways To Know He's Not Right For You

I believe it was Oscar Wilde who once said, “When love is right, it’s right; when it’s wrong, it effing sucks.”

"Yeah, I said it. Now who turned off the Morrissey playlist?"

“Yeah, I said it. Now who turned off my Morrissey playlist?”

I also believe he did not actually say this, at least not in these actual words, but I’m pretty sure at some point he shared a similar sentiment. At any rate, it’s true: when something clicks, it’s like there’s magic in the world, and when it doesn’t, it feels like you’re riding in an elevator that just snapped and you’re plummeting to the bottom. But how do you know if you’re in something right? How do you know if he’s right for you? I’m not a relationship doctor, but I’ve had my fair share of relationships. So here are 10 ways to know he’s not right for you.

10. There’s no humor in your relationship.

Classic Jerry.

Classic Jerry.

I’m not saying you have to date Jerry Seinfeld (or whomever the kids find funny these days, I don’t know) but if your date nights sound like the clattering of forks against plates with crickets chirping in the background, that’s a bad sign. You want humor in a relationship. You want someone who makes you laugh, and also someone who laughs with you, and not at you. One of my biggest worries in a relationship was when I fretted that my boyfriend didn’t find me funny. It was important to me that he liked my sense of humor; since he made me laugh, I wanted to do the same. Maybe humor isn’t as important to everyone, but you need to have a few inside jokes that just crack you guys up. It’s a bonding experience.

9. You don’t consider him a friend.

"It's not that I don't love you, it's more like I don't like you as a person."

“It’s not that I don’t love you, it’s more like I don’t like you as a person.”

I believe it’s important to have some element of true friendship in a relationship. If you wouldn’t even be friends with the guy you’re seeing, why should you be dating him? There’s gotta be more than just great sexual chemistry. I’m not saying he has to be your best friend; I’m saying, there’s gotta be a basis of some kind of friendship somewhere.

8. He’s negative about everything.

Quoth the raven, "Whatever, dude."

Quoth the raven, “Whatever, dude.”

I’m a bit of a sarcastic person sometimes, but even I see the wisdom in finding positivity in the world. There is nothing worse than being with someone who is negative all the time about everything. From traffic to your future together, if every damn thing makes him groan and roll his eyes and go off on a tangent about how everything sucks and there’s no point, you are better off alone.

7. He keeps score.

I got a hand motion for you too, buddy.

I got a hand motion for you too, buddy.

This could be as simple as he’s stingy with money; that when you ask him to borrow $5, he will bring up that $5 every time you speak, text, or see him after, until it’s paid, or until one of you dies. Or maybe he keeps score emotionally, tallying up every little squabble you’ve had and who was right and who was wrong. This is the wrong person to be with. This is a person who is so petty that being with them turns into a chore. Don’t make someone your chore. You have actual chores. I’ve seen the kitchen, you should get on that.

6. You feel like you can’t be your true self around him.

One day that special someone will see my Beanie Baby collection and say "Wow!" without following it with, "You loser!"

One day that special someone will see my Beanie Baby collection and say “Wow!” without following it with, “You loser!”

Maybe you love The Bachelor but wouldn’t even DREAM of telling him, for fear of being judged. Maybe you rock out to Billy Joel but are too scared he’d make fun of you. You may be right. I may be crazy. (Sorry, if I don’t make a Billy Joel reference in almost everything I write, part of me dies.) You cannot be with someone unless you can be yourself — your best, and your worst. If you’re afraid to let him see your flaws, he’s not the guy for you. Sure, in an early relationship, there’s some hesitation, but there should never be actual fear. If there is, it isn’t right.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1179250334 Julia Errwin

    My boyfriend is quite religious in his values and beliefs but not to a negative extent, I’m not sure you can be a selective christian but I think the thing is he takes everything with a grain of salt and uses the bible more as advice and not a manual on how to live your life… And I am atheist

    But to the most extent it works| It’s something I’ve considered worrying about but it seems pointless when everything else about him is so beautiful and makes me so happy. I like that he is religious to be honest, he’s very respectful and not judgemental of my views or anyone’s who isn’t religious… I think if their view is going to make you unhappy that is different but I don’t think differing views are necessarily a negative strain on a relationship, I just don’t find number 2 that relatable but the rest of the article had some good advice!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1468091122 Elizabeth Thayer

      I think it’s great when humanity itself can be respectful to one another and harmonize with one another, however, if this relationship does move to another level where you decide to have children… core values may become an issue.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=675213518 Frank Fraone

    Almie, I agree. Guys too can learn from this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=590391113 Dominic Burnett

    You should re-title this to ‘they’re’ not right for you! Since finding myself back on the dating scene, I’ve had a few relationships that tick a fair few of these, being emotionally unavailable scoring high :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1661233051 Cindy Pando

    At first I was a little scared of reading this.. But after reading every single one and I found myself saying something positive, it only made it more clear to me that I have been blessed by my providence by allowing me to have such an amazing person to share my life with. Even though we are not yet married, I have faith that one day we will..

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1293467203 Michelle Lillian Pierce


    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1019194994 Natalia Martinelli

      actually, at the bottom it reads CONTINUE READING (there is a second page) :).

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=601449150 Leigh Van Niekerk

    Great list :) But what do you do when he’s great on some counts and terrible on others? Or worse, sometimes (for example) supports you and sometimes breaks you down? Sigh… if only it were simpler, right? At least we know we are not alone in our musings on Mr Right 😉

  • Kristina

    11. They don’t know how to apologise/feel like apologising is losing face/pride
    12. They try to tell you how you should be feeling/ how you’re really feeling
    13. They try to make you change your mind about big things like having kids
    14. They try to tell you how to dress/do your hair/etc (generally controlling behaviour which makes you feel that you’re not good enough as you are)

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