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Are There 'Pink Flags' In Your Relationship?

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We're familiar with relationship green flags and red flags, but are you familiar with relationship pink flags? Red flags are signs of incompatibility or toxic behaviors/traits, whereas pink flags are subtle signs that, while less serious, could still cause damage in a relationship. The experts say these are 10 pink flags you should watch for in your relationship:

  1. Never Having An Argument - The experts say if you've never had an argument, it could be a sign that you're not authentic enough or comfortable enough to be vulnerable with one another to have difficult or uncomfortable conversations. Having these hard conversations gives couples an opportunity to grow as individuals and in a relationship. Also, by constantly letting things go, this can cause problems to build and build until they turn into red flag fights. Learning how to communicate through difficult conversations is an important part of having a healthy relationship.
  2. Different Love Languages - How do you and your partner like to give and receive love? If your partner likes to hold and be held, but you're not a big toucher, this pink flag can sow some serious discord in a relationship - either you'll feel forced into doing things you don't want to do, or they'll feel abandoned and unloved. Couples with different love languages is a pink flag and not a red flag because in some cases compromises or some extra effort can be made so that both partners feel comfortable with how they're exchanging acts of love.
  3. You Sense That They're Hiding Something - If you sense that your partner is intentionally hiding something from you, this pink flag is cause for serious reflection. Is your concern valid, or are you projecting previous insecurities from other partners onto your current partner? Take a moment to reflect an Dif you're still unsure, discuss your anxiety with your partner in a healthy way. If the issue goes unresolved, this pink flag can turn into a major red flag.
  4. Sexual Incompatibility - I'm not trying to yuck your yum, but the reality is not everyone gets turned on by the same things and often times it takes couples some time to figure out how to turn each other on. Though if the way one partner gets turned on is a serious turn off for the other, that pink flag can very easily go red.
  5. They Aren't Reliable or Consistent - Is your partner trying their best to balance their own life and stress, or are there bigger issues at play? Not everyone knows how to handle stress in a healthy way and this can lead to isolation and withdrawal, but ultimately,atley this can be worked on and improve, which is why this is a pink flag. If they refuse to work on this, or if there are worse reasons for their inconsistency - such as they're a cheater, chronic liar, or not ready for a serious relationship - that pink flag will turn red and can be a sign that the relationship won't work out.
  6. They Are Often Distracted By Technology - Is your partner constantly on their phone, computer, or watching TV, and does it bother you? Some people's ideas of a fun night in is binge watching a show while watching TikTok together, and that's fine! For others, it can seem like a lack of presence which can cause loneliness in a relationship. How do the two of you use technology or social media and with what frequency? Can you find ways to compromise, or is it truly a red flag in a pink wig?
  7. They Avoid Defining Your Relationship - Situationships often start fun and flirty, but end up being incredibly stressful. Are they avoiding defining your relationship? Do they try to get out of spending time wit your family and friends? This could be a sign that you're on different pages about what the relationship means. Communication needs to happen here so you both can decide if you want something relaxed or if you eat to move forward to something serious.
  8. Emotional Safety is Compromised - Feeling emotionally safe is essential for a healthy relationship. This means that we feel respected, heard, validated, and supported. This looks like our partners showing effort to understand us and prioritize the things that matter to us and us reciprocating this for them. If this is not occurring consistently, this pink flag needs to be carefully considered and resolved before it turns into a red flag.
  9. A History of Betrayal - Does your partner have a history of cheating, lying, or betrayal? Do you have past experience with a partner or partners with this history? This is a difficult pink flag. On the one hand, it's a good sign that your partner was honest and forthcoming about their past and their regret about their past actions. On the other, you now have to figure out how to trust someone that has a history of being untrustworthy, especially if you've been on the receiving end of this in the past. Give them the benefit of the doubt while still being aware of any potentially bad patterns of behavior.
  10. Your Relationship Has Changed For The Worse - The nature of relationships is that they will change over time - but some changes are pink flags. Have either of you stopped putting in effort to be intentional with how you care for each other? Have you forgone date nights, intimacy, or opportunities to reconnect and have fun? These pink flags need to be addressed before they turn into red flags that can destroy a partnership.

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