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How to Spot the Red Flags in Your Relationship

Unfortunately, relationships don't come with warning labels. We never know if the relationship is going to be a good one or if it is going to end badly. Fortunately, there are warning signs we can look out for. Most people would call these "red flags." Susan Krauss Whitbourne Ph.D., a contributor writer for Psychology Today, says there are 5 main red flags to look for, before jumping into a relationship with someone. 

  1. Your family and friends do not like the person
  2. You're getting a lot of excuses that don't ring true
  3. It's getting too close too fast
  4. Your partner has very few friends 
  5. Your partner is a heavy substance or alcohol user 

Click here to see why these are red flags and why you should look out for them. 


Chris Massman is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Chris' training includes Family Systems Theory along with numerous other theories. She believes therapy is an art and chooses the theory she feels will most benefit the individual sitting in front of her. Her specialty lies is in the field of Chemical Dependency and Addictions. Chris is currently seeing individuals, couples and families. Chris is a Clinical member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists as well as the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Chris has two locations including Tarzana and Agoura Hills, CA.