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Be careful! Breakfast team talk vital relationship red flags

The Breakfast team offers some relationship advice...

Vital Signs You and Your Partner Must Not Ignore.
Vital Signs You and Your Partner Must Not Ignore. Image: Unsplash/ Khamkéo Vilaysing

In the early stages of a relationship, love often blinds us to potential issues that could later become major roadblocks. 

While it's easy to get swept up in the excitement and joy of a new romance, it's crucial to keep an eye out for any relationship red flags that might signal potential problems ahead.

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According to the Daily Maverick, the foundations of a relationship are set long before the coupling actually begins. 

So the Breakfast with Darren Maule team have come up with some vital signs to keep you informed when it comes to spotting red flags. 

According to Wendy Gould, red flags indicate a reason to cease or back away from a relationship. 

By recognising these warning signs early on, you and your partner can navigate potential challenges and work towards building a healthier, happier future together.

Are red flags a reason to walk away from someone?
Are red flags a reason to walk away from someone? Image: Pexels/ Vera Arsic

Darren and Sky took a look at what the most common relationship red flags that couples should be aware of are to ensure their long-term compatibility.

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Lack of Communication

Healthy communication is the lifeblood of any successful relationship. If you find yourselves consistently struggling to express your thoughts, feelings, and concerns openly and honestly, it's a red flag. 

A lack of communication can lead to misunderstandings, unresolved conflicts, and emotional distance. It's important to address this issue early on and work together to establish effective lines of communication.

Controlling Behaviour

A controlling partner who tries to dictate your actions, isolate you from friends and family, or constantly monitors your whereabouts is displaying a significant red flag. 

Healthy relationships are built on trust, respect, and autonomy. If your partner exhibits signs of controlling behaviour, it's important to assert your independence and establish clear boundaries.

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Disrespect and Disregard for Boundaries

Mutual respect and understanding are fundamental in any relationship. If your partner consistently dismisses your feelings, disregards your boundaries, or belittles your opinions, it's a major red flag. 

Healthy relationships require mutual respect, support, and validation. Don't tolerate a lack of respect as it can erode the foundation of your relationship over time.


While no relationship is perfect, recognising and addressing red flags is essential for maintaining a healthy and fulfilling partnership. 

By paying attention to signs of communication issues, controlling behaviour, disrespect, lack of trust, and constant criticism, you and your partner can work together to navigate these challenges and foster a stronger bond. 

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Remember, a relationship built on trust, respect, effective communication, and shared values has a better chance of withstanding the tests of time. 

Stay vigilant, communicate openly, and prioritise your emotional well-being for a love that stands the test of time.

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