Pay attention to the direction your partner’s anger is directed. Are you expected to absorb the negativity, even if you had nothing to do with the situation?

Before diving into the bottomless pool of worst-case scenarios, decide if an event has flipped their world upside-down. Trauma—in any form—can do crazy things to our sense of well-being, so it’s best to tread lightly while you figure out the source.

If all the not-so-horrific scenarios are ruled out, listen to your gut.?

, which is essentially saying, “I’m not perfect.” None of us are perfect, it’s true, but to expose yourself in such a way with the one you love leaves you vulnerable to criticism or rejection.

It wasn’t until my partner brought my conspicuously absent apologies to my attention that I even recognized the pattern. ) conversations and a whole lot of practice, I’ve learned to apologize when I’m in the wrong—even when it hurts like hell.

Does your body ever register fear when your partner erupts? Bring the issue to light through calm, assertive conversations when you’re both in a good mood and see if the issue can be remedied.

If you are answering ‘yes’ to any of these questions, you may need to take a step back from the situation to observe your partner’s patterns. If you discover it can not, removing yourself from the relationship may be the best thing for your mental and spiritual well-being, as well as your physical safety.

Sometimes we get so wrapped up in the excitement of something new, we lose sight of what’s best and healthy for our lives.

This can mean overdoing it with an exercise regimen or diet, it can mean missing important details about a new job, and it can most certainly relate to our relationships.

If your partner refuses to apologize when he or she has done something wrong, this is a red flag for a perception of inequality in the relationship.

This inequality can be interpreted two ways, however; your task will be to uncover the ‘why’ before you can address the issue.

Some of the earliest red flags of an abusive relationship begin with seemingly harmless questions.