Just think about that for a second — if you're being ignored, disrespected, or treated like a convenience, maybe this beautiful creature you've found isn't the superior one. Of course, jerks are a shape-shifting breed, prone to many forms and talents.There are endless archetypes here; some more serious than others. If your special friend fits some of these criteria, but you can honestly say that you're happy in the relationship, that's okay.What matters, though, is that you take the time to really ask yourself that question. And now, with the power of hindsight, are you grateful for the experience?The answer might make you cry, but you'll be better off in the long run. All told, we've met some real duds in our day, but then again, at least it made for a good Saturday story.Living in the moment is all well and good, but when it's been months and you haven't been introduced to friends, or treated as more than just a friend in any environment other than the bedroom, there's fair cause for concern.You may find yourself stuck on someone who not only makes you feel less-than, but who seriously thinks of themselves as God's gift to you (congratulations! If you're not willing to compromise on compatibility, looks, charm, and talent, you might end up chasing after tall, handsome figures with excellent musical skills and egos to match.If it means that much to you, a good partner will bite the bullet and make it work once in a while, and maybe even have fun while doing it. Now, the old cliché of women chasing men down the street in wedding dresses is on its way to non-existence — but that doesn't mean we don't deserve (and demand) to have questions about a relationship's future treated with respect.These days, there's a kind of commitment phobe in town.
Be they male or female, these people are out there, and our dearest hope is to help you spot the warning signs before it's too late and a minor mishap turns into a major mistake. One night, he doesn't sleep over and seems a little too eager to cart his personal items home.Stop, think, and ask yourself: Are you dating a jerk? You allow this person to sleep over every night, almost pretending to yourself you're already living together. Or maybe that wedding she excitedly invited you to as a date suddenly ceases to exist.This is the one who falls in love with you immediately ("immediately" being somewhere in the range of two to four weeks). Just a few days and abrupt emails later, all modes of communication are down, and a happenstance meeting on the street leaves you with nothing but a cold shoulder.In addition to taking constant criticism, you get shuffled into the background when it's not convenient.This type of relationship is often characterized by unilateral relationship decisions made without your input, so you find yourself a serious girlfriend one day, a platonic chum the next.