Dr. Dave's Relationship Red Flags

By: Dave Johnson
By: Dave Johnson

You better check the list to see if your relationship is in trouble.

When I was a radio boy we often did a segment where I gave relationship advice and I was known as Dr. Dave.  I'm kind of good at diagnosing relationships so it was fun.  So Dr. Dave is back...sort of.  

We have a fun resource at our disposal on the morning show known as Radio Online.  Check out the list of Relationship Red Flags and see if you need to be "on alert!"



  • Chronic lateness -- If your date arrives more than ten minutes late more than once, there's a pattern there. He's saying "I don't want to get into this."
  • Rudeness to waiters -- Or taxi drivers, or anyone else in service jobs.
  • Divorce horror stories -- Your date launches into the story of his messy divorce and how it was all his ex's fault. Anyone who's emotionally grounded knows it takes two to contribute to a breakup.
  • Chronic flings -- Say you're on a date with a new guy. You mention that your last relationship lasted a year and he says, "That's impressive!" When a man over 30 tells you all his relationships have ended after a few months, that's a red flag.
  • Demon children -- All kids have issues and some may not like Dad's new girlfriend. But if they're spoiled brats or excessively angry, head for the door.
  • Money matters -- If a man suggests splitting the tab on a first date (no matter who asked who or what each of your financial status), that's a red flag.
  • Parent issues -- You might want to think twice if a guy tells you none of his previous girlfriends was good enough for his mother.
  • Bad sex -- It may get better after a first awkward time, but bad sex two or three times in a row will only get worse.
  • Dirty underwear/socks -- Dirty under things is the hallmark of a secret slob and secret slobs have many worse habits you don't even want to think about.
  • The anger hum -- As your new guys talks about past lovers, work, friends, family, etc., listen for a low hum of anger. Everyone has a bit of a temper, but recognize deep-seated anger and back off when you sniff it.
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