Marrying a jerk can result in a lifetime of regret. Luckily, there are scientifically based tips to help you avoid making the mistake of marrying a jerk. John Van Epp, author of How to Avoid Marrying a Jerk , is a clinical psychologist with an expert's perspective on dating. After helping many patients deal with unhappy relationships, he realized many people didn't understand what to look for in a mate.
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Do you go from happy to sad at the drop of a hat? The answers lie largely in how they make you feel. Note: Jerkiness is NOT gender specific, so what follows can be applied to both men and women. When they let you down, you tell yourself or worse, your friends and family the most seemingly logical reasons why they let you down he was tired, she was busy at work but deep down you know better. When they show you attention, you feel happy. When they let you down for the 23rd time this month, their withdrawal hits you right in the gut. Your emotions, thoughts and feelings hinge on their actions in an unhealthy way.
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What makes him a jerk is when it doesn't work out, he comes back to you until he finds his next conquest. When you give in, you end up feeling like you betrayed yourself. A good guy will honor your no's. If he takes you to his favorite restaurant and his meal shows up wrong, he'll blast the poor waiter with his anger.
But not all realize they're dating a total jerk until all the signs are laid out right in front of them. Some even stay in bad relationships because they're afraid of not having someone, but being alone is far better than dating a person who doesn't value you. If you're nodding to these 11 red flags, it's time to let him go.