12 relationship red flags confident women never ignore

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If there’s one thing that confident women value the most, it’s their self-worth. 

That’s why they set high standards for themselves and their relationships. They want partners who can take charge, not only of situations, but also of their own lives. 

When they feel something isn’t quite right, they trust their instincts. They respect themselves enough to brush aside any deal-breakers.

And it doesn’t stop there: They honor their well-being by walking away from an unhealthy, unfulfilling relationship sooner than later.

Here are top relationship red flags confident women never ignore.

Let’s dive in!

1) Not wanting to listen and talk

There’s nothing more frustrating than being in a relationship with a partner who doesn’t make you feel heard and understood. 

Confident women won’t put up with partners who dismiss their concerns and are unwilling to discuss pressing relationship issues.

They take it as a sign that the person is not mature enough to handle tough conversations. 

The thing is, most of us don’t like talking about touchy topics. But all healthy relationships require communication and intimacy.

Confident women know better than to stay with someone who stonewalls them. They want someone who cares about the feelings — and the person — behind the words they’re trying to say.

2) Unsupportive behavior

Confident women have big dreams and ambitions. If a partner is always shooting down their goals, they know it’s a sign of toxic behavior.

They value partners who appreciate and build them up, not bring them down or undermine their confidence.

Sure, it’s normal to feel insecure in a relationship now and then. 

But for confident women, a partner who gives them backhanded compliments or says they are not good enough to achieve what they want is never a good fit.

3) Disrespects boundaries

Confident women set clear boundaries because they want their partners to treat them with respect.

They understand that boundaries are crucial for building healthy and balanced relationships. 

They believe that people are allowed to have rules and limitations in their relationships for whatever reasons they choose.

And if their partners always cross, push, or dismiss boundaries, it’s a major red flag that should never be left unchecked.

Whether it’s sharing private information, making a joke at their expense, or pressuring them to do something they don’t want to do, anyone who knowingly disrespects boundaries is never worth a confident woman’s time.

4) Dishonesty

Any form of dishonesty — from white lies to manipulation and infidelity  — leads to greater insecurity and mistrust.

And for confident women, lying is probably one of the biggest red flags of all.

Excessive lying eats away at the intimacy and connection in a relationship. Even those small lies create feelings of uneasiness, anxiety, and fear.

Think of this for a minute: Would you really want to be in a relationship with someone who always leaves you feeling hurt, betrayed, abandoned, or rejected?

Confident women know that a lack of trust in a relationship is never a good thing. They wouldn’t want someone who doesn’t make them feel safe and secure. 

5) Demeaning behavior

This one’s connected to my earlier point about respect. 

You see, confident women know that anytime a partner makes them feel inferior in any way is definitely a red flag.

Yes, arguments are a normal and even healthy part of relationships. Everyone gets upset and pissed off, but when one or both partners resort to personal attacks, it can tear the relationship apart.

Confident women know they deserve to be treated with kindness. 

They won’t think twice about saying goodbye to a partner who constantly puts them down, criticizes their personality and character, and lowers their self-esteem.

6) Overly controlling

Confident women value their independence and freedom. And if a partner tries to take that away from them, they recognize it as a sign of controlling behavior.

Relationships are about an even exchange, which means both partners should have a say in decisions. Confident women want a relationship that feels balanced, not one where only one person sets out the terms.

If their partner constantly dictates their every move, or worse, prevents them from doing things they want to do, it’s a red flag.

It may be a sign that the person is not going to take their thoughts, interests, and likes and dislikes into account. 

7) Inconsistency

Katy Perry said it best in her iconic hit song: “’Cause you’re hot then you’re cold; You’re yes then you’re no; You’re in then you’re out; You’re up then you’re down.”

Confident women see all these as signs of an unhealthy relationship.

For one, it’s difficult to build trust and stability if a partner’s behavior is inconsistent.

Does the person always flake out on plans and break promises? Does the person have moody extremes, which means shifting from delighted to depressed in seconds?

All of these are signs of inconsistency. It’s an emotional roller coaster ride that can take a mental and physical toll on anyone. 

8) Gaslighting and manipulation

Confident women know that any kind of abuse in a relationship is a red flag. They won’t take manipulative behavior sitting down.

Gaslighting comes in many different forms:

  • Calling you ‘crazy’ to invalidate your emotional experiences
  • Telling you you’re overreacting when you’re not
  • Only doing something if the other person does something in return
  • Threatening to break up with you all the time
  • Keeping a scorecard of things you’ve done wrong to make you feel guilty

And the list goes on. 

9) Codependency

Confident women understand that relationships are about give and take. But they never sacrifice their identity, their friendships, and their well-being for someone else.

If their partner is needy and overly dependent on them for reassurance and support, they know it’s a sign of codependency.

Whatever the situation may be, confident women know that it’s not sustainable for one partner to do the vast majority of the work.

They know it when they feel trapped in the relationship. If their partner demands that they devote their time to each other and nobody else, it’s definitely a toxic relationship dynamic.

This brings me to my next point….

10) Extreme jealousy

A little bit of jealousy in a relationship is fine, but when that jealousy turns persistent and unreasonable — that’s when it becomes a problem.

Confident women see excessive jealousy as a sign of insecurity in the relationship. It’s a red flag if they feel like their partners have trouble trusting them to be on their own.

They get their guard up when a partner tries to make them question their relationships with people in their inner circle. 

11) Refusal to compromise

Confident women won’t prioritize their partner’s needs and wishes above their own just to keep the peace. 

If their partner does not exert any effort to meet them halfway, that’s a sign of an unbalanced relationship. 

As they say, it takes two to tango. Both partners must take turns giving in to each other to keep the relationship satisfying and fulfilling. 

12) Lack of accountability

For confident women, a partner who won’t own up to their mistakes is a red flag that shouldn’t be ignored. 

They know a relationship won’t last if their partner can’t ever say sorry or admit wrongdoing. 

And it can get worse: If the partner is too quick to shift the blame, that’s a huge deal-breaker.

Final thoughts

It takes a confident woman to be willing and strong enough to recognize relationship red flags.

They’ll know it when a relationship is no longer serving a purpose. They won’t settle for anything less than they deserve. 

Maria Fatima Reyes

Fat Niebres is a freelance writer who loves to chase stories that matter. She finds meaning and inspiration in the mundane. When she's not writing, she's probably reading, eating, traveling, or having deep conversations with her husband. She brings her experience in broadcast, print, and NGO communications, and has been published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer and Inquirer.net.

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