Relationship Advice: Surefire Signs You’re Being Used by Your Partner

Relationships tend to be give and take — and depending on what each partner is going through, sometimes there may be more take than give. But if you’re beginning to feel as if your relationship is completely one-sided, there’s a chance your partner is using you.

But sometimes it’s not so obvious. People are good at making excuses, and when you’re smitten with someone, your judgment becomes clouded. Here are a few surefire signs that your partner is taking advantage of you.

You’re afraid to say no

Female couple relax in bed with a laptop.

Female couple relax in bed with a laptop. You’re not being cute by granting their every wish. | Monkeybusinessimages/iStock/Getty Images

No one wants to let their other half down. But if you’re worried about what might happen if you tell your partner no, that’s a big red flag. You should never be scared of being dumped for doing something you’re not comfortable with or able to do.

“Users send messages that denying their request would spell doom for you — and this is how they manipulate you,” says Julie Melillo, a life coach based in New York City.

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