Anonymous asked realsocialskills:Do you have any tips on how to figure out who is trustworthy and who is not? As in whether or not someone intends to cause harm to you, etc. I find that I never realize I’m being mistreated until it’s too late, and it makes it really hard for me to find good friend, especially IRL. Advice/tips?realsocialskills said:Here are some things I consider to be red flags:Having a strong self-image as not being the kind of person who does bad things:
- We all do bad things, even awful things, from time to time
- People who think that they’re “not that kind of person” actively avoid noticing when they’ve done bad things
- People who deal with one another regularly hurt one another from time to time, and it’s important to be able to acknowledge this and fix things
- If you’re dealing with someone who can’t bear the thought of having done something wrong, you’re not going to be able to tell them when they’ve hurt you
- Because they will blow up at you and hurt you worse when you try, or else they’ll cry and convince you that you’re a terrible person for making mean baseless accusations.
- Either way, it will make it impossible to deal with problems, and you’ll end up tolerating things that hurt you badly
- I wrote about that some hereExpecting immediate trust
- Trust is developed over time
- If someone wants you to talk about deeply personal things right away, and gets upset when you don’t, they’re not respecting your boundaries and that’s dangerousAsserting that a deeply intimate relationship exists without considering your opinion on the matter relevant
- Close friendship only exists if you *both* think it does
- You are only dating if *both* of you think that you are dating
- Someone can’t just decide that they’re close to you and that you have a deep close committed relationship; you both have to want it
- If someone considers your opinion of the matter irrelevant, run.
- I wrote a post about that here
Wanting you to depend on them
- If someone tells you that you couldn’t function without them, do not trust them
- If they want you to fix your life, do not trust them
- If they think your sanity depends on their loving understanding care, *seriously* do not trust them
- If they get angry, or hurt, or cry when you don’t do what they want you to do in your personal life, don’t trust them
Being under the impression that they’re doing you a favor:
- If they think that they’re doing you a favor by being friends with someone like you, they’re not likely to treat you well
- Friendship is not a charitable act. It is a mutual relationship between people who regard one another as equals.
- Similarly, when someone thinks they’re doing you a favor by employing you, it will probably end badly
If people you trust dislike them:
- If you have people you know to be trustworthy, and they don’t like a new person in your life, it’s important to find out why
- Sometimes they will be wrong, but often they will be right
- It’s important to figure out what’s going on, and why they think that — then if you disagree that’s fine, but it’s not a good idea to dismiss it without thinking about it
1) people who suddenly take a shine to you out of nowhere then always need stuff (physical things like money or car rides)
2) people who cannot deal with confrontation under any circumstances and either refuse to talk to you about your concerns or constantly change the subject or make it your fault
3) people who discuss others esp talking bad about them, because i guarantee they’ll do the same thing to you as well
Yes, although talking bad is a somewhat misleading way to put it. Because people who’ve been mistreated a lot might have really legitimate reasons to say bad things about others.
I’d say it this way:
- If someone violates confidences without any apparent reason, they will probably violate yours
- If someone doesn’t seem to respect anyone they talk about, they probably don’t respect you either
- If they go out of their way to humiliate other people, or talk about others in degrading terms, that’s a serious red flag
Also, if they tell hate jokes (eg: racist/sexist/antisemitic/disability hate/mocking children or old people) or use racial slurs, that’s a red flag for being untrustworthy. (And for being someone who is likely to make *you* less trustworthy for members of the groups they’re mocking).