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I think that, unfortunately, oftentimes once someone has been in a relationship with someone who is controlling, jealous, possessive, and has trust issues, that person can begin to believe that that’s the norm. Sadly, I know several women who always end up in relationships like that. After talking to them a bit, I learned something: they believe that all relationships are like that. They think that, if you want to be in a romantic relationship, that you just need to put up with someone constantly accusing you of being disloyal, and you must tolerate someone who keeps you on a tight leash. In fact, I know they think all relationships are like that because when I tell them my boyfriend doesn’t act like that they are shocked. They say I’m very lucky. And while, yes, I am lucky for many reasons—having a partner who simply respects and trusts me isn’t luck. That’s common decency. Here are things someone who trusts you will never make you do.

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Bring a chaperone

You should never have to bring a chaperone to dinner, drinks, a social event, or anything, just to make your partner feel comfortable. You had male friends before meeting him. You didn’t do anything inappropriate with them then, so there’s no reason you would now. Someone who trusts you won’t make you bring a chaperone to spend time with other men.

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