Mistakes are a valuable part of life experience (in fact, that's something we've been thinking about a lot lately). In the interest of learning from experience, we've put together four bona fide archetypes of the species known as Jerk.
Be they male or female, these people are out there, and our dearest hope is to help you spot the warning signs before it's too late and a minor mishap turns into a major mistake. One night, he doesn't sleep over and seems a little too eager to cart his personal items home.
Lots of sex is good if everyone's on board, but the minute it becomes a chore is the moment the mood turns ice cold.
And hey, if needs aren't being met, there's no shame in the occasional solitary pleasure! There's a time and place for grand gestures, but it's not everyone's style.
You've always thought of yourself as someone who likes sex, with a perfectly healthy libido and a good dose of curiosity and willingness to try new things.
You may find yourself stuck on someone who not only makes you feel less-than, but who seriously thinks of themselves as God's gift to you (congratulations! If you're not willing to compromise on compatibility, looks, charm, and talent, you might end up chasing after tall, handsome figures with excellent musical skills and egos to match.While he almost makes you choke on your taco when he tells you he loves you after only a handful of dates, you tell yourself you should really "trust" him. After a full week of silence, your two best friends are willing you to "eat something." By week 12, you're strangers in the night, and all voicemails/emails go unanswered. You, however, may have diarrhea for the rest of the summer. Charm is great, but a talented charmer can turn it on anywhere, any time, with anyone.Look for the tricks that are secret and special to just the two of you — that's how you know it's the real deal.Stop, think, and ask yourself: Are you dating a jerk? You allow this person to sleep over every night, almost pretending to yourself you're already living together. Or maybe that wedding she excitedly invited you to as a date suddenly ceases to exist.This is the one who falls in love with you immediately ("immediately" being somewhere in the range of two to four weeks). Just a few days and abrupt emails later, all modes of communication are down, and a happenstance meeting on the street leaves you with nothing but a cold shoulder.