Have you ever been dating someone, and how they act or the way they communicate makes you pretty darn confused or upset? Well, it's not an uncommon experience to encounter by any means. And while baffling or frustrating interactions can often be part of figuring out a relationship and a new person, certain behaviors can also be a sign of emotional immaturity that indicates you might want to back away from the situation to find a person more on your level. (Or, on the other hand, you might recognize some of these behaviors in yourself! But that's OK, because growing is what life is all about.)
"We often expect a person to be mature once they reach a certain age, yet emotional maturity is not guaranteed with any chronological age," clinical psychologist Dr. Carla Marie Manly, tells Bustle. "Emotional immaturity can be present in any person — regardless of age — if they have not matured psychologically."
And yes, it can really be hard to discern people's behavior and what it all means, despite maturity levels. We often make allowances for people if we are really attracted to them or like them a lot. But ultimately it all comes down to what we want and need out of a relationship, and being honest with ourselves about that. Below, take a look at what some of the pros say about behavior and communication styles that could be a sign that a new partner isn't ready for a relationship.