When you're just starting to date someone new, it's normal to be on the lookout for signs your relationship won't last — because it really sucks to get emotionally invested in someone who has no long-term potential. It's easy to get caught up in the thrill of being in a new relationship, but even if you're in the honeymoon phase, it's important to be able to view your partner without rose-colored glasses when necessary. There are certain red flag behaviors that can indicate whether or not someone is a healthy, loving, fulfilling partner for you — and your sex life is one area that says a lot about your relationship.
"Sexual intimacy is very important in relationships because it's one of the most basic human needs and desires," David Bennett, Certified Counselor, Relationship Expert, and Owner of The Popular Man and The Popular Teen, tells Bustle. "Humans are wired for sexual intimacy, and not having healthy sexual intimacy can negatively impact a person's emotional and physical well-being."
As long as both partners are willing to communicate and work together on any intimacy issues they experience, some problems or bad bedroom behaviors don't have to spell doom for your relationship. But if you're looking for clues that your partner might not be right person for you long-term, examining how your partner treats you in bed is a great place to start: here are eight sexual and intimacy-related habits that are serious red flags.