10 Signs That Someone You Know Is Emotionally Unstable

Including your partner.


Joe Navarro |

Bad people. They can drag you down, or even threaten your safety. Learn how to identify – and protect yourself from – these personality types. First of all, here’s how to spot someone who is emotionally unstable.

The vibe. Changeable as the weather and far less predictable, these high-maintenance types careen from one end of the emotional spectrum to the other.

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Likely To Be Found…

Stockpiling perceived slights to use in future arguments, demanding your undivided attention 24/7, or flirting shamelessly with people they shouldn’t.

Case Studies

The friend who manipulates others by regularly threatening to hurt themselves; the ex who repeatedly breaks up with you, then begs you to come back; the temperamental boss everyone tiptoes around.

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Their Effect On You

Dealing with their emotional highs and lows drains you and can cause anxiety and chronic stress.

Red Flags

1/ Prone to all-or-nothing thinking.

2/ Has an overwhelming need for someone to love them exclusively.

3/ Has outbursts that are disproportionate to the circumstances.

4/ Always needs to have the last word.

5/ Displays severe mood swings.

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6/ Turns against friends and loved ones without cause.

7/ Frequently falls apart under stress.

8/ Is unreliable or unstable.

9/ Has intense but short-lived relationships.

10/ Has vandalised or destroyed the property of a former colleague, friend, roommate or lover.

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