8 behaviors that will earn you a ‘psycho girlfriend’ tittle

You’ve probably heard the old adage that “love makes you do crazy things,” and it’s true.

When emotions are running high, it’s easy to get carried away and start acting in uncharacteristic ways.

However, if you’re going so far as to earn the “psycho girlfriend” label, you may want to take a step back and get a grip.

What makes someone a “psycho girlfriend”?

If you’re a female-identifying person who dates cisgendered men, chances are you’ve heard one or two of them call a woman “crazy” for daring to speak her mind. You call him out on bad behavior or make your standards and expectations clear. Then, all of a sudden, you deserve to be locked up. Many times, the “psycho girlfriend” label is code men use. It means “you’re taking me to task and I don’t like it.”

On the other hand, it’s possible that you could be doing things that truly are inappropripate. Being in a relationship with someone doesn’t give you ownership over them. It doesn’t mean you get to invade their privacy or treat them badly. In this case, writing you off as “psycho” could be a guy’s way of communicating how out of order you’re being.

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So, which camp do you fall into?

Here are 9 signs you may be acting inappropriately

1. You snoop through his phone

If you grab his phone to snoop through his texts whenever he goes to the bathroom, you may be a psycho girlfriend. If he catches you, he’ll automatically assume that you don’t trust him. He might even consider it an invasion of his privacy and put a lock on his phone for the future. Or, worse, he might just break up with you. He’d have every right to — who gave you the right to go through his stuff?

2. You badmouth every other woman you see

Female competition needs to come to an end. If you trusted your boyfriend, you wouldn’t see every other woman as a threat. That means you wouldn’t feel the need to badmouth every woman you see, just because she has breasts. Not only is this ridiculous, it’s also extremely immature.

3. You make scene in public

You have a right to get angry at your partner, but when you do, try to keep your complaints between the two of you. You don’t want to be the disruptive woman yelling in the middle of a family restaurant. Save the fight for the car ride home. Otherwise, you risk coming off as a psycho girlfriend not just to your boyfriend but to everyone in town.

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4. You resort to physical violence when you’re angry

Men can be victims of domestic violence too. If you slap your boyfriend whenever you get angry or kick him in the crotch when you’re frustrated, don’t be surprised when he calls you crazy. Beating up your boyfriend is abuse and it’s not okay. Not only should you not be with him, you should probably be arrested. Just because he’s bigger than you or you’re a woman doesn’t make it okay. It never is.

5. You stalk him online and in person

If you follow his car to work because you think he’s actually going to another woman’s house, then why are you even with him? When you think you’re dating a cheater, you’ll feel yourself go crazy, which is why you should just break up with him before things get out of control.

6. You won’t admit that you lied

If you tell him that you never talk to your ex and then he sees a picture of you two hanging out, apologize. If you keep throwing out excuses that are obviously lies, he’s going to wonder how he could ever trust you again. Maybe he shouldn’t.

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7. You text him 10 times in a row

He’s your boyfriend, so feel free to text him as many times as you’d like when you have interesting stories to tell. But, if you’re just sending him question marks because he hasn’t replied in the last five minutes, he’s going to wonder why you’re so desperate for his attention.

8. You treat waitresses like crap

If you throw a fit when your waitress brings you the wrong meal, or when she looks at your boyfriend for a little too long, he’ll consider you crazy. You need to learn to control your temper if you want him to stick around. No one wants to be with a drama queen who always causes a scene.

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