Dictionary result for danger zone
an area in which there is a high risk of harm, especially where this risk has been officially identified.“this is a danger zone where any one of us can step on a landmine”
a situation that is hazardous or controversial.“he’s moving and he’s conscious—at least for now he’s out of the danger zone”
As a child I lived near a large park that contained a lake. In the winter it would often get cold enough for the lake to freeze and children from all around the community could be seen lacing up their ice skates to take a spin around the lake. The entire community knew and understood the flag system. Red flags, of course, meant to stay off the ice. Red flags meant that the ice was NOT thick enough; instead it was a DANGER ZONE.
Red flags in a relationship (whether it is a romantic relationship or a friendship) warn you about the danger zone too. If you’re wondering about your relationship take this brief quiz and then check out the self assessment at the bottom of the page.
Relationship Red Flags:
Are you become isolated from your friends and family? ____ Yes _____ No
Sometimes you feel stupid around this person. ____ Yes _____ No
The other person is becoming obsessed with you. ____ Yes _____ No
The other person is possessive of you. ____ Yes _____ No
The other person can’t stand it or gets angry if you talk to another person.
____ Yes _____ No
The other person wants to know where you are at all times. ____ Yes _____ No
The other person always wants you to do what they do all of the time. ____ Yes _____ No
You can’t seem to keep your hands off of each other. ____ Yes _____ No
The other person has pushed or shoved you. ____ Yes _____ No
You do not feel emotional safe with the other person. ____ Yes _____ No
The relationship started very quickly. ____ Yes _____ No
The other person gets angry and puts you down. ____ Yes _____ No
You feel that you need to hide who the other person is for real. ____ Yes _____ No
You have unresolved conflict in the relationship, but it doesn’t matter. ____ Yes _____ No
You are frequently alone and physical with one another. ____ Yes _____ No
You are embarrassed and made fun of in front of other people. ____ Yes _____ No
You feel like there is no way out of the relationship. ____ Yes _____ No
The other person uses intimidation to make you do what they want. ____ Yes _____ No
The other person seldom takes responsibility for their actions and blames others for their problems. ____ Yes _____ No
The other person has a short fuse and gets angry easy. ____ Yes _____ No
When you are together, you feel guilty or inadequate. ____ Yes _____ No
Sometimes the other person is extremely charming and loving, other times demeaning and disrespectful. ____ Yes _____ No
Most of your family and friends disapprove of the relationship. ____ Yes _____ No
Your attitude toward your future plans and goals is changing. ____ Yes _____ No
Now count your “yes” answers. How many do you have?
If you answered “yes” to 1-4 of the questions/statements above, you are encouraged to have an open and honest conversation about these red flags with your partner.
If you answered “yes” to 5-13 of the questions/statements above, this indicates that you are in an unhealthy relationship. You should discuss these red flags with someone you trust or please come into one of our centers to talk to a client advocate for resources.
If you answered “yes” to 14-24 of the questions/statements above, you are in a potentially dangerous relationship and you need to seek immediate help.
The following are resources that can help you get help now.
If you are in immediate danger Call 911
Shelby Whitlock is Care Net SoMD’s Outreach and Education Director. She has developed the REEF (Relationship Essentials that Equip Families) program and is passionate about educating people about healthy relationships. Shelby is a certified Sexual Risk Avoidance Specialist.