The first time I realized I wasn’t a perfect girlfriend was when my boyfriend and I were just months into dating. I was mad at him for asking if we could stay in when we’d made plans to go out. It wasn’t the first time he had bailed like this. Rather than telling him I was upset, though, I sulked and gave him the silent treatment. When he asked what was up, I insisted I was “fine,” before proceeding to give only one-word responses and basically ignore him for the rest of the evening.

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