People come in all shapes, sizes and walks of life. While some people have a knack for being social butterflies, others prefer to keep to themselves.

However, no matter what type of person you are or how much time you like to spend alone vs. with others, it’s important to trust your gut when it comes to new people in your life.

Keeping tabs on suspicious activities is the first step towards keeping yourself safe from harm. If you feel something seems off about a new acquaintance or potential friend, there may be good reason for it.

Whether you’re meeting someone new at school, work or any other social setting, it’s important to keep your guard up at all times.

What to Watch For

When you’re getting to know a new person, keep an eye out for any sudden changes in their behaviour.

For example, if a new friend seems nervous and anxious most of the time, this could be a red flag. If you’re meeting someone online and they seem overly eager to meet, be wary. If a new acquaintance seems to take an interest in you too quickly, or if they are pushy, this could be a sign of manipulation.

If someone you’re getting to know suddenly clams up, or if they start to avoid you, you may want to consider why. If a person you’re getting to know seems to have an obsessive interest in you or your past, this could be a sign of an unhealthy obsession.

Behaviour Changes

Changes in behaviour are a huge red flag. If you notice a new acquaintance suddenly becoming quieter, more withdrawn, or avoiding you altogether, this could be a sign they have ulterior motives.

If you notice someone you’re getting to know suddenly appearing overly eager to meet you, or shows an obsessive interest in you or your past, this could be a sign of manipulation or even danger.

Too Many Details, Too Fast

If someone you’re getting to know suddenly goes into great detail about their past, or even their future plans, it could be a sign they’re trying to reel you in. If they seem to have a lot of money to throw around at the drop of a hat, or if they are overly generous, it could be a sign of a personality flaw.

If a new acquaintance starts to ask you a lot of personal questions too fast, it could be a sign of an unhealthy obsession. If a person you’re getting to know seems too interested in your family, friends, work or personal life, this could be a sign of an unhealthy obsession.

Suspicious Vocabulary

If a new acquaintance starts throwing out overly suspicious vocabulary, steer clear!

  • “dark side” of something, or about “powers” and mentions “The Force”, this could be a sign of a cult affiliation.
  •  “lucid”, or talk about being in an altered state, this could be a sign of drug use.
  • “ascending” to another state or planet, this could be a sign of a cult affiliation.
  •  “energies” or “quantum physics”, this could be a sign of a cult affiliation.
  •  “vibrations”, this could be a sign of a cult affiliation.

Limiting Movement and Surveillance Behavior


If someone you’re getting to know suddenly starts limiting their movement or spending more time inside, this could be a sign of surveillance behavior.

If they start asking you a lot of questions about your comings and goings, this could be a sign of surveillance. If they start asking you a lot of questions about your family or friends, this could be a sign of surveillance.

If a new acquaintance suddenly shows an interest in your cell phone, computer, or other devices, this could be a sign of surveillance. If they start asking you to loan them money, or to chip in on a “group project”, this could be a sign of a scam.

Bottom line – trust your gut!

If you feel like something or someone is a bit off, there’s a good chance that it is. While it can be easy to dismiss certain feelings as “not a big deal”, it’s important to trust your gut.

Your gut is there for a reason – it’s your first line of defence against potential danger. While it’s impossible to know everything about everyone, it’s important to keep your guard up at all times.

By keeping an eye out for red flags, you can better protect yourself from potential danger in your life.


David Warren
Author

David Warren is a pharmaceutical specialist that dispenses prescription medication on a daily basis. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy from the University of Tennessee in 1991. With over 50 publications on medication-related and pharmacy topics, David has been able to share his experiences and knowledge with others. David with lots of experience and knowledge in medications that are utilized to treat a wide range of medical conditions. Before David dispenses a medication to a patient, he will go over the side effects, dosage recommendation and contraindications.