20 Signs You Can’t Trust The Guy You’re Dating & He’s Up To No Good

Without trust, a relationship doesn’t stand a chance of making it long-term. So, if you see these signs that you can’t trust him, you should move on.

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Trust is certainly one of the more important aspects of a relationship. Whether it is a brand new relationship or a long-term one with a guy, trust is key when it comes to giving your heart away and sharing your life with someone else. You might be wondering, can I trust him? 

And there comes a point in every relationship when you realize that you are falling for the man you are dating and want to take things to the next level.

However, being the smart woman that you are, you find it important to address and eliminate all doubt in your mind before continuing any further.

If you find yourself wondering if you can really trust the guy you’re dating, you need to be absolutely sure before either dumping or marrying him. [Read: 12 questions to help you decide if you can trust your boyfriend]

Trust is the biggest test

Trust is a fundamental part of every relationship. It is impossible to have an emotional connection with someone if you cannot trust them. It is unfortunate though, that we live in a world that takes lying to someone lightly.

But whatever the case, don’t be one of the naive ladies out there that scumbags love taking advantage of.

Take control of your destiny and figure out if the man you are dating can be trusted. Sometimes it is easy to tell, and sometimes it is not. It is a risk that you have to take and the more you pay attention to the signs, the easier it will be to tell if you can trust your man.

The glaringly obvious signs you can’t trust him

At the end of the day, some people can be trusted and some people cannot. You just have to learn it the hard way. One way to tell if your man can be trusted is to pay attention to the signs listed below. [Read: How to build trust in a relationship and learn to be loyal and loving]

If he is guilty of more than three, he is probably not someone you want to trust with your heart. However, you have to always keep in mind that your man is human and that he should be offered the benefit of the doubt.

Never jump to conclusions and always give him a chance to explain himself if you suspect something is amiss. And remember to trust your instincts and take action accordingly.

1. Vague explanations

If he cannot give you a satisfactory reason why he had to cancel your date, was an hour late for your housewarming soiree, or flaked on being your date to a party, you should be suspicious.

Although you should give your man the benefit of the doubt, if at the end of the day, you find that he always gives you unsatisfactory explanations, you do have good reason to distrust him.

Telling the truth should be simple, especially if he did not do anything wrong. However, if you find him stumbling and fumbling for words, or is super vague when explaining why to you, he has something to hide. [Read: How to stop lying to yourself and to your partner]

2. Not there for you

A huge part of knowing whether you can trust a guy is measuring his loyalty to you. You should be able to count on him when you need him the most.

It could be moving some boxes, being a shoulder to cry on if someone close to you dies, or something really simple like changing a light bulb.

If he jumps at the chance to help you out during your time of need, you can probably trust him with your heart. However, if he is always too busy doing something else when you need him the most, you should take it as a red flag that he cannot be trusted.

3. Secretive with phone calls

If your man always gets up and leaves the room to answer a phone call or respond to a text, you know that he has something to hide.

Sure, it could be a personal or business matter that he is attending to, but at the end of the day, if you are in a relationship with each other, doing something as simple as answering the phone in your presence no matter the situation should not be a problem.

If he does this very often and if he refuses to leave his phone alone with you, you can be sure that he is hiding something. [Read: Is he cheating? 21 unintentional behaviors he just can’t hide]

4. Busy at odd hours

Here’s a true story about how a woman’s boyfriend of two years always had to rush off for business meetings after dinner. Apparently, the odd hours had to do with dealing with foreign markets in different time zones. 

However, the more he did it, the more she realized she was being fooled. The straw that broke the camel’s back entailed him giving her an unbelievable explanation to justify why he had to meet a client at midnight on a Friday.

She confronted him and he came clean about his sketchy affair. At the end of the day, you have to know when to stop turning a blind eye to his indiscretions and face reality head-on.

There is nothing wrong if your man wants to focus on his career but you should be able to tell when he is lying and stop him in his tracks. [Read: 18 ingenious ways to catch a cheating partner red handed]

5. You do not know his friends

Another sign that you cannot trust the man you are with is when you do not know his friends well. This does not mean that you have to be best friends with his circle of bros, but they should at least know who you are.

If his friends seem to forget who you are the few times you meet up, it is probably an indication that he does not talk about you very often, or it could mean that they have lost track of which girl he is out with.

They probably get introduced to a new girl very often, thus the slip-ups. Be wary of his friends who do not know you well, and vice versa.

6. Takes forever to return calls or texts

If your man really cares about you, he will not leave you hanging when it comes to returning your calls or texts.

Communicating with you should be a happy thing, not a chore. If it always takes him forever to get back to you, you can be sure that you are not a priority in his life.

Sure, it is always a good thing to give him the benefit of the doubt. He may just be in a meeting or his phone died on him. However, if this happens all too often, you should be distrustful of him. [Read: 20 sure reasons why a guy could be ignoring you]

7. Seen with other girls

When you or your friends catch him out and about with another woman getting flirty, chatty, and touchy, you will know for a fact that you cannot trust him. When caught, guilty men usually respond with, “It is not what it looks like and it is not what you think.”

But it is usually always what it looks like and what you think it is, so does not trust the spew of trash that comes out of his mouth. If he really cares about you, he will not be out and about flirting with other girls anyway.

8. Leaves out information

If he is guilty of omitting information that he knows will have you on the edge of your seat, he cannot be trusted. Remember that him leaving out information is just as bad as him lying to you.

For example, he may tell you that he is off to Jeff’s place for poker boy’s night. A couple of weeks later, you find out from someone who was there that it was a house party and not a calm poker night and that it was a boys and girls night. 

Do not believe his explanation that he is only trying to “protect you” and that he did not want to “worry you.”

If he has nothing to hide, he would not hide it. There was no need for him to be sneaky and manipulative if he was not planning on being naughty without you. [Read: Why do men cheat? – 43 big reasons and the excuses they use!]

9. Rarely uses your name

If a man is trying to juggle and manage his time between several girls, he will usually end up being very generic in his correspondence with you.

Whether it is via DMs, text, or even through a phone call, if he refrains from using your name and sticks to generic nicknames like “babe” and “sweetheart,” you should be suspicious.

This does not mean that all men who use cute nicknames are cheating slobs. However, you should be wary if he falters every time he has to use your name, such as introducing you to a friend during a chance encounter in the street, or something along those lines. [Read: Does he really love you? – 20 signs to read his mind]

10. Has a habit of canceling

 If he has a nasty habit of canceling on you at the last minute, you should rethink the trust that you put in him.

Sure, it is perfectly normal for people to get caught up in work and have unexpected issues crop up when they least expect it. However, if he blows off plans with you with little to no explanation on a regular basis, he is definitely hiding something.

11. Has given you a reason to doubt him

If he has lied to you before, he will lie to you again. Another way to tell that he is not someone to be trusted is if he has a history of cheating. It may not be on you, but if he cheated on his former girlfriend, there is absolutely no reason why he will not do the same to you.

Some people just cannot be trusted and it is really too bad if you find this out about your man. It is never too late to learn someone’s true colors, so trust your mind to make the right decision if it ever comes down to it, and do not settle. [Read: 22 early warning signs of a bad boyfriend you need to leave ASAP]

12. His patterns of behavior have changed

Whether you are living with him or not, you can see pretty clearly that he has a pattern of behaviors.

Maybe he used to text you good morning and good night religiously. Or you always say him every single weekend. But suddenly, he’s working late a lot. Or going out with friends more than normal. If his patterns have changed, you have a reason to be suspicious.

13. He doesn’t have time for you anymore

In the beginning, you could count on him to make time to go out on dates with you or simply to hang out. He made it clear that he wanted to be with you as much as possible.

But lately, he doesn’t seem to have time. His life has just gotten overly busy for some reason. But has it really? Or is he just making excuses to not see you as much? 

14. You’re not a priority

Maybe you have a family wedding to go to, and you ask him to be your date well ahead of time. You think this is a reasonable request. But he comes up with excuses why he can’t go. And you always feel like you are not a priority in his life.

His work, friends, hobbies, or anything else comes before you. Well, there’s a reason for that – and it’s probably not a good one. It’s because you can’t trust him. [Read: Never make someone a priority when you’re only an option – The truth]

15. He doesn’t want you to come over to his place

You might not have given it any thought in the beginning when you started dating him. But he always offers to come over to your place.

And after a while, you begin to wonder why you have never been to his. Well, maybe he doesn’t want you there for a reason. He could be married or have a live-in girlfriend that he doesn’t want you to see.

16. He’s never available on the weekends

Let’s say you met on a dating app and you have gone out for drinks early in the evening each time. Or you meet for lunch during the day.

After a while, you suggest that you hang out on the weekends. But for some reason, he is always busy on the weekends. Or he’ll “let you know” if he can do it. Why are his weekends always so busy? It could be because he has family obligations – a wife and maybe even kids.

17. He’s less available by text in the evenings

Going along with the same theme here, if he’s not available to talk to you as much during the evenings and at night, it could be because he’s with his significant other during those times. And if you think this is rare – sadly, it’s not.

There are way too many men who are married or in a relationship who are on dating apps. So these are definite red flags. This is a huge sign that you can’t trust him. [Read: 21 signs to know if he’s texting another woman behind your back]

18. His words and actions don’t match

It’s easy to say something, and it’s much more difficult to follow through with your actions. Unfortunately, there are a lot of guys who aren’t a man of his word.

He will tell you what you want to hear, and then he’ll do something completely different. You can’t count on anything he says because he never does what he says.

19. You have caught him in lies

If he said he had to work late one night, but your friend said she saw him having a drink with another woman, then you know he’s lying.

It doesn’t even have to be something that big. But if you’ve caught him telling little white lies, then you can be sure that he won’t have a problem telling big lies to you too. [Read: 15 Ways a pathological liar hurts and confuses you with their lies]

20. You have a bad gut feeling

If all else fails, you always have to follow your intuition. If your gut is screaming “he’s lying” or “I can’t trust him,” then you are probably right.

Your gut feeling almost never fails you. Sure, you should collect some evidence to make sure he’s not trustworthy, but usually, you don’t have to go any farther than your own heart.

Can you and should you trust a guy when you see these signs?

If the man you’re dating exhibits several or all the signs listed above, you should do yourself a favor and start questioning his actions.

You have to follow your gut when it comes to matters of the heart because, at the end of the day, your instincts can be trusted more than him.

It may not always mean that he is cheating on you. It could simply mean that he is just not that into you and is planning his great escape.

[Read: 33 signs and qualities that make a really great boyfriend]

If you see these signs you can’t trust him in your love life, it is a hard pill to swallow. Shrug it off and be the strong and independent woman that you are, hold your head high and move on.

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Preeti Tewari Serai
Preeti Serai
Preeti, the founder of LovePanky, is an eternal optimist and believer in the beauty of love and life. With an exhaustive experience in love, relationships, and ...