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A team of private investigators have revealed five warning signs that indicate you're in a relationship with someone who's cheating.
No one wants to find out their other half is being unfaithful, but in the circumstance that you do end up in such a relationship, hopefully the tips which come from 'Australia’s leading team of licensed and experienced private investigators' will help you nip it in the bud early on.
The organisation comes with 'well over thirty years experience' in 'cheating and affair identification' and surveillance, among other skills, so it seems like they know what they're talking about when it comes to infidelity.
According to a video shared on the company's TikTok page, the first of the 'top five signs you’ve got a cheater on your hands' is that they're lying 'about big things and small things'. So pay attention if their tall tales start to spread beyond eating the last biscuit.
Next on the list is your partner getting 'excessively defensive' in conversations, followed by 'gaslighting' behaviour.
Gaslighting is when someone tries to get you to question your own reality and what you know to be true, perhaps by claiming you're remembering something wrong, or by accusing you of overreacting.
The private investigators also warned of the red flags of your partner 'accus[ing] you of cheating' in an attempt to redirect the blame, and having a 'history of cheating'.
In sharing the clip, the team asked anyone with any other warning signs of cheating to share them in the comments, prompting responses from dozens of TikTok users.
"They guard their phone like the FBI," one person responded, while another commented: "Sudden interest in their own appearance and weight."
The team agreed with both examples, responding to the latter to add: "Totally agree! New clothes, obsession with perfume/aftershave, more time showering and washing own clothes."
'Unexplained absences' and 'disappearing randomly' are two other signs the private investigator team agreed with, when the partner claims their phone is 'suddenly flat, or on silent all the time'.
"Yep, the phone behaviour changing is a very big sign," they wrote.
Of course, it should be stressed that people can display some of these signs without doing anything wrong - we all forget to charge our phones once in a while, after all.
However, if numerous changes in behaviour occur as more than a one-time thing, it might be worth taking a closer look.