He says that the film “The Shawshank Redemption” reminds him of you.

When you watch The Shawshank Redemption with your man, does he constantly make parallels between your relationship and the plight of Andy Dufresne? If so, that’s a red flag - he might feel that spending time with you is like serving a 25-to-life sentence on a murder charge. It’s not for certain - you may just bare a resemblance to Morgan Freeman or Bob Gunton. If you don’t, however, he may be hesitant to devote himself to you.

The only time he’ll sit near you is when an ejector seat is available.

You start seeing a guy, and you have fun together, but he refuses to sit down near you. A restaurant, a movie theatre, wherever you go with him, he awkwardly stands nearby rather than sitting next to you to disguise the fact that he’s on a date with you. Then, on your seventh or eighth date, he finally takes a seat next to you - in a chair capable of propelling itself miles into the sky at the push of a button. Men, right? If this sounds familiar, we hate to break it to you, but he may struggle with commitment. You’ll try as hard as you can to get close to him, and he’ll just keep creating distance - miles of distance into the sky, to be exact.

Whenever he hears the word “comet,” he becomes visibly panicked, then seconds later shows immense relief.

Take your man down to the local observatory or science centre. See how he reacts whenever he hears the word “comet.” Does he display great fear, only to appear deeply reassured moments later? This may have something to do with the fact that the word “comet” sounds identical to the first two syllables of the word “commitment.” It’s not necessarily an indicator of a fear of commitment - maybe when he was a child, his father was struck by a comet. Maybe his father was a comet. Truth be told, there’s too many potential father- comet centric traumas to be sure - but it’s a sign.

Whenever you use the word boyfriend, he dials 9-1-1 into his phone and hovers his thumb over the call button.

You’re on a date, and things are going well. You think he’s interesting, and he makes you feel interesting. You start to tell a story about your sister’s boyfriend, and he goes pale. You think it’s odd, but you continue the story. He slowly reaches into his pocket, and dials 9-1-1, and holds his phone in his trembling hand for next five minutes before quietly putting it back away. You think it’s strange the first time it happens, and even stranger when you realize he does this every time you say the word “boyfriend.” We don’t mean to shock you, but this could indicate that he struggles with committed relationships. If you’re interested in something more from him, we recommend leaving him before you get more attached, and avoiding the use of the word “husband” around him for his own safety.

He is deeply upset by anything even tangentially related to rings.

Does your guy seem on edge whenever his phone rings? Whenever he sees the basic shape of a circle? Whenever somebody references the writings of J. R. R. Tolkien? If so, don’t bet on him putting a ring on your finger anytime soon - because the very sight of it will trigger a panic attack for him.