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February 25, 2014

5 Signs You’re Dating a Stage 5 Clinger


One of the best things about dating is the exposure to different types of people. You get to meet some great people, as well as some not-so-great people. One of the types of people you’ll probably have an incident with at some point are the Clingers. These are the people who latch on and have the potential to drive you crazy if you give them enough time. These are the people who devote all of their time to you and thirst for your admiration and approval. Sometimes you can make a quick getaway and sometimes you just don’t see the clinginess until it hits you square in the head.

Have no fear. If you think you may be dating a Stage 5 Clinger, take a look at the following five traits and see how your new guy or girl matches up.

Moving Too Fast

When you guys first met, were they already talking about a future together? Maybe not marriage and kids talk right away, but maybe they were making plans for weeks to come and you were only on your first or second date. It’s definitely a good sign if your new friend wants to make plans, but if they are filling up your calendar from the get go and making you feel overwhelmed, you might need to take a step back.

Constant Availability

One of the most prominent characteristics of a clingy person is their lack of social calendar. Do they always seem to want to hang out with you and never have any plans with their friends or family? This may be a sign they have no friends or that they are willing to cut their friends out to make time for you. Neither of these situations are ideal. You don’t want someone who is going to latch onto you every second of every day.

Neediness 24/7

I’m all for talking to your boyfriend or girlfriend all day if you want, but if they need you to talk even if you’re busy that’s a no-no. If they freak out if you don’t call or text at a certain point in time, that’s a little excessive. The relationship should be balanced. You don’t want to be bombarded with constant text messages or phone calls, especially if you’re not ready to reciprocate the same levels of communication.


Clingy people tend to be jealous people. They tend to be a little on the self-conscious side, so when another member of their own sex starts showing up in your life (in any capacity), they can get a little crazy. The effect on their psyche can be small or large: They might get a little tense when you’re talking to another girl or guy or noticeably act out because of unfounded suspicion. If you’re dating a clingy person, they may even get mad when you go out with your friends and don’t invite them.


Another major characteristic of a clingy person is that they are constantly seeking someone else’s approval and acceptance. Like I said earlier, clingy people tend to be hard on themselves and lack self-confidence. They might second guess themselves and try to do whatever it takes to keep you around, even if their behavior ends up doing the exact opposite. If you find yourself with this type of person, either sever the ties or try to reassure them that you aren’t going anywhere.

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About the Author

Elisa Freese
Elisa Freese is a lifelong New Yorker with a Bachelor’s degree from SUNY New Paltz and a Master’s degree from New York University. She has always had a love for writing and now that school and homework are finally done forever, Elisa is going back to writing on a regular basis. In addition to writing, Elisa loves anything that has to do with traveling, shopping, social media and TV/movies. With her experiences, as well as the experiences of her friends and family, Elisa hopes to shed some light on the ins and outs of dating to the readers of Nouveau Dating.

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