Far too many women make the mistake of assuming that a man is dating them exclusively after just a few dates, or after they have sex for the first time.

Asking a man where you stand is a valid question and how he handles it is a good indication if he can manage the commitment.

It also provides a wonderful opportunity to see how well you communicate around a touchy subject or difficult conversation, which are skills necessary in all healthy relationships." Alex Greenberg, a dating coach and founder of Price Date.com, agreed, and said there are ways to get an answer without sitting down and having a serious conversation on the topic. No one should ever assume a relationship is exclusive unless there's a reason to believe so.

How do we really know if he is the right guy for us? I found myself dating the same type of person three times in a row over two years who was not good for me.

After that experience of dead end relationships, I developed a self-awareness compass to guide me during dating that led me to say I do to my fiancée.

In extreme cases, it’s easy to identify the culprit. When you’re wearing sunglasses, they look at their reflection, not at you.

The problem lies when it’s not so clear, when a narcissist is cleverly cloaked as the sweet charmer.The consensus among every relationship expert is that the assumption should never be that you're dating exclusively, but instead, that you're dating non-exclusively until you have a conversation about the subject.Read on to find out more details on how to find out if you're dating exclusively and how to broach the subject with a new guy.Everyone says relationships take work but sometimes they can be TOO much work.It becomes difficult and you become frustrated he’s not meeting your needs. He says he wants to be with you but also be able to do his own thing so he communicates only through text.They will probably shut down in order to protect their own emotions and have nothing to give you. This person will not be there for you in tough times.