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All you need to know about ‘pocketing’ in relationships


All you need to know about ‘pocketing’ in relationships

All you need to know about ‘pocketing’ in relationships

Do you know that there’s a term known as Pocketing when it comes to dating and relationships?

If you are already thinking of browsing this term to understand what it means, hold on. We are here to tell you what Pocketing is and how to spot if it’s going on in your relationship.

The person you are in a relationship with tries to avoid all sorts of ways of introducing you to his/her family, friends and colleagues.

In simpler terms, your partner does things to make the relationship non-existent. Your partner won’t even try to acknowledge you as his/her girlfriend or boyfriend in front of the world. This is what we call Pocketing.

Now that you have known what pocketing is but how do you spot one if it ever happens in a relationship, you’re in?

Finding out if someone is pocketing you could be a tricky thing. But then we have some signs that would help you Know better.

1. Your partner makes excuses for not introducing you to close ones

The moment you confront him/her for not introducing you to his/her close ones, you’ll hear some excuses. For example, your partner may say that he/she hardly knew them or he/she will introduce you in a better way. The only introduction that your partner gives is that you two are just friends and nothing more than that.

2. You often meet at secluded places

You and your partner may go on dates but not at popular or crowded places. Even if you try to meet him/her near his/her office or neighbourhood, he/she may ask you to behave as “friends”. Your partner may insist you meet at secluded places just to ensure that no one sees the pair of you together. This could be because your partner is worried about the image he/she has among the people they know.


3. Your partner hasn’t added you to his/her social media circle

This is another tell-tale sign that your partner is pocketing you. Your partner may try to maintain the secrecy of the relationship by avoiding you on all his/her social media platforms. he/she would make sure that neither of you posts the pictures of the two of you. In fact, he/she may not care to hit the like button or comment on your posts.

4. Your partner never introduces you properly

If you and your partner ever run into his/her friends, colleagues or relatives, he/she introduces you as a distant relative, friend or colleague. Your partner would avoid hugging you in front of people or won’t greet you to make sure no one notices the intimacy between the two of you.

5. Your partner tries to avoid meeting people with you

If you have made some plans to go on a double date or take your partner to meet your friends, he/she will find some excuses to cancel the plan. In fact, your partner too would avoid inviting you to any event that would include his/her friends, family, colleagues and relatives. They would never take the initiative to organise anything that involves you as well.

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