Long ago, a noted manosphereain gave me this good advice when evaluating new love or other more platonic interests (like new friends, coworkers, and such): Verify then trust.
In other words, give things some time, slow it down intentionally, let people show you who they are. People may be able to sustain their best behavior for a short time, but if they have ill intent, they will simply bounce to an easier mark than prove up.
People who do have good intent will not even question you verifying it. They have nothing to lose, there is no act. It would not even occur to them.
People who question it or try to make you feel bad about it — no matter how many sad stories of being the innocent wronged they can tell to justify this (Red flag right there! Never wrong? Always wronged? Time and again? Really???) beware. Reasonable and good boundaries avoid problems, they don’t create them. If someone has problems with such, take it as a sign.
Verify THEN trust. Not trust THEN verify. Good advice for anyone navigating life. It will never do you wrong, and it can head off all sorts of trouble.
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