The All-Too-Common Reason People Stay In Bad Relationships, According To Science

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Why do we people stay in relationships that are obviously bad for them? We’ve all been there either ourselves or watched someone we care about to stay with someone who was hurting them and yet o matter how much they acknowledge it they can’t walk away. Well, there is a reason why we can’t cut the cord.

This innate urge to stay in an unhealthy relationship is more common than you think according to studies published by the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Fear Of The Unknown

There are a lot of reasons why a person would stay in a toxic relationship but one of the common ones is the fear of life without them. Despite having once been okay without them, the longer they date, the more intertwined their lives become, and the more the relationship represents a level of security and comfort that is too scary to walk away from.

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Plus dating these days is hard, and the idea of having to start back from scratch can seem quite daunting for those in long-term relationships. They would rather stay and settle than to the risk of finding something better.