December 3, Why do we remain in romantic relationships that leave us unhappy and unfulfilled? The answer in two new studies co-authored by a University of Toronto researcher might surprise you. Research published in the November issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that people are less likely to initiate a breakup when they believe that their romantic partners are dependent on the relationship. Participants in the studies, even people who had been close to breaking up, were motivated to remain in unsatisfying situations because they considered not only their own desires but also how much their partners wanted and needed the relationship to continue.
Why you stayed in that unhappy relationship for too long
People stay in unhappy relationships out of altruism | The Independent
If you're in a relationship, are you in love with your partner? Does he or she make you happy? If you answered yes to both questions, you're fortunate indeed. But if you answered no to either one, there's growing scientific evidence that staying in the relationship is the wrong decision--for you, for your partner, and even for your children, if any. Both ideas have been disproved by recent research.
Why do we stay in unhappy relationships? Research offers answers
Everyone knows that one couple who shouldn't be together anymore. The ones who are always fighting and don't seem to enjoy each other's company in the slightest. But it's not just these people who should break up. Sometimes, people are stuck in unhappy relationships for reasons that are less clear.
However, the new findings reveal that people are actually more empathetic when it comes to considering breakups. Published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology , the study reveals that the more dependent a person believes their partner to be, the less likely they are to initiate a breakup, ultimately suggesting that people stay in unfulfilling relationships for the sake of their partner's needs rather than their own. The research was conducted in two separate studies; the first one tracked 1, people in romantic relationships over a week period and a second examined participants, who were contemplating a breakup, for two months.