Psychologists Explain 7 Reasons Why Staying Friends With An Ex Is a Bad Idea

If you had any questions about whether or not to stay friends with your ex, this study, conducted by psychologists, will help you better understand why being friends with an ex is not a good idea.

We wanted to help you better understand the downside of remaining friends with your ex, and we’d like to share that professional knowledge with you.

6. You Can’t Just Suddenly Turn Off Feelings

Psychologists Explain 7 Reasons Why Staying Friends With An Ex Is a Bad Idea
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According to Nina Atwood, a famous author, people generally remain friends with their ex-boyfriends because they don’t want to end things harshly and face a life without a person who means so much to them.

People assume that remaining friends with an ex will make things easier and soften the blow of the breakup, but that’s where they are wrong.

It’s natural not to want to totally lose such an important person in your life, but hanging out with them after the breakup will make it virtually impossible to erase your feelings for them.

When you begin to feel comfortable in each other’s company again, you will let your guard down and those romantic feelings may return, bubbling under the surface once more.

5. It Will Be Harder For You To Move On

Being around your ex at all times will make it difficult for you to shake off feelings of loss and regret. In other words, you are likely to experience mixed feelings that will make the process of moving on that much more difficult for you.

After a breakup, people need time to recover and just reflect on the relationship, and it will become much more difficult if they are in the company of their ex all the time.

Sometimes after a breakup, you can’t see things clearly and you need to give yourself time to recover and better understand the things that happened to you, and having your ex in your life will make things more difficult than they already are.

4. Your Ex Might Still Be In Love With You

When a couple separates, it is generally not a mutual decision. Most of the time, someone is fired in the relationship, and it is usually the person who is fired who wants to come back.

This is not necessarily the case, but either way, one can hope to rekindle the fire of romantic relationships once again, because they still have feelings for each other.

Let’s be honest, the chemistry between the two of you is there, although it may be depleted right now.

But hanging out together and having a drink or two will definitely confuse things and can leave the other person with a false sense of hope that they will get back together, which will never end well.

3. It May Lead To An On-again-off-again Relationship

Psychologists Explain 7 Reasons Why Staying Friends With An Ex Is a Bad Idea
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After a breakup, there will always be that lingering feeling that will make you wonder if you made the right decision to break up with someone. And dating your ex will confuse you even more.

The fact that you are physically attracted to each other in the first place will definitely lead to an intermittent relationship.

A relationship that develops from time to time usually means that one of the partners is not sure if they want to be together or not.

Just keep in mind that if someone really wants to be with you, breaking up would never be an option.

2. Hanging Out As Friends Will Be Painful

Psychologists Explain 7 Reasons Why Staying Friends With An Ex Is a Bad Idea
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Let’s face it, no one likes to watch from the front row when their ex is finding new love and starting a new romantic relationship.

But if you decide to remain friends with the person you have had an affair with, prepare to deal with this type of situation that will always be difficult and painful to see.

As much as we may not want to admit it, it hurts to see our previous partner move on and find a new love.

It’s really a shame to see them in love with someone else, and whether you want to play nice or not, it hurts to see that your ex is doing better than you.

1. It Will Prevent You From Being Open To New Relationships

Psychologists Explain 7 Reasons Why Staying Friends With An Ex Is a Bad Idea
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Once a relationship ends, you need to allow yourself the space you need to recover from the breakup and eventually return to the dating world.

But dating your ex won’t do you much good, and it will definitely be uncomfortable for your potential partners.

Imagine having to explain to your new partner that you spend a lot of time with your ex. They will probably think that you are still stuck with them and that you are not ready for something real.

This is a definite red flag and a deal-breaker for many suitable potential partners.

As much as we might not want to admit it, we would be fooling ourselves if we thought that being friends with an ex could work.

Of course, there are rare cases where it is possible, but the general idea is that you should definitely avoid being friends with your romantic ex.

What do you think of the whole dilemma of being friends with your ex? Do you agree that we should eliminate our exes from our lives or do you really believe that it is possible to remain friends? Tell us your opinion in the comments below.

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