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The fear of being alone forces many people into unhealthy relationship after unhealthy relationship. Yet scientific research has showed there are many benefits to being single, both physical and emotional. Single and divorced people get more exercise, have a lower BMI, are better at keeping friends, and are better with money, according to previous studies.
Despite all of this readily-available information, though, psychologists have found that many patients have difficulty remaining single after a breakup. Being in a toxic relationship is worse for your health than being alone, but the addiction to having companionship can lead many people to the wrong relationships.
Mental health experts say the biggest reason for this relationship addiction is the validation someone receives from the other person in a romance. When a relationship ends, too often people rush to find a replacement for that validation, leading to animosity toward all their exes.
Therapists recommend embracing the single life during those phases of life. In doing so, you’ll be able to learn who you are and what you want in a relationship, which will increase the likelihood that you’ll end up in a healthy one. An additional benefit of this is that you’ll be better able to handle things if your relationship ends.