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6 Reason Why Couples Break Up

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Loyalty, honesty, and open-mindedness are the holy trinity of a healthy partnership. But we are finding a single soul who embodies them all? It’s rare as a unicorn grazing on moonbeams. So when we stumble upon something that shatters our values, like dishonesty or infidelity, the relationship, like a dropped crystal glass, might shatter just as abruptly.

Here are the top reasons why couples broke up:

FOUND HE HAD PENDING FELONY CHARGES

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Trust is the cornerstone of any healthy relationship. When a partner hides a criminal charge, it signifies a breach of trust and can be incredibly damaging to the foundation of the relationship. This betrayal can make it difficult, if not impossible, to rebuild trust and move forward.

A user shared, “I Googled his name and found out he had recently been in prison and had pending felony charges for planting a homemade bomb underneath the car of a man his ex-wife had been seeing.”

HE HAD NO RESPECT FOR COMMITMENTS

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When partners break promises or fail to follow through on commitments, it erodes trust, the foundation of any healthy relationship. This leads to insecurity, resentment, and difficulty relying on one another.

A user said, “His ex called to ask where he was. It turns out he’d arranged with her to see his kids that day, but instead, he told her he couldn’t make it because he was at my house. I had only known him for a couple of weeks. I made up an excuse to make him leave shortly after that call and completely ghosted. I have no respect for a man who ditches his children and ex and commitments that he made.”

I SAW THE WAY HE LIVED

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Difficulty maintaining a clean living space often indicates a lack of basic life skills or an inability to manage personal responsibilities. This can lead to challenges in sharing household tasks, contributing to a sense of imbalance and resentment in the relationship.

A user shared, “After a few months of casual dating, I went to his place. He had one plastic chair in front of the TV, a mattress on the floor, and clothes in clean/dirty piles in front of the washer. And what must have been thousands of empty plastic bags on the floor. He was a high-level government employee (with a high salary) who had lived there for years. The way he lived was an instant nope, we’re done.”

HE DIDN’T RESPECT MY BOUNDARIES

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When someone consistently disregards boundaries, it erodes trust, a crucial element for any healthy relationship. This can lead to paranoia, anxiety, and the constant feeling of being unsafe, ultimately hindering emotional intimacy.

A user shared an incident:

“We were kissing in his car after our first date. He put his hand between my legs. I gently removed it, all while keeping our lips locked. A minute later, his hand wanders back. I removed it again, ‘I’m not ready for that yet.

When he put his hand back a third time, I said, ‘Dude, what the hell!? He shrugged: ‘It’s a woman’s prerogative to put down boundaries, but it’s a man’s prerogative to push them. There was no second date.”

SHE STARTED TALKING ABOUT THIS AMAZING INCOME OPPORTUNITY

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Money is a sensitive topic, and discussing it on a first date can lead to awkwardness and uncomfortable silences, especially if there are significant differences in financial situations. This can set a negative tone for the rest of the date and hinder genuine connection.

A user said, “Went on a first date, and she jumped right into talking about this “amazing income opportunity.” Noped right out of there.”

HE WAS TOO CLINGY

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The sudden declaration of love can feel overwhelming and pressure the other person to reciprocate the feeling, even if they are not ready. This can lead to anxiety, confusion, and a sense of obligation, hindering genuine emotional connection.

A user said, “He said, I love you after three dates and was way too clingy. I’m fine with a clingy boyfriend, but we didn’t have any labels yet.”

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