There may have been times when you stayed with someone just so that you would not be alone and for no other reason. You were not in love with them and you have been extremely unhappy in the relationship, but if you felt like you had no other options and could not bear the thought of being alone, you stayed with them.
Psychologist Stephanie Spielmann decided to conduct a study to show that this is one of the main reasons that people stay in relationships that they do not want to be in.
The study involved 126 women and 27 men who were found through an ad on Craigslist. They participated in the hopes of winning a gift card to Amazon. When asked about how they felt about being alone in life and what the future would hold, over 38% said that they had no fears of being alone and didn’t worry about it in the future. A little over 18% were extremely worried and anxious that they would live life single and die alone. The rest were mixed or not overly worried about being alone.
The people who responded to the survey were also screened for issues such as sensitivity to rejection, depression, and loneliness. On a scale of 1 to 5 respondents averaged 3.38 when it came to needing to feel like they belonged in life. They also had screenings about self-esteem and what type of person they were when they were in a relationship (how attached they became to their partners).
All in all the study showed that the majority of people were not worried about being alone for life but there were those who said that they would stay with someone because they were so anxious about ending up alone for life or not thinking they could get anyone better. So, in conclusion, many people stay in bad relationships for fear of being alone.