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Psychology: love still remains – the 6 surprising causes of breakups you need to know

Have you ever found yourself staring into the abyss of a broken relationship, questioning where things went wrong?

It’s a scenario many of us have unfortunately faced, and the answers aren’t always crystal clear.

Guess what, you’re not alone.

Despite the fairy tales, even the greatest love stories sometimes end in heartache.

Even when love still remains, breakups still happen.

But why is that?

Are we missing some secret knowledge about relationships?

Would knowing the common reasons for breakups help us avoid them?

We’re about to explore six surprising causes of breakups that you need to know.

These are not just abstract theories, but real-life situations that can manifest in any relationship.

Maybe you’ve lived through some of these.

If not, no worries, knowledge is power and knowing these pitfalls could be your ticket to a happier, more stable relationship.

Sometimes it’s not about falling out of love, but falling into understanding.

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So let’s dive in and see if we can demystify these surprising breakup causes together shall we?

Psychology: love still remains - the 6 surprising causes of breakups you need to know
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1. Unmet expectations

When you’re in love, it’s easy to paint a perfect picture of your partner and your future together.

Sadly, nobody is perfect and the future rarely goes according to plan.

Unmet expectations can deal a heavy blow to a relationship, causing frustration, disappointment, and resentment.

Being open about what we expect from each other and from the relationship can help mitigate this issue.

And remember, it’s crucial to be realistic.

2. Lack of individual identity

Despite being in a relationship, it’s important to maintain our individual identities.

Loss of self can be a subtle and gradual process that you may not even notice until it’s too late.

This can lead to feelings of resentment and even loss of attraction towards your partner.

Remember, being two unique individuals coming together is what makes a relationship exciting and truly fulfilling.

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3. Losing sight of the bigger picture

Life is full of ups and downs, and this includes relationship life as well.

During rough patches, it’s easy to lose sight of the bigger picture and only focus on the present hardships.

This lack of perspective can result in impulsive decisions including breakups.

4. Poor communication

Poor communication is often cited as a major cause of breakups.

Not being able to express our needs, feelings, or concerns effectively can lead to misunderstandings, hurt feelings, and even fights.

5. Lack of shared goals

When we don’t have shared goals or a shared vision for the future, it can lead to feelings of drifting apart.

This doesn’t mean you and your partner need to have identical aspirations, but finding common ground is essential to a successful relationship.

6. Complacency

Once we’ve won over our partner’s heart, it’s easy to become complacent and stop putting in the effort we once did.

This can lead to feelings of being taken for granted, which is a common cause of breakups.

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We’ve delved into some uncharted territories here, haven’t we?

From having unmet expectations to losing our individual identities, these are just some of the unexpected avenues that can lead us towards a breakup.

I’m sure you can relate to some, if not all, of these realities.

But remember, these six surprising causes are by no means an exhaustive list and neither do they guarantee doom for your relationship.

Recognizing them gives you a chance to address these issues and guide your relationship towards a more promising road.

Now, thinking back to that abyss of a broken relationship, does it seem less vast or formidable?

Does the ‘where did things go wrong?’ seem less of an enigma?

Please note: While this article aims to provide insights into causes of breakups, it is by no means a substitute for professional advice. The intent is to provide information that can help you understand potentially difficult situations better, and not to diagnose or give professional advice on personal relationships.

Michael H. Clifton
Written by, Michael H. Clifton
Hi, I'm Daniel, a 37-year-old lifestyle writer with a passion for understanding the human mind. I live in the city but I also love taking nature walks to escape the urban hustle. Join me on my journey as I explore the balance between city life and the calming influence of nature.