10 Reasons People Stay in Bad Relationships (but Shouldn’t)

While all couples have their fair share of ups and downs, the odds aren’t always in the favor of long-lasting love. Perhaps one person feels smothered while the other feels they’re not getting the attention they deserve. When an unhealthy situation reaches the point of no return, most would consider it unsalvageable. Unfortunately, though, not everyone knows when it’s time to cut their losses.

So, why do people refuse to leave an undesirable situation? Here are 10 possible reasons some folks stay in bad relationships.

1. Low self-esteem

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Low self-esteem can cause some to stay in bad relationships. | iStock.com

A person who values their self-worth isn’t afraid to speak up on their own behalf. They’re confident in standing up for themselves when they don’t agree with how another person is treating them. In a relationship, this skill comes in quite handy.

On the flip side, people who have low self-esteem may not be as likely to stand up for themselves in times of discontent. They may even be more likely to stay in unhappy relationships, according to research conducted by the University of Waterloo. The study found these people tend to keep quiet when it comes to relationship woes, as they fear the resulting rejection could wind up making them even more unhappy.