Why Do People Seek Out a New Romance as the Current Relationship is Ending?
There are lots of reasons why people want to have the next romance in the wings when they're going through a breakup, and many of those reasons are fear based:
Fear of Being Alone
Some people seek out someone new immediately because they're afraid of being alone. To them, being alone often means they're undesirable. They like to go from one relationship to the next without ever being single, if possible.
Fear of Dealing with the Emotional Pain of the Heartbreak
Related to fear of being alone, many people don't want to deal with the emotional pain of the breakup. Rather than deal with painful emotions, they want to immerse themselves in a new relationship to avoid feeling the pain.
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In addition, whether you realize it or not, you bring your old emotional baggage from the current relationship into the new relationship.
Learning to Cope With Emotional Pain Can Make You More Resilient
As much as we hope to avoid dealing with emotional pain in life, including the pain of a breakup, learning to cope with emotional pain, rather than trying to avoid it, is part of emotional development.
While you're going through the pain, it can feel awful. But, usually, while you're recovering from the loss, you can learn a lot about yourself, relationships and life's lessons.
After you've healed, you usually realize that you can cope with a lot more than you might have realized, and you don't need to distract yourself with a new relationship, a drink, a drug, gambling or other potential emotional numbing activities.
Healing From Heartbreak and Building Resilience to Deal With Life's Inevitable Challenges
Once you've recovered from your loss, having gone through the emotional pain, you often become more resilient and better able to deal with the next challenge in life.
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Everyone needs help at some point in his or her life.
If you find that you're having a difficult time coping with a breakup on your own or even with your emotional support network, you could benefit from seeking the help of a licensed psychotherapist, who can help you to work through the healing process.
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