It’s custom that when you go through a breakup, friends and family finally reveal how much they disliked your boyfriend. Be it his lack of responsibility or poor attendance at family events, they’ll doubtless find a way to let you know what they’ve really been thinking all this time.
So they won’t be too impressed when you suggest staying in contact with your estranged partner, and for good reason. Now, a study has proven that you should think twice before drunk calling your ex, as people with ‘dark personality traits’ such as narcissism or even psychopathy, tend to stay friends with their past partners for ‘practical’ reasons.
The study, conducted by Oakland University, revealed that people who stay friends with an ex do so as their former relationship was ‘reliable, trustworthy, and of sentimental value’. Sound familiar? It also turns out those with a ‘dark personality’ only returned to their ex for ‘practical and sexual reasons’. We won’t be replying to our ex’s persistent DM’s anytime soon then…
According to narcissist expert Dr. Ferretti, who spoke to Broadly on the topic of exes, says, 'Narcissists hate to fail or lose, so will do what they can to maintain some connection if they didn't make the choice to end it.'
He continued: 'They can experience narcissistic injury when rejected by a partner and have difficulties letting it go or healing from it.'
So next time you’re thinking of stalking your ex’s tagged Facebook photos, remember you’re really giving your estranged boyfriend an excuse to call you a psycho.
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