Relationship ghosting occurs when the other person in the relationship disappears without warning or giving any indication that they are ending things. “Ghosting” refers to their sudden, mysterious disappearance from your life.
Of course, there are other ways to end a relationship. For example, you might have an argument with someone who then tells you that they are breaking up with you or that they never want to see you again. Or perhaps you got into a fight, and this person packed their stuff and moved out while claiming they would never come back after everything had been said and done.
These could be considered relationship break-ups because one of the people involved has indicated that they will no longer be part of the relationship moving forward.
Ghosting is a relationship ending behaviour that can be confusing and hurtful. While everyone may ghost someone at some point in their lives, relationship ghosting should not be considered a normal way to end things with another person.
Relationship ghosting does seem like a cowardly act of ending relationships because it makes the other person feel unimportant and unguarded. People who use relationship ghosting as a way to end things are often lacking in courage and likely do not care about other people’s feelings.
They may also lack emotional intelligence because relationship ghosters typically disappear without giving the other individual an explanation or reason why they ended the relationship so abruptly.
People who ghost in relationships might have difficulty with their partners, which is why relationship ghosting can be confusing. Everyone deserves to have a relationship that is rewarding and healthy, which means that if one person is feeling unhappy with the relationship then he or she should not be staying.
However, relationship ghosters are more interested in avoiding conflict rather than attempting to work through relationship problems with their partners. They often do not want to tell their partner about their unhappiness because they are afraid of how the other person will respond. Relationship ghosts likely think their partners will become angry or upset with them for ending things without giving some kind of explanation, so they avoid this response by disappearing instead of talking to someone about it directly.
Not only does relationship ghosting seem like an immature way to end relationships, but it also comes with some serious relationship repercussions. Relationship ghosting can make you feel worthless and unimportant, which is not a good feeling for anyone. It also makes it difficult to get closure after you realize that the relationship is over because relationship ghosts often avoid contact with their relationship partners altogether or give vague explanations of why they disappeared from the relationship.
People may ghost others in relationships because they think doing so will spare their partner’s feelings about their unhappiness with the relationship. A relationship ghoster might think it will be easier to disappear than tell someone they’re unhappy and break up with him or her.
However, relationship ghosters should consider how their disappearance affects other people and what kind of messages this behaviour sends. Because of this, we hope more relationship ghosts will consider the relationship consequences of relationship ghosting and avoid using this relationship ending behaviour.
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