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Why Have They Ghosted You?

Five reasons they probably already gave you


This is the video version of an article by Dr Esther Cole on Psychology Today which was read 2,500 times in 24 hours, and here on the blog at Lifespan Psychology - The Diverse Practice®.

We venture into the intricate realm of relationship ghosting, and the profound psychological implications it leaves in its wake. The aftermath of ghosting extends far beyond the mere cessation of communication, often manifesting as heightened anxiety, pervasive depression, avoidant tendencies, unrelenting guilt, entrenched insecurity, a profound sense of abandonment, attachment issues, and the erosion of self-worth.

This pain can be somewhat anticipated, offering a chance to mitigate its effects by keenly observing the expressions and words of the other person. A person who engages in ghosting is likely grappling with their own history of abandonment and struggles to manage their emotions and communication effectively. Predicting and understanding ghosting can not only provide solace but also pave the way for healing, acceptance, and closure.

Exploring factors such as fear of confrontation, conflict avoidance, diminished empathy, and a lack of communication skills, we shed light on the intricate interplay of emotions and motivations that lead individuals to choose this elusive exit strategy.

Understanding these underlying factors enables individuals to navigate relationships with a heightened awareness, fostering empathy and promoting healthier communication.

With thanks to Nicole Magada.

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