Why We Hold On So Tight To Relationships That Hurt Us Most

Somebody who had seen my piece about the 9.5-year breakup that had me stuck in China emailed me a few weeks back.  

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"Why didn't you leave your ex-boyfriend earlier instead of sticking around?" they wondered, their curiosity piqued by my progress and the positive changes in my life. This was my conclusion after giving it some thought.  

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Being in a relationship, particularly one that is close to ten years old, makes you more tolerant and forgiving of each other's flaws.  

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After all, you've put so much into the relationship to this point that you'd rather look past the bad and concentrate on the good.   

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You strive to resolve conflicts amicably rather than ending the relationship since, looking back, you realize that the wonderful times outweigh the few unpleasant ones.  

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Related: It's Been Months Since My Husband Last Communicated With Me—He "Ghosted" Me  

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Once upon a time, my ex-boyfriend returned home from a weeklong business meeting in Hong Kong. Sad and weepy, he appeared downcast.  

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I knew something had transpired the second I laid eyes on him. It seemed like something was amiss. Asking, "What is it?" "Hey, what's wrong?" Him: "I apologize..." I deeply apologize. What is it? Please tell me. I'm terrified of you.  

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