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The new phenomenon that means you're more likely to stay in a rubbish relationship

Prima logo Prima 12/01/2017 Francesca Rice

The new phenomenon that means you're more likely to stay in a rubbish relationship © Tino Tedaldi / Getty The new phenomenon that means you're more likely to stay in a rubbish relationship We all know that one couple who are always arguing but never breaking up, or that one friend who is continuously in a new relationship, even if the guy in question is no prince charming.

Well, a new phenomenon could be the reason why some of us choose to stay in rubbish relationships, and apparently most us now suffer from it...

According to a new study, more than half of Brits would rather stay in an unhappy relationship than be alone, in an epidemic that has been dubbed 'singlephobia'.

As the Metro reports, the study by dating website eHarmony revealed that 26% of us are less than happy with our current relationship but the majority (54%) wouldn't dream of calling it off for fear of being single.

'Emotionally, this research picks up on something that I see time and again in my clinics – the fact that people have been unhappy for so long that they normalise their negative feelings – they become comfortable in their discomfort,' explains eHarmony psychologist Dr Linda Papadopolous.

If you're one of these relationship dawdlers, then Dr Papadopolous has some advice: 'If this sounds familiar, I would recommend finding some time to re-evaluate your relationship, questioning whether it fits your current life goals. If it doesn't, it could be of more benefit to learn to how to be happy as a single person as opposed to in a partnership with the wrong person.

'While there is a perceived stigma attached to being single – fuelling so-called "singlephobia" – with the right support it can also be a fantastic opportunity for growth,' she adds.

So, there you have it, don't just let your unhappy relationship fester: do something about it or move on. Life's too short, right? 

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