Why People in a Bad Marriage Stay Married

Men and women who stay in a bad marriage often have hidden reasons for doing so. Some people would rather stay in an unhappy relationship than acknowledge their “failure.” Others fear that no one will ever love them again, that the ending of the marriage can never be followed by a new beginning. This thought is likely due to a sense of low self-esteem, which may have preceded all thoughts of divorce, and may have preceded the marriage itself, a lifetime lack of self-confidence. How well they do depends on how willing they are to try new things and meet new people. They have to be prepared to change in some ways.

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