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The reasons we stay friends with an ex

08 June 2017

Why do we sometimes stay friends with ex-partners? There may be many reasons, but according to a new paper in Personality and Individual Differences they fall into seven main categories – and men and women don’t quite see eye-to-eye on them.

The research also found that certain personality traits were related to motivations for staying friends after a break-up.

Justin Mogilski and Lisa Welling at Oakland University, US, asked a group of 348 volunteers to think of as many reasons as possible for why two former partners might want to remain friends. This resulted in a 153-item list.

Read more on our Research Digest blog.

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