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People Always Leave You? 20 Ways to Stop Sabotaging Your Relationships

Do you wonder why people always leave you? Sometimes we subconsciously push people away because we’re scared of them getting too close.

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We are all born with a preconceived idea of how we think things are or should be. It’s the idea that things should go a certain way, and for the most part, they do. Over time, we experience things that challenge this. Situations we weren’t expecting or quick losses we are unprepared for. We come to realize that very few things in life are truly permanent, and through that we realize people always leave.

You might marry someone, say your vows and fully intend to spend the rest of your days with them. However, it might not work out like that.

Life happens and throws us curve balls. Things we don’t expect come our way and it challenges the things we thought would always be around. [Read: 18 honest reasons why you don’t have friends that care about you]

The self-fulfilling prophecy of people leaving

Not everyone who comes into your life is meant to stay, but that doesn’t make it any easier when they leave. To add insult to injury, the more times people exit your life when you weren’t prepared, the harder it is to put yourself out there and love again.

The problem with living in the temporary is that you never feel settled or secure. Although pushing it off that others are bound to leave, the truth is, many people leave long before they should.

Many are only half-in for fear of being hurt, elusive at times, and protective at others. The thing is, expecting things to go bad can actually turn into a self-fulfilling prophecy.

A self-fulfilling prophecy is when we tell ourselves something enough times that we actually convince ourselves it’s real.

If you say to yourself that people always leave enough, you will probably set up a scenario to chase them away. You might not even realize you’re doing it. [Read: Relationship anxiety – 20 mistakes you need to stop making]

You’re living in fear

All of this comes from fear. We’re scared that we’re going to be hurt again, so rather than allow it to happen or just go along with it and see what happens, we sabotage it before it gets to that point.

Then, rather than feeling the pain, we can blame it on the “fact” that it “always happens.” It doesn’t always happen at all, it’s simply that you believe it does, so you act in a defensive way and actually cause yourself a problem from the get-go.

Basically, you could be causing people to leave.

It sounds bad, that’s true, but when you’re worried and scared, fearful even, your actions start to change as a self-defense method.

It’s time to change that. It’s time to open up, go with the flow, and realize that people don’t always leave you, it’s just that sometimes they do. [Read: Why do people ignore me? 20 possible reasons you need to think about]

Do people always leave you? 20 ways you may be self-sabotaging your relationships

If you believe people always leave you, then it may be time for you to check the reasons why they leave. Examine if there is some self-fulfilling prophecy you have that’s pushing them away.

If you feel like people are going to leave you anyway, you may either not be putting yourself into your relationship in a realistic way, or you may be self-sabotaging your relationships to protect yourself from hurt.

Do you do any of these self-sabotaging things that hurt others and drive them away? [Read: Want to fall in love? Change these 8 self-sabotaging habits]

1. Do you pick faults in everyone you are with?

If you find yourself constantly looking on the negative side and no one is ever good enough or what you need, you may have unrealistic ideas about what a relationship is.

No one promised you it was going to be all roses, but they may not have said it would be as difficult as it is either.

Instead of always finding things wrong with the people you are with, reexamine what you look for in a mate and whether anyone ever lives up to your expectations. [Read: 19 unrealistic expectations that will ruin your love life]

2. Do you generally feel like they don’t love you as much as you love them?

When we fear people leaving us, we often tend to feel as if we love them more. Overestimating your own love for someone is a way to push them away.

If you believe that you are always the one doing more, then you are prepared for a time when they are gone. [Read: 19 ways to pull back in a relationship when you’re giving too much]

3. Do you find ways to get attention, but it always backfires?

When you constantly fear that people are going to leave you, you find ways to gain their attention just to calm your fears. The problem, the more you pull at them, the more they will push away. Leading to a constant repulsion, catch situation.

You can’t feel attached to someone if you are always afraid to get close to them. You should feel settled in yourself enough to stand on your own two feet and not need them as an extension of yourself.

4. Are you living in constant fear that they will leave?

Never feeling secure or settled is a horrible way to live. If you envision them leaving you every time they walk out the door, you’re probably not fun to be around.

People sense your neediness and react to it with the need to push you away to gain some space and perspective. There is nothing you can do if they want to leave, so you have to stop thinking you control it.

We are not in control of our own fate or destiny and trying to constantly predict the future and hold onto things only exhausts us. And if you do that, it makes you no fun to be with. [Read: How to overcome the fear of losing someone you love]

5. Do you look for reasons that you shouldn’t be together?

Are you constantly finding reasons why you shouldn’t be together? If you give people reason upon reason why you aren’t good for each other, you do the exact opposite of what you want.

Convincing someone you aren’t meant to be together is only going to bring you the result that you fear the most.

6. Do you intentionally do things that will make them mad or even hurt them?

Again, if the only way you feel attached to someone is to up emotions, then you are pushing them away.

Hurting them isn’t going to make you feel any better or make them want to stay with you. It is only going to make people leave and not want to be around you, further perpetuating the cycle. [Read: 15 signs you push people away and what you can do about it]

7. Do you always feel unsettled and insecure?

Being afraid that someone is going to leave is a horrible feeling making you feel unsettled and take away a part of who you are.

If all you think about is how to keep someone or hoping they won’t leave, there isn’t any room in the relationship to just be yourself. [Read: Insecurity in a relationship – how to get over it]

8. Do you initiate the fights most of the time?

If you initiate all your fights, either you are self-sabotaging or are with someone who is not made for you. Either way, you are going to be without them. Sometimes, it is better to think about something but not react.

Instead of acting out of emotions like fear, anxiety, or sadness, take the time to cool off and look at the situation with reason and a rational head. That way you avoid the fight cycle you have likely gotten yourself into.

9. Do you feel like you have to distance yourself to protect yourself?

If the only way you don’t feel desperate and sad is by being without someone, they are either not good for you, or you are sabotaging yourself.

Someone you are with should make you feel loved and supported. Whether you aren’t capable of feeling that way with just that one person or at all, it is driving a wedge in your current relationship.

10. Do you look at your future as bright, or are you pessimistic?

No one wants to be with someone who can only see the bad in a situation. If you are someone full of negativity and believe that people always leave, then you are going to be met with the same kind of negativity.

It is hard to carry on a relationship with someone when they are always looking for their out. You may think it is the person you are with, but maybe you are the one who is looking for the open door. [Read: Is your negative thinking ruining your life?]

11. When something goes wrong, do you think “I knew it wouldn’t work”?

Again, a relationship is only as positive as the perspective you have about it. If you constantly feel like it is doomed to fail, it will fail.

What do you have to lose by being optimistic or thinking everything is sunny and roses? If it is meant to end, it is going to whether you have tried to prepare yourself or not. Preparing yourself only strips the joy out of the moments you could have.

12. Do you have a past experience of trauma?

Our experiences shape our perspective and our future. If your experiences have reinforced the idea that people always leave you, it would be a lot harder to shake off the idea. But then again, it is important that you try to separate past events from future ones.

If you constantly expect things to go as they have in the past, then you will get the result you believe is coming. We all have things in our past, but only you can choose to carry them or leave them behind. [Read: Playing victim and all the reasons why playing victim makes your life worse]

13. Do you overcompensate because you’re scared of losing them?

Being overly nice or doing things for the person you are with only leaves you feeling shitty and less loved. The theory of relationship equity is that you are only as happy with someone as you feel equitable to them.

That means if you constantly feel as if you are doing everything, it is going to lead to a state of unhappiness. Stop overcompensating. If they are going to leave, they will do so whether you do everything right or not.

14. Do you need regular affirmation of their feelings and that they aren’t going to leave?

You can ask someone to tell you they love you all the time, but if you aren’t willing to accept them at their word, then they are empty words. Stop looking for affirmation and find it within yourself to accept love from them.

15. Does your fear cause you to smother them?

Do you panic every time they walk out the door? You can’t control what the future is going to bring. Trying to control others only leaves you a nervous twit and someone that you don’t want to be. And someone they don’t want to be with.

Stop smothering them and realize if it is going to happen, you have to let it naturally unfold. [Read: How to love someone without smothering them]

16. Do you always look for signs that tell you to run?

Your expectations shape the way you perceive things. If you think people are going to leave and are always looking for signs, then you are going to find those very signs whether they are there or not.

Try to think positively and banish the thought that people always leave, and feel settled that they love you and aren’t going to ever leave. If they do, enjoy the time you have with them before they make their exit.

17. Do you keep trying to end it, usually for a small reason?

Sometimes, we try to push people away or leave a relationship before someone can leave and hurt us. The problem is eventually they will get tired of you leaving.

You’re not only hurting yourself by constantly trying to end it, but you are also breaking the confidence and security that they have in you too. That isn’t fair to them. [Read: How to stop pushing people away – Why you do it and how to stop it]

18. Does the relationship feel like a constant push and pull scenario?

The harder you try to hold onto things, the harder they try to push you away. If you hold on too tight, you are going to lose them, that is for sure.

19. How do you talk about your partner and your relationship to others?

Think about how you talk about your partner. Do you talk about them favorably or rip them apart? Sometimes we try to protect ourselves and our image by making someone look not worthy of us.

The problem is that studies have concluded the thing that most determines a good relationship is the positivity that each has for the other.

Cutting them down is undermining not only them but your relationship too. Try talking positively and you will be surprised how things will change. [Read: 15 signs of low self-esteem in a woman that can sabotage your life]

20. Are you always looking for your “out”?

Are you emotionally always looking for the exit door because you’re convinced that people will always leave you? If you expect someone to leave a relationship, you may have one foot out the door already.

That is leaving anyone you’re in a relationship with, feeling insecure and on shaky ground. If you are both unsure about the security of your relationship, it is hard to have a trusting and loving future.

The truth is that people don’t always leave you, sometimes you’re causing an issue that pushes them away, purely out of fear.

Sure, it’s not always that way, but if you truly do think that people always leave you, perhaps it’s time to sit down and think carefully about your thoughts and actions in-depth. You might find that the blame sits a little closer to home. [Read: 18 emotions you just shouldn’t feel in a healthy relationship]

When we allow our past to shape our future, we may be creating the very thing we fear most. As hard as it is, stop worrying that people will leave you and start to enjoy the time you have with them. You can’t control the future, but you can control your perception of the here and now.

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Vinod Srinivas Serai
Vin Serai
Vin Serai is the founder of LovePanky.com, and has delved deep into the working of love and relationships for almost two decades. Having dipped his feet in almo...