4 Broad Themes Define Ghosting

According to Psychology Today, here are the themes that defined the experience of being ghosted:

1. Confusion: Many ghostees find themselves confused as they struggle to make sense of who was responsible for the fallen relationship. They experience a mental tug-of-war wherein they try to find the “why” and, at times, end up devaluing themselves in the process.

2. Justification: Ghostees try to find some justification for why the relationship ended. While this is self-preserving in nature, it can prevent ghostees from grieving the loss of a potential partner. Their true feelings, perhaps disappointment and sadness, are suppressed.

3. Avoidance of future vulnerability: Perhaps the most upsetting consequence of being ghosted is the avoidance of future vulnerability. Ghostees become more hesitant to venture into new romantic relationships.

4. Contribution of technology: Ghostees mention that online dating apps make ghosting (without any consequences) easy. With the anonymity of being online, ghosters donÕt have to face the consequences of their actions.