It’s one of the age old questions of our universe: should you stay friends with your ex after you break up? The opinions on this subject vary massively from person to person, mainly depending on how much of a psycho their ex was. It’s all good though, because science may finally have an answer to this important question.
A study, which was published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, found that subjects with “dark personality traits” and manipulative tendencies opted to stay friends with exes. While most other people wanted to stay friends with exes for sentimental reasons, these manipulative types had another motive altogether.
People with psychology’s “dark triad” of personality traits (narcissism, psychopathy and Machiavellianism) only wanted to stay friends with an ex in order to try and get sex in the future. This line of thinking was far more prevalent in men than in women, which is hardly surprising.
“Men rated sexual access higher on importance than women did, which is consistent with other research showing that men are more likely than women to form [cross sex friendships] due to sexual attraction,” the study’s authors, Justin Mogilski and Dr. Lisa Welling, wrote. So now we know what sort of person refuses to cut ties with an ex, on the next page we look at why they make these choices.
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