Staying Friends with Your Ex Might Mean You're a Psychopath

Just delete his number already

goop universal

As nice and mature as it sounds to stay friends with exes, we've never been very good at it. There's just something weird (and forced and unnecessary) about maintaining a relationship with someone you're trying to move on from.

Turns out, science is on our side.

According to a study from Oakland University, people with "dark personality types" stay friends with their exes for "practical" reasons, which is as devious as it sounds. "Practical" reasons can be anything from sex to wanting to be able to use or control you.

So, if your ex wants to stay friends with you, there's a good chance he's either a narcissist, a psychopath or both. (Shudder.)

We knew there was a reason we've been ignoring gross David's gross Facebook messages.

sarah stiefvater
Sarah Stiefvater

Wellness Director

Sarah Stiefvater is PureWow's Wellness Director. She's been at PureWow for ten years, and in that time has written and edited stories across all categories, but currently focuses...
read full bio