Abandonment doesn’t always describe a physical act. People may also feel emotional abandonment due to any loss of personal connection. Abandonment issues occur when a person develops an ongoing fear of losing a relationship. These issues may cause someone to leave one relationship after another, repeatedly engage in high-conflict relationships, or distance themselves from getting close to others.
People aren’t born with abandonment issues, and fear of abandonment is not a medical condition. These issues develop over time, often beginning in childhood. Children require physical and psychological protection for healthy brain development. While the brain’s architecture may be genetic, a child’s experiences teach them how to build social connections. Psychological neglect and psychosocial deprivation hinders these skills and leads to short and long-term consequences, including abandonment issues.
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