3. Rollercoaster of Love

Toxic love makes you feel stuck on a never-ending rollercoaster. The brief highs are exhilarating, but they are few and far between. These short-lived bursts of joy are just enough of a boost to keep you hoping that the next one is just around the corner if you just stay on the ride. This unpredictability literally becomes addictive, encouraging the same reward-seeking behavior as a desperate gambler who can’t stop playing the slots. Studies demonstrate that uncertainty takes a physiological toll, not just on humans, but on all animals. Being unable to predict what’s going to happen next causes surges in glucocorticoids or stress hormones. Bathing your brain in stress hormones long-term is a recipe for disaster.

Love rollercoaster Martin Dimitrov / Getty Images
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