15 Sad Habits Of People Who Are Terrified Of Being Alone

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Fear of being alone can drive people to some pretty unhealthy behaviors.

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If you spot these habits in yourself or someone you know, it might be time for some self-reflection. Remember, it’s okay to enjoy company, but true happiness comes from being content with yourself first.

1. They jump from relationship to relationship.

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These folks can’t stand being single. As soon as one relationship ends, they’re already lining up the next. There’s no time to process, heal, or learn from past experiences. It’s like they’re using relationships as a band-aid for their fear of solitude.

2. They overcommit to social plans.

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Their calendar is always packed. They say yes to every invitation, even if they’re exhausted or don’t really want to go. The thought of a quiet night at home fills them with dread, so they keep themselves constantly busy with social engagements.

3. They’re always on their phone.

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Even when they’re physically alone, they’re never really alone. They’re constantly texting, scrolling through social media, or finding ways to connect online. It’s like they can’t bear to be alone with their thoughts for even a moment. This is so common that even research cited by Nature found a correlation.

4. They settle for unhealthy relationships.

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Rather than face being alone, they’ll stay in relationships that aren’t good for them. They might put up with disrespect, neglect, or even abuse because they believe any relationship is better than no relationship.

5. They’re overly clingy in relationships.

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When they do have a partner, they become incredibly needy. They might demand constant attention, get jealous easily, or panic at the thought of their partner having a life outside the relationship. This behavior often pushes people away, creating a self-fulfilling prophecy.

6. They can’t enjoy solo activities.

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The idea of going to a movie alone or dining solo at a restaurant terrifies them. They miss out on a lot of experiences because they can’t face doing things on their own. This limits their personal growth and enjoyment of life.

7. They overshare with new acquaintances.

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In their eagerness to form connections, they might dump their life story on someone they just met. They don’t understand the concept of boundaries or the gradual build of trust in relationships. This can often scare potential friends away.

8. They’re constantly seeking validation.

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They need other people to affirm their worth constantly. Whether it’s fishing for compliments or seeking approval for every decision, they struggle to feel okay about themselves without external validation.

9. They neglect their own needs in relationships.

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To keep people around, they’ll often sacrifice their own wants and needs. They might agree to things they’re uncomfortable with or ignore their own boundaries, all in the name of maintaining a relationship at any cost.

10. They have a hard time being present.

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Even when they’re with other people, part of them is always planning the next social interaction. They struggle to fully enjoy the moment because they’re anxious about when they’ll next be alone.

11. They avoid self-reflection.

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Being alone with their thoughts is uncomfortable, so they avoid it at all costs. This means they miss out on important personal growth and self-understanding. They might use constant noise or distraction to avoid facing their inner world.

12. They rush into commitment.

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In romantic relationships, they push for commitment way too soon. They might start talking about a future together on the first date, scaring off potential partners who prefer a more natural progression.

13. They’re overly agreeable.

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To keep people around, they’ll agree with everything, even if they actually have a different opinion. They’re so afraid of conflict driving people away that they never express their true thoughts or stand up for themselves.

14. They struggle with codependency.

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Their fear of being alone often leads to codependent relationships, according to Medical News Today. They might enable bad behavior in people or take on a caretaker role, all to ensure the other person doesn’t leave them.

15. They panic when plans fall through.

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If someone cancels plans, it’s not just disappointing — it’s catastrophic. They might spiral into anxiety or depression at the prospect of unexpected alone time. This reaction often pushes them to make frantic alternative plans rather than learning to be comfortable with solitude.

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Originally from Australia, Emma Mills graduated from the University of Queensland with a dual degree in Philosophy and Applied Linguistics before moving to Los Angeles to become a professional matchmaker (a bit of a shift, obviously). Since 2015, she has helped more than 150 people find lasting love and remains passionate about bringing amazing singletons together.

Emma is also the author of the upcoming Hachette publication, "Off the Beaten Track: Finding Lasting Love in the Least Likely of Places," due out in January 2025.