Update: A previous version of this article contained quotes from an expert whose credentials are now in question. We have reached out to him for confirmation of those credentials and have not heard back. You can read Gizmodo's investigation here , and his response here. Dating someone new can be exciting, but sometimes the person you're dating isn't totally over their previous relationship and it can lead to a "rebound relationship. According to Psychology Today, a rebound relationship can occur when someone's dating a new person without being entirely over their ex. And it could make it difficult for the individual to form strong emotional connections or genuine relationships.
Dating guys that are fresh out of a failed relationship can be quite a tricky thing. After all, it is not uncommon for guys -- and girls, for that matter -- to seek out "rebound" relationships, which are brief flings that exist solely for the purpose of healing a broken heart. If you are dating a guy on the rebound, you are likely setting yourself up for feeling hurt and brokenhearted yourself. Look out for unusual patterns in his behavior when it comes to discussing his ex-girlfriend. If he cannot stop talking about his ex-girlfriend, that indicates that he's hung up on her and not over the relationship. If he mentions his ex all of the time for no apparent reason, she is still on his mind. At the other end of the spectrum, not mentioning his ex at all can also indicate that he's on the rebound.
If you're surprised you've found yourself wondering if you're in a rebound relationship as an adult—not a high schooler surrounded by hallway whispers—well, don't be. Rebound relationships are a common occurrence in dating at any age, and they're not necessarily a bad thing. If you think about it in basketball terms, a rebound—you know, where you take an immediate second shot at the basket after missing it initially—is a skill that teams actively seek.
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