I only notice this as it seems to contradict what I believe on a, I guess moral level - when two people are in a relationship, don't try and mess it up for them, their happy etc. - problem is, what does one do if you like someone in a/that relationship.
Personally, I'm an a crossroads with a girl I like. She seemingly not willing to just end it with her bf now so we can start up. I say seemingly as I haven't discussed it with her. She hints that he's this & that but isn't again seemingly willing to just end it with him, especially if she's unhappy etc.
So circling back to my general question - why would someone stay unhappy in a relationship until a better 'suitor' comes along/is available?
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Well, first things first, women generally do not complain about their men to guys who they have interest in dating. They usually reserve their complaints about their relationships for their confidants and platonic friends. So, unless she is overtly expressed interest in you, perhaps verbally, I would cool my jets so to speak.
For the fact is, many people complain about aspects of their relationships, but that does not meant they have intentions of leaving them. And coincidentally, some of these complainers are naturally flirtatious. By no means, fella, am I attempting to discourage you or bring you down, but I am merely giving you a heads up.
Then again, you may already be aware of that.
To answer your question, though, I agree with the others. There are various reasons people remain in unhappy relationships. If I had once choice, I would say that they suffer from low self-esteem.