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After all, now that science has provided a reason, reuniting might not be such a bad idea. We’ve all heard of couples that have an on-again, off-again relationship. There are times when you wish you could send them a cheating-breakup checklist, to be honest. Those naive romantics, on the other hand, may be correct: According to a new survey, half of all divorced couples reconcile after first being hesitant about the split. While it’s generally a good idea to keep your distance from an ex after a split, some people find it difficult to resist the urge to rekindle their romance. According to a survey conducted by Kansas State University in 2013, approximately half of all married couples reconcile. Those who reconciled assumed their partner’s communication skills had improved or changed for the better. However, new evidence suggests that their motivations may be simpler than previously thought. In the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, researchers from the University of Utah and the University of Toronto published a series of tests in which they asked participants why they stayed in or left a relationship. Optimism (hoping that the other person will change), emotional involvement in the relationship, familial obligations, and the fear of the uncertainty that would follow are all common reasons for staying in a relationship. Two of the most frequently stated reasons for people to continue in long-term relationships are intimacy and reliance on their spouse.

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