Why Do People Self-Sabotage Love in Relationships?

People self-sabotage love for a variety of reasons, such as fear, low self-esteem, trust issues, high expectations, and inadequate relationship skills. To protect themselves from potential hurt, individuals may resort to strategies like withdrawing, being defensive, and attacking their partners. Self-sabotage in relationships involves engaging in behaviors, either consciously or unconsciously, that lead to the end of a relationship. This could involve pushing the other person away or finding excuses to get out of the relationship.

This type of behavior is often rooted in trust issues, past experiences, and inadequate relationship skills. My team and I define relationship sabotage as counterproductive attitudes and behaviors inside (and outside) relationships. This prevents relationships from succeeding or leads people to give up on them, which explains why these relationships fail.