I call it the "Monkey Effect" although, some might call it something else. Basically it's when a person has their backup person before they've finished the relationship they're in. Whatever you want to call it, I've noticed that a lot of guys seem to do this. Granted, I know there's women that do this too, but it seems that as of late, I'm finding more guys that have their hands on multiple relationship branches at one time.
My girlfriend was telling me a story about a guy she had been seeing. He told her that he likes to live his life like musical chairs, because he'll never be left without a seat. He then went on to tell her that once he's done with her that he'll have a new chick in 30 minutes. Yep...he actually said that crap to her.
I've always thought that if you're unhappy in the relationship you're in, you break up and then move on...not before. Why is this such a hard concept for some people? I think it's because these people can't be alone. A lot of people can't enjoy their alone time. Maybe they don't really like themselves.
I understand that being alone sucks. Trust me, I get it. I'm back to being single and I've got nothing going on. No guys calling me, no dates lined up, and no prospects to speak of. Does that suck a little? Sure, I wish I had some dating possibilities, but I'm being careful of who I spend my time with and I don't want to date just to occupy my time. My time is precious and I've wasted enough of it.
Why is it so tough for people, men, women, whoever, to finish what they've started before they start with someone else?
I think a lot of people also have a 'grass is greener' mentality. They can't be happy with what they have. They need constant attention and would rather get it from new prospects, than cultivate the relationship they're already in. They always think that something better will come along.
I once dated a guy and he told me, "Erin, this is the first time I've never had a backup plan. I always have something in the picture and right now I don't and it's scary. I'm putting all my eggs in your basket" Well first of all, Thank you? And secondly, I guess that should've been my clue that things wouldn't work out, because it didn't take too long for him to get his backup plan going again.
Having him tell me that hurt because I want to be with someone that really wants to be with me, and I want to know that I AM enough for them. Unfortunately, for some people, one person is never enough and they're always looking for the next best thing. Forming their roster of women so to speak.
If you're in a relationship with someone you should never be sending other women/men flirtatious messages, pictures, or be communicating with the intent of starting something with them. If you want out, then leave. Don't go and line up your next set of prospects. It's not how someone should treat another person...just sayin'.