Pros and Cons of a Rebound Relationship

Photo courtesy of amazon.comPhoto courtesy of amazon.comGena Kaufman, Glamour magazine

Yesterday we talked a little about dating after a breakup, and a few commenters wisely stressed the importance of a dating detox. I agree that giving yourself a break can be therapeutic in the healing process, but taking the other approach and rebounding into a new relationship can't be all bad, right? I mean, my girl-crush Katy Perry seems like she's having fun with that hot model guy she's supposedly dating.

Let's consider some of the advantages and disadvantages of the rebound relationship:

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Pro:
You aren't sitting at home moping, which is boring. Related: This also means you aren't numbing your pain with an endless supply of French bread pizzas. No breakup weight gain here!

Con:
You're avoiding dealing with your sadness, and all that repression might lead to a breakdown of epic proportions later.

Pro:
Sex!

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Con:
Jumping into a relationship too quickly can end up making you feel worse later when you might realize you barely even like the guy, you were just blinded by the sex and/or not wanting to be alone.

Pro:
Suck it ex-boyfriend! Your new guy is hotter and smarter and totally better in bed (or at least that's what you're telling all your mutual friends).

Con:
You're possibly just dating a guy who reminds you of your ex. What you really need to be doing is breaking your cycle of making the same mistakes all over again.

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Have you ever been in a rebound relationship? Tell us how it worked out! What were the best and worst parts?



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