The fear of abandonment is a wound that a lot of people have had or still have. It likely came from your parents or whoever was a big influence in your childhood. While it can be due to physical abandonment, it doesn’t always mean that it is. It could also be that they were not there for you in other ways such as mentally or emotionally.
Because of this behavior, you probably now try to find people in your adulthood to fill the void and heal this wound, which is an unhealthy behavior. There may also be some codependency or low self esteem that is causing you to attract unhealthy relationships. If that person also abandons you, it will only increase your fear of abandonment.
So how do we heal the fear of abandonment and stop it from allowing unhealthy relationships into our lives? We’ve all heard time and time again — stop abandoning yourself. If you have a healthy relationship with yourself, you will be able to give yourself all of the things an unhealthy person is seeking in a relationship to fill them up, such as people to validate them, love them unconditionally, soothe them, and never give up on them.
The person who has a fear of abandonment is looking for someone on the outside to give all those things to them, because they don’t give it to themselves. You must be able to validate yourself, know you are enough, soothe yourself, and never give up on yourself. It’s important to know how to stop looking outside of yourself for those things and be able to find it within.
If you are going out into the world, unhealthy, looking for people to give all of those things to you because you can’t give it to yourself, you are already going into an unhealthy relationship. Because of this, the chance of abandonment is super high because you are relying on somebody else for happiness and validation.
In a healthy relationship, people do these things for you, but not all the time. Of course you will have friends who motivate and validate you. Will you still call your parents when you are an adult to help soothe you during a rough situation? Yes, of course! Those things happen and that’s what relationships are for, but those are healthy relationships where family and friends do these things for you when you need it the most. However, If you need this validation from others…