Why do people ghost others?



Social anxiety can make it hard to converse with someone if they make you feel uncomfortable or pressured.

Conflict avoidance


Even without pre-existing anxiety, many people dislike conflict and the drama or aftermath it brings.

Feeling unsafe


Ghosters might believe the person has already violated their boundaries and that a conversation will put them at risk.

Preventing attachment


Some ghosters say they are worried they may develop feelings for the other person. They consider ghosting a mode of self-preservation.

Protecting someone’s feelings


On the flip side, some people think that ghosting the other person means sparing them from direct rejection and the hurt it could cause.

Ghosting may seem like a good solution. The ghoster may even feel relief. However, sometimes it may cause further anxiety and guilt.