Whether it’s with a waiter in an unfamiliar restaurant or a new teacher at school, they will be reluctant to engage in any sort of conversation or connection. It also keeps a person from developing interpersonal skills needed to grow into a mature adult.

They can also refuse to end a relationship that is no longer happy.

[Read: 21 signs of emotional abuse you may be going through without realizing it] #5 Paranoia over people leaving.

When someone leaves or dies suddenly, those who are left experience something akin to post-traumatic stress disorder. Death is one of the biggest unintentional acts of abandonment. Termination from a job, leaving a child at day-care, rejection from a date, a friend whose priorities have changed – anything that causes a person to feel deserted, left out or unworthy can cultivate feelings of abandonment. They could base their decisions on the assumption that not everything is concrete.

[Read: Are you really losing your friends or are you just drifting away? This is true for most things, but people with abandonment issues treat every new event in their life as a passing phase.

Most people don’t acknowledge that they have abandonment issues.

It becomes obvious when the constant patterns in their lives are causing them pain.

This does not mean that every time you feel alone, you resort to therapy.

You need to identify whether these feelings have become destructive or if they are just products of a day or week gone wrong.

It becomes exhausting and repetitive which in turn causes people to abandon the person again.