The on-again, off-again relationship may have worked out for Rachel and Ross, and Miley and Liam, but it's not for everyone. In fact, some people may downright avoid these situations like the plague. And who can blame them? These types of relationships can be complicated, not to mention rather painful — and in some cases, straight-up unhealthy. So, it comes as no surprise that if you're a certain personality type, on-again, off-again relationships aren't your thing.
You may already know that your Myers Briggs personality type can play a big role in how you operate in relationships, affecting everything what turns you on and how you handle breakups to who you tend to fall for. In exploring which personality types are more likely to reignite a former flame, it’s helpful to consider each individual trait that makes up your type. For example, Sensing people tend to value practicality — and how practical is it, really, to redate someone who caused you pain? It’s safe to say that someone who is assigned the Sensing trait may be less likely to be in an on-again, off-again situation, then, because they focus on the concrete facts of their failed relationship — like, you know, the fact that they're totally incompatible — rather than daydreaming about what it could be like if they get back together. Thinkers make decisions based on logic rather than feeling, meaning they’re far less likely than Feelers to get carried away by emotions when they see or hear from an ex again. And while Perceiving individuals tend to be more spontaneous, Judging people would rather stick to a strategic plan, which obviously makes them less prone to take an ex back on impulse.
All of these traits certainly factor into whether someone might give their ex a second chance. But these specific personality types are probably never going to find themselves in an on-again, off-again relationship.