But, she didn't cut anyone off after they became official. She continued, "And even now that we're officially (and happily, might I add) dating for over a year, I'm definitely guilty of keeping the occasional guy around who so blatantly flirts with me and would hop in at the chance, half because I don't mind the attention but mainly because if things didn't work out I'm glad I know I would have a floating device when the ship goes down."
While there are many reasons people do it (the relationship is no longer going well or simple insecurity, for example), cushioning at its core is a tactic to try to prevent getting hurt. While anyone who has experienced a breakup knows the pain that comes with it, constant cushioning could prevent you from experiencing a full relationship with your partner ... and that seems like a less than stellar remedy for issues in the love department.
This article previously appeared on InStyle US.