Research Reveals The Psycho Things That Brits Do In Relationships


We’re all capable of going a little crazy sometimes, especially in the name of love. Whether it’s subtly checking your partners’ messages or Instagram stalking your ex – I think it’s safe to say that we’re all a little guilty of losing our cool every now and then. 

Having said that, there is a big difference between simply losing your cool and going full-on psycho. Losing your cool might be something along the lines of getting a bit stroppy over a meaningless phone call. Psycho would be attempting to murder your partner’s new bae. Take Katherine Heigl in the new Unforgettable trailer for example – now that’s definitely pyscho.

In the name of science, researchers conducted a gruelling survey to measure how far British people can go when it comes to jealousy and revenge in their relationships. After an in-depth analysis, it seems safe to conclude that British people are very capable of getting a little cray-cray.


Here are the results:

  • 38% of the British population have read through their partners’ private messages in order to test their loyalty. (Odd, but perhaps forgivable).
  • 1 in 10 Brits have secretly contacted someone in their partners’ phone book to ask about the nature of their relationship (Not gonna lie, semi creepy)
  • 6% confessed to ‘Catfishing’ their partner or ex by luring them into an online relationship with a fake social media account (Yeah, that’s definitely pushing it)
  • 21% of people stalk their ex’s new partner on social media more than once a week (Surely, that’s not healthy)
  • Over a fifth of Londoner’s have turned up somewhere in the hopes’ of ‘bumping into an ex’,  eg: their favourite pub or bar (As long as it’s not their wedding reception. Doubt you’d get away with that one.)
  • Over 8% of people have gotten revenge on an ex-partner. The three most popular ones were: revealing something personal about your ex to a mutual friend, dating one of your ex’s friends and cutting up your ex’s clothes. (Yeah, that last ones’ a bit extreme, isn’t it?)

If you’re currently stuck in a post break-up rut, Eden Blackman, a relationship expert known for his work on E4’s ‘Celebs Go Dating’, has a few words of advice:

‘You have to allow yourself time to grieve at the end of a long term relationship, particularly if the decision to end it was not yours. It is important to give yourself the time to come to terms with it, but equally don’t dwell on what could have been – be positive and think of what can be. The results clearly show just how difficult it can be for some to let go. “

If you would like an idea of what not to do after a break-up, try checking out Katherine Heigl (Grey’s Anatomy, 27 Dresses) in her new film Unforgettable, which breaks in the UK this Friday. In this dramatic thriller, Heigl plays a woman who becomes insanely jealous of her ex-husband’s new girlfriend, played by Rosario Dawson (Daredevil, Sin City).


When she learns that they’ve just gotten engaged, she launches into absolute psycho mode and does everything in her power to break up their relationship.

Recently, we had a chat with Heigl herself and apparently the number one key to becoming a complete psycho is to look as cold and icy as possible. So there’s a tip! Just make sure to look as warm and approachable as possible, then maybe your ex might mistake your constant stalking and threats as completely normal, friendly gestures. You’re welcome.

Check out the full interview below: 

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