We don’t think much of serial monogamy. We think it’s emotionally unhealthy and that people who engage in it invest so much in short-lived relationships that they miss out on crucial self-development and are, in reality, just terrified of being alone.
A serial monogamist would rather this weren’t true; that it’s the work of armchair psychologists who should butt out because there’s more to it than poorly addressed emotional issues, surely?
The feeling of having failed ourselves career-wise is a familiar one, especially among women.
So why do we measure ourselves by the success of our careers as if certain barriers don’t exist?