Fear of loneliness or the pain you might anticipate from being lonely are reasons people sometimes choose to stay in an abusive relationship. But loneliness, like loss, sadness and fear are emotions. Emotions may signal accurate information about yourself or someone else. But emotions can also be fake news (illusions and imagination) or merely a momentary reaction (lasting minutes or a few weeks). I promise you, if you are afraid of loneliness and that keeps you involved with someone who hurts you, your loneliness will pass and/or you will find remedies for your loneliness that are healthy for you. Remedies for loneliness can be created which do not involve losing your self-esteem, your safety, and your future.