Woman Is Alarmed by Her Partner’s Teddy Bear Obsession and Seeks Suggestion Online | Netizens Respond Wittily
It is normal for us to be attached to our favorite blanket or toy or teddy bear even after we become adults. These provide us the emotional safety that we sought in our childhood and growing up years when we felt vulnerable and helpless. But is this attachment to our childhood toys normal once we have outgrown childhood? We don't know. One Reddit user found this to be an embarrassing problem after their grown partner refused to let go of his teddy bears. u/Vancil took to a subreddit to ask if they were wrong for wanting her "boyfriend to get rid of his teddy bears."
They went on to explain, "So my boyfriend is a great guy but he has about seven different teddy bears, all with names, not from childhood but like recently bought them between 3-5 years ago. He cuddles them and sometimes talks to them. He lives a normal life and makes good money. The relationship is overall good. It's not even like he ignores me. I just find it really weird and embarrassing." They continued, "I told him he should grow up and stop being crazy. He started crying and is now in the room talking to the stupid bear again instead of talking it out with me. How does this guy make enough money for a 3-bed house on his own yet does stupid stuff like this? For the record, we don't live together and completely support ourselves separately. Should I encourage him to get a hobby or something? As far as I know, nothing happened to make him specifically want a teddy bear. The first one he got because it was a Pokémon thing or whatever, then it just spiraled into more."
Many people who commented on the post did not think this was a big deal or abnormal. Some wondered if the behavior (teddy obsession) was acceptable only in women. "YTA. I'd find dating someone as insecure as you to be weird and embarrassing. I hope he ditches you and keeps his bears," commented u/Elle_Degenerate. "Someone threatened by teddy bears in a relationship is a new one for me on this sub lol. YTA, his bears bring him comfort and joy, not sure why you’d want to take that away… " added u/squuidlees. "I have an ENTIRE toy room upstairs that my husband respects enough to stay the heck out of (mostly due to them freaking him out lol) and he would NEVER tell me to get rid of them," shared u/Prestigious-Pea4447. "I have that bunny, bought it for myself, just because. He stays seat-belted in my passenger seat and is my copilot. And it's because my DAD did the same thing - had a big teddy bear for a copilot," also shared u/JunkMail0604. "You could say it was too much for her to...bear," joked u/DistinctTone1195.