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When you break-up with someone, you don’t want to date them anymore, but you don’t want anyone else to date them either.

Just like as a kid, you have outgrown your teddy-bear and you don’t want to play with it anymore. However, if anyone else expresses interest in playing with your teddy-bear, it is very upsetting.
Friend #1: I can’t believe it – I broke up with him, not the other way around, so why am I so upset that he is dating someone else?

Friend #2: It can’t be helped, it is called ‘Teddy Bear Syndrome’, you don’t want to play with your teddy-bear anymore, but you don’t want anyone else to play with it either!
by Karen W July 07, 2009
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