Faye Winters subtle behaviour shows high value on self-care and emotional intelligence says Psychologist

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Faye Winter had a teddy long before she met her partner Teddy Soares.

That's because Faye packed more than just bikinis in her suitcase for Love Island, she brought along a stuffed toy dog.

Faye even gave the sentimental item to Teddy when he left for Casa Amor. However, he dramatically placed it on the floor when he saw Faye had recoupled with Sam Jackson. Let's not forget that poor toy did nothing wrong!

While he may have got caught in the middle of one of the couple's regular arguments, his presence is actually extremely beneficial for Faye.

According to Behavioural Psychologist's Jo Hemmings, keeping a teddy bear around is a smart decision for all adults.

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“We know that infants become really attached to what are known as transitional objects, that tend to be chosen in the first year of life and provides comfort when a parent isn’t with them. [In many cases, teddies are] our first attachment object, we name them, love them and very often don’t want to be parted from them.

"Whether cuddled bald or fresh as the day that they were given to us, teddies trigger good memories, are reassuring and comforting."

Faye isn't alone in her decision to have a teddy bear, who can forget Molly-Mae Hague's Ellie Belly? She even credits the teddy for being a major part of her love story with boyfriend Tommy Fury.

In fact, one in four millennials have a teddy bear on the bed, including this 27 year old writer – shout out to Bobo, and 80% of us aren't afraid to share our love as I just proved.

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The top five reasons for keeping them around are happy memories, comfort, feeling too bad to throw away, wanting to pass them on to their children and a besotted 26% said it was because they love it more than anything else.

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Jo explained how it also shows positive personality traits. “It’s lovely that 80% of millennials are happy to admit they have their teddy still – they grew up in an era when high value was placed on self-care, work/life balance and emotional intelligence. A teddy provides reliable comfort in a way no scatter cushion could ever do.”

So while Andy may have bid farewell to Buzz Lightyear and Woody in the third instalment of Toy Story 3, Faye, Molly-Mae and a bunch of other smart women are keeping hold of them!

Research of 2,000 respondents conducted by online electrical retailer AO.com

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