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Fear of Commitment in Relationship: Signs and Solutions

Why do some people fear commitment in a relationship? Let’s start by describing what commitment is. It means being devoted to someone with somehow limited freedom.

Commit, some people want to take their time before making significant decisions.

Many people had disappointing experiences in relationships previously, and it might be hard for them to be committed fully. This negative experience causes your life anxiety, confusion, and regrets.

The fear of commitment in a relationship occurs when you are afraid to say yes because you do not know if the other person will stay with you.

What Are Signs of Fear of Commitment?

There exist multiple signs, including;

  • Holding back
  • Postponing plans
  • Being rigid in your decisions
  • Poor communication
  • Avoiding being sexual with your partner

Holding Back

The first sign is holding back because of mixed emotions over whether things will work out the way you want.

Causes of holding back can comprise :

  • poor childhood trauma
  • commitment-phobia
  • relationship anxiety
  • lack of understanding of how to connect with another person

Postponing Plans

Another sign of commitment issues is putting off making plans together. It can show that there is no detailed plan, though it could also be because there isn’t much planning involved in your love life.

Being Rigid in Your Decisions

Another sign of being scared of committing to a long-term relationship is wanting to do things your way, even if that means being alone.

It can be due to the following:

  • not trusting yourself and others
  • the feeling you have no control or ability over the situation, or
  • unwilling to give up your individuality for one person.

Poor Communication

Some signs of intense fear of a long-term, meaningful relationship include avoidance.

For example, if you find yourself avoiding personal discussing issues with others to save the relationship from ruining itself. Another is pushing the issue out of the way to avoid the situation or relationship altogether.

Avoiding Being Sexual with Your Partner

Another sign of having a fear of commitment in a relationship is the inability to touch a partner sensually. Remember that sex matters, and lack of it might push a partner away. Physical contact with another can be an excellent method of showing someone you love them.

A romantic relationship is better than one that lacks any romance. If your partner rarely goes out of their way to make a long-term relationship romantic and sexual, they might have relationship anxiety.

Beginning or ending a serious relationship at any time without giving much notice is also considered a sign of commitment phobia. It could be because they don’t want to work on the relationship’s success, so they want to avoid dealing with it.

They may also not realize what they want out of the situation and therefore do nothing, hoping the problem will disappear and their life will fall into place on its own.

Solutions to Fear of Commitment

While there is no exact recipe to help commitment-phobic individuals, here are some ways you could try:

Try Therapy

One way to avoid relationship issues is by following an approach called “Commitment Therapy.”

Commitment Therapy can help couples mend any commitment issues they may be having and improve their mental health relations; it includes the five steps:

`1. mindful acceptance

2. self-compassion

3. gentle confrontation

4. empathic communication

This method can help build stronger and more satisfying relationships for couples struggling with committing to the relationship.

Commit To a Relationship With Yourself

If you are afraid of committing to relationships, the first commitment that you should make is to commit to yourself. Remember that you cannot commit to anyone else unless and until you commit to yourself first.

When you have a committed relationship with yourself, especially through internal growth and development, it will be easier for you to maintain your commitment. Committing to a relationship with yourself includes:

  • More confidence and autonomy.
  • Better health.
  • Improved well-being.
  • Reversal of years of emotional dependence and psychological damage

Alexa 29,
“I once had a strong anxiety disorder and was full of trust issues because of the past relationship. After, I started self-care routines such as meditation and mindfulness. I started loving myself more and not depending on other people for attention. I can now be in a relationship without worrying or expecting too much of others. My fright for commitment has slowly vanished.”

Try To Spice Things Up

When people have relationship issues, it usually makes them feel they cannot trust the other person with their time and money.

It’s easy for committed couples to fight about what is best for the relationship. Some believe spending money on a date or gifts can help solve these issues, but does it?

Commitment is not just about staying in a relationship but also about making the relationship better each day. It will help you to keep growing and learning about each other. Benefits of spicing things up
in a relationship comprise.

Craig 31
“I used to be scared of being committed to someone. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy their company or anything. I just loved my freedom. I often failed to see how this fear of commitment impacted my partner. After looking for ways to make our interactions more interesting, I slowly changed my mind. Spicing things up by going on dates and doing fun activities brought us closer than ever. My scare of commitment slowly went away.”

Talk Openly with Your Partner

Communication is the key to a healthy relationship; when people communicate correctly, they can resolve their issues. Please don’t spend more money on it when you feel unsatisfied with a relationship or want to avoid commitment altogether. Try to mend what isn’t working.
Share your feelings and ask them what they feel and what they appreciate in you. It is an excellent way to understand each other better.

Kierra 32,
“I used to have an intense fear of commitments because I had a string of failed and sometimes abusive relationships. I always kept things to myself and rarely spoke out when I had an issue.”
After I started having sit-downs with my partner, I got to open up about how I felt. With time, we started understanding each other more, and my scare of commitment waned.

After knowing the signs of being afraid of commitments, you can quickly tell whether you or your partner are afraid of commitment. With fear being a common problem for most people, it is vital to have the tools to overcome it. By adopting the strategies listed above, you can slowly get over your fears.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Causes Fear of Commitment?

Some causes include perceiving the benefits of being independent, perceiving that your current relationship is more fulfilling than a new one, and self-sabotage.

How Do I Fix My Fear of Commitment?

The best way to overcome commitment phobia is by talking to an expert. A therapist is well-versed in relationships and can guide you on how to proceed.

What Is The Root Of the Fear of Commitment in a relationship?

We are scared of being abandoned. It is an innate trait designed to protect us from predators and has served us well for millennia in our earlier survival-oriented lives. But now, the consequences are different: we risk not finding a mate (potentially missing out on a lifetime of love) or losing our jobs or homes rather than facing life.

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Lana Smith

I am a relationship coach. My passion is helping couples make their relationships work. I earned my bachelor's degree and hold a Master of Science in Education. I take my inspiration from watching and listening to people every day. . I do extensive research and love to compare the opinions of experts to help form my own. I have spent years learning about the dynamics of relationships and what makes them work. My goal is to apply what I have learned in the classroom and through experience to help others.