People with a commitment phobia long and want a long-term connection with another person, but their overwhelming anxiety prevents them from staying in any relationship for too long.
If pressed for a commitment, they are far more likely to leave the relationship than to make the commitment.
Here’s the lowdown on commitment phobia and relationship anxiety.
People who have commitment issues, commitment phobia or relationship anxiety (I’ll use these terms interchangeably) generally have a serious problem in staying in a relationship for the long-term.
For instance, normal feelings of anticipation or may be misconstrued by the person as a panic reaction, or general negative anxiousness.
Some may also just have a difficult time resolving the inherent conflict of romantic relationships — the craving of intimacy while wanting to retain their own individuality and freedom.
But our understanding of how the fear of commitment for some people can be paralyzing has increased.
And while you won’t find “commitment phobia” in any diagnostic manual, it is a very real experience of anxiety and fear.
People with commitment issues come in all shapes and sizes, and their exact dating and relationship behaviors can vary.
For most people, relationships are fairly easy things.
They come as naturally to life as breathing or making a meal. In fact, they present such a challenge to the individual, that a person can be said to have relationship anxiety, a fear of relationships, or suffer from “.”Commitment issues in relationships are nothing new.
Or they may initially agree to the commitment, then back down days or weeks later, because of their overwhelming anxiety and fears.
Some people with relationship anxiety may confuse positive feelings of excitement for another person and the potential of a relationship with the feelings of anxiety.