Skip to content


    Attention All WebMD Community Members:

    These message boards are closed to posting. Please head on over to our new WebMD Message Boards to check out and participate in the great conversations taking place:

    Attention: The information provided in this forum is intended for educational purposes only, and is not a substitute for individual professional advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
    Beware of Those Who Fear Commitment
    Leslie Becker-Phelps, PhD posted:
    If you want to be in a committed relationship, you can save yourself a lot of grief by not becoming emotionally entangled in a relationship with someone who fears commitment. No matter how wonderful someone seems, it can be incredibly painful to find yourself in love with someone who can't seem to put both feet in the relationship. So, be on the lookout from early in a relationship for signs of this. For instance, you might want to find out exactly how active your date's social life has been -- be wary of someone who has dated a lot but never been in a long-term relationship before.

    What are signs you've come to recognize of commitment phobic people? Are you in -- or have you been in -- a relationship with someone who could not commit? How have you handled that? And, if you are a commitment phobic person, maybe you can share your thoughts about this situation.

    If you would like to read more in detail about this topic in my post for WebMD's Relationships blog, click here .

    Dr. Becker-Phelps's discussions and her responses in those discussions are for general educational purposes only. If you need help for an emotional or behavioral problem, please seek the assistance of a psychologist or other qualified mental health professional.

    Featuring Experts

    Dr. Becker-Phelps is a well-respected psychologist, who is dedicated to helping people understand themselves and what they need to do to become emotio...More

    Related Drug Reviews

    • Drug Name User Reviews

    Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

    FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.