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Commitment Phobia in Men: Why Men Are Afraid of Commitment

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Why are men so scared of commitment? Read on to find out!

Why are men so scared of commitment? Read on to find out!

Why Are Men Scared of Commitment? 16 Possible Explanations

Why are men afraid of commitment? Commitment phobia in men can be a result of many reasons that are deeper than what meets the eye. From lack of trust to lack of maturity and from fearing an end to freedom to not wanting to fall in love—here's an in-depth look into why modern men can be commitment-phobic even when it comes to being committed to their long-time girlfriends or partners in a live-in relationship.

  1. He's Afraid to Lose His Freedom
  2. He's Just in the Relationship to Have Fun
  3. He Doesn't Want to Be Exclusive
  4. He's Worried the Relationship Will End Up Like His Previous Relationships
  5. There's a Lack of Trust
  6. He's Just Not Mature Enough
  7. He's Afraid of Getting Bored in the Relationship
  8. He's Afraid of Falling in Love
  9. He's Not Sure About the Relationship
  10. He's Afraid His Sex Life Will Go Downhill
  11. He's Afraid Because He Saw His Parents' Nasty Divorce
  12. He's Afraid of Added Financial Responsibility
  13. He's Afraid of Change
  14. He's Insecure About His Girlfriend's Sexual History
  15. He's Influenced by Popular Culture
  16. He's Afraid of Emotional Baggage

1. He's Afraid to Lose His Freedom

One of the most common reasons why men are afraid of commitment is that they may look at it as an end to their freedom. Guys may be afraid that being committed to their girlfriends will bog them down with responsibilities, and they will never be able to live their carefree lives again.

The thought of having to inform their partners before going to the pub with friends or having to send typical mushy "I love you" or "I miss you" messages every now and then, guys may link the thought of commitment with an end to their carefree lifestyles.

2. He's Just in the Relationship to Have Fun

Some guys may just be in a relationship to have fun. Their idea of a relationship may only revolve around dates, movies, sex, late-night phone calls, text messages, and the other fun things that couples do. Commitment may not be anywhere on the horizon.

3. He Doesn't Want to Be Exclusive

Men are afraid of commitment because it means being exclusive to one girl emotionally, physically, and sexually. This fear has little substance; however, the thought of not even being able to playfully flirt with girls may be stopping a guy from becoming committed.

This may be true especially for guys who have never committed to a girl before.

4. He's Worried the Relationship Will End Up Like His Previous Relationships

A classic case of being once bitten twice shy is applicable when a guy has gone through a bitter breakup from his previous relationship. The haunting memories of the nasty behavior of his ex and the hurting fallout of a breakup could be a reason why a guy is afraid of being committed.

It is difficult to forget someone, especially an ex. A guy may be running away from the thought of commitment if his ex-girlfriend cheated on him or broke his heart.

5. There's a Lack of Trust

The lack of trust in a relationship may be the reason why a guy is afraid to commit. Guys may not express it explicitly but being able to trust their girlfriends holds a lot of weight when it comes to thinking about a long-term relationship.

6. He's Just Not Mature Enough

Because they mature biologically faster, women are likely to think about things like settling down and long-term security in relationships much before men.

This may lead to a discord between a couple and their demands of long-term commitment from each other. A guy may not actually be afraid of commitment; rather, he may just not be mature enough to accept commitment.

7. He's Afraid of Getting Bored in the Relationship

This typically applies to commitment from the perspective of getting married. A guy may think that his life will be reduced to nothing but a boring and mundane routine of waking up, going to work, long commutes, helping with household chores, and some such.

From putting socks back into the drawer to clearing the sink after a meal, from watching the same shows on TV at night to having a typical couples' weekend, men may fear falling into the rut of life after being committed. The thought of diving into a constantly boring routine could be holding a guy back from proposing to his girlfriend.

8. He's Afraid of Falling in Love

Falling in love by itself can be a fear for some guys who don't want to commit simply because they don't want to fall in love.

In an attempt to put up a macho facade, some guys may claim to be immune to the mushy feeling of love. And this image of being a tough guy could be stopping a man from diving into a committed relationship.

9. He's Not Sure About the Relationship

Men may not say it aloud, but commitment phobia may be a mask worn to buy time. They may want to test if they are sure about their feelings for their partners. In such a case, the refusal to commit is merely an act to buy time.

10. He's Afraid His Sex Life Will Go Downhill

Guys may think that announcing commitment to their girlfriends may bring an end to an otherwise healthy sex life. He could think that the girl would take him for granted and no longer go the extra mile in bed or that she would swap her nice lingerie to boring granny panties.

Men may also think that the spark in their relationships will fizzle out once they commit and that their girlfriends will no longer feel sexy.

11. He's Afraid Because He Saw His Parents' Nasty Divorce

A person's view of life can be significantly influenced by his or her upbringing and family. If a man has seen marriages in his family end in bitter divorces, he may be scarred for life. Even if his own relationship is perfect, he may have a fear that it could end bitterly.

The sight of a bitter divorce battle between parents, aunts, cousins, and other family members may be putting off a guy from being committed to a relationship.

12. He's Afraid of Added Financial Responsibility

Men who like to be the perfect gentlemen to their girlfriends may be concerned about bearing the added financial responsibility when it comes to committed relationships.

From paying checks at romantic dinner dates to expensive gifts on birthdays and Valentine's Day, guys may fear commitment simply by thinking about the added costs of maintaining a relationship.

13. He's Afraid of Change

A guy may have notions that their fun loving girlfriends, the spark of physical intimacy and many more elements to their relationships will change once they commit.

Being afraid of change and the psychological barriers to change may be all there is to a guy's commitment phobia.

14. He's Insecure About His Girlfriend's Sexual History

A guy may not be willing to commit because he is insecure about his girlfriend having more sexual partners than himself in the past. He may always be under the pressure of having to think about her ex-partners and previous sexual experiences.

This may be putting off a guy from committing to a girl who has been in bed with more guys than the number of girl he has been with.

Media and popular culture typically portray commitment phobic men in a certain way, a classic example of which is Charlie Harper from Two and a Half Men.

Media and popular culture typically portray commitment phobic men in a certain way, a classic example of which is Charlie Harper from Two and a Half Men.

Men are portrayed to be afraid of being committed in movies, books, plays, TV shows, and other media platforms. Across many forms of popular culture, women are shown as commitment loving and men are shown to be commitment-phobic.

This typical portrayal re-enforces commitment phobia in the minds of guys who may be wary of commitment in the first place.

16. He's Afraid of Emotional Baggage

While women may associate commitment with happiness, security, safety and romance, some guys could be wired to instantly associate it with the burden of additional emotional baggage. The thought of being committed could be seen as offering increased emotional dependency to a partner.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.