A common issue that comes up in many relationships is when one partner is afraid of commitment. Whether it's because they want to remain independent or they've seen bad examples of relationships in their life, some people are seriously scared to stay in a long-term relationship. So, what do you do if you find yourself with one of these individuals? How do you even know if you're with one of these people? Look for the following eight signs that your partner is afraid of commitment…
1. They Never Call You Their Boyfriend/Girlfriend
If your partner says they're “not into labels,” or they just refuse to call you their girlfriend or boyfriend, consider this a major red flag. This means that they want to keep the relationship casual and feel that if they acknowledge you as their boyfriend/girlfriend, they are officially in a relationship.
2. Their Previous Relationships Have All Been Short
If your partner has never ben in a long-term relationship, it should raise some concerns. Of course, not everyone has been in a long-term relationship that has spanned years, but if they haven't at least been in one that lasted a few months, it could be because they are afraid of making a long-term commitment to someone.
3. They Are More Interested In Spending Time With Their Friends
If you find that your partner would rather hang out with friends than spend time with you, consider it a warning sign. When a relationship is relatively new, the couple usually can't get enough of one another. So if your partner would rather spend time with other people at this stage in your relationship, they could be purposely keeping a wall up to avoid getting further involved.
4. They Never Talk About the Future
This warning sign is a major red flag and should not be ignored. If your partner never talks about the future, it's because they're not thinking of a future with you. They've already pegged this as a short-term relationship and they don't foresee you being in their life in the future.
5. They Don't Want To Meet Your Friends Or Family
If your partner doesn't want to meet your friends and family, it's because they don't want to take things to the next level. Meeting someone's family marks you as a serious couple, and for the person who is afraid of commitment, it's a step they never want to take.
6. They Don't Want You To Meet Their Friends Or Family
Like we just said, meeting someone's family means that you're now a serious couple. For this reason, a partner who is afraid of commitment will likely keep you away from their friends and family. They do not want you to get more involved in their life and they do not want the relationship to go that far.
7. They Make You Feel Like A Second Priority
If you feel like your partner is concerned with everything but you, it could be something they are doing on purpose. People who are afraid of commitment will keep romantic partners at arm's length. They will try to focus on other things so that they don't fall too hard for this person and find themselves in a serious relationship.
8. They Won't Acknowledge You On Social Media
It may seem trivial, but in today's world it holds a lot of weight. If your partner doesn't have pictures of you or doesn't mention you on their social media, there's a reason for this. They are afraid of making the relationship public, because that will only make it more real. They would rather keep your relationship hidden, so that it will be easier for them to walk away early on.