Or they may initially agree to the commitment, then back down days or weeks later, because of their overwhelming anxiety and fears.
A person will also learn in therapy that open communication with their partner will reduce the likelihood of there being any future surprises or trust issues.
While they still experience love like anyone else, the feelings can be more intense and scary than they are for most people.
These feelings drive increased anxiety, which builds upon itself and snowballs as the relationship progresses — and the expectation of a commitment looms larger.
Others may be able to be involved with one person for a few months, but as the relationship becomes more serious and deeper, their old fears again come to the forefront, driving the person away.
Both men and women can suffer from relationship anxiety and commitment phobia, although traditionally it was thought primarily to be a male problem.