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Posted by: dotty | 2009-01-12

committment phobia

Hi Doc. Can a committment phobic ever commit to someone? Or is it pointless to be in a relationship with him? He is 41 - has had a string of girlfriends lasting about 7 months each. The pattern is : he meets someone, spoils them like crazy, buys them expensive gifts, cooks them dinner, takes them to fancy restaurants and vacations, etc so that they will give him what he wants in bed. However, when the girl starts wanting more from him emotionally, he runs. He then finds the next girl and repeats this process. Is there hope?

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There's no such condition as committment phobia, perhaps fortunately. Some people do indeed find it harder to committ themselves to a relationship, and this can be dealt with in proper CBT style counselling --- there's no reason to assume that it cannot change, except in someone who won't try to change and wonb't accept mhelp min doing so.

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