Why Are Some Men Emotionally Unavailable?
Is this Man Emotionally Unavailable?
Perhaps you feel you met the One. Yet he disappears soon after. Has he met someone else? Why is he running hot and cold? Do you have a future together? You wonder, Is it me? Is it him? Is this man emotionally unavailable and why do I mess with him?
Emotionally Unavailable Men Situations
Maybe you tend to be involved with a guy for a few months and then he always falls away mysteriously, leaving you alone. Maybe you have been with a guy for 10 years who brings over the chicken soup when you are sick. Or is there whenever you need him, yet is completely emotionally unavailable for building a lasting relationship or family. Maybe you are in a long term on-again, off-again relationship where one or the other of you periodically withdraws or sees other people. The whole thing can be very unsettling and uncertain emotionally. I know.
Have you ever been involved and in love with one man for months, or even years? Only to find that he simply cannot or will not take that next step into living together or marriage? Instead he gets irritated, distant, angry or simply hits the highway if there is any talk of sharing a future together?
The Mysteries of Emotionally Unavailable Men
Men can be very tough, almost impossible to figure out! They often have their own specific fears. If you are interested in a great guy and finding it hard to figure out what is going on, it is often best to have a second pair of “eyes’ on the situation. To help you read the guy’s smoke signals and understand how to proceed to make things work out with him. A wise person who can help you avoid making costly mistakes that are common in love. To help you get the relationship you really want.
Fortunately, I’ve worked for over 25 years as a psychologist, clinical supervisor of therapists, and as a Love Mentor® I’ve heard just about every issue single guys have! I’ve logged thousands of hours in the trenches listening to men as they’ve completely opened up and explored their deepest issues, problems, needs and fears. Those private moments have given me a unique window into understanding guys’ fears about maturity, commitment, forming a couple or creating a family. I understand how their minds work–how men tend to view love relationships and all the different resistances they have toward choosing a woman for the long haul. And why they are emotionally unavailable? But even more important than knowing the WHYs has been figuring out out HOW to guide many men, (including hard-core commitment-phobes) through the process of making a true commitment to a woman.
What I’ve learned so far about the Minds of Men.
The good news is that they, like us, for the most part want true love, even a soul mate. Down deep they realize that they’d be happier, more content and more sexually fulfilled if they had a good relationship. The bad news is they are also scared. They often push real intimacy or commitment away. These men equate dating with fun, sex and feeling good. Unfortunately, they also equate commitment with heavy responsibilities, a sexless life, and a boring existence. They see a life filled with endless chores like taking out the garbage, being a chauffeur and changing diapers.
Men fear being overwhelmed and taken over in an all-consuming couple. And, that just leads to a dreadful life of providing, providing and more providing. Ending in a quiet heart attack in the suburbs. They also fear that they simply cannot handle a woman’s emotional baggage. Or that they are not equipped to make a woman happy. These fears play out in a variety of ways that lead to his becoming emotionally unavailable.
That’s why dating and creating a relationship with an emotionally unavailable man can be so confusing and frustrating. So if you are stuck in your love life or unsure of just how to deal with a guy who you’re into but who has disappointed you. Remember to sign up for a free dating coaching session with one of my experts right on this page. It may change your life.
This is one of several articles on men and their underlying needs and fears that appear in the Understanding Men Blog.
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Dr. Diana Kirschner
Diana Kirschner, Ph.D. is a relationship advice expert, frequent guest psychologist on The Today Show and the creator of a globally available dating coach and Love Mentor® program. Dr. Diana is also the best-selling author of the acclaimed best-selling relationship and dating book, “Love in 90 Days”. Love in 90 Days was the basis of her PBS Special on love. Connect with Dr. Diana through her Dating Tips & Relationship Advice Newsletter.
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