Relationship imbalance can lead to suffering for the more committed partner.
Asymmetrical commitment can result from different life stages or power dynamics.
Age gaps, lack of experience, and fear of missing out can also create commitment disparities.
Withholding can become toxic and create power imbalances in the relationship.
Communication and directness are more effective than playing games to rebalance power dynamics.
Different attachment styles can also lead to commitment disparities in relationships.
Anxiously attached partners may find unbalanced commitment “normal” but still uncomfortable.
Fear of commitment can have various underlying causes and is not always the primary factor.
Waiting patiently for commitment can be painful for the more committed partner.
Unbalanced relationships can consume emotional life and damage self-esteem.