“What do I do if my boyfriend has commitment phobia?” This is one of the more common emails I get on this blog.
Relationships or friendships in which one or both parties have commitment phobia can be extremely challenging. The easiest way to deal with this is, of course, to run for your life! It is easier to find someone else who is willing to commit .But if you’ve decided to stay on, here are three recurring patterns to expect, and how to deal with them.
Whenever life gets me down and I need borrowed wisdom because what little I have has all run out, I turn to Richard Templar’s The Rules of Life. There are 100 rules in total, all of them good. These are a few that I’m personally working on now.
“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” – Mother Teresa
I’ve come to realise that one of the things that make me unhappy is my judgments about other people. Very often, this makes them unhappy too! How to not judge others is simple in theory, and very difficult in practice. Judgment comes to us so naturally that it takes conscious effort and a lot of practice to stop doing it. Here’s what I’m reminding myself to do.
The art of listening is so rare in our fast-paced world that one of the easiest ways to show we care about a person is to listen to them. All of us want a witness to our lives, someone to tell our stories to. Yet few of us really listen to the stories of others.
When it comes to the art of listening, I can think of no better master than my mother. Family, relatives, and friends confide in her because they know she listens. After observing her for years, I realised that there are three simple secrets to her method.
What are “happy hormones”, why do they make us happy, and how do we get more of these into our system?
Happy hormones generally refer to endorphins, serotonin, dopamine, and oxytocin. Technically, some of these are neurotransmitters and not hormones, but we shan’t bother ourselves with those scientific details here.
I’m leaving out adrenaline (also called epinephrine) which stimulates a fight-or-flight response. Adrenaline doesn’t make us happy per se, just highly excitable!