Others may pursue multiple noncommittal relationships and friends-with-benefits, rather than risk the costs of deeper commitments.
Equal, independent, and homogenous partnerships may offer social benefits but fall short of the satisfaction and commitment experienced in mutually-interdependent and complementary relationships.
Interdependence Theory shows that individuals commit to a partner to the extent that they are These factors, along with the resulting dependence, foster feelings of commitment—attachment to a partner and a desire to maintain the relationship.
Longitudinal studies by Rusbult (1987) support this model.
Why do so many people suddenly seem to be commitment-phobic? I examined the research for something that might shed some light on the problem, and offer a solution.