Commitment dating relationship
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In their conversation, it occurred to David to make a distinction between a “Commitment” versus a “Promise.” The woman and her boyfriend had made a promise to each other within the context of a relationship that was not committed.
That distinction seemed to help her make more sense of things.
(As you might have experienced or heard from the divorced or divorcing man you might be dating at the moment; he might be having to pay spousal support or give his ex half of his estate or assets.) And, for a relationship to be committed, in my opinion, there are no exits – mentally, emotionally, or physically.
The general consensus was that when you make a promise you are making a commitment. If a potential partner doesn’t keep promises, I would question their ability to keep commitments, as they are definitely related.
Commitment in a relationship is complicated in that it takes two people, and it requires an alignment of FACT (events, actions) and ATTITUDE (thoughts, beliefs) for both partners.