I have been dating for 4 years
I suppose I just need some advice or words of wisdom. I feel sort of stuck. But at the same time, I am. Any help or words of advise are more than welcome and certainly appreciated. We both come from families of divorce. The only thing you can do is sit down and have a real talk with him.
When You’ve Been Dating Forever, But Aren’t Married
You've been dating for a year or two or three and keep fending off the "so when are you two going to get married" question from well-meaning friends and family. You are sure you've found The One Sometimes, after so many years together, you assume he has to be. That's what I thought. I remember my ridiculous assumption that my old boyfriend, a man I was in love with, would one day marry me. He eventually broke up with me, and frankly, I'd like to thank him for it.
I jokingly brought this up with two girlfriends recently; we were all listing ex-boyfriends that, had they proposed, we would have accepted. We shuddered to think of the consequences. Rarely is the only problem in the relationship the fact that he hasn't proposed. Sometimes we get so focused on why he isn't choosing us instead of asking ourselves if he is really the right choice for us. Let me be clear: And not every guy goes to the altar kicking and screaming.
Absolutely not. But there are lots of women in dysfunctional relationships who think the only problem is he hasn't proposed. These women can waste years with a guy who is never going to marry them. Some women need the validation of the proposal more than an actual wedding. There is something about being chosen, even if it's not by the right guy, that has women clinging to relationships everyone else can see are going nowhere. Last year, Jennifer Gauvain, a clinical social worker and author, released her finding that "30 percent of divorced women knew they were marrying the wrong guy on their wedding day.
For the women in these relationships, there are signs. The hard part is not just seeing them, but heeding them. Give thanks, get out and live your life without relying on a proposal to make you happy. Life isn't black and white, but if you have some doubts, these are indicators that he's not in a place to marry you. It's not about him not loving you; it's about him not wanting to marry you.
And you'll thank him years from now for not doing it. He's Evasive About the Future It is generally not a good idea to discuss marriage and babies on the first date -- unless you're on "The Bachelorette" where these uncomfortable conversations are a requirement. But if you and your guy talk about jobs, careers, rent, trips, family and holidays, you should trust the relationship enough to discuss your future. Otherwise it becomes a vicious circle of neither of you bringing it up while the woman is silently waiting for something to change.
This just causes more doubt and uneasiness. You'll be surprised how this type of discussion isn't so scary or difficult with the right guy. Even though most women I know are successful professionals, it's understandable that most men want to know they can provide for their wife and family. While there is a time and place to focus on a career or education, to constantly hear "I'm not in a place to marry anyone right now" is confusing and frustrating.
It keeps a relationship in perpetual limbo. Also, it repeatedly tells the woman that this decision isn't hers. Instead it is when he is "ready. Recognize that his resistance may be to marrying you. He "Doesn't Know" When my friend quit her job, moved to her boyfriend's city, moved in together and started looking at rings, she thought he was The One.
So when months later she asked, "Do you want to marry me? If you feel confident you are with the man you want to marry and asking him elicits a half-hearted, non-committal answer -- realize what's really going on. No one should take marriage lightly, but at some point, you must lay all your cards on the table. What other information does he think he needs to know?
When in doubt, direct questions often give you the right answer even if when it is "I don't know. And my friend broke up with her boyfriend, moved back to her city, had a rough breakup year and then met her current husband. I filed this under his edgy, non-conformist personality I liked. Now I see it as a glaring neon sign telling me it was never going to happen. I was convinced I could melt his cold, cynical heart. Maybe what I should have asked was did he want his heart melted?
I made excuses for his behavior but took little responsibility for my own. He didn't want to get married, not then, and not to me. If I hadn't been trying to change his mind, I would have realized his mind was exactly where he wanted it to be. All that needed changing was my ability to see it. Ultimately it's not about a wedding.
It's not about the proposal story or a ring on your finger. It's about two people falling in love and wanting to build a life together. If you're deeply unhappy with someone but you think his proposal will change things, it won't. It will distract you from the real issues for a while, but they will still be there. Marriage can be a wonderful thing, but only if both parties are equally committed. Trust me, you don't want to talk someone into wanting to marry you.
If he's giving you signs that he doesn't want to marry you, heed them. You'll thank him years from now. Real Life. Real News. Real Voices. Help us tell more of the stories that matter from voices that too often remain unheard. News Politics Entertainment Communities. HuffPost Personal Videos Horoscopes. Part of HuffPost News. All rights reserved. Skip to Article.
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+4 My boyfriend and I have been dating for 6 years. However, the love doesn't feel the same. I feel like I'm getting tired of him and I tried to explain that he is too . Have you been in a long relationship that ended well? Badly? You can .. I don't want 4 to 5 years to pass and we are still in the same place.
But there are some questions you should ask after a year of dating that will make sure you and your partner see eye-to-eye on the big stuff for the future. Talking about our fears can not only help to make them feel less scary, and knowing this information will almost certainly help you feel closer to your partner and better able to comfort them in times of need. Asking your partner what their ideal future looks like can give you a better idea if they fit your idea of the future.
I just heard about a young woman who ended a 10 year relationship with her college sweetheart.
I've been with my boyfriend, a year-old animator, for eight and a half years. Yes, since we were Yes, since we were underage emos sharing homework and cider.
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I was sure he was the one, I felt ready, and I knew he loved me back, so why not move ahead? Meanwhile, my husband was enjoying our dating relationship, felt no urge to get married right then, and only looked at me blankly when I tried to describe my feelings about the situation. Without even really realizing it, I responded with pressure. My pressure project had backfired. Instead of convincing him to get married, I had only convinced him that I cared more about marriage than about him. And by doing so, I made him into an object of judgment and comparison.
I haven't been in a relationship in 10 years. Will I be single forever?
By eHarmony. The Science of Love by eHarmony Labs. I get asked a lot of relationship-themed questions given where I work, and one of them is from women with boyfriends who want to know how long to wait for the ring. The relationship is traveling into their third or sixth year and nothing is wrong per se, except these girls would like to take the relationship to the next level and their men have yet to agree. Are these guys patient or just stringing them along? How long should they wait? Decades ago the statistics ranged from six to fourteen months. Ted Huston, a leading researcher on transitions in relationships, marriage and parenthood , followed couples for 13 years starting in He states in his study that happily married couples dated for approximately 25 months before getting married. Unhappy couples were split into two groups.
I think we should treat it seriously. Milennial dating really falls in to one of two categories these days:
I am a year old-woman who has been single for 10 whole years. I have great friends, an active social life, interesting hobbies, a challenging career and four wonderful nieces and nephews.
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I love your column and think you do a great job of answering questions and concerns with sympathy, empathy and insight. Flattery aside, I have a dilemma. That worries me. He feels really strongly about living with me and equates it to marriage. We knew a couple who broke up after living together. Right now we see each other times a week, and I mostly I stay at his place. I know this all sounds like justification, but he really has made improvements in the past year.
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I saw a cute guy skating at the skating rink with his two kids. He looked very familiar. I had enough class not to confront him in front of his kids. I was, however, desperate enough to take the opportunity to message him once I returned home. I assumed that having something in common might lead to our getting to know each other better. Maybe even gasp a date. I was wrong. He never responded beyond his first message.
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