We all have different perspectives about dating. Some people see it as fun and full of possibilities; others hate it. For the latter group, their glum outlook on dating is understandable, as the path to finding a partner is often a difficult one. “How many more guys/girls can I deal with?” “What the heck is wrong with me?” “What on Earth is wrong with them?”
For those in a relationship, odds are you didn’t find your partner right away. A few of us have even gone through hell and back before finding our love – a time of tremendous joy accompanied by a sense of relief.
The dating uncertainty has made some people fearful – a natural response to vulnerability. Dating is a risk, plain and simple. For women afraid to date, such feelings must be okay. Be patient and wait for when you’re ready.
This article is for you. Here, we discuss four reasons why women are scared to date. For our male readers, you may find that some of these words describe your thoughts and feelings on the subject of dating, as well.
Here are four reasons why women are scared of dating:
“Dating is a risk, with a great reward, just remember you can keep going, or stop at any time, this is your life.” – Anon.
1. She’s afraid of rejection
In two words, rejection sucks. Unfortunately, dating often involves plenty of it – which quickly becomes disheartening. In essence, being rejected is similar to being told “You’re not good enough.”
In addition to the influx of negative emotions, rejection damages psychological well-being. Using Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), scientists have found that rejection follows the same pathways of the brain that receive pain signals. Rejection literally hurts from a neurological perspective.
Considering the brain’s tendency to relive adverse life events – and the manifestation of emotional and physical pain that rejection brings – it quickly becomes apparent why a woman who has been hurt would fear the notion of dating.
2. She’s dated a person with serious issues
If you’ve ever been with a woman who you deeply cared for, only to have your chances squashed by some ex, then you understand the immense frustration and hurt that affects both people.
Maybe her former was an alcoholic or drug addict, womanizer, manipulator, narcissist, control freak, or any other one of a thousand things. Unfortunately, she’s still wrestling with the abuse to which she was subjected.
Being the target of emotional, psychological, or physical abuse is traumatizing. Sadly, it’s also far too common. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), 48 percent of women have experienced psychological abuse, 40 percent have experienced emotional manipulation and control, and 19 percent have been physically threatened or harmed.
3. She’s afraid of not being single
There’s a minority out there that loves being single, and the reason is quite simple: they can do whatever, whenever. No partner = no problem. While these women may occasionally “hear it” from their family and friends, it isn’t enough to surrender the awesomeness of “me.” While this perspective is more common in younger women, plenty of happy and successful people have the desire to “get out there.”
For most women who value their singlehood, a time comes when they long for a person to share their life with. This feeling is analogous to dipping your toe in cold water. Jumping in may be refreshing. But first, you’ve got to leap. Remind yourself that there’s no “time limit” to dating aside from those that are self-imposed. Take your time.
4. She is afraid of (a) Commitment or (b) Lack of commitment
While men are usually painted as the more non-committed of the sexes, women can be just as commitment-phobic. Fear of dating, as a byproduct of commitment issues, usually results from one of two things: her fear of commitment or a potential partner’s lack thereof.
There are many reasons for a fear of commitment or being attached to one person for life: fearing the hypothetical ‘end’ of a relationship, not being able to achieve life goals; need for personal space – and so on.
Of the two, fearing lack of commitment from a partner is more ubiquitous. Of the two sexes, it is fair to say that women are considerably more sensitive. As such, women (usually) take breakups harder. Repeated exposure to someone else’s lack of commitment takes a considerable emotional toll, enough to refrain from dating for an indefinite amount of time.
“Dating is a risk, with a great reward, just remember you can keep going, or stop at any time, this is your life.”
There is no shame in admitting that you’re afraid to date – to be vulnerable. Doesn’t matter if you’ve been a victim or if you’re afraid of giving up your own life.
Most importantly, don’t allow anyone else to define happiness for you. Don’t let anyone else tell you how your life “should be.” It’s your life; pursue your version of happiness.
Final Thoughts on Why Women Today Hesitate to Date
The fear of dating is a complex and deeply personal issue for many women. Rejection, often accompanied by emotional pain, can make the prospect of dating daunting. Past relationships with individuals dealing with serious issues can leave lasting scars. As a result, it can be challenging to open up to new possibilities. Some women cherish their singlehood, but eventually, they may yearn for companionship, which can be intimidating. Commitment, whether the fear of it or the absence of it in a partner, can also be a significant barrier to dating.
Remember, there is no right or wrong timeline for dating, and no one should define your path to happiness. Dating is a risk with the potential for great rewards. Still, it’s a journey you can navigate at your own pace. Your life is yours, and pursuing your version of happiness should always be the priority. Embrace your individuality and make choices that align with your desires and aspirations.