Nothing sucks quite like falling for someone who can't or won't reciprocate your desire to commit. There could be several reasons why they can't give you the loving you deserve, and being emotionally unavailable might be one of them. The things you'll notice if your partner is emotionally unavailable are pretty clear, albeit probably not the most pleasant to recognize. By definition, when someone is truly emotionally unavailable, they are "unable to open up to an intimate relationship and be vulnerable emotionally, or hold space for another emotionally," Diana Dorell, intuitive dating coach and author of The Dating Mirror: Trust Again, Love Again, tells Elite Daily. Sound familiar?
In a swipe-right, fast-paced world, anemotionally unavailable partner can sneak up on you pretty easily. You might be casually dating someone for awhile before you realize that they aren't really connecting with you. Or maybe they are, but they don't want to put a label on your situationship and would prefer to keep things surface-level. The thing is, being emotionally unavailable is not uncommon. It seems like excuses abound when it comes to defining the relationship nowadays, so if you think the person you're dating fits into that category, keep an eye out for these five signs that it's due to emotional unavailability.