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Is He a Commitment Phobe or Just a Perfectionist?

Last week when George Clooney split from Sarah Larson, it seemed to be final confirmation that he's a bachelor through and through. Though his decades of dating have led some to speculate about his fear of commitment, new research is aiming to shed some light on men with a propensity for riding solo.


According to this Reuters story, one such man, Carl Weisman, was so tired of being deemed a player that he decided to get the facts on what makes men choose bachelorhood over married life. Surveying more than 1,500 heterosexual men, he concluded that it's not commitment they fear but the possibility that the marriage may turn out less than perfect. Here's more:

Weisman said his online survey found there are three groups of bachelors — about 8 percent who never want to marry, 62 percent [who] want to marry but of which half won't settle for anything less than perfection, and about 30 percent who are on the fence.

As we already know, worries about having a successful marriage are not limited to men, but for anyone, is the potential of ending up in a bad marriage reason enough to avoid marrying altogether? Does this confirm for you that male commitment phobes just need the right woman to rid them of their player habits, or do you think searching for perfection is just another excuse to avoid what they fear?

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