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11 Reasons He Wants To Keep You Around Even Though He Doesn't Want A Relationship

Last updated on June 16, 2022 by Sonya Schwartz

Is your man trying to keep you around even though he doesn’t want a relationship? 

Do you feel way more invested in your man than he is into you?  

Does it seem like he’ll never really care about you as much as says he does? 

Are you worried about wasting the prime of your life on a man who won’t commit to you?

If you feel this way, there’s no time to waste. You need to find some concrete evidence that’ll reveal how he feels.

You need to discover whether there are other women in his life.

You deserve to know whether you’re really important to him or just ‘the other woman’.

Otherwise, you’re just going to endlessly stress yourself out by guessing how he feels...

Thankfully, there is a super-sophisticated and subtle online tool that will help you discover what’s going on behind your back (click here to check it out).

It’s so simple, yet so effective. 

Enter a few of his details, and the tool will reveal who he’s frequently communicating with, whether he has installed online dating apps, plus a ton of other useful information.  

It’s the easiest and most discreet way to know whether he’s been up to no good.

You can quickly find out the truth about where your romance is headed with this tool

What’s more, he’ll be none the wiser. 

The article below explains 11 reasons why he’s keeping you around if he has no interest in a relationship with you. 

It’s important to know the reasons why he might be doing this, so you can weigh up which ones you can live with, and which you think are not worth your time or energy. 

You’re Having Sex With Him.

It’s an incredibly shallow and awful reason, but a common one nonetheless. If you’ve been having sex with him whilst you’re dating, good for you, girl! There’s no shame in being intimate early on in a relationship, but it can blur the lines between something casual and a serious relationship. As stereotypical as it is to say it, it is, unfortunately, true that women are more likely to consider sex to be a sign that he’s got deep feelings for you. In his mind, he might just be enjoying himself, filling his boots, so to speak. 

If he’s getting great sex from you, he might not want to leave, even if his feelings for you don’t run that deep. Why would he leave behind that kind of fun to be single and forced to spend his nights alone? If you want some clarity from him, your first port of call should be to take sex off the table. Once he realizes that you aren’t going to be dishing it out like you used to, the sex fog in his brain will lift and he’ll have a chance to find his morals again. He’ll be forced to decide if it really was just the sex inspiring him to keep you hanging on, or if he did in fact have real feelings hiding behind the superficial reasons why he was enjoying the sex so much. 

Take a look at this video where we work out if he’s really just looking to hook up or if he’s looking for something official. 

How To Tell If A Guy Just Wants Sex Or If He Wants A Relationship

He Doesn’t Want To Be Alone.

It’s sort of human nature to want to be loved and in the company of the people who care for you. It’s possible that although his feelings for you are surface-level at best, he just doesn’t want to have to be alone, so he’s keeping you close for those long lonely days. When you’re dating, you probably spend an awful lot of time together and if that were to come to an end you’d be left to your own devices. 

While some people thrive on their own, independently taking themselves on adventures, others will never be the type. If he’s the type of guy to always want company, whether that’s just to go to the movies or out to dinner, or maybe even for a whole weekend away, he might just be sticking around and leading you on so that he always has a partner to explore with. 

You don’t want to be his shadow, following him around because that’s the closest he’ll give you to a relationship. Take a real look at how things play out between you two and whether his level of affection and romance really matches how often he just wants to “hang out”. If he’s always asking if you’re free but doesn’t really show any interest in you when you’re together, he might just be afraid to be alone.

He’ll Be Bored Without You.

Similarly, though a much more shallow version, he might just be avoiding having nothing to keep him busy. When you’re dating someone, you tend to be quite busy spending time together and getting to know each other by going out on dates, spending entire days together and even nights at each other’s places. There’s a reason you tend to lose friends when you start seeing someone new.

Is it like pulling teeth getting him to spend time with you?
The key to solving is understanding men on a much deeper emotional level. The number #1 factor that causes men to behave this way is actually relatively easy to change with a few subtle things you can say to him.

Take this quick quiz to see if he actually likes you!

If he’s starting to feel less invested in your growing romance, he might be weighing up the pros and cons of not having you around to rely on. If he wants to check out a new bar or see that blockbuster movie, and his buddies aren’t around, he’s probably used to turning to you and expecting you to be there. If he let you go, he’d have no one to hang out with and as pathetic as it is, that might be his reason to keep you around despite having no real romantic intentions. 

He Doesn’t Want Anyone Else To Have You.

Men can be territorial. They want what is theirs and they don’t want anyone else to have it. That’s all good and well until what they want isn’t really theirs at all. You, a person, do not belong to him, but he considers you to be his to play with and leave behind when he’s done. If he’s not serious about starting a relationship with you then he has no claim over your heart. 

If he doesn’t want to be honest and say that he isn’t looking for a commitment but is still making empty promises about your future together, it might just be that he doesn’t want you to move on and find someone else who will really sweep you off your feet.

The thought of you being with someone else can still feel awful to him even if he doesn’t feel deeply for you at all. He’s enjoying your attention and devotion to him and he wants you to hang on for him because your attraction to him serves as an ego boost. If your head starts to turn for other guys, that tells him that you aren’t as into him as he’d like. Try showing him that you have other options out there other than him and let him know that if he doesn’t want to commit, someone else will. If he truly doesn’t want a relationship, he’ll probably fire up with jealousy without changing his opinion. If he has been harboring secret feelings he wasn’t ready to admit to, he might finally reveal his true feelings and ask for something more exclusive. 

He Doesn’t Want To Deal With The Drama.

Breakups, even when you’ve only been dating for a little while, can be complicated and dramatic. When you don’t feel the same as your partner, someone is going to end up hurt. There’s a good chance that he just doesn’t want to do the mature thing and tell you the truth because he doesn’t want to deal with the repercussions. 

Depending on where you met, there might be even more consequences of ending your blossoming relationship that he’s been trying to avoid. If you work together or have classes together, he might be scared that it’ll be awkward and uncomfortable to be around each other if he let you go and you felt hurt. Though usually wrong, we tend to fear that our new ex will cause a scene or make life harder on purpose if we have to spend much time together post break up, especially if that time is somewhere important like work or school. The reality is that both parties tend to want to keep their distance from each other after the relationship fades out. 

Find ways to let him know that you’ll be okay if he doesn’t see this romance going any further and that you won’t cause any trouble for him if you have to cross paths in the future. You deserve to know the truth and his cowardly fear of dealing with the fallout shouldn’t get in the way of his honestly. If he’s a guy worth your time, he’ll be truthful anyway.

He Doesn’t Want To Hurt You.

Maybe we should give him the benefit of the doubt for a moment and consider that maybe he is a nice guy and he just doesn’t want to see you hurt because he’s ended the relationship that had been growing between you. In reality, it is hard to break up with someone. It’s tough for the receiver undoubtedly, but it’s also hard for the dumper because they have to face being the bad guy. No one, or at least we hope no one, enjoys having to tell someone that they don’t feel for them in the way they had hoped. 

He might be putting off the inevitable because he doesn’t want to put you through the pain of hearing that he isn’t interested, especially if you’ve been very honest with him about your feelings. While he is still being cowardly by avoiding telling the truth, his intentions are pure. Like tearing off a band-aid, it would be better to just do it quickly, for both of you. 

Make sure he knows that you’re strong and that you can handle anything he has to say. Educate him on the benefits of being honest, rather than allowing him to linger in a lie just to keep you both in a naive bliss. 

You’re Friends And He Doesn’t Want To Lose You.

It can be tricky, trying to navigate a new romantic relationship that has grown out of a friendship, but it’s entirely do-able. Many life-long soulmates started out as close friends, but many friendships have also been ended by attempts to make it romantic, which ultimately failed. If your relationship grew out of a great friendship, he might be keeping you around despite not wanting a relationship because he doesn’t want to lose you as a friend. 

We all know how difficult things can get after a break-up. There are lingering feelings and the fact that one person will have been blind-sided and hurt while the other gets to come out having made the decision themselves. It’s not easy to go back to a simple friendship after ending a romantic relationship, and while it might be easier if you were only in the early stages of dating, it will probably never be quite the same again. 

It will be okay though. In time, your friendship can always build up again and eventually get back on track. You have to be patient and not force it too much, but you can always ensure that you’ll be there for each other when you need it - maybe not in romantic woes, but always in every aspect of the rest of your lives. If you continue to be a support system, with an occasional catch up here and there, your platonic friendship will be back in no time. Make sure he knows that it’s okay if he doesn’t want a relationship because he’ll never truly lose you as he fears. 

Watch this video for some great advice on how to go about dating a friend, or ending the relationship. 

Will Dating a Friend Ruin a Friendship? 3 Real Life Tips!

He Doesn’t Want To Be Out Of Your Life.

Sometimes, the reasoning can be quite toxic. If he’s the protective type, and not in a good way. He might be choosing to keep you around so that he’s never out of the loop. Often, post-breakup, one of the more stressful factors is suddenly being out of your ex’s life, with no way of knowing what they’re doing or who they’re doing it with. Social media stalking will only take you so far, so some might choose to keep you hanging on despite not having any real feelings because they hate the idea of having no control. 

If he’s always been a little controlling, always judging your choices and getting upset when you act with “freedom” - hanging out with other guys or dressing too provocatively - he might want to keep you around because he hates the idea of letting you run your own life or having no knowledge of the choices you’re making. If this is the case, then he definitely doesn’t respect you as a strong woman, so it’s time to pull the plug yourself. 

You’re Paying For Things.

It’s a terrible thought but more common than you’d think. If your man is a bit of a mess, unemployed and a little lost in life, he might be leading you on and not letting you go because you’re his financial support. 

Does he offer to pay then realize he’s forgotten his wallet, leaving you to pay for your dates? Do you find yourself always taking the bill instead of him? Balance is great in a relationship, in this modern era we don’t need to wait for the man to pay up - but it would be nice if they’d offer at least sometimes. If it feels like he’s sponging off you, it’s probably because he is. Maybe he’s always hanging out at your place over lunchtimes or inviting himself to dinner, it’s probably because you have food in and he can’t afford, or is too cheap, to buy his own. Sometimes he might even be forward enough to ask you to spot him some cash to help him get by.

If he’s been letting you spend all your hard-earned cash on him and on your dates, he might be hanging on to your failing romance so he never has to shell out his own money. If this is the case, it’s definitely time to part ways. 

Similarly, you might be the only driver in your relationship. Some people are really that cheap and shallow, if he needs you to get him to work or take him out to see his friends, he really might be keeping you around just for that. 

He Wants To Keep His Options Open.

Some guys aren’t ready to settle down, but they know they do have real feelings for you. They don’t like the idea that if they commit to you and make your relationship exclusive and official, they can’t continue to woo every lady they meet. If you’ve found yourself an eligible bachelor who’s been used to living it large and meeting a new woman every night, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he’s avoiding taking your relationship to a more serious level. 

When you’re just casually dating, there’s very little limiting you or him from seeing other people, there are no rules unless you’ve set them yourself and for the most part there’s nothing stopping you from being as flirtatious and carefree as you’d like. For some, living like that is a way of life and the only way they know how to be. They like the attention and the ego boost that comes from having the attention of multiple women all at once and committing to you would mean leaving that lifestyle behind. 

If he keeps telling you he wants to take it “slow” but you know he’s dating and hooking up with other women, he’s probably not that devoted to you. Any man who truly wants to be with you won’t see you as an option, you’ll be his only and he wouldn’t want to “keep it casual”.

Enjoy this video which tells you more about the signs to look out for if you’re wondering if he’s seeing other people.

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He’s Scared To Commit.

Maybe, after all the reasons have been tested, you realize he does really like you, he’s just terrified of committing. This could be the result of all sorts of reasons, both based on real-life experiences of his and entirely made up idea’s that he’s convinced himself to fear. For many of us, the fear of commitment is fairly normal. We all understand the little anxieties we feel when we first put our hearts into someone else’s hands. They have the ability to make it or break it and we simply have to let them and trust that they’ll only ever do right by us. 

If he’s been hurt in the past then it’s not so surprising that he might be afraid to truly give into the relationship due to his understandable fear that you’ll hurt him too. Once you’ve been let down by one person, it becomes very difficult to trust anyone new. 

Be gentle with him if he’s been cheated on in a previous relationship as he’s likely to be afraid that you could hurt him in the same way too. Make sure you reassure him as often as possible that you’d never cheat and betray him like that and that he doesn’t need to worry that your eyes will wander. If that sort of hurt is in his past, he’ll probably be afraid that anyone could do the same again, so he doesn’t want to put all of his feelings on the line in case he’s left humiliated and vulnerable again. Give him time to see how reliable and devoted you are and remember that he does like you, he just needs to learn to trust again.

He might have also had his heart broken in other ways, such as telling a previous girlfriend that he loved her, only to have it thrown back in his face. Maybe he was rejected or dumped by someone he loved deeply. All these things would naturally lead to a feeling of nervousness and apprehension to commit to a new relationship because of the fear of the past repeating itself. Take it easy with him, tell him all you ever want is to make him happy. He’ll learn to trust soon, be patient. 

Take a look at this funny video all about finally committing to a relationship!

Frequently Asked Questions

What does it mean when he says he doesn't want a relationship?

When a guy says he doesn't want to be in a relationship, chances are he's being frank with you; he simply doesn't want to be in a relationship. This is the most obvious sign a guy will ever show, and though one of the most painful, it is the most honest. Other signs include not introducing you to friends and family, leaving you to always initiate plans, and never defining the relationship.

What to do when a guy says he doesn't want a relationship?

The first thing to do when a guy tells you he doesn't want a relationship is to believe him. The second is to assess your current situation and your arrangement and decide whether or not it works for you. Think about the situation from their point of view, and ask yourself if you're holding onto a fantasy instead of reality.

How do you tell if a guy likes you but doesn't want a relationship?

Guys are very forthcoming when it comes to their desire to commit. In the same vein, they're very clear about when they're playing around. To tell the difference, some signs that a guy's not ready to commit include;

- He is not able to define your relationship.
- He is always ghosting on you on time and reappearing as and when he finds it convenient.
- Someone who doesn’t let you into their lives by meeting friends and family.

When don't you want to be in a relationship?

There's nothing wrong with not wanting a relationship. There are many people like you in the world, and that's equally okay. What’s more, there are different reasons why one might not want to be in a relationship, and some of these include being emotionally unavailable or not being willing to give up your freedom. Many people don't want to share their emotions with others, as it makes them feel weak and vulnerable; thus, they avoid anything emotional at all costs.

How do you give him space and make him miss you?

Guys are technically more complicated than girls, though they hate to admit it. They love it when you’re around, but they can get tired just as quickly. Find the perfect balance between making him miss you like crazy, but giving him the space he requires. To do this, try as much as possible not to make yourself too available to him. You can act as though you’re too busy to communicate with him, and this will catch his attention and bring him closer to you.


Did this list help you out? If so, let us know!

It’s important that you never let a guy waste your time, you deserve to be treated well. If you feel like he’s not putting in much effort with you or trying hard to show you his feelings, then he’s probably not that interested, he’s just trying to keep you around for a whole host of reasons. There’s nothing wrong with casually dating around to find out who you connect with and test how strong that connection could be, but if he’s only occasionally interested in you then he’s most likely looking to just keep you around for his own gain. 

If you’re ready to take it to the next, more official stage and if you aren’t being fulfilled then you’re allowed to let him know that you want more. It’s up to him to decide what he wants, but it’s never a bad idea to give him an ultimatum. Let him choose, if he isn’t giving you what you want, don’t feel guilty if you feel you need to say goodbye. 

Do you feel like all you think about is him, but he only thinks about himself?
This doesn't mean he doesn't like you. You have to understand how he is wired. Once you do, you'll find there is a subtle thing you can say that to him that will drastically change how he shows his emotions towards you.

Take this quick quiz that looks at whether he actually likes you or not!

Sonya Schwartz
A hopeless romantic that struggled for many years to find her Mr "Right" and made all the mistakes you could think of while dating. Known for always choosing the wrong guys or messing up relationships, Sonya was finally able to change her approach and mindset when it came to dating which helped her eventually find the man of her dreams and become happily married. You can read more about me here...

13 comments on “11 Reasons He Wants To Keep You Around Even Though He Doesn't Want A Relationship”

  1. I have been into a long distance relationship with a man who contacted me after 58 years. He wanted to marry my twice before. but nothing worked on my part. He has kept constant contact with me for over 1.1 half years. Within the last
    month, he has been very distant, but romantic on last Tuesday on the
    phone. He is coming to visit next week. He has gone from calling every 2 days to 6 days. I fear that he has found someone else. I love him, and I miss him. What should I do? I called him this morning, but he has not responded. He is a minister and quite busy approaching
    retirement. Thank you for your response.

    *I know that he loves me because of his consistency over 58 years.

    1. There are 24 hours in a day. You don't ignore someone suddenly for an entire day unless you suddenly developed amnesia

  2. We've been married awhile. It's a friendship mostly. No intimacy much, I can't initiate sex without him getting mad at me. So I just gave up. We only talk if it's him talking, otherwise it's not important enough to hear. I feel alone mostly. I don't like public places because I feel inadequate when I see people happily walking together and enjoying each other's company. My companion does whatever to ensure I leave the room. I basically chill with a reborn doll I bought myself for Valentine's. To comfort my emptiness.

    1. Hey, I haven't been married but I dated a really cold person in the past. Here's a book to work on lifetraps. "Reinventing Your Life: the breakthrough program to end negative behaviour and feel great again" Book by Janet S. Klosko and Jeffrey Young. It has helped a lot. It's worth having a professional guide you through.
      All the best

    2. Why are you wasting your life on a man that doesn’t see you or feel you. You can still be friends an not live together when if that is all you have. I think you should ditch the doll, start getting some confidence back and meeting new people even for friendships, only then will you feel strong enough to accept you deserve and want more than what your getting. Don’t waste your wonderful life, if he won’t commit then go find happiness, normally the man sees us.. when we have moved on, then it’s up to you if it’s too late or not.

  3. I have been with him for about ten months
    He could keep around me all day long
    He is now saying he can't leave me behind when leaving
    Does it mean he wants to marry me or? he is not direct

    1. We’ve been together for 6 years and he is my first for everything sexual and general love, same with him. I get when we get older we change but it’s really hot and cold with him now. Our relationship isn’t going so well and we are both unhappy but we also want to work through it. The only problem is there’s no motivation for him to try and fix anything and he seems too depressed to know why. He says he loves me still and that he feels like he just needs to work on himself but I want to help without pushing him. He says he wants to build a life with me still just struggles to start.

      I believe we can work through it but it’s hard when he’s feeling unhappy with where he is at the moment. I care about his happiness and if it means without me then that’s his choice.

  4. Nicole,
    You need spiritual guidance , you must be dreaming having sex with another man , who does better in dream than your Your husband
    Consult your Pastor for delivance

  5. It all got started when I get all dramas for a while. He left last December. He unblock me at social media. He is expected that I will msg him. The reason he left was because I was overboard that when I did things back then like it was wild intense sex. We did try to do with others and it was different with others. What are those feelings? I'm very ego when I bend my rules, it means when I want it so much. Both of us want each other that's what he said but commitment-free and I even asked him whether I am at his disposal anytime and he says yes. I don't want to be an option. I want them to be an option as past experience made me feels that way. When I want it, its better there for me. What does it mean for him? He missed the sex. Does that means he miss me too as a person? Or is he confused by things.

  6. So, I recently met this guy on Tinder and we had our first taking a walk in the neighbourhood. We ended up having sex on the second date at his place and he mentioned he wants a non-exclusive dating type of thing. He takes extremely long to reply my texts and I decided to ignore him for the weekend. He texted if I would like to spend the evening with him and I took a while before responding that yes, I would love to. because I like him and would like to spend time with him. He hasn't replied my message now and I am lowkey pissed because I don't want him thinking he can have me anytime. I said yes because I want to but I think he might be jubilating to having been able to get me to say yes. I don't know. help

  7. I have been with a man who in the very beginning lies about his ex wife saying she was dead. Inventing a whole thing about how she died. Family members of his told me truthfully that she wasn’t. We’ve had two sons together. He was always absent from our lives work or something else then when he wants to he says one day oh btw I leave for Houston Sunday morning. It’s Wednesday night. Our 11 year old son was actually about to be transferred to a boys home that Friday. He stayed away from his sons from 2004 to 2011. Posted on fb he was married in 09 never told the boys they saw it online. He said he did it because he was mad at me for being with someone else. When he came back here we began living together and it was stressful and strange but I would ask him about his ( wife) and all he would say about it was we’re divorced. Yet I saw where they’re talking still so I backed off. For years we were roommates from 11-2020 except for a time when I was actually trying to see what would work out with us in2018 only thing is after I slept with him I saw where he was texting his ex gf you look sexy. I stopped. In 2019 I got sick was in the hospital for a month the first three days in ICU he only showed up for 15 minutes saying he had to work. I had two operations while there alone. I came home to be alone again. He was there but he always slept in the living room. Ignoring me for the most part. I had been eating at the table alone for years. As soon as I hear from an ex he text me he wants to date. Oh no I’m not gonna. I finally move out for three months to get my life together and figure things out and get treatment. I tried texting him each day morning and night but all I got was terrible things said and why can’t I come home. Finally I do. Back to nothing. As we go through the holidays and birthdays and such as friends and roommates he all of a sudden beginning to say things like if we don’t have sex or anything like a relationship I’m leaving. But it’s 2020 October 20 and I have discovered that I’m actually in love with him. Sadly I find all these women from sex sites in his phone after he asked me to help him with it. I also find other women he loves or loved. I confronted him about it and he told me that our sons created the two fb and messager that he was using and that they were doing that. Well I find it’s him. He got so upset that we fought and he hit me for the first time EVER in our very long relationship. 91-2020 and I stayed again. He’s still lying about things and still say things like well you did this and this twenty years ago and I was army Ranger and can’t afford feeling some kind of stuff and I’ll talk to you when I get ready I need time. Yet when I’m crying and telling him I need him love him and need him to hug me ect he just said he can’t while I’m acting crazy. I’m finally in love for the first time ever. I have issues that stemmed from my childhood and certain adult hood things he said he understood. But I have changed everything about it and I’m better person and finally discovered womanhood. At age 52 I’m sad and depressed and losing friends over this. What does anyone think about any of those things and what should I do now

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