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    1. not committed, esp. not pledged or bound to a specific cause, candidate, or course of action: uncommitted delegates; uncommitted reserves.
    2. not associated in an exclusive sexual relationship
    3. not busy; not otherwise committed

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Red Flags - You're in a Committed Relationship With an Uncommitted Partner

Many relationships described by the individuals in the relationships as "committed relationships" often are, in reality, uncommitted.

While there are as many types of "committed relationships" as there are couples and individuals in partnerships, there appear to be three common characteristics that constitute a commitment:

1. Consistent intent to continue a relationship with a specific person;

2. Expressed willingness to do what is necessary to maintain the stability and longevity of a valued relationship; and

3. Observable behavior and actions that create satisfaction in the relationship

Intent, willingness and actions create a sense of "commitment" but the strength of the commitment varies depending on

1) individual capacity to act in a committed manner and (more importantly)

2) how the individual feels about being in the relationship.

Over the years, I have identified some common conscious and subconscious behaviors that can help you determine how your partner feels about being in the relationship. Hopefully these insights will inspire you do something about your "committed relationship" before the relationship falls apart -- irreconcilably.

1. Signs your partner FEELS NO DESIRE to be committed

-- Unlikely to express desire to maintain the relationship - even when pressured he or she will always find ways to avoid talking about personal commitment

-- Thinks other relationships are better and other couples are happier

-- Complains about lack of freedom to say and do what he or she wants to (and blames it on you)

-- Hardly follows up on promises - even on very small things

-- Less inclined to actively work to develop a feeling of togetherness (does not feel there is need to)

-- More inclined to engage in opportunistic and even insulting or abusive behavior (and isn't bothered about how you feel about it)

-- Always puts personal interest above the relationship (you're not my No.1 attitude)

-- More inclined to actively and openly seek distractions outside of the relationship (work, affairs, adult entertainment, internet porn, addictions etc)

-- Unwilling and dismissive of any requests for emotional openness or closeness, time or effort

-- Committed only as long as the external pressure is present or as long as there are "personal benefits" to being in the relationship

-- Will at some point end the relationship or intentionally do something to make you end it

2. Signs your partner FEELS OBLIGATED -- morally or legally -- to act committed

-- Publicly displays a desire to maintain the relationship but privately is reluctant to verbally express that desire

-- Thinks the relationship could be better if he or she had the freedom to say or do what he or she wants to

-- Invests time and effort in only agreed up on obligations and responsibilities- and not more

-- Less inclined to actively work to develop a feeling of togetherness (thinks it's too much work for so little)

-- Occasionally puts personal interest above the relationship

-- Less inclined to engage in opportunistic behavior (not because he or she does not want to but because it will publicly highlight his or her lack of commitment)

-- Puts more emphasis on obligations and responsibilities than on emotional openness and closeness (says things like, "I am here. Aren't I?", or "I did what I am supposed to do. What more do you want from me?")

-- Less inclined to date or have relationships with other men/women but may do so very discreetly if he or she strongly believes that it'll never be found out

-- Committed only as long as the "debt" remains unpaid

-- Could end the relationship or could become highly committed (but only when enthusiasm outweighs any sense of obligation or expectation)

3. Signs your partner FEELS inspired and motivated to be committed

-- Privately expresses a desire to maintain the relationship but may or may not make his or her commitment public

-- Thinks you (and the relationship) are one of the best things in his/her life

-- Feels that he or she is an equal partner who has the freedom to say no or ask for what he or she wants

-- Invests self, time and effort in the growth and longevity of the relationship

-- Actively works to develop a balance between interdependence and togetherness

-- Less inclined to engage in opportunistic behavior

-- More likely to put the relationship above personal interest

-- Willing, open and excited about cultivating emotional openness and closeness (and open to seeking outside help, if necessary)

-- Less inclined to date or have relationships with other men/women (doesn't see the need to)

-- Unlikely to end the relationship, more likely to remain committed for a long time

Given the above scenario, it's wise to seek commitment in which the other person feels that he or she chose to be in the relationship, wants to be in the relationship and has a say in what happens now and in the future.

But this should not just be "feel-good" therapy, commitment comes with negotiated responsibilities and expectations mutually acceptable to both of you at levels that you can both honor, fulfill and maintain over time. It is only within the context of this understanding that both of you can meaningfully act with each other's (and the relationship's) best interest at heart.

It's also important that even if the person feels that commitment is a personal private matter, he or she should also be willing to make his or her private commitment public. Making one's private intentions public helps to reduce any lingering ambiguity that can undermine the relationship's potential. Couples who make a commitment in public are more confident with each other and in their relationships.

But in attempting to inspire a commitment that is both personal and public, it's important to recognize that there are significant risks in doing so.

1.  A commitment can not be in direct conflict with your partner's personal values or life goals. Any attempts to influence the other to give up his or her personal values, options, dreams and independence make it so hard for the commitment to be worthwhile or fulfilling.

2. A commitment should not feel extraneous or feel like being sent to an institution. Allow lots of room for your partner to express and exhibit their commitment publicly on their own.

3. A commitment shouldn't be defunct and outdated (a one time only vow or pledge). If a relationship is to have a chance, provide space and rituals for re-commitment -- renewing promises, pledges, vows, goals, expectations etc. as individuals, and as partners or lovers.

4. Commitment should not be a one-person project. You have to work together at it.

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Alcohol and the Family


One hallmark of the social work profession is its integration of a person-in-environment, ecological, ecosystems perspective (Van Wormer, 1995). In order for a social worker to understand individuals with alcohol use disorders, the physical, emotional, psychological, historical, and social contexts of those individuals must also be examined.

One of the most powerful and influential social contexts across a person's lifespan is the family system-including the family of origin and the various family systems and subsystems that operate at any point in time. Not only does the family influence the developmental course of alcohol use disorders, but the alcohol use disorders of individual family members influence the entire family's functioning and developmental outcomes of the system and its members.

Family biology and family dynamics both contribute to an individual's risk and vulnerability for alcohol use disorders, as well as providing protections and resiliencies. Furthermore, family systems and family members may have a role to play in an individual's recovery from alcohol problems, or may interfere with the process.

On the other hand, the alcohol problems of one family member may lead to or co-occur with a distortion of family process, thereby increasing the risk of family breakdown, dysfunction, violence, or other problems leading to social work intervention. The purpose of this module is to provide an overview of research concerning the family context of alcohol use disorders.

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