Figuring out whether your significant other is ready for real commitment can be confusing. But for the most part, if your partner doesn't tell you these kinds of things, then they aren't seeing a future with you. Whatever the case, it's best to know where you stand.
One of the most crucial things to navigate in relationships is making sure both you and the SO want the same kind of partnership. Are you looking for a serious, committed relationship, or more of a casual thing? Although it's best to address these things with direct communication soon in the relationship, sometimes you find yourself in the middle of a partnership that's never been clearly defined. That's where these signs come in handy. (That said, directly asking whether your partner sees a future with you is always an option.)
In general, look for what your partner says about the future. "If your partner doesn’t talk about the lasting relationship future-related things, you may suspect they have commitment issues," says Irina Baechle, LCSW, relationship therapist and dating coach. "Also, if you don’t share private conversations and you don’t feel there is trust between you, consider whether you and your partner can see the future together." Read on to learn more about the specific things that long-term partners might bring up.