Being extremely independent is looked upon as a good thing by most people. There are times when it can be a very good thing, like when it comes from a position of faith that God will help you to do anything you need to do rather than putting faith in people. Sadly, it also can be a problematic trauma response. I know this since this is why I tend to be overly independent in many ways.
When someone grows up with an abusive parent or two, they learn very early in life that people can’t be trusted. After all, if someone who was supposed to love, care for & protect you is untrustworthy, how can anyone be trusted? That logic absolutely makes sense. Yet at the same time, it isn’t necessarily a good thing.
A problem with this quality of extreme independence is that it can cause a person to find safety within his or her self & withdraw from other people, even the safe ones. It pushes people away, whether or not that is the intention.
Growing up accustomed to being let down by those who are supposed to love us most causes us to realize we don’t need anyone. We’ll always say that we don’t need help. We can do this thing without any help. Even if we truly need help, admitting that fact is very unlikely to happen, which naturally is a problem in so many ways. Refusing help when it is needed causes a person to make mistakes or even fail at whatever project they are doing. It also pushes people away, which can damage or even destroy their relationships.
This extreme independence leads to thinking about romantic relationships like, “I don’t need you. I want you.” That naturally can be a good thing in some ways, but when you’re married to someone, you need to need your spouse. God created people to need each other, but in particular their spouse. That is why when people marry, they should share many qualities, but also be better in some areas than their spouse, & their spouse should be better in other areas than they are. This kind of couple makes an amazing team with many talents. They are so much better together than they were independently.
Another problem of being in a romantic relationship with someone extremely independent is that if you give this person a reason to leave, they will, & the reason doesn’t always have to be a good one. It can be something simple such as you forgot that you were supposed to go to dinner together one evening. It isn’t necessarily that the person was looking for an easy way out of the relationship. It’s more because they are afraid of being let down & hurt yet again.
A person who wants to be in a relationship of any sort, in particular romantic, with someone like this must make their actions align with their words. After a lifetime of being disappointed by people, if actions don’t continually line up with words, an extremely independent person will leave rather than risk being disappointed frequently yet again.
Being in a relationship with a very independent person can be incredibly challenging, & truly isn’t for everyone. However, the person who is willing to be understanding, patient & sincere stands a great chance of breaking through the barrier of extreme independence & finding a very loving & loyal partner. Winning the trust of someone extremely independent isn’t easy, & it won’t be taken for granted!
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