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Fear of commitment: Is it really in our DNA?

It's the first gene linked to male bonding. Researchers from Sweden say they have found some men have a gene variation that actually makes it harder for them to bond in a relationship. Some of you we talked to today, however, have a hard time believing a man's DNA explains why he fears commitment. But as KLTV 7's Molly Reuter explains, it may not be as farfetched as you think.


"I believe it has to do with your upbringing and your surroundings."

"I think it's a society thing."

"I don't know. I've just been moving around a lot, and I haven't met anybody."

It's a study that has left many of you speechless.

"I think I'm very unknowledgeable on the subject."

The idea that a man's DNA could affect his ability to commit is just too hard for some of you to accept.

"I was amazed when I heard it on the news."

Before marrying her husband two years ago, Cindi Featherston-Shields of Tyler was in a long-term relationship.

She says she truly believes the link between marriage and genetics is possible.

"There are men out there that are definitely not cut out for marriage. That they enjoy that life that they are able to date different people at different times. And then there are men that desire to settle down and be with that one person," she said.

Sue Whiteside, a professional counselor, agrees.

"Most people believe that if something is truly genetic you can't alter it really, but at the same time we see things that are not supposed to be altered, that are being altered by prayer, by powerful affirmations," said Whiteside. "It can be changed by chemical assaults, traumas all kinds of things can change your DNA."

But like most things in life, Whiteside says we have a choice.

It's just mind over body.

"Our thought and our mind is actually more powerful than our body," said Whiteside.

The scientists looking at the gene also say you should remain skeptical until more studies are done and that relationship harmony is determined by two people, not just the genetics of a single person.

Molly Reuter, reporting. mreuter@kltv.com

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