Loved ones such as friends and family often see things a person misses about a relationship partner. They can recognize the signs of commitment failure quickly, and they often worry about approaching the subject. Many people who fall for a person who will not make a commitment have a partner who will supply them with an endless series of excuses. Speaking to a person trapped in this type of relationship is difficult, and it takes a strong family member or friend to speak up about what they see happening.
It may take years of speaking up before a person will admit their relationship is not advancing, and they might require continuous examples of failure to commit pointed out to them. It is a difficult position for a friend of family member, but it is worth the potential loss of a relationship when a person cares about someone trapped in this type of bad relationship.