Waiting to hear those three magic words from your partner can feel like an eternity. You may even start questioning the future of your relationship and where things are heading. In many instances, putting off this major relationship milestone is a way for him to protect himself from heartbreak in the future and avoid the risk of getting hurt yet again. It can be a frightening prospect to make this kind of bold and powerful declaration of love without knowing how the other person is going to react. He may be hesitant to come on too strong. The fear of not having these loving feelings reciprocated can be enough to deter a man from saying those three words.