No offense but this is THE STUPIDEST thing people can possibly do in trying to create a relationship.
It's hard enough to sustain a halfway decent one with two mature self aware enthusiastic participants.
Unless someone is freshly widowed or divorced, If someone is "afraid" to love you, they're an immature baby, and waiting and hoping well...you might as well just wait to die.
Even if he emotionally advances to the point he can try to face his fear and all that lame crap, do you really want to be the transitional relationship? Coz that's all it'd be...and 7 months is a little bit recent but still...that push pull thing is a torturous game and if you choose it that's on you, too.