I’ve had the privilege of knowing some awesome women, who over the years have given me an earful of priceless information from the female perspective. Some of them are in great relationships, while others are still searching for one. Still others are enduring a bad relationship simply for the sake of being able to say they’re in one.
One thing that I find interesting is that in all of these cases, to be loved was of the highest priority. I don’t mean sexually (it’s sad, but without that disclaimer some people would assume as much). It seems that from childhood women will often seek affirmation through “expressions” of love. Whether it be gifts, or letters, or time spent together…
…the underlying desire is to be loved.
Material things aside, many of the women I know have said that they would be very happy knowing that someone thinks they are the most wonderful, most beautiful woman in the world. However, this love needs to be demonstrative, without any ulterior motives. They want to feel needed and special. They want to be a priority in someone’s life.
Some of the women I know have even said that any rebellion exhibited as teenagers had more to do with their feelings of being unwanted, unaccepted, and made to feel unattractive, more so than just wanting to get into trouble. I was told that if someone had loved them, the way they needed to be loved… they would have most likely become very different people.
I recognize the effects on women who grew up without a father, or whose mothers were inattentive. Some of them have dealt with it. Others are still struggling to come to terms with their childhood. Unfortunately, this can deeply affect their current relationships with both men and women. Some of my female friends have confided in me that it seems hard to find a good man, mostly because they tend to run at the first indication that any man possesses characteristics similar to their absentee fathers or estranged mothers. Friends who exhibit these traits are unceremoniously dismissed as well.
Honestly, I think both men and women truly want to be loved, though we may act otherwise. Men are just more prone to hide this fact than women.
WOMEN: What has been your experience, if any, with your childhood affecting your desire to be loved, and the way you receive love?
MEN: What things have made you reluctant, if at all, to communicate your desire to be loved?