She wants passion
too at least thats what she calls it but it isnt always the
same desire that he knows as passion. Her notion includes gentle romance, flowers,
small talk, be there when the kids need you, call during the day, laid back, well
have sex occasionally and just hold each other the rest of the time kind of passion.
She doesnt understand why that doesnt fulfill him.
If youve been reading this series of articles, you already have an idea
as to why they dont understand each other; why they arent fulfilling
each other. You know that love between two people has three aspects commitment,
intimacy, and passion. With that awareness you can see that hes keying on
the passion aspect of love while she focuses on the intimacy dimension. Hes
feeling so frustrated by his lack of passionate fulfillment that hes abandoning
(or has already abandoned) the commitment aspect of love. His need is for excitement,
intensity, and physical and emotional gratification. Hers is for closeness, warmth,
and bondedness that dont necessarily involve any intense physical dimension
the selfish one?
Which one needs to come to his or her senses?
If your primary need or desire is for intimacy, you likely believe hes the
cause of their problems. You may think, If hed just grow up and quit
seeking the thrills of a sexually neophyte teenager, they would have a chance
for a great marriage. On the other hand, if your craving is for more passion,
you likely believe that its her fault. You may think, Why does a woman
exude such sexuality during courtship, struggling to contain herself from being
promiscuous before marriage, but lose nearly all interest as soon as she says
Think Im exaggerating?
In my Love, Sex & Marriage seminars, Ive heard both those statements made emphatically by men and
women across America. If you think that you know which statement came from women
and which from men, you may be surprised to know that Ive heard each from
both genders. It isnt the stereotypical battle of the sexes thats
at issue here; its a persons needs and desires. If passion is a key to fulfillment
for an individual, you can try teaching the person that he or she doesnt
need it but you wont accomplish much. Same goes for intimacy.
people have different needs. Why? Maybe because of the way they were raised. Maybe
its genetic in some. Perhaps it has to do with the dreams about adulthood
that were formed in childhood. Maybe it changes with life situations. The initial
cause isnt nearly as important as the realization that if this person feels
a need or desire for a specific dimension of love, they are NOT going to be content
until that need is sated in some fashion.
In other words, neither is being unreasonable in wanting his or her most important
emotional needs to be fulfilled. Either or both may be unreasonable in demands,
expectations, or timelines. But emotional needs themselves are valid in every
person, whether his or her spouse wants them to be or not!
My counsel for husbands or wives seeking greater passion, more sensuality, and
uninhibited lovemaking, is that they should first learn the kind of love craved
by the spouse and make sure you fulfill that need. My counsel for spouses seeking
greater intimacy, warmth, vulnerability, and openness is that you discover the
dimension of love your spouse wants and give it. As my friend Dr. Willard Harley,
author of His Needs, Her Needs says, Meet your spouses needs
as you would want your spouse to meet yours. By the law of reciprocity
inspirational writers used to tout, your spouse will be much more likely to meet
your needs if you first meet his or hers. If youre afraid that youll
give him or her what he or she wants but will never get what you want in return,
that fear will keep either of you from being happy.
Give before you get. Fulfill before expecting to be fulfilled. Meet his or her
needs so that he or she will learn how to meet yours.
So how did I help the couple mentioned in the beginning of this article?
My suggestion to him was that they first develop deeper intimacy. His desire for
wild and wonderful sex with his wife probably isnt going to happen if she
doesnt have her need for intimacy fulfilled first. In their situation, I
think that if she tried to fulfill his needs for uninhibited, sensual sex without
first feeling very secure in a warm, close relationship, she would feel as if
she were his concubine rather than his wife. I guaranteed him that wouldnt
recommended to her that if she wanted a warm, loving husband, she stood a much
better chance of having him develop into one if she were to become a sexual siren
at home. She admitted she knew how to become what he wanted but resented becoming
that without his first meeting her needs. I asked her what she had to lose compared
to what she had to gain.
All that happened about 5 or 6 years ago. I happily report to you that each took
my advice (since each was unaware of what I had suggested to the other) and they
are now very happy. He tends to her every need and, though he doesnt talk
about it, the perpetual grin on his face leads me to believe that shes fulfilling
him quite handsomely also.
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