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The Marriage Myth; Being Loved is Not Enough

There is a deep longing we all share;  to matter.

Who will we matter to?

My wife says she loves me.

That’s important.

However…,

  • To be recognized for what I bring into the relationship,
  • To feel valued,
  • To be acknowledged for what I give.
  • To be given credit where due,
  • And to feel appreciated,

is more meaningful.

Being loved is not enough.

Your partner’s words of love will echo into the blankness of space without their valuing you.

You’ll soon wonder if they do actually love you.

Do you feel deeply cared for?

That’s the benchmark.

What evidence of that exists in your life?

And what proof does your partner have of you deeply caring for, and valuing them?

Whenever someone says your name with anything of value; it’s empowering.

When they speak your name with negativity; it’s diminishing to connection.

Criticism is destructive. To be pointed out wrong can undermine confidence.

We are not here to fix our partner. That’s up to them.

How do you demonstrated love to your partner?

Our effort to give must be acknowledged in some way, or soon I may not try so hard.

You and your partner will figure out how to love and value each other by proof and evidence of that, or you will disconnect.

My work with couples teaches both partners separately how to do that. In my experience, his and her version of events can be a complete waste of time and lead nowhere.

Unless you provide proof and evidence to your partner that you care deeply about them, your words have no value.

You must understand what that proof looks like or your marriage will remain unhappy forever,…if you choose to stay together.

I’d like to help you. You can reach out and talk with me here.

You have read my book right?

What you fail to do is often just the thing that will cause your marriage to fail.

 

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot.

Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.  –Dr. Seuss

How Marriages Die

Everyone wants someone to love, but no one wants to love with all their heart and get nothing or very little back.

The perceived imbalance of love is how is starts.

It’s the cause of tremendous pain. And it teaches people that loving so much isn’t worth it.

So they back off, or completely stop giving love. And then what happens is their own hurt expands. This is how resentment and anger take over.

The source of our unhappiness is when the unconditional loving relationship becomes conditional.

Here’s how it happens:

  • You love and accept me. It’s why I love you.
  • Then you point out that thing I do.
  • Then you misunderstand what I said.
  • Then you create the slightest amount of distance.
  • You become a little less affectionate.
  • You find more things to point out about me that you don’t agree with or don’t like.
  • Your voice changes when you talk to me.

Now my unconditional love for you just became conditional upon you giving me back the love you took away from me. And I can’t love you the same until you do.

So I begin to withhold a little bit here and there. I become more sensitive and more easily upset. Our love is unraveling and we may not even know it.

Now we need help because things will get much worse if we don’t.

Find a reason to give love to your partner even if your marriage is broken.

You’ll feel better. And maybe your partner will respond. If not, you can make a decision about how to live your life that is more supportive to sharing love.

People have had great success using the ideas in my book. 

When you’re ready for answers reach out and talk with me. 

 

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot

Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.  -Dr. Seuss