What Men Look for in Romantic Relationships
Men and women are definitely wired differently. Sometimes we’re looking for the same things in relationships; other times we are not. Here are 10 things men want in romantic relationships. Do any of these things surprise you?
10. To Hunt
Men want to be the pursuers—not the pursued. Why? This is a part of “the game” we inherently enjoy. The pursuit for a mate is embedded in a universe-long history of our days in the wild when men would hunt and kill to provide for their families. We love a challenge, and research suggests a definite correlation between chemical reactions in our brains when we’re challenged and the excitement and enjoyment of “chasing” after our mate’s acceptance and appreciation. For many men it can even be addictive.
9. To Have Our Needs Fulfilled
We love feeling like our mates are paying attention to and satisfying our needs. It could be something as simple as ordering from our favorite restaurant or playing music by our favorite artist. We want to be with thoughtful partners who pay attention to our likes and fulfill our wants and needs.
8. To Discover Our Partner Over Time
Men like women who keep things interesting and are a little mysterious. Don’t share everything about yourself, all at once and right away. Share your hobbies and talents over time. Give yourself more than one opportunity to wow us.
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7. To be with a Woman Who is Alluring
Believe it or not, men don’t always want a woman who will jump into bed with them on the first date. Men love sex, but they also love a challenge. Build up the anticipation of sleeping together, so when you finally do, it will be even more exciting. When it comes to sex, men favor quantity, while women favor quality. In a relationship, men are challenged to make sex better, while women are challenged to make sex more frequent. Once a couple reaches a compromise, intimacy and progress materialize. But this takes time. Don’t rush things.
6. To be with an Independent Partner
We want a woman who is not completely reliant on us—emotionally, socially and financially. We don’t want to feel smothered. When our mates have self-confidence and self-reliance, it makes us happy and takes the weight of supporting them off our shoulders.
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5. To Set Clear Boundaries
Setting boundaries early on in a relationship is important. Men like women who are strong and who can handle their day-to-day without letting people take advantage of them. For many guys, a shrewd woman is more appealing and exciting than one who constantly complies with everything and everyone.
4. To Take Pride in Us
We want our partner to be our biggest cheerleader. We want her to happily ride the highs and lows of life with us. We want her to introduce us to her friends and family as her significant other.
3. To Have Real Communication
Men struggle with communication skills. But if we can conquer communication hurdles in relationships, those relationships will progress at a quicker and stronger rate. Guys don’t want to make small talk. Saying “more” by saying less, without belaboring on the specifics of the relationship, is important. While it may be difficult to describe our emotions out loud, using simplicity and generalities helps us understand the complex layers of our relationships better than harping on the particulars.
2. To Have Commitment or Not
Women aren’t the only people who desire a committed relationship. Believe it or not, many men want commitment too. If you are both looking for a committed relationship, that’s great. You have something to work towards. Even if you both just want a “friends with benefits” relationship, it’s important to express this upfront. Just make sure you are always on the same page.
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1. To Have Honesty
Above all else, honesty is what men want in a relationship. With honesty comes trust, and with trust comes friendship and love that is true. Being honest with a partner is a sign that you respect them.