Whenever I suggest something like this, I risk a whole hoard of women hating me. Enough women hate my message as it is....and yet, it's when I suggest this that I really feel women digging their nails in to me as if I have betrayed them and I am working against woman.
Quite the contrary. When I say this, I say it from a place of understanding of masculine men. (Click here to take the quiz "How feminine am I actually") I say it because I intend for more women in the world to have more happiness in their relationships with men.
I do my best to communicate my best intentions in every piece of writing that I do, but I'm not able to clearly communicate everything to every woman reading.
All I want is for women to experience the same freedom from their fears I have learned to experience in my interactions with men. And stop feeling like victims and actually keep a good relationship with a man, rather than break up with a man, later realising that the man did care about her.
How is it REALLY, for Men?
Here's the thing about men who are born with more masculine hormones; and are therefore, in nature, masculine men.
Relationship is not their specialty. It simply isn't.
Men care about having a relationship, and want a relationship, but they don't come with the instinctive understanding about how to communicate and express love the way women might. (Click here to get the "Goddess Report")
Women are simply overall, better intuitively at understanding relationships and developing closeness with other humans than men are. Now, there are a lot of cold and callous women out there who don't have the compassion to have any relationship at all. They couldn't even hold a relationship with a frog. But that's their own fear taking over their life, and they are certainly not living in their feminine energy, that's for sure.
Men want relationships, but they may not know how to go about it. They don't generally talk about relationships with other men, sometimes they don't even think to do that. It's great for the men who do talk about it, but most men just don't. See these 5 insights on men that I wrote about...
Why Men Just Aren't as Intuitive when it comes to Relationships...
A single man might think about a relationship and having one, say 1-10% (maximum) that a single woman would.
See, for many women, it's generally well understood that if we have a good relationship; then we are successful. Other women look at and observe our relationship. We compare relationships, we compare mate quality, we compare how much another woman's man does for us compared to what our man does for us...
For a MAN - (and this is from a male's perspective), nobody cares if he has a great relationship apart from his woman. For a man, his success is judged by how much he has achieved (money, status, career, influence, social dominance, etc).
Now think about this:
WHO thinks about relationships more? Men or women? Women.
Who do you think is going to be more successful and in tune to relationship problems? The person who thinks about it more or the person who thinks about it less?
That's for you to answer.
Here's the really interesting thing: for women who don't have a happy relationship in their life just yet, Many of them read books that involve romance. They watch movies that involve romance. They FILL UP their need for relational happiness with romance novels and dramatic movies. Or they talk about their relationship; or about the single life with their friends.
And yet....do you see many single men with romance novels?
Didn't think so.
Relationship is OUR Specialty
For a feminine woman; we are driven to seek out relationships. It IS our specialty. We read subtle body language, subtle tones in spoken words (feminine energy actually hears primary mood and tone) and we can talk for hours.
But get this - unless he's been trained or had experience - men won't even notice subtle body language or subtle changes in a woman's tone of voice, and even if he does become conscious of it - he can't compute in his mind that you want him to actually come forward and work out what you mean, (in other words, give you more attention and reassurance that he is there for you).
For example. You're out at a party one night, and a woman who has always been a bitch to you comes up to you and makes some snide remark that is passive aggressive like 'oh you look soooo CUTE!' in a condescending tone. After she leaves, you say to the man you're with "oh my gosh, did you hear the way she said that?! She's such a bitch!" and he looks blankly back at you, not understanding what you mean and not seeing what just happened.
As Long as Everyone is Fed...
See, all these little details in communication between people are not a man's domain. He doesn't care, as it doesn't coincide with his life's mission; which is to win, to get something done and to get to the point.
A lot of men think that as long as he works hard to provide, that this is enough, and the woman will be happy. Obviously, women know that's not true.
To a man, this is effort. This is HIS form of effort. Not yours.
To a man, if a woman is upset or angry, and he sees that everyone is well fed and seems to have access to enough resources....his brain can't understand her being upset! SHE must be crazy!
She must be...she's crying in a situation that I wouldn't cry in. That's how men think.
What I am suggesting you try to understand is this:
I'm not saying Men don't put EFFORT in, I'm saying, men may not put effort in to a relationship the way YOU want him to. That can take a man time to learn.
Women get by on Subtle Relations and Communication... Men Don't
Now, by the way, sometimes, if you're lucky, a man might have picked up on this subtle energy from the nasty woman saying 'oh you look soooo CUTE!'...usually though, he wouldn't have. And you are left feeling lonely because he doesn't understand the devastation you had to just go through with that awful woman.
It's quite funny really. Communication between women (especially OUTSIDE of the work force, and outside of other masculine environments), mostly occurs in an 'implication' type of way...we imply what we mean, we make suggestions or go around in circles beating around the bush (talk about our feelings rather than list a problem directly) until someone else paraphrases what we're saying...until someone indicates that they are willing and able to understand our words and thoughts.
This doesn't happen with men. Men are direct. And what I've learned is, what a woman thinks is direct is STILL not direct in a man's mind!
Women Communicate Indirectly
And it's a huge frustration for many, many men, dealing with women....wishing and wondering why women just can't TELL him what it is that she wants...but if you were to ask a feminine woman, we don't WANT to do that.
We can learn to do that...but we have massive resistance to doing that, because it's not natural in our physical body; OR because we feel that the directness will get us hurt, or hurt a man's feelings.
It took me years to realise this...I can now communicate my wants to my man more directly if it is needed (not always, I prefer to be indirect and see if he picks up on it...luckily, after so many years together with my husband and a ridiculously good understanding of women, my man picks up on around 50% of my 'implied meanings') ie: "it's starting to smell in the kitchen... it's actually starting to smell a bit like trash.'
And he will almost always say: 'I'm taking the trash out now.' And we look at each other and laugh, because I still couldn't find it in me to say 'take the trash out now David'. My instinctive way of interacting is indirect communication. It's like I don't even think and what comes out of my mouth is an indirect communication...
I'm just (very subconsciously) hoping the person I'm talking to cares enough to figure out what I mean.
Why shouldn't you Expect a Man to put More "Effort" in to your relationship than You?
I believe that the very desire in us women to have men put more effort in to a relationship is a lie. That's what we SAY we want, but what we really MEAN, is that we just want to know we have a man's commitment. We want him to tell us we have his commitment, repeatedly, for the rest of our life.
Yet, men are often far too clueless about women's need for reassurance and security to ever pick up on our NEED for that, that we get more and more frustrated, and the more frustrated we get, the more we try to 'talk' about things with a man....which leads us to think that our talking is 'working' on the relationship..but it's not.
Talking to another FEMALE is 'working' on your relationship or friendship with HER...it's not classified as working on a relationship with a man.
Sure, sometimes, talking to a man, in some contexts, will work to get a certain result.
But...it's the way we communicate that makes most of OUR OWN efforts to make a relationship better with men a waste of energy.
If the other person cannot receive your communication in a way that they need to hear it..you've already failed at communicating. And it's not fair to assume that men should just get us. That they should just get what we are saying.
(Again, men usually use words ONLY to hold conversations that have an actual POINT.)
We think he should talk to us more or show us more love...but what you have to understand is, all this talking and demanding that he put "more effort" in to the relationship doesn't work in your favour, with men.
If more commitment and more love is really what you want, then you need to understand these three things:
1) Relationships are YOUR domain, not his. If he's masculine. He NEEDS you, to be patient and to reward EVERYTHING great that he ever does, in order for him to start and do more of the right thing. He needs you to be there for him in that way.
Most men are totally happy alone. So they don't often 'get' what is a good thing to do with a woman and what is a bad thing to do...
Have you ever noticed that very masculine men rarely feel the need to 'call up' their male friends to talk? Have you ever noticed that men get by without really contacting a lot of their circle of friends?
Masculine energy is at home alone...so they can go years without contacting family members or friends and still be ok.
My father was like this. My husband is no different, either. Masculine energy is at home being by itself. It's ok living on an island for days, weeks, and months alone. It's ok to meditate in a cave for days on end and forget about contacting you (really).
And here's the shocking part: A LOT of men won't even understand that you needed him to contact you when he was away or working.
2) 'Work' and 'Effort' is not what you need to put in. Understanding is, compassion is. And, almost always far more compassion than you think.
Most women's idea of work is to talk and discuss and to dramatize things, hoping that her man will give her the response she wants (usually, more of his presence, more of his love, and reassurance that he loves her and won't leave her).
Effort can mean anything. Work can mean anything. You could could put lots of 'effort' in to scratching your butt for an hour every day, but who would that benefit and what positive consequences would that have?
And don't talk to me about how my advice is killing women because some men are just a**holes. This is taking what I am saying out of context. If he's truly an a**hole and you don't want to be with him, then you can choose not to be with him. I'm saying: having compassion for males is INDEPENDENT of your selection of a certain male, and whether you choose to be with a sleazebag or not.
The most basic spiriutal advice that anyone (and any book) can give is to have compassion, even for the people who have hurt you. It doesn't mean I'm telling you to be patient with a total assbag. It just means; try developing some compassion even AFTER you've broken up with him.
It's just a little try, that's all I'm asking of you. After all, a little try is actually more than most women will do when it comes to men. Because it's too scary to open to the possibility of compassion for *gasp* a MAN.
It's funny how people make the mistake of thinking compassion is for the other person. It's not; compassion is for YOU.
Trade 'talking and discussing' as your idea of 'putting a lot of effort in' for simple reinforcement of men's good actions with your happiness!
3) If you want a masculine man, then expect relationship problems. Expect fights and expect extreme frustration. The more masculine a man is, the more different you are, so the more clashes you will have. (But don't NOT expect bliss and the happiest time of your life).
If you want things to be easy, then don't have a relationship.
If you want things to be easy, then a wussy man might be what you want. If not a wussy man, then maybe a more feminine man. And even then, you'll find it hard if you are feminine inside....because every cell in your body is actually hoping and willing for this man to be more masculine, have more direction, and be more present with you.
Men need YOUR help...
But if a very masculine man is what you want...you have to understand and respect that he needs YOUR help to be in the relationship with you. This idea of how to 'help' is something I go in to in my Understanding Men Program.
In this program (my personal favourite of all our programs), I show you many ways to be closer to a man...from how to open him up to how to still be a woman and have your connection needs met without a man pulling away from you.
The takeaway from this article is this:
Men need your help to be in a loving relationship with you. This 'help' comes in many forms. The BEST place to start is by positively reinforcing all the GREAT things he does in a relationship with you, yes, even if it is small.
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