Can fear of abandonment make you more beautiful?

They say that the opposite of love is not hate; it’s indifference. And I don’t know about you, but I don’t hate humans often. I hate certain ideas and I hate mediocrity (which means I hate myself sometimes).

On the occasion that I do feel hate, it’s towards people that I care about and it’s because they are not open (they are not love). They are in denial about truth.

In other words, they’re indifferent to relationship and life. They just don’t care. They choose to be thick and impenetrable. They choose fear over love. Or they choose fear over infinity.

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Indifference is worse than hate in matters of love.

(I don’t mean ‘love’ as in dating and falling in love, although that’s part of it. I mean ‘love’ as in a softness and vulnerability. More on this soon).

And indifference to your own need for attachment (for fear that you might be needy) is like poisoning yourself. I don’t mean your ability to logically acknowledge your need for attachment, I mean the act of opening in to yourself; and not pushing. I’m talking about the push against your heart’s yearning.

That “push” is a resistance that comes across as your body being closed. Not just to men, but to many intelligent people.

Can fear of abandonment make you more beautiful?

So this brings us to talk about fear of abandonment. Refusal to be vulnerable relates to fear of abandonment.

Vulnerability is beautiful. It’s real.

Fear of abandonment is beautiful only when we make it okay to have that fear (AND all the emotions that come with it, because the fear is essentially fear of the emotions that we might have to open to feeling) it is not just a fear of being physically abandoned and left to die. It is the fear that we might have to feel. And that’s what is so important.

That’s where the beauty is. The beauty is where we are okay with embodying emotions; because to block things out means to lose calibration to your relationship. (With yourself or your man).

When we truly feel that fear and let that fear fill us and make us stronger for having felt it – we start to realise the gift it is giving us: you will need to find out for yourself what that gift is. The key is to feel the primary emotion beneath your first reactions and coping mechanisms.

And once you get to the primary emotion, you can then find a better meaning in all of this.

A clue? You may discover that it’s a reminder that anything we have (and any time we have with loved ones) is only transient; and we are blessed.

Feeling that we’re scared (like feeling other emotions) has the potential to give our life depth, meaning and passion.

Greeting moments of fear as if it were your lover…

Fear can guide us if we give it the open armed embrace we would give our lover if we were totally open to them.

To be clear: don’t act from the fear, yet allow the fear to exist; don’t judge it or resist it. Allow it.

That creates a kind of raw beauty in you, and in your life.

People don’t realise that you can’t be beautiful with makeup. There’s just no way. Chanel lied.

You can be good looking with makeup, but not beautiful.

We are born beautiful, but we cease to be beautiful because we become less of ourselves. We are less of ourselves when we keep resisting. And our body is the thing that resists life, which means it is obvious to the great, high value men (and people) in the world.

We miss out on the high value men because we refuse to be opened and we refuse to feel our fear and our pain. We choose people who don’t challenge us, who don’t offend us.

Don’t we remember, that people often think we’re the most beautiful when we’re surrendered? Because when we’re not; all sorts of strange, grating, and disagreeable personality traits show up as a coping mechanism…which usually just push people away.

What if we are indifferent to our fears and emotions?

Indifference means we don’t even care to know our fears (and emotions that come with fear). But that’s irresponsible.

Irresponsibility is one thing that makes us unable to get a man’s commitment, or deepen our connection with family and friends.

I’m suggesting that there is a thing called High Value Vulnerability. We talk about it with our members in our Commitment Control 2 program.

Oh by the way, if you haven’t seen my new report ’10 Crazy things that Fuel your Commitment Phobia’, find it here.   

Most (not all!) women have this fear of abandonment at certain times. Many deny it. Many don’t know when it shows up because they’re shut off to it (and to themselves).

And, some others, who are maybe a little more open, know that feeling of fear of abandonment. They may not like the feeling (I know I don’t), but they acknowledge it’s there.

Our biology wants us to fear abandonment to varying extents, because we have to form an attachment to ensure our survival and the survival of our babies (to carry a child and raise it). We need help (eg: we need a man’s resources) if we can get it.

That fear is there to be felt – to remind us (among other things) that we’re getting into something big when we get close to a man and to be careful and take it slow.

For example. Imagine you had a one night stand, as is quite common these days. But imagine that instead of being indifferent to it (because some women are able to have sex with no strings attached nor emotions attached)…you found yourself experiencing regret or fear (feeling scared) the morning after.

Imagine…instead of moving forward like it wasn’t an issue; you let yourself feel whatever you felt, and you cried. In front of him.

Do you think the outcome between you and the man you slept with would be different?

The discomfort that being with a great man brings…

A great man will force the ugliest parts of yourself to show up. Now, that doesn’t mean that he would find those parts of you ugly. I’m referring to the parts of yourself that you have buried away and refuse to let be seen, for you have deemed them ‘ugly’.

Including the part of you who deeply needs attachment. (Many women try to be a cool girl these days and act like they can be as no-strings-attached as men, even if they don’t truly feel that detached on the inside.

Many years ago, when I met my incredible husband, I knew how great he was. We fell in love so perfectly (we are made for each other) and as I loved him more and more, I was afraid I’d lose him.

How is it okay to lose him? I love him too much to lose him. But like you, we all know we can’t control everything.

I knew he was better than me, so I knew that to be capable of keeping him, and to be capable of adding value to someone like him, I also had to become better. I had to not stay closed; gutless.

I hated him for that at times. How dare he open me to taking responsibility for myself, how dare he open me to a deeper knowledge, and a deeper feeling of love. I was supposed to stay small, dammit!

And I can’t say that this old fear of abandonment has fully gone. I am certainly 90% less driven by that fear than I used to be. This is because my husband and I have both been vulnerable to each other, we’ve earned each other’s trust, and because as I’ve gotten older, I have decided to take responsibility for his feelings too.

He is just as vulnerable as I am (in very different ways though, because he has no feelings. (98% of the time he has no feelings). And that vulnerability (in his way) matters. He needs me. We all need each other.

(I can talk further about how men are vulnerable to women in a later article if you wish. Just leave a comment below as a vote for it if you want it).

Hurt and heartbreak is a part of the journey

The other day I heard a heartbreaking story of an estranged mother and son, and suddenly in that moment I felt afraid that one day, my two sons will break my heart.

Can’t win.

Yet, deep down I know that the bond I’ve created with them is strong enough that they wouldn’t want to abandon our relationship, even if we go long periods without seeing each other.

They won’t abandon the relationship permanently, they might abandon it in certain moments though. And that’s okay. They’re growing up.

Then, it occurred to me…my sons will break my heart, even if our relationship isn’t abandoned. And that’s okay. 

My husband will break my heart (or hurt me deeply), even if we stay together for the rest of our lives.

Just because someone stays by your side (imagine those couples who have been married for 50 plus years), doesn’t mean that it is a good thing.

Just because someone stays with you for 50 years doesn’t mean you don’t resent each other, because you’ve been stripping each other of value and abusing each other for half a century. (No no, never known a couple like that….or have I?)

Of course I have. If you think about it, I’m sure you have too.

It’s not that we need someone to never leave or be away from us. 

It’s more that we need to value our sadness (related to the void left by a man when he’s away or focused on his mission), in order to be in love. In order to be feminine. In order to be a woman.

I mean, do you think that pretending you’re an emotionally independent; cool woman and avoiding being needy at all costs is a good alternative? Sometimes it is. But not if you want deep polarity and deep intimacy; not if you do want a man to be attached to you, too.

It is your emotion and embodiment of that emotion that inspires his attachment.

A lot of women don’t value that sadness, and instead they value shutting off and pushing it far, far away.

Fake feminists?

Have you ever noticed that some of the feminists (who aren’t really feminists) call themselves feminists but inside, they’re just women using the feminist label (facade) as a way of trying to justify their journey towards shutting off to men? Cognitive dissonance, anyone?

They call it ‘patriarchy’ and ‘misogyny’, and sometimes patriarchy and misogyny really exist, but sometimes, it’s made up. Sometimes, they’re just words for justifying our own hate towards men who didn’t do anything to necessarily deserve the hate (we really just hate a past experience with men).

I think when going down this path that I’m suggesting; is to remember that some women really want to desensitise their bodies from all the wildly overcoming emotions they might feel if they opened to men (it’s much easier to just claim that all men are pigs).

And it’s not uncommon today, to find women who would rather settle for having a male partner as their equal, and keep him at bay, so she can be in control. They have a relationship, but they never intertwine at that deep place where they truly are vulnerable to each other.

What do we lose by resisting men’s absence?

But what we lose by resisting the emotions that surface during a man’s absence….(instead choosing anger, or acting like we don’t need him), what we lose by resisting a man pulling away…is grander than you might think.

We lose the ability to be in love. We lose the ability to feel in love, to feel open and beautiful. The beautiful sadness, I call it.

And when we’re in love, we’re beautiful.

But, like many women, I used to resist feeling all the emotions related to fears of abandonment. I used to resist feeling the shock to my system when he goes away for any length of time. But I still held on to anxiousness.

And after a while, I realised – wait a minute, haven’t I known this grating anxiety before? Haven’t I obsessed over whether my husband might cheat on me or leave me, very long ago?

Haven’t I, early on in the relationship with him, worried over if he might get up and leave forever?

Yes I have. History repeats itself.

That obsessiveness was my resistance to opening to him. The obsession is the tension I hold in my body to ward off natural emotional sensitivity.

Then I realised it was time to do something about this. I couldn’t keep holding on to worry, as that makes me less. Holding on to worry was a way of resisting the bond that my feelings and fears were trying to get me to make with myself, and with him. 

Feeling fear is different to resisting fear (aka having anxiety over it)

And that resistance? It takes value from me. It makes me small. It’s the wrong kind of worry (as opposed to worrying about my sons and their safety when they’re doing something dangerous – that worry is a bit more serving)

Holding on to (resisting) fear of abandonment is bad because it makes me not present for my family. I couldn’t keep looking for things to make me fearful.

And, worrying and having anxiety is a way of avoiding fear. You may not think so at first, but it is. Worry is keeping feeling at bay. It’s a ‘go between’ thing where you just keep hanging out at the ‘what if’ without actually working through it, or feeling your fear in real time and learning what to do about the fear.

I’ve noticed that in any relationship (husband-wife, mother-child, father-child, best friends) where we have opened our heart consistently, that fear of loss will show up.

And it’s a fear that is intense when it comes to men. Why invest ourselves, why give of ourselves, if they might just go and give themselves to someone else?

What if I love this person and then they go away, or die?

We break each other’s hearts by refusing love, moment by moment.

We hurt each other by not investing ourselves, moment by moment.

What if some other woman catches his eye and everything dies and goes away forever?

Feeling these things (and sharing them in a sensible, calibrated way) is the very thing that inspires a man to be closer and stay closer to you. Don’t hold on to defensiveness and anger if these fears show up (unless the man is very untrustworthy); feel through to what’s beneath the anger.

The cost of not investing yourself in someone

I know everyone wants to say ‘it’s not me, it’s men. I’ve invested myself!’

Usually, these women are right. But sometimes, they are not. Sometimes, they didn’t really invest themselves in the way that matters. In the way that creates a deeper and deeper bond every day, every week.

And men say the same thing about women, too. “It’s not me, it’s women! They’re all s****!’

I know someone who has not invested herself in anyone. And she is 70 years old. She abused, used and criticized all those closest to her, and now she’s only getting worse…nobody wants to spend time with her anymore.

Family members from across the world will travel all the way here, only to not contact her, but see other people instead.

She’s unbelievable to witness. People who meet her have wondered how she got through life – it’s very rare for people to truly exist the way she has. Most people are more open than that.

She once upon a time made a decision not to invest (be vulnerable to and give to) anybody. But that never changed the fact that she, like all of us, has a deep calling for human connection and intimacy. So, without the willingness to acknowledge that and roll with it, what do you think she has to do to cope?

Well, instead, she strips everyone around her of value, because she still needs things to survive. She is a leech. It’s left her powerless in a terrible way.

Life is a heartbreak…

Sometimes I wonder. What if she realised these things:

There are always little heartbreaks, along the way. Life IS a heartbreak. Just losing all the wonderful moments of one year and moving on to the next year can be sad and heartbreaking for some.

And, there’s always little heartbreaks – at least with the ones you love. You don’t have to be open to feeling these little heartbreaks with people at work or strangers on the street. Just with people who matter (you can learn to shut it off).

The past paves way for the future; and a beautiful moment we once had will never repeat itself.

That in itself is something worth mourning.

I had a realisation at some point that yes, like other humans in the world, I had spent too much time worrying. Too much time anticipating being hurt or experiencing heartbreak.

Hyper vigilant, some might say.

Sure, we should be vigilant in the beginning of a dating relationship, where trust is still being built. There is always a ‘prove your value to each other’ period when you first start dating. You don’t want to be taken advantage of, and your love and kindness shouldn’t be open for every average joe and his dog.

But if we keep worrying beyond that time period, and anticipating betrayal, loss or heartbreak, that it is a good reminder that it’s just our old pattern. A pattern of anxiety. It is not who we are, deep down in our belly where we already have all the knowledge we need.

If you want to know how horrible old patterns (or habits) can be, join us here.

Our job as a woman…

And what I want to suggest to you is that maybe our job as women, when we fear abandonment, is to not close down in fear.

Instead, stay as open as our body can handle. And engage with total intention to connect with him.

Sure, it sucks to feel scared when he pulls away.

It’s easy to obsess, or become needy, or make him wrong.

Yet, maybe our job is to do the very thing that causes us anxiety.

You get scared when he says he doesn’t trust you? Then stay with your relationship and your connection with him – ask him why, tell him how he feels matters to you.

You hate social situations because you get anxious? Then it’s a good sign that you should try to do social situations.

You’re afraid that this man will break your heart? Well then you need to engage even more, in the right here and right now. With him. Because as you pull away love, you also pull away hope.

Maybe our arms should be open…

Maybe our arms should be open and our palms reached out to engage with our lover. Maybe it’s our job to feel the emptiness we have when we can’t be with him.

Without that emptiness, he would no longer be important in our life. And he will feel that we made him less important; he will know that.

It makes you deeper and stronger, but even more so, it makes you beautiful because you are no longer resisting life. You are instead, embodying life. You’re embodying yourself. When you don’t resist, you are soft.

Softness is beauty; and it’s feminine.

Maybe that fear that a relationship will end badly…

Maybe that fear that his attention is going somewhere else in this moment..

Maybe that fear that someone won’t value us as much as we’d hope, is the very calling to you that “Hey, stay open. You can hurt, you can cry, and you can hate, but stay with the resistance in this moment for as long as you can, and as often as you can.”

That level of emotional openness inspires men to be closer to you than pushing away your emotions ever will. And, if a man has no intention of being close to you, then you’ll find out quicker.

Disclaimer: what I describe in this article is not to be done with strangers, or with a man who hasn’t invested himself in you emotionally (ie: there was nothing beyond sexual relations between you both)



See Related Articles…

Why Men Pull Away when you Need them the Most

Why Men Pull Away and How to Deal With It As A High Value Woman

How to Talk to a Man in a Way that Won’t Make him Pull Away and Go Cold

The Very Real Pain of When Men Pull Away

THIS is Why Men Don’t Call More Often…

Learn How to Deal with Men Pulling Away


  • Israa M. Sayed says:

    can you tell us some phrases to describe my fear to a man in a high value sensible way
    and thank you so mush for your articles <3

  • Validity says:

    Thank you Renee, for this article l grew up being bullied alot so i had to teach myself not to love or want to need anyone so i would not fear been abandoned by anyone,you know like if you don’t expect someone to want you then you won’t get disappointed or hurt when they leave,your articles have made me embrace my fears and accept the pain i have felt,it has made me free i don’t know how to explain it, i didn’t know i would love myself and my vulnerability. I see life with different hopes and it is helping me to be open to love and love my boyfriend and everyone i around me.l thank you so much

    • littlefaerie94 says:

      I also grew up being bullied x

      For me, it happened all the way through high school, and then a little through my second college by a girl who was at my high school… I also used to teach myself to not love or need anyone, including men/boyfriends and I ended up causing a lot of pain and heartbreak for one guy when I was younger.

      Thankfully, now I have learnt, and thanks to Renee’s articles and knowledge of being real and vulnerable for one thing, I’m on a better and more emotionally healthy path

  • jay johnson says:

    Hi Renee, wow finally a bad ass article from you gosh i loved it i wished to read more! hope you and your family are well and i vote for the article you suggested above. All the best

  • Joelle says:

    Hi Renee,

    This is actually a question I had after reading your “Why You Must Surrender to the Masculine Energy” article, but noticed the comments are closed. (I love your site by the way).

    I think I am at heart very feminine, and this is something I have always been in touch with. However, at the same time as being cherished for it, I definitely have had other people, including the modern butch type woman that you were talking about, trample on me and seem to resent the femininity. The funny part of this is even in this situation, I still see myself as the strong one. I see meanness as cowardice. But apparently modern society doesn’t agree.

    I would love if you could talk a little bit about how to make choices in society as a feminine woman. My soul wants to avoid these masculine environments completely or just be protected by a man, but practicing discernment means I haven’t found that man yet, and I want to protect myself. I have enough masculine energy in myself that I practice discernment, and will defend myself, but beyond that I hate being masculine. I feel that it makes me unhappy and actually takes away from my power in a way. I think my main issue is that I have developed a fear of shining my femininity too brightly, and being trampled on as a result. Being super feminine has brought some of the happiest times of my life but also some great challenges from people whose energies must have just been whack. Now, this fear of being my full feminine self has blocked me from experiencing the joy and fulfillment I once experienced. I think the heart of my question is, how can a feminine woman embrace her feminine qualities – softness, surrenderedness – while also attracting what she deserves from others and repelling people who don’t appreciate her worth?

    Thank you for your beautiful articles.

    All the best xxx

  • disqus_wIPaaqqR7d says:

    Hi renee, you never talk about long distance relationship and there is no post on this very important and complicated topic 🙁

    • Akanksha Anand says:

      I would request the same….how do we apply your teachings to long distance relationships…when all we have is a voice on the phone or sometimes only text messages?

      • littlefaerie94 says:

        Not being funny, but a LDR is never going to work.

        I haven’t known a single LDR that has ever panned out, at least on a long-term basis. And I don’t know about other people, but for me, I think if I was in a LDR and didn’t see my partner very much I would always be thinking to myself; “Is s/he seeing someone else when I’m not around…?” “Is s/he wondering if this is really very sustainable/worth it if we can’t just simply pop out to a cafe/restaurant/cinema etc like other couples might do ?”

        Surely, given the choice, it’s a far better option to be with someone you can see reasonably often?

  • Rosa Carrasco says:

    Hello, Renee! I am a big fan of all your articles! 😀 I’d also love to read an article about how men are vulnerable to women. Thank you for all the knowledge you share with us! I’m really glad I once came across your blog! xxx

  • Anita says:

    Wow, wonderful article….a bit scary to put in practice. Yes, I’d like to read how men are vulnerable to women – IMO they could lose their money, be defamed, manipulative women can break the relationships men have with family/friends, men can be heartbroken because of a women too I guess, though I personally have never seen this.

  • Jennifer Brownlow says:

    Great article, as always! I love your depth. Yes, I would love to read an article about how men are vulnerable to women. Thanks Renee!

  • Princess V says:

    I really needed this post. Boyfriend is studying for bar exam in another state for 40 days. I hate not being connected with him but he needs space to study. After getting emotional he said I just stress him out more. 💔😭 I told him I’ll try to be stronger. He took it as me complaining about him.

  • Charles Englehardt says:

    Boy, Renee, did you hit this one out of the park! Disclaimer: guy here. My situation was a very long-term relationship where the more loving and demonstrative I was, the more my partner retreated and hardened herself. Yet my mentor (who was invariably right about everything) insisted, “She loves you more than you love her.” How could that be possible with her behavior? Now, years later from your article, I understand, that my mentor was again correct, Her fear of loss of control, abandonment, vulnerability, whatever, was driving the engines of her actions. Unfortunately, I cannot help but think of the Joy Division song, “Love Will Tear Us Apart.” Sadly also I realize from your article that there was and is nothing that a guy can do in these situations.

  • Akanksha Anand says:

    Hi Renee…as always your article helps me connect with my core….realize and be a better me….thank you for spreading all this positivity and love….loads of love to you, David, your beautiful boys and all those you love and all the lovely ladies here! 😀 <3 :* …And look forward to your article on how men are vulnerable to women & how do we add most value to our man when he is choosing to be vulnerable to us….do count my vote for it! 🙂

  • Pooja Pophale says:

    Lovely article Renee.
    Thank you so much that you went out of your way in new year’s week to care for us.
    I want to know more about men’s vulnerability.

  • Pure Satori Networks says:

    Thank You Renee. This article is so incredibly timely! I needed to read this TODAY. So incredibly helpful. I appreciate your time and effort in sharing!

  • Nadia says:

    This is what I really needed to read. Glad I found you Rene! Thank you💕

  • Monica says:

    What a great article! And I want to know about men’s vulnerability too 🙂
    Thank you so much Renee

  • Jessica A Haines says:

    Beautiful article

  • Sheila Loetz says:

    This is helping me so much that I’ve read it 3 times and keep getting things I need because I’m at a different place and can hear it. Please continue …

  • Jennifer Croslow says:

    Yes! Renee – you are an amazing coach and mentor and philosopher. This article is gorgeous and feels spot-on. It is so generous of you to share all of this truth with us and it is helping enrich my life immensely. I have been reading your articles for the past year and I am hear to tell you that the principles of femininity you advocate are working miracles in my life. You have helped me improve my relationships with men, but moreover you have helped me improve my relationship with myself! (BTW, I haven’t even purchased a program yet! But I’m growing more abundant, too, so I intend to expand my knowledge with your programs). Thank you so much for spreading your love and wisdom with us. Please say more about men’s vulnerability to women. Fascinating!! xoxo Jen

    • Renee Wade says:

      That’s incredible Jennifer! I appreciate you telling me this. Nothing better than improving your relationship with yourself. <3

  • Rosarium says:

    Thank you Renee!!! Wonderful article. It’s so beautiful that you share your love for life and people. Very inspiring.
    Of course I’m looking forward to read your article about men!

  • DaneB says:

    Renee, thank you for this article to be open to our fear of abandonment. After many many years of being the first to leave relationships when I sensed bad things or “the end” was coming, I finally wised up and traced my fear back to being an emotionally and physically abandoned toddler. My mom, not due to anything in her control, developed tuberculosis and had to leave the family for a year to enter a hospital. I was only 18 months old, and was passed around to relatives. One , who I was told by observers , that would just let me cry and cry and complain about it. Now, I try to stop my first defense— detaching, and just feel the fear. Even, tell the other person of my fear, and ask for help in getting past it. Thank you for helping me with other “puzzle pieces” of this issue….allowing us to feel the fear and embrace it. Because, at least we aren’t indifferent if we are feeling, right. Thank you SO much, you are so wise!

    And yes, men’s vulnerability is something I would be interested in as well.

    • Renee Wade says:

      Hi DaneB, it’s amazing that you traced it back to when you were a toddler. And, letting a toddler cry and cry is a damaging thing to do. At least you have been brave enough to connect with that memory though. <3

    • Collette Michelle says:

      Me too!
      My mom left when I was a toddler to go chase her dreams
      I was left with an alcoholic father who could not take care of me and sent me to leave with with grandparents
      He later took me back and some years later my mother reappeared took me for revenge and I never saw that side of the family again
      My abandonment game is strong and like Dane B I always left a relationship first
      Now I’ve been in one for many years
      He even toughed it out when I said I was done ; but only recently have I recognized my issues and been vulnerable to him
      I cry which I never allowed before and he takes care of me
      By the way much of this was precipitated by biofeedback sessions and your information confirms I’m on the right track
      Thank you so much
      And I vote yes for the article !

      • DaneB says:

        Thank you for your comments. Hugs to you, for I understand. I’m glad that you are in what sounds like a healthy relationship and know its ok to just simply feel those feelings. I am married, and am lucky to have someone caring as well. It shows that with perspective, support, and great articles like Renee’s we can face our issues, and in turn, helpfully overcome them.

        • Collette Michelle says:

          Yes I am lucky he has stuck by me as I Have given him some tough times and heartaches over this before “I got it” which reallly was through biofeedback
          When my insurance started allowing it I went for claustrophobia and she rold me without knowing anything about me that I seemed to have some issues in the area of abandonment and a difficult childhood
          Mind blowing

  • Sweetzms says:

    Great article Renee!
    “Feeling these things (and sharing them in a sensible, calibrated way) is the very thing that inspires a man to be closer and stay closer to you.”
    Can you please give an example of what that would look like to share your feelings in a calibrated way? An example would be extremely helpful.
    Also, I too give my vote for the article about how men are vulnerable.


  • Julia Gantschew says:

    Thank you Renee!! I just gained perspective and I’m feeling relieved!
    And, yes please, more on men’s vulnerability!

  • Kay says:

    This was a wonderful and helpful article. I am lucky now to be with a loving, extremely high quality man with whom for the first time in my life is someone I love deeply, whose character is solid and inspires my trust, with whom we feel such a delightful ease with each other, after a year thus far (and knowing each other for a year prior as friends). But in the beginning, I did go through all those feelings you describe – had no choice but to let myself feel them, but my job was to know that once trust was earned, to let go of the anxiety these feelings created. Realizing how much you love someone and would hurt to lose them does create a whole lot of vulnerability, but as you well say, this awareness makes perfect sense, it is okay to feel it, to share sparingly … and this man finds my love for him a wonderful thing since he returns it and finds our match as good as I do. In the past my fault in choosing partners was to trust and give myself too early, to try to overlook and adapt to things that weren’t really okay. You are right, anxiety should be a red flag to take it slow. Being able to communicate your vulnerability (sparingly) and be heard is a sign that a man really cares about you. Anyhow just my experience, and your article was spot on. And I do not find it sexist one bit to recognize that men and women tend to be different and complementary, and in fact there is great beauty in that when the fit is good. I love my man’s manliness.

  • nena says:

    Of course men are vulnerable!!!when they are asleep!!! xi xi!!!I vote for this and for your current post which is of great value,as always!!!

  • AB says:

    I would like to know how we as women can be vulnerable practically and literally speaking when he pulls away. My boyfriend sometimes will go a day or two without texting or calling and it makes me anxious. I’d also like to know how men are vulnerable.

  • Christine says:

    Thank You David and Renee for sharing your knowledge – Your both awesome. I have thoroughly enjoyed and learned so much from reading all your articles. One of the things you have taught me is that having feelings is okay. I now respect each feeling that I experience in that moment. After recognising and observing that feeling, I move on to the next feeling and because of this I am a much happier person.

  • Emma Chitty says:

    Please do talk further about how men are vulnerable to women

  • Chandrani says:

    This article was wonderful… It would help me (as I’m sure thousands of other women) to understand men better by understanding how they are vulnerable to women like us.

  • J.a. Ct says:

    This is why it is important to be full, healed and high value. If a woman is high value, she does not count on other people for her balance and happiness. This gives a man his freedom but increases her value. Truly high value women are very hard to find. He will step up to add value because other men will want to be with her. Such women do not fear abandonment because they are attracting (sometimes weeding out) the high value men.

    The mirroring point is excellent. When we see this reaction, it is what we need to work on ourselves to move towards high value and value adding behavior. The other excellent point is people who stay with each for fear of abandonment. This is true with my parents. My mother accepted a man who has mentally and physically abused her for decades. She became an alcoholic. She won’t leave him in fear of being alone. It has severely impaired her relationships.

  • LadyInRedBoots says:

    Yes, please talk further about how men are vulnerable to women in a later article! Here’s my comment as a vote for it! 🙂

  • Super Janice says:

    Ms. Renee,
    I want to know how a man is vulnerable!


    • J.a. Ct says:

      I’ve learned that men tend to problem solve. One form of vulnerability
      for a man is to just be present. Just his presence to hug, to hold, to
      love. Another form of vulnerability for a man is to be unconditionally loved. To accept that a woman could love everything about him, accepts his good and bad days and has no desire to change him. He responds by opening up further which is an act of vulnerability by itself.

  • jane p says:

    “I can talk further about how men are vulnerable to women in a later
    article if you wish. Just leave a comment below as a vote for it if you
    want it).” yes, please do post that info you mentioned

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