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The Vital Difference Between Men and Women in Relationships

By Dr. Seth Meyers You know what would be good for relationships? If everyone that ended included an exit interview. Just imagine how productive it could be for everyone to clarify their thoughts and feelings about where things went wrong, and what to do differently in the next relationship. When men and women end their relationships, most of their interviews would boil down to one common denominator: My partner didn’t understand and respond to my most important needs. The feedback would sound something like this: “She didn’t give me enough [insert need]” or “He didn’t care about the fact that I [insert need].” In relationships, people often get so busy trying to get their own needs met that they forget about the unique needs their partners have, too. Never is the issue of unique needs more relevant than when understanding the differences between men and women. At root, men and women have the same basic needs: to be noticed, to be loved, and to have a purpose in the relationship. Yet it’s how men and women go about getting those needs met that bears the crucial differences. The need to be noticed I’ll share a quick example that will highlight the way men and women have the same need to be noticed, but go about getting that need met very differently. When most men have a bad day, they need their girlfriend to notice they’re upset. This could be accomplished by the girlfriend simply asking, “Are you okay?” In such…

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