We're happy to present this excerpt from one of our favorite sites, The Good Men Project. Today, Dr. Adam Sheck insists it's not about a "trophy" wife or a caretaker . . . it's not even all about sex!
It's really not that complicated. From both personal and professional experience, I can tell you that what men want in relationships is pretty basic.
Hint: It's not about having a "trophy" partner or someone to feed us and take care of us when we're sick. It's certainly not about having someone to "process" feelings with. It's not even about sex, though sexuality IS an important part of relationships.
What men REALLY want in a relationship, is a safe place to recharge and renew themselves in order to go back out and face the world and "fight the good fight." What men want is a safe, secure, STRESS-FREE environment where we can recover from dealing with the "rat-race" and just relax.
What men want is a place where we can be ourselves, without putting on the facade that the world sometimes demands. We want a place where we don't have to be on our best behavior, where we don't have to walk on egg shells and where we don't have to pretend that we're something we're not.
We want a place where we can be accepted for who we are and for who we are not! What men want is consistency and routine, because that is what relaxes us. "Same place, same thing" calms us down. Yes, we like change and excitement from time to time, but what we really want in our primary relationship is a place where we can be at peace, where we don’t have to have our "fight or flight" response triggered. We're activated enough in the work world, we don't want our relationship to be like a second job!
Why is this what men want? Why do men want to recharge in relationships?