That gives him way too much power over you, because all he has to do is withhold affection or act like he doesn’t care—and you’ll do anything to get him to give you more.
He is always in control, therefore, and you are always feeling inadequate, undervalued and rejected.
Like going to the shops and then returning home again.
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Neil Rosenthal, LMFT, offers couples therapy and marriage counseling in Denver, Westminster, and Boulder, Colorado.
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The only great day we’ve had together was our first date.
From the day we started going out I’ve tried to get close to him, but he has created this barrier.
The less affection and intimacy he has shown, the more frustrated and demanding I have become.
Here’s what I’d recommend: stop groveling at his feet and begging him for crumbs.
Tell him you only want someone who wants you—and no matter how desperate or needy you feel—enforce that rule.