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7 Things Men Want In A Relationship

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Expressing their needs within an intimate relationship is often a challenge for men.

Whether influenced by societal norms or struggling to articulate their needs, men, typically the less vocal participants in such relationships, often endure silently when their emotional needs are unmet by their partners.

Regardless of your gender, reading this article will provide deeper insights into yourself or your partner, illuminating the needs within your intimate relationship.

Let’s put an end to unnecessary conflicts arising from miscommunication, nights lacking intimacy, and emotional shutdowns.

By delving into the following tips, we guarantee that your perspective on your relationship will undergo a transformative shift.

Here are 7 things that men seek in a relationship:

1. Praise And Approval

Men are often known for having delicate egos. Regular reassurance about various aspects, such as ourselves, our career paths, our effectiveness as partners, our sexual abilities, and our appeal, is something we appreciate.

While it’s true that men may require less frequent verbal praise compared to their female counterparts, expressing admiration doesn’t have to be a calculated exchange. Why not just embrace more positivity?

So, ladies, let your admiration flow freely. Communicate to your man what you find appealing about him. Share your favourite physical features of his.

Tell him when you find it attractive how he expresses himself, achieves something, or takes you on a date. Your praise won’t inflate his ego; instead, it will foster a sense of being loved.

And here’s a bonus: the more you acknowledge his positives, the more you’ll notice and appreciate them.

 2. Respect

Respect is akin to love for men. If a man senses disapproval, whether it’s directed at him, his career, or the values he holds dear, it becomes challenging for him to trust and feel loved.

The underlying thought is, “If she doesn’t respect my core identity, how can she genuinely desire what’s best for me?”

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Respecting your man goes beyond conventional gestures. Actions like reheating dinner or handling dry cleaning might be considerate but don’t necessarily translate to respect – they’re nice, but respect is more like oxygen to men.

Why aren’t such actions seen as signs of respect and appreciation? If, while doing something nice, you conveyed doubt or contradicted him, you were essentially questioning his competence.

To truly show your man respect, demonstrate your confidence in his abilities.

If a man’s partner fails to respect his life path or mission, he’ll likely feel compelled to distance himself, fostering an anxious disconnect.

3. A Sense Of Sexual Connection

Men and women connect through both sex and communication, but generally, women connect better through talking, while men connect better through sex.

This doesn’t mean men need sex every day to feel connected. Often, men connect through signs of sexuality as much as through the act itself.

For men, initiating sex is a way to ensure their partner is still sexually available. So, if your man reaches out for you, simply showing willingness to embrace, kiss, and engage can make him feel loved.

The challenge arises when there’s a lack of awareness. The woman may not feel like opening up sexually until she feels connected emotionally, but the man might find it hard to communicate because they haven’t been physical.

Avoid these unintentional standoffs by talking with your partner about what specifically makes them feel most loved.

4. Emotional Intimacy

From a young age, men are ingrained with the idea of avoiding any display of weakness. This includes refraining from complaints, sharing fears or concerns, and expressing self-doubt or worry.

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A man’s partner should ideally serve as a haven. It’s the space where he can reveal vulnerabilities and allow his partner to contribute to his healing. Just as women may take time to open up sexually in a relationship, men gradually unfold emotionally.

The first time a man sheds tears in front of his partner, it’s crucial that the response is nurturing and supportive. If he perceives a negative reaction or a lack of understanding, he might withdraw and no longer trust his partner with his emotions, creating a distance in the relationship.

In this scenario, both partners suffer — he internalizes his struggles, feeling flawed and imperfect, while she is kept emotionally at a distance.

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5. Space

In many relationships, the feminine-associated female partner desires more time together, while the masculine-associated male partner seeks more time apart. Achieving a perfect balance is challenging; it requires managing the dynamics of closeness and separateness.

It’s crucial not to suffocate a man by denying him free time or displaying overly jealous behaviour – this can quickly lead to the demise of a relationship. Men require breathing room; they value time for hobbies, with friends, and to work on personal projects for fulfilment.

Traditionally, when women faced problems, they sought support within the tribe – connecting with friends and family. In contrast, when men encounter challenges, they often prefer solitude to contemplate solutions.

So, give him space. Allow him time to breathe. Let him pursue his interests. A man returns happier when he feels trusted and knows you respect the strength of your bond enough to grant him the freedom he needs.

6. Physical Touch

Men require regular non-sexual touch along with a sense of sexual connection.

For example, if a man is engrossed in a task and his partner lovingly touches his neck and hair from behind, he can feel just as loved as if they had engaged in sexual intimacy, perhaps even more, depending on his mood.

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This type of touch is seen as a form of physical love, conveying the message, “I love you, and I want you to feel happy always. Know that I’m here for you, and I care for you deeply”.

7. Security

Both men and women are drawn to certainty in a relationship. When a man senses that his partner is committed for the long term, he becomes more willing to open up, provided he shares the same level of commitment.

However, the sense of security extends beyond just staying together. It involves feeling assured that his partner approves of him and supports his career choices. Non-sexual touches throughout the day contribute to his feelings of security and love.

Allowing him to have his time with his friends without constant check-ins also fosters a sense of security. Ultimately, a partner who takes intentional steps to love him in the way he needs reinforces his overall sense of security in the relationship.

How To Give Him What He Needs

Where do you stand in your relationship?

If you’re a man reading this, do you feel that all your needs are being met? Is there something you could communicate to your partner for a potential improvement? (Consider sharing this article with her.) For those in a relationship with a man, how can you enhance your expressions of love? Which aspects mentioned here can you incorporate more into your relationship?

For more insights on building emotionally mature and fulfilling relationships, explore additional articles on Fab.ng. We cover various topics such as sex, love, relationship tips, and more. Dive into our relationships category for articles that contribute to a more satisfying love life.

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Jennifer Lopez And Ben Affleck Look Adorable In PDA Display

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Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck were seen together in Los Angeles, displaying affection for each other. This comes shortly after returning from a quick trip to Japan with her children.

Pictures captured by photographers show the couple holding hands and sharing a passionate kiss during a lunch date in the Venice Beach area on Sunday. Ms. Lopez was dressed casually. She wore a beige long-sleeved top, a cream-coloured puffer vest, and loose-fitting jeans.

To stay warm, she bundled up in a light brown scarf. She then finished her casual yet stylish outfit with tinted shades, platform Uggs, silver hoop earrings, and a dark brown handbag slung over her shoulder.

Mr. Affleck, 51, opted for a relaxed look, sporting a black button-down shirt paired with a navy blue jacket and jeans. Completing his casual attire, the Academy Award-winning actor from “Good Will Hunting” added Nike sneakers and Aviator sunglasses. As they waited for their car, Ms. Lopez leaned against a wall, her arms affectionately wrapped around her beau.

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With eyes full of admiration, he looked deeply into her eyes before gently leaning in to share a kiss. This tender moment came just a few days after the dedicated mother of twins, Max and Emme, whisked them away on a delightful adventure to Tokyo to celebrate their sweet sixteenth birthdays.

The 54-year-old Jennifer Lopez, her highlighted hair sleeked back in a ponytail, stood beside her partner. She was beaming with a radiant smile as they entered their black BMW and drove off.

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The “Maid in Manhattan” actress, who co-parents her children with her former husband, Marc Anthony, with whom she was married from 2004 to 2014, offered her fans a glimpse into the heartwarming getaway through a charming video montage on Instagram.

She captioned the post, “16 🥥🥥 Birthday trip 2024 🤍🤍,” “Happy Birthday to my coconuts I love you.”

Jennifer Lopez also shares parenting duties for Ben Affleck’s children, Violet (18), Seraphina ( 15), and Samuel (11). Affleck shares these children with his former wife, Jennifer Garner.

This adds to what has already been a busy year for Lopez, who recently released her successful ninth studio album, “This Is Me… Now,” earlier this month.

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck first crossed paths on the set of the movie “Gigli” in 2001. Just one year later, he presented her with a stunning 6.1-carat pink diamond engagement ring from Harry Winston. While they originally planned to walk down the aisle in 2003, they ultimately chose to postpone their wedding celebration. Their paths diverged as they both went on to marry other people.

However, after nearly two decades, love found its way back to them. They rekindled their romance and officially said “I do” in 2022.

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Bella Shmurda Opens Up On Being A Father Again In New Documentary

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Nigerian singer Bella Shmurda recently participated in a documentary by WeTalk Sound. In the documentary, Shmurda spoke candidly about how fatherhood has significantly impacted his life and music career.

He revealed that the birth of his son has motivated him to become a better person and pursue personal growth. Additionally, Shmurda shared his aspirations to build a lasting legacy—one that would make his child proud to have him as a father.

“I think fatherhood inspired me. What’s in my head is ‘Wetin’ this boy go see in the next 10 years?’ I don’t want him to see my old videos, I want him to see the new Bella who is still doing things. I don’t want him to hear ‘history’ like his daddy used to sing. I want to be the type of father that when he turns on the TV, he’d see and then say ‘That’s my daddy’, that’s what I want to be to my child. He’s an inspiration to me,” he said.

In July 2023, Bella Shmurda shared the joyful news of his son’s arrival on his official social media platform. The post, which included a heartfelt message and a photo of his newborn baby, was met with an outpouring of love and congratulations from fans, followers, and fellow celebrities.

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However, the announcement also revealed a painful experience Shmurda had endured in 2022. He shared that he had suffered the heartbreaking loss of a child, expressing the emotional toll it had taken on him.

He wrote,

“A few days to the drop of my album last year, I was an emotional and mental wreck. I’d just gotten to the UK where I was scheduled to do some promotional activities when I heard the news that I’d lost the child I was expecting at birth. I got the news that my little boy is here. I’m happy and blessed. What’s lost can never be replaced, but I have another chance, a new lease on life. A new purpose. I’m a new Daddy; DO NOT DISTURB.”

In November 2023, Bella Shmurda was eager to share more about his growing family. He took to his social media platform to post new pictures of his son. Two of the heartwarming photos showcased the adorable child, giving fans a glimpse into Shmurda’s life as a father.

This update followed the initial announcement of his son’s birth in July, which was accompanied by a heartfelt message and well-wishes from many.

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“Ebuka Turns Up Africa” Debuts On Prime Video In March

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Get ready to be thrilled with Ebuka’s exciting adventure across Africa! The travel-reality seriesEbuka Turns Up Africa,” a Prime Video original, premieres on March 1, 2024.

Hosted by the renowned Nigerian TV personality Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, the series takes viewers on an unforgettable journey as he explores Africa with his celebrity friends: actors Timini Egbuson, Zubby Michael, Jimmie Akinsola, Onoja Adole, and Alistair Englebert Preston.

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This group of friends embarks on a luxurious VIP adventure across the continent, creating a captivating series that delves deeper than just the tourist experience. It not only showcases the diverse beauty of Africa but also reveals the personalities of these celebrities beyond their public personas.

While exploring the continent, the friends experience moments of joy, ignited by their shared spirit of adventure. However, the journey isn’t always smooth sailing, as the press release hints at personality clashes and occasional disagreements. Ultimately, the series aims to capture the magic of friendship and the unifying power of shared experiences.

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Produced by Rapid Blue Productions Nigeria and executive produced by Ziyanda Ngcaba and Erika Klopper, “Ebuka Turns Up Africa” promises to be an entertaining and insightful watch.

Mark your calendars for the premiere on March 1st, with the first two episodes dropping, followed by episodes three and four on March 8th.

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