If you love him, he will need you to get through it. You may be able to show him the light. Many times it will be confusing, and he may hurt you without wanting to. He hurts enough just being himself. Here are some important things to remember: a cheat sheet to get you through tough times.
And maybe to help him see the truth of his ways. You two may have such an obvious, beautiful opportunity for love but he squanders it.
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He only sees his own shortcomings. But like I said above, he may not even realize it. However he is in a state of constant anxiety, always wishing he could be someone HE loves. This should be a good thing, right? Not all men act out this feeling in healthy ways. It will be hard but think about their perspective. Buy him books on spirituality, ask him how he feels about himself. A book I recommend is No More Mr. Nice Guy by Dr.
Robert Glover. This was a huge factor in my relationship ending. My low self-esteem led me to crave attention from other potential partners. I was addicted to approval and validation from other women. Maybe he likes attention from others, flirtation and come-hither looks. That was another thing I would do — I craved the attention so much. Maybe he also yearns for people to tell him how cool he is, how great he dresses, or what a sweet job he has.
It may be common sense to you — that we should all love and respect ourselves as human beings. Having low self-esteem is like being in a courtroom. His soul appears blackened, damaged and irreparable. He craves escapes from reality. Try to talk with him about this. Why do you need to feel this way? It must be him who makes the changes necessary to heal. At first he cherished you. You were his prize. He held you close, showed you off to the world. It was intoxicating and intense.
The high that you and the new relationship gave him faded. He needs more intense intoxicating experiences to feel okay about himself. She could see the man I was, beyond the shit-storm that was my life. I was too deep in my own trance.
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Does that sound stupid or what? Then I could love myself. Please, tell him you love him. Tell him everything you think is unique and enticing about him. If he feels like he fooled you, he will not treat the relationship with the respect. He wants to create something that will change the world. His big dreams or grandiose desires get him out of his head. They give him hope that maybe one day, just maybe he will be able to like the man he is. After he does all this awesome stuff. There is nothing wrong with drive and initiative.
But why is he so driven? Why does he desire so much? Your man should ask himself why he wants to accomplish so much. To bring him down to earth, remind him how much life there is to live right now , in this moment.
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This moment, between the two of you. Kiss his lips, hold his head in your hands. Tousle that hair and look deep into those eyes you love so much. Tell him he is enough.
She was my entire support system, and my source of confidence and security. She was my everything. When you threaten to leave them empty again they go crazy or become irrational. Nor does he want to dominate you. Many guys with low self-esteem are living in the past. He may be guilt-ridden and woeful over opportunities he failed to seize. He might feel like a failure and disappointment to his family. Who knows, the point is he rides himself down all the time.
You may feel sad because it seems all he cares about is making lots of money, accomplishments or fame. Or making his family proud.
You love him exactly as he is, right? So you burst into your bedroom: Your partner—your boyfriend or girlfriend, it doesn't matter—is having passionate naked sex with someone else. And not that sex you two have these days—that lights off, is-it-over-yet no-oral intercourse. Like: Gagged, with his or her hands tied together. There are flavored-lube sachets everywhere. Like, this isn't just sex: This is that kind of kinky sex you haven't had since the hotel on the last night in Barcelona, summer Ever had a sad brunch?
You would think this is impossible—you live for brunch; brunch is the best meal of the week—but then you lift your eyes across the table and see the person you tell yourself you are in love with and On the phone the other day. Didn't your mom call? No she was just talking about the dog. When brunch is sad, you know it's over. Avoid the sad brunch. You booked a vacation with your partner, you idiot, and now it's looming ominously over your year like the first anniversary of a close family member's death.
You start mentally scoping out which single adequate friend would be free to take your partner's space, if it came to it; the deposit you struggled to put down from your miserable salary would be wasted if you cancel the reservation. If you haven't booked, neither of you will bring it up because then you are, for better or worse, committed to spending two weeks solidly together covered in sunscreen, which might give the sheen-like illusion of things being back to normal—it's hard to stay too mad at each other when you're in a piazza in Rome drinking a strong beer and watching the dusky sun come down as you wait for a plate of spaghetti and mussels—but quickly shatters on the second-to-last night when one of you can't find sunglasses, and it descends into a two-hour screaming match and one of you slamming your hotel door, going for a big furious foreign walk, then coming back timidly 45 minutes later and having to borrow a keycard from reception to get back into your room.
Then you share the flight home in silence. Basically, don't dare speak about going away together in case you break the delicate china, that is, the remains of your relationship. An underrated service provided by a relationship is having someone who is obliged to receive your excitable call when you get a pay raise, or your sister is getting married, or you've just seen a cute dog in the street, because let's face it: No one else in your life likes you enough to provide that level of emotional support. Slowly you find yourself texting anyone else—a best friend, your mom, that reasonably attractive person you're only platonically texting—first when anything major happens.
The same goes for if something awful happens. See, what's happening here is you're subconsciously preparing yourself for life after you make the inevitable break, when you're the only person who likes and hates yourself the most.
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Remember that time you came home and saw your partner in the kitchen, crying—some distant relative died or something—and you felt that little jolt of tenderness you used to feel and leaned in for a hug, and it sort of felt natural and also very much did not. Maybe you even though: This is literally just like holding a huge piece of crying meat. Hmm , you think, dreaming of a lazy Sunday morning to yourself, where you can go for that jog you keep promising yourself you'll do, have a cup of coffee while staring out at the river that runs through your backyard, wander to a sports bar for the early kick off and a burger, meet up with those friends you haven't seen in forever because your partner doesn't get along with them.