Intimacy in Marriage: Men and Intimacy

Sad Couple After Having An Argument

Introduction: Intimacy in Marriage

I recently offered a new report “7 Reasons Men have Difficulty Getting Close and Staying Close” to my readers and asked for their responses.

I wanted to determine how the report was helpful; how it enabled them to gain awareness, make shifts and feel better with their spouses.

I offered an 89 point check list for them to determine the specific coping pattern or reason their spouse gave or acted upon for maintaining emotional distance and avoiding intimacy in marriage.

Intimacy in Marriage: The Need for Validation

This reader responded to the report and exercise by saying:

“I can clearly see my husband’s operating style from the questions. The questions just confirm that my observations and intuitions about my husband are correct and I’m not “making them up.”

My Comment:

Often your intuition is on target.

You can trust your intuition.

However, in a distant, cold or unforgiving relationship or marriage times frequently become rather crazy.

The craziness emerges from the multitude of mixed and contradictory messages.

You say: “I don’t trust you. Something is not right here. I sense it. Are you involved with someone else?”

Your spouse responds: “Of course not. You’re crazy. What’s wrong with you?” (Now these words may not be literally used, but the same message is given.) Later you discover s/he is indeed having an affair.

Your spouse says s/he loves you, yet withdraws irritably into silence when you approach. What’s the true message?

You become fused and locked into the craziness, pain and isolation. You cannot see or feel your way out. You are stuck! And, it’s not fun!

For someone to present you with an exercise that enables you to stand back, evaluate the many patterns that men use to maintain distance and avoid intimacy in marriage, and then apply it to your situation, sets you free.

You are free because you are validated. Now you know that still small voice within you is on target. What was one very familiar, but painful is now a pattern shared by many. You do know!

Blog Topic: Intimacy in Marriage

5 thoughts on “Intimacy in Marriage: Men and Intimacy”

  1. That is absolutely true! And what if a true lover before marriage, turns absolutely stranger after a few days of marriage? It is so mind occupying just to keep trying understand what went wrong? What was my mistake? And the other person through silence and withdrawal shows, he hates me and saying “he loves me!” both don’t match. And under such circumstance, if I lost all my temper, is that wrong? Is that not at all to be forgiven?

  2. Iam in this situation for 3.5 years help! we have been married for 50 years the woman is 21 years younger,ive confront him with proof he denies states he loves me very much he hides the phone # (hers) ive determined he loves both of us,from his reaction when she does not secertly call him ive noticed tears in his eyes

  3. I get it now! It is about me and releasing my authentic power through self discovery and expression. I choose how I am going to respond. I am not a prisoner of circumstance true it isn’t nice when a significant other does something to hurt you however how I react and respond is still in the locus of my control. He doesn’t do anything that I don’t let happen. I have a new peace and I am working towards feeling that way every day.

  4. I think men use self defense mechanisms such as proyection, usually make their spouses feel guilty on the distance they use for not confronting the problem in the relationship. What do you think about this? What they do is compare the spouse with the OP and it feels terrible when you are compare with someone else.

  5. I am a few years into recovery for decades of emotional affairs and alcohol. Now clean and sober, I easily see that my defensiveness and need to protect myself brought my spouse’s ability to heal to an absolute halt. I love my spouse and will do anything and everything for healing and a thriving marriage.

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