10 lies I believed about men and relationships
When I was just twenty-four years old, I attended my first big personal growth seminar about relationships. There were over four-hundred women in attendance and the person running the show was a fifty-year old man. There were so many assumptions about men and relationships that I made up that were simply not true. Some of the ideas I learned were shocking, while others were very liberating.
Keep in mind that all men are different. There are extremes of the super sensitive guy to the beer-drinking sports guy who refuses to talk about his feelings. Over the past twenty years dating many types of men in all ages, shapes and colors, I have witnessed the truth of these ideas. Sometimes I resisted these facts, ignored them and, of course, believed I could change them if I met the right guy. I want to share the lies I believed with you.
1. LIE: If a man really loved me, he would make me a priority in his life.
TRUTH: A woman’s top priority in life is her relationships. A man’s top priority is preserving his ego. Instead of wanting to be first in all of his life, if you are simply first in his relationships category, he really cares about you.
2. LIE: Men like to talk about relationships.
TRUTH: Most men were not socially conditioned to discuss feelings. What comes easy for you is not as easy for them. Don’t take it personally. Even a man who was raised by a single mom and is very sensitive, may never be as comfortable as you in these “let’s talk about us” discussions.
3. LIE: If a man breaks up with me, I must be flawed and I have to fix myself to be perfect enough to be attractive to men.
TRUTH: There are so many reasons why men/women leave. Many times it is more about their baggage and fears than anything to do with you. People fit together like puzzle pieces based on their subconscious programming. If you are not a match, neither is good nor bad, just not the right fit. There is nothing to fix about you except your false self-perceptions.
4. LIE: When I find a man to love me, then my personal growth work is complete.
TRUTH: Your growth is never complete. Life is about growing and expanding, you are never done until you are dead.
5. LIE: When a man tells me how much he likes me, even though he doesn’t show it, I should believe him.
TRUTH: Men communicate with action. Pay more attention to what he does (or does not do) rather than the things he says.
6. LIE: If I have those butterflies when I think about him, it must be love.
TRUTH: Butterflies are fear/excited rolled into one. This can occur when your mate is unavailable creating the danger and excitement. This feeling also comes up when you meet someone who is a true connection. You can’t use butterflies as a gauge for finding “the one.”
7. LIE: If I love him, then I should put up with bad behavior because he is my soul mate.
TRUTH: This is co-dependency at its best. You don’t love him; you love the idea of him, which is a fantasy if he is mistreating you. Just because you think you love someone, doesn’t mean they are right for you.
8. LIE: Men don’t want to commit, so I need to please him sexually so he will stay with me.
TRUTH: If sex was all it took to make a man commit, the hookers would all be married by now.
9. LIE: Men love to gossip.
TRUTH: He doesn’t care about your friend’s problem with your other friend who said something your friend took as an insult. Nor does he want your breakdown of the conversation and how you feel about it. He may be interested in whether the Yankees won or not today.
10. LIE: The only way to catch a man is to play games and pretend I do not want to commit.
TRUTH: You can try the catch him and keep him game which will work for a while. The problem is that you have to keep up the game throughout your entire relationship and that could be exhausting. When would he ever get to know the real you?
The biggest lie I told myself is that my life would have no meaning if I didn’t get married and have children. I hear this lie told to me every day by my readers, customers and clients. I feel their pain. I lived that lie for almost twenty years. Now that I am in a committed relationship (still unmarried without children), I look back at my single life and realize all the happiness and fun I missed because I was so focused on finding “him.” I was putting my enjoyment on hold until my knight in shining armor arrived. My life had meaning when I was single and I am still the same “me” as a part of a couple.
Examine the lies you tell yourself about love and life. Most importantly, the lies you make up about yourself and your limitations because you are single. Stop telling yourself the lies that it is never going to happen and that you’ll be alone forever. Ignore that cranky voice in your head that says you are not good enough or need to be fixed. You are perfect right now. Love will happen for you and that is the truth.