Of course, it's also important to make sure you are able to grow together rather than simply relying on your partner for everything. "Both genders look to others to complete them," says Maples. "People get stuck in the inevitable anger cycles over unmet needs, and don't know how to get out of them. When both people are taking care of their own emotional baggage then they are free to be open, caring and authentic with each other."
When men are able to be more open and authentic, that also results in a greater confidence. This added self-esteem can, in turn, help them feel better about their ambitions. When a person feels supported, he's more willing to take risks and go after his goals — again, this can be seen in Ben Affleck's freshly re-blossoming career as an admired and honored director.
Building and maintaining a healthy, strong relationship is by no means easy, but it's absolutely wonderful when one is achieved. It's important to ensure that each party is getting not only what they need, but also willing to help the other in ways that will benefit them.