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, will never be as comfortable as you in these 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 he says.
6. LIE: If I have those butterflies when I think about him, it must be love.
TRUTH: Butterflies are fear/excitement rolled into one feeling. This can occur when your mate is unavailable creating the danger and excitement of the uncertainty. 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. This is a fantasy love 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.