Each and every human is a remarkable biological creature. You are remarkable. Our evolution has been heavily based in our ability to communicate and from this, build strong communities.
You are not alone in the hunt for a more streamlined process of communication with your partner(s)… to feel fulfilled within your relationship and have confidence that you are able to provide fulfillment to your partner. My practice's motto is “Get Back to the Basics”. Oh, how true this is. Simplify things. Stop over-intellectualizing. Stop hyper-analyzing. We want to feel appreciated. We need to feel loved. It's that basic.
I.e. Try saying, “I am feeling really insecure right now and in need of a hug. Can I count on you for this support?” instead of, “You need to give me a hug right now; can’t you see that I am upset?”.
How do we differentiate validity of Need and Want? Below are my simplified definitions between the two. Please feel free to personalize these definitions and share your exact definition with important people in your life.
Need “In order for me to feel safe, secure and stable, I need _____________.” (If I do not receive this, I will feel insecure, unstable or unsafe.)
Want “I would quite enjoy/ feel fulfilled by/ prefer _____________.” (If I do not receive this, I will feel disappointed and potentially upset, however, will be able to accept this.)
Stephanie P. Bathurst, MA, LCMFT
Marriage and Family Therapist