He takes care of me.
Marrying for security is like bombing for peace. It was not too long after saying this when Amy told me she had been served divorce papers. She had been seeing me for several years. In that time, we had worked through her most recent episode of major depressive disorders and a debilitating anxiety. She had done marvelous. Courageously fought for her own health, to be accountable to herself and grow. Is it that surprising that when that happened, he left her?
Abuse. When one partner uses the power in them to dominate and control the other.
On the other side, there are those of us choosing the abused role such as for the security of logistics. Example, “I take care of his/her basic needs, s/he buys me health insurance.”
Marriages, or committed Love bonds, require full dependence on each other. That is different than power. It is not qualifying that each of us have different levels of power. Of course. But using that power to generate intimacy is like having sex to become a virgin.
Question: How can you grow dependency in your love relationships? Even with yourself? Please tell us your story.
Self-Care Tip: Move away from power as a method to increase intimacy.