Relationships make us feel the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. There are a multitude of stages: the honeymoon period, dating, marriage, children, etc. However, throughout it all, there is an inevitable pressure both men and women put on their partners (regardless of sexual orientation) and it's "be what I need you to be so I feel _____ ." And boy do we fight for what we need and dig our feet in and do this on both sides, landing in that age old tug'o'war that relationships experience. Usually that blank has to do with whatever wound is leftover from our childhood. In many ways, we ask our partners to be the "parent" that we didn't have... not necessarily be our parent but do what they didn't do for us. The humor of life is that ironically we often date individuals that mirror the same aspects as our parents so that pressure is even more twisted: "be what I need you to be so I feel ______... eventhough it isn't in your nature to do what I need." And why do you think a lot of relationships don't get out of the dating stage :) But there's hope! What I am learning from my marriage is not only my attempt to support my partner in her needs is the very definition of commitment and love, but it actually pushs me to be a better and more well rounded person. And that's important. A problem I experience is I often go to the feeling of it as a demand but really it's an invitation to grow. I don't succeed all the time but now I try to see how fulfilling deep needs for her, improves me as well. I invite you to both be aware of what needs you are truly asking your partner to fulfill and how fulfilling needs for your partner can be a gift for both of you.