Have you ever found yourself wondering: what am I doing next to this person? And, you answered yourself: “They give me affection.”
If that’s the case, this article is for you.
For years I fought against this “lack of love”, and I must say I’ve been in relationships with people who didn’t bring me anything in, but …I needed love.
Over the years I learned how to manage this need for affection, and in this post I will try to give you some guidelines so you can employ them.
- 1 Lack of affection
- 2 Doubts about the relationship
- 3 And what do I do if I need affection?
- 4 5 ways to get the love you need
- 4.1 1. Accept what happened and accept your feelings
- 4.2 2. Improve your internal dialogue
- 4.3 3. Have a person or people you can rely on and ask them for a hug, words of encouragement or affection
- 4.4 4. Keep a list of books, blogs, videos, or even people who can give you a different perspective
- 4.5 5. Go out and distract yourself
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Lack of affection
If your family wasn’t affectionate when you where a child, you may now continue to long for that unrequited love.
On the other hand, you may have had really very loving parents, but other distressful relationships may have lowered your self-esteem.
Or you could have had wonderful parents, but a relationship could’ve left you hungry, and with low self-esteem.
Whatever the source, and the origin isn’t really that important. The problem arises when there is a lack of affection which controls the decisions you make, when you meet a specific person or relationship.
Because that need is very similar to when you’re hungry. If you’re hungry, you eat the first thing that you see, right?
Well, imagine if you’re hungry for love…
You meet a person, not really the kind of person that you tend to fall for, he or she doesn’t really convince you, and yet you become hooked and don’t know how to quit because you need a bit of affection, that’s enough to keep you chained to that person.
The need for affection is very powerful because love is a basic need. It is as
It’s as necessary as eating or sleeping, so just a “bit” of affection, even if it costs a lot, is “something” and even if it doesn’t make up for everything, at least that need is covered.
So, you spend days, months and even years with a person whom, if it were not for your lack of affection, you would’ve left long ago.
But, you’re still there.
Doubts about the relationship
You aren’t comfortable in the relationship and you start wondering…
- Should I keep going on?
- Should I leave?
- Should I work on the relationship?
- Is this the right or wrong decision?
- Is it normal to have so many doubts?
And yes, I can say that when you have so many doubts about a person … you have to figure out what the reason behind tied to them is. There may be things about your partner that you don’t like it but just accept, however, the problem arises when you spend months rethinking and questioning the relationship.
If the latter the thing that lies behind all your questions, is a lack of love, and that’s what’ keeping you from making a certain decision.
And what do I do if I need affection?
As always, I’m going to ask you to accept that lack of affection. Because that’ll be the first step to find a solution.
You can only find a solution to a problem, if you have identified the problem, otherwise, you simply won’t see it.
What keeps you chained to a particular person, like in a prison is a lack of self-love.
Just as we’re hungry and thirsty several times a day, the same happens with love, but you’ll have to find an alternative that meets your needs, without you having to depend on anyone.
5 ways to get the love you need
If you learn to love yourself, you’ll cover the lack of affection. To do this, you need both yourself and others.
Here are some guidelines:
1. Accept what happened and accept your feelings
I don’t know what the reason is, but whatever it is, it’s gone, it’s in the past, and you can’t go back to the past.
That past brings feelings into the present. Accept these feelings whatever they may be: sadness, anger,fear…..all emotions are fine.
Accept that there’ll be periods in your life when you’ll feel more lonely and in need of affection, but if you know how to handle those moments, you won’t have to depend on anyone you don’t or who doesn’t suit you.
2. Improve your internal dialogue
Every day you need to improve your internal dialogue by treating yourself nicely, talking to yourself in a nice and gentle way, especially when you feel more vulnerable, sad and in need of comfort. If you have trouble doing this, imagine you are a little girl of about 3 years old. How do you talk to a little girl who needs love? You talk with her with all the tenderness, with all the love and all the kindness you have available … right?
If you have trouble doing this, imagine yourself as a 3years old girl. How do you talk to a little girl who needs love? You talk to her with all the tenderness, love and kindness in the world, right?
Well, do that every day, as a rule, and when you have a “bad” day, double or triple the positivity in your inner dialogue.
3. Have a person or people you can rely on and ask them for a hug, words of encouragement or affection
There are times in which no matter how much you nurture yourself, you’re still missing something.
For those days when self-care isn’t enough, it’s important for you to pick up the phone and call a person that you know will be there for you, and to whom you can talk to freely and who can validate and calm you down.
4. Keep a list of books, blogs, videos, or even people who can give you a different perspective
Sometimes you’re so immersed in your own problems, difficulties and needs, you can’t see beyond your own nose.
It’s like you’re focusing so much inside yourself, you can’t look away and see outside yourself.
At those moments I advise you to read a few pages of a book, an article, or a video or even talk to someone, this can help you look ahead and put your problems into perspective.
This will help you switch your focus from all the negativity and look at more positive things.
5. Go out and distract yourself
It may be easier said than done, I know. But you must do this even if you need to force yourself. And if by any chance you don’t want to go out to distract yourself, promise me that you’ll do something to distract your mind.
The thing is that when the mind roams uncontrolled, you ruminate about your problems for hours, and if the issue is a lack of affection, you can imagine how many dark feelings can arise.
You need to stop your mind, to give space to other feelings such as peace, joy, gratitude…
So, call someone and get out of the house, even if you don’t feel like it. Your goal is to distract yourself, stop thinking and, thus change your emotions.
I hope these five tips will help you manage and keep your lack of affection at bay, and will help you make the right decisions for yourself.
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