5 Differences In The Way Men And Women Handle Relationships

Differences Between Men And Women In A Relationship

Two diametrically opposite kinds of people who are wired differently, are at some point expected to converge and live a happy life together. Unsurprisingly, this transition is rarely ever easy. The differences between the two genders have been studied for centuries in an effort to understand just how men and women differ from each other. The answer is rarely accurate because gender roles evolve with time and so do relationship dynamics. However, the key to maintaining a healthy relationship is to understand these crucial differences that set us apart. Here are five major differences that arise at some point in almost every relationship.

1. Evolution Is To Blame For Much Of It

From an evolutionary perspective, men and women were groomed for different roles. Men had to defend their family and hunt for food, while women had to bear children and raise them. Thousands of years later, gender roles have (thankfully) become a lot more fluid. However, evolution still leaves a deep imprint

on the way each gender thinks and acts. Men were groomed to suppress their feelings and focus only on achieving their tasks. Women on the other hand, had to be nurturing and develop their relationships with other people. Today, this has resulted in men who continue hiding from their feelings and women who are frustrated when their partners don’t open up to them.

2. Their Views On Intimacy Aren’t Always The Same

The Line Between Emotions And Sex Is Different For Both

Most women feel that sex and emotional intimacy are one and the same. For women, sex is another way to get closer to their partner and deepen their bond. For men, however, sex and emotional intimacy can be separated. It is entirely possible for most men to have sex with someone without developing, or feeling the need to develop, an emotional connection with them. The reason for this might go back again to our evolutionary roles. Since women were conditioned to be

more nurturing, they find it difficult to separate the emotional and physical aspects of a relationship. However, these generalizations don’t apply to every single man and woman. The circumstances in which you were raised and the values that were instilled in you can often completely override any outdated evolutionary behaviors.

3. They Handle Conflict Differently

When a conflict invariably arises, men and women handle it completely different, which ironically can lead to even more conflict. Because women have stronger interpersonal skills than men, they prefer to talk about their issues and leave everything out in the open. Men take the opposite route. They want to bury their problems deep down and completely avoid talking about it. This can make women frustrated because they believe their partners aren’t solving anything this way. They usually resort to nagging men in an effort to get them to open up. This approach rarely ever works on men who resent being pushed to do something they don’t believe

is very productive.

4. Traditional Roles Are Soon Becoming Obsolete

Centuries (even millennia) of set gender roles are now being questioned and discarded. Men are no longer expected to be the sole breadwinner of the family. Women’s roles are no longer confined to the home and they’re exploring new identities in the outside world. However, not everyone is prepared for such a shift. When traditional ‘male’ and ‘female’ attributes are no longer adhered to, interpersonal relationships are impacted. Both genders now have to rewire their brains to their current reality and rethink their roles within the relationship. This might leave them feeling confused and unsure of what is expected of them. Keeping the lines of communication open is essential for healthy dialogue and to avoid any misunderstandings between both partners.

5. Differences Will Evolve Along With The Relationship

Life Will Keep Throwing Up Issues

Even if you’ve

navigated the turbulent waters of the dating world and are now in a long-term relationship, differences will never stop arising. Bringing together two families, having children, growing older and getting sick will all reveal even more differences in the way the two of you handle these challenges. Every relationship continues to evolve throughout its course. With each new hurdle, partners needs to recognize their differences and work past them if they want to stay strong through it all.