The Art of Subtle Seduction – Sexual intimacy is one of the core things for a successful and fulfilling relationship.
However, you and your partner’s definition of seduction can sometimes differ, and if you do not try to meet each other halfway, it might end up affecting your relationship in the long run.
Being the perfect partner does not mean, you will literally have to be perfect. You just need to have a certain degree of understanding and transparency with each other.
Myth of the Perfect Partner
Linda: There are common pitfalls that contribute to a diminishment of interest in sex in many long-term relationships. Such diminishment is neither natural nor inevitable. We are challenged to identify ways of responding to and neutralizing problematic situations that can, if unchecked, lead to sexual difficulties.
One of the most prominent instances where longing for connection shows up in a vivid way is the sexual experience because it’s the place where we’re most vulnerable.
When we want to connect and we’re missing each other, when we are heart to heart and body-to-body, literally naked, and to not be able to find our way with each other, it is terribly painful.
Mary and Jordan are a couple I worked with fell into a pattern of avoiding sex because Jordan had come on too strong, too directly, without setting a context for the love-making to unfold. He wanted to have sex first to help him to open his heart. Mary was determined to have a heartfelt connection first to set the stage for what she considered “real love-making.” They were in a power struggle, dug into their positions.
They had difficulties in their early years setting the stage for intimacy that would lead to a sexual connection. Jordan was intent on seducing Mary but did not appreciate that the type of seduction he was practicing had more to do with conquest and the attainment of a goal. Mary had something quite different in mind when she was thinking of the experience of intimacy, and often refused, his sexual requests, which left him pouting in disappointment.
In Mary’s mind, the intimacy always happens spontaneously, is never planned, and never involves coercion or manipulation. Feeling like she was being softened up for some loving was one big turn-off. She didn’t like to be manipulated, nor did she enjoy his getting angry with her for not coming across with the goods “after all I’ve given you.”
Jordan: “I think I’m a pretty good husband. I make a decent living. I don’t drink much or gamble. I love my wife and I’m faithful. I’m a simple guy. I work hard and when I come home, I just want a little lovin’ I don’t think that’s so much to ask for.”
The material gifts, with which Jordan had been so generous, did not move her to feel loved, just obligated. She still experienced being ignored. She finally got honest with him by saying: “When I go off and talk to my women friends when we don’t have the men present, we women always speak about trying to find our way in the sexual connection to our guys. Some of my women friends speak of how frustrating it is when their men are mentally someplace else. It’s not just me; my friends too lament how much they long to meet up with their guys emotionally. Most of my women friends agree that we want the intimate talking, to extend the experience so that there’s something romantic as a heart-to-heart hook up before, during, and after the explicit sexual connection.
Many of our men are conking off to sleep after sex, so we want to find our way to each other before they go to sleep. And, you know what, sometimes there are tears about how painful it is to not be to connect to the men we love. It’s so frustrating, but the sexual area is emotionally tender. I guess men and women are so easily shamed by one another.