For a man to share some of his softer and emotional sides he needs to make the decision on his own. Demanding emotional support is only going to shut him down.
When the man finally opens up, just listen, Don’t provide solutions, ideas, or interruptions. If you are not present with him, he will know and he will shut down.
Stop Doing All of the Work
Take responsibility for your feelings but don’t take responsibility for your man’s feelings. If he doesn’t want to express how his day was or be in togetherness time then let him have his space.
Honor the Differences
Many women believe that the man doesn’t want to connect. That’s not true, they just connect differently. If a man is wired for independence first he usually just needs more time alone before he can talk. Allow him that time without pressure.
Do not belittle his feelings even if as a joke.
Tell your man that you appreciate his willingness to be open and vulnerable. Let him know how much courage it takes to share his feelings.
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