Even after years of marriage (or especially after many years of marriage in some cases) men often ponder over an internal dilemma: “Does she REALLY love me?” Although in an ideal romantic world you would never have to doubt your wife’s love, the reality of things is that there are many crossroads where spouses split emotionally. In some cases, they weren’t ever on the same road, to begin with.
So, here are five things you should consider if you’re uncertain about your wife’s love for you.
The kind of support you’re getting
The support one gets from a spouse is crucial for a person’s wellbeing. Without the encouragement from your wife, every normal life obstacle can be twice as hard. This, of course, isn’t anything that applies to men alone, both men and women prosper when they are provided enough support from their life partners.
But, there is such a thing as adequate support and inadequate support. When you’re wondering if your wife really loves you, think of the kind of encouragement she gives you.
Is it heartfelt? Is it honest? Is she always by your side in public, but does she also let you know what you could improve when you’re alone? This is the right kind of support offered by those who love us – loyalty but combined with a genuine wish for our growth.
What happens when there’s a crisis?
Whatever might be happening between the spouses on a daily basis, it is in the time of crises that true colors are revealed. Don’t judge your wife’s love based on the fact that she constantly nags about taking out the trash. Or that she postponed your date night to go and see her friends. These might be things that could put doubt in your mind, but none implies that her love isn’t real.
What you should focus on is this – when you send out an SOS, what happens? The thing is, even though we all often take for granted our spouses on a daily basis, when a crisis occurs, those that truly love will abandon all selfishness and dive in to help the needing spouse.
Does your wife put aside everything, including your quarrels, when you really need her? This is a sure sign that she does indeed love you.
Can she forgive and forget?
Ideally, there would be nothing to forgive. But, the reality of things is – there always is. Every marriage gathers a resentment or two along the way. Unfortunately, in many cases, especially if the couple doesn’t receive professional help, these resentments chip away from the relationship’s foundations. The love is the one essential factor in a marriage that suffers under the pressure of bitterness.
So, when you did your wife wrong, how does she handle it? If you did your best to make it up to her, does she also put in an effort to forgive you?
The same question should be asked when it comes to the big stuff and the small. Forgiving is good not only for you, and your relationship, but also for your wife. And, if you did your part to make amends, true love will guide your wife to forgive you.
Giving you space
Although it might sound a tad counterintuitive, true love is actually respecting each other’s individuality. Most of us, when asked to picture the perfect couple, imagine spouses who never part and who spend all their time together in laughter and love.
Although together time is very important for couples, there’s also a dark side to being anxious about separation in a relationship. It’s a sign of insecure attachment, and not of true love.
In healthy relationships, couples grow together, but also as individuals. So, when insecure about the nature of your wife’s love, ask yourself – does she let you stay a separate person? Does she support and encourage your personal interests and ambitions, even when they don’t include her? Does she celebrate success with you even if it means that she had to sacrifice some of your time with her?
Respecting the sacred things in your relationship
There are certain lines that are never to be crossed in each relationship, be it romantic or a business one. No matter how hurt, bored, disillusioned, or angry one person might be, there is one area to which they aren’t allowed to put their negativity into. Or else, the marriage might fall apart. For most couples, it’s infidelity, aggression, addictions, being hurtful about other’s traumatic experiences or insecurities.
There are cases in which a wife just cannot empathize with her husband, such as when she’s a narcissist.
And narcissists are, for the most part, also incapable of true love. Nonetheless, in every other case, not respecting these sacred limitations implies that the woman loves her own ego more than her husband.