Ever feel like your spouse is just really needy? Or does your spouse think you are needy?
I’ve got a new episode of the Bare Marriage podcast up today!
I hope you all will listen, but if you don’t have time, I’ll have some links and rabbit trails below so you can read all you want as well!
And consider this podcast “extras”. If you want to go deeper into what I talked about in the podcast, here are some more things to help you.
But first, here’s the podcast:
Main Segment: Do We Understand Emotional Needs?
We all have emotional needs. And, because of our personalities, our backgrounds, our experiences, even our woundedness, sometimes there’s one particular need that stands out. Something that we really require if we’re going to feel safe and cared for.
Similar to the love languages idea, I go into a bit of detail on some needs and how we can fill them.
Why does this matter?
Two things: First, when you know each other’s emotional needs, you can plan to do things that fill up that need. And second, if, in the middle of a conflict, you can figure out what you each need, then instead of fighting until one of you wins, you can simply brainstorm how to meet each other’s needs. It’s far less antagonistic! Most conflicts, after all, happen because one or both of you feel as if you’re not getting your emotional needs met. When we turn the conversation towards that, then the conflict becomes something that’s more easily solvable.
To help you out with this, I’ve got an exercise you can do together to figure out your needs and find ways that you can meet them:
Reader Question: What If I’M the One Who Cheated?
Today’s question is from a woman who cheated on her husband early in the marriage, and is wondering how to regain his trust. She writes:
Comment: Anyone have any great suggestions for two-player board games?
One of my most popular posts is my 20 two-player board games to play with your spouse. And I keep updating that post with new ideas as they come in, or as we play new games. And so many of those ideas I’ve had from all of you!
So I’m planning on writing another post soon with 20 NEW games (because they’re always coming out with new ones), and I’d love some suggestions! I asked on Facebook for some, and I got some great ones–Gobblet, Rivals for Catan (it’s a card game), and more. But I thought I’d ask you all as well! So leave your suggestions in the comments.
I was talking today in my post about how two-player board games make awesome wedding presents! Here's my list of 20 of…
Next week I’m going to tell you a difficult story that’s been going on behind the scenes, of what happened when i tried to alert people to what the book Love & Respect is really about. But I wanted to do a practical, happy podcast today, and I hope that the segment on emotional needs triggered something in you on how you can do something small to improve your marriage.
Any other comments or suggestions? I’d love to fill up my board game cupboard!