In a relationship, we look first for similarities. What do we have in common? This familiarity helps with the anxiety and comfort of a relationship.
One day, we realize that we are not clones and the difference might not feel welcome.
Do we allow the other to be different or do we think there is a relationship problem?
Do we break up or deal with the fact that we are two distinct individuals and are allowed to have different perspectives and ways of dealing with the world?
Differences help us.
We run into developmental stages in every single relationship. We negotiate it differently if we know this is part of growing and developing instead of defining it as a “problem.”
Differences are made so critically important due to this Neocortex- Emotional stimulation is often a more powerful determinant of genital function and satisfaction than is touch.
We give meaning to sex- how you feel about your sensations has a bigger impact on overall arousal.
The ways in which we connect emotionally, and the ways we value emotions become more important than the ways we actually physically touch one another. Horniness and reduction of sexual tension vs desire for partner; wanting to share something with the partner