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Relationship Protocol: Does Your Significant Other Show Emotion Well?

Not everyone wears their feelings on their sleeves, but it's important to be able to express yourself when you need a shoulder to cry on, someone to share exciting news with, or someone to vent your frustration to. And while it's a common assumption that women are more emotional than men, guys can be impassioned too. Even if he doesn't cry in front of you, tell me, does your significant other show his emotion well?


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OhMyDragonflys OhMyDragonflys 8 years
He's wishy washy, when I ask straight up what are you feeling he tells me without too much pushing. But he won't just open up either. He doesn't want to be a burden. I recently got him to open up about why he has such a hard time introducing me to his family when he loves bringing me to hang with his friends. And his response broke my heart...he said, "I'm not good enough for you and they all will know it. It will make it that much more real." He wouldn't look me in the eye when he said it and quickly changed the subject. I was at a loss for words at first. He felt inadequate to me, and I had to reassure him that if anything it was the other way around. Personally I can't talk about my feelings well though, I'd much rather veg to music and think.
merie33 merie33 8 years
sprinkibrio and amandakrups I think our men were pulled from the same pool! He's very very affectionate and awesome at expressing his love, but not so great at telling me what he's upset or angry (especially angry) about. And the 3 times I saw him cry were twice when I was iffy on our relationship and once when his aunt died.
missyxjoanna missyxjoanna 8 years
my bf tells me how he feels about everything. he does not hide his feelings at all. he has cried in front of me, for me, many times. hes sensitive, easy going, and very humble. i wish i were like him.
candace87 candace87 8 years
Showing emotion is okay.. crying every time we have a fight is not:) One of my ex's cried over EVERYTHING it was SO annoying. But then also, I hate when guys pretend like they've never cried. Thats almost as annoying.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
My husband is actually pretty good about sharing his emotions. He's the most open and honest when we're in the car for some reason. He'll talk about absolutely anything, especially if he's driving. I think it has something to do with the fact that he doesn't have to look at me that way, but I'm not sure.
AmandaKrups AmandaKrups 8 years
Sprinkibrio, that is exactly my husband! The only time I ever heard him cry (it was during a phone conversation we were having), it was because I was saying I wasn't really sure we had a future together. (That was near the beginning of our relationship.) It gets really frustrating that he won't tell me how he's feeling. I don't understand why he has no problem being compassionate and affectionate with me, but can't tell me when he's upset or sad!
sprinkibrio sprinkibrio 8 years
My guy is very affectionate... I love yous and talks about our future, but is not great with the more negative emotions. Or maybe I'm just used to girly men. When he is angry or stressed he gets short, and when he's sad he's quiet. I usually get the reason for the mood within the hour, but it's never very elaborate. He only crys when he causes a girl pain, which is why he gets upset when I cry and tells me not to, haha. I happen to be very emotional.
Muirnea Muirnea 8 years
dm8bri: "My guy is open with his emotions. He's not feminine about it, but he will cry when it is warranted - like when he found out his sis is moving across the country. He's vulnerable and shares deeply, but isn't annoying about it, you know? Very evolved." I envy you :-P :D
Muirnea Muirnea 8 years
Omg, I'm having a hard time understanding my bf in this department b/c he is SOOOOOO closed off. And it's worse b/c my ex was really open with me, always talking about how he felt, cried in front of me whenever he felt like it, etc. So it's weird. So my bf now says he doesn't tell me anything unless he thinks it's important...well what he thinks is important is apparently only WWIII. But I told him I can't be like that, so he does try very hard to talk to me about stuff. :) I've gotten better at reading him though, but it's still insanely hard! O.o Like when he's mad "it's like he's wearing a scary emotionless mask" just like what you said Fallen. He just seems super calm and like he has no worries in the world. Scary and weird. :( I can't even tell when he's happy and having a good time for sure. Anybody know any ways to help guys like this open up? Other than time and trust of course. And is it just their personality? Is he just always going to be like this? Or do they eventually open up if they really trust you?
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
Sometimes I feel bad for guys. Don't show your emotions = he never opens up and talks to me! I don't think he understands what it means to share in a relationship. Show emotions= He's such a girl! He can only cry if I think its something worth crying about, but he can't if I think its silly. Message to guys: Only show some of your emotions. Never really open up, because your a boy and boys aren't suppose to be like that. If a guy ever told a woman to only show some of her emotions and that he will only be ok with her crying if he thinks its something worth crying about the whole of humankind would die out because no one would couple up and have kids,lol.
oohsexypenguin oohsexypenguin 8 years
My husband is pretty open with his emotions. He does cry occasionally (when it's called for), and he always gets upset whenever I'm upset. Overall he is very honest and forthcoming with me as far as he's feeling, and that's all I could ask for.
dm8bri dm8bri 8 years
My guy is open with his emotions. He's not feminine about it, but he will cry when it is warranted - like when he found out his sis is moving across the country. He's vulnerable and shares deeply, but isn't annoying about it, you know? Very evolved.
tnmom tnmom 8 years
My late-husband was passive agressive and held his feeling in until anger was all he could show. My current husband is ex-military, special forces, but wears his heart on his sleeve when we are alone. He makes a point of telling me and my (our) daughters that he loves us every day. I never have to wonder what my man is thinking or what is on his mind ;)
sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
HE WON'T EVEN CRY FOR ONIONS. Seriously. He says the last time he cried was "before he was logical enough not to". Hardcore. He shares emotion in bits. I had to say I love you first but he readily tells me it now that that floodgate has opened. He is very warm, affectionate and so forth. When it comes to exposing weaknesses though? THE BARRIERS ARE UP. I am working on them. He'll share tons of stuff with me when he's drunk. ;)
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
ski same here.
Ac2366 Ac2366 8 years
My guy pretty much keeps his emotions to himself unless it's something really important and that's just how I like it. My ex was like a woman when it came to expressing himself. He was always talking about his feelings and blah blah blah. I like my man to be a man and not have to constantly discuss situations and how it made him feel. I can always tell if something is bothering my bf though and if I ask him he'll talk to me. My favorite thing about him is that he doesn't hold on to stuff. He is very good at letting things go.
Fallen85 Fallen85 8 years
My man tells me exactly how he feels and while he doesnt cry he is very honest and open with me. Unless he's mad. Then it's like he's wearing a scary emotionless mask haha
skigurl skigurl 8 years
comme ci comme ca he has cried in front of me and gotten gushy about relationship stuff but overall he's a guy about holding his emotion in
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