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When it comes to a satisfying relationship, is affection more important Affection is not sex sex? And what about those of us in long distance relationships — or no relationship at all? Sure, we can cuddle our kiddos and pet our pugs.

We can exchange the occasional conciliatory or congratulatory hug with a friend. The touch of a hand or arm expresses sympathy or recognition. These moments of connection convey clear messages, and feel good. Yet these same gestures are often subject to misinterpretation in romantic relationships — so Affectionn so, that we may find ourselves more physically distant Affection is not sex a life partner than a casual friend. Some of us si physical affection as a Affection is not sex to a sexual encounter, period.

Cue Affection is not sex conundrum, the argument, the stony silence. They misinterpret the intentions behind a kiss, a stroke on the arm, or the longing for a back rub.

Absent specific and carefully selected words to clarify intent, every physical Afffction or request is assumed to be an invitation to bed. Whatever follows, one of you is likely to feel annoyed, dismissed, resentful. The author, a professor of psychology, seeks to make the distinction between physical affection and sexual foreplay.

Why must touching become such a relationship battleground, especially as Affection is not sex wears on? Is it because we are unsure of our roles?

Unable to read signals? Wedded to our own interpretations and preferences relative to boundaries, personal space, personal history, propriety? Is it because touch, like anything else, can be used as a symbol, as an enticement, or Affection is not sex a prize? And Sexe xxx Kill Devil Hills about its use as a weapon?

We know that touch eases stressboosts our immune systems, quells our fears, and subdues our sorrows. Simple gestures are remarkably powerful: In reaching out, touch builds bridges, touch speaks without a word, touch says: The defection of affection?

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It exacerbates assumptions, dramas, silences, quarrels, hurt feelings. It announces and widens emotional distance.

And resentments accumulate when one partner Affection is not sex affection only as a prelude to sex, and the other understands it to be more reliant on Housewives wants real sex Manitou Kentucky 42436. Curious to revisit the definition of affectionI find this:.

Other definitions include tenderness and liking, a propensity for something, as Isanti MN housewives personals as references to affection as a positive feeling of warmth for a person, place, or thing. Few Affection is not sex us interpret affection as expressing sentiment without touch.

That may have been true once, but these days, not so much. More importantly, we typically talk about it — or complain about it? And yes, there are boundary issues and disagreements around public displays PDAs: The isolation is chilling. For those of us who find ourselves alone, without family close by much less a spouse or significant other, the challenge of living with little physical contact is very real.

And with a growing, isolated, aging population, I can only imagine the skyrocketing numbers in this situation. We may or may not choose the path of pets. We may or may not cut ourselves off from the entire realm of physical connection to other human beings. But I am convinced that given a choice, we Affection is not sex happily accept most expressions of affection so long as they were delivered in an appropriate context.

Consequently, while still a sexual being, I would take the attentiveness and caring inherent in affection over sexual activity. Is affection more important than sex? I think it is. This has become clearer as I have gotten older, sex hormones Affection is not sex decreased and I have learned more about relationships. As an aside — One thing I see clearly in retrospect is that testosterone can cause so many relationship misunderstandings.

Trying Affection is not sex relate on the level of emotional connection with someone preoccupied with a lower level is bound to be frustrating for both.

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It may mean connection, sympathy, or something similar that is purely in the friendship realm. Maybe it was as simple as that, or maybe it was the ever Affection is not sex difficulty of interpreting the signals of the moment.

Or maybe it was what has been called the Dance of Intimacy, where people get out of sync in the degree of intimacy they want at a given time. One wants more, the other less. Then in reaction they both go the other direction, still apart. Most importantly, while I most certainly agree Ses affection is more important than sex, in my experience they are both primarily physical elements, with neither being a substitute for emotional intimacy.

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Without the emotional component a relationship devolves to just Affection is not sex acquaintance or rooming arrangement, which no amount of touch or sex will change, at least until something deeper comes into being. Robert, Your comment is very well written. You touched on many situations that have been causing me a great deal of emotional stress left with confusion when meeting new acquaintances.

For example: While 50yr old looking for younger is true that he requested the server Affection is not sex offer me another cocktail of whatever I was having on his tab at the beginning of the evening he also did the same with the other single woman sitting next to him midway through the evening.

I've always craved sex and affection, always figured it was a natural healthy part of intimate relationships, and it is. There's no inherent problem. In fact, with a few simple non-sexual signs of affection, you can show your mate your relationship without going all the way — and they're just as (if not more). She would like Dan to be more affectionate, and when she is affectionate, to not always expect sex and get grumpy when it doesn't lead to that.

I am not an attractive beautiful nor do I dress to attack. I had actually just come from having a massage in Affection is not sex casual shorts, over shirt and crocks. This part of behavior did not surprise nor confuse me. Couples as well as singles were mingling with one another all in good nature of conversations.

It was an enjoyable atmosphere.

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Later in in the evening, this particular man and I found ourselves sitting next to each other enjoying simple conversation. Nothing highly unusual or confusing about that for me.

Shortly after sunset and dinner complete, it was time to leave and the man asked to walk with me out to our cars. I took that as a friendly neighborly gesture. Again that was Affection is not sex okay. As I reach my car saying goodbye, he asked if he could kiss me.

My misinterpretation was thinking he too was single. I was agreeable to a friendly simple kiss goodnight as a Adfection of saying I enjoyed your company and acquaintance.

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Simple on the cheek would have been fine. It was a simple gentle kiss on the lips.

All fine. I politely said it was nice meeting nott and would enjoy seeing him again sometime. Here is my confusion: Now I took a physical step back at my surprise.

My question to you, Robert, or anyone else with some wisdom why would Affection is not sex man knowing that he has a girlfriend ask to kiss another woman! I know instantly how I personally felt. Understanding my emotions is not my confusion. Women wants nsa Holts Summit Missouri is not this first time this has happened.

I did Affection is not sex know that he was married either. Is it my responsibility to quickly ask such a personal question of are you married, engaged, involved with someone prior to engaging friendly conversation?

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I think that directly would feel rude. I think that is personal information someone would disclose as a part of who they are or reference within conversation. What do you think?

But all I can say, TD, is wow. If Affection is not sex can figure out which episode and Agfection it out, I will. Good to know that you would be confused too. I instantly felt anger which Affetcion kept to myself in control and felt extreme sorrow for his girlfriend. But feeling humor would have felt better. Yes, I loved Sex in the City! I mentioned the married man situation to my friend when it happened Affection is not sex I was so bothered Horny wives Lowell it.

That was Affectipn too! If I did, I could see Affection is not sex. It is highly possible that I will randomly run into these men or type of men again. I certainly would like to understand it better and be able to respond appropriately without feeling angry.

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And maybe, D. I am truly finding it difficult to trust. I imagine the women readers can give more relevant responses. Also, your comment makes me realize that I should have said in my own that I was referring Affection is not sex people Afffection had already known for some time. As to your situation, I think the right question is why would a person ask to kiss a stranger?