Leave the emotionally unavailable man to himself and take responsibility for your emotional needs.
You have been asking lots of questions about how to improve your love relationship; reading books and participating in forums where people gave you ideas and support, but still there are no visible changes in the emotional link with the person you love? It’s time to regroup and evaluate this point in your life.
It’s pretty significant that you are still waiting for his love to make a difference in your life; it is perhaps a chronic condition in your life…If this has happened before to you, perhaps we should be looking at what kind of attachment has reduced now your choices of finding something different from the emotional insecurity of your first years…But, let’s look at the present now:
Investing a lot of time and energy in relationship damage repair, like asking for forgiveness, trying to read between the lines, eavesdropping his mood to see what can be talked about, and fearing for the future, then you need to face some hard questions. The first one is: Am I waiting for love, and connection from a man who is incapable of intimacy? Am I expecting cooperation and compromise from a man who never learned how to be part of a group and only thinks on himself? Can this man change, and does he want to change? Does he spend his energy avoiding recriminations instead of having a plan for change?
You have a set of new answers here. Look at them, breathe deeply and decide if what you are looking at is what you need in your life. The focus of this exercise is to compare both sets of images:
a) your needs and expectations;
b) what you are receiving from him
If you have tried to discuss the issue with him, and he gets upset and accusatory, but is unable to look at himself and see if there is any truth in your claims, then a new conversation will not work. You will get progressively more frustrated with him, getting nothing in return. Here, look at yourself and ask: how much do I need to live with this level of emotional deprivation? It can get to a point when you realize that you’ve done as much as you could; that change is depending on his will only, and as much as you ask for it, nothing happens; and it is beginning to affect your health, or your work, or relationships with other good people in your life…
Now, it is in your hands to make a decision. Perhaps only leaving him will signify to him that the lack of emotional connection is serious and can cause him being dumped. This would tell him that he needs to grow up his emotional side, either with therapy or a coach or some external help that can repair his inability to connect. Moreover, you are confirming that you are taking seriously your own needs for love and connection, and could or would move on to another relationship any moment.