The Pros and Cons of One-Sided Lovemaking

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The best relationships involve two people who mutually respect one another and geniunely care about the needs of the other person. Relationships can quickly become one-sided when one person gets his or her way all of the time and the other individual feels unappreciated. This can manifest in many different ways, but one of the most frustrating is when the physical act of love serves to suit only one person’s needs. It’s called one-sided lovemaking.

How Can Closeness be One-Sided?

It seems strange that closeness with a partner can be one-sided since it is something that requires two people. It is possible. It may be that one partner always reaches excitement, but the other does not. This could make one partner feel unimportant. It could also mean that one partner is constantly initiating the physical act of love, but the other does not. This may make one partner feel unattractive or unloved.

The Pros and Cons of One-Sided Lovemaking

There are not many positives to one-sided lovemaking, though there are some situations in which a few instances can benefit a relationship. Consistent one-sided relations are often negative for relationships. The person who is satisfied with their closeness might not care if the person who is not satisfied is happy, and the person who is not happy with the physical relationship may feel vulnerable and used.

Dr. Aaron Ben-Zeév is a professor of philosophy at the University of Haifa. He theorizes that there are three ways in which the physical act of love can become one-sided. It is important to work with your partner to discuss the issue if you recognize these situations in your own relationship.

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