Thoughtful Thursday: Love is a basic need


Creating love and value in relationships

tellyourfavesWe are wired for emotional connection, said Jazmin Moral, LCSW-C, a psychotherapist who specializes in working with couples in Rockville, Md. “Love is our foremost and most basic need — from the cradle to the grave.”

We feel loved in a romantic relationship when we’re truly seen, heard and understood by our partner, Moral said.

We feel loved when our partner is consistently kind, thoughtful and respectful toward us, said Christina Steinorth-Powell, MFT, a psychotherapist who specializes in couples counseling in Santa Barbara, Calif.

We feel loved when our partners are accessible, responsive and emotionally engaged with us, Moral said. (This concept of accessibility, responsiveness and engagement is part of emotionally focused therapy.) read more

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