Time and time again, we hear the question: what do women want? And while there isn’t one specific answer, there are several things women expect from the man in their life.

Despite the claims of women being extremely complex or mysterious beings- what we want isn’t all that out of the ordinary. For the most part, women expect the same things of the men in their life that they expect from other relationships in their life.

In a study featured on Psychology Today, women 18-75 were surveyed on what they expected from the men in their lives. The answers they were given, “the qualities women seek in hetero$exual romantic partners, male friends, and men in general, are not all that different from what they seek in a friend.”

Here are 9 expectations women have for the men in their lives.

1. Chemistry.

Chemistry is important to women, and honestly to anyone who is looking for a partner. For a relationship to thrive, there needs to be that spark or that chemistry that allows you to synchronize and harmonize with that person.

2. Empathy

Women are highly empathetic when compared to men, but in some cases, it can be frustrating when one partner is highly empathetic and the other is not. Women expect men to understand their emotions and to consider them.

3. A man that takes responsibility for his actions.

If you do or say something that isn’t right- you should own up to that. Women expect their partner to take responsibility for when he does wrong and to stay accountable.

4. A man who shows kindness.

Showing kindness is one of the most attractive traits a person could ever possess. Women want a man that is genuinely kind and loving to others because it says a lot about who they are as a person.

5. Emotional maturity.

Emotional maturity is the ability to understand, and relate to others from an emotionally sound place, unfortunately, not everyone is emotionally mature. Most women crave an emotionally mature partner who can relate to them with compassion.

6. Companionship.

Companionship and friendship are the backbones of any relationship. While many would assume other things to be most important, the reality is the astounding majority of women say without friendship, the relationship is nothing.

7. A physically generous partner.

In the before-mentioned study, one of the main points made in the area of intimacy was that the vast majority of women surveyed said they enjoyed physical activities that were geared towards pleasing them, not just the man. Additionally, women wanted adventurous partners that allowed them to explore their sexuality.

8. Open communication.

I think this one is a given, but honestly, it cannot be said enough: communication is key. If you can’t communicate with your partner, you will never be able to have a successful relationship with them until you do.

9. Honesty

Honesty is considered a make-or-break trait for almost all women. Once you break a woman’s trust, it’s nearly impossible to win it back. Even if she does trust you again, she will always remember that time you betrayed her.

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