Last week I shared with you how criticism is experienced differently for the masculine and feminine. In much the same way, appreciation has a very different impact on the masculine than it does on the feminine.
It’s not to say that women don’t enjoy receiving appreciation, it’s just that the impact it has on men is HUGE and it’s sometimes overlooked or forgotten.
For the feminine, appreciation makes a woman feel safe to be herself.
Women will generally spend time with people that value and appreciate who they are in order to affirm their sense of worth.
For the masculine, appreciation is fuel.
As women, we think that we have unlimited energy, so we don’t pay any attention to where or how that energy is spent.
But men are obsessed with how their energy is spent!
A man will actually do the math in his head about where and how he’s going to divide his energy.
Appreciation is the fuel that energizes a man. Opportunities that yield appreciation are where he will head first.
The more often a man receives appreciation, the more energy he has to spend.
Ask a man what makes him feel appreciated and see what he says.
You’ll notice that a man will use the words support and appreciation interchangeably because to them it’s the same quality in a woman.
When a woman expresses her appreciation for the man in her life she is literally giving him power – the power to be more of what she wants and ultimately a man that feels better about himself. Win-Win
Some women think that if they withhold appreciation from a man that he will work harder for it. This couldn’t be further from the truth and has the opposite than desired effect.
Appreciation puts fuel in a man’s tank so if you want the men in your life to have more energy for their relationship with you, try giving them a little more appreciation and see what happens!
I’d love to hear what happens when you try this so be sure to share your experience with me in the comments below.
To your authenticity,