Married Without Passion – How To Reignite Sexual Interest With Your Spouse

married without passionThe title of this article might lead you to believe otherwise, but I have a lot of respect for the institution of marriage. Marital relationship has great advantages – it provides stability to the spouses and their children, and puts couples in an advantageous legal and tax position, among other benefits.

Despite my great respect for matrimonial ties, I do wish to question whether marriage is the best romantic relationship for everyone or … even for most, considering the fundamental human nature that seems to be incompatible with the marital status. As I mentioned, the benefits of being married are significant but there is one, significant, obvious and inevitable problem that most spouses face shortly after their marry – a dramatic decline in passion, sex drive, sexual attraction and romantic desire to be with each other. As we all know, the longer people are in a relationship, the weaker their sexual interest in each other becomes, as sexual novelty inevitably wears out, but many people are truly puzzled by the fact that the wedding event itself accelerates that decline in sexual interest so much and takes so much romance away so quickly. Many people continue wondering why spouses are less attracted to each other than boyfriend and girlfriend without being able to find an answer.

I would like to suggest to you an answer to the above question by drawing a very far-reaching analogy – an analogy between the world of relationships and business. If you live in a capitalistic society in one of the developed “westernized” societies, you are probably used to the “customer is always right” mentality. You are used to knowing that no matter where you go and what business you enter into, the person behind the counter is eager to do his best to serve you. You are used to calling an 800 number and have all your questions answered and many of your consumer issues resolved over the phone or online. The reason for such a desire to please is obvious – the retailers and other business understand and remember that if they don’t serve you well, you will not come back and they will lose business and disappear, because they have nothing else that keeps them alive except the demand for their products and services. In other words – it’s the insecurity in their economic stability that brings the best out in those people who serve you, and that’s exactly the same economic insecurity that makes you work well at your work place. And as a general rule, the less social support the government provides to its citizens, the more customer-service oriented the economy is. If there is no government to “fall” on during the tough times, you really have to make sure that you keep your customers happy.

It seems that it’s exactly the same insecurity keeps a lot of the romantic fire and passion in a romantic relationship. When people start dating, they are unsure about each other’s intentions with respect to each other. They realize that each one of them is free to stop talking to each other and walk away from each other at any moment. That uncertainty makes them do their best to be as attractive as they can be to the other, and at the same time keeps the sexual attraction at its peak because they can’t take each other’s bodies for granted either. When people enter into a long-term relationship, the passion will subside with the expiration of novelty, but if they truly love each other and find each other’s company enjoyable and beneficial on many levels, the relationship will flourish, despite that decline in passion, because the benefits of being with each other will outweigh losing some of that fire.

The marriage certificate, on the other hand, seems to serve as security seal that tells the partners that they are together now, bound by legal contract to be with each other whether they want it or not. That formal loss of freedom of choice along with starting to take each other for granted, since now you have to be with each other and see each other all the time, is detrimental to sexual passion and and interest for so may people.

Our nature when it comes to many things in life is such that we really like having choices and having options, even if we don’t plan to exercise all or many of those options. The mere loss of all options but one, makes us desire those other options and be less interested in one options we chose that we would have been desiring much more if we knew that those other options are still available. Perhaps that’s why marriage, by eliminating all the other “options,” makes our beloved partner, who we swear to love till death sets us apart, less desirable.

So, what if you are married and you are facing this decline in passion. What can and should you do about it? One simple and often effective solution is to spend a bit more time away from each other in order to reignite that interest. This doesn’t mean you should avoid each other on purpose or create some kind of conflict out of this. Occasional trips, and visiting friends and relatives alone for a few days every so often can be quite helpful. This little amount of space from each other can be a great reminder to you why you want to be with your spouse on every level, including sexually.

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