If you don’t learn to express love from your parents, is it harder to express love to others later in life?
From Kevin, in response to Why People Think My Boyfriends and I Are Gay:
I think love and how to express it has to be learned from your parents. I never did because they never expressed it. they probably did love me, but I never felt it. I would love to hug some of my male friends and tell them that I loved them, but I can’t. I think because I experienced rejection from the attempt as a child, I don’t have the courage to ever try it again because the hurt you feel is crushing. I even have to wait for my wife to initiate affection to be certain that she won’t reject me. consequently, people think I am cold and unfeeling but the truth is I ache to be loved and held by others.
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