The myth: “Men and women love differently.”
Gender stereotypes lead us to believe that, when it comes to emotions, men and women are polar opposites: real men don’t cry; women are never satisfied, etc.
The truth: The need to be loved is universally shared. Women who believe all men really only want sex are underestimating their partner’s emotional depth. Johnson explains that our culture does not teach men how to ask for emotional connection and reassurance, whereas they are taught how to ask for sex (and so they do, often when they are feeling emotionally insecure). “Men think if they ask for reassurance women will despise them. But if you give them a chance you will discover they just want to be desired, too. When it boils down to deeper emotions, we have a lot in common.”