This is one question which would have given many women a sleepless night indeed. After all, 'men' and 'relationships' happen to be two parties which, since ages, have been notorious for not being able to get along well with each other. A whole lot of women, for years on end, have struggled to decipher the mind of a man once he's in a relationship.
Now don't get me wrong. It's not that we men are phobic when it comes to commitment, or for that matter, marriage. It's just that when it comes to serious relationships, we do have our fair share of fears and feelings of insecurity (which ideally, we should share with our partners, and make things all the easier).
Unfortunately, this doesn't happen all that regularly, and that is only because most of the men are horrible communicators. So many a time, women end up perceiving our expressions, actions, or feelings differently (which is bad), or negatively (which is even worse).
So, what men really want in a relationship? Well, relationships are of different types, and naturally, the things that men look for in a relationship vary depending on the type, level, and the progression of the relationship. For example, what men want in a girlfriend is rarely the same as what men want in a wife.
Contrary to what some may believe, this 'evolution' of relationship wants and needs does not end with marriage. Rather it is a lifelong process and one which keeps on happening throughout the lifetime and the duration of the relationship.
And as mentioned before, with men being naturally bad communicators, at times it is quite tough for a woman to differentiate between a 'want' and a 'need'. So, here are a few tips to help you ladies out.
They want someone who's adventurous, maybe even a prankster, someone whose idea of fun can be something as wild as bungee jumping.
They prefer to have a lady who is not bogged down with the realities and pressures of everyday life. They want someone who likes to party, hang out, and in general, live life in a carefree manner without worrying too much about the future.
In a Marriage
Once a man is married (or committed), his desire of what he seeks in his partner undergoes a sea change. Also, from here onwards, the gap between 'want' and 'need' only widens, and there can be several instances when what men want is not always what men need (at that particular point of time, that is).
He seeks a woman who, despite not having any affection for sports whatsoever, enthusiastically cheers him on at his weekend game of football with the guys.
Many times, a man wants to feel like the knight in shining armor; the typical masculine macho male who is strong, mighty, and protective of his partner. However, he wishes for a partner who is not meek and is not afraid to stand up and take over the reins when her man is low on morale, self belief or plain confidence.
On a conclusive note, 'What a man wants in a relationship' is not really quite as important as 'What a man needs in a relationship'. What a man needs is a beautiful woman who loves him unconditionally, wholeheartedly, who is the apple of his eye, and who, apart from being just a girlfriend or a wife, is more importantly also his best buddy.