Q&A: Developing feelings for my husband

Question:

I married my husband purely for pragmatic reasons. As a single mum, I believed he’d make a great father to my child. Now I realise that I never really had romantic feelings for him. Is there hope for our relationship?

Answer: The short answer to your question is yes. Why? For two reasons. First, in cultures where marriages are arranged, we know that couples often learn to love one another deeply even though their relationships weren’t originally based on romantic feelings. This isn’t to say that feelings have no place in marriage. They absolutely do. But in this case, the feelings generally follow in the wake of intentional, deliberate actions, growing out of commitment, perseverance, and hard work.

In your situation, there’s even more reason for hope. Though you’re not sure how to make it happen, you want to fall in love with your husband – otherwise, you wouldn’t have asked your question. To put it another way, you’re dissatisfied with the status quo and willing to make a change. In a very real sense, then, you’ve already taken an important step in the right direction.   

You can build on this foundation by asking yourself what it was that first attracted you to your husband. At some level, the two of you felt an emotional connection and there was something that led you to believe that life with him would be better than life without him. That spark may have diminished over time, but it can still be found and fanned into flame if you’re willing to put forth the effort. 

Don’t hesitate to contact our Family Support Services at 03-3310 0792 or write to support@family.org.my for insights specific to your situation.

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