Dating a father figure
” Rachel laughed and her dad picked her up high in the air, nodded an acknowledgment to my dad and walked out of the restaurant.
Even my dad was a little surprised at the little girl’s courage, but it didn’t take a Ph D to deduce that not only was tiny little Rachel not afraid of my big, huge dad, she was actually attracted to him.
None of the partners, neither the younger ladies nor the older gentlemen can be blamed for this development.
Not only does this influence ring true, but many, many studies including this from the have shown the influence of fathers on their daughters’ relationships.
If there was a dad or other male caregiver in your early life, he probably set the first model of how a relationship with a man would be.
And for better or for worse, regardless of circumstances, children love their parents/caregivers unconditionally and accept the attachment and love that is (or is not! Our first attachment patterns shape our expectations for future attachments.
The typical role model of man and woman in a relationship is that the man is the strong part, bringing home the money, being the shoulder to lean on to and providing safety and security to his wife.
This role is even strengthened when the man is much older than the woman.If you said yes to any of the above, you're certainly not alone.