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Another way feeling unlovable manifests is in the choice of partner. For sure, so much of the gay male world is way too focused on looks, youth, the gym, partying, and fast hookups; so searching for Mr. However, feeling subconsciously unlovable or unworthy can again rear its head here through your choices.That muscled, tattooed bad boy is hotter than hell, and great in bed, but is he showing any sign that he is ready to settle down?OK, so, you’re gay, you want to find a partner and eventually a husband; someone with whom to share your life.However, you just can’t seem to meet the right guy or make the right connection.If you find yourself consistently in these patterns, perhaps you are, as the song goes, In the old days, when I was coming out, being gay had more of an outlaw quality.Nonmonogamy was a political statement, and gay rights advocates saw marriage as constrictive, patriarchal, heterocentric, flawed (perhaps due to the 50% failure rate) and therefore not worthy of pursuit, especially in light of how gay men of the era were still getting ejected from their jobs, homes, families and blackmailed and arrested for who they were.Where it’s legal, same sex couples are getting married in droves, and some gay weddings are so theatrical and over the top that they can actually be intimidating (See the Saturday Night Live skit: Xanax for Gay Weddings for a hilarious send up of this phenomenon).This can all translate into feelings of pressure to couple up.
A variation of this theme is when a relationship ends, but you just don’t want to let go of it—even if the guy is still alive.
For sure, the pendulum has swung far in the other direction.
Contrary to heterosexual fears, legal gay marriage has given the institution an enormous boost in importance.
So you end up wondering “What’s the matter with me? ” As an openly gay man with over thirty years of experience as a therapist, I have seen scores of single gay men sabotage their efforts to find a partner, placing obstacles in their own path —without having the slightest idea as to what they are doing and why.
Fortunately, I have also learned how to identify and name these self-defeating and often hidden hurdles—and have discovered that they are beliefs that too many gay men repeat to themselves, often without even knowing it.