Like all couples, gay couples can make each other’s lives miserable.
But could there be a purpose (perhaps an unconscious purpose) to this?
Let’s talk psychodynamic hypothesises for a moment:-
Boy 1: “I’ve had a troubling past involving my family’s disapproval of my sexuality”.
Boy 2: “My father showed me no care nor respect, and I left home at a young age”.
One purpose of this unconscious conversation might be to check out: “Are you someone who could help me repair the wounds that I carry?”.
What I’m talking about is where a couple, as an unconscious level, discover that they have a similar history, and invest hope – still unconsciously – that their relationship will help them both resolve their historical wounds. If all goes well at an early stage, they enter into the beginnings of a significant long-term relationship.
It’s a nice thought – it’s a thought that’s meant to heal past injuries.
Unfortunately, the future holds relationship struggles – the couple argue and act out hurtful behaviour to one another. They end up fearing each other, becoming paranoid and, maybe, separate … or perhaps worse: they continue this behaviour for years of a miserable life.
And – for some people – this unforeseen relationship-misery happens time and time again.
So why does what seems to be a perfectly lovely unconscious discussion end up bringing so much trouble in gay relationships?
Read on for a psychodynamic/systemic revelation you may not have come across before…