Love vs Respect

Which is most needed Love or Respect? If you have two choices only; would you live with someone who loves you but doesn’t respect you enough or someone who respects you but doesn’t love you enough?

 Dr. Emerson Eggerichs says: “We believe love best motivates a woman and respect most powerfully motivates a man. Research reveals that during marital conflict a husband most often reacts when feeling disrespected and a wife reacts when feeling unloved.  We asked 7,000 people this question: when you are in a conflict with your spouse or significant other, do you feel unloved or disrespected?  83% of the men said “disrespected.”  72% of the women said, “unloved.”  Though we all need love and respect equally, the felt need differs during conflict, and this difference is as different as pink is from blue!”

Personally if I can’t have both equally, then I would choose love over respect, as love can’t stand for feeling disrespected (and that is a relative word from one person to another). If I don’t feel love, I certainly can’t have/show respect.


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