I think I’m so used to being the counselor and emotional soundboard for my friends that I can’t properly relate to those I would rather have as my lovers. I don’t open myself up as I should, I feel like I should be the “strong” one, and I don’t ever look to the other person for comfort, or share with them my worries. I’m fairly sure emotional intimacy within the context of a romantic relationship is an issue for me, and I’m having some trouble figuring out how to fix that. It makes me really awkward in romantic settings, and where someone ought to be more smooth about things, I end up verbally patting the person’s head and declining their hug with a handshake. :frustrating: How do I open myself?