When a person treats their partner like a child, it's often because the partner has demonstrated that they are okay with that treatment. They may not have a strong sense of self, appropriate boundaries, or feel safe conflicting with the other person.
Baby talk isn't just a way to create intimacy in a relationship — it actually means your relationship is healthy. “Baby talk or private couple's speak is really about nurturing your partner and strengthening the bond between you both,” behavioral scientist Clarissa Silva tells Elite Daily.
Why does my partner treat me like a child? Often, this comes from a lack of respect, abusive behaviors, such as gaslighting, or due to him feeling obligated to. He may feel as though he has to in order for you to take care of himself. Other times, a partner will behave this way because they are controlling in nature.
“In psychoanalytic theory, individuals revert their behavior to an earlier stage of development, and they may mimic childish mannerisms as well as speech. It is actually very common and most couples resort to it when they want to either display vulnerability or as a way to get closer in a very intimate manner.”
Key points. Peter Pan Syndrome is traditionally thought of as a situation in which a grown man is childish and immature, despite his age. The condition, which is not considered an official mental disorder, is also known as Little Prince (or Princess) Syndrome.
Narcissists view partners as trophies under their power and may expect partners to show deference and adoring behavior throughout the relationship. Manipulation of a partner is emotional abuse, and narcissists resort to some pretty low behaviors if they feel that they are losing their hold on a partner.
What to do when someone is treating you like a child?
If you run across it in public, start by being polite. In other words, don't rise to the bait. Simply go by your own rules of politeness, and move on with the conversation. Most of the time, the person probably doesn't even realize they're being condescending or treating you like a child.
In general, new couples don't chat every day. They may go a few days without talking or even seeing each other, and that's okay. It is not healthy for couples who are in committed relationships to go days without talking because they are angry. It's not good for the relationship, and it's not good for you.
Additionally, adults cite the motivations to be playful, affectionate, and vulnerable as the reasons for their baby talk. Baby talk, then, may draw out loving feelings from our partners even when we've far outgrown our cute phases. 4. Baby talking makes men seem more loyal.
Any guy can get a girlfriend, but it takes a real man (or woman) to treat his or her girlfriend right. Respect, honesty, and a pinch of playfulness are the names of the game when it comes to treating your girlfriend the way she deserves to be treated.
It depends upon how she wants to be treated. If she sat down with you and said she enjoys pretending to be a baby, and she wants you to play along and pretend to treat her like one, and you don't mind playing along with her little fantasy, then by all means, play along. Enjoy yourself, and make her happy as well.
Narcissistic partners usually have difficulty really loving someone else, because they don't truly love themselves. They are so focused on themselves that they cannot really “see” their partner as a separate person. They tend to only see the partner in terms of how they fill their needs (or fail to fill their needs).
The kind narcissist sees themselves as a good person. Often, they appear steady and good-natured. They are popular and well thought of. The trouble arises once more is asked of them than they want to give.
In fact, narcissists are often attracted to strong, confident, and self-assured women. While this may seem counterintuitive, it is important to realize that the narcissistic traits of grandiosity and confidence are really a mask for deep insecurity.
Summary: The 'Peter Pan Syndrome' affects people who do not want or feel unable to grow up, people with the body of an adult but the mind of a child. The syndrome is not currently considered a psychopathology.
For guys, deep, husky voices are the most appealing, and scientists says it's because it indicates the perfect balance of being large enough to be attractive but not aggressive. For women, a high-pitched but breathy quality is the most attractive, and (blech) it's because it suggests a small body size.