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Mds_02 t1_iwyof7w wrote

>the need for human beings to matter to someone, and like their life has significance in the world.

This was exactly what drove a lot of my affection for my wife. Even when we were “just” friends, before we were together romantically, she made me feel like I mattered. Caring for her and attraction toward her were already present, but I think this was what turned those feelings into actual love.