We all yearn to be accepted for who we really are. We all feel best when acknowledged for our true person. The more we are actually familiar with who we are, the more we appreciate others recognizing that as well.
In any relationship, the strongest glue that brings union between people is to be accepted for who we are, to be appreciated for who we are, and to be acknowledged for who we are. If we know this about ourselves, we can know this about others as well.
To be accepted by a partner, without feeling like we have to guard against being changed, is a very liberating experience. To be accepted by a partner without feeling we will be criticized or violated, enables us to be free and to share our inner selves with our partner.
When our partner rejoices in getting to truly know us as a unique individual, we become more than we were previously!