Men Confess: What Makes Them Fall in Love

"To fall in love, I need to feel safe to discuss anything with my girlfriend and know that she will not judge me harshly. I also need to know that she supports me, because life is tough enough without having to battle in relationships. She should have inner and outer beauty. She should be honest, and if there is a problem, we should work together to resolve it in a constructive way. Her personality should bring out my best qualities, including my sense of humor." --Ralph, 36, DC

"Love is a series of subtle events culminating with the realization that this woman is capable of drawing out a force that allows you to be something more than you can be on your own, something greater." --Doug, 29, MA

"I fell in love with a girl when she could tell me what a 6-4-3 DP meant in a baseball box score without having to be told 3,987 times. I fell in love with a girl when she truly realized that I'm not selfish, just completely clueless about why she would want someone other than me. I fell for a girl when she understood that it doesn't have to be true when she massages my ego. It doesn't even have to be reasonable or make sense, just as long as the ego boosts keep coming." --Danny, 24, DC

"You just have to be able to talk to each other." --Doug, 30, MA

"If you know when my head is in a bad place, if you know when I need a phone call, if you know when I need to be told I'm good at something, if you know when I need to be told I'm awful at something, then just maybe I'm falling in love with you." --Matt, 25, PA

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