As children, we are taught to always ask permission. You want to go somewhere? Ask permission. You want to eat something? Ask permission. You want to do something? Ask permission. You want to see a friend? Ask permission.

Permission was always asked before doing anything, at least if you wanted to be an obedient child. I was a follow-the-rules kind of girl, so this was very much me. However, I know there are rule breakers out there, and we can chat about this dynamic in another blog.

While I obviously understand the immense importance of children seeking approval in doing things at a young age, it seems to me that the habit of looking for approval seeps into adulthood in ways that I only recently uncovered.

More in category

How we live together: the separated couple who share a home How we live together: the separated couple who share a home
September 21, 2019The Guardian
Blind date: ‘We hadn’t finished the main course before he asked for my number’ Blind date: ‘We hadn’t finished the main course before he asked for my number’
September 20, 2019The Guardian
My partner ‘jokes’ online with other men that she loves them My partner ‘jokes’ online with other men that she loves them
September 20, 2019The Guardian
My life in sex: ‘My partner’s lover visits our place once or twice a week’ My life in sex: ‘My partner’s lover visits our place once or twice a week’
September 20, 2019The Guardian
Google Maps Out a Plan to Fight Alcohol and Drug Addiction Google Maps Out a Plan to Fight Alcohol and Drug Addiction
September 17, 2019AskMen
What Happened When I Agreed To Go On A Date With A Man Decades Younger Than Me What Happened When I Agreed To Go On A Date With A Man Decades Younger Than Me
September 20, 2019HuffPost
8 Kinky Things Women Secretly Want in Bed
September 18, 2019AskMen
Trending: Anthony Bourdain’s Personal Items Are Going to Auction Trending: Anthony Bourdain’s Personal Items Are Going to Auction
September 18, 2019AskMen
Here’s How to Tell Your Partner You’ve Fallen Out of Love Here’s How to Tell Your Partner You’ve Fallen Out of Love
September 18, 2019AskMen
Male Biological Clocks Are Ticking Too Male Biological Clocks Are Ticking Too
September 17, 2019AskMen
'It's a violation': the war on (unwanted) dick pics has begun 'It's a violation': the war on (unwanted) dick pics has begun
September 18, 2019The Guardian
He Wants to Have Sex With You, Just not a Relationship He Wants to Have Sex With You, Just not a Relationship
September 18, 2019Relationships Reality
Blue Moon Now Offers Coffee Flavored Beer Blue Moon Now Offers Coffee Flavored Beer
September 16, 2019AskMen
Nike Wins Emmy for Controversial Colin Kaepernick Ad Nike Wins Emmy for Controversial Colin Kaepernick Ad
September 16, 2019AskMen
If being married is so ‘great’, why do people cheat so often? If being married is so ‘great’, why do people cheat so often?
September 18, 2019I Heart Intelligence
The rise of the proposal planner: ‘It’s not enough to get down on one knee any more’ The rise of the proposal planner: ‘It’s not enough to get down on one knee any more’
September 17, 2019The Guardian
The Growing Popularity of Living Apart Together in Relationships The Growing Popularity of Living Apart Together in Relationships
August 07, 2019AskMen
Hard Time Getting It Up? Beware of Heart Disease Hard Time Getting It Up? Beware of Heart Disease
September 11, 2019AskMen
I have to fantasise about porn to climax with my boyfriend I have to fantasise about porn to climax with my boyfriend
September 17, 2019The Guardian
How we met: ‘Two girls had broken in. I threw on a towel and ran out to meet them’ How we met: ‘Two girls had broken in. I threw on a towel and ran out to meet them’
September 16, 2019The Guardian
Repeat after me: vagina is not a dirty word | Nicola Heath Repeat after me: vagina is not a dirty word | Nicola Heath
September 15, 2019The Guardian