This can be responding to touch, gestures, phone calls, messages of any kind.
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But she does believe in one common factor; responsiveness.
If one is responding to the other in any sort of way, it doesn’t have to be calm all the time or intense all the time, just as long as people care about each other enough to sit, talk and listen for ever.
By Alexia Evripidou WITH VALENTINE’S Day fast approaching, many men and women in their 30s know from bitter personal experience that love and relationships are in trouble.
They complain of loneliness and their inability to find partners and each cite the opposite sex as the problem. Why are attractive, intelligent and willing 30 somethings struggling to find partners and turning to non Cypriots for solace?
She’s also started a matchmaking service within the context of therapy to help individuals understand their needs and identify suitable partners.
“Of course there are people here who have healthy and happy relationships; generally these are people who have explored themselves.
“The women have it in their heads that they shouldn’t be doing certain things to maintain this taught narrative and keep their ‘dignity’ and men are frustrated as a result.
Times have changed but people are afraid to stray from the norms, they want to be accepted by their community.” Kofterou acknowledges that sex is still a big taboo here.
Once upon a time arranged coupling (broxenia) was the norm, where is it now?
“There’s quite a lot of anger about this situation from the men which creates a distancing phenomenon, and the woman have this protective front without realising that it’s keeping the men from approaching them. I’m happier to approach foreign women because they’re friendlier.
This would give them clarity on who they are and what they really want and need from another on a less superficial level.