rnch saidIs it considered normal/acceptable for both partners to love the other; but for one to love the other more than he is loved by his partner?
As long as each partner RECEIVING the love is satisfied with it, then it's the correct amount. Even if the 2 amounts aren't equal. Some men are simply more outwardly romantic than others, perhaps more showy, like I am. Doesn't mean there isn't love inside the guy who's less demonstrative. You've gotta define the terms "depth & degree" of love.
My husband shared a lovely thing with me the other day. He had returned from a meeting with a guy who was part of the team for the booth we operated at Pride Fest 2 weekends ago. And he expressed envy for my husband, because he said it was obvious to everyone there how much I adore him, and some of the others even talked about it (when neither of us could hear!).
They said they saw it in my eyes, and how even my voice and body language were all geared to him. I was touched & pleased to be told this, and so happy this guy said it to my husband, but actually it wasn't new. I heard the same thing about my late partner & me, and my 2 long-term BFs.
Both of whom complained about it, interestingly, because each was closeted, and they feared I was outing them with my riveting focus on them in public, the loving attention I gave them. And I've always also been told that when I'm with a man I love, even for mere weeks (and I fall in love very quickly), it seems like we've been together for many years.
Yet I know both of my partners, though not as obvious as me about it, loved & love me very much. Little things they've said & done tell me as much as the more obvious things that I've done with them. So that I'm satisfied, content, and grateful.
But if I felt very little love coming from a man, if our relationship became a roommates situation, then I would feel shortchanged. Though at the same time I probably wouldn't be showing him much love anymore, anyway. Because I really seem to merely be reflecting the love I feel coming to me. So that the more love I show him, the more love I know I'm already getting from him. I dunno, it's some kind of auto-reciprocal thing built into me, and now thinking too much about it, it doesn't sound romantic anymore.