What does it mean "I need you?" A different way of saying "I want you?"

For instance, as opposed to saying they "want you." I believe there is a slight difference in the two, but what could it mean for someone to say, "I need you," to someone, from either a male or female's perspective? Personally a guy once said he "needs" me. It wasn't a sexual reference, more so an emotional and purely intimate one, but I still find myself curious to know what he meant precisely. What does it mean "I need you?" Boys and girls welcome to answer! ♡

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  • need you... it means that he need your attention, friendship or conversation. As for me, it is the first step to your future relationship

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  • "I need you" means that they need you in their life.. You give them something that they feel gets them through the day sometimes.. He could have meant you wanted to be with you too.. LOL..

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  • Well I need you can mean various things. You made a good point in your detail the difference between needing and wanting someone however people tend to abuse the word "need".

    Like you said need can mean it's original meaning to rely on someone in a mental, physical, spiritual, or emotional context. But unfortunately as I mentioned before people may say need when they really mean want.

    The only real way to tell is judging the statement. Think about who's telling you this and what are their motives. What's your relationship like? What are previous and following sentences? And it'll be pretty plain to see if they meant "need" or "want".

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  • When someone says "I need you" then you are part of the daily structure of their lives. You provide emotional support that maintains their mental well being and they feel safe with you. We all need at least one pet, human that helps us maintain center. To be needed means that you have more value than you could ever fathom.

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    • Possibly the most well-written, and thoughtful response on here. Thank you so much. 😍😊💞

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  • I too believe there is a distinction. In my mind, "need" is very dependent. "want " is a choice. "need" makes me uncomfortable as it gives me the impression I am providing something they cannot do with out. "Want" tells me "Hey, my life is very satisfying and complete. I want you around to be a part of it". So I prefer "want" from a partner.

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  • Simple
    Need vs want

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  • You may want another slice of cake but you don’t necessarily need it... I can’t think exactly how he meant it in your scenario but I have said it to those that are such a massive part of my life because of they weren’t in my life it would be forever different so I say I need them.. it’s very different from wanting something in my opinion , wanting can be a passing infatuation or a deep longing but needing has that connotation that life would not be the same without it :)

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  • More often than not, it means that his happiness depends almost entirely, if not entirely on your presence in his life.

    It's up to you whether you interpret it as clingy and dependent, or sweet and endearing.

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  • Might be sexual, might be just emotional
    Depends from a guy to another
    Many guys would be thirsty and say it
    Me personally, I say it to my partner when I feel missing without her and need her with me, whether it's real life or just texting, I just want her attention or talk to her about anything

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  • When someone says that, it usually means he/she has been missing a part of themselves or a part of their daily life and he/she 'needs' you to fill in the missing place.

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  • You me up for something he is missing in his life. What higher compliment could you ever receive? 'I need you' isn't usually a sexual invitation or come-on...

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  • Want you need you are slightly different but it differs from person to person and how and when they use it, it can be used at a time where the person wants you to be there with him just for support or he needs you to be there to actually help him

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  • I need you = a physical and emtional dependance on you

    example... he may be emotionally hurt and in tears without you

    i miss you = raw emotions of "missing you" without the physical aspect

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  • if he just wants you, he will be just fine without but if he needs you, he will suffer a tiny bit before finding someone else to need. being cynical af

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  • From emotional perspective, only a lonely person can say that. On the other hand, one can also say this to initiate a relationship with you to fulfil his own wishes. It completely depends on the guy and his circumstances.

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  • in my opinion the meaning of the word needs you is he wants you to be whole, starting from the soul, body, feeling and sex,
    want you are more physical and sex

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  • the person wants you in their life. over analyzing something tends to lessen the impact if you're not going to take it at face value then it just becomes words

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  • Need is something you feel from your body like hunger and thirst. Even when it's not sexual the need for someone manifests through a phisical discomfort or a pain felt in some part of the body.

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  • what was the situation lol? if it was a message than I guess it would depend on what was said before could go sexual or Emotionally

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    • like when I stopped talking to him one time, he apparently missed me and said he needs me.

  • I need you is can't with out you, i want you is i can without you but preffer it if it's w you

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  • He cannot manage without you. From a guy could mean he wants you to be his mother , look after him …..

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  • The sentiment is a bit stronger in Spanish when you say "Te quierro". It technically could be used for both.

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  • I think of it as the difference between lust (want) and peace of mind (need).

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  • He's an insecure pussy. Nobody should "need" anybody. Tell him to grow some balls

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  • They are completely different. Want doesn't entail need, need doesn't entail want.

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  • No I need you can be in many ways I want you usually means in a sexual way

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  • Really weird comment! u should b careful to know about the guy and u have to go with the past expirences hope he might be changed

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  • u should b careful to know about the guy and u have to go with the past expirences hope he might be changed

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  • it is more emotional then sexual in most cases though it can mean one or the other or both

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  • "i need u" = "i miss u" MOSTLY

    keep in mind... MOSTLY

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  • Girls... Stop Wasting Time on PLAYING WORDS... Just FUCK IT or NOT?

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  • He might want you, he doesn't know if he needs you but he's gotta find out.

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  • They would be depressed and sad without you and feel that they couldn't get by without you there

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  • They want some company or just need a friend to talk.

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  • Personally, need is not something I ever say lightly. Depending on someone for something is somewhat of a "sacred ground" thing for me, and it means you are in my inner circle. To need is to rely on. Wanting is something you can do without.

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  • Well, I only ever said "I need you" meaningfully to one person and when I said it I meant that I couldn't keep holding on without them, I wanted them to be there and help me, I knew they'd be the only ones who really can do that. I was very emotionally depented on that person, that everytime I felt bad, he was the only one who could make everything better.

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  • maybe they are going through major problems an they need you now. like for comfort, listening ear and to just be with them while they go through whatever they are going through. i want you is more sexual.

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  • Need you is the exact same as want you, just more passionate

    -I want you, you make my life complete
    -I need you, I’d die without you.

    Basically the same thing just with more passion and emotion in the latter.

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  • It means emotionally the person is in trouble and while you've been asking this question that person has either had to painfully deal alone or done something stupid. So I hope your question was worth it.

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  • if he said "i need you " it really depends on the context but if he says stay with me i really need you ( in his life) maybe he shows his love for you that's why he feels this feeling of being incomplete and inscure not fuctional or i will fail without you but in general it can mean stay with me because I think people around me do not understand me well or i feel lonely it really has so much meanings but personally i prefer if he says first i love you then i need you

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  • Your country says USA so I don’t think we are trying to give you inter language interpretations.

    I thought at first it was what you were asking and I like the answers you got along those lines.

    “I need you is subjective”, it can be a really bad sign especially early in the relationship.

    Flying blind not knowing context it sounds like codependency which isn’t healthy.

    It will be hell if you try to break up with him if I’m right.

    Some people aren’t able to be single and always need someone to enable them.

    Not saying this is the case here. But I keep all aspects of my social and work life active.

    Your life should never revolve around the needs and support of another.

    Would it end you if you guys broke up, probably for a little? For some they become obsessed about getting you back because they “need” you. What you want doesn’t matter.

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  • It's more sexual, like a physical desire. I need (to have) you

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  • I don't need a hamburger, when there is other food, but I want a hamburger right now, there

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  • It's just a stronger more emphatic version of I want you. Deeper.

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  • There is a difference. When a friend says “I need you” that means you’re an emotional support and a great person in their life that they would hate to lose. If a female or someone you’re in an intimate relationship with says the same thing. It also means the same thing but sometimes it can be way more intimate than that. She needs you sexually and emotionally. When someone says I want you that’s strictly sexual but it means a lot coming from a partner. It’s nice to know that they don’t just need you they want you too.

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  • Hmmm... Yea... Anyways... if it was a message than I guess it would depend on what was said before could go sexual or Emotionally

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  • i would rather have someone want me then need me, need sounds like they depend on me.

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  • Necessity vs Desire.

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  • Means his life won't feel complete without you in it

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  • Nope

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  • It's mean I will Fuck you

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  • A lot of guys say they need me and it's driving me insane.

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  • I need you means the person in question feels an emotional attachment to you. They feel close to you and lost when you are not present :)

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  • he misses you.

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  • just text him and be like elaborate.

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