A regression caregiver is an individual who generally feels comfortable with expectations of adulthood, has the desire to "take care of" their romantic partner(s) more than typically expected, and often presents as naturally parental by personality regardless of age or experience as a parent.
- The drive to guide, nurture, and protect.
- Happiness from cherishing their partner's uniqueness and childish personality.
- The driving desire to "take care of" their partner.
- Common romantic view: the "need to be needed" excessively, beyond that of the average relationship. This exceeds the simple notion of being the main or sole bread winner. There is commonly a desired codependency. Perhaps for typical non-CGL persons, this codependency sought would be considered "unhealthy".
A CareGiver/Little (CGL) relationship dynamic is an additional component of a typical romance between adults, where one partner experiences fluctuations of regression by mood and personal interest and the other partner gains comfort, reassurance, and elation by parenting their regressive partner.
Caregivers do not need to partner with a regressor to achieve fulfillment in a romance. Just the same, regressors do not require caregivers to lead a fulfilling relationship. It is only that these two personality types balance one another most optimally and lead to more clear opportunities for fulfillment. A relationship between one of these personality types and an unrelated personality can still build and maintain a successful partnership.