Take note! I don't just mean physically missing, but also psychologically missing.
I saw a post by another user that said that he had never really had a relationship with his father. I can relate to that, because I never really bonded with my father. He also worked a lot, and when he came home, he went to his own room and didn't really hang out. I still see my dad every other week, but we don't really have a relationship.
The thing is, from what I've read, fathers are very important in a child's development (especially for boys), because they serve as role models, and the child looks up to its father. If there is no father, the child has no role model, and thus may lack self-confidence and direction in life. This is all from what I've read.
Anyway, I was wondering if a psychologically (or physically) missing father during childhood may cause or contribute to the cause of infantilism in at least some of us. If that's the case, you might argue, "then why do most of the males on this forum prefer 'mommies' instead of 'daddies'? After all, if their fathers were missing from their childhoods, wouldn't they prefer to have a 'daddy' in place of that psychologically missing father?'
I thought about that a lot, and I thought that pretty much rendered my supposition false. But then I thought maybe because they hadn't felt a father's love, they would feel uncomfortable with it, and would prefer a mother's love--something they are more comfortable with.
So, what I'm asking is: Was your father psychologically or physically missing from your childhood? Do you think this may have contributed to your infantilism?