Re: Thin skin...easily hurt.
There are a thousand ways to approach this, but not knowing your partner's languages make this a penlight in 30 days of night.
Confidence carries it's own light differently in each of us, and it's measure lies not from another but within ourselves.
There came a time when I had to exchange new confidences for old... I had never felt insecurity when walls came down and I found myself standing open, suddenly every word of improvement that was directed at me felt like an attack. My wife looked at me like some alien that had inhabited her husband replacing a stranger with a stranger stranger... I now complicated everything especially when her "plain talk" was callous and hurtful, and it was not nice at times not that I didn't have an ability to step aside from it, even when it was simply rude and intended to hurt.
Self love, respect, and worth are a critical foundation... if one is weak here then new eyes are so important because our scenery doesn't change, just ask a mirror but remember a mirror only see's what's on the outside.
May I ask what he does for a living?