Conversations Married Men Dread

What conversations do men wish they could avoid having with their spouses?
In this article on Huffington Post professionals share the conversations that most impact their clients’ relationships, along with suggestions for how to communicate in order to connect in a more positive way and see better results.

See all nine experts’ suggestions in the full article, and my expert advice below:

“Ugh, I hate how you leave the dishes in the sink.”

You may want your spouse to be a little more diligent about the dishes or wish he’d slow down when driving, but there’s a right and wrong way to issue your complaint, reminded Tammy Nelson, a sex and relationship therapist and the author of The New Monogamy. Who wants to hear non-constructive criticism, whether you’re a man or woman?

“Instead, use phrases that show appreciation for what he could do right,” she said. “Say ‘I appreciate it when you do it this way instead’ or ‘I love when you rub my back softly.‘ Always remember, you get more of what you appreciate.”


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