Join me in an experiment. Without any setup, without any extra words, tell your husband or wife, “I respect you.” In the comments below (or online if you get this by email), let us know (1) what sort of reaction it gets, and (2) how it felt to say this. It might help if you add whether this was woman to woman, man to woman, woman to man, or man to man. Our hormones predispose us to...
Nagging Your Husband or Wife
For some people, taking care of a chore that matters to their spouse feels loving. It makes them feel warm and tingly and like a better person. Unless the opportunity to do it of their own free will is taken from them. Then it just feels like work. For other people, a chore is always a chore. If they’re feeling loving, they want to take the afternoon to do something fun with you. Or they...
3 Ways to Get Your Wife’s Respect
Want more respect from the woman you married? These should help. Be you, at your best. Find more ways to use your greatest strengths (creativity, humility, generosity, gratitude, perseverance, curiosity, social intelligence, integrity, leadership, perspective, bravery, etc.) when you are with her. Show more affection. Without affection, women have a hard time paying attention to anything else...
Why Do Women Say Cruel Things to their Husbands?
Sometimes: Because they fail to recognize how much their admiration means to their men, and the words just slip out.
And other times: Because they hurt so much that they want to sting with their words, illogically hoping the response will be a loving one.
Sept 10 Teleclass: Insults and Putdowns
Join me for a free teleclass tonight on dealing with a common marriage problem:
Handling Insults and Putdowns from a Spouse
Wednesday, September 10, 2008, 9 pm EDT