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10 phrases that are emotionally crippling your wife
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Expressing yourself doesnt have to mean hurting your spouse. Be careful of these 10 common phrases that are emotionally crippling your wife. - photo by Georgia Lee
Emotional support is a delicate tango between saying what you feel and being sensitive to the needs of your wife. Even if what youre saying to your spouse when she is asking for your attention is not aggressive or abusive, it can still be emotionally damaging. Here are 10 common phrases that are emotionally crippling your wife.

1. Why cant you be more like ...

Comparing your spouse to another woman is damaging no matter how positive you try to make it. Focusing on your wifes negative qualities while complimenting another womans positive qualities is doubly disheartening. If doesn't matter what youre trying to get out of the comparison, youll only dredge up defensiveness and resentment.

2. Dont feel that way

Telling your wife how to feel is a no-no from the get-go. Whether said in an argument or everyday conversation, trying to control what your partner feels is the wrong way to go about reaching mutual understanding. Make sure your message is clear and don't tell her shes wrong for misunderstanding it.

3. Youre too sensitive

This is a very common phrase that basically absolves you of your responsibility to be supportive and puts all the weight of the relationship on your wife. Even if she has become emotional to the point of being unable to express herself clearly or be receptive to your responses, saying Youre too sensitive wont resolve any of this. Again, it only creates defensiveness and resistance.

4. Youre crazy

This is dismissive not only of what your wife is saying and how she feels but also of who she is as a person. Instead of acknowledging that you dont understand the points she is bringing up, saying this puts her down and ignores what shes trying to say.

5. Youre acting like a child

Saying this or something similar, like Youre being a baby, does nothing to express feelings or resolve conflict. This focuses on the behavior you dont want instead of the behavior you do want.

6. Youre acting like a ...

Your wife has the right to be frustrated and upset. She also has the right to express her feelings and ask for her needs to be met. Neither of these make her a b-word or any other derogatory name. But an emotionally damaging husband will try his best to make her think this is the case. These kinds of phrases send the false message that a good wife never has a bad day or negative feelings, or keeps it to herself is she does. She also keeps quiet about her needs and just takes whatever her husband is willing to give.

7. I dont care

This is a great way to end a conversation before it starts. And end a relationship in a few moments. You may not care right then about whats happening in your wifes world if youre preoccupied, stressed or frustrated. But by saying this youre also conveying that you dont care about your wife. Be careful and choose your words wisely.

8. Let it go

Also said as, Stop talking about it, this is an attempt to move the conversation to a more comfortable, interesting or important subject to you. It disregards what is important to your wife. This phrase often pops up when a wife wants to remind her husband of his former misdeeds, and hes tired of hearing about it.

9. Shut up

This is an angered and completely disrespectful way to silence your wife. It displays dominance instead of balance and control instead of cooperation. This is an attempt to intimidate a spouse into submission and creates an unsafe emotional environment.

10. Im done

A husband may simply be done with the conversation, but this also sends the message of, Lets just end it and get divorced. This rips the foundation out from under your wife. It makes it impossible for her to feel supported and able to express herself without the fear of being abandoned.

These emotionally crippling phrases are all too common in marriages. Learn their true meaning, call them when you see them and eliminate them from your relationships.
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