7 Ways To Push Her Buttons

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The annoying habits of men that sometimes make us wonder why we're still together.

You love your S.O. You really do. But, sometimes, you wonder how it is that you've made it this far without turning to homicide. Deep down, he's a good person and, well, obviously he completes you. But you just hate it when he throws his dirty clothes on the floor—right next to the hamper—no matter how many times you ask him not to. And the coffee table is a mishmash of his dirty dishes. And dude. It's not as funny as he thinks it is when he "plays the drums" on your thunder thighs.

Stay strong, readers. Remain calm. You're not the only ones experiencing bouts of agitation with the man you love. Below, 7 more things men do that get on women's nerves. Unsurprisingly, a lot of these complaints involve housecleaning.

 

1. Poke her. Prod her. Push her to the limit.
My boyfriend has ADD. When he starts to get bored he will poke at me—my stomach, my arms, my ears or nose, wherever he feels will be most irritating to me at that moment. I used to just let it go to ease his short attention span, but then I started getting even. Luckily, he is much more ticklish than I am, so when I go back at him he squirms, tries to break away, swearing he’ll stop. We both get a good laugh out of it… and I get a limited time of peace!

– Beth, 23, in a relationship for one year

2. Narrate every moment of your life together... in song.
My husband will find a tune that is sufficiently annoying and then put everything that's happening to that tune. Recent favorites have included the theme song to Alvin & the Chipmunks, and "Poker Face" by Lady Gaga. This is a particularly difficult annoyance to deal with because he picks catchy songs and hours later I find myself singing things like "w-a-l-k... walking the dog." My default defense is to ignore him, because laughing and getting pissed off seem to be equally encouraging.

– Nicole, 27, married 1.5 yrs and together for 6 Dang, How Annoying Is Your Husband?

3. Shut down in the middle of an argument. Yeah, that's mature.
My husband travels a lot for work, and if we get into a fight over the phone, he will hang up on me, because he knows that I hate it. When we were still dating, this tactic worked well. I would call back crying and blabber on irrationally. Now, I've learned not to get upset and not to call him back. Inevitably, he calls back (typically within 5 minutes) apologizing up and down, speaking in a calm and rational voice.

– Alicia, 29, married 2 years 9 Things To Say During A Fight

4. Let your neat-freak self take over her life.
I married a clean freak. My husband can't sleep until the dishes have been done, the mail alphabetized and he has a "clean" inbox. Read: Every single email in every single inbox has been dealt with or deleted. Fine. It's better than having to pick his socks up off the floor, but I can't stand when his neat freak tendencies mean he gets all up in my life, too. It finally came to a head when he got so on top of his to-do list he actually washed out a glass of water I'd just poured myself.

– Carrie, 35, married not quite a year, Lemondrop