Nagging: What You Say vs. What He Hears



"Put down the toilet seat!" "Clean the gutters!" "Change the light bulb!" These 'obvious' bits of nagging are actually the laziest forms of relationship clichés. [Yawn.] Like love itself, nagging comes many different and sometimes unrecognizable forms. Not all women are naggers, and not all men are the ones who are nagged.  That said, there's a definite communication gap, and we guys tend to...misinterpret an innocuous comment every now and then. It may be impossible to ever conquer this particular battle of the sexes, but here's a little insight into what we actually hear when you nag. Consider this your male-female online nagging translator. (Disclaimer: I may have exagerrated a little, but you get the point.)

What You Say: "Oh, are you playing Madden again?"
What He Hears: "Video games are for teenage boys or fat virgins. When will you grow up and become a man with self-respect? You disgust me."


What You Say: "No, that’s cool. I don’t mind. Have a good time with your friends.”
What He Hears: "You’ve chosen them over me. I know we agreed that we need our space, and I respect that, but WHY DON’T YOU WANT TO BE WITH ME?!"

What You Say: "Sure you don’t want to switch to water?"

What He Hears: "Great. So now you’re becoming an alcoholic. Are you that miserable? What is it about me that drives you to the bottle? Do you need to be drunk to find me attractive? Screw it, pour me one too."

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