7 Little Questions To Ask When Your Man's Ignoring You

Problem-solving in marriage can be complicated.

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You have been together for a while now, and, as a couple, you have drifted apart. He has his interests, hobbies, and activities, and you find it more difficult to get his attention. It hurts to feel like your husband is ignoring you. As a result, disappointment and resentment build within you.

You aren’t ready to throw in the towel yet, but you know you can’t keep this up forever. You have tried to talk this through, but he has changed nothing and seems satisfied with how things are. The good news is, if you have the energy to work on the problem yourself, you can turn things around on your own, even if he won't join you in the effort.


Here are 7 little questions to ask when your man's ignoring you:

1. When did things change?

Think back. When did you begin to notice a change in the relationship? Was it a gradual change between the two of you that happened over time? Can you trace it back to a particular point in time? What stands out for you about when it began to be different between the two of you?

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2. What was it that made the relationship different?

If things changed at a time you can pinpoint, what went on then? What happened to change things? Is there something you think might have contributed to the change in your relationship?

3. What was done to address it?

If you're reasonably certain an event or series of events precipitated the change in your marriage, how did you address the situation?

Were things addressed properly, or is there still some unfinished business? Do the two of you have the ability to work through it, or has he closed the books on the matter?

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4. What do you think will happen if it continues?

If things continue how they are now, do you envision any changes? Will the two of you be able to go on like this indefinitely? Does it feel like this is just a season in life and there is light at the end of the tunnel, or is it a problem that won't go away?


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5. If you don’t confront it, what can you do differently?

If you're convinced there's no value in any attempt to discuss things and try to face up to the problem, is there something you can do? What are some known complaints he has about your life together?

If he has some legitimate complaints and concerns, are you willing to address them? Do you need help or input in addressing or working on the issues you want to change?


Do you have or can you find the energy to step up your game at this stage? Can you work on your stuff if needed, or pour extra energy into taking care of him?

Construct a list to tell him you are serious about being the wife or partner he wants and needs. If you need help, get the book Love Dare by Alex Kendrick and Stephen Kendrick, or look it up online. The book (and online daily guide) contains a 40-day guide to help you take care of and win back the love of a spouse who has grown cold toward you.

To attempt the “Love Dare”, you quietly begin the process. No announcement is made about what you're up to — you start doing it and follow the guide each day for 40 days.

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6. Who can support you and encourage you to hang in there?

When you take on a project such as this, it helps to have a close friend or family member who will be your confidant and a source of encouragement. If things have been pretty bad for a while, they may not change quickly.

You need to prepare to get nothing in return for the effort you put into taking care of your spouse. That is hard work, enlist some encouragement from someone who can keep things completely confidential.

7. When will you start your campaign?

Once you have a plan, set a start date for your “Love Campaign” and go to it. If you can find the energy to stay at it consistently for 40 days, it should make a difference in your marriage. If nothing changes, then it is time to consider another approach.

Marriage can be hard work. Depending on the personalities of the two people involved, problem-solving in marriage can become complicated.


If he has pulled away and there seems to be no talking about it, prepare yourself to go to war with a “Love Campaign” and see it through to the end.

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Drs. David and Debbie McFadden are a husband-and-wife team specializing in helping struggling and distressed couples throughout the US and Canada.