4 Huge Mistakes Married Women Make (That Push Their Husbands Away)

These bad habits aren't good for you or your marriage.

Last updated on Mar 16, 2024

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One of the most puzzling human experiences is the universal inability to communicate with one another. Amazon has 854,433 books on the topic of communication, so obviously miscommunication is not due to a lack of information. Rather, miscommunication is due to a lack of implementation. Communication is an art, a discipline, a technique to be learned, and a skill to develop — and it requires ongoing practice while in a relationship. There’s always room for improvement and growth.


Here are 4 huge mistakes married women make, that push their husbands away:

1. You try to please him too much

If you’re too agreeable in the beginning, you’ll resent him in the end. During the beginning stages of a relationship, women who tend to be pleasers will gloss over issues and comply with their partner’s whims and wishes without consideration of their desires and dreams. The eventual result of avoiding conflict is bitterness, disappointment, and deep-seated anger. At some point in the future, you will erupt — much to the surprise of your partner!  If this is you, voice your desires and concerns to your husband or wife — it’s never too late to start.




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2. You make assumptions

Misunderstandings arise when one partner formulates a presumption about the other’s point of view. Whether based on history or unresolved issues, being presumptuous can be a real mood killer. Instead of trying to anticipate what he’ll say, try to consider what your partner is trying to say before leaping into fixing things.

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3. You ignore him

All communication stems from a deep desire to connect. When an attempt to connect is ignored or returned with harshness, this results in what John Gottman, a psychologist, and researcher from the University of Washington, calls "rejected bids." According to Gottman, rejected bids may be one reason for marital conflict. Humanity has a deep desire to connect and we reach out to offer a "bid" of connection, and then the "bid" is either accepted or rejected. Humans need 85% of accepted bids to feel connected. Do you ignore bids of connection because you’re distracted by smartphones, iPads, and other electronics? How do you respond to the bids — with warmth and a smile or with a sneer and a smirk?

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4. You don't say what you mean

What we say and what we hear affects the neural pathways of our brains. We are wired to be in alignment and to have congruence — this means that everything we see, do, hear, feel, and know must be true in mind, body, and spirit. If what we say isn’t congruent with how we feel, it will confuse those around us and eventually confuse ourselves. Try this experiment: put your face into an angry expression, clench your teeth and jaw, and say, "I am so happy." Hard to do, right? Now reverse your expression. Smile with your eyes and mouth and say, "I am so angry." Your brain is saying to you, "This does not compute, your words and expression do not match."



Some people have confused their brains because they walk around with smiles that don’t match their negative feelings. How can you become true to yourself and others through learning better communication skills that are in alignment? Now can you begin to take responsibility for developing a new pattern of congruent communication with your partner?


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Joan Nosal has been coaching for 30 years specializing in the area of transitions and relationships. She founded T.R.I Life LLC in 1999 and has conducted workshops and trainings all over the United States.