5 Painfully Honest Reasons Your Wife Doesn’t Like You

Even if this post resonates with you, don’t give up — these are all fixable.

Man looking at wife who's dis-interested  Lia Bekyan | Unsplash

There are many reasons that women are uncomfortable with emotional closeness that have to do with their own background and family history and many reasons for low sex drive that have nothing to do with who a woman is married to at all. However, there are also many things that husbands are doing that make their wives less likely to feel close to them. This is the purely emotional equivalent of this post about fixable reasons your wife won’t sleep with you! This post is particularly applicable for men who can be classified as avoidant attachment.


Here are 5 painfully honest reasons why your wife doesn't like you:

1. You just aren’t very nice.

You believe theories on the internet that tell you that women don’t like “nice guys,” which is completely wrong for healthy women. Instead of being kind and empathic, you are sarcastic. You tend to be sarcastic and rude instead of loving or act defensive rather than open to feedback. All of these traits will be huge turnoffs to any woman with healthy self-esteem or any woman who grows more healthy and confident over time.

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2. You are never home

Especially when a woman has young kids, she feels very vulnerable and alone when you are not around much.  If you focus on your hobbies and work instead of her and the kids, she will grow first upset with you, and eventually detached and likely to leave when the kids grow up, as she will remember their childhood as one long empathic rupture.


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3. You are addicted to porn/alcohol/gaming/anything else

It is extremely difficult to live with an addict, primarily because they always have a top priority that isn’t you. Their focus on obtaining their substance makes it very hard for them to engage in a healthy and balanced way with family, and to focus on the needs of others. Porn addiction also makes it impossible for men to have a good sex life with their wives; either they turn down their wives’ advances in favor of porn, or they try to bring porn tricks into the bedroom and end up acting aggressive and coercive.

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4. You are not an involved dad, or you are mean to the kids

I am the first to say that men interact with their kids differently than women, and this is okay. However, this is no excuse for yelling or being overly harsh/punitive. Women love men who are good caretakers; it is biological and evolutionary to want a man who can take care of you and your offspring. If you are a jerk to the kids, it is likely because you were treated this way by your parents. 

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5. You do not protect her

You are always verbally “throwing her under the bus” by complaining about her to friends/family instead of having her back. You openly side with the kids against her. You do not prioritize her health, sleep, or well-being

If this post resonates with you, don’t give up! Many couples can learn different ways of understanding and empathizing with one another that increase closeness, connection, and mutual respect. Individual therapy can help you understand why you’re acting in ways that are unkind or selfish. Spoiler alert: this is generally learned from your upbringing. And remember, your kids are watching your relationship, and if you aren’t treating your wife kindly, your kids are much likelier to get into relationships with people who treat them poorly… or who they treat poorly.

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Dr. Samantha Rodman Whiten, aka Dr. Psych Mom, is a clinical psychologist in private practice and the founder of DrPsychMom. She works with adults and couples in her group practice Best Life Behavioral Health.