Ever feel like your opinionated hubby's holding something back?Men aren't naturally gifted at expressing themselves like women, so they may keep quiet about sensitive subjects. "If it's safe for him to speak honestly, that might improve his experience in the relationship," says clinical psychologist Andra Brosh, Ph D.
"This isn't the '50s anymore, but there are still some genetically determined pieces of men's self-worth," says marriage therapist Mike Dow, Psy D.
Since he'll feel even less like a tough guy divulging this need for extra attention, he'll stay mum.
So compliment his brawn—even if it's just for popping the lid off the jam jar.
Also, give him a chance to assemble that dresser before offering your expertise. Dow says if you take charge instead of letting him take care of it, he'll feel emasculated.
Dow—but he isn't attuned to finer, up-close details.
To him, the blue dress looks just like the red one you tried on.
If he stumbles through a response about your outfit when you ask what he thinks, don't read into it.
The male brain is hardwired to notice pretty young things, since they're likely to be fertile and capable of producing healthy children, says Dr, Dow.
In fact, your hubby's head may turn before his brain realizes!