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My Husband Doesn’t Understand Me

3 Ways to Feel Seen and Adored

We all want to feel seen, heard and understood. If you’re not feeling understood, it’s like you’re missing a nutrient in your diet, and you start to feel malnourished.

I remember feeling this way when I’d listen to my husband talk endlessly about something he was interested in but then as soon as I brought up something I was interested in, he’d interrupt me.


Maybe the lack of understanding feels even more serious because your husband just doesn’t seem to get you or care about what you want. Which hurts!

Here are three steps you can take to feel not only understood but also truly seen and adored:

1. Listen Instead of Convincing

How to respect your Husband

When I most wanted my husband to understand me, I was making a big mistake that was exacerbating the problem.

I didn’t just want him to listen to me or comprehend what I was saying, although I wanted that too.

I wanted him to hear what I was saying, which I felt was completely logical, and agree with me.

Because there can only be one right way to invest for retirement or properly wash the colored clothes—my way! So the more he didn’t seem to agree with me, the more I kept talking and repeating and explaining, only to have him tune me out or defend his position.

Or, even worse, he would just go and do things his way right after I had just finished telling him the right way to do them!

I really believed that he just didn’t understand the world and how things worked as well as I did.

So implementing the Intimacy Skill of respect—honoring his choices for himself and the things he did for us instead of teaching him how to do them or just doing them myself—was life-changing.

Of course it was also very scary!

But once I started being more respectful, however imperfectly, he amazingly seemed to hear me so much better.

In the warm and fuzzy circle of emotional safety that came back into our marriage after that, I felt so much more understood.

He was no longer trying to defend himself, and that changed the whole tone of our conversations, which got deeper and more connected.

2. Define Your Desires

Express Your Desires

That doesn’t mean I always agree with him—I don’t!

So if I want to be understood, I start with really understanding myself and what I want. For me, that means I have to know my desires and express them without complaint or manipulation. As in, “I would love sushi for dinner” or “I would love a pool.”

My desires need no further explanation because they’re just what I would love. He may not desire those things, but that’s okay.

I don’t have to convince him that we should have a salmon roll for dinner or that we need a pool to swim for exercise. That’s not my concern.

My job is to just honor my desires, which is one way of letting other people know and understand me, especially my husband.

But complaining never got me there. Saying “I don’t want pizza for dinner” left a mystery about what I did want, which he couldn’t solve.

And saying “Don’t you wish we had a pool?” was just me trying to distance myself from my own desire by putting it on him.

Expressing desires in a way that inspires is a much better route to feeling that my husband understands me.

3. Lean on These Listeners

Communication in Relationships

Even though I feel much more understood than I used to early on in my marriage before I had the Six Intimacy Skills™ and the Connection Framework, there are some things my husband just doesn’t understand about me!

But you know who does?

My girlfriends. My sisters.

There’s nothing quite like feeling they understand, really understand, and sharing some experiences with them that my husband never will.

Somehow, once I’ve talked to them I’m more filled up and less likely to feel a sense of urgency that I must make him understand. Having connections with women seems to be a critical part of my marriage.

These tweaks have taken us so far that now, when we’re dreaming about the future or having a deep conversation, I also feel so deeply understood.

What tweaks would you like to try? I look forward to hearing how they serve you!

By Laura Doyle

Hi! I'm Laura.

New York Times Bestselling Author

I was the perfect wife--until I actually got married. When I tried to tell my husband how to be more romantic, more ambitious, and tidier, he avoided me. I dragged him to marriage counseling and nearly divorced him. I then started talking to women who had what I wanted in their marriages and that’s when I got my miracle. The man who wooed me returned.

I wrote a few books about what I learned and accidentally started a worldwide movement of women who practice The Six Intimacy Skills™ that lead to having amazing, vibrant relationships. The thing I’m most proud of is my playful, passionate relationship with my hilarious husband John–who has been dressing himself since before I was born.

6 replies on “My Husband Doesn’t Understand Me”

What advice can you give me about my husband that has no desire to be intimate with me ? He says his Lobito is gone we went to see a dr and he gave him some pills for it the pills help with erection but now he says he has no feeling in it he doesn’t even do 4 play or anything he makes me feel very insecure undesirable he never hears anything I say he’s full of excuses I’m ready to end my marriage I feel why be married if there is no intimacy no communication no desire to want to put in any effort to make things better from him I have expressed my feelings to him for 6 yrs and nothing we will be going on 7 yrs in Aug of this year

Susan, I can see why you’re feeling insecure and on the fence. This sounds terribly painful and lonely.

I still remember feeling insecure and ready to end my marriage too because things seemed so hopeless. That’s why my coaches and I have helped over 15,000 women fix their relationships. We can help you too.

I would love to get you some support so you too can turn this around. To get you started, here’s a free Roadmap of 6 simple steps that have helped thousands of women fix their relationships. If we can do it, it stands to reason that you can too!

Hi Laura,

I don’t know where I’d be without your dream of changing marriages around the world!
Thank you so very much for being the amazing teacher you are.
I am still learning the skills (even after a number of years).

I feel some days my marriage is wonderful and then others, I feel unloved, unheard and undesired.
I would love to have more consistency and be able to let myself off the hook on the days where I feel misunderstood, just to even remind myself that I’m a mere mortal woman.

In those moments, what do I do to stop being so emotional and hear his heart message? If I have commitments and can’t stop everything for self care in that moment (work/family/meal-time/chores), what would my next best step be?

Thank you once again.

You’re welcome, Frances! Thank you for your kind words and beautiful gratitude.

This rollercoaster sounds like no fun. Feeling that way despite your progress is so painful and discouraging. That’s rough! I had the same problem. I remember being on the rollercoaster and struggling to practice the Intimacy Skills consistently. Turns out I need a whole community of like-minded women to lean on when I’m having a bad day. Then the bad days became fewer and fewer!

I would love to see you get the support and consistency you desire. When you’re ready, you can join the waitlist for The Ridiculously Happy Wife coaching program right here:

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