016: When Your Husband Hurts Your Feelings

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My husband hurts my feelings sometimes, even now that our marriage has been mostly playful and passionate for many years.

It’s not very often anymore, I admit, but as human beings living in close proximity that’s happens occasionally.

When he does, my knee-jerk reaction is to strike back; To show him why he’s wrong and offer 10 airtight defenses along with a subtle–but sharp–insult.

But now I know a better response. It’s just one word.

Here’s What You’ll Hear:

  • What if you had a powerful one-word answer that made him think about what he had just said or done and respond with tenderness and even accountability? I’ll share that magical word.
  • My guest Darlene’s relationship with her first love fizzled shortly after they had their daughter. They drifted apart after she realized he didn’t want to be a father–and wasn’t very good at it anyway. So she raised her daughter alone for 20 years and then…life brought them back together again. She was willing to do anything to make it work this time, but it seemed like the harder she tried, the more he retreated. She’s going to tell us not only how she saved the relationship but made it amazing, shiny and wonderful.
  • Then I’ll be giving out the award for The Worst Relationship Advice of the Week which is part of some very popular communication training, but when I used it and when I see other women using it, it all goes kablooey and causes boatloads of hostility. That is not what anyone is trying to do!

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