There are probably a hundred things that we, girls, want our men to stop doing immediately and forever. Guys are more modest and undemanding – there’s just a handful of things that all men invariably hate us doing but are not always brave enough to tell us. Here they are:
1. “It’s nothing”
Something is obviously wrong with you and you’re not telling him what it is. Guys do have imagination, you know, and just as your imagination can drive you mad, so can his. Spare him the torture and say what’s wrong. It’s always better to have these things out in the open. You don’t have to be blunt about it but you need to say what’s wrong.
2. “Was that an offside?”
There are only so many times even the most eager sports fan is willing to explain something to you. Especially, if he knows you’re not really interested in the explanation. It may be flattering at first, but you can’t fake genuine interest forever, can you?
3. “Does it make me fat?”
The question with no correct answer. If he says “No”, you’ll think he’s lying, since you’re certain it does make you look fat. If he says “Yes”, disaster ensues. Ditto if he says nothing. Your guy loves you for who you are, no matter how you look, so stop fretting over a pair of skinny jeans.
4. “Where are you going?”
This is straight out of that old “Coupling” episode and is a bad habit that you shouldn’t underestimate. Just like us, men dislike having to report on their every step. It’s all about trust –by asking this question all the time you basically tell him you don’t trust him and he doesn’t deserve your trust. Harsh but true.
5. “Just a minute!”
It’s never a minute, is it? Men rarely understand the vital importance that choosing the right outfit or the perfect makeup has for you. They also don’t like to be kept waiting. Just start your preparations a bit earlier. That’s not too hard and it will help you avoid an argument.
6. “Hurry up!”
You don’t want to be rushed and neither does he. Whatever he is doing that’s keeping him is for him every bit as important, as outfit choices are for you. Respect his interests as he respects yours. That’s only fair, isn’t it?
7. “Are you sure we’re going the right way?”
Are you sure you want to stay in this relationship? Testosterone, which makes our significant others the men they are, also makes them particularly hostile to any doubt in their superior spatial orientation abilities. It’s scientific fact, they are better than us at it. Of course, this doesn’t mean they can’t get lost, but they definitely don’t want us to rub their nose in it.
8. “Don’t be a baby”
It’s an annoying fact that most men make terrible patients. Still, they don’t need to be reminded that we have a higher pain threshold and that we don’t immediately think we’re going to die because we’ve caught a cold. Men don’t like to be weak, that’s why they tend to make a big deal out of the sniffles, so be sympathetic.
9. “I’m on a diet”
Men can too be sympathetic and supportive, but don’t make his life hell, because you want to shed some pounds. Constantly reminding him that you’re on a diet and making him feel guilty that he isn’t (even if he needs to be) is a very unproductive approach. Eat your greens and be quiet.
10. “Nag, nag, nag, nag, nag”
Nagging is the ultimate female sin in men’s eyes. But if you think about it, none of us like being nagged at, do we? You might think you’re doing it for all the right reasons but stop, anyway. Nagging is a weapon of psychological warfare and unless you’re using it on someone you really hate, drop it.
Comedic tradition has it that men are simple creatures and women are complex but, just like most stereotypes, it’s not true! It’s a simple enough task to taper the things you know are driving your man crazy. You don’t want him to end up hating you, do you?
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