18 Careless Things Husbands Say That Infuriate Their Wives

18 Careless Things Husbands Say That Infuriate Their Wives

Marriage is a beautiful journey, but it’s not always smooth sailing. In the midst of love and laughter, there are bound to be some bumps in the road. Communication, or miscommunication, often plays a key role in those bumps. We’ve all heard the phrase “it’s not what you say, but how you say it.” Well, sometimes it’s both. Here are some careless phrases husbands utter that can leave their wives fuming.

1. “Is it that time of the month?”

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This is a classic, and it’s never a good idea. Attributing your wife’s emotions to her menstrual cycle is dismissive and insensitive. While Healthline acknowledges that hormones can cause mood swings in women, we are allowed to have feelings, and they’re not all down to our estrogen levels! It suggests that her feelings are invalid and solely hormonal, rather than stemming from genuine concerns or issues. It’s a quick way to escalate a minor disagreement into a full-blown argument.

2. “You look tired.”

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While this might seem like an innocent observation, it often comes across as a criticism. Instead of focusing on her appearance, try asking how she’s feeling or if she needs help with anything. A simple “You seem a little stressed, is everything okay?” shows empathy and a willingness to support her.

3. “You should try losing a few pounds.”

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Comments about your wife’s weight are a major no-no. They can be deeply hurtful and damaging to her self-esteem. Focus on her positive qualities and express your love and appreciation for her as she is. Remember, it’s about health and happiness, not conforming to societal beauty standards.

4. “Calm down.”

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Telling someone to calm down when they’re upset is rarely effective. It invalidates their feelings and can make them feel even more frustrated. Instead of dismissing her emotions, try to understand why she’s upset and offer your support. A simple “I’m here for you, let’s talk about it” can go a long way.

5. “You’re overreacting.”

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Just like “calm down,” telling your wife she’s overreacting is dismissive and unhelpful. It minimizes her feelings and suggests she’s being irrational. Instead, try to see things from her perspective and acknowledge her emotions. Even if you don’t agree with her reaction, you can still show empathy and understanding.

6. “My mom does it this way.”

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Comparing your wife to your mother is a recipe for disaster. It can make her feel inadequate and like she’s constantly being judged against someone else’s standards. Instead of comparing, try to appreciate the unique ways your wife does things. Remember, you married her for who she is, not for how she compares to your mother.

7. “You always/never…”

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Using absolute terms like “always” and “never” is rarely accurate and often leads to arguments. Instead of generalizing, focus on specific instances and behaviors. For example, instead of saying “You always leave the lights on,” say “I noticed the lights were left on in the living room this morning.”

8. “I told you so.”

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These three words are the ultimate gloat and a surefire way to annoy your wife. Even if you were right, rubbing it in her face will only lead to resentment and hurt feelings. Instead, offer your support and help her learn from the experience. Remember, it’s about working together as a team, not proving who’s right or wrong.

9. “It’s just a joke.”

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Humor is subjective, and what one person finds funny, another might find offensive. If your wife tells you a joke hurt her feelings, don’t dismiss it as her being too sensitive. Apologize and try to understand why she found it offensive. It’s important to respect her boundaries and be mindful of what you say, even if you meant it in jest.

10. “You’re too sensitive.”

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Telling your wife she’s too sensitive is invalidating and can make her feel like her emotions aren’t valid. Everyone has different sensitivities, and it’s important to respect that. Instead of trying to change her, try to understand her perspective and be more mindful of what you say and how you say it.

11. “I don’t know why you’re upset, I didn’t do anything wrong.”

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Sometimes, the reason for your wife’s upset might not be immediately obvious to you. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a valid reason. Instead of getting defensive, try to be open and understanding. Ask her what’s wrong and listen to her without judgment. Even if you don’t understand her feelings, you can still show empathy and support.

12. “You’re being dramatic.”

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Accusing your wife of being dramatic is another way of invalidating her feelings. It suggests that her emotions are exaggerated or unwarranted. Instead of dismissing her feelings, try to understand why she feels the way she does. Even if you think her reaction is over the top, you can still acknowledge her feelings and offer your support.

13. “You worry too much.”

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Worrying is a natural human emotion, and everyone does it to some extent. Telling your wife she worries too much is dismissive and unhelpful. It can make her feel like her concerns aren’t valid or that she’s being irrational. Instead, try to understand what’s causing her worry and offer your support.

14. “Whatever you want.”

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This might seem like an easy way out of a disagreement, but it can actually be quite frustrating for your wife. It suggests that you don’t care about her opinion or that you’re not willing to engage in a discussion. Instead of giving up, try to find a compromise that works for both of you.

15. “Just relax.”

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Telling someone to relax when they’re stressed or upset is like telling someone to stop bleeding when they’re injured. It’s not helpful and can actually make things worse. Instead of offering simplistic solutions, try to understand what’s causing her stress and offer your support in finding a solution.

16. “Not everything is about you.”

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While this might be true in some cases, it’s not always the most helpful thing to say. If your wife is upset about something, it’s likely because it affects her in some way. Instead of dismissing her feelings, try to understand why she’s upset and offer your support.

17. “You sound like your mother.”

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Comparing your wife to her mother, especially in a negative way, can be deeply hurtful, Marriage.com points out. It can make her feel like she’s not good enough or that she’s constantly being compared to someone else. Instead of making comparisons, focus on her individual qualities and express your love and appreciation for her.

18. “You’re lucky to have me.”

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This arrogant statement suggests that you’re doing your wife a favor by being with her. It’s condescending and can make her feel undervalued. A healthy relationship is a partnership, not a competition. Instead of focusing on who’s luckier, focus on appreciating each other and working together as a team.

Piper Ryan is a NYC-based writer and matchmaker who works to bring millennials who are sick of dating apps and the bar scene together in an organic and efficient way. To date, she's paired up more than 120 couples, many of whom have gone on to get married. Her work has been highlighted in The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Cut, and many more.

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