Nagging in Marriage Is the Fast Track to Divorce

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cute wedding cake topper figurinesPop quiz: What's being touted as the #1 marriage killer these days? Is it ... A. for Adultery, B. for Budget, or C. for "Could You Please Just Shut Up Already?!" Well, I'm sure there are those who could make the case for D. all of the above, but believe it or not, C., otherwise known as nagging, is starting to get more credit as THE major poison for many couples. A recent Wall Street Journal article cited it as more common than cheating and just as big a trigger for divorce.

The research is there, too: A study published in the Journal of Family Psychology found that couples who became unhappy five years into their marriage had about a 20 percent increase in negative communication patterns ... like nagging.

We shouldn't be all that surprised!

We tend to forget some seemingly small but actually very important factors that influence our relationship with our partner, and one of those is how we speak to one another (duh). I remember reading once about how something as simple as gratitude and showing appreciation for one another is something that can easily go out the window in a long-term relationship, if you're not conscious about it. And when that happens, look out for said relationship to be henceforth DOOMED!! (Feeling taken for granted is such a romance crusher!) Nagging seems to go hand-in-hand with that, because it's a way of communicating that, intentionally or not, disregards your partner's feelings.

The nonverbal cues you're giving your partner when you nag are that you don't trust him, you're fed up with him, you don't think he cares/listens/understands, etc. If you're nagging, you're not really thinking before those incessant requests come tumbling out of your mouth. You're not considering what it's like to be in your partner's shoes as he listens to you complain that the drain needs to be snaked/the kids need to be picked up/the washer needs to be fixed/the cable bill needs to be tackled for ... the ... gazillionth ... TIME. I know -- you're probably thinking, "What the hell is taking him so long, why can't he just do it already?!" etc. But nagging is never gonna be the fix. Freaking out either. But being extra loving and careful about tone and word choice? Probably won't hurt. 

No, I'm not saying we women have go all June Cleaver on our hubbies to get what we want, but what I think is going on when we nag is that we forget we're addressing the person we love, our partner. Someone we should want to communicate with in a more effective, loving way, right? (Especially if it means we'll end up getting what we want as a result!)

Do you ever catch yourself nagging, and if so, why do you think you do it?

 

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marriage, love, divorce

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Bertha21 Bertha21

I do unfortunately ALL the time. I do it because I really wish my relationship would go away. It's annoying and I am tired of it.

we2an... we2angels

My dh is the nagger in our marriage

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

No surprise to me. You see it all the time, women whining about how their husbands just want to come home from work and relax but they don't like that so they spent the evening bitching at them or they think it's their husbands job to do their housework for them. Next thing you know they're crying because he's filed for divorce. Well duh! No man wants to stay with a crazy harpy.

nonmember avatar JustMe

Quoted: "No surprise to me. You see it all the time, women whining about how their husbands just want to come home from work and relax but they don't like that so they spent the evening bitching at them or they think it's their husbands job to do their housework for them." Reverse Husband and wife in this (as we have a non-traditional set up) and this is my marriage... he is getting better because I sat down and told him, the more he nags, the less I'm going to do... his choice :-) (although I will make the case for "Reminding Vs. Nagging" I need to be reminded of some stuff.

kjbug... kjbugsmom1517

My husband use to be a nagger.... he's not as bad... drove me insane. And I did the same as a pp "the more u nag the less I want to do what ur nagging about" it has greatly improved.

Eques... EquestrianMom

Yeah, we don't nag in my current relationship. If I ask him to do something, and it doesn't get done, I may ask again, and sometimes he forgot, or if it still doesn't get done, then it either just doesn't get done or I do it myself. He behaves the same way if I forget something he asked me to do as well. My EX nagged. Over and over, on things I explained to him (over and over) I did not have time to do, if he wanted it done so much he was welcome to help out and do it himself. Note that is my EX! LMAO! Oh, and yeah, we are talking things like recaulking the exterior of the house, changing our trucks oil, ect. Because then, I did all the housework, raised our son, did playdates, finances, paid the bills, laundry and cooked three meals a day while working at least 40 hrs (or more) a week. I'm still not clear on what he did? Held the recliner down realll well, made money for some of the bills.


 As a side note, I have noticed in terms of schedules (what are you doing this weekend? When is the lil man going to be home, ect?) if I don't tell him a few (five or more) times, he forgets, as do I! So, we are trying a calender, with notes of upcoming work, school days off, events, ect. Hope it works! :) 

nonmember avatar Emme

I used to nag sometimes, but because I didn't like to do it since I know it's annoying, I told my husband that if he did stuff when he was first told, I wouldn't have to nag him. Though I more often than not reminded him instead of nagged. Anyways, now when I ask him to do something, he does it almost immediately - he doesn't forget that way and I don't have to remind him. Hooray!

Anne4222 Anne4222

Rhonda I'm with you!

memek... memekisses

Well ill be the honest one and say yes, I nag my hubby ALL THE TIME! o hate doing it and truthfully it annoys me and I need to stop.

jalaz77 jalaz77

My hubby is the nagger!!

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