He may be suffering from "husband withdrawal syndrome"--at your expense. By Anna Davies, REDBOOK.
Has your husband ever avoided answering a simple question or--maddeningly--left the room during a conversation? It might feel inconsiderate, or at least puzzling, but experts say he is listening. You might not have realized it, but the last thing you said--maybe about the credit card bill or the dirty dishes--could have struck him as the beginning of a fight. And he wants to avoid that in any way possible… even if that means walking away. Sorry, what?
He may be suffering from a common--and curable--case of "husband withdrawal syndrome." "Men have a fight-or-flight instinct when it comes to conflict," says Jamie Turndorf, Ph.D., a psychologist and author of Kiss Your Fights Goodbye. When you yell, or even if he thinks you're upset, "he feels attacked and flees, either physically or verbally, by refusing to engage in the argument. The more you react, the more he'll retreat, until youRead More »from 4 Ways to Keep Your Husband from Shutting Down