Updated: Sep 9
Relationships often become complex and stressful when communication is non-existent. When your partner emotionally withdraws, this could be the only way he knows how to resolve conflict. Ultimately, there are some reasons and tips to help determine how you can help a situation when your partner shuts you out.
1. HIS FEELINGS MATTER – Often times, we can speak to a man with a tone and or throw out insults that we may think are innocent or deserving when in conflict. Doing so, can best be described as putting a completely valid point- on the side of a missile then, launching it and aiming it directly at your spouse. It blows up your point, but not only that, it devalues him and blows him up as well. Feelings mean different things to different people, and although a man may not be as expressive as we may like, it doesn't mean that he doesn't have feelings either. Most times men want to feel respected and loved, by those that they care for and are in relationships with.
2. BE DIRECT- There is a great saying “we are all grown until it is time to communicate”. When you have a partner, it is important to discuss your needs, and be direct about them as opposed to throwing out hints hoping that they will read in-between the lines. When you fail to articulate what you need from your partner and sign them up for your own private game of “THEY’RE GROWN, & THEY’LL FIGURE IT OUT”, it will have everyone go home a loser. Be honest about what your needs are, and then asking him if can he meet those needs. Any other games, will only shut him down, shut you out and make everyone frustrated.
3. APPRECIATION- Learning your partners love language and traumas are a great way to educate yourself on how to discuss topics, and to support them when they are unsure of how they feel. A man needs compliments and in general, they want to feel appreciated. Even the strongest men, don't want to do it alone or feel alone. There are so many external barriers that men face, so when it comes to the relationship- showing some compassion is important. Even when there are times that you may get to a point in your relationship where you think that he isn’t getting OR doing much right, acknowledging the small things, can help him feel motivated to be more open. Doing so establishes trust, and it gives him a sense of safety. If not, they check out emotionally, due to feeling that nothing that they do is ever good enough for you, so they choose to do nothing at all.
4. ENCOURAGE AUTHENTICITY- We live in this social media era, where everyone acts as though they have to feel something that they don’t truly feel or be something that they truly are not, corresponding to whatever is trending by the majority. When it is just you and your man, in the comfort of your own space and time- it is important that you stay away from a judgmental tone. Supporting your partner, while he is trying to figure things out, opposed to being critical because he doesn't share the same views or perspectives as you or others, can change the way that he responds to you. A man may act impenetrable when it comes to his vulnerability, but they aren’t. Be sure that when he is wanting to do something or share an idea you don’t immediately shut him down with insults or sarcasm. Most of the time, a man wants to be 100% with their spouse and be able to show and tell them everything. They cut off all access, when they start unraveling layers of who they are, and you are throwing them shade and side-eyes.
5. TIME- Observing your spouse and giving them time when they emotionally withdraw, can be the difference between the start of something beautiful or the beginning of something tragic. Learning to respect that people just don’t want to talk when they are upset, and they need time to process their emotions, is essential. A man may not be able to figure it all out, in the time frame that you expect him too. When you slow down, and work from an approach of being understanding and patient, because he is not speaking, it can help. Being there for someone even in silence, listening without responding, and not being eager to give advice and refraining from becoming defensive because they can't talk to you, can allow an opportunity for him to find the words and space to be open. Give him the time that he needs to grow.
When you aren’t trying to change the person that you fell in love with, but you are supporting their growth and adding value to them and the relationship, the partnership becomes stronger.
Be patient and in love- take into consideration the tips that I have shared.