Welcome to this weekly blog post! In this post I’m going to be talking about how to try and help your husband not feel rejected when you say no to intimacy. If that interests you, keep on reading!
So even though the title of this post is “How to Avoid Making Your Husband Feel Rejected,” I want to add a little caveat there. That is, we can never be fully responsible for how somebody reacts to something we do. We can be responsible to read blog posts like this, and to try our best to communicate effectively with our spouses, but at the end of the day, we do our best, and their reaction is up to them. So I wish there was a better way I could have titled this… there just wasn’t. I tried. So that’s the first thing; make sure that you understand that responsibility dynamic.
“We can never be fully responsible for how somebody reacts to something we do.”
So it’s not that he is just this pig who is trying to get you in bed, and he wants to fulfill his physical desires, and you just happen to be there conveniently for him. Not at all. He’s really just reaching out in the best way he knows how and saying, “Hey, are we okay here? Are things good? Am I important?” So, just like you would with a good conversation – maybe you start up a conversation and you’re waiting to see if he’s going to take that bait that you’re kind of dropping – which is saying, “Are we on a team and do you support me?” If he gets into the conversation or maybe you’re doing a project together and it feels so good, it’s not that you want him to sit down and just listen to you blabber and blabber and blabber and just use him emotionally. It’s that you’re actually looking for that connection. So that’s what he’s doing. He’s a good guy, all right? I promise.
Men don’t have the skills to ask you for the reassurance that they’re looking for, and there’s a whole bunch of reasons for that. Primarily because boys around age four stop being taught those relational skills. They are kind of separated emotionally and physically from their parents. I think we’re changing that dynamic in our generation, but definitely we’re still struggling with that. So he just doesn’t have the skills to say, “Hey, am I important?” So what he does instead is say, “Hey, can we have sex?”
Men also tend to put a lot of their emotional eggs in one basket because they haven’t been taught those other skills of relating to you and asking for reassurance. So all their eggs are in one basket, and guess what basket that is? Yes, it’s the sex basket… whatever that looks like. It’s a lot of pressure on you to meet that emotional need for him, and I’m sorry it’s that way. I know it’s really challenging, and this is something I work so much on with the couples I work with one-on-one and in my program. So I know that it’s a real thing. You’re not just making it up in your head, that sex sometimes feels heavy. It’s because it is.
So instead of reacting to that and feeling so bad that you don’t want to do it and wondering what’s wrong with you and blah, blah blah, all that crazy stuff that goes on in our heads, you can just answer the question he’s not asking. Just say, “Hey, I’m so happy I’m married to you. I’m really feeling good about our marriage.” I mean, obviously, be honest. But, “You’re really important to me. You’re a priority.” I don’t know how this situation will go down, but if you can find a natural way to say it, that will be really, really helpful to set him up for your no that’s coming.
Now I must say that it’s not as simple as that, so if this all sounds like yes, yes, yes, this makes sense to me, I highly recommend that you check out my program. But schedule it, or just let him know when is the next time. Be like, “You know what? Saturday seems like a really relaxed day. What about Saturday night, or Saturday morning?” Just let him know when it will happen.
This pattern played out in my marriage for years, and I can tell you if you go down that spiral, it just doesn’t lead anywhere pretty. So just let him have his experience and reassure yourself. You did your best. You’re a great wife. You’re a great person, and he’ll be okay!
I hope that was helpful for you guys. If you have any more questions, pop them in the comments below, and I’ll try to get them answered for you. If you would like to join up the “30 Days to Wanting It More” program, which is to help women who find themselves saying no a lot of the time and may be feeling guilty about it, now is a great time. We’re starting a live round on September 24th, and I really hope you join us!
Talk to you later!