The Secrets of Close Couples

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A major reason men clam up is because they're with a partner who constantly interrupts them. It often happens when you think you already know what he's going to say or you jump to answer his first point before he's had the chance to finish his sentence. Other times, you may do it because you think he's dead wrong. But know this: If one partner is silent, it's usually because they're withdrawing emotionally, which means the relationship is on the decline. In a healthy relationship, both partners need to feel heard.

Adapted from the book Fight Less, Love More, by Laurie Puhn (Rodale, 2010).

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