Is Your Husband Emotionally Unavailable? Learn The 17 Top Signs He Is

Can a marriage survive without emotional intimacy?

If you’re asking yourself this question, chances are you’ll have mixed feelings about any quick answer. 

Maybe you can make things work with an emotionally detached husband.

But do you really want to?

And is this one of those articles that put the responsibility for saving the relationship squarely on your shoulders? 

Short answer?

No.

Read on to learn whether your husband truly is emotionally unavailable, what that does to you, and what you can do about it?

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35 Disturbing Signs of Gaslighting In A Relationship

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Have you been in a relationship where you often questioned your feelings, instincts, or sanity?

For example, let’s say you find a personal email your partner wrote to a co-worker, and you think it’s inappropriate and hurtful.

You approach your partner about it, but he or she insists you misinterpreted the email or that you’re overreacting.

Your instincts are telling you otherwise, but you may second guess yourself enough to give in and go along with the story your partner is telling you.

Or maybe your spouse breaks a promise to take care of the kids for the day, and then blames you for making him or her feel bad about it.

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27 Of The Most Glaring Traits Of A Female Narcissist

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Do you know a woman who is self-absorbed, often cruel, jealous, and critical?

She may be a narcissist.

Female narcissists are often overlooked.

Because they exhibit some of the same behaviors as typical teenage girls, female narcissists can go unnoticed and be passed off for simply being a “mean girl” — or a grown woman.

It’s often assumed that mean girls grow out of their bad behaviors, however, habits like gossiping, excluding other people, and sabotaging relationships can be more common among females with existing narcissistic traits.

Dominant females who are narcissists are almost as threatening as their male counterparts, but females have a certain protection through stereotypes such as “sweet young girl,” a “nurturing mother,” and the “kind little grandma.”

No one thinks the sweet older woman can be vindictive, menacing, and ruthless.

Nor do people expect mothers to be so self-centered that they are willing to abandon or abuse their own children.

The difference between a female and a male narcissist is that females tend to be in competition with other females for superiority, while male narcissists use their charm and appearance to meet their goals.

The truth is, female narcissists never “grow out” of their childhood behaviors.

Instead, they develop more effective aggressive behaviors in their adult years, using their manipulative traits to employ their selfish agendas and to exploit other people.

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15 Top Warning Signs Of A Self-Centered and Self-Absorbed Person

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Is there a self-absorbed person in your life?

Let’s say you’ve been in a relationship for a few months, and you begin to notice your new boyfriend spends a lot of time talking about himself and his accomplishments.

Your beautiful new girlfriend looks around every room she enters. Full of herself, she waits for heads to turn and admiring looks to come her way.

When you share a success or an exciting event in your life, inevitably the conversation turns to their self-absorption with their achievements or more thrilling adventures.

He or she is self-centered.

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15 Of The Best Ways To Shut Down A Narcissist

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Need to know how to shut down a narcissist?

Everyone has a tendency to show some narcissistic traits at times.

This tendency comes in varying degrees with different people, and sometimes you can’t tell if someone has a heaping serving of this personality trait until you’ve spent a significant amount of time with them.

What’s more, the qualities that initially attracted you to this person may be the very qualities that end up annoying you.

You may meet someone confident and proud of their accomplishments and seems exciting and well-versed in life.

But after getting to know them, you realize that all they talk about is themselves, and they are starting to drain your energy with all of the self-absorption.

This is when you may realize you’re dealing with a narcissist. What are the weaknesses of a narcissist? Narcissists can be:

  • Self-centered
  • Arrogant
  • Inconsiderate
  • Needy of admiration
  • Manipulative
  • Controlling
  • Demanding
  • Patronizing
  • Critical

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How To Cope With A Lack Of Empathy From Your Partner or Spouse

A lack of empathy is one of the defining characteristics of low emotional intelligence.

To have empathy, you must put yourself in another person’s shoes — to feel what they are feeling and seek to understand their perspective.

You must be willing to step outside of your own needs and feelings in order to be present and engaged with someone else.

Empathy calls for patience, active listening, intimacy, and selflessness.

It requires a generous and giving spirit and a true desire to sit with someone in their most difficult moments or share in their most joyous accomplishments.

Some people are naturally empathetic, but people who lack empathy can learn and reinforce the skills of empathy and compassion.

To do that, we must recognize it’s value not only in our relationships, but also in our own personal growth.

Practicing empathy expands our understanding of ourselves and others.

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7 Stages Of Healing From Emotional Abuse

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You finally did it. You ended it.

You left your abuser after years of manipulation, verbal assaults, control, and unkindness. Now it’s time to face the stages of healing from emotional abuse.

You had the courage to say, “Enough is enough,” and make the excruciating decision to say goodbye to this person you once loved, maybe even still love in spite of everything.

Part of you feels exhilarated. You are free — free from walking on eggshells, feeling anxious in your own home, spending night after night wondering what you should do.

Your life is now your own.

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11 Damaging After Effects Of Emotional Abuse

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Have you or has someone you love suffered from an emotionally abusive relationship?

Even if that relationship is now over, you may still be living with the long term effects of emotional abuse. The relief that comes of no longer being subject to abusive treatment doesn’t erase its impact on your psychological well-being.

A Canadian study involving 1,000 women aged 15 and up resulted in the following statistics:

  • 35% of the women had experienced emotional abuse growing up
  • 43% had suffered some form of abuse as children or adolescents
  • 39% had experienced emotional abuse in a relationship within the past five years

Whatever you’ve been through with an abusive spouse, partner, relative, or friend, you have a right to call the abuse what it is, to fight for your independence, and to experience peace again.

And your awareness is the first step toward learning how to recover from emotional abuse.

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