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February 27, 2008

Black Love: Why Men Don't Communicate

It seems like we are constantly being pressured into talking about our feelings with our women. When we don't exude the enthusiastic desire to discuss every intricate detail of our minds and our feelings, they get mad at us.

Don't be so shocked ladies, but guys do actually talk, and not just about sports. Most women think their man is the strong, silent type (or maybe the oblivious, silent type), and they wonder why he doesn't share his feelings.

But here's the truth: Men do want to open up, about their hopes, their fears, and their passions. Yet put him alone in a room with you, and he often turns into a sphinx. Why can't he take his eyes off the TV and talk about the state of the relationship, or the finances, or, heck, the backyard landscaping? Why in the world can't he just summarize his day for 10 minutes?

In fact, one in five women say that they typically fight about a man's lack of verbal interaction and 30 percent of men say their failure to communicate is the source of major conflict in the relationship. Why is it this way?

Here's one answer: Because even men who have feelings to share don't always feel comfortable sharing them with their partner. These are some of the reasons why some men often prefer to zip it, rather than delivering the goods: Continue reading

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