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Why Does My Wife Message Other Men?

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From the U.S.: My wife has always had male friends. She has sent very inappropriate texts to men in the past but since has stopped. But she is still messaging or snap-chatting other men and becomes angry when I ask her about it.

I’m very attentive to her needs and wants. I listen when she needs to vent, tell her how beautiful she is anything I can to be the best husband. But when I tell her about my needs or wants she gets mad and it causes a fight. Our marriage is very one sided and I feel like she’s just looking for the next best thing to come along before she leaves me. What can I do?

Why Does My Wife Message Other Men?

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It’s very painful to love someone who doesn’t return it in kind and degree. It’s like when someone doesn’t respond to a handshake. Your hand is out there but at some point it hurts to not have it clasped.

People in healthy marriages are honest and up front with each other. They don’t password their devices. They don’t hesitate to share their correspondence. Their relationship fills enough of their needs enough of the time that they don’t need to look for more with other people. You already know that — which is why you aren’t content to settle for the marriage you’ve got.

My guess is that your wife needs to feel pursued by other men in order to feel good enough. That’s not something you can fix, no matter how attentive you are. Your marriage will only last as long as you are willing to put up with the one sidedness — or until she does find someone who will shore up her self-esteem by pursuit — at least for awhile.

What you can do is insist that the two of you get into couple counseling. It’s possible that a counselor will be able to address your wife’s insecurities and her need to build her self-esteem by contacting other men. It’s possible there are things you are doing or not doing that contribute to her problems. It’s worth a few sessions to find out. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

If therapy isn’t helpful, at least you will always know that you gave it your best try.

I wish you well.
Dr. Marie

Why Does My Wife Message Other Men?

Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker

Dr. Marie is licensed as both a psychologist and marriage and family counselor. She specializes in couples and family therapy and parent education. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter.

APA Reference
Hartwell-Walker, D. (2018). Why Does My Wife Message Other Men?. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 19, 2019, from https://psychcentral.com/ask-the-therapist/2018/11/27/why-does-my-wife-message-other-men/
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