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12 Biggest Relationship Mistakes Most Women Make


I’ve been writing about relationships for a while now and can’t help but notice common themes that emerge over and over again in the questions we receive from readers. No matter what stage of life, or what stage in the relationship. most of the issues women are having are rooted in the same mistakes.

To help you break away from the pack and get on the path toward a healthier, happier relationship, I’ve identified the 12 most common relationship mistakes most women make. If you can get a handle on the things on this list, I guarantee you’ll notice your relationship drastically change for the better.

Here you go:

1. Flipping out if he looks at or talks to another woman. It’s a man’s nature to look, getting on his case shows you’re insecure, which is a huge turn-off. If you find yourself getting jealous whenever a woman is within his vicinity, you need to do an honest check in with yourself. At the root of it, there is either trust missing from the relationship or you need to build up your self-esteem.

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2. Not respecting his personal space. If he’s in a bad mood or doesn’t feel like talking, leave him alone and let it be. Most guys don’t like to talk about their issues the way women do. Instead, they prefer to pull back and work things out internally.

3. Not taking care of yourself or letting yourself go. It really is a shame to see how many women think it’s okay to stop working out and shaving their legs as soon as they’re in a relationship. If anything, you should feel more motivated to make the effort once things are more settled to keep the attraction alive and sexual energy buzzing.

4. Not having your own life. Don’t be one of those girls who forgets her friends and her interests as soon as she has a man, it never ends well and makes you look needy.

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5. Being passive aggressive. Men are much more straightforward than women, if you tell him nothing’s wrong and then pout and mope around waiting for him to press you further, you’ll just cause anger and resentment to build. Be honest and straightforward with him if you have an issue.

6. Nagging. No guy is perfect, no man is capable of giving you every single thing you need. There will be times when you’re not happy with something he’s doing. If this happen, do not nag him over it. The best strategy is to tell him what it is you want (I love it when you do X) instead of harping on what you don’t want (Why don’t you ever do Y?)

7. Not appreciating him. Again, stop looking at the things he isn’t doing and look at what he is doing, and then acknowledge and appreciate him for it! The more you show you appreciate him, the more he’ll try to please you.

8. Being bitter/whiny/grouchy. We all have bad days, it’s understandable. However, it’s in your best interest to try and be happy and positive. No one wants to hang around with a Negative Nancy. In general, we’re drawn to people who are happy and radiate a positive energy. Wake up with a smile, express gratitude, see the good in your life and in your relationship. This will not only help you in your relationships, but it will make your life better overall.

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9. Dumping your insecurities onto him. It’s not his fault if you feel fat or your skin is breaking out or you found a tiny wrinkle by your mouth or if you’re scared he’ll leave you for someone shiny and new, these are your issues and hang ups so don’t turn them into relationship problems.

If he’s with you, it’s a given that he finds you attractive. Don’t talk him out of his attraction by highlighting all your flaws. Chances are he won’t even notice these things until you point them out, so why draw attention to them? Men are attracted to confident women so not only will you be making him a ware of your flaws, you’ll be diminishing his overall attraction to you.

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10. Trying to change him. When you get into a relationship, you need to take that person for exactly who he is, not who you want him to be. He is who he is, take it or leave it. When it comes to minor things, like the fact that he wears running shoes with dress pants, be gentle and encouraging. Don’t criticize and make him feel stupid. Say something that makes him feel good and inspires him to make that change on his own, for instance “You look really sexy in that outfit but it would be even sexier with those loafers instead.”

11. Not loving him in the way that makes him feel loved. Everyone feels love differently. Most women feel loved when their man brings them a bouquet of flowers while this type of gesture would be meaningless to a guy. Guys have their own ways of feeling loved. It could be gifts, food, compliments, a cup of tea, or a massage at the end of a long day. Pay attention to how he responds to things to determine what makes him feel truly loved (it should be obvious) and try to do whatever it is as much as possible.

12. Going too fast. When you’re dating someone, you have to ease into the relationship. If you get swept up in the initial infatuation stages and spend all your time with that person, you will probably overlook any red flags or deal breakers because you’re rational side will be overtaken by the emotional stimulation of it all. Ease your way into the relationship so you avoid losing yourself in it. You will also avoid ending up with someone who is completely wrong for you.

Got any relationship mistakes to add? Tell us about them in comments!

– SABRINA ALEXIS

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Dani

I just got out of a horrible on-again/off-again relationship that lasted nearly 3 years… my ex was a jerk, he was constantly calling me names, he even told me that in order to be more appealing to men, that I needed to lose weight and dye my hair blonde. I am not even close to fat, I wear a siz 6-8 (yeah, wait, that’s a little bigger than usual). He used to make me cry so bad I actually believed I wasn’t worthy of any relationship- that I’m horrid. He used to tell me what married people did, he has never been married. I never made any of the relationship mistakes- well, maybe minor ones, but do I deserve to be treated like a piece of trash because I made some minor mistakes? Please do not ever allow yourself to be subject to what I did. You’ll start to believe the disrespect, the abuse and you’ll never get away. Emotional maniupulation and abuse are just as bad if not worse than physical. Luckily for me, I ended it before it got even worse. I STILL believe what he says. I met someone new but I am not going to get into a relationship any time soon. Letting my scars heal.

Reply November 17, 2014, 2:53 pm

Mandy

Thank you so much for thsi article, Sabrina. Reading this made me scared because I realised that for the past few days, I made quite a few mistakes already. I’m letting my insecurities do the talking, and i have been whining and nagging and for a moment there I thought I was communicating my feelings and thoughts to him. He looked stressed up and told me not to be so insecure and also mentioned that it’s too early to try figure things out now (we’ve been dating for 3months now). But nonetheless, after saying that, he still gave me a big hug and kisses me. Does that mean he’s ready to put this behind us? Also, what should I do now to fix this? I really want this relationship to last so I dont wanna make things worst now.
Really hope I could get some advice on this.

Reply August 3, 2014, 7:17 pm

Jamie

What does it mean when a guy says he doesn’t want to date anyone but he says your cute? Is he letting me down easy or really just not wanting to date anyone?

Reply March 14, 2014, 3:42 pm

Patricia

I have been dating this guy for over two months now……the first month was all merry and fun and he always wanted to see me. Of late whenever i ask him when next i was gonna see him, he always answers “you tell me” which is frustrating because i feel i am the only one making efforts to see him…..Is this normal or is it a sign that he is not interested in me?

Reply October 16, 2013, 9:51 am

Safina

I met a guy in my gym..he approached me n took my no. N till next 2 days v were chatting .then he told me we should meet n we went for a date which was nice.he told me he likes me n I said I m nt looking for relationship bt v had good conversation n then he dropped me back later he sent me message that he wanted to spend more time wd me ..he stay very near so I went to his house n he kissed me n he said v have great sexual chemistry..v met second day to n made love..I told him I m nt ready for casual sex n if he want this he should commit to me. He said he wl think abt it.then aft 2 days he sent me a message n told me he is nt ready for relationship bt he really really like me so it would be great if v meet more n get to know each other well n be friends.i said I can’t be ur friend as I don’t c u as my friend..v still made love which was always better then b4.n finally he said he is nt ready for relationships.i was devastated coz I thought d way things were going he wl Gv us a try coz he was d one who wants to date me n now when I m ready he doesn’t want to go into relationship..he had a relationship for 11 y.n girl dumped him so he doesn’t want to go into same thing.he doesn’t want to feel weak for anybody else…v had a heated conversation n left hings then n there.aft. 1 day I got drunk n went him message that I m missing him n want to be happy wd him n I don’t need any relationship n all coz I don’t want to lose him.in short I missed him so much that I got ready for open relationship..v went home v made love n he dropped me back..aft that for 3 days he was very rude to me ..he was only replying my messages bt nt initiating any conversation.n finally he told me he wants to take things ltl slow n chill a ltl.so I got very upset n didn’t message him whole day so he sent me message in d eve.that how I m doing..n he saw me working in d gym n how good body I have n it’s so n sparing n all..he asked me where I m n. said I m out wd friend.nect day I didn’t do any message bt v net in gym he only start conversation n I was very neutral.eve. Again he send me message that how good I was looking n d gym..I m very confused can somebody tell me y he is playing hot n cold..mind u he didn’t cl me to make love even once aft that I was read for open relationship bt apart from it he is good wd me n showing interest..is he thinking something..do i have any chance or its fading away..wl he ask me out again….plz help me

Reply September 5, 2013, 4:29 pm

liz

His playing you..

Reply November 6, 2014, 12:31 pm

Safina

So true totally agree

Reply September 5, 2013, 4:14 pm

Shelli

So, what do I do if the guy I just “recently” started dating does some of the more typical “female” mistakes: This guy (we will call him Michael), started out the relationship rushing everything. He acted like we were an instant couple, and instantly expected everything that goes with it. He texted me everyday, something sweet, and wanted to spend a lot of time with me. Right away he expected a physical relationship. When I told him I wasn’t ready yet, he seemed hurt and kept trying to talk me into it (unsuccessively). I felt he was going way too fast and that he was a bit clingy. He is great to be with though; that is when things go his way. In fact, Michael is warm and affectionate and so fun! He has a great personality and makes me laugh. So this went on for a few weeks. Then, he dropped out of the picture completely for about 1 1/2 mos, with no explanation, – only to then show up at my door – heart in his hands. I relunctantly started seeing again and only after seeing him again for a few DAYS, that he is passive-aggressive, BIG TIME. The other day, I had to tell him something he did not particularly like, but i wanted to be honest with him. I was delighted at his mature response and respected him so much when he told me how much he appreciated my honesty, and how glad he is that we talked. I expressed that I was concerned about his feelings, but he assured me he was fine. The next day, however, out of the blue, he sent me a sarcastic, accusatory and hurtful text about the subject. It was quite weird to me, (especially after he had popped back into my life again only a few DAYS before), and honestly, I find that kind of interaction quite disrespectful. While in that mode, too, he then sent me a sarcastic text alluding that it was my fault that he has discomfort /pain at our not being physical. He doesn’t really HEAR that I am just not ready yet and seems to just want to make me feel bad. I am not into that (either dishing it out or receiving it). But is it ever OK for someone to treat someone else like that just because they are angry?

Reply August 7, 2013, 12:14 am

alicia

i really love your advice, it has made me understand a lot of stuff i was doing wrong in relationships and which i am working on. but i have a question.
i have been going out with this guy for about one year and 4 months though we have had our fights and issues in between.
the problem is that nowadays he acts weird. he rarely comes to my place and when he does its just to have dinner and leave. when i initiate sex talk he sometimes looks for excuses. we used to do sex almost regularly and he used to initiate.lately i do the initiating and we don’t do it often.
is he seeing someone or am just having my own inclinations.
should i suggest we take a break or what do i do.

Reply June 27, 2013, 5:26 am

Alicia

I was wondering if I could get a response. I do my best to follow all the advice i get. I am going on a 4 year relationship, my second anniversary coming up. I listen to him, I leave him be, I encourage him and compliment him, I tell him daily I appreciate him, I clean and cook for him, I do muy own thing, I dont nag as much as I used to and I try not to talk his ear off. I give him sex whenever he wants it, there isn’t anything sexually I wouldnt try at least once. I play video games…. I follow everything I can to make him happy…. but he lies to me, and it hurts when I catch him with the proof, and he continues to try and lie to me. He doesn’t show me affection unless its sexual, he makes everything and everyone more important than me. He even admitted hes mean to me because he is comfortable with me. and now every time he gets mad at me, he says he resents me. It really hurts and I have no idea what I am doing wrong. I want to be the perfect wife. I dont let my insecurity get the best of me, i check out women with him. I tell him i understand, that it is human nature. but he gets so sh*tty sometimes…. and I wonder what changed. he used to be amazing to me

Reply May 28, 2013, 11:29 pm

Boosker

He’s mean to you because he’s comfortable with you? That’s an awful excuse. But really, why would you accept such poor treatment? Maybe reframing his behavior might help. Do you really think he was this wonderful person early on and then magically changed (and can, therefore, magically change back)? Or do you think this (mean version) is who he was all along but people can only hide their true colors for so long. I know it’s hard when you’re married/invested in a relationship, but nothing’s going to change unless you take action.

Reply May 29, 2013, 9:10 am

Sabrina Alexis

It does sound to me like you’re working hard to prove you’re the “perfect wife”…. and that is exactly the problem in this situation! It’s a beautiful thing to be kind and giving to your partner, but ONLY if he deserves it and gives you equally considerate treatment. If you reward a guy for bad behavior you’ll create a monster!

It’s not that he’s necessarily a bad guy, the problem is people in general will take things as far as they can. If this guy can go on being self-involved and inconsiderate and you’ll still be there, cooking for him and having sex whenever he gets the urge, he has no motivation to make an effort to be more considerate.

I don’t know how ingrained these patterns are, but you have to change the dynamic of your relationship if there’s any hope of making it last. First, STOP going above and beyond for him. Reward him only when he does something nice for you. This isn’t about playing tit for tat, it’s about showing him you respect yourself and will not tolerate being treated so poorly.

Reply May 29, 2013, 9:56 am

Alicia

This is helpful, but guys are always saying if you treat them amazing, they will treat you amazing, even on this site, I have been following this kind of advice since before anewmode. I love my husband. He can be a good guy, when its good for him. Everytime I do attempt to leave, or whatever he does the “i’ll change” crap. I know its stupid that i obviously stay everytime, but i said “for better or for worse, till death do us part” and i meant it. I just wish I knew what i was fully up against, so i could handle it better. Whats worse is he acts more feminine then I do. He says stuff he later says he doesnt mean, he wants me to take hints and read between the lines, in i dont compliment him daily his feelings get hurt, he confuses me and theres always something deeper he means than what he is actually telling me. I take him at his word (word for word, i even repeat what he said to me back to him) and he gets mad cause I dont fully get it or something. I just need advice, i dont plan to give up anytime soon. Hes not physical when hes angry so i know i can handle this. Im just trying to find a way to show it to him. but maybe I should stop treating him so well? if so, what should i stop doing and what should i still do? Just because he is mean doesnt mean I should just stop being his wife…. should I continue to clean but stop making dinner? or what… i have no idea? stop complimenting him?

Reply May 29, 2013, 7:38 pm

Audrey

With all due respect, you’re an idiot

January 5, 2014, 5:40 pm

Maria

What a lot of guys don’t realize is a relationship actually means something. A relationship is compromise on BOTH ends. Women put their eggs in one basket because they listen to what a guy is saying. If a girl says, I want to be exclusive and a guy says yes that means, we look at you as a potential partner. If you are not interested in dating her or being with her in a committed way, just say it. Women will respect a guy a lot more if he says I can offer X and not, the wishy washy bs that will keep you around so he can sleep with you. Guys won’t have to deal with ‘drama’, have a pair and be polite. You (guys) can also say why they are not interested to a girl in a simple, non-blaming way. But instead, in many occasions, a guy will disappear and think that a girl will get the hint. When a girl asks a guy what is his deal, guys say ‘wow, drama’ … well, yes, bc a guy contributes to it. (ps. love this blog)

Reply May 3, 2013, 4:40 pm

BJD

Umm #1 is a fine line isn’t it? I mean yes, if all he is doing is looking, or casually talking to other females and you flip that is your issue BUT in a previous post it was accurately noted that a lot of MEN suffer from low self esteem and have some dysfunctional need to flirt with endless women, and act highly inappropriate in doing so. Some even go so far as to have a need to ‘show off’ and even go to great lengths to make themselves look valued because of the numbers of women that flirt with them. Then they say it means nothing personal to you, and yes that is right – what they are doing is their dysfunction, BUT it is highly disrespectful to any decent self respecting woman. How that type of man perceives a woman’s response is the grey area isn’t it.

Reply April 12, 2013, 2:06 pm

Maria

Agreed. There is flipping out because he didn’t call you for 20 minutes and you think that he is cheating vs. you saw him flirting with other women in front of you, which is inappropriate, if the two of you are dating. What sucks is guys try to justify their ‘friendliness’ as a way self-express. Women have needs, eyes and wants too, how would a guy feel if a girl he thinks he is in a relationship with will say ‘honey, i just like to flirt with men’ accept it, it’s who i am. My answers is if you see a pattern: next should be your thought.

Reply May 3, 2013, 4:33 pm

Keren

Great post! These are all SO true.

Reply April 9, 2013, 4:39 pm

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