Here's some marriage help from The Oprah Magazine and the article How to Get Your Man to Open Up. It's written from the experience of a reporter and suggests strategies they use to get people to talk.
Choose the Right Time -- Even if something has been bothering you, don't slam a man with it when he gets home from work, try a lazy Sunday afternoon (not during football season).
Pick the Right Place -- A fellow journalism teacher knew to meet interview subjects on their home turf (an athlete in a sports bar, for example) because it let them feel they were in control. Now she has learned to butter up her husband for a big talk. "Even though I prefer sushi," she said, "if we go to his favorite Tex-Mex place, he's going to be happier." And more receptive.
Don't Be Argumentative -- No matter how outrageous his response, probe further, call bluffs, but diffuse a fight before it happens. Say "That's so interesting, I wouldn't have thought of it that way--please go on." After a bit of prodding, he may start to make sense.
Selectively Ignore These Rules -- If your husband blows his Christmas bonus on a Harley-Davidson and skydiving lessons, it's finally appropriate to say, "What are you thinking?"
Try out these strategies for better success in getting your man to talk to you.
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