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My Wife Hates Me: 15 Tips to Melt Her Icy Heart for GOOD

Does your wife stare at you with disdain or contempt?

Are you afraid your wife hates you?

Maybe she’s said it out loud, or perhaps it’s the way she looks at you.

Whether or not she’s confirmed your fears, there is a deep divide between the two of you that you’re hoping to bridge.

If there is constant tension or frequent arguments, you might believe there are no ways to fix the damaged bond.

You might even worry she’s cheating on you. Then, in a panic, you might be frantically doing everything you can to rekindle her love. Yet, the more you do, the colder she becomes.

So, a vicious cycle results – the harder you try, the more distant she seems, and you’re losing sleep wondering what it will take to save your marriage.

You feel awful because all you can think about is that your wife hates you.

If you can relate, read on for tips and techniques that can turn things around!

Why Does My Wife Hate Me?

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Even though you may just want the situation to fix itself as fast as possible, it’s important to get to the root of the problem if you want to save your marriage.

The most important thing you can do when you think your wife hates you is to figure out why she feels this way.

You might just want her to get over her coldness, hostility, or resentment, but you need to identify the root of the problem.

Where did things go wrong?

Here are common reasons why your wife hates you:

  • You betrayed her trust by lying or withholding information.
  • You were unfaithful.
  • You broke promises or failed to meet her expectations.
  • You make her feel disrespected.
  • You are passive-aggressive or insult her.
  • She feels unappreciated or neglected.
  • She believes your marriage isn’t important to you.
  • She feels unattractive and is insecure; she thinks you no longer desire her.
  • She’s projecting dissatisfaction with her life onto you.
  • She doesn’t feel heard.
  • She hates your habits.
  • She feels alone in dealing with all the responsibilities of family life.
  • You’re not doing your part at home – completing household tasks, caring for children, or helping her out when she’s overwhelmed.

When you understand the core reason for her hatred, you will be able to rebuild your marriage – instead of being constantly haunted by thoughts like, “My wife hates me and wants to leave! She’s going to ask for a divorce.

When you understand what went wrong, you can identify what needs to happen to make things right.

It all starts with you. Your attitude and actions make all the difference.

You must understand what your wife needs from you and what exactly is required for your marriage to thrive.

If your wife hates you and you want to shift that hatred into love, happiness, and passion, the following 15 tips should help!

Here’s What You Can Do – and What Not to Do

Now it’s time to explore what concrete actions you can start implementing to make your wife stop hating you.

Your goal is to turn that hatred into deep and lasting love. You want her to look at you the way she did at the beginning of your relationship.

1. Ask Yourself the Following Questions

Man Writing Notes
As you reflect on these questions (and their answers), take notes and jot down solutions.
  • What did I do for her in the past that I’ve stopped doing?
  • If I’ve hurt her, what will it take for her to forgive me?
  • What did I share with her before that I no longer share with her?
  • What did I say to her in the past that made her happy?
  • What can I do to make her feel appreciated?
  • In what ways can I show her how grateful I am for all she contributes to our marriage and our family?
  • What changes can I make to show her I’m sincere?

Take out a pen and paper and jot down the answers to these questions. Then, brainstorm some ideas of things you can do right now.

For example, if your wife feels neglected, go out of your way to make her feel special and loved.

2. She Sees Things Differently Than You Do

Remember that even when people are wrong, they often don’t see it that way.

Even if you think your wife has made mistakes and done her part to damage the marriage, the goal is to restore your bondnot prove to her that you’re right and she’s wrong.

3. Avoid Criticism

Husband Criticizing Wife
Don’t criticize your wife during these trying times. You’ll only make things worse.

Tensions might be high and arguing frequent, so there’s no need to add fuel to the fire by criticizing her. It will just damage her pride, hurt her sense of self, and increase her resentment toward you.

4. Take Your Time

If you want to rebuild a solid foundation in your marriage and strengthen the bond with your wife, lay the groundwork and don’t expect quick fixes.

Instead of focusing on the goal of winning your wife back, invest in your future step-by-step by taking things slow.

Instead of focusing on the goal of winning your wife’s love back, invest in your future step-by-step by taking things slow.

5. Communicate! By Doing the Following:

Becoming a good communicator takes both time and practice.

Here are some effective communication tips which are important for a successful and long lasting marriage:

  • Learn the vocabulary of expressing feelings and how to structure conversations about your marriage.
  • Be open and vulnerable about your fears. 
  • Have regular check-ins with your wife – at least once a week! Ask questions like:
    • What’s been on your mind lately?
    • What’s going on with your friends?
    • Any news with your family?
    • Are you worried about anything?
    • What are you excited about?
  • Focus on her feelings and what’s going on in her world
  • Don’t make empty promises
  • Be mindful of your tone of voice
  • Try to understand her point of view
  • Listen to what she has to say
  • Accept her for who she is instead of expecting her to behave the way you think she should
  • Pay attention to your body language – make good eye contact, smile, and uncross your arms!

If you have a hard time talking to your wife, see a relationship coach or marriage counselor to get help.

6. Forgive

Man Deep In Thought Forgiving Himself
Take time to reflect on your previous actions and forgive yourself. Apologize if needed, but don’t go overboard.

Forgive yourself for your mistakes and screw-ups. You might be ashamed or sick with guilt, leading you to beg and plead for forgiveness.

This behavior will only cause your wife to feel annoyed, frustrated, and suffocated. If you need to apologize, do it, but don’t go overboard.

7. Engage to Connect

Don’t allow the disconnection between you and your wife to grow. Instead, engage, connect, and share.

Enjoy doing things together – visit new places or plan a trip. The more fun and novelty you share, the more your connection will deepen.

8. Become Friends Again

Friendship fuels romance. Show her that you love how happy she makes you, and show her how happy you two can be together.

Doing things together, communicating, and sharing your most profound feelings strengthen friendship and solidify your marital bond.

9. Focus on What You CAN Control

Even if you think your wife hates you, focus on the things you can control. You can’t control how your wife feels, so focus on your actions and behaviors.

One of the keys to making sure your relationship gets back on track is to enjoy the present moment.

Avoid dwelling on the past, worrying about how your wife currently feels, or panicking about what the future might hold.

You can’t change or control any of that! You are only in control of your choices and behaviors right now.

10. Focus on the Positive

Husband Making Wife Laugh
A positive mood is contagious. If you maintain a positive outlook, it could influence your wife’s feelings.

It’s hard to be optimistic when you’re worried about your failing marriage and your wife’s contempt for you, but dwelling on the negatives will not help things improve.

It’s essential you focus on the silver linings instead of what you don’t have right now. Negativity and pessimism are destructive.

11. Thoughtfulness Goes a Long Way

Leave a sweet note where your wife will find it unexpectedly. When you’re out running errands, pick up a small gift or flowers.

Do little things to show her you’re thinking of her, and bit by bit, the small gestures combined with substantial changes will add up. Her hatred for you will subside.

12. Laugh and Smile More

Life can be challenging. It’s easy to take life way too seriously – you forget to smile, laugh, and be light-hearted.

If your wife has a habit of getting angry, irritated, annoyed, and stressed over little things, then take the lead to a happier state of mind.

If you are communicating with her and you’d typically get upset, irritated, angry, or frustrated, force yourself not to go there!

Instead, bite your tongue, watch what you say, smile, and choose to relax. If you can, turn the situation around into something you can laugh about together.

13. Be a Man That She Can Look up to and Respect

Your wife might be successful, intelligent, and independent, but she still wants to be able to look up to you and respect you.

She wants to feel safe in the knowledge that you are someone she can rely on. She wants to be sure you’ll follow through on your promises.

Her respect is something you need to earn and maintain over time. So, if your main goal is for your wife to stop hating you, make sure you focus on being a man that she can look up to and respect in every way.

14. Show Her You’re Making Improvements

Husband Making Changes Helping With Chores
Focus on making positive changes, but take things one day at a time. It takes at least a month to fully develop new habits.

If your wife can’t stand certain things about you, it’s impossible to completely fix all those things about yourself within 24 hours.

You’re human, and it generally takes 1-2 months to fully develop a new habit or overcome and replace a bad habit.

So, during the next 60 days, show her you are making improvements on the things you are trying to fix, overcome, or replace.

Here’s an example: if you have a habit you were doing 100% of the time, perhaps at the end of one month, you are doing it 30% of the time!

That’s a significant improvement! Your wife will see you’re changing and improving.

15. Make Her Feel Sexy

Have you ever observed a couple that’s still madly in love and attracted to each other after 20 years of marriage?

This type of relationship is only possible when a man is able to deepen the love, respect, and attraction between him and his wife over time – while also making her feel like she’s the sexiest woman on the planet!

If you can maintain the mindset that your wife is the most beautiful, sexy, desirable woman on Earth, then both of you will want to connect intimately.

And your sex life will stay hot! Your wife will be happy and excited that she can turn you on.

Wives can sense when their husband no longer finds them unattractive and could cause them to pull away even further from you.

Don’t Give Up!

Happy Couple In Love
Don’t give up hope. Overcoming relationship troubles gives you and your wife the opportunity to develop a deeper and more meaningful bond.

Some men might just cheat, end the marriage, and move on. It’s admirable that you want to work on your marriage rather than throw away everything you’ve built because your wife hates you.

By committing to your marriage, you will strengthen the bond between you, especially when faced with challenges.

Your mindset is an essential element to winning your wife back.  Commit to your wife, your relationship, and fixing this situation to get to the other side.

If you obsess about your wife’s hatred of you and worry that she will leave, you will get nowhere. Positivity, dedication, and commitment are the ingredients for success.

Approaching your wife’s hatred with compassion, love, kindness, and lightheartedness will get you much further than if you approach her in attack or defense mode.

As you begin repairing the damage to your bond, always keep in mind that she needs to know how much you value her and how the two of you can communicate with trust and honesty.

You are a team and should be working together. However, this crisis can create incredible opportunities.

Even if you feel it’s the worst thing in the world for your wife to hate you, this is an opportunity for you to create a deeper, more meaningful bond that will enable you both to experience a more profound and meaningful type of love.

To share true, long-lasting love, a couple needs to experience and get through hardships.

Overcoming the challenge of your wife hating you can genuinely reinforce your marriage and make it stronger than ever.

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Angela Doel

Angela M. Doel has researched and written about mental health problems that impact relationships, such as navigating divorce, rebuilding relationships, enhancing communication, and overcoming sex addiction. She published The Couples Communication Workbook: Therapeutic Homework Assignments to Foster Supportive Relationships (2020, Between Sessions Resources, Inc.).

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