If you are a man in a relationship with a woman you may have experienced this scenario: Your significant other tells you about a problem she’s facing and after thinking about it for a moment, you tell her how to handle it. Case closed.

As you may have noticed, it’s not that easy. Women like to talk about problems and men like to solve them. However, women rarely follow the advice they are given.

Why? When women have a problem or are dealing with a confusing situation, we like to talk about it. We are looking for input and we are looking for lots of it.

As women we like to consider our options and we may not be looking for a simple one-fits-all answer. Because, see, there are so many different ways to approach the issue.

I guess the positive aspect of this behavior is that it helps to minimize the risk of making a bad decision. The downside, as my husband puts it, is that women may get killed before they come up with an answer.

If as a man you are frustrated with a woman’s response to your well meant suggestion, rest assured that she doesn’t mean to upset you. She may just need a little longer to come to a similar conclusion … or drop the issue all together.


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