If you've been dealing with some problems in your marriage, you may be wondering if you should confide in a friend or family member. We all need to talk about our problems from time to time, but it's important to be very selective about what you discuss with other people. Did you know that talking about issues that you’re having in your marriage or complaints that you have with your spouse, may only make things worse? Here are some reasons why you should think twice before telling others about problems in your marriage.
1. No Resolution
Most people don't feel that any harm can be done by talking about their marital problems. Usually they just want advice on how to resolve the problems that they are having. Sometimes they're simply looking for someone to listen to them, while they express their frustrations. Perhaps they just want reassurance that everything will be okay. Even if you have the best of intentions, talking about problems in your marriage may not resolve anything. You may spend hours discussing the problem only to find out that nothing gets fixed.
2. Your Spouse May Find out and Feel Betrayed
My husband will admit that he doesn't like for others to know about things that go in our marriage. He feels that conversations regarding our marriage are private and should only be discussed between the two of us. I must confess to you that I have said negative things about my husband to others in the past. While I have admitted to my husband that I have spoken unkindly about him and apologized, I am sure that he felt betrayed by my actions. I now see that I should not say anything to anyone about my husband that I wouldn't say in front of him.
3. It's Impossible to Get an Objective Point of View
If you're speaking to your mother or sister, it's going to be tough to get an objective opinion and that's understandable. Your family loves you and will be more likely to side with you. Even if it seems like someone is being objective, you should be careful of what you say. When you ask their opinion you're opening the door for them to express their feeling and concerns about your marriage and you may not like what they have to say. You may find that they have never liked your spouse and completely disagree with the choices you've made. They may also feel that they have the right to express their concerns about your marriage in the future, even if you don't ask for their advice.
4. It May Become Public Knowledge
If you tell your mom about an issue in your marriage, she may feel like there's no harm in telling your dad or your grandma about the situation. If they decide to tell other people, you may have friends or acquaintances calling you to see what's going on in your marriage. This could leave you very upset with your mother and other members of your family. When you can, try to remember to only tell people information that you don't mind others knowing. It's also best to avoid talking to anyone about your problems who has a tendency to blow things out of proportion.
5. You Could Get Bad Advice
When you ask for someone's advice, it may not be what you want to hear. The person you ask may have a negative outlook on marriage because of their own situation. This may cause them to give you bad advice without meaning to. Also, if you're speaking with someone who doesn't like your spouse, they're likely to give you bad advice too. Always be careful if you think that the person you're speaking with could be in a similar situation because your conversation may cause them to start thinking that they have problem in their own marriage. There may also be times when the person you confide in feels that you are in the wrong and if you're not careful it could cause you to have hurt feelings toward them as well.
6. You're Not Presenting a United Front
While it doesn't matter what others think about your marriage, it's not good for people to think that your marriage is on the rocks. When you constantly bad mouth your husband or complain about problems that you have, it doesn't take long for people to start thinking that your marriage is in trouble. After a while, you may start to think that you have a bad marriage too. This could lead to disagreements that with your spouse that could have been avoided. When you present a united front and people see that you are happily married, they're less likely to attempt to cause problems in your marriage.
7. You May Regret It
There have been many times that I've regretted talking about my marriage to people. I definitely regret speaking negatively about my husband. If you have to speak with someone about a problem you are having, try talking to your spouse first. If that doesn't help, perhaps you could try writing your thoughts down in a journal. This will give you a chance to think about the situation before discussing it with someone else.
I am a talker and I know first hand that there are times when talking with someone about your problems is the only option that you have. If you really need to talk to someone other than your spouse, be sure that the person you're confiding in is someone that you can trust. Have you spoken to someone about problems in your marriage and then regretted it later? I can't wait to hear your stories.