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What women say vs. what men hear (and what we really mean)

Catherine Donaldson-Evans

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Catherine Donaldson-Evans

Catherine Donaldson-Evans is a journalist, mom, and Wonder Woman wannabe. Most recently, she was senior lifestyle editor and blogger at CafeMom’s The Stir and has written for numerous other publications during her career. She also chases...

What women really mean when we say these things (and what men hear)

Women can be so cryptic, can't they? Well, actually, not to other women usually. But a lot of what they say and do is still a great mystery to guys, who don't always (read: never) speak the same language. We're here to help all you clueless men out there translate what your lady is really trying to tell you. Chances are, it's not what you think.

1. What she says: "Do I look like I've gained weight?"

What he hears: "Is this a trick question?"

What women really mean when we say these things (and what men hear)

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What she really means: "I'm feeling self-conscious and need a compliment from you right now."

What women really mean when we say these things (and what men hear)

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2. What she says: "I'm fine."

What he hears: "I'm fine."

What women really mean when we say these things (and what men hear)

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What she really means: "I'm not fine at all, and I want you to figure it out and make me feel better."

What women really mean when we say these things (and what men hear)

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3. What she says: "Nothing's wrong."

What he hears: "Nothing's wrong."

What women really mean when we say these things (and what men hear)

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What she really means: "You hurt my feelings and I want you to apologize."

What women really mean when we say these things (and what men hear)

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4. What she says: "When you do the dishes, you should do them this way."

What he hears: "You're an idiot and you did it wrong."

What women really mean when we say these things (and what men hear)

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What she really means: "I'm just trying to help."

What women really mean when we say these things (and what men hear)

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5. What she says: "I love you."

What he hears: "I love you and I want to have sex with you."

What women really mean when we say these things (and what men hear)

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What she really means: "I love you and I'm picturing you as a husband and father right now."

What women really mean when we say these things (and what men hear)

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