Everybody’s guilty of nagging. Why does it feel so awful? A successful marriage is based on balance. Both you and your spouse should feel that you have equal power in the relationship and respect each other. Nagging creates an atmosphere of power imbalance. Repeated instructions to your spouse undermines the perception of trust and adult responsibility in the other. Those being nagged report feeling scolded like a child, and that their needs and way of doing things are unappreciated. Many instances of nagging simply come from a difference in priorities and approaches between spouses. In the end, couples begin fighting about nagging and ignoring the core issue underneath: each individual’s concerns and needs.

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