When it comes to women knowing what not to say is just as important as knowing what to say…
“You look tired.”
You may have meant it in a concerned and loving way, but in her head it just translates as “You look terrible.” No woman wants attention drawn to the bags under her eyes and the lack lustre look of her skin – especially not by a man. And it’s even worse if she’s not even feeling tired. Then you’re just asking for trouble.
“It must be that time of the month.”
She might have told you she can be a total nightmare once a month, and you may even be tuned in to when that is, but if you have any sense of self-preservation whatsoever, never be so bold as to suggest her behaviour has any bearing on her pre-menstrual state unless you’re looking to spend some serious time in the dog house.
“You’re being too emotional.”
Use your brain guys. On which planet is this ever a helpful comment? The last thing she needs when she’s feeling emotional is to be told she’s being too emotional. And anyway, it will only result in her becoming even more emotional or angry. There’s absolutely no point. Better wait until things calm down before trying to talk about whatever’s on your mind.
“You’re becoming more and more like your mother.”
We doubt you meant it as a compliment, but it doesn’t matter anyway. Even if she thinks her mother is the most fantastic person ever to have walked the earth, she doesn’t want to be compared to her. It just highlights the fact that she’s getting older and that’s something she’s not keen on facing just now. Geddit?
“Your best mate is so beautiful.”
Have a heart fellas. Even if you do think her best friend is a stunner, keep it to yourself. Admitting you find her closest gal pal attractive will only inspire paranoia and turn her into a jealous and suspicious wreck. And that’s no fun for you to be around. So do yourself a favour and keep quiet.