7 Reasons Your Boyfriend or Husband Doesn’t Talk to You

Is your husband or boyfriend uncommunicative and silent – maybe even emotionally distant? If you’re asking yourself “why doesn’t he talk to me?” you’re not alone! Here are the most common barriers to communication, which affect all relationships.

It’s important to remember that men sometimes simply don’t know what to talk about. One of my most popular articles is 10 Conversation Starters to Help You Talk to Your Girlfriend. Why? Because guys want to talk to their girlfriends or wives…but they don’t always know what to talk about.

Try not to let fear or anxiety creep into your relationship if you and your boyfriend or husband aren’t talking much. Maybe he’s one of the thousands of men who are searching the internet for topics of conversation! He just doesn’t know how or what to talk about with you. Making conversation is difficult for many men (and women). Some people are very comfortable with silent spaces in conversations, which can make it difficult for the more talkative types 🙂 Below, you’ll find the most common reasons a boyfriend or husband isn’t talking and several tips for making conversation.

My husband and I are taking a relationship-building course called the Marriage Course, created by Sila and Nicky Lee. Our last session was The Art of Communication, and we had to practice talking, active listening, and summarizing each other. It was a really good session – and great practice for all types of conversations.

The most important thing I learned was that good communication is a learned skill. Not just for you, not just for your partner….but for both of you. A great conversation is like an excellent tennis match: both partners are skilled at hitting and returning the ball in equal measure. They’re both interested in participating in the game, and they both care about the outcome. And, they’re both equally involved until the end.

You’re here because your husband or boyfriend doesn’t want to talk to you. If you can figure out the root cause of his reluctance or inability to communicate, then you’re way ahead of the game. To help you out, I created this list of the most common reasons why men don’t talk to women (including why boyfriends aren’t talking to girlfriends and husbands aren’t communicating with their wives).

7 Reasons Your Boyfriend or Husband Doesn’t Talk to You

If he’s not talking to you because of a recent argument and he’s shutting you down, read 5 Tips for Dealing With the Silent Treatment in Relationships. I recently updated that article to include more ways to encourage men to talk openly and honestly. I also added new research on communication between couples.

Feel free to share in the comments section below. I can’t give you personal advice on why your guy isn’t talking to you, but you may find that writing about your relationship is a great way to gain insight and understanding.

1. He doesn’t know what to talk about

Some guys are quiet, and simply have nothing to say. My husband is one of those men. He’s often said that he just doesn’t know what to talk about. He likes to talk about the news, economy and politics…but I don’t. I love to talk about writing, blogging, and the Bible…but of those three topics, he’s only really interested in the Bible. He’s happy to listen to me talk about writing and blogging, though. So, our more interesting conversations are often about Scripture, and only sometimes about all the other topics we both enjoy.

What is your boyfriend or husband interested in talking about? What do you love discussing? Those are two good places to start when you’re wondering what to talk about with your boyfriend, especially if you’re in a new relationship. Remember that not every guy is a brilliant conversationalist, nor do they talk simply for the sake of talking. But if you’re asking “why he doesn’t talk to me?” because you know he talks to other people, then you need to do a little more digging.

2. He worries you might misunderstand him

I’m sure it’s happened to you: you say something to someone – not necessarily your boyfriend or husband – and she or he completely misinterpreted and misunderstood what you meant! Your words were taken out of context, or you said them wrong. Then things spiral out of control and feelings get hurt.

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Is it possible that your boyfriend or husband doesn’t talk to you because he fears being misunderstood? Ask him. If you and he haven’t talked about the lack of communication in your relationship, then that’s a good starting point.

3. He doesn’t know how he feels or what he thinks

Sometimes men don’t talk simply because they don’t know how to respond. For instance, when I bring up an issue in our relationship, sometimes my husband says, “I don’t know what to say to that. Give me some time to think.” He used to just clam up and not say anything, until I asked if he could at least tell me that he doesn’t know what to think or say. This works a lot better, because I at least know that he’s heard me.

Maybe your boyfriend or husband simply doesn’t know what to think or feel about whatever you’re trying to talk about. A lot of people – not just men – don’t know how to talk about their feelings or how to communicate their thoughts. The solution? Learn how to communicate better. I’ll share a book suggestion or two at the end of this article.

4. He feels he has to be the “strong, silent type”

Some men think they’ll sound weak if they talk about issues that bother them. Sometimes it’s easier to keep their mouths shut and ignore the problem, instead of going through the hassle of trying to talk it through. Ignoring conflict is an easy short-term solution, and many of us use it to keep the peace.

Or, maybe your boyfriend wants to talk about relationship issues but doesn’t know what is appropriate to talk about with a girlfriend. We’re not taught how to be in relationships, and good communication skills aren’t learned by watching tv, playing video games, or going to work. They’re learned by getting information and actually practicing what you learn.

5. He doesn’t want to disturb the peace

7 Reasons He Doesn’t Open Up or Talk to YouSometimes it’s easier for a man to just bite his tongue and not say anything, instead of speaking his mind and causing problems or hurt feelings. Some boyfriends and husbands like to keep the peace at all costs so they keep their mouths shut.

Tell me, why doesn’t he talk to you? What is your gut instinct telling you? I suspect you know exactly why your boyfriend or husband isn’t communicating, but it’s easier to search the internet for answers. Facing the truth and actually doing something about it is much more difficult.

6. The topic is too complicated

Talking about relationship or marriage issues can get painful and confusing, and it’s sometimes easier to avoid “the talk.” If your boyfriend doesn’t talk to you, it may be because he doesn’t want to get entangled in messy emotions or conversations.

Or, the topic is really painful or complicated. Couples often avoid big and important discussions because there are no easy answers or solutions. Again, it’s easier to avoid talking about those things than to face the truth and slog through until the end.

7. He thinks you’ll laugh at him or think less of him

Does your boyfriend hesitate to share his thoughts with you because you may criticize or mock him? Maybe you’re not aware of how he feels about talking to you – or maybe you’re not aware of your own patterns of responding to him.

The best way to identify why reason or reasons why your boyfriend doesn’t talk to you is to show him this list. Hopefully, he’ll be open to talking about why he doesn’t talk to you! The best source of information is the person himself – if he can open up.

If you’re worried about how you and he are communicating – or if a real problem exists – read How to Love an Emotionally Unavailable Man. You’ll see your relationship differently and perhaps get more insight into the reasons he doesn’t talk to you.

Helping Your Boyfriend or Husband Talk to You

reasons why he doesn't talk to youThe 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts, Gary Chapman describes how different people – both men and women – communicate. It’s possible that your boyfriend or husband is actually talking to you in HIS love language…but you’re trying to hear him in your own love language.

Love Languages is a bestselling book because it’s both practical and insightful. It’ll help you understand different communication styles, and show you if you and your partner are talking to each other, but in different ways.

Maybe your question isn’t “why isn’t he talking to me?”, but rather “HOW is my boyfriend or husband talking to me in ways I’m not hearing?”

The 5 Love Languages taught me that I communicate through “words of affirmation.” My husband, on the other hand, is more of an “acts of service” communicator.  Simply knowing this has changed how we talk – and hear – each other.

To learn more, read Examples of Gary Chapman’s 5 Love Languages.

I welcome your thoughts below. Why do you think your boyfriend doesn’t talk to you, and what do you think you should do about it?

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11 thoughts on “7 Reasons Your Boyfriend or Husband Doesn’t Talk to You

  • Alana

    Me and my boyfriend just started dating and hasn’t talked as much as I do I need some tips on how to get his attention or to try to get him to talk.

  • juliet

    i have know idea why he doesn’t want to talk but it just happened and he said I don’t want to talk and I asked him “is this your way of breaking up with me” he said no I was just so confused so I told him that I love you and if that’s what you want its not what I want.

  • Ann

    My fiance don’t communicate unless I start the conversation. Why at work he have no problem talking to other females with “conversation” don’t understand. He say not cheating, I get the whole check and We’re Always together. Ok that’s true but “COMMUNICATION” BIG DEAL WITH ME!!

    THANK YOU!!!

  • Cans

    My boyfriend doesn’t want to talk to me
    He always said he is busy with his business
    He can message me after 48 hours but he change slots since he met a another girl.he told he love me but why he doesn’t want to talk to me.why he didn’t miss me.what to do? He told I need to wait him because he want marriage with me.but why if he doesn’t love me why he ask me to wait for him? I don’t know what is truth.

  • Anne-Marie

    My boyfriend is scorpio and maybe it’s one of the reasons he doesn’t talk to me. It’s in his peculiar, passive-aggressive manner to “communicate” with me in negative ways…..it’s very painful for me but he doesn’t know that!! Is my boyfriend immature or just…… hater! But a very long silence always is hiding a lot of lies!

  • Te

    I never trusted anyone before. I never had anyone. Even when someone was there I still couldn’t trust. I was for sure gonna be just me forever. I never really thought about it. I was ok with life. But I met someone and I liked him, he made me feel safe. I ended up trusting him. At first just partying and having fun. I knew his sexual secrets and he seemed to trust and open up to me. His fantasy in no way turns me on but when he is getting into what I am doing for him it makes me feel good. I thought we were building a life here. I am completely city girl. I hate living in the middle of nowhere.

    Here I am trying really hard to show this man that I do appreciate everything he has done for this family. Getting a job he doesn’t like being there for his kids and putting up with my alcoholism for 9 years. I quit drinking over a year ago. I have been trying really hard to be what he needs me to be and do what he needs. He expects things done a certain way and at the exact time he said. I am a product of generation ADD. Sometimes I get distracted and punctuality is not my best. I am a very caring , loving person when you treat me right. I never thought the man who stood by me through all the hard times would be the one to tear me apart. He had been cheating almost the entire time. Porn never bothered me until this man would rather replace me with it. He killed my self esteem because he never talked to me and always did this behind my back, never share it with me. Then gets mad at me when I confront him. He wants me to be his friend and share things but he is a liar. He wont stop talking to these other people. He just gets hidden apps and I honestly don’t know if he is still doing it or not by no proof but in my heart he is and he will never stop.

    I am sooo confused and shocked that after I caught his crap the last time I told him never again. Caught him again and I’m still here. I have no way to move or no where to go… even if I did I couldn’t separate him and the kids. I do have a heart. But I lost all respect and trust I had for this man. I am numb I finally trusted someone completely and I knew this would be a mistake. I had to try to trust I did and I was right. I thought I was proven wrong because I really just felt that comfortable and safe. I forgot all about any more pain He was good and I was played like a fool. I guess that’s what I get.

  • Laurie Post author

    My husband is a quiet guy, and it took 11 years of marriage for me to realize that the reasons he doesn’t talk to me have nothing to do with me or our relationship! It’s just the way he is. Luckily, he’s willing to stretch out of his comfort zone and make an effort to talk to me 🙂

    If you haven’t talked to your husband or boyfriend about why he doesn’t talk to you, you might find it helpful to sit down and have “the talk” with him. Painful and uncomfortable? Yes. Worth it? You bet!

  • Laurie Post author

    It’s difficult to know the exact reasons why a boyfriend or husband doesn’t talk to his partner. Sometimes it can seem like an obvious reason – such as him caring more about his job, money, video games, or his friends. But sometimes he really doesn’t know how to communicate, and it’s easier to withdraw into himself than try to figure out what to say.

  • Aman

    ^ because he cares more about money than he does about you. Now if he were to treat you to expensive dates and buy you expensive items than you can’t say he’s greedy with his money, but from what it looks like he is more focused with his money than you.