We’ve all encountered that couple – the one that makes everyone uncomfortable with the way they interact with each other in public. Something they do has us looking away or pretending not to hear. They are the couple least likely to be invited back. Don’t be that couple. Avoid these seven behaviors – so others don’t avoid you!
1. Frequent bickering with each other. We’re not talking disagreeing, we’re talking disagreeable. Several rounds of back and forth on a topic that others aren’t participating in. With a serious intent to get in the last word. If you’re thinking: “Oh, that’s just how we roll with each other – our little language dance,” do us all a favor and sit out a few numbers.
2. Jokes at the other’s expense. This includes things like cracks about their physical features, abilities, and personal history. Even if it’s very funny. Chances are the person laughing at your great wit is not the one going home with you.
3. Shielded barbs. You know – that little dig you execute for the sole purpose of making a point to your mate. “Oh Chris, your lawn always looks so nice. That’s something I sure wouldn’t mind getting used to.” Ouch. We’re not thinking about poor you with the less-than lawn; we’re thinking about your poor spouse with the less-than mate.
4. Putting the other in their place. This is one step up from the barb. A conversation-ending-why-you’re-right-and-your-spouse-is-just-plain-wrong. Usually delivered in a condescending or arrogant tone. This is where we look away so that we don’t have to witness the cringe of your spouse’s embarrassment.
5. Unnecessary contradiction. During spouse’s story about falling in front of the red door, you interrupt to point out the door was green. Well, that was helpful. Spouse carried on with the story, getting to the part where the tall man with the big glasses yanked open the door. You clarify that the glasses were actually goggles. Leaving your annoyed audience with a mental “So what?” If the correction isn’t significant or necessary to the point being made, squelch it.
6. Jumping in with the punchline. Whether it’s because you’re looking forward to the audience reaction or you just think your spouse is taking too long to tell the story, let them finish it themself. If they’ve done the setup, don’t steal the payoff.
7. Excessive displays of affection. This includes such save-for-your-own-home intimate gestures as pats on the tush, kisses that last longer than two seconds, languorous arm stroking, sitting on the other’s lap, and gazing soulfully into each other’s eyes as if you are the only two present in your special world. If you have been told kiddingly to “get a room” more than once or by more than one person, it’s probably safe to assume they’re not really kidding. And by “a room,” they mean one they are not in.
Any other cringe-worthy behaviors couples should avoid in public? Add to the list in the comment section below.