Respect his judgment.
The men were really touchy about this. A man deeply needs the woman in his life to respect his knowledge, opinions, and decisions – what I would call his judgment. No one wanted a silent wallflower (nor would I advocate that!), but many men wished their mate wouldn’t question their knowledge or argue with their decisions all the time.
Respect his abilities.
Another strong theme that emerged was that men want—even need—to figure things out for themselves. And if they can, they feel like they have conquered something and are affirmed as men. Respect in communication.
Women hold an incredible power in the way they communicate with men (both husbands and sons) to build them up or to tear them down, to encourage or to exasperate.
Some things just push a man’s buttons. This goes beyond what we say—such as questioning a man’s judgment or his abilities.
Respect in public.
Now we come to one of the most important points of this. There appears to be an epidemic of public disrespect for men, and the biggest culprit is not the television, movies, or other media, but the women who are supposed to love their men most.
The most fragile thing on the planet
Dozens of men told me how painful it is when their wives criticize them in public, put them down, or even question their judgment in front of others.
Respect in our assumptions.
When women have jumped to negative conclusions about them.