Are You the Married Couple Your Friends Love to Hate?


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Some couples are all too easy to hate. Their perfection is enough to make anyone roll their eyes in annoyance — or worse, if the couple has the tendency to rub in or repeatedly profess just how perfect they are. "People like to identify with others, not feel inferior to them," explains Rachel DeAlto, relationship expert and author of Flirt Fearlessly. "The couple that is always 'the best,' whether it's at game night or in their marriage, can become grating."

And while these couples are easy to spot, it's not always evident to see that irritating couple is you. If you're concerned you could have crossed the line from cute to universally hated, consider these questions: "Are you always professing your love for one another in front of your friends? Do you constantly give advice based on how amazing your own relationship is? Do you put on a display of absolute perfection?" asks DeAlto. Then "you're probably the couple your friends love to hate."

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Even humor — when your friends gently tease you for being a member of the only perfect pair — can be a masked hint that you've become that couple. "Listen to the subtleties," DeAlto says, "because they are probably letting you know that they prefer you to be normal."

So, do you think you're the couple others love to hate? Here's your simple, to-the-point plan: "Be empathetic," advises DeAlto. "Maybe you are that perfect of a couple. Awesome! Realize that some relationships take a lot more work, and putting yours on a pedestal isn't helping your friends work through their own issues."

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