Reasons Women Create Distance from a Man

Holding on to the sadness of her past may affect your current relationship.Holding on to the sadness of her past may affect your current relationship.

She used to call you all the time, share her intimate thoughts with you and she’d always tell you what she was feeling. Now, she seems distant and unwilling to get close. Women create distance from men for an array of reasons, which range from mental wounds left over from a previous relationship to how she currently feels about her most recent romantic partner.

Give Her Space and Attention

Don't assume that your girlfriend or wife is emotionally distant because she doesn't want to be with you. Although this may be the case, it's also possible that she's covering up vulnerable feelings. When a woman feels vulnerable or has feelings she finds difficult to handle, she may substitute distance for her true emotions, according to clinical and health psychologist Melanie Greenberg on the Psychology Today website. Giving her the attention she needs to confide in you can help her express her feelings to you, which will help close the emotional distance.

Ghosts From the Past

Emotional distance isn't a problem solely in the present. A woman's previous relationships may cause her to create a negative spin on her current relationship. If your girlfriend or wife is putting up a wall, it might be her romantic baggage that’s influencing how she interacts with you. She may worry that you'll hurt her or she may not have let go of her ex -- making her keep you at arm's length. If her last boyfriend cheated on her after they finally got close, she might worry that you'll do the same. When it comes to holding on to the past, a study on remarriages and ex-spouses in the "Journal of Social Service Research" shows that past relationships may cause friction in new marriages, unless the couple seeks professional intervention or counseling.

She's Scared

The stereotypical view of men as stoic and afraid to express their feelings isn't always true. Often, women often have a difficult time, too when it comes to expressing their emotions. Your new girlfriend may feel anxious about telling or showing you how she feels. This situation often creates an emotional distance. This doesn't mean, however, that she has no feelings toward you, doesn't like you or doesn't care; instead, it shows that she's afraid. Although you might want to press her to let go of her fear, it is better to wait until she's ready to tell you how she feels.

Acting Out

If your relationship is taking a turn for the worse -- and she isn't ready to come out and say it -- she may act distant instead of breaking up with you. Gradually pulling away is her way of ending things mentally. However, distancing is often a tactic that leads to more dissatisfaction, rather than less, and may make the eventual break-up more hurtful for both of you. To clear the air, sit down together and have an honest discussion about where your relationship is heading.

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About the Author

Based in Pittsburgh, Erica Loop has been writing education, child development and parenting articles since 2009. Her articles have appeared in "Pittsburgh Parent Magazine" and the website PBS Parents. She has a Master of Science in applied developmental psychology from the University of Pittsburgh's School of Education.

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