How I Learned to Navigate My Husband’s Ego After Marriage

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Every marriage is a dance, a delicate balance of giving and taking, understanding and forgiving. When I tied the knot with Sam, I believed I was ready to face anything life threw at us. Little did I know, the biggest challenge would not be external, but within our relationship — navigating my husband’s growing ego.

The Silent Creep of Ego

In the initial days, I was smitten by Sam’s confidence. It seemed to make him glow with an aura that attracted everyone to him. But, as months turned into years, this confidence began to transform. It became a quiet arrogance, which, if not addressed, could have eroded the foundation of our relationship.

The day I realized how much his ego had grown was during a family gathering. My cousin had made a minor error while preparing a dish, and Sam, instead of passing a gentle suggestion, made a condescending remark that left her humiliated. That night, I lay awake, trying to figure out a way to contain this newfound arrogance without damaging our bond.

Understanding the Root of Ego

Before confronting the issue, I had to understand its origin. Why did this change come about? Was it the promotion he recently received? Or perhaps, the praises that came his way too often? I realized that ego often stems from insecurities, past traumas, or even overcompensation for feelings of inadequacy.

I remembered the time when Sam was passed over for a promotion two years ago. It devastated him. He had worked tirelessly, often putting work before everything else. When he finally achieved the recognition he deserved, maybe it was his way of ensuring he never felt that hurt again.

Taking the First Steps

Armed with this understanding, I decided to address the issue through open communication and empathy.

One evening, over a cup of tea, I narrated a story from my college days, when my own ego got the better of me, leading to the loss of a dear friend. I expressed how it made me feel and how I worked on bettering myself thereafter. This was not to draw a direct comparison but to create an environment of understanding and trust.

Then, I gently voiced my observations about his changed behavior. To my surprise, Sam was taken aback. He hadn’t even realized the extent to which his ego had started to influence his actions. He confessed about his fears, and how his promotion was a validation he had craved.

Nurturing Growth Together

With awareness came the desire to change. We took the following steps together:

  1. Open Dialogue: We promised to always communicate, no matter how challenging the topic. This ensured neither of us ever felt sidelined or unimportant.
  2. Self-reflection: We both took out time for ourselves, introspecting and understanding our emotions better.
  3. Seeking External Help: We enlisted the help of a couples’ therapist to guide us through these waters. The sessions were enlightening, offering perspectives we had never considered.
  4. Affirmations: We made it a point to appreciate and validate each other frequently. This reduced the need to seek validation externally.


Addressing and navigating my husband’s ego was neither easy nor instantaneous. It took time, patience, and a lot of love. Yet, it made our relationship stronger, teaching us the importance of understanding and empathy.

Marriage isn’t just about loving each other during the good times; it’s also about holding onto each other during the challenging times. If you’re facing a similar situation, remember, the solution lies in understanding, patience, and genuine effort. After all, containing the ego is not about suppression; it’s about guiding it towards humility and true self-worth.

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