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Don't say you're fine, it drives men mad

A NEW poll has found that telling your partner 'I'm fine' is a woman's single most annoying habit.

The poll, which surveyed 2,000 adults, found that pretending there is nothing wrong when there clearly is a problem is a man's pet peeve, with 42pc agreeing.

Corinne Sweet, a psychologist and writer, was not surprised by the research's findings.

"It happens all the time. It's called passive aggressive behaviour. It's usually because women, in particular, are frightened of showing their anger and they push it into all sorts of types of behaviour. They might avoid eye contact or bang the saucepans. What they want is for men to say 'Come on darling, let's sort this out'."

She continued that in these circumstances, men were often wary that the women were holding a whole list of grudges against them.

"It's very difficult for people to be straightforward with each other."

Other frustrating female behaviours noted in the poll are talking too much, constantly asking what their partner is thinking, winning arguments by bursting into tears and never apologising when they are in the wrong.

It's not just women who have their flaws, however - the research found men to be equally hard to live with.

Over a third of wives and girlfriends surveyed in the study admitted that their men get on their nerves by not listening to them properly.

Additionally, a further 20pc claimed that a man's worst habits are failing to leave the seat down after using the toilet, while leaving facial hair in the sink after shaving and clipping their toenails then failing to clean up ranked third in the list.

Another 15pc of women answered that their partner's friends were an annoyance, and fifth on the list of female gripes was when their man hogs the television remote.