No one is happy in their relationship all the time. Even if you're generally content in your relationship and only feel noticeably unhappy when you're fighting, your partner has annoyed you somehow, or you've hurt or disappointed one another (all of which happens at least on occasion), you're still not happy all the time. And in periods of unhappiness, you might notice that you or your partner act differently than you would otherwise, so these weird things men do when they aren't happy in their relationship just might look a tad familiar.
When you're unhappy with a person or situation, it's only natural that you might switch up your behavior to do something that makes you feel better, avoid things that further upset you or that you temporarily find difficult to deal with, or otherwise try to take care of yourself. When you're in a relationship, however, it can sometimes be difficult to act weirdly, differently, or out-of-character without your partner taking serious notice.
"I believe that these can be hints," Kiaundra Jackson, LMFT, a licensed marriage and family therapist of KW Couples Therapy, tells Romper in an email exchange. "Of course, all relationships are different and each relationship should be assessed individually. But I would encourage anyone to further evaluate when changes occur in their relationship to make sure the other person is not unhappy. Trying to take action when it is still salvageable is important."
If the man in your life seems to be sending signals that they're not happy in their relationship, talking about it or seeking out assistance from a qualified professional might help. At the very least, it'll give you a better idea of whether their unhappiness is temporary or something more permanent.