This is not solely a male phenomenon, but it is definitely accepted as a cultural truth that men are simpler and women are more complex, and therefore there is an inherent communication divide that can never be bridged.
My husband and I just recently finished watching The Office from start to finish for the first time, and we really enjoyed it. I especially liked Jim and Pam’s relationship, because it just felt so genuine.
In my life, I’ve found good communication does not thrive with rules such as setting up the “perfect” environment, or never speaking of negative things. Trying to have a relationship where you can never vent or discuss your negative feelings is one in which you cannot be genuine and will only lead to anger and dissatisfaction in the end.
A lot of times, red flags might be overlooked in a dating relationship because there are lovey feelings, a sense of duty to work things out, or because none of the issues alone seem major enough to cause a fuss about.