I cringe when my wife says this to someone she’s just met


Dear Amy: My wife and I have been married for several years. She is from the Midwest but we now live on the coast, where I grew up. As such, I am often introducing her to new people.

My wife is a lovely and likable person. But when she meets a person for the first time, she occasionally opens up with: “Oh, my God! Did you know you have a doppelganger?” and then goes on to describe an old friend, acquaintance or regional celebrity from her past and how the two are so alike.

She always frames it in a positive light. Nonetheless, I tend to cringe because I do not believe that people really want to hear about how they are “just like someone else,” even if it’s meant as a compliment. It seems to further distract from making good first impressions.

My wife, however, does not seem to think this is an issue. I would like to hear your take on this.

Concerned Husband (Anonymous)

Dear Concerned: This “you look just like” phenomenon happens with some frequency to me — and occasionally the person I resemble turns out to be … myself. But, so what? It’s an opener.



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