The answer to this question, or to questions about smoking cigarettes or using drugs or harmful watching of porn or drinking too much alcohol, will reveal whether or not your spouse or future spouse has a potential or current addiction problem which could end up not only threatening your marriage and spouse's health but could also put you in legal and financial jeopardy.
If your spouse has anger management issues, or tries to control who you see and what you do, or is causing you to walk on egg shells, don't wait to get help! If you think you are in immediate danger call Open marriage and swinging is okay for some married couples, but most want and prefer a monogamous relationship.
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If your spouse or future spouse and you have differing opinions on what cheating is or isn't , make sure this issue is discussed. If your spouse or fiance can't answer this or won't answer this question, then the two of you need to talk about your long-lasting marriage expectations.
Updated October 02, If you aren't yet married and you don't know your future spouse's thoughts on these issues, postpone your wedding. Thinking that you can deal with this issue later in your marriage is a mistake. Making a decision to have a baby when one parent doesn't want to have children is not fair to the child or to your marriage. The issue is whether or not the two of you can calmly and practically talk about money.
If how your money is spent, or saved, or not spent was an issue before you got married, it will be an even bigger issue after your wedding. Make the decision to talk about your finances now. If your future spouse doesn't want to talk about money, or doesn't think talking about money is important, postpone your wedding until this issue is resolved. Top Financial Questions for Couples to Discuss. Really, if the two of you were already having sexual issues, you shouldn't have gotten married until those issues were settled. Differences in sexual frequency, desire, preferences, fantasies , masturbation, pornography , expectations, etc.
If you and your partner are unable to talk about the issues , or if your spouse doesn't see any real problem, or doesn't want to talk about sex with you, see a marriage counselor. This one managed to slip under my defense system and before I knew it I was back to feeling exactly as I did when I was Only this time I felt like a complete fool for not paying attention.
I am learning that self-knowledge is really a never-ending course. Love it!!! Thank you Natalie,this was such a timely post. A good reminder to let the familiar uncomfortable on the past and do something to change my life. I realy needed to hear that right now. My friend have a brain haemoridge and died suddenly. It made me feel a bit sick, but also gave me the biggest reality slap that I so greatly needed to move the hell on with my life. And I cared too much about him and not enough about me.
Thanks, Natalie for another brilliant post. Dating an unemotionally available man while not loving yourself enough totally sucks. PS: I ran into Mr. After searching the internet for anything self help wise I found this site — read Fallback girl- and it just hit the nail on the head.
Now its been 2 months on my own, but I go out with my friends all the time and everyone I know has seen a difference in my mood. I have a couple more months of healing to go but my spirit is already healing. I think that the epiphany moments tend to escalate. We start out thinking the problem is small, easily fixed — but we only address a small part of the underlying issues. Each epiphany moment lays bare another aspect of where what we have learned differs from reality. This naturally builds until we get to the big shakeup, the epiphany relationship, when we realize how much of our life and what we think about relationships is at stake — and how much we have misunderstood.
And, finally, we choose a new direction.
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For the change itself, we have lost part of our lives, when we choose a new direction. Much of the looking back, the reluctance to move on and embrace our new life, is grief over the loss of the life we had. Well, that and the uncertainty about how to survive in this strange new world we choose, and the fear that we are making a mistake instead of correcting a bigger mistake. I think there is always grief when you encounter change. I think mine started after I quit meth. It began with me reconnecting with my culture and acknowledging the fact that I was born in to running away from the Khmer Rouge.
Believe me, it is a lot easier for us Cambodians to mentally suppress and not talk about that time in our history. Eventually, thinking about relationships got in to the mix. Back then, I thought of relationships way differently than the way I think of them now.
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Back then, I did not know how to cook or do my own laundry. Despite not knowing how to do my own laundry or cook, I was still self-ssufficient in other areas.
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I eventually learned to cook and do my own laundry and even sew buttons which allowed me to be more self-sufficient than I was before which was good, but I was not receptive to having a girlfriend because I did not need one at the time because I had learnd to do certain things and did not se a reason for having one. After that, my thinking about relationships began to change. I also began reflectin on the pros and cons of my past relationships including my last one which initially hurted me because of how it ended.
I am afraid that the next one could do what she did to me. I realize that other women are not my mom and I have no reason for projecting her on to them. At least not right now anyway. Last but not least, I strongly value individualism and culture which today play a major part in how my next relationship could go. I have never read a book on relationships yours were the first ones and prefer to express love and relationships in languages other than English.
My next relationship could be crazy and put me in uncomfortable positions because I wil be communicating things I have never communicated before and maybe see things I never saw with any of my exes. My epiphany was my last bootie call…. It took a while start from scratch and work my way towards never looking back, but i did it, and man did it feel good.. I see him out randomly and have decided to just ignore him.. Its sad really, its still my issue of needing this ridiculous validation and feeling of rejection, or not good enough.
Not good enough to win over a guy that has never treated me the way I wanted and deserved… ever. Excellent post again. Thank you, Natalie. You are the best! Epiphany: Me — Do you love me? Him — Yes, of course Me — Why? Him — Because you help remind me of who I am. I am a person, not a mirror. As alot of other people have mentioned, this has come at exactly the time i needed. Recently i was overseas and on the beach in California, when i vowed to myself that i would never put myself through what i did when i was there. I could be here all day talking about it, and other situations where i have realised i want more from someone, but the point is, is that i did realise it and recognise that something needed to change.
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Each time he kept begging me to stay. Or call me. Today he hurt my feelings again…nothing new there. As Anne Lamott writes: Expectations are disappointments under construction.
She explains:. In fact, they believe honesty can be downright destructive… a confession of infidelity would be regarded as cruel and petty. The French see infidelity as natural. For many, good sex is the most satisfactory way to escape drudgery and stress. But after 20 years, Lucy eventually divorced her French husband and remarried an Englishman who shared her more traditional approach to the sanctity of marriage.
The more frequent answer although not necessarily the easier one , is: Yes- infidelity automatically equals divorce. And rightfully so, especially if infidelity is a common thread in your marriage and it now feels destroyed beyond repair. If staying with a cheater feels like disrespecting and sacrificing yourself, your answer is clear- good-bye and good-riddance!
Whichever path you choose, take ample time, weighs your options, and most definitely seek guidance of a great therapist.
I share honest, raw, non-judgmental advice and support to help you get through your divorce unscathed. Please leave this field empty. Infidelity: Is Cheating a Deal Breaker? Nicole Crowley Aug. WHY is always the first question.