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Searchingforhope posted 5/23/2013 15:07 PM

Hi SI friends...

I've been thinking about this...

What is REALLY making it possible for me to stay with my FWH is the realization that he was broken, sick(mentally), and insane during the A.

My vows to him 28 yrs ago included "in sickness and in health."

If I thought that he was in his right mind during it, I think I would find it impossible to R.I also told my FWH this.

FWH is very remorseful. He is in IC. We had MC too. And I had some IC to help me get through the first 6 months. I saw my IC yesterday for a "tune-up". She is our MC too. Knowing my H, she agreed with my theory.

I'm wondering if other BSs think this about their FWs?

Was your FWS mentally broken and sick in the head?

Is it helping you with the R process?

Thanks in advance for reading and responding...I love the support I get from all of you.

[This message edited by Searchingforhope at 3:08 PM, May 23rd (Thursday)]

Almost12Years posted 5/23/2013 15:15 PM

No. Was he disillusioned by the fog? I believe so. But there was no way he was insane - it was too deliberate. The idea of a WS being "insane" doesn't sit well with me - many broken people don't choose to have affairs.

Searchingforhope posted 5/23/2013 15:23 PM

Good point Almost12...

struggling3 posted 5/23/2013 15:30 PM

Your post really has me thinking that maybe this is a big reason why I still have days of such despair. There is no way my husband had any of this going on. Not broken, not mentally ill or otherwise ill. No issues whatsoever. He had a great life and even told her how happily married he was. So why couldn't he have just done the right thing and ignore her...or just hand her damn card back and not explore. I am rambling but honestly this made me wish I had something to blame this on.

LA44 posted 5/23/2013 15:32 PM

Hi Searching!

My reason for R is that I recognized that altho the A was NOT about me - I DID contribute to the breakdown of our marriage with unkind, uninterested, behavior. I was tired, angry, sad.

I feel as if we got lost - (and then he got stuck in the weeds!)

So, no. I don't think he was insane. I do think he was in a very bad place.

But I did say for better or for worse and sometimes the "worse" does come along doesn't it?

sailorgirl posted 5/23/2013 15:44 PM

Thank you. I had been thinking about the A as the worse in "for better or for worse", but I agree with your point about sickness.

My WH was emotionally and physically abused by both parents as a child. He hid the damage really well, but he had intense fears of failure and abandonment and low self worth. Most of the time, he was a gentle, successful, rational man--a great dad, provider and my best friend.

But, being abused teaches bad boundaries, so OW slipped right in and started pushing WH's fear and guilt buttons. He was a miserable, I unrecognizable, panicked man during the A. He felt responsible for placating OW's hysterical emotions in the same way he has always felt responsible for his parents' outbursts of anger or hurt.

I feel like I have a bit more insight into his broken or sick mindset. But I can't say I wouldn't R if he'd been mentally healthier because I've learned never to say never!

idiot85 posted 5/23/2013 15:55 PM

Definitely- I think my wife went crazy- it helps that her behaviour was absurd.

FeelingSoMuch posted 5/23/2013 16:18 PM

I'm attempting R because we have been together for 12 years. If we recover from the A and end up together for another 40 years, the A will have been nothing but a blip in our marriage.

I haven't forgiven her yet it's only been three months but the future is bright for us if she earns that forgiveness, so I think I can give her a chance without guaranteeing that things will work out. She has to earn it.

Sad in AZ posted 5/23/2013 16:23 PM

If you follow that line of thinking, then someone should also stay with an actively cheating WS for the same reason. Sorry; I don't buy it, but if it helps you through the night, then it's all right.

scissorhands posted 5/23/2013 17:20 PM

My WS during this period:
insecure personality
Dislocated from us emotionally due to being home one week in five.
Felt more bonded to the guys he worked with in high risk work.
Living in an environment that encouraged sleazy behavior and designed to part men with high income from their money.

His behavior was selfish and gave him an emotional high like an infatuation.
Company culture is not family friendly and society in Australia is so male sexually with no respect for women.

He was dishonest and was looking for excuses to do it.

Why do I stay. Because I love him, because I put up with the poor years and why should I walk away and struggle financially and manage with a disabled daughter alone, because he is my best mate, and because in forgiveness I find freedom. And because everyone gets a second chance.

It certainly seems like he was in a unreal state of mind but he wasn't insane, just like a teenager that had moved out of home and went crazy with the freedom.

But do it again and he is gone and so are all his financial assets.

hobbeskat posted 5/23/2013 17:39 PM

Yes. He was depressed. He told me he felt completely numb and I got ILYBINILWY. He was in denial about it and blamed me for how he felt, even telling the OW it was me who made him feel dead and I was telling people he was depressed and he wasn't. He was, and realised it afterwards. He was acting completely out of character and it was noticeable to everyone.

A condition of R is that he seeks treatment for his depression and prepares for it. It happens every winter and he never deals with it.

[This message edited by hobbeskat at 5:41 PM, May 23rd (Thursday)]

libertyrocks posted 5/23/2013 17:43 PM

Yes, yes, yes! Apparently, alcoholism is a brain disease! I NEVER knew that!

So, yes, I was almost relieved to have TWO different substance abuse psychologists explain this to me. Otherwise, I wouldn't be able to look at my H in the face. I love him dearly and realize he is on his way to getting "fixed."

I love that you said this:

My vows to him 28 yrs ago included "in sickness and in health."

I told God "till death do us part" on our wedding day in church at the alter and I meant it. :)

Kelany posted 5/23/2013 17:51 PM

Whatever my WS reasons, stress, depression, sex addiction, selfishness (they are all his real reasons btw) it does not justify having 4 affairs obver a five year period. No reson does. I had just as much, if not more stress, depression, etc.

He was not insane. He knew exactly what he was doing. His lies were thought out, calculated, planned in advance. I was gas lighted and manipulated for years. No, he was not insane.

Why am I staying? Because I believed he could be better, even when he didn't.

VD2012 posted 5/23/2013 18:00 PM

My wife had a legitimate mental breakdown during the months leading up to her affair. She simply snapped one day and she seemingly set out to destroy her life. She also comes from a family with mental health issues.

All that said, it's neither a good excuse for her affair nor is it a reason I've chosen to reconcile.

It does affect my understanding and empathy toward her but in no way does it assuage any fears I have or problems with her actions. She personally has always shied away from admitting to it being a factor because she feels it takes responsibility from her, yet it is still true. And that's the thing we both agree to, despite her being fucked in the head at the time those were still her decisions and choices she made in that state.

In fact knowing she snapped out of the blue and all that ensued due to her mental state is what often puts the deepest of fears into me regarding our future. At least if she had a moral character flaw only I could believe behavioural therapy and work alone could perhaps guide her to never doing it again. But for us, she honestly was not in the right state of mind and that terrified the fucking hell out of me and still does. Even knowing just how close she was to killing herself still gets to me.

As I asked her just before she had a psychiatrist appointment a couple months ago, "what stops you from snapping again and this happening a second time?" 1 year, 5 years, 10 years, 25 years, no matter how long from now, what stops it? She's spoken with doctors, she's been in counselling, she's opening up to me, she's learning healthy coping mechanisms and so forth. She's doing everything she can to make sure it doesn't happen again.

What is your husband doing if you genuinely believe he was sick in the head? Aside from counselling that is. My wife and I have a lifelong agreement that she gets medical help the moment I feel uneasy about how she's doing.

I understand why you're trying to seek comfort and hope within the belief he lost his mind. For me, in my situation, it's what can still bring the worst fears.

crazyblindsided posted 5/23/2013 18:41 PM

He knew exactly what he was doing. His lies were thought out, calculated, planned in advance. I was gas lighted and manipulated for years. No, he was not insane.

^ Yep exactly my thoughts.

A big reason that I am in R is that I have hope (that darn word) that my WH will become a better person, husband, and father. He asked for the chance and I am giving it to him. I am more leery of R than he is at the moment.

mj052 posted 5/23/2013 19:27 PM

I truly believe that my husband wasn't in his right mind (anti- anxiety medication and others as well). But it was "his" choice to have an affair. And I believe his medications to some degree have distorted his rationing capablilities.

Just the other day he said something really strange that made no sense he asked me "You do know that the plant on the bookcase isn't artificial right?" Uh- yeah- I'm the one whose been watering it for the last five years!!!

He's having a blood test to determine if he has a chemical inbalance- which he may. Still- it's no excuse!!! But I do believe that he's sick!!! If you saw his ap you'd have to agree!!!!!!!!!!!

RidingHealingRd posted 5/24/2013 02:48 AM

I do not believe for one minute that my WH cheated because he has some illness. He was a functioning alcoholic for much of our M yet he did not cheat throughout.

He cheated because he wanted to and he because could. Period.

He has never been a man of strong moral character, which is one reason he cheated but I would not call that an illness...terrible parental guidance maybe but not an illness.

Why R? He begged for a 2nd chance and was committed to becoming a far better H, father, human being.

Bobbi_sue posted 5/24/2013 02:55 AM

No. Cheating is rampant in our society and for most it is simply a choice that may be influenced by circumstances in their lives. In my case, I even blame the OW as much if not more than my H because he was "out of his mind with grief" after losing his mother and DD and I truly believe that OW took advantage of that.

However, whether or not he was "in his right mind" had nothing to do with my decision to R with him.

He was extremely remorseful for what he did and I made a decision to forgive him based on that, and that is why we R'ed.

Searchingforhope posted 5/24/2013 10:08 AM

Thanks all for your input...

H and I discussed this theory of mine this morning before I read all of your comments.

He said he doesn't think he was "insane" and I guess that wasn't an accurate word that I used.

He doesn't try to weasel out of his responsibility for the A either.

My H has been sober for 9 years...The A was with a young "newcomer" who came on to just about every man at the meeting. I think she has "daddy" issues. She especially liked older married men. She got satisfaction from taking them away from their
wives/girlfriends. My H saw her coming on to all the guys. I think he thought, "Why not me?" When she turned her attentions to him, his ego got a big boost.

He has always felt inferior...not handsome, not athletic, not rich, not worthy , not good enough.

I see that as broken.

H says he wasn't thinking rationally. I believe this.

He says he wasn't thinking of the consequences of his actions.I see that as not being not in his right mind.

H says if he could go back in time and change just 1 thing in his life...this would be it. This was this biggest mistake of his life.

So I try to have compassion instead of anger.

I know this is a bit rambling. I guess I'm trying to figure it out for me.

Thanks for reading...

hopefullromantic posted 5/24/2013 11:06 AM

We often refer to his A as temporary insanity.

I think all of us are "broken" to a certain degree. We all use "coping mechanisms" to deal with what is going on in our lives, and sometimes, especially under extreme stress, we don't cope well. Especially when we can't identify or even acknowledge the stressors in our lives. Many people cheat when there is something particular going on in their life they seem to be handling, but not so much, hence the A.

Those who are serial cheaters tend to be those who don't deal well with life, in general, whereas the one time cheater may have finally reached his/her breaking point. Of course, when they find the A somehow meets those messed up needs, infidelity becomes their drug of choice. It's addicting.

Like you, I find this easier to accept and deal with than thinking my H is just a selfish a-hole. I couldn't stay if he were only that. Instead, I continue to love the flawed man, as I always have. Especially since he is a loving and compassionate man who, since getting his head out of his arse, is doing what he can to help me with my brokenness.

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