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Default  Posted: 9:40 PM, October 10th (Thursday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I found out about my boyfriend's affair 5 months ago. Since then we have been trying to reconcile and put all of this behind us. We have had some setbacks (caught him still communicating with the OW), but for the past couple of months things have been pretty good. The problem is I just can't seem to move totally past him disrespecting me and our family. Some days are better than others but I feel like I am constantly obsessing over who he is talking to or texting. It is driving me crazy. Then I blow up at him and tell him I think he is hiding things from me. He says I am pushing him away by making him feel he is always doing something wrong. I can understand his point of view. I wouldn't want to know I screwed up and be reminded of it. I just don't know how to get over the paranoia and stop pushing him away. Thanks for any advice.

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Default  Posted: 9:21 AM, October 11th (Friday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Bumping in hopes that others who can relate will read and give advice.

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Default  Posted: 9:40 AM, October 11th (Friday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

(((Bella12))) So sorry for what you are going through.

I can relate to what you are saying because I did similar things after discovery day (D-day). The term for this behavior is called hypervigilance and it is normal following a severe trauma, such as a betrayal by a loved one.

I would suggest you let your BF know you are struggling with this and allow him to help you by being patient with your need to know. Calmly communicate your concerns to him when you know you are feeling paranoia, instead of blowing up. I know he feels like the enemy sometimes, but if you can work together as a team, it will really help both of you rebuild emotional intimacy.

Regarding the anger from the past...This is also very normal. We all tend to hang onto anger when we believe the person that caused us the pain has not been punished enough or not done enough to mitigate the damage. The next time you feel angry, remind yourself of what is causing the anger, and try to have patience. Don't push away the anger, acknowledge it and the cause, and then tell yourself their are betters ways of dealing with anger than lashing out. Remember, we can't always control our thoughts, but we can control how we respond to them.

If the anger and hypervigilance continues to significantly interfere with your life and/or your relationship, it may be time to seek counseling. 5 months out can be a volatile time during R, so remember that patience and understanding are your key tools in R. Especially patience with yourself. It's ok to give yourself the precious gift of time to heal.

[This message edited by HardenMyHeart at 9:42 AM, October 11th (Friday)]

Me: BH, Her: FWW - Long Term EA/PA
d-day: June 25, 2007
Married 33 years, Together 40 years - Reconciled

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Default  Posted: 11:10 AM, October 11th (Friday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

What are you and he actually doing to 'put all of this behind us'?

His breaking NC adds hurt to hurt. In a real sense, each new hurt is a new D-Day, so you're really just a couple of months out.

Is he transparent? Do you ask the questions you want to ask? Does he answer them honestly? Is he in IC? Are you? Are you in MC?

It takes real action to heal and to R, action from both of you. Without the necessary actions, R is impossible.

fBH (me) - 66 on d-day, Married 43, together 45 on d-day, same sex ap
DDay - 12/22/2010
Recover'd and R'ed
Most of us know only our own experience. That's not enough data to support a general rule that D, or R, is right in every sitch.

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