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painandgrief posted 1/12/2014 18:13 PM

You know the club, the one that you were sure that you're spouse would never be a member of?

Well, the last couple of days have been tough in that I find myself acknowledging that my WH has the same morals as a friend's husband who I despise.

When I found out that her WS had cheated on her, I was obviously appalled, but I've always thought that her soon to be ex was a self absorbed, sanctimonious prick. The affair was the topping on the cake.

The thought that my WS shares that asshole's moral code is so incredible disappointing. I always THOUGHT my husband was better than that.

Is there something (with hindsight) you've found now really bothers you?

GotMyLifeBck2013 posted 1/12/2014 18:19 PM

Sure. I didnt see her low self esteem and abusive behaviors as something we needed to address. I guess i hoped with time she would mellow and realize she was hurting us and herself. Instead she just perpetuated and increased her bizarre behaviors. Im in full nc now post divorce and its good. Im healing and taking my time. But the past behaviors were so much more indicative of her future behaviors than i could have ever imagined. I also recall her changing her tune on her attitude toward cheaters, and of course her family history, all her brothers and sisters did it, so no shock she would too.

dmg35 posted 1/12/2014 19:51 PM

I understand, my WW and I would always talk about how creepy our friends husband was and how he would be getting inappropriately and then she goes and has two EA's at the same time..

How do you sit there and criticize someone then you do the same thing and even worse..... so confused

ItStillHurts posted 1/12/2014 21:29 PM

That I can't change "you" no matter how much faith, hope and love I had in "us". Only"you" can do that.

painandgrief posted 1/12/2014 21:33 PM

Oh, one more thing...I'm ashamed that I'm on anti-depressants and I don't see myself coming off for a long, long time. I hate him for that.

scarednbroken posted 1/12/2014 22:49 PM

In my original story I posted about our first date. My WH is a former marine. Military. Dedicated father. His XW cheated on him. He had a paternity test dne to assure his daughter was his. He was angry with his father who was a WH also. And left his mother to raise two kids alone for the OW. He is a pillar of our community. He cleaned up the department of the school district where he works - employee and environment. He has many friends and few enemies. He is a adamant supporter of the community. He outwardly seems to be a loving husband. Supporter of the middle class man's rights.

Peel back the layers and one will see the family he "supports" struggling to make ends meet because he pays for sex... Even his regular OW doesn't know he likes hookers. He is not age discriminant - 19 through 50s.

TheAgonyOfIt posted 1/13/2014 01:09 AM

the past behaviors were so much more indicative of his future behaviors than i could have ever imagined

This above***

This hurts. The writing was on a vandalized wall.

And now I'm nearly 50, and feel I foolishly gave some of my best years to an entirely self centered guy. I feel conned, robbed. Even raped. Tonight I feel very, very sad.

RightTrack posted 1/13/2014 07:09 AM

Yeah, I found out that the reason he never helped me with the kids or the house wasn't because he was working so hard, it was because he was a selfish prick who didn't respect me AND because I was letting him slide.

Skye posted 1/13/2014 08:18 AM

That my husband is more emotionally dysfunctional than I realized. I always knew he wasn't "normal" but had no idea how being dysfunctional could impact me.

And it is very hard to talk about because he usually functions extremely normally. It's hard living with a secret.

Holly-Isis posted 1/13/2014 08:50 AM

Walking the dog today, I realized that MrH can't feel empathy. It's one of the reasons I don't feel safe. The healing process has no crossover simply because he can't seem to reach out to my heart.

He explains that he won't cheat again because he doesn't want the consequences. Never because how it felt to see me in all the pain I was (and have been) in. Saturday we decided to try this again and he answered questions and showed some insight. Then on Sunday he found a CD I bought him during the A. I had heard the artist interviewed on NPR, remembered her name, researched her- difficult spelling- and bought the CD. I tried to talk to him about how his reaction at the time made me feel, nothing from him except his wife knows him and this is his second favorite CD. Then in the evening I tried to talk to him about the lack of emotional connection to my feelings, nothing.

I know he can show emotions besides lust and anger. I've seen it when he was talking about how he felt about xOw2. Me, I get the same tone and inflection when he accidentally ruins my dress in the wash that I get when he apologizes for ruining our M.

seenow posted 1/13/2014 08:54 AM

That I may have married the wrong person. YIKES.

million tears posted 1/13/2014 09:18 AM

That my WH isn't one of the "nicest guys in the world" and we aren't the Cleavers and that I'm not lucky to have him.

((((painandgrief))) being on anti-depressants is nothing to be ashamed of.

Ostrich80 posted 1/13/2014 11:43 AM

I've learned that we aren't untouchable, we ARE one of those couples dealing with infidelity. I really thought.I would never ever have to deal with this.I know now, never say never. You really don't know shit about what goes on in someone's head, even someone you've know for 30 + plus years. Nothing surprises me anymore.

cl131716 posted 1/13/2014 11:47 AM

Yes! I ignored red flags, I ignored my gut, and I ignored my friends and family. I was in major denial because I was soooo in love. Look before you leap. That's what I have learned.

cancuncrushed posted 1/13/2014 13:04 PM

All the above. No empathy. Yet will display empathy for strangers. We are not the Cleavors, and I believed we were.. The most startling is the manipulation. He plans what he must project. He decides what will look great while others watch. It was subtle, and usually at work functions. Or in front of his parents. It was unbelievaable for me. I saw it grow. ANd he manipulates me. He works on my sympathy to get me to do things for him. I thought I was seeing this, and after years, I have no doubt. We have been married 30 years. I try not to be too hard on myself, as he was traveling for 23 of those. SO really, its like we have been married 8. I loved the person he pretended to be. He is really someone else inside. I believe it is self esteem issues. I believe it is self serving and dodging ownership. Which is coward. I wonder who he really is.

[This message edited by cancuncrushed at 1:04 PM, January 13th (Monday)]

k94ever posted 1/13/2014 13:13 PM

What I've learned?

1) People will ALWAYS do what they want, regardless of who they hurt.

2) Never trust anyone but yourself.

3) If someone tells you a member of the opposite sex is "just a good friend", they are having sex with them.

4) The hardest thing in the world is not burying your children or your spouse, but re-building your self-esteem.


painandgrief posted 1/14/2014 21:20 PM

Thank you all for your heartfelt replies. I really is kind of sad that I could literally identify with each and every post written. Each thing about their behaviors and your reactions felt like my own.

SI has truly shown me than I am not alone in this godforsaken journey through hell. Without you all, I Do NOT know what I would do.

Thank you.

(Edited because typing thru tears is hard)....

[This message edited by painandgrief at 9:22 PM, January 14th (Tuesday)]

StrongerOne posted 1/14/2014 21:40 PM

That my H is a weak and emotionally stunted person.

That I made a serious error in judgment when I picked him because I was sure he would always treat me well.

That I was wrong that we were a good team -- I'm the team, really.

That I knew these things about him before we married, within a couple of years of starting dating, in fact. And ignored them willfully.

That all those years of hoping he would just say he loved me that I looked good, or that he would ask about my day -- now when he does those things (still not very often, but more), I just feel, meh.

That I should have D him after the A, but I was a coward. And now I refuse to give up any time with our teenage son.

That I love him, somehow, but I'm not in love with him. Ironic, huh?

Bad day today...

[This message edited by StrongerOne at 9:43 PM, January 14th (Tuesday)]

MegM posted 1/14/2014 21:52 PM


Mine is very like yours. My husband and I always discussed our concern for my BF who's H was selfish, lacked empathy and attempted to come onto her other BF (and we know was also active online).

Also my BiL who is a serial adulterer and actually put it on me about two years before my H's affair.

During my H's affair we learnt my BiL had come on to my sister's best friend . While my sister slept in the house.

My Husband was revolted. wanted to out the BiL with my sister (who was recovering from breast cancer)

Meanwhile - the very same weekend that we learnt this H was running behind closed doors with the AP while I was in the same building.

It has been a hard realisation for us both. That he was the same as both of those men.

Different MO but same self-entitlement.

I don't understand how people delude themselves like that. But the ability to do so is a key factor in infidelity.

PhantomLimb posted 1/14/2014 23:21 PM

I knew he was self-centered and selfish and I saw him treat other people badly, but I believed he loved me. I viewed myself as career-driven and independent. I viewed him similarly. So I thought we were these two go-getters who made a great partnership that he would never take for granted.

Instead it turns out he was NPD and I let him off easy because I was always focused on job stuff, didn't want kids, kept things like $ separate and called it "feminism." I didn't notice how much he got to coast when he did something thoughtless. I always made excuses for him (because of his FOO issues) when he did something boneheaded at work or with friends.

In the end, what I really did was allow him to never fully commit to me in the sense that out emotional intimacy was really shallow. I never really knew him-- because the "him" I thought I knew would never try to cheat.

And when I caught him, I became the enemy and he was gone like that. He was never able to do anything that was hard. Easier to just stay with OW.

[This message edited by PhantomLimb at 11:22 PM, January 14th (Tuesday)]

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