[This message edited by Tearsoflove at 10:42 PM, February 28th (Friday)]
Here are the facts: You can't control him. You can't nice him into doing what you want. There are no "right" words to make him become the husband you deserve.
You may have to cry your heart out over this but you need to let it go for now if you think you're going to fix something that's been going on for years with the right sentence. There is no right sentence because he is going to do what he's going to do regardless of what you say. Let him go. It might just be that he needs to actually see what it's like to not having you try to fix everything in order to realize what he is about to lose.
[This message edited by mainlyinpain at 11:39 PM, February 28th (Friday)]
Tears said it well,
Let him go. It might just be that he needs to actually see what it's like to not having you try to fix everything in order to realize what he is about to lose.
Give him a dose of reality and get away. Let him see what its like being without you and his reaction will show you how he truly feels.
Please be careful and take this very, very seriously. I lived through numerous rages and still thought my ex would never hit me. I was wrong and found nose nose at the end not his fist for asking questions about his cheating. I did the same as you and barricaded the door until I moved out. You can not talk him down, calm him down or be sweet when he rages. You can only take his threats seriously and have the cops remove him for your safety.
He is out of control and these rages won't stop as long as you do nothing! He will escalate and can become violent. Please stay away from him and email a trusted friend telling them what is happening right now. This can be used as proof that you are afraid of him!
Ok - as is often said here, sometimes to save your marriage you need to be willing to let it go. I think you are the poster child for this phrase. Your H is emotionally abusive. You found a phone showing a lot more cheating, and he has the nerve to bitch about work? Really? How selfish is this man? "Yes, I've lied, I've cheated for a decade. I'm emotionally abusive and refuse to speak to you because you're hurting. But hey, I work a lot, so tough shit."
mainlyinpain, he has you so twisted from his abuse that you're actually saying he does work a lot and that you shouldn't have confronted because he had nothing to give. HE CHEATED AND LIED - I don't care if he has been on his feet for 36 hours, you had every right to call him out and confront him. You are not an accessory, and he's treating you like you should only be doing things that make him happy. If you don't, he shuts you out.
If I were you, I would not let him in or respond to anything he says for the rest of the weekend, if he says anything. I would see a lawyer on Monday and file. He's so used to abusing you that he thinks nothing of it, and thinks you won't go anywhere. Let him know you're done being mistreated, cheated on, lied to. If he comes back, it's on YOUR terms, not his. He's the one with the work to do, not you. If he doesn't come back, well, I'm sorry but D was going to happen, so why not get that ball rolling.
You can't keep letting him dictate the relationship. He's been unfaithful for far too long. There are too many lies.
What are your boundaries? Write them down. Decide what you will and won't accept. Then it's his choice - he either lives within those boundaries, or he lives without you.
mainlyinpain, please don't take this as judgment or criticism. From your post here, it sounds like you've been being emotionally abused by him for so long you've gotten things mixed up. He's the broken one. It's not up to you to figure out how to say things. It's not fair that he acts like a child and doesn't speak to you for a week, and then explodes. I don't care how busy he is. I'm busy this time of year too. I don't abuse my H because of it.
Please, stop thinking about how not to anger him and start thinking about what you need, want and will accept. You know this isn't right. You know this won't get better if you just keep riding it out. You don't want the rest of your life to be with someone that threatens to abandon you every time he gets annoyed. You don't want someone that cheats and then gets infuriated that you dare ask about it. You deserve better, and honestly, he doesn't. He deserves to be left in the dust, still thinking he's some great prize. He's treating you like you're lucky he's still there. In reality, he's lucky. He's a liar and a cheat, and he has a wife that is willing to work things out.
Boundaries - what are they? Abuse - how do you get away from it? Marriage - a joint effort, or one party catering to another to avoid verbal whiplash and emotional starvation?
Please, consider these things, and be very willing to let him go. IMO, at this point it's the only way that you can rebalance your M.
[This message edited by mainlyinpain at 5:50 PM, March 1st (Saturday)]
I did talk to my sister, she was not much help but said she would go with me when I need to see a lawyer. So I don't feel so all alone.
I also talked to my younger brother who is a corporate lawyer. He was so kind and supportive and said he will help in any way. I asked if he could come over tomorrow for moral support if indeed my WH does start packing up and leaves as I know that will be hurtful. I don't think WH will come home until late tonight so maybe I can avoid him and go to bed early.
I told my brother everything which was hard. He plays b-ball with my husband almost every Monday. His kids sometimes work in my WH office.
This morning the only thing he said was don't touch my stuff I will pack tomorrow. I really don't have the energy to pack his stuff and don't want the rage if I do so...we shall see.
I still feel the barbs of all he said to me and how I could not defend any as I was not allowed to speak. I mostly feel the pain of him rejecting my trying to get him to sleep in bed, he acted as if I repelled him. Such rage and anger one has to feel like they have done something wrong, grieviously wrong to have elicited that. But I know it is as you say, he only wants me to make him happy, anything else and I am shut out. Why is this? When I talked to my brother I remarked that I never have a conversation with my WH like this, where he offers comfort and tells me what his take on this is, is reflective. Of course when it is about someone else it is easier but still.....I see WH here at SI being reflective and digging deep for answers, my WH wants to hide everything and never talk about it again---for him---but what about what I need?
I have to think that he really is involved with OW to have elicited such a dramatic reversal and emphatic avowal of it being over. I don't think he would do that without a safety net.
I am very sad. You all know this drill. Am I moving down the topic section to divorce? What a wasted life this has been. I am sad for my son. I will never risk my heart again.
I'm just so so sorry, sweety. I wish I could give you a big hug right now.
Like most responders have mentioned, you are mired in the bargaining phase. This is not your fault - you are confused and in pain and hoping that he will somehow become the person you need him to be. We've all been there to some degree.
Hear us when we tell you that you can't do anything to control him. Even if he shows you his "non-inflammatory" side from time to time, that doesn't mean that it's worth it to stay through the rest of the emotional abuse.
Sometimes we feel obliged to try and fix this - whether it's out of shame or to try and protect our kids. We feel obliged because there ARE good minutes, hours, or even days. At the end of the day, you don't HAVE to try and make this work. He's showing you his true colors with the outbursts as well as the NC. He's showing you who he is when he yells and calls you names.
You deserve a life free from this. It's going to be hard and scary to let it sink in that you can't control him, but once you do you can use your energy to control the things in your life that you need to make yourself safe and respected.
It's not going to happen overnight. Be gentle with yourself, and take little baby steps towards the light and away from this mess.
I see WH here at SI being reflective and digging deep for answers, my WH wants to hide everything and never talk about it again---for him---but what about what I need?
I don't know your story in full, but what I get from reading this string of posts is a situation in which you're driving yourself nuts thinking about what's going on inside his head and thoughts, altering your actions to avoid riling him up, and basically just failing to establish any non-negotiable unalterable terms for your relationship and life (aka boundaries).
You seem highly co-dependent to me, and I mean that sympathetically, as I used to be similar. When I read this thread, I just see someone focused on an outcome that may never come to pass, and that her partner doesn't seem to care about. Reconciliation takes two.
I hope that you get some measure of resolution soon.
"Now I know that's contradiction, wants and needs in competition/But it's hard to stay on point with such extremes in opposition."
Facepunched, I don't even know what boundaries are anymore, esp don't know how to have the power to have them and make sure they are enforced and what to make as a consequence and how enact it. You kinda have to have someone first who wants to know what your boundaries are. Probably don't need to know anymore but that whole thing there is about power and I have none, do not come from a place of power. I know I have been manipulated and conditioned and I barely know how to verbalize what I feel from what I get and don't get from him. His actions and inactions are beyond logical or right to me. Except that they are usually all about him.
I still am so worried that he is with OW, like now, or on the phone earlier. Not mostly that I care that he wants her but that something is still being done to me behind my back.
Or am I nuts and there is no communication?
Make it stop. I am afraid for when he comes home. Send me strength please. I feel alone..