I get depressed and withdraw. Over really stupid stuff mostly -- I keep my head in emergencies, but get lost in the day to day. Every time this happens, BW rightfully says "Here we go again."
To fix it, I have to recognize those things that set me off. I have to consciously think about what will happen if I act one way or the other. So the bottom line is that I try to pause and think through my reactions. Either before or during my response. For me, it is recognition, effort and practice.
Let me give one simple example. When I'd get depressed, my basic response to the world was "whatever, I don't care." Today, I try to not even use the word "whatever." I think of it like a curse word. Because I know that if I say "whatever" I could start to think "whatever" and then I could start to act "whatever."
Today, I know that I am slower to act or respond, because I really try to think about things first. I know that I am not totally successful. I screw up sometimes. But I can accept that because every situation is a chance to practice getting it right.
I find myself reacting to things like a crazy person. I get angry at the drop of a dime, and everything my vision shifts. I see myself - ME - and how everything affects ME!
How do we get that out of us? I wonder this... I deal with it by trying to be intentional. This bleeds into my relationship with my partner, but also into how I parent my kids. The need to react is strong. When the kids make a mess. When there is a sudden, jarring noise that disrupts my thinking... When my partner asks me questions that I just don't feel like answering. It seems there are so many things that set me off.
But being intentional is where we start, right? By stopping, thinking it through. By being aware of how we are set off - the triggers that cause us to lose focus and become entirely selfish. It is that selfishness that drove us to the affair, right? So, then, it stands to reason that we are selfish people - and not thinking is part of that.
What do you do to stop yourself? Do you know your triggers?
Why do you find it hard to talk about the affair? Deflecting from it is part of coping, I get that, but to reconcile - to have any shred of hope that you will - is it not worth simply stopping yourself? I ask myself that every day. Because they do not deserve for us to be distracted by our own thoughts and selfish wishes. Not now. Not after doing something so destructive like we have. . .
I hope that helps. I am new to this site, and hope I don't ever offend anyone... It is a hard road - and talking to others that understand helps, so thank you for allowing me that.
Learning to slow down and really think things thru was a process. But I've gotten the hang of it. I'm less impulsive. I'm more patient. Everything turns into a research project. To the point QS is like, "Holy cow....come on already!"
Being proactive is much more rewarding than being reactive.
Whenever I am faced in a difficult situation I tend to react with my initial feelings first..this is generally when my filter stops working.
This is something I realize I need to get better about.
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Slowing down is hard. I need to find was to just stop, listen and process everything without always seeming to miss the greater point and then having the emotional response to my BS saying "forget it. You clearly don't get it".
I haven't been dealing with it properly because it always causes an escalation. I'm not communicating or listening the was she needs me to to hear what she is really saying. This ends up angering her and frustrating me because then she shuts down and I then over analyze and beat myself up.
As far as not thinking before acting, I have that impulsiveness too. I am working very hard on it. The first tool I use, is I assume my first reaction is wrong. No exceptions. Once I have done that, it breaks that impulsiveness. It give me that 30 second break to start actually wrapping my mind around the situation. Sometimes the first instinct was right. But once I stop and think about it. I can get a much better solution. An example of this for me. Impulse buying. The marketers want us to be impulsive so that we buy their garbage. One of my first steps was to only allow myself 1 impulse buy when I went into the grocery store. By allowing myself 1 impulse buy, I had to start thinking about what impulse buy I wanted more. Wait a second this is starting to sound like rationally thinking through something. It is the little victories
Hope that helps
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It is all about slowing down and thinking. Your examples were very helpful in pointing this out.