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User Topic: Why did yo do it?
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Red  Posted: 8:08 AM, February 7th (Tuesday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage


You have a PM

"Don't give up, the beginning is always the hardest." My Mom:)

My tolerance for stupid shit is getting less and less.

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Default  Posted: 1:03 PM, February 7th (Tuesday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Well I am still asking that question a yr and a half out. I know that I was @ a place in my life where I felt kind of "lost". I was a mommy and a wife and was feeling like I had kind of lost myself...3 kids and one who has adhd which hadn't been diagnosed yet so we were really struggling with him. I was so stressed out and on top of that while I knew my husband loved me deeply I felt he didn't find me as sexy and our love life was a little slow...we were having friends over A LOT and after the kids were in bed we woujld hang out by the pool and drink. OM was BH's cousin and good friend and someone I felt comfortable with and didn't feel like he was a threat so I let my guard down. Started flirting glances and then texting. Just to say hey it was fun having you over last night,etc. He was married too but they were having a lot of problems and he started confiding in me. He was very nice looking(so is my BH) and 2 or 3 yrs younger than me. We had known eachother as kids. Everytime I txted or flirted one more layer was torn off and the further I slipped down that slope. When he initiated it going further I was ready and my inhibitions were gone. Horrifys me to retell that sordid story. My bh and I had a great marriage and he was and is my best friend. I still can't believe I did what I did. I don't know that I will ever fully understand or be able to forgive myself. I never in a million yrs thot I would do that to my BH.....we are trying to work things out and I thank God every day that I have another chance although I'm seeing that things will never be the same between us. Which I totally understand but it makes me very sad.

BH 33
3 beautiful kids
Married since August 14,1999
DDay 8/10

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Default  Posted: 7:15 AM, February 10th (Friday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I want to say THANK YOU to all of the WS's who have posted here. Your courage is admirable. The sharing of your insights and experiences is so valuable to everyone who has been on any side of this situation. Thank you so much for being brave enough to share with everyone.

Me: 46 BS Divorced
Him: 45 Married OW
DDay: 07/04/2008
Divorced: 06/15/2011
5 kids: IrishLass 27,IrishLad 25, IrishLass 23, IrishLad 21 and IrishLad 12
"You can't run from trouble..there ain't no place that far"

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Default  Posted: 9:13 PM, March 12th (Monday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage


WH - 44
BW - gerrygirl

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Default  Posted: 12:43 PM, March 14th (Wednesday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

My A took place in 2007, but I kept it hidden until 2010 after I learned of FWH's infidelity. I've had 4+ years to think about it, and while I make no attempt to excuse my actions at that time, I've spent a long time trying to understand just WHO the heck I was during that year. I certainly didn't act like the person I had previously considered myself to be.

While our M had been rocky from the get-go, I have always loved my H. Maybe even too much at times. I won't blame our troubled M for my choices. I think a slew of life changes hit me at once and in the confusion, I lost myself and let my priorities spin totally out of control.

In June 2006 I gave birth to our second child. A month later, I was fired from the job I had held for 5 years. In losing the job, I lost my female social network. By the time the baby was 5 weeks old, I was working a different shift, at a different place, in a totally different professional field. By the time the baby was 8 weeks old, I was enrolled in college to pursue a degree in this new field. After another month, I found another new job making more money and left the first job. Two months later I transferred within that organization to yet another new building and title.

And during all of this, I had a major falling out with my mother and we didn't speak for months.

After that tumultuous 6-month period, which was also filled with a good dose of PPD, life finally settled down a bit. I met new friends and started to have an active social life. More active, in fact, than it had been in years. I was happier, and I thought things were going to be fine.

However, during all of those life transitions, I pretty much left my H in the dust. I didn't ask for his help or his input--I just did what I needed to do to get by. I never knew how much he resented being left out of all the decisions I was making. The disconnect started there, and it became a million times worse when I started working full-time second shift. We never saw each other, and if we did, we had enough time to talk about the kids or the bills.

But still, I thought we were fine. I emailed an old male college buddy and invited H and myself to his & his GF's house for a bonfire one night. I thought it would be great for the four of us to be friends, so we could get out and do things with other couples.

There was chemistry in college with the old friend, but it was never acted upon. All it took was a well-timed compliment, and the slippery slope turned into a freaking slip & slide.

So the short answer as to why I did it? Having gone through a ton of personal upheaval in my life, I convinced myself that I deserved the attention and recognition. I had earned it after all the sacrifices I had made for my family.

Totally messed up thought process, but I'm grateful that I've been able to deal with it to ensure that it won't EVER happen again.

[This message edited by JandAandE at 12:44 PM, March 14th (Wednesday)]

Me: Madhatter
Him: Madhatter
My affair: 2007 for 3 months; confessed in 2010
His affairs: 2009 (ONS) and 2010 (3 months); I caught him.
Us: Married since '05; 3 kids ages 9, 6, and 18 months & another on the way.

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Default  Posted: 4:56 PM, March 14th (Wednesday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

For me, there are two sides to the question. I am still trying to figure out how I could have done this to my husband, been so selfish, blocked out the knowledge that what I was doing would wound my dearest and destroy my marriage. I may never know this.

It is however clear to me what motivated me in my infidelities. I liked seducing those men, just being able to take what I wanted whenever I wanted it. My first sexual experience involved seducing a much older man, and although I was not experienced enough to know that what I was doing would very likely end in sex, it is now clear to me that I very much enjoyed being able to disquiet him, to make him react. I knew that what I was doing was bad, shocking perhaps, but I really didn't know enough at that time to see it as any worse than pinching cookies. Several years and several more men later, I started to have misgivings about my compulsions and what they might mean, but I was able to compartmentalize these away and continue.

My husband's love for me was deep and enduring, and our desire for each other never flagged, but he was secure with me, everything he did was because he wanted to, or we wanted to, but not because I made him lose control or feel uncertain. And I think now that I truly wanted that strength and confidence to respect and rely on in a husband, but that I still missed that thrill that seducing brought me. Our marriage was always a thing shared, and I wanted something of my own.

I now often wonder if I was drawn to my husband because I thought that he could save me, repair me. If so, it was obviously the worst kind of foolishness.

me: ww/34
him: 33, has initiated divorce
married 8 years, together for ten
kids 7 and 4

dday 1 - 12/17/2011
dday 2 - 1/26/2012 (my past multiple affairs revealed)

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Default  Posted: 7:46 AM, March 26th (Monday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Thanks to all who posted. And that was to revert to the patterns of my youth and look for validation from inappropriate sources. In the beginning, it seemed harmless enough. I can truly relate to this.

My only excuse is that essentially I am insecure. I too basked in female attention when I was younger and still do. It is not an excuse for what I did. Despite seeking and getting female attention for most of my life, I have always been insecure in relation to any attractiveness I may have. For some reason, it is very important to me to be considered physically attractive. Too important. I have also suffered from bouts of depression at times in my life - my father's affair, my break ups.

Not once in my life did I ever pursue a woman. I was too afraid of rejection. I was lucky enough that I was approached. Not once in my life did I ever end a relationship I was in. Even the AP ended the relationship.

I knew the A. was wrong. It is not an excuse but I became addicted to it.I had a choice initially and failed. The AP made me feel wanted and alive. My wife has always complimented me but that wasn't enough for me. AP's advances tempted me and I was too weak.

I firmly believe in the dopamine surge. That is not an excuse but it does make doing the right thing more difficult once the A. has started. It became an addiction to me. I needed it just to stay in the now.

I am getting IC for my problems.

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Default  Posted: 10:39 AM, March 26th (Monday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I was unhealthy. There were many lies I told myself to convince myself I could do it. Some included that he'd already cheated on me, that he had just broken up with me... A couple of weeks earlier I had cut myself all over my arms - spent the night in the psych ward. Knowing this deepens my awareness of how unhealthy I was.

At the time, I was trying to punish myself. The OM I chose was an abusive ex. I knew that I was going to be abused by him again. I blamed myself for not being enough for H. I wanted to be hurt. I was planning to hurt OM for things he had done in the past, that the police never did anything about. I was trying to be a bad person, and I don't know if I even deserve forgiveness for that. That's why it astonishes me that H forgave me.

The betrayal lasted four days. I sent fishing/sexual emails to OM to set him up. When the day came, I finally looked in the mirror and realized that I was missing H so much, my heart was breaking, and by doing this I would be spitting on everything he and I had been doing together. I would be insulting every time he believed in me to walk away and be stronger than that abusive OM.

So when OM showed up, I didn't get in the car. I didn't cross the final line. And the whole time, I was thinking of H. Then I went inside, lay down on the floor, and told myself I would mourn H and what we had forever if I could just not taint it anymore. That night H called me, fully within his episode, cursing at me, saying he had cheated on me again, saying he hated my guts. The next day, he got the proper meds and couldn't even remember breaking up with me. A couple of days after that was Valentine's Day. Two days after Valentine's Day I told him what I had done. I waited because I wanted to know he was stable before I told him. Schizophrenic episodes are NOTHING to joke about, and I don't mean for people on the outside. It is heartbreaking to see how lost and hurt and miserable H is whenever he goes through one.

I didn't expect him to forgive me. In fact, I think I even told him I didn't deserve it. But his first question was, did OM hurt me anymore? Was I safe? I think that made me cry.

I have better options than either cheating or self-harm (I chose these options in reverse order earlier, when I was still with OM. First a trip to the mental ward for wanting to jump off a particular bridge, then a ONS following an eventful morning when OM wanted to use my car to keep cheating on me - both the wrong options to choose). I've been in therapy since the month I met H. Thank goodness, I have a better therapist now, and we're working on my mental illness issues. I come here to work on my choices. Glad to be here.

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Infidelities are like icebergs - they may take many different shapes and sizes, but they all damage your ship.

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Default  Posted: 4:41 PM, March 30th (Friday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Bump for a couple of new folks.

Me - FWW * Him - QuietStand

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Me - FWW * Him - QuietStand

"Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway." - J. Wayne

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Default  Posted: 3:23 PM, March 13th (Wednesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Bump for new members

FBH - 42
FWW - 43 (BrokenRoad)
2 kids 7&12

The people you do your life with shape the life you live

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Default  Posted: 7:00 AM, December 7th (Saturday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Spoken from the heart by so many WS...


BH Tred
M 16yrs
DDay Nov. 2011

Guns don't kill people; Affairs kill people

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Default  Posted: 5:26 PM, December 7th (Saturday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I did it because I was abusive and I wanted to hurt my BW and boy did I ever do that.

Lots of FOO issues, but it boils down to wanting to destroy my wife to make myself feel like more of a man. "I'll show that bitch" It is a wonder and miracle that my wife is still here working hard. It makes me feel so ashamed at times, but that serves no purpose. I am no longer THAT man.

Selfish, childish, cowardly. I have no other words for my behavior.

WS:52 Male
BS:47 Female
Working towards R and forgiveness.
Also working on domestic abuse issues (9 months abuse free, working hard for more)
My wife is my greatest teacher and best friend.

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Default  Posted: 6:59 PM, December 7th (Saturday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Gosh, it sounds like we all had similar issues! I can relate so much to each and everyone of you. I will however say that one of the biggest factors in my infidelity was/is conflict avoidance. Whenever my husband and I would argue, he would yell and become aggressive. I just wanted to stop the arguing and yelling, so I always shut down, I hate confrontation and I hate conflict! My thoughts were that I should just quit this marriage. I felt I never could really say what I wanted to say because he would just yell and argue. This led to a deep resentment in my marriage. This resentment coupled with my need for external validation, and feelings of loneliness was so deep, I started inching my feet out the door. It's easier to just leave and quit than do the hard work. When OM contacted me, I thought I'd found my escape. But that was not the case.

I have a lot of work to do. I'd like to explore why I am such a conflict avoider! I didn't want to deal with the issues in marriage so bad that I compromised my morals! I just don't understand! Okay, I'm done!

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Default  Posted: 9:41 PM, December 7th (Saturday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Thank you for bumping this post! I feel like j could have written some of these

Mad Hatter

Me: 21
Him: 21
Together 2 years
my ONS->1 mo EA abroad

after D-Day BF admitted he had broken NC with EXGF (EA)
D-DAY 11/21/13

In Limbo

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Default  Posted: 8:19 AM, December 9th (Monday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I have a lot of similar reasons to people here, but in speaking with my IC and my wife I have recently come to what feels like a big realization for me. In IC last week my IC told me I mattered and I broke down and started crying, he asked me why and I said because it felt good and it felt like validation. In bed that night talking with my wife she helped me to realize that rather than needing that validation externally, that it is my lack of respecting my own opinion and saying it that is a problem for me. I grew up watching my mom internalize a lot of feelings raising her right children and learned this. But internalizing things makes them so much bigger and worse. I am working on being honest and letting my feelings and opinions out in a loving and constructive fashion. God it's hard. 39 years of behavior is hard to change, but damnit I'm going to get there!

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Default  Posted: 6:58 PM, December 11th (Wednesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

It matters not.

I am a worthless whore and skank and deserve all of the bad in my life.

[This message edited by Daisy1967 at 9:36 AM, January 6th (Monday)]

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Default  Posted: 8:08 AM, December 12th (Thursday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I had a similar situation. As far as the affair, that was totally my fault. I was messed up and chose a messed up way of dealing with unhappiness amd loneliness. I should have left the marriage. But, I don't think I would have made such a destructive choice if I would have been in a marriage with even a little affection, attention or communication. My H spent at least the last 6 or 7 years avoiding interacting with me and our kids, choosing his computer instead. He regrets it now, and takes responsibility for his part in pulling away. It's a mess-- we both feel angry, and we both feel guilty.

Me-- WW, 49
Him-- BH, 53 (bobf)
Married 22 years
OEA, chat/email with multiple people over an 8 week period, 8/2013-10/4/2013
D-day 10/4/13
Working on reconciliation

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Default  Posted: 6:19 PM, December 12th (Thursday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Loss of a moral compass allowed fleshly wants to take precedence over marital vows, trust, and commitment.

The process took years from to get from watching porn here and there to a actual affair.

My medium of choice was the sugar daddy/baby lifestyle.

I am currently 2 days no contact! Nobody knows except and the women I've been involved with.

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Default  Posted: 7:04 PM, December 12th (Thursday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I was angry at life.

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