But this isn't about my xAP, but rather what inside me is so broken, so lacking in self-esteem and confidence, that I needed to externally create the "false fantasy validation unit" (ie: my xAP) to feed my ego and selfish wants. Add in doing all that while undermining those that believe in, and love, and rely on me...and it adds up to some very ugly and unpleasant truths to face.
I'm sure you'll get some good replies here.
[This message edited by JustDesserts at 1:30 PM, July 9th (Tuesday)]
Please be patient. She can't be fixed by you. She can be supported in her healing. The way you can help her is to concentrate on yourself and become the best person and H that you can be. She will improve. She may never be that same happy person that she once was, but she will get better.
WH can't fix me. I'm forever changed, as is our marriage. He wishes he could, I wish he could. I am beyond furious about him ruining the "us" I thought we were, forever. Not fair!
If there was anything a WS could do to fix it, it would most assuredly be written all over the forum. No amends are enough, you see.
All you can do is not cause any further damage, and fully realize
what you've done. Never leave your morals on a shelf, even briefly, even only in thought. Find out what stupid little thought first put a toe onto the wrong path to the slippery slope. It may be very simple, it may be a maze of things that hit like a perfect storm. That's what "digging for the why" means.
That will perhaps make you the man you need to be. For both yourself and your BW. The man you thought you were when you detested infidelity before and after. It will be the measure that bridges the two and eliminates the ability to ever start down the wrong path.
My WH says many of the things you say when he speaks of his A. How could he suddenly become someone he woud detest? He's seeking those answers in IC. I want them as badly as he does. He is not a safe person for me until then. I cannot really consider R before he is able to show me a better H. The H he says he wants to be and that I deserve.
It's not that your wife doesn't want to be fixed by you, she can't rely on you.
I wish you both the best.
I always looked down on cheaters because how could they do something like that to someone they loved. What was so bad in their life that caused them to do this. For me it was I always felt I wasn't good enough. As a kid I always tried to be likeable. I'd end up doing something stupid to wreck it. I had an uncle I liked when I was a kid. I'd see him once or twice a year when our families would get together. Without missing a beat I'd do something to annoy him. I'd usually break something of his every time I was at his house. I'd never do that at home but would when I was there.
When I was starting to fail I'd just let it slide. If I was failing a class in college I'd stop going instead of asking for extra help. I would give up to easy and find the quick escape. Looking back at my A I see the damage it has done. Not only to my BW but also to our families. Again my thoughts of cheaters is the same as before my A. They are selfish people who only think of their own enjoyment and not the damage they are causing.
Looking elsewhere is also an easy way to deal with my issues. It avoids confrontation and I'm the king of that. Would I have been in this situation if I wasn't approached and lead by my AP? No, I'm not like that but given the opportunity to escape my reality, I took it. The funny thing is my reality wasn't that bad. Why keep going back when the multiple opportunities to stop the A? The external validation. When I first met my BW the external validation was wonderful. After we got married my brain changes from seeing it as something she wanted to do to something she had to do because we were married. This is where an AP comes in. It's something I saw she wanted to do. If I gave more than a seconds thought to all of this the validation my BW gave me was because she also wanted to. If she had to she just wouldn't give it. Putting down my BW was a way for me to justify what I was doing. Nothing I ever said about her to my AP was true except for the one compliment that I can recall. I was just adding more fuel to the fire. As I go day to day trying to fix myself, I would love for my BW to open up to being fixed or at least try. She didn't put herself in this situation so I would love nothing more then to help her deal with it.
I will comment on the other posts when I finish spending time with my children. Thank you all.
I'm still trying to understand what my wife constructed in her head to make sexting and kissing + feeling up the other guy permissible. With help I'm getting an idea. She was seeking escape from our marriage troubles, and on a smartphone screen everything can be a fantasy and not real or part of the real world.
And the slide into the real world with the kissing? Still trying to make sense of that.
If my wh wrote this post and gave it to me I would kiss him and thank him and get back on with the business of loving him, asking him to be patient if I took a while to recover my self-esteem.
Somewhere out there is a bs wishing to hear things like this. Don't know if its yours.
I don't know, maybe I'm a little off base, but the tone strikes a chord with me. I've been there. Its really hard to be able to truly reconnect with yourself, all of yourself, including the part that is/was a cheater. I stiil see you putting a lot of your focus on how you can't undo the past or the pain you caused your BW. Well, yeah, that's a given. Now what are you're plans to help her move forward? What steps will you take to make her feel safe? What parts of you do you feel you need to change? How will you approach this change?
You're making some good progress in learning empathy, and beginning to peel back the layers of why, but I think you need to work a bit on owning your feelings, actions, etc. Focus inward on what you feel you need to change and why, for you! Not just what you feel your BW needs to hear.
Keep at it Sam! I think you're on the right track! Just stay focused on the goal.
Why is it that I was so against infidelity before I had my A. Why is it that I'm so against it after the A.
This is something that has had me baffled since learning of my fWH's A. His sister had an A and my fWH would not speak to her for 11 years because he was so disgusted with her... but DURING that 11 years he had his A
It's crazy to me. I have given it a lot of thought and I have come to the conclusion that on some deep level he felt that the rules didn't apply to him. Rules were for "ordinary" people, he was on a different plane.
"In our sleep pain, which cannot forget, falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own despair comes wisdom, through the awful grace of God." RFK