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User Topic: when I feel hurt, he gets frustrated
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Default  Posted: 10:34 AM, December 4th (Wednesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I see what you are saying, 100%. I think I may have jumped on another part of what was being said here that more closely related with what I am going through (as we are all wont to do sometimes! ) Sorry!

me - BS (40s)
DDay - June 2013, A was 2+ months, EA then PA
In MC & Reconciling
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Default  Posted: 11:12 AM, December 4th (Wednesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

It is great to have an instantly remorseful WS, but I don't know the percentages on how many do that. My FWH took a while to get to real remorse. I think he did feel bad for what he did, but it took him a while to learn to put his own guilt and shame aside and deal with my hurt when I was triggering. At first, he allowed himself to be overwhelmed with his own bad feelings. I did not stop sharing my triggers with him though and with time (and a good IC) he got better at listening to my feelings and validating them.

I also think that at first, he was in "fixer" mode and since he didn't know how to undo what he had done, he got frustrated. I really had to explain to him that what I needed for him to do was listen to what I was saying and just be there for me--apologize, reassure me, etc. Again, it took him a while to learn that skill. Sometimes he got impatient and wanted to know how many times he needed to apologize. The answer was "As many times as I need." He has worked at it and has come a long way. Now, he sometimes apologizes to me out of the blue--and that feels really good.

There is hope for a WS who is not instantly remorseful. But he does have to be willing to do the work. I would say it took my FWH at least a year, maybe two, to get to the point where he could handle my triggers effectively. It was worth the work and the wait, for both of us.

Me--BW (56)
Him--FWH (53)--5yr. LTA--OW probably BPD
Married 20 years
DS-18, DD-15
Reconciling--but boy is it hard!

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