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User Topic: What's wrong with me?
ItsaClimb
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Default  Posted: 2:40 AM, November 14th (Thursday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

(((blake)))

Please don't think you discouraged me! You didn't, not at all. You just got me to look at things from a different angle, which is good. I am very guilty of only seeing things from my own perspective. It is sometimes quite eye-opening to look at things from a different point of view. I find it stretches me, makes me grow, makes me get my head straight. So please don't stop doing that!!

It's strange. Some of my issues are so ingrained that I don't even see myself acting them out. My IC has been (not so gently!) trying to make me see that just because I want WH to behave in a particular way it doesn't follow that I can, or should, control his behaviour. Here I was trying to do that very thing again and I didn't see it!

I want WH to be as disgusted by his actions as I am. I want him to share my pain. I think my expectations are probably unrealistic to begin with.

He says he is disgusted and in pain, but because he is not displaying it in a way that is clearly visible to me I don't believe he is disgusted and in pain. For one thing, I have to accept that perhaps he IS disgusted and in pain - he says he is, so perhaps he is. I have to take on board that just because he is not displaying his emotions in a way that fits in with my expectations, doesn't mean he isn't having emotions. His emotions have never been as "on display" as mine are!

(One of the problems WH and I have is that we speak different languages when it comes to emotions. I am all "out there" - if I am pissed you can SEE I am pissed, you can HEAR I am pissed, there can be NO DOUBT. WH is completely different, he is not great at displaying emotions (FOO issue here!) and sometimes his body language and what is coming out of his mouth are at odds... it's very confusing!)

If he ISN'T disgusted and in pain, well then, truth be told, there is not a whole lot I can do about that, or that I should even WANT to do about that.... I cannot control him. (I think that needs to be my new mantra!) I have to look at his reactions, and then decide if I can live with them. If I can't I need to make a move, not try to change his reactions <= I think that is key!


BS 46
Together 29 yrs, M 25 years
2 daughters 24yo(married with a brand new little daughter) & 19yo
D-Day 18 Aug 2012
6mth EA lead to 4mth PA with CO-W. I found out 8 1/2 yrs later

Posts: 966 | Registered: Oct 2012
blakesteele
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Member # 38044
Default  Posted: 7:28 AM, November 14th (Thursday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

For one thing, I have to accept that perhaps he IS disgusted and in pain - he says he is, so perhaps he is. I have to take on board that just because he is not displaying his emotions in a way that fits in with my expectations, doesn't mean he isn't having emotions. His emotions have never been as "on display" as mine are!

(One of the problems WH and I have is that we speak different languages when it comes to emotions. I am all "out there" - if I am pissed you can SEE I am pissed, you can HEAR I am pissed, there can be NO DOUBT. WH is completely different, he is not great at displaying emotions (FOO issue here!) and sometimes his body language and what is coming out of his mouth are at odds... it's very confusing!)


WOW! I totally get this!!! IC sessions concentrated on this differenc in my wife as well...my wife is like your husband and I am like you.

My wifes AP was more like her....kinda quiet, subdued....it is what attracted my wife to him (as well as a whole lot of mirroring and projecting of course).

It is a bit frustrating and confusing for me as well.....my wifes love language is "quality time"....something that only takes place when she is "open" to it. She was very much closed off to me pre-A...and most of our M. She was as open as her FOO issues would let her, so I am not blaming her....but the fact is her issues contributed to our disconnection and intimacy issues. On my end of this equation, my own FOO issues allowed this to be perfectly fine....again, IC helped me see how unhealthy my ways were, where they were born, and how to process past those. I am still very much a work in progress! So neither of us were intentionally withholding or mean to the other...our coping mechanisms simply played off each other and created a very unhealthy, unsatisified relationship. I say "simply"....seems like there is nothing simple about this painful experience.

Funny how things that attracted us to each other turned out to be things that kept us apart....my jump in with both feet, highly expressive with my emotions and her restraint and calmness with regards to life.

Truthfully, since my wifes A I have fantasized about being with a woman more like me....how fun it would be to be with a girl that jumped in with both feet....showed excitement and enthusiasm at the level I enjoy doing....and showed frustration and upset like I do as well. Me thinking it would be "easier" to bond with a person like that....going as far as to think about how different sex would be with a girl like that. Ultimately I believe a woman more like me would show appreciation and love in ways that fill me more completely.

BUT....this is unhealthy fantasy thinking. It is one of the ways my wife found to adultery.

It is unhealthy because it speaks to "external validation". I think my wife and I married, in part, because of what we each lacked and what the other "owned". I believe we thought "Well, since he is the life of the party I can live through him and not have to mature that part of me...and I dont have to feel uncomfortable. Well, since she is calm and even-keeled I dont have to mature that part of me....and I dont have to feel uncomfortable."

In a way we were both looking for another to "complete us" WITHOUT having to do any work...we avoided being "uncomfortable"! Man we were so niave for so long!!!!!

The truth, as I have come to know it, is that M does serve to "complete us"...but not in the way I assumed. A healthy M is meant to help us grow and mature in areas where we are immature, incomplete.

Early on my wife and I were talking about our parents and their respective divorces. My wife asked "Do you ever think your Mom let your Dad down?" (my Mom D my Dad). It was a profound question as I always thought my Dad caused my parents D (money issues throughout their M, then my Dad committed adultery). I have come to appreciate pain this past 14 months....I have seen substantial growth through my pain. Strangely, I feel more complete today then ever before in my life. It is an odd feeling....been thinking about posting about it....but havent got my hands around it enough to do so. It seems......odd?


In our sitch my wife will always be more calm and even keeled, and I will always be more enthusiastic and showing more emotion......but what this year has shown me is that I need to mature. And, more importantly, I CAN mature and become more "whole" on my own. My wife can do the same thing.

It is very uncomfortable....but not as uncomfortable as NOT changing.....so change is occurring. Change happens when the pain of same exceeds the pain of change.


To be sure....I love my wife. I have had VERY improper thoughts this year and have leaned hard on my accountability partner to keep me from acting on those thoughts. I am forever grateful for refraining from some of the actions I was contemplating doing....would have had dreadful results. This is just one example on how my reaction to something does NOT mean I have to put into motion actions tied to that reaction...make sense? I can sit on it for a while....and it feels good to be developing this control!!!

I believe my wife loves me as well.

Her A was not a deal breaker for me.

It is hard to look at myself and see parts that I don't like, parts I never knew were a part of me, see my actions of the past 15 years in a more true light and am shocked I did not see the obvious earlier then I did or in the absence of the trauma that my wifes A brought to me.

Itsaclimb....I am relieved to hear I did not discourage you. I enjoy watching your journey as I do 5 other specific SI members. You encourage me regularly and desire to do nothing but return the favor.

God be with us all.

[This message edited by blakesteele at 7:39 AM, November 14th (Thursday)]


ME: 42 BH, I don't PM female members
SHE: 38 EA
Married: 15 years
Together: 17 years
D/Day 9-10-12
NC: 10-25-12
NC: Broken early November 2012, OM not respond
2 girls; 7 and 10
Fear is payments on debts you have not

Posts: 3669 | Registered: Jan 2013 | From: Central Missouri
ItsaClimb
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Default  Posted: 12:37 PM, November 14th (Thursday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

So much of what you posted here is really brilliant blake and it speaks of how far you have come in your journey.

In a way we were both looking for another to "complete us" WITHOUT having to do any work...
My husband and I did the same thing. Even our FOO issues feed off each other His issues have caused him to never willingly take the blame for anything, whereas my codependency/abandonment issues mean I am always more than willing to jump in and take the blame and smooth troubled waters... It has "worked" brilliantly for us thus far, but so far and no further. We are going through a VERY uncomfortable time having to relearn how to relate!

A healthy M is meant to help us grow and mature in areas where we are immature, incomplete.
I only wish it hadn't taken me so very long to figure this out! And I wish it hadn't taken a trauma like the A to set in motion the healthy changes I am making in my life.

I have seen substantial growth through my pain. Strangely, I feel more complete today then ever before in my life. It is an odd feeling....
It's a strange dynamic, I feel like I know myself better now, a year past D-Day than I ever have in my life. This experience has shone a spotlight on many of my weaknesses, faulty coping mechanisms and weird FOO issues, forcing me to take action (lots of work still to be done!), it has also highlighted strengths in me that I never knew I possessed. I'm forever changed; scarred, but stronger and yes, more complete. I wouldn't say I am more comfortable in my own skin (my self-esteem has suffered a major knock and that is one aspect that is going to take quite some time to heal I think) but I know me a lot better than I did before and I'm glad about that.

Could not have got here without SI and people like you, nudging me when I need a nudge and just always being there to listen, support and encourage.


BS 46
Together 29 yrs, M 25 years
2 daughters 24yo(married with a brand new little daughter) & 19yo
D-Day 18 Aug 2012
6mth EA lead to 4mth PA with CO-W. I found out 8 1/2 yrs later

Posts: 966 | Registered: Oct 2012
crazyblindsided
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Member # 35215
Default  Posted: 3:47 PM, November 14th (Thursday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

It's a strange dynamic, I feel like I know myself better now, a year past D-Day than I ever have in my life. This experience has shone a spotlight on many of my weaknesses, faulty coping mechanisms and weird FOO issues, forcing me to take action (lots of work still to be done!), it has also highlighted strengths in me that I never knew I possessed. I'm forever changed; scarred, but stronger and yes, more complete. I wouldn't say I am more comfortable in my own skin (my self-esteem has suffered a major knock and that is one aspect that is going to take quite some time to heal I think) but I know me a lot better than I did before and I'm glad about that.

So true. I feel the same exact way.


BS/FWS (me):40 Madhatter
WS/BS:42 Serial Cheater
Together 18 years, Married 13
DD(10) DS(7)
DDay(s) 5/08, 5/09, 3/30/12
Final Dday 7/11/14 Affair never ended

Posts: 2266 | Registered: Apr 2012 | From: California
AML04
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Member # 39682
Default  Posted: 6:56 PM, November 14th (Thursday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

This whole thread has been so enlightening to me. I plan on going through it and taking lots of notes. To see so many people seeming to find themselves while dealing with the most intense pain I've ever felt is amazing.

Blakesteele-I often send your posts to my WH as your thoughts/musings resonate with how I'm feeling or at the very least make me stop and question some things I do. Thank you for being so open.


Me-BS Him-WH DS 5/12
T-13 M-9
DDay 5/26/13, TT through 8/13
2.5 yr EA w/co-worker, PA 12/12 to 4/13.
Hopeful for R

Posts: 863 | Registered: Jun 2013 | From: MA
HurtButHopeful?
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Default  Posted: 7:17 PM, November 14th (Thursday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Blakesteele, Although my H didn't have a PA, but had an EA that culminated with him asking me for a D, so he and OW could get M, I still do the same thing you spoke about in your initial post...4 years after DDay.

Mr. HBH and I had this very discussion over the weekend. I believe it is because of severe prolonged trauma, and the resulting PTSD.

Do you remember that movie that Robin Williams was in where his wife was shot while they were having lunch in a restaurant, and from then on a red horse and rider come after him from time to time? The pain and fear of the past kept coming after him. He was always looking around, worried the horse would appear at any minute. That is how I feel since the EA. Wondering if my world is going to fall apart at any minute. I was blind sided, so I didn't even see it coming.

Sometimes when times are going well, I will begin to pick the scab, and create a problem. I think I do it to keep myself aware and vigilant so I won't be blindsided again.

I understand your pain and confusion, especially your need to try to understand yourself.


Reconciliation means that we both are authentic and vulnerable. I still have my H, and he's a better man than ever!

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