"I want to tell her that I feel lonely hurt and depressed."
- Tell her, but only tell her if she is remorseful, NC with OP, and attentive to your needs. Otherwise, it will just hurt more. If you can't tell her, tell your counselor or trusted friend instead. You need to get it out.
"Sometimes I hear a song and I feel like it's her feelings for him."
- The affair was NOT about you. It is not personal. This is damn hard to swallow, and really hard to keep in mind when you trigger. Turn off the song when this happens. And again, is she is truly remorseful, talk to her about it. But, be sure you are ready to hear the answer. LISTEN to her, and make sure you coming from a place of wanting to understand instead of looking to reinforce the pain.
"I hear a song he dedicated to her and I'm broken inside."
- Fawk him and anything he did. He slept with a married woman; he doesn't know the first thing about love. He didn't really love your wife and vice-versa. Talking to my wife (when I and her were ready) about their relationship and what it really was (again, she has to come to understand why she did what she did in order to explain it) helped a lot.
"Sometimes I feel like I'm no competition next to OM."
- Then get on the treadmill, pursue a new career, go out with good friends, build better relationships, be better every day, and use your anger/betrayal as fuel to GROW. Prove to yourself you are better and everything you deserve to be.
"Sometimes I want to go home and just cry on her shoulder."
- Again, only if she is truly remorseful. I am not sure what you do to release your emotions, but find a healthy way. For me, I hit the heavy bag and boxing gym ten fold. It helps so much, especially on the days/nights I feel beaten and powerless. Take your power back as a man and go conquer something..join a mud race, train for a marathon, sweat it out...as the saying goes, "the more we sweat the less we bleed." It will do enormous amounts of benefits to your ability to cope with this insanely stressful and damaging event.
"Sometimes I'm just depressed and don't want anything."
- Yup, sounds about right. Take time to take care of your self. This means doing anything that makes you feel good about you. Lay in bed for while on these days, but do whatever it takes to feel good about you.
"Sometimes I feel anxiety like it's all happening right here, right now."
- This is because you are traumatized. I still feel this way!!! Talk to your counselor. Therapy will help you with this along with time.
"Sometimes it feels like I'm the one dragging these feelings after 2yrs and she's back to normal."
- Maybe you are...it's been two years. But keep in mind the only time frame that matters here is your own. It may take 10 years. What matters is you are getting your own IC and taking care of YOU.
"Sometimes it feels like she's back in the relationship because she feels sorry for me."
- I COMPLETELY understand. I realized I was feeling sorry for myself. She can't feel sorry for you if there is nothing to feel sorry for. Reevaluate your position in your own life; are you happy? do you like what you see in the mirror? do you enjoy life? Think about it. If not, think about what it would take for you to have your power back and do it...one day at a time!
Go easy on yourself... just go easy. You're not alone.
I feel for you brother. The 2 and 3 year time frame was very difficult for me. I spent the first two years making great progress every month, -learning about my wife, marriage, FOO issues, personalities, and psychology. Everything was an eye opener to me. But then things slowed down. I wasn't improving. Things were not normal yet.
I started researching new areas, listening to seminars, joined a local discussion group, and then I started focusing on myself. I became stronger individually. I started to believe that I should never expect to go back to the same marriage, the same wife, or the same me. In fact, I didn't want to, and that when pain is processed correctly, it allows for a far better perspective of life. Once I embraced this, my life took a turn.
[This message edited by still-living at 4:57 AM, July 3rd (Thursday)]
When I found the e-mails and blew up, my H cried his eyes out when he realised the damage he'd caused to myself and OW's H. And has done so a few times since, as well as finally opening up to his feelings,especially over some serious FOO issues he'd never talked about before. Did I think any less of him? Absolutely not. I was so happy he finally had the courage to admit things to me that he'd always felt he had to close off to be the 'strong man'. Seeing a grown man cry is unusual and I wish they'd do it more often rather than bottle it all up and cope in negative ways such as anger or having meaningless affairs.
Just my tuppenceworth...
It shows great strength to be broken to your core, and admit you need assistance to get back on your feet and heal yourself.
Oh and all that stuff about was he bigger, better, last longer? YOU need to realize that had NOTHING to do with your spouses choice to cheat. She is a broken person looking for validation, ego kibbles, and being the center of someones world. That is all on her. If she chooses to tell you that they were better, made her feel more it's bullshit. It's what she allowed herself to feel. Secondly it wasn't real her A was fantasy, escape. She can say whatever she wants but it truly has no bearing in the real world.
Her choices have nothing to do with you. Once you can fully understand and accept that, you will really start to be able to let go of some of this other stuff.
I think this is just something that you never get over entirely, and at times it makes me furious.
I want to tell her that I feel lonely hurt and depressed.
Sometimes I feel like I'm no competition next to OM.
Sometimes I'm just depressed and don't want anything.
Sometimes I feel anxiety like it's all happening right here, right now.
Sometimes it feels like I'm the one dragging these feelings after 2yrs and she's back to normal.
Sometimes it feels like she's back in the relationship because she feels sorry for me.
Everyone will tell you that we each take our own time to heal, but damn it, it seems like fWW only took 6 months. She is still aware of my feeling and what I'm dealing with, but she is back to normal...scarey because some of the traits I notice led to the A (or at least feed action to allow the A).
I get the song thing. Never paid too much attention to lyrics, but now I notice most songs deal with infidelity or break-ups.
I don't have ED but I've never before had problems losing an erection during intimacy like I do now. Damn mind movies still affect me like that.
I still think about the A 20 times a day. It's not as painful as before, but still make me wince or stop what I'm doing. I don't think fWW ever thinks about it nowadays. Her life is hunky dory now that the M is better.
Sorry for the rant. Your feelings seem normal...at least to me.
My WW's A brought me to my knees and I have wept. As time passes I have had days without sadness, but it always seems to find me again.
You end up grieving inside. Holding lots in and suffering in silence. I hate being this negative depressed guy now as I feel like a total turn off for her.
I have cried more in the last two years than my previous years put together. My WH not one drop.
Sorry - I know the original poster is a BS and looking from that perspective. But I am a woman who is very touched by a man's tears. Believe me - most women would appreciate knowing you have deep emotions.
I do think that guys aren't given the same "permission" to be emotional and I think it is a shame. I enjoyed Brene Brown's book Daring Greatly that was about vulnerability and shame; she has researched this for years. She reports that often it's the women in a man's life who are uncomfortable with a man being vulnerable, and that makes me sad.
2married, have you tried just telling your W how you feel? Just like you have here? I would be doing cartwheels if my H expressed his feelings in this way; he's of the "strong and silent" school.
This is so true. Do not be afraid to show your feelings - especially to your spouse. It was when my FWH broke down crying at all the hurt he was causing me that I was finally able to really begin forgiving him.
BTW, I think we all - male or female - can relate to all the feelings you describe in your initial post to this thread. It hurts - plain and simple. We've been betrayed by the person we love the most in this world.
Hang in there!!
Truth is I need my WH to break down now, to show me the pain,
I've known my WH almost 40 years and have only seen him cry 3 times. I don't think it's *normal*. Since the infidelity shit hit the fan I've yet to see him share a tear and, that gives me plenty of pause for thought. He says he has but, I don't know. Something about that makes me think he hasn't really gotten it yet and that just sucks.
Even those that do cry can still be a--holes though, so don't feel too bad about your H. I still can not trust my H completely. And he still does things that I find so insensitive - like calling me the same pet-name he called her! I swear, if he does it one more time, things may start flying around here! He never called me by that name until their A ended. It's like that's the name he reserves for those he is f---ing on a regular basis. Sorry to be so blunt. But it JUST happened and I'm raw.
Back to my point, I'm sure your H is doing other things to make you feel safe and secure!
Regardless of our gender, it just all sucks in a very big way! I don't see how anyone ever regains their sense of safety in the relationship in this regard. I will forever feel like my sexual performance would be critiqued and compared to countless other women whose only goal was to make him *happy* for an hour. I was willing to do it for a lifetime.
It just ain't right.
[This message edited by outtanowhere at 6:17 PM, July 25th (Friday)]
The only way that I started to think she no longer longed for it was when the other BS found out and it became real.
The sooner a WS realizes that an affair and the AP are just unrealistic lies the sooner the fantasy goes away.
Has your wife been to any IC or does she take any medication for her BPD?
Those two things could help her greatly.
What happens when you tell her of your concerns about the present and the future.
From reading your story, it sounds like there was never any closure to the affair. Did your wife answer all of your questions.
What would happen if you told your wife the things you posted here. Would she like you opening up to her or would she back away?
MC might help you and her communicate better. It just seems as if you and her are stuck in a rut of not knowing which way to go.
Practice not thinking about the mind movies. In time they became less frequent and they will fade in importance. When a thought like that comes into your mind, push it away. Think about the present, your business, the weather, a hobby...anything else.
I think your focus on what she thinks is at the root of many of the issues you feel stuck on. Many (most maybe) have experienced very similar issues. I think it's part of working through this (in R or D).
I was not the strong man getting through this. I disconnected from reality and was feeling many of the same things. Somewhere along the way I got to the point that I wanted to be true to myself and if my W found that unattractive too bad. I don't want to be with someone I can't be me around. Even the wounded flailing me. I had to regain trust, not in her (that's a work in progress), but in me. I will be ok regardless of the M, no matter what others may think. I know I am a decent human being (and therefore not close to perfect).