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Default  Posted: 11:27 PM, March 20th (Thursday)

Okay, admittedly this is a strange post. But I got to thinking about the morning routine he went through and was wondering if other cheating spouses do the same thing - if it's part of the NPD. Plus, it's something that I do NOT miss

In the shower, he'd shave twice. Very particular about the body wash he used and anti-dandruff shampoo. Then, when he was out of the shower, shave again, trim nose and ear hairs and the back of his neck. Moisturize body with one lotion, face with a second lotion, hands with a third lotion and his feet with a fourth. Trim nails. Apply anti-fungal to toe nails. Brush teeth. Apply Brylcreem to hair and comb. Antiseptic wash on genitals. Powder between his butt cheeks. Go to closet to pick out the day's outfit. Change ties. Admire self in mirror the entire time. I bought more creams and lotions for him than I did for myself and he took twice as long to get ready as I did.

Then had to have coffee with 4 packets of equal and a splash of milk.

I no longer have to wait for him to finish in the bathroom and no weird butt powder marks left on the furniture!

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Default  Posted: 12:11 AM, March 21st (Friday)

High maintenance guy. Someone who took care of himself, but never heard of half the stuff. Everyone has routines and ways to prep for the stresses of the day. That was his. You didn't respect it and found it annoying. I'm sure there were things he found irritating also. Every marriage has that. Mine used to get angry if I didn't wash my face with a wash cloth. Yes angry or visibly annoyed and complain. Why? I got irritated she stunk like ass because she didn't wash some places and wouldn't brush her teeth at night. It's part of a give and take in healthy marriages. In bad ones, it gets in the way.

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Default  Posted: 8:51 AM, March 21st (Friday)

My wxh was also high maintenance in getting ready. It used to drive me nuts because he was never on time for anything.

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Default  Posted: 11:06 AM, March 21st (Friday)

Sounds both NPD and OCD to me. Quite a combination.


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Default  Posted: 12:12 PM, March 21st (Friday)

Antiseptic wash on genitals

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Default  Posted: 12:15 PM, March 21st (Friday)

no weird butt powder marks left on the furniture!
Best silver lining ever.

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Default  Posted: 12:20 PM, March 21st (Friday)

X used to shower every morning.
He probably had a ritual but I didn't really notice. I used to leave for work before he even got up.

The weird thing he did do was wear the same clothes everyday including the underwear.
He thought that since he showered every day this was ok.
Apparently it didn't occur to him that he sweats.
He used to only change the clothes if they failed the sniff test.
I used to take his underwear and put them in the hamper or wash them whenever I could.
He complained that they didn't feel "worn in" if I washed them.
Hated to buy new underwear also. He had some that were barely 2 threads hangin off a waist band.
After Dday he bought some of those boy cut tight undies that make the package look weird.
Kind of all compact and up front.
I suspect MOW suggested them.
That and the cologne he started to wear.
At least it covered the dirty underwear smell.

He was and is disgusting.
The things we put up with.

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Default  Posted: 1:11 PM, March 21st (Friday)

Wouldn't antispetic hurt? Just saying...

xh would sound like he was throwing up when he brushed his teeth. I never said anything but DDs told their dad that they were royally grossed out.

The ones that put me over the edge on a regular basis:

- Biting off a piece of his fingernail and cleaning his teeth with it when no toothpick was available.
- Using the cap of a pen or a key to clean his ears.
- Pulling on his ingrown hair until the skin was bloody while driving or alternatively picking his nose.

I am sure I did stuff too that annoyed him. Just thought I share...

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Default  Posted: 1:44 PM, March 21st (Friday)

I got irritated she stunk like ass because she didn't wash some places and wouldn't brush her teeth at night.

Sorry but that is so GROSS! YUCK.

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Default  Posted: 2:51 PM, March 21st (Friday)

Hm! This resonate with me for aure. I think my ex is somewhere in the NPD vicinity and his morning routine was sooooo much longer than mine. When I looked at the NPD traits and saw vanity it really clicked. His hair took this whole blow-drying and gelling and combing routine. As a woman I am super low maintenance unless I'm getting ready for a wedding or something (his prep time, like your WH's, far exceeded mine), and I found/find the excessive attention to appearances and looks really off-putting. But of course his need to feel good about himself in superficial external ways has few competitors!

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Default  Posted: 2:55 PM, March 21st (Friday)

You have to be aware that not all cheating spouses are NPD. Also, I don''t think weird habits are indicative of cheaters. It is nice that you found the silver lining in his leaving (weird butt powder marks )

The only problem I had with the X''s behavior was not a habit. It was his snoring, which could awaken the dead.

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Default  Posted: 4:08 PM, March 21st (Friday)

My XH didn't have any of these weird habits. Only thing that comes close is that he loved to take baths and he wanted me to sit in the bathroom while he did. This is when we talked about his day and whatever else was going on.

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Default  Posted: 5:31 PM, March 21st (Friday)

Ever see the movie American Psycho with Christian Bale? It sounds like the same routine. Warning it is a disturbing movie.

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Default  Posted: 4:50 AM, March 22nd (Saturday)

Nah,The Arse didn''t shower or shave everyday, let alone twice

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Default  Posted: 9:38 AM, March 22nd (Saturday)

I don't think this qualifies for this thread, but my ex is a horrible dancer. Don't get me wrong - I'm of the "dance like no one is watching" credo - but he thought he looked sexy as hell. Even when I was deepest in love with him, I couldn't look at him for too long when we danced. I have never said a word to him about it, even now.

When my friend heard about one of his APs, she said, "She went dancing with him and she STILL slept with him?" Made me laugh!!!

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Default  Posted: 6:35 PM, March 22nd (Saturday)

hmm.. maybe he was trying to look is best in all the nooks and crannies in case he saw an unsuspectin woman with low self esteem that day? Maybe he thought constantly drowning his junk in antiseptic would protect him from stds?

Sounds obsessive, regardless.

Mine showed a few NPD traits... but vanity was an interesting one in his case. He was always too distracted to take proper care of himself, rarely bothered to shower of his own volition. He did it because he had to for work, or to make me happy because I requested it.

However, he was constantly whining about his looks. It was always something he was really insecure about.

In his final throes of crazy... He deeply, passionately hated to the point of obsession that women did not treat him the way men treat a highly made up, primped, pampered, airbrushed, carefully scantilly clad college aged woman. He was raging, screaming at the top of his lungs angry about the injustice of this. I know, because he screamed about it a lot at the tops of his lungs and threw tantrums from time to time.

He went from mopey and insecure to this... Tragic, really.


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