Hannah47, Thank you so much for your message. You’re definitely not too late to this thread. You and your husband have done such a great job putting into words what I’ve been struggling to express.
Even when, on a rational level, he knows he should say something, he can’t. He describes it as if something is physically preventing him from speaking. He wants to say something, but the words won’t leave his mouth. I believe his brain is perceiving danger or anticipating future danger, and consequently the brain activates one of fear responses – freeze.
My wife is exactly like this. I think she knows it’s in her best interest to be open and honest, but she just can’t do it. Even when I have printed out evidence for her, or there is no rational way to deny something, she can still be stuck or frozen. I’ve thought of it as a phobia as well. I’ve mentioned that it is like she’s physically unable to be truthful on tough topics. It seems uncontrollable at times. I’m not letting her off the hook, she has certainly been dishonest with me in very harmful ways. My IC thinks it is common for people that have had rough childhoods to behave like this. WW is exploring it with her IC. It’s moving slow.
I was patient, calm, empathetic – I only got what he wanted to tell at that moment. I was sad, emotional, broken – I only got what he wanted to tell at that moment. I was angry, frustrated, upset – I only got what he wanted to tell at that moment. I was rational, logical, analytical – I only got what he wanted to tell at that moment.
Thank you for this as well. I’ve been struggling with this, and only very recently came to the conclusion that I have to start focusing on myself. I’ve been looking for the magic recipe to get her to open up and be truthful and I just couldn’t find it. In a way - I guess it’s not up to me, she has to get there. In the meantime, I’m going to do a better job on me. Your post is very encouraging to me, though I am sorry you had to go through this yourself. Thank you for sharing. It means a lot to me.
BluerThanBlue, Thanks for your note as well. It’s a tough situation in so many ways. Regarding documentation - given the affair was in the 2005-2009ish timeframe - I can’t get cellphone records, and most of her correspondence has long since been deleted. I’ve been able to get data from some old facebook messages, email backups, and her paper planners.
I am still trying to get timeline data. And it’s been very tough for me to get this. I know when it started - but after several years it transitioned to a friendship (mainly because he became serious with someone and got married, had kids), then that faded away slowly. So - even though it was all inappropriate - at some point their relationship morphed - and I don’t know when - I’m guessing 2009. I think she was hoping I would just let it pass and time would heal. The last week or so have changed that. I’ve been so upset with her and very frank with her in MC and at home.
The suicide/911 situations are extra tough. As an example - the time I mentioned she took a bottle of pills in front of me. It was an entire bottle of benzos - and it may have been due to spite, or attention seeking, or a desperate need for her misery to end, or a pure bluff, or all of the above. But - she was clearly not in her right mind and could have died. I had to forcibly shove me hand down her throat to force her to vomit, then called 911 immediately. That time she was hospitalized for several weeks. While that time was in front of me, there have been others where she’s had serious attempts without me being home. In those raw moments - any sense of reason or logic are gone - and my main goal becomes getting her hospitalized. As for a paper trail - that I have. She’s been hospitalized many times, and there have been many 911 calls.
Thank you for the comments!