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Did he still deserve her? What part had Kirsten played in his betraying his wife? Maria wanted to try to heal the rift between them. Al was grateful and willing to do whatever necessary to recreate the love they once shared. Maria realized that she had allowed their intimate connections to deteriorate, and was now willing to look at how she allowed repeated smaller offenses to get by, hoping they would resolve themselves. Take the following test with your partner, and both answer as honestly as you can. If you feel comfortable enough, share those answers with each other.
Do not use the information to threaten or challenge each other, but only to begin the process of getting back on track. Add up your scores. A score of 40 to 55 means your relationship is on track. A score of 20 to 30 means your relationship is in danger and needs immediate damage control. Fewer than twenty means that you may already be in severe trouble and might need outside help to recover. Many intimate partners stay together despite signs that the relationship is deteriorating.
Not looking at the decay, they continue as if all is well. Then, after a series of disappointments, or one painful, trust-breaking event, they cannot find their way home. So many couples who have lost each other regret their parting for many years, particularly when they might have been able to stay together. They struggle with what they could have done differently had they known they were in serious trouble. By the time they realized they were on a collision course, they could not stop the negative spiral.
Most all relationships that begin with common dreams and abundant love end with those positives still intact, but buried under layers of unresolved heartbreaks. Had those disconnects been seen and understood earlier, the once-cherishing partners within them could often have turned things around. Learning the three most common ways relationships can fail can help devoted partners keep their relationship alive. Maybe that was the real thing why many intimate relationships fail.
Still, the solutions you include make your article more interesting. Hello Randi, I make it a habit to browse the Internet to see what other writers are saying about a topic that I have feel deeply about and I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed reading your post. There are so many times when I feel like the writer doesn't have a clue about how to solve the problem.
So often they offer a way to put a band aid on a gaping wound. I don't know if you would agree with what I profess, but you are giving good advice. Briefly, I believe that relationship problems are the result of role reversal. Men are not leading and women are. That goes against nature and so the couples are trying to act in opposition to their birthright. It's like trying to force a square block into a round hole. Thank you for your kind and supportive comments.
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But there are many women taller than men and many men shorter than women. Testosterone and Estrogen do magnitize the middle ground but variety is rampant in almost every variable. Angdrogynous people are more often happier because they have the full range of human behavior open to them but society demands some kind of role definition and everyone is pretty confused. What I have found in each individual relationship is that lessened egos around the whole subject allow whomever flies left seat best in any one occasion can overall contribute to the productivity of the relationship, but there are few people confident and compassionate enough to hold that comraderie without insecurity or defensiveness.
It is , and about time to stop seeing women as the second gender, rather than in joint first place with men. I don't understand how Maria wife has any blame to share. She asked her husband to spend more time with her, and he declined. Furthermore, he spent his spare time with another woman.
That's the no BS, plain, simple truth. You cannot blame the other woman any more than you can blame the wife.
He made his choice. The husband's excuses are a cop-out. It's not too hard to understand why the wife withdrew- of course she resented that she is being the breadwinner no so to speak, and he is literally washing up his hands. And yet, this article still suggests somehow that the wife could've not withdrawn i. And she did not exactly went with another man, did she? What else can she do? If she talks, he'll ignore her always happens- which man cares enough to listen, especially when they actually know already that they are committing a wrong to the relationship, by choosing to be less committed to the relationship and more individualistic instead?
What else can she do but to withdraw? She could commit suicide, she could confide in another man, etc the easy way out are endless. But she chose to withdraw. Fair enough? Dear Lisa, Thank you for your comment. There is so much here that is not known but, if anyone really breaks trust in a painful and unexpected way, it is almost impossible for a relationship to heal unless the person who does so has a spiritual awakening. An emotional altar place that has been desecrated must be cleansed by humility and recommitment. Your "self test" questions is very useful for those newly affected couples to find out the status of their relationship.
A self evaluation questions will be good to be added in for people like my husband. I've been to many helps and realized has never agreed and will not continue seeing the counsellor who are not in his favor. Hi Eva, Thank you so much for your comment.
It is so difficult to do this kind of thing on your own, especially with an emotional drag chute. On my new site, heroiclove. It addresses this sad situation. You are not alone. He is going to counselors looking for support for his views which seem to be in contradiction to yours. Has he ever considered seeing someone just for himself?
Don't give up your own transformation. Sincerely, Randi. Hello dear, Can you tell me please how can i tell my girlfriend love me she feel very shame she never told me please tell me is she love me how can i know that. Thank you so much for reaching out and the vulnerability and openness of your comment. I can see that English is not your first language and it takes courage to try to speak your heart in a language you're not familiar with. There is not enough here for me to comment back. Please seek the wisdom and advice of a good therapist to help you in your anguish.
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Then we have the not so obvious additional reason, one partner develops some kind of mental problems when a close relative dies etc. My spouse flipped her personality after her grandmother died, and turned her world inside herself. As you can imagine the reasons were way deeper than her grandmothers death, but in the end, it has put a lot of strain and stress on me and on our relationship, and we're far from anything that under normal circumstances would've been an acceptable situation. Why I am bringing this up here is just to point out two things, the first is something I now know that I've learned during this terrible period in our life, to love for real and completely unconditionally, this may not be something one thinks to much about when things are good and everything is peaches and creams or at least "business as usual", but when something like this hits, it's love that counts in the end, not the love you want or that you expect to get, but the love you give, for long periods of times, without your spouse being able to give anything at all back, contrary, he or she may even be fighting you and giving you hard times due to his or her mental state.
The second is, you are always alone, so don't forget to still keep up a life of your own even if you're in a relation, and especially if you've been in the relation for a long time. We're on the third tough year here now, my spouse is in treatment, and her condition makes it impossible for her to have someone living next to her, so we live apart, and I meet her only a couple of days per month now, we talk every day several times a day, and this is what works best for her and for her development.
And for me, I still have not yet come to the point where I've recovered yet, neither from the abuse her condition gave me when things were at worst, or from the fact that my life partner is no longer by my side the way it used to be, loneliness and grief is tough as it's abstract, and she's still there, but not really.. Things like this can be hard to identify when things are starting to go bad and you have no clue why, and I am sure many relations ended because of situations like mine where the "sane" spouse had no clue why the other was acting in the way he or she did, and in the end got too hurt, and left Please write to me on my email randigunther at cox dot net.
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Subscribe Issue Archive. Back Today. Creativity in Bipolar Disorder: Fabulous or Fatal? Randi Gunther Ph. Threat Number One — When bad interactions begin to outnumber good ones Most intimate love relationships begin with many more positive, intriguing, and loving interactions than painful ones. Solution The imbalance of bad interactions to good can be reversed if both partners do the following: Recognize the direction the relationship is going without blaming each other for what has happened.
This is a crucial time to not judge, but simply to share your observations with each other without becoming defensive. Identify and stop whatever interactions that may be causing either of you to feel scarred. You must stop your destructive behaviors destruction before you can move forward. Begin focusing on behaviors that still feel positive between you, and share those observations. Agree to continue to remind each other of feel-good interactions every day until your love feels stronger again. Threat Number Two — Letting attachments suppress authenticity Every partner in an intimate relationship has attachments to his or her significant other.
Solution Make a list of the behaviors or things you are attached to in your relationship. Put a number from one to ten after each to let your partner know how important they are to you. Asking yourself what you would be afraid to lose can help guide you in creating your list. Tell your partner which of the things on the list he or she already provides for you, and which you feel you are not getting. Let your partner know those things or behaviors you have been willingly sacrificing, and those you martyred yourself in giving.
Ask your partner if there is anything you can do to get your needs met. Ask your partner which things you are presently sacrificing that may no longer be important to him or her. Threat Number Three — Trust-breaking incidents Most new couples do not address their non-negotiable bottom lines up front. Solution If you have any thoughts or desires that your partner could not live with, reevaluate whether to stay together, and talk to your partner about your discontent before you do anything that might make it worse. If you have already begun acting in a way that might threaten your partner, stop that process until you talk to him or her, and decide together what to do.
Reconfirm what your mutual deal breakers are, and whether or not you both are willing to accept those restrictions. Recommit to future transparency before more secret compartments emerge.
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If either of you have already broken the trust between you, you may be unable to heal your relationship on your own. Threat Number One — When bad interactions outnumber good ones Maria and Al were spending much less quality time with each other. Threat Number Two — Letting attachments suppress authenticity Maria was compromising her integrity.