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Ending a Relationship: How Do You Know When Enough Is Enough?

When deciding if and when to leave or end a relationship, how do we wade through the thoughts and consequences? How do you know when enough is enough?

When deciding on ending a relationship, the first question we ask ourselves is: How do I know when enough is enough? Someone very special and beautiful asked me that question this week.

In our culture, we are faced with all kinds of messages about relationships: see the good in people, relationships take work, rise above, and don't have too many expectations. Then, don't put up with anyone's disrespect, take care of yourself, set limits, leave abuse. These messages convolute all our decisions on how to set boundaries in relationships or know when it is right for us to leave them. We don't know who to blame, us or them. Add to it worry and fear about being alone, or being abandoned, or about other people judging you, and it becomes a maze to wade through.

Unconditional Love and Ending a Relationship

Problems in significant relationships effect our anxiety and depression more than any other factor in our life because our relationships and their success define us. These are huge decisions. The heaviness of making the right one, can be immobilizing. One can either open to reconnecting, nor can they step away to relieve themselves. Above all, they lose all trust in themselves, staying in misery and passing it back and forth between them.

We think we are supposed to have unconditional love for our partners and mistake this for having an unconditional relationship. Relationships have conditions! All relationship arrangements are negotiable, and there is usually aspects that for one or both partners that are not negotiable.

It is not easy to chose to leave a relationship and I do not have a prescription answer. Sometimes, it is best and other times it is not, and these both can depend. One thing I do understand is that if you make a decision, you make that your decision. Whichever you decide, you live that decision with your best self. Look deep inside you, beyond all fear and all guilt and there you'll find the answer. Ask your higher self what is the best for everyone involved. Step back from the situation and see yourself and your partner from a distance. This intention and perspective can help you get clarity.

The Ending a Relationship Decision

There is no right decision. Decisions are like everything else, relative. It doesn't matter if it is "right" or not, you make a decision and then make it right for you.

You might decide to postpone your decision to end a relationship, but even that is a decision to be lived instead of lamented. Don't beat yourself up for "not deciding," postpone consciously. But before making a decision about whether to stay in or leave a relationship, think about this:

  • Know you are exactly where you are supposed to be. You are perfect and awesome.
  • There is nothing to be afraid of, you cannot chose wrong.
  • Get people that love you around you.
  • Find your worth and know who you are and your purpose.

Then, and only then, the preferable choice will be as clear as day.

How have you decided to stay in or leave a relationship? Let my friend know how you did it. Comment below!

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APA Reference
LCSW-R, J. (2012, July 18). Ending a Relationship: How Do You Know When Enough Is Enough?, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2019, June 15 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/anxiety-schmanxiety/2012/07/how-do-you-know-when-enough-is-enough



Author: Jodi Lobozzo Aman, LCSW-R

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Gabe Howard
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June, 6 2014 at 9:17 am
Hello Brown Eyes - Thank you for reading and commenting. Of course there are no easy answers. We all wish that there were. The decision is yours to make and I truly wish you the best.
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Gabe Howard
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May, 31 2014 at 11:13 pm
Thank you for the shout out!
justin_b
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May, 27 2014 at 5:59 pm
I am going through something similar. 6 months ago I was hurt at work and have been off since than. Dealing with depression and the financial stress of my disability being unreliable in when I get my money has definitely made things allot harder on me. I went through a period of 4 years where I abused opiates, and went through allot of ups and downs to get clean which I have a little over 3 years. The problem is my girlfriend is dealing with horrible depression and anxiety she doesn't want to see a therapist, she doesn't want to look for a job, or rarely go out and do anything. She is 26 and I'm 30. I am struggling with what I know is right but stuck in so much fear and anxiety of letting go its horrible and it eats me up inside, I'm trying to look at the long run, and knowing that it's going to be allot of struggle and hard work to deal with the issues she has including my own. I love the girl and we relate so much, but I'm torn between doing what I have to so I don't end up at the bottom again and struggling with letting this go because I am emotional and feel weak, it's like one part of me wants to stay and ignores all the truth inside of me, making me feel sorry, lonely, abandoned, and all the other types of emotions that go along w those. I have always been weak and emotional for a guy and it just sucks I cant stick to my true feelings of knowing what the right thing to do is. Thanks for listening

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Gabe Howard
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May, 28 2014 at 10:13 am
Justin_b - We are happy to listen. Thank you so much for sharing. We hope you will continue to read and comment. ~Gabe
storify.com
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May, 23 2014 at 8:06 pm
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Collins
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May, 23 2014 at 4:25 pm
Hi everyone i'm Collins and i need help on getting back my ex.
We got into a fight few weeks back now and i wish she can see how sorry i am now.
I love her so much and i know she still loves me and i know she still cares, otherwise she wont be replying my text and knowing how i'm doing. But right now it seems like she is still confuse of her decision to breakup with me or give me a second chance. I need help not until i saw post of how a Dr has help a lot of people having issues like mine, though i have been hearing a lot about this spell caster and I hope that it he would be able to do something about bringing Lily back home cause i'm nobody without her.

Christopher Michael
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April, 28 2014 at 7:04 am
I can relate.
I had to figure all this out by myself as well and yes it was a hell unto itself.
But I AM still here, standing stronger than I was before armed with the knowledge of and deep keen insights into people.
Liars, all of them, mostly to themselves... and we all do it to ourselves.
Know your path.
Dream your dreams and make them real.
There is somebody out there for everybody.
Find them.
Be whole and always come clean - shoot straight.
They don't jive = move on.
Just be careful - diseases kill you dead.
Trust cautiously.
Protect your investments - especially your heart.
Tolerate no trespass - and send a message.
The Right 'One" WILL find you eventually - when they are supposed to... don't force the issue.
Live your life and live right - we all know the difference.
Dump the excuses and lies.
Cheating is cheating.
Cycles repeat.
It's the thrill.
Move on.
It's obviously not right.
No winners, no losers.
Just happy shared times and life goes on.
No rights, no wrongs... just acceptance and New Days EVERY Day.
The Sun comes up, the moon goes down, life goes on... DON'T BE SCARED - OF BEING SCARED!
find the thrill in and of living again - think and plot your chances of success.
One will not succeed unless one tries.

Best of Luck to ALL of YOU out there in this great big world. It's hard, I know, please believe me, as you also know.

The best way to put it is conduct interviews for your mate so that you may better your chances of happiness. We may want somebody that just isn't right for us in the long haul. Be open, be human, be up front, be real. Don't lie. Be mature. Know when enough is enough and when it if so comes time... break apart well... but don't drag it out.

Move on.
Live.
Laugh.
Find enjoyment in life - there is something you've always wanted to do - SO DO IT!
Do not be fearful - not trying you will fail.
And don't worry if they don't feel the same.
At least you know and didn't "waste" your time - as long as you know, and learn.

Go your own way.

I AM! " )

Saint

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Gabe Howard
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April, 28 2014 at 8:09 am
Thank you for all the comments! We appreciate you all reading and commenting. You are the reason that all of us are here! :) ~Gabe
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Teresa
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April, 17 2014 at 4:43 am
Hello I've been reading almost every comment here and it is good to know that we are not alone in this kind of decisions. I'm currently in an almost 2 year relationship I changed everything to be able to be with him I moved from my country and came to live to his because everything was great. But that just lasted a few months now he seems not that interested in the relationship anymore. We've talked about marriage and future but now he says he doesn't know anymore. I'm just here for him but I'm really questioning myself if I should leave him and go back to my country. This has been very hard and I'm still in the process of making a decision. My greatest fear is making the wrong decision and I guess that's why I haven't done anything. I'm a believer of making things work with love and commitment and he says everything is ok but something inside me tells me that's not right.

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Gabe Howard
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April, 21 2014 at 12:07 pm
Thank you, Teresa, for reading. Decisions like these are difficult and I wish you the best in making the appropriate choice. Be Well, Gabe
TheWomanWhoHasHadEnough
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April, 15 2014 at 8:07 pm
I write this with the upmost respect toward my ex even though I truly doubt he will see this, but I'm a college senior who has been through HELL and High water with a guy. I mean if you knew us you would've thought we were married. I met him when I was 17 and we worked together at a town store. He pursued me for a few years before I gave him a chance and when I finally did it felt right. We dated and I knew he was meant for me, even to this day I still know it in my heart. I just know that God is real and when you play with fire, you eventually get hurt. I (am) was a full time college student working two jobs, taking care of him and I and he was a good man readers, don't get me wrong, but the world can change a person. When I went off to college he actually got another girl pregnant. Something that truly cut deep, and even then we still found our way back toward one another. We actually ended up being together for close to 4 years. This guy was my best friend. But love doesn't hurt every day. He couldn't respect me enough to appreciate that when he had problems with his first car I compensated for the repairs, I gave him love on so many levels, I was there when he lost his job, I was there when he had absolutely nothing to his name, when the child support started increasing thousands of dollars and he couldn't afford it, he was taken away from me on several accounts, NEVER UNDERSTANDING how he made me feel, being a student, working way too many hours just to make sure I could hold on to everything we had once built and it felt like it all was getting taken away from us. Imagine being the one to hold everything down for so long and now you're slowly losing it all and you have nothing left to show for it. Times where I was sick, nose bleeds and severe fevers and pains he would leave me and disrespect me, leaving me in the house to be with other "college girls". SO MANY TIMES I have had to deal with the disrespect of his family. His mother lying, disrespecting me and him not once being man enough to stand up for me. No I wasnt his wife, but I was his best friend when he had nothing. Even when he was too stupid to believe in himself I believed in him, but one thing I learned, You have to love yourself so much more than others say or tell you that they love you. Youre first! That only changes circumstantially. Some people don't deserve you. I went back to this man on so many different occasions. He played with my life on 2 occasions where I thank God everyday because he kept me. It's crazy... because even to this day I love him but I have not one word to say as of now. How dare he belittle me? After I did all I could for him, took care of his children, as well as him, helped his family, strived to go through all of this and more and now I'm so close to graduation, it's actually 23 days away. I want him to be there because I have a hard time cutting my soul tie, but when I tell you God is awesome... He can deliver you from pain, heart break and depression. It is extremely hard, but it helps to pray and when you pray you need to have faith no matter what you're asking for. Truthfully you know if a person is meant for you... TRUST ME. Its not rocket science and it's not hard to figure out. As women we nurture our pain and give ourselves no time to heal because we dwell instead of deal. It's so much better when we love ourself. I had to look in the mirror and say it's either life or death, me or him, it's either tears or laughs and that's the honest truth. Why waist my life when all I did was do the Godly thing and love? I love(d) him so much, so good, too well. I never deserved it and if you really think about it neither did you. He didn't physically abuse me, but emotionally he did... he told me no one else wanted me and if they did only because of my body... it's not a compliment, it's a hurtful statement because I'm so much more than that and so are you. You have a heart... and as long as you have it you can find love, you can be happy, you can cry, you can rejoice and you definitely can be loved and fall in love. It is great when you stop worrying, it is better when you let things work themselves out. In my situation I still pray for him strongly, but I do not believe in any sense that he is the one any more like I used to believe.. and only he can change that. Please don't beat yourself up. FAITH OF A MUSTARD SEED CAN MOVE MOUNTAINS. Things change, and change is good. It's okay to let go and let God and Let yourself as well. Know that you are special, you are special, you are so special! You are the most fantastic woman on this earth and never let anyone or anything make you feel any less. EASIER DONE THAN SAID (because I truly believe in things getting easier when you believe) Just take it day by day and prayer by prayer! IT GETS SO MUCH BETTER. Life is awesome you just gotta get out here and enjoy it, where make up, paint your nails, do your hair, shop, dress up, GO TO CHURCH DRESSED TO IMPRESS, get your nails done, your hair done, love yourself, date yourself, talk to God more than anyone, your purity, your love and your clean heart does come back. It'll be awesome I PROMISE YOU!
Mo
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April, 14 2014 at 6:44 pm
jodi, your message has given me a small chink of hope in a very dark place. we don't deserve to be miserable and unhappy, but what if we are the cause ofthatmisery and unhappiness. if you are useless and worthless. I have felt lonely most of my life and am currently in a second damaging marriage, but can see no way out. I w ish I could find the clarity you speak of, but at this time I see myself as having made my bed I have to lie in it, miserable or not.
M

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Gabe Howard
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April, 15 2014 at 10:49 am
Hello, Mo - There is a thin line between taking responsibility for your situation and suffering needlessly. Where you are on the spectrum is for you to decide. I do know that we get one shot at this life and we all, no matter what decisions we've made in the past, deserve a healthy, hopeful, and happy future. I sincerely wish the best for you and thank you for reading and commenting. ~Gabe
Zrt
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March, 27 2014 at 6:28 am
Hi, I've read through some of the posts, and I must say it is really hard to make a decision to leave.

Last night I devised to end my relationship. We have not been together for long, but our personalities are soo strong that it is impossible to enjoy each other's company. Well, I know it was the right decision, but I am overwhelmingly sad today cause I realized that I also do not have any close friends. He was my friend for this time, and I guess if it wasn't for him I would have been utterly lonely... But now I have to face the music

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

April, 1 2014 at 1:35 pm
Hi Zrt,
Making a decision like this is, as you know, very difficult. Good for you for having the courage to consider what is right for you and to see it through. You can now start reaching out and developing new friendships. While daunting at first, you can slowly seek out people similar to you and form new connections. Good luck to you.
marie-rae
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March, 8 2014 at 10:30 pm
10 months ago my partner started feel deppressed. We had a joint benefits claim, although both in study. Partner studying computer animation from home, me in college. I have 10 yr old twin girls from a previous relationship and my partner and my self have a 1 yr old boy. We've been together just over 4 years . Like i said, 10 months ago he started feeling down, he started sleeping more on sofa, on the pc all night and going out to his friends a lot... communications broke down n we argued all the time, in the first moth of all this he'd broken up with me, he was struggling. sleeping and we he did he wouldn't get up, he started staying out a lot, he had a mental breakdown, they stopped his benefits, so i started claiming alone, still going college. About a month later I foubd out he'd been cheating, all those night on pc he'd been chatting to her. even tho we had split I confronted him, he admitted everything but refused t stop seeing her. I put up with this for a month... then told him he couldn't stay if her kept seeing her, he refused, i kicked him out, he stayed at his mums one night but returned next day saying he wanted t stay here... he looks really low and ashamed so I let him.... o made him go docs t get treatment, he was pescribed antidepressants. So living on my single persons benefits, while at college and with 3 kids I let him stay. He stopped his meds 2 weeks after starting them.... he also stopped doing his course n just sat round the house:...8 months after everything went wrong we started t fix our relationship and start the forgiving proccess... which I found really hard, he gave up his moblie phone to make me feel more secure n he hardly leaves house....10 months later ... all he does is sit round house, says I'm nagging wen im tryin t motivate him and I'm still supporting him on my single benefit, while tryin to study for exams coming up at college. I'm 31 yrs old n feel bogged down by all this, he won't go doctors n says he'll deal with this his own way... I'm struggling as it is with money ... is this just his deppression... i resent him for putting me in this position.... don't know wht t do for best.... can I turn him around or do I walk away..... before all this he has always been a well motivated person and full of life. He says he's thoughly ashamed of how he's hurt me n loves me so much... he's my everything.... its 3:45am, all this keeps me up most nights, its a situation I thort we'd never be in....we were so close :(

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

March, 10 2014 at 1:52 pm
Hi Marie-Rae,

Jodi (the author of this post) is no longer writing the Anxiety-Schmanxiety blog so she is unable to answer comments. I'm Tanya, one of the new writers of the column. It's difficult to answer your question about whether your partner's behavior is just his depression without knowing him. It does sound like depression is definitely a factor. It is important to consider his mental health, but it is vital to consider your own mental health as well (and of course that of your children). How would you like to be treated, what relationship style would you like to model for your kids, and what would make a good life for you? The next question is how this man fits into the answers you just gave yourself. Good luck to you as you go forward.
Sharon
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February, 23 2014 at 11:31 pm
I have recently ended a relationship that I kept putting off thinking things would change. It was a tough decision as I knew that there would be no way of going back. Reading this article I can see that I was accepting conditions in the relationship that I should never have accepted. Unconditional love is one thing but having to compromise on your values to give someone else all that they want is not how to have a happy and healthy relationship. I have made this mistake in both my previous relationships learning to love and respect myself first. I know now to make my boundaries clear at the beginning of a relationship and have them respected. I have a tendency to want to be liked and by doing so have let people walk all over me. But this is changing with the next relationship, I have made that promise to myself.

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

February, 24 2014 at 12:11 pm
Hi Sharon,
It sounds like you are doing a lot of reflection and making changes to work toward the person you want to be and to create the types of relationships you want to have. This can be a difficult process because change can be hard, but it's very possible to grow into what you want to become. Keep at it!
julie
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February, 19 2014 at 7:49 am
hi i have been with my boyfriend for 6 years, i was 18 when we first got together. i have noticed that recently he isms as caring anymore, he would still call me and talk to me but not really asking about my day or show any interset at all. this isn't the 1st time we have this problem but he normally apologies and promise to fix things but this time he told me that he doesn't not see a furture in us anymore! i want to tryeeverything before we give up but i'm not sure if this is the right thing to do
Darlene
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February, 11 2014 at 11:10 pm
I am in a relationsship with a man who is the most unhappiest man I have ever met. He wasn't always that way but it is starting to affect my life very much. He is so miserable. He self medicates him self with alcohol. I feel as though I can't stay with this man any more. I am a strong and positive woman,, I have had to deal with some terrible things in my life and I fought it to stay positive and to not get sick. does anyone have a comment about this. It's hard to hurt some one and hard to leave but I deserve better.

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Liesl
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January, 21 2016 at 6:42 pm
I am feeling the same as you did two years ago but right now, today.

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Amndr
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January, 22 2016 at 4:56 pm
Nobody has posted here in forever but I've been reading these comments all day. Kind of easy on me knowing someone else is reading these too haha
Joan
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January, 5 2014 at 9:24 pm
Hi, I have been in a relationship fpr almost 4 year. Pretty early on in our relationship I made it clear that my goal was for us to eventually move in together. My boyfriend and I live one hour apart and mainly see eachother on the weekends. I have 2 children one in college and a 15 year old son in college. My boyfriend have a 11 year old son who lives with him part time as well as his 83 year old mother loving with him. We have seen a therapist because he appear reluctent to moving in together. The therapist suspect that my boyfriend is struggling with an anxiety disorder of some kind. Recently my boyfriend chose to stop our therapy sessions temporarily which was very upsetting to me. The therapist states that he worries about what potentially could go wrong of we live together. We are very compatible and love eachother very much but staying in a long distance relationship is very difficult for me. I have offered that my son and I relocate to live with my boyfriend this coming summer. I feel it would be a good desiscions for everybody involved. My son and I would obiously need to adjust to loving in a new city. My questions is should I encourage the my boyfriend begin anxiety medication as suggested by the therapist or should I end the relationship. I am very torn but I do not want to be to pushy. How do you know how much to encourage someone to begin medication or when to let go if the appear reluctant to begin medication? The therapist believe that his anxiety is something he is born with so this is all he knows.

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

January, 6 2014 at 10:22 am
It sounds like you care about your boyfriend a great deal. Helping a loved one through anxiety is challenging, but it's important for both of you individually as well as the quality of the relationship. You wonder about pushing him to take medication. Often times, forcing treatment on someone living with anxiety isn't helpful and can even worsen the anxiety. Simply listening, and it can take patience and support to help someone open up, can help you both understand the anxiety and the way to work through it positively.
lisa
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December, 30 2013 at 8:02 am
I googled relationship advice and ended up on this feed, and it was an inspiring read, thank you..

I have been in a relationship for just over 5 years, with a very private person. I run into a lot of trust issues with how private he can be..although I'm also sure he's not hiding anything suss, he's just very bad at sharing himself. So I've whinged about a few things to my close friends and family over an extended amount of time, and now everyone is on the band wagon that I'd be better off without him. I'm sure they're sick of hearing it like Im sick of saying it... and I go from believing them and thinking I should leave.. to thinking how good he is in so many other ways.

It's much easier to tell your friends the bad bits, coz you need to vent... it's harder to sit there and say how nice it is to curl up on the couch with him etc...

Clearly I'm still in the confused stage...hoping for some clarity soon.
I loved where you wrote "We don’t know who to blame, us or them. Add to it worry and fear about being alone, or being abandoned, or about other people judging you, and it becomes a maze to wade through."

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

January, 1 2014 at 10:38 pm
Hello, Lisa. Jodi is no longer writing the Anxiety-Schamanxiety blog, but I'm sure she'd be very pleased to know that you were inspired by her article. Relationships are complex and can be confusing. Keep paying attention to what you think and what you feel, and you'll lead yourself where you need to go.
Jonathan
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December, 16 2013 at 10:25 pm
Hi, I have been with my girlfriend for 5 months now. I month ago I got into a bad car accident and got a bad concussion and haven’t been able to see her for a month which really makes her upset. All she wants to do is see me. The doctors do not want me doing anything for another week now and I’m not allowed to drive. My mom has offered many of times to pick my girlfriend up from her house and bring her to our house to hang out or do something. My mom still hasn’t been able to really get to know her much at all she met her twice but just for a quick hi and bye. When I ask my girlfriend if she wants to hang out with me at my house for one she completely refuses and stands strong with her position but personally I still don’t understand why she doesn’t want to get to know my mom for I do not have a dad.. I have been to her house a lot and her parents know me quite well but she doesn’t want to meet my mg and uses anxiety as an excuss not to meet her..I’m lost and confused as of what to do I just want her to meet my mom so my mom is more comfortable with me hanging out with her and being with her and my mom is eager to meet her…it makes me depressed and makes me think that she doesn’t really care enough about me to meet my mom and I don’t want to feel that way at all

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

December, 23 2013 at 9:36 am
I'm sorry to hear about your car accident and concussion, and I sincerely hope you are doing better now. You mentioned that you wonder if your girlfriend is using anxiety as an excuse not to come to your house and meet your mom. A way to determine that is to observe whether or not she experiences anxiety in other situations. If so, perhaps anxiety is getting in her way here. If not, perhaps there's something else going on. Either way, an open talk with her is important. If it's anxiety, you can support her as she takes steps to overcome it. If it isn't, you decide what you want a relationship to be like and whether you and she can build it.
Desiree
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November, 27 2013 at 3:28 pm
I picked up the phone and called the police because he would not leave after disrespecting me. He had moved out 9 months prior at my prompting (8 years living together) and we had gotten back together but not living together. I told him I had a zero tolerance policy for anyone disrespecting me in my home and they would be asked to leave. Whenever I attempted to set this boundary he would not leave (probably his fear of abandonment). Our relationship ended. We had many deep wonderful times together but the lack of responsibility and harmful expression of anger wore me down. Some months later, in April 2013, an event occurred that triggered my own unknown abandonment issues. I went into a deep painful traumatic episode that led me to a week long abandonment workshop in August. Just as I was beginning to understand my own abandonment issues and how they contributed to the problems in my relationship I heard the devastating news that my Former had gotten married after only 7 months of knowing his wife. I have been in terrible pain for 3 1/2 months, second guessing myself. After my workshop, I realized that my own Outer child needed taming and had I had the opportunity to practice this, the dynamics of my relationship may have changed greatly.
But now there in zero chance to try again from a new way of living. I do have tools for recovery but the pain just continues. To make matters worse, this happened at 56 years old. My life feels bleak. I keep hanging on having Faith because that is the only thing I have left. I miss him terribly and feel that I abandoned myself. I know that this huge wound is a replica of my primal abandonment. Though I know help is not on the way from without - only from within - I still feel helpless and so sad. I don't see any future for me. I did not see him for who he was when we were together because my Outer child was always complaining. It's very very difficult for me to accept the finality of his marriage. We were very very close. I sent him a letter of amends and we were able to have a beautiful reconciliation in person wherein we both expressed our love for the other. I asked him for no contact for at least 3 weeks which is recommended to get over someone. It has been about 6 weeks and the pain is even worse - I do believe the holidays are triggering it. I've seen him twice at music clubs as we both are in that world. It is terribly difficult. Though I have the necessary tools I still feel such deep pain that I don't see an end in sight. Thank you for reading.
natalie
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December, 9 2013 at 8:02 am
I just left my boyfriend of 7 years because he doesnt appreciate me. I am a great mother to our 18 month old daughter I cook I clean im a vegetarian so I cook extra for him and my daughter everyday. I work weekends because during tbe week i have no sitter so i can only work several days a week...and Im going to be a full time student soon. Ive realized having a baby puts things to the side for a while but not forever and im a strong woman im not lazy...and he doesnt appreciate me or anything I do for my family or for him. I am venting because today was the last straw I cant put up with him anymore. Im not only a great mother and great girlfriend who supports him in everything and cares for him im a lover....he is in no doubt a great father the best to say the least but he doesnt pay any attention to my needs or what I want because hes so caught up in work and I cant complain about that but what am I just here waiting until he has time to be with me..and on top of not showing me love he yells because I didnt cook dinner today...idk what else to do...he tells me all these things to make me feel better but actions speak louder than words and hes not doing any action...ugh!!!! I love him unconditionally and he claims the same things but its hard to believe. .im honestly not asking for much just one day a week of alone time to be alone but I guess that is too much :(
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Laura Dane
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October, 20 2013 at 4:50 am
Hi,

I stumbled across this blog when i was looking for some inspiration to go on in life. It's an amazing effort.
Relationships these days are so fake. I am a 22 year old and i'm already tired of all the drama. I was in a relationship with a guy for a year, who i loved dearly and thought was my soulmate. Initially he did too, until one day he just STOPPED loving me. And then everything was a downhill spiral, he kept up with lies, cheating, physical abuse and putting me down infront of my family and friends. We finally broke off a year ago. However i still cant seem to take my mind off him, it seems he is still my soulmate and i am afraid of living a life in which he does not exist even though he only hurts me.

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

October, 20 2013 at 11:46 am
I understand that feeling. Sometimes people are divinely supposed to come in our lives for us to learn something and when they go, we feel this way. Just because your souls are connected, doesn't mean you are supposed to be together in this physical life. There will be another and your souls will also be connected and you will be meant for each other in this life.
Laura Dane
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November, 3 2013 at 1:05 am
Thanks Jodi,
But it feels so empty and really like the end of the world.
Jamie
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October, 17 2013 at 8:59 pm
I have been with my boyfriend for about 3 years. Recently I have anxiety that he isn't right for me. I am also unsure sometimes if I love him. This is my first serious relationship so are these doubts normal? I'm 25 and he's 28. We have several things we both like to do but he had many interests that I'll listen to him talk about but I'm not interested in.

I have previously been mostly attracted to guys who are more outgoing than me since I'm shy, but he is not. He is very introverted and just has a couple friends. He treats me well, is kind, loving, smart, hardworking, and fun. He dresses sloppily which has started to bug me more recently. A lot of the anxiety had gotten worse due to living 1.5 hrs apart due to his phd program but this would just be for 8 more months... He wants to get married and I am honestly unsure at this point. Sometimes I can see us getting married and other times I think I should break up with him due to my uncertainty. In general, I am not a confident person and I have anxiety. Any advice? Is it saying something about the relationship if I'm not sure about marriage after 3 years? Or does it sometimes take a while to feel sure especially with nothing to compare it to? He knows about these doubts and is very patient with me. I just feel filthy about not knowing if I want to spend my life with him after a few years together.
Mila
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September, 8 2013 at 2:35 am
I never comment on sites; somehow the vibe in here seems real warm and genuine, so I wanted to share my story. I truly love my bf of 2 years, but I wonder if that love is just friendship love now. It started out with him wanting to be with me and me not liking him, but eventually I gave in, and now we're engaged. He's been good to me, the supportive type, but to be honest we have very little to talk about, have opposing views on practically everything (except family and the future), and a really lame sex life. Yep, I'm in a sexless relationship and it sucks (He is *always* at home so he's not seeing anyone elsel. This isn't something new, that hasn't been discussed in everyway possible: he knows full well what's up.

I consider myself to be strong and independent. My relationships aren't usually like this, normally the men I see are more bohemian-type, you know, "living the moment", have deep conversation, and so on. I've learned to let them come and go. But my current relationship really catches me off guard, as it seems like the "right" guy but is completely unfulfilling. I mean, it's like we're roomates. For a long time now, my gut has been telling me to end this, but my impulsiveness has betrayed me before... At this point, we are emotionally and financially codependent, and although I've asked him to leave several times in the heat of arguments, he never leaves. My family and friends are all over him so asking them for help is out of the question - he is extremely manipulative.

I don't know how to go about ending this as he's locked on like a leech and it's *my* apartment. About 8 months back I was laid off and haven't been able to get a decent job since, so I've recently ventured into starting my own business. I'm stuck at that point: he supoorts me financially(borderline) and emotionally, but I just can't stand the guy anymore. It's hard when he's so manipulative, passive-aggressive, possibly homosexual, and friend and family-less to boot. *sigh* What to do? I'm not evil, I don't hate him, actually I wish him the best but I just can't seem to get past this ugly situation.

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

September, 8 2013 at 2:26 pm
Maybe you can get yourself financially stable and then it'll be clearer? Hope so! <3
Irina
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August, 22 2013 at 8:00 am
Thank you Jodi! I will need luck... Yesterday we talked and he was so, but so down and really, really sad :(. I think he is depressed, but he doesn't what to get professional help. He tried to come back, but I kept my word and my decision. I was his safe place, but he didn't value that when we were together, he mistreated me, my feeling and actions. I can't forget that, but I really do feel sorry for him... It's hard to handle, but I will succeed!
Irina
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August, 21 2013 at 6:24 am
I broke up my relationship 2 weeks ago. I have been thinking about it for about 2 months. And, even though I was already decided to make that move, I gave him 3 more chances. My relationship was good and then we move in together. Things started to fall apart. I've talked and talked with him, but things didn't change :(. Until 2 weeks ago. I still have feelings for him, he says that he has feelings for me also, but... Too much damage has been made in my heart and my mind. I miss him, my heart is really tight, but my mind is always telling me that I made what was right. If I continued in that relationship, @ this moment, I would be crazy. I feel sad, but I feel good. What will happen in the future?? Only God can tell. Thank you for your article, it helped me very much!

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

August, 21 2013 at 6:35 am
Good luck with the process, Irina. We might know it is right but still grieve the good stuff. Just because it is right for you, doesn't mean it doesn't hurt. xo
JaT
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August, 20 2013 at 11:56 am
I really needed to read this post. Just two days ago I found out that while me and my boyfriend were broken up/going through a rough patch in the beginning of the year he went out, got drunk, & got his ex pregnant and the baby will be here in about two months. We've been together for over four years & we've had our share of problems that we always manage to get through. He hid this from me & his family, we all just found out. I know how much we love each other, more than anything, & we want to marry each other when we'll be ready to take that step financially & career-wise. Deep down inside I feel like I don't have anything to think about, I want to stay with him without a doubt, I love him purely and unconditionally. We call each other our soul mate/other half, but I don't know if later on down the line I stay but I can't handle this. In my heart I've already accepted his baby. I just can't get over that somebody else has his child growing inside of them, somebody else forever has a piece of him, forever. I'm so hurt, so lost. Every time I wake up all I do is cry because reality comes rushing right back to me. & all I wanna do is sleep so that I can forget about all of this for a little while.

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

August, 20 2013 at 1:01 pm
Jat,
I am so sorry about all this that you are going through. Give yourself some time to get your mind around this. Don't judge yourself. Time will help you know what to do. You don't have to decide right now. There will be time.
Jodi
JaT
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August, 20 2013 at 1:13 pm
Jodi,
Thanks so much for your response. Is there anything you recommend I do while I'm taking this time out to think. Should I seek professional help? I just started graduate school less than one week ago & yet I feel like the life has been sucked out of me. Even though I'm a spiritual person & I draw much strength from my spirituality I feel that my spirit has been broken in some way. I could barely bring myself to read my bible once I opened it. I am in so much pain & don't know where to turn.

JaT

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

August, 21 2013 at 6:34 am
Yes, there will be a counseling center at scholl free to students. Go there. Having someone to talk to is precious and helpful! Bless you, my dear! If you want to do online counseling, let me know, but your best bet is going to the campus center. xo
JaT
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August, 22 2013 at 12:11 am
Jodi,
Thanks so much for all your help.
Anna
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August, 12 2013 at 6:59 am
I kinder got someting out of reading your article - I have been in a relationship for nearly 6 months and it was good in the begining ut now im not happy and i feel sad & weepy all the time. He is depressed and almost wallows in self pity and his dragging me down - he shuts me out and i feel as thou i am banging my head against a brick wall. My heart says work it out but my head says you dont need someone who makes you unhappy - wish i knew what to do!!!

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