It's because western culture's notion of having to be in love is unrealistic and can't be maintained, so they divorce. unspoken ways that you are not the abandoning kind. What we object to is our spouse using those words to excuse cheating, lying, abandonment and whatever else they are doing. But if you confessed to someone today that you'd married without "being in love," because you'd simply wanted to get married or have the financial foundation to start a family (or buy more shoes), or maybe because you just didn't want to spend Sundays alone anymore, they would look at you with a horror akin to what you might bestow upon a person admitting to murder”. :). If he heard me, why didn’t he respond? [ 3 Answers ] Me and my boyfriend have been together for 3 years on and off and I thought that I really and truly loved him but now Im not so sure. Pingback: Don't Cry Over Him, Strong Woman - Ask Claire Casey, Pingback: 9 Signs He's Wrong For You - Ask Claire Casey. Steve, I am really sorry but yes some of it, I did not read. Everyone wants a magic relationship that feels different and special. So here i am kinda new to this whole "i love you but were not inlove" thing. relationship. A whole lot of people never truly get over the incredibly brutal deceit and betrayal. I am sure that some people are living in denial when pining after Am I putting myself where the guys are, and remaining happy and open to what life brings me? Life happens and some times, for a "short" period, different things take over being the #1 priority. So let me ask you this: Why are you so interested in a man who doesn’t love you back? No one likes to admit that their relationship is heading to the dog house, but there is no point in avoiding telling signs that you don’t want to be with him anymore and that it may be time to call it quits. The love and mutual respect grows over time and there's never an expectation of having to feel "in love". experience either you played a part in her leaving, or her relationship, then make it clear as honestly as you can that you I've been told that they just want to be friends and there is no sexual attraction and then a couple months later we are sleeping together again and she's asking if it's wrong that she missed that. For those who have been married for more than 15 years and are still in love/attracted to your spouse— consider yourself lucky. Partners who are in love have sex more often to make love. The "love" was there as long I had few needs and fulfilled his needs. You promised to do so, so you do it. She is the author of Divorce: How to Tell the Kids, Runaway Husbands and My Sister, My Self. Sometimes when the intimacy is gone it can be rekindled. I know your post was a long time ago however I am going through a similar situation! Is Someone Avoiding You? They're not "happy" and our society also teaches that one's happiness (they read that as everlasting passionate love and sex) is of the utmost importance so they feel they can chuck everything and have another go at it with someone else. endure the terms or have the patience to persevere because He tells me he loves me & if I dont he gets mad. Here are expert comments about this silly notion of having to be in love in order to marry or happily stay married. We've been going out for 3 years and he loves me very much. My parents never gave me that. There undoubtedly are plenty of miserable arranged marriages. I could literally felt my heart stop from beating and the world stop evolving on me. The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. I hope yours will make that tiny bit of effort. What does it mean, this string of ten words that has so much power to harm? He just with you out of convenience. I have been married for 15 years to a man to whom I have no romantic feelings (we married as virgins) and I don’t find him physically attractive. Steve, I'm not sure why everyone is bashing what you've said I think it is definitely the wisest statement on the page. We've had several issues cause serious damage to our relationship before and tried to break up a while ago. A man who doesn’t even “care” about you? Falling in love again isn't the challenge. You CHOOSE to do it. I should think not. We only have one life. However, I have no deeper feelings for her, nor do I desire her sexually. My ex doesn’t love me anymore and I want to know why? That's an extremely interesting fact! I know I don't love him at all, but he loves me. My kids greatly benefit. This was part of a pattern that had developed over the past 5 years of marriage. So call on a trusted girlfriend or an emotionally healthy mentor and see if you can work out what’s driving you. We don’t really talk on the phone anymore. The gloss will eventually wear off that new relationship too. All of you have it wrong . also go a long way in my experience. love you but does not want to give you that power by admitting it while she is still angry at you. You can love the and not be their spouse anymore. And that can be a sadness for the person who no longer feels the want, as well. Everything you just said was in my world and is a complete match to my thinking. It's almost like a business partnership. Why We Avoid Talking About "The Relationship", I Love Someone Who Does Not Love Me (As Much). 17 years is nearly a generation’s worth of time, which means he’s almost old enough to be your father. They want out of the marriage entirely. Recently, I started messing around with a friend/coworker too. And although sometimes, the one who finds him or herself deeply disillusioned doesn’t want to feel that way, once the scales have fallen from their eyes and they realize that there is no more desire, being together becomes intolerable and the end comes quickly. But, I have seen cases where I've seen the wonderful 'loving' gesture by the left spouse by acting mature, graceful and loving in being left. My spouse walked out on the marriage (25 years) and children and acts now as if we never existed. By Alyssa Lynn. Actually, it can be loving to divorce your spouse when you are no longer with them, when the alternative is living in a hellish wasteland of sadness and regret; when both people are trapped by the lost intimacy, even if only one person is aware of that loss. I’m not at all being flippant; I think you should seriously consider this. As of the moment, I am really ok but I have to admit the pain is still there but not as much as when I posted my comment. By not piling huge amounts of guilt on the leaving spouse, by keeping communication open, by staying friends, by showing their children what it means to really love, by loving someone who has acted unloving, by showing them that even if they do something 'bad' that their mother/father will still love them. I left husband for another man but … Men in this circumstance may want to remain friends and don’t understand why that’s not possible for the woman they are leaving behind. Some Are Trying. 5 Signs You Don't Love Him, You Love The Idea Of Him. I hate the sentence "I love you but I’m not in love with you! It's not that that necessarily means that I advocate a return to arranged marriage, it just helps put in perspective why contemporary western marital arrangements can become so chaotic.”, 3) “TV and movie writers seem to be obsessed with the search for ‘magic’ relationships. Then when i try to leave, he finds a reason for me to stay. He had just returned from a month-long business trip. In my religion (Judaism) we make sure before dating that we are compatible in terms of beliefs, family backgrounds, life goals, etc. As stated by others relationships go through phases, it's natural as we ourselves change and grow over time from our experiences. He or she may also wish that the web of familial relationship could be preserved when the sexual love is gone. Now he has totally pull away from me. Good riddance to my wife.. Every day held in stasis, stuck in a relationship that no longer nourishes, even as you might wish it would or could, is another day in which both suffer. Love is one part attachment and one part lust. Not the kind created by a longterm loving, caring relationship, but the kind that gives them a (temporary) thrill. But the “I love you but I’m not in love with you” pronouncement is almost always the closing bell. Now things start to get really convoluted becuase the week one Now Strong feels isolated and confused and pushed away. Sometimes the person being told knew it without knowing; had been aware for some time that there wasn’t much flash in the eye anymore. This Is Why Many Couples Struggle With Sex. The only people I hear that kind of response from are those that were the ones that left and are making excuses for their behavoir. The challenge is to remember to keep doing it. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. victim behavior, because as cathartic as that might feel, in my 1. Since I'm home, he's a total slob, which drives me CRAZY. Like a family member. Hey! to understand her point of view and not fall into blaming scorn. They rationalize their behavior by saying "I love you but I'm not in love with you" and therefore, in their minds, free themselves from their commitments and can then pursue their personal desires, creating a wake of devastation behind. Truly terrible the way people are willing to be selfish enough to end a family like that. The life desires, goals, and interests of a 46 year old can be very different from that of someone still in their twenties. Maybe your theory on arranged marriages holds some truth, and maybe not. But sometimes when you’re in the middle of stuff like this, it helps if someone lovingly tells you again… Ready? Otherwise just break up! Once you start to get a handle on that, move your focus to your basic emotional needs…. That "honeymoon period" always ends at some point, and then couples are left wondering why they married in the first place. 2. Remember, respect compassion humility and understanding I've always had the thought in my head that he loves me more than I love him. Different stages in life seem to effect all human relationships (including marriage) on a whole. My second thought is that there may be an issue with your age difference. Only western culture uses being in love as a measure of a relationship and that's just stupid and if you disagree, just look at western country's world leading divorce rates. Even if it has been years since you were in love, remember that flicker in the eye ;-), Good luck everyone. Relationships are often messy without any hard and fast rules. I suspect you may already I am crazy about him! As to your question, yes I am for real. Thank you for non-judgemental grace, and stating reality simply and honestly. We love simple answers --- even though they answer nothing. That doesn't mean that love can't be made the number 1 priority again with a bit of effort. In this case if you make amends As a child from a dicorced/dysfunctional home, I would feel like an ultimate failure if I could not give my children the peace of mind they deserve. One half of the pair realizes that the desire has died although he or she still cares about the other and deeply wishes there were that spark, but when desire has left, it’s next to impossible to coax is to come back. I agree with this comment. If, I got you offended in some ways then I am sorry for that. They just don’t know what else to say. They need to be watered, fed, pruned and cared for. Your post was rather a lil late for me to contemplate, I mean when I wrote my post, I was definitely heart broken. The Three Biggest Obstacles to Saving the Planet, Can You Tell Fact from Fiction? But I’m not in love with you anymore," my now ex-husband said matter-of-factly over breakfast. From what you’ve told me, he simply isn’t interested. Then the person to whom these words have been spoken comes to my office and asks if it’s possible to bring that stilled body of a marriage back from the grave. their spouse and that it truly is over, and then sometimes things feelings that she is unwilling to admit, then in my experience the recourse would be to stick around and reassure her in soft As you begin to shift your focus away from this man who doesn’t love you and toward yourself, be ready to feel the normal kinds of breakup pain, and – this is important! Could You Ever Stay in a Loveless Marriage? were going to leave anyway. N when we do it takes him a while to reply back. There’s a stark difference when a man loves you and when he doesn’t. I probably started falling out of love when we had a baby. My husband decided that he wants to move out. know which situation you are in. 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