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...and what was your BF reaction to what the Priest said?


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I think he is the one. I've never felt anything like what we have.


With the priest - BF was surprised, gave him things to think about that he said he really hadn't before.
That was back in....March I think.


I guess time will tell.


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yes time will always tell

How is your job going? What are you doing these days for yourself?


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Work [censored], nothing new there LOL

Let's see, I'm going to school. we go to trivia regularly. i am trying to get myself into a routine - but that isn't working very well because stuff keeps coming up.
I manage our softball team. we have a lot of stuff that comes up - like concerts and what not.
next week we have a concert and then the weekend will be bachelor/bachelorette parties for a couple we know that are getting married. busy busy wink


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well you know I wish you all the best smile


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TMW - I want you to read a book calleh He's Scared She's Scared.

It's about Love Avoidants; and it sounds like your BF may be one.

His history with his mom suggests he may fall into this category:
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Love Avoidants consciously (and greatly) fear intimacy because they believe that they will be drained, engulfed, and controlled by it. In childhood they were drained, engulfed, and controlled by somebody elseís:

Neediness
Reality
Existence

And they donít want to go through that experience again.

Unconsciously: Love Avoidants fear being left at some level. The fear in adulthood stems from being abandoned as a child by the caregiver, since when a child is forced to nurture the parent, the parent abandons the childís needs for nurture.
Love Avoidants really want a relationship, but they also fear them: Since Love Avoidants usually had very little human contact in childhood that relieved the pain, fear, and emptiness of abandonment, they did not learn that a relationship can relieve these feelings. But this unconscious fear of being left draws Love Avoidants towards relationships, even though they have great difficulty making a commitment or connecting to their partner.
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without reading the book, in short - any advice on working with a love avoidant?

I don't know if that is necessarily what he is - he loves me, we live together, he talks about forever and everything just not the actual marriage aspect.

In his mind, currently, being married is no different than living together except that it is more expensive to walk away.


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Read the book - it'll give you a better idea.

As for "working with" a love avoidant - they have to want to work on it themselves, I think. I've dated several (before I read the book and realized that it kept happening because I myself was skittish about getting back into a real relationship after my divorce).

But the more typical pattern is that someone who is a love addict gets stuck on the love avoidant - so you have to take a look at that in yourself.

2 of the 3 guys I dated are pretty hopeless - I doubt they'll ever overcome their issues. The third one found love with his old childhood love; but I know he still keeps her at arms length too.

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Cori and I have been together for 6 years (maybe 7???I am bad with dates)

anyway

we are not married

nor do we have any plans on getting married

we have a house together (in both our names)
a child together
vehicles together

people refer to us as married

we just...aren't

our commitment is the same and we pledged before God to remain true to each other. We just, literally, do not have the paper

it felt really unnecessary

maybe someday
maybe not

but I am sure not going to worry about it

by the way
I have a beautiful ring, engraved with a beautiful message

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