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180s!! #75815
06/11/00 06:07 AM
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180s

--Stop losing your cool every time he says something you don't like or want to hear. Listen to him and return it so he knows you heard it. Its called empathetic listening.
Be more of an ear instead of a mouth. When you can do this change in your behavior, he may follow suit.
~Rondo


--Nothing we would normally do will make it better only worse. Only by going in the opposite direction, only by doing the unexpected only by loving ourselves can there be any hope of our spouses coming back.
We CAN have hope in the midst of the pain. We have the hope that others that have gone before us have gotten through this. We have hope that sometimes by doing the 180 dance the spouses return. TIME is our friend and enemy. We want the problem solved now. To put it bluntly, NO WAY. Time will heal us in the end as long as we're working on it.

The toughest thing to do right now is to take an honest inventory of yourself. It is hard but rewarding. Where have I gone wrong? What can I do differently? Get it all out in the open and then share it with someone. Then burn it, throw it away. Anything to tell yourself that at the time you handled your life as best you knew how. Forgive yourself. It will take time (there it is again), but it will be worth it. Then forgive the wife.
~John


--Take a look at the 'forum' section of this website, at the article 'He's Just Teething'. Think of your wife that way - like a baby that's teething, or a teenager acting up. You have to ride it out. You have to stay optimistic. Don't let her persuade you that it's over until YOU say it's over!!!
~Jane


--Plan distractions that work for you. Find other things that help...I watched inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tonight, and started to boogie by myself in my living room. It felt great!
Try prayer, music, dancing, crossword puzzles, extra time with the kids, reading, a hobby, exercise, and yoga, whatever works for you. Force yourself to occupy your mind some of the time with thoughts that don't have to do with your marriage.
~Mary


--When my wife says ugly things, I just smile because I know why she is doing it. Knowledge is power, power is strength. Let 'em slide off like water on a duck's back and then just "shake your tail" like a duck and go on about your business, the 180/Last Resort. Waddle if need be.
~Mark


--So my point is, BACK OFF! I know better than anyone how hard that is when you love someone with all your heart and soul, but you must try. Like Michele told me in one session I had with her, and like she says in DB, if you don't stop trying to convince your spouse you will push that person away. It still may not work out for you (i'm sure you don't want to hear this) but if you don't change your behavior, she'll feel too pressured.
~Bob


--I agree 100% with Michele, and that when you talk to H you need to be different than you have been ... change your pattern of behavior. You be the one who signals the end of your talk with H, not him. He needs to see/hear/feel you doing and saying things that are not what he expects. This opens the dynamics of the relationship up ... and makes it possible for wheels to start turning again ... in the right direction if the person who is effecting the change knows what they are doing.
~TomM


[This message has been edited by Tia (edited 04-16-2001).]


Re: 180s!! #75816
04/17/01 04:31 AM
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This was originally posted by Browny.


I have reflected on some of the things that got results from my H in this situation and here they are:

1. When he called me, I ended the conversation first.

2. When he came around I would ensure that the house smelled really good and I looked casual but well groomed. Spoke much softer than normal.

3. I definitely 'acted as if' my life was full and moving forward without him.

4. Did not give him as much eye contact as he likes. But when I did look in his eyes I did it flirtatiously.

5. Slowed my body language down - more controlled and no touchy, feely. Kept out of his space. Definitely no emotional outburst or tears. Oh no, not the tears again, I am out of here.

6. Never requested any assistance from him in anything. Caused him to offer.

7. When he expected me to do something, I would do the opposite. That got his attention.

8. Held back when he wanted a cuddle or any form of affection. Let him kiss my cheek instead of my lips.

9. Refused to see him when requested, let him pursue before I gave in, maybe three requests for one sighting of moi.

10. Posted his mail instead of handing it to him or calling him. He always asks why not call and I will pick it up.


Re: 180s!! #75817
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--Doing a 180 doesn't mean you tell him to move out. It means you react differently to things than you used to. Do you bring up the Ow all the time?? Then just act as if she doesn't exist. Bringing up an Ow just pushes your H towards her. Do you do things for your H around the house?? Stop doing them. Let him see what it will be like without you. More importantly focus on YOU!!! Make changes in you and for you. Unfortunately until your H ends the affair, reconciliation is impossible.
~Carey


--If you have only started to become very good friends, she is not ready to hear about your feelings. Keep doing what you have been doing. Solidify your friendship. Let her take the lead. These things have to go very ssslllooowwwlllyyy. If you star to tell her about your feelings that will be putting pressure on her and thus push her away. I speak from experience.
~Patience


--Maybe things are better if you and your W don't talk about personal things. I think that little by little you will both start getting comfortable with each other talking business, and maybe slowly the personal stuff will come out. She might need to know that there's no pressure to be personal. You first have to figure yourself out. Someone told me once, that while I was married, I did everything to please him and not have any trouble. Because of this I started chipping away at pieces of myself. I became someone else. I now have to refind myself, become me again. Then I will be completely comfortable and happy with myself. The thing is that I do see how that happened. I was always trying to please him. I did everything for him and left me alone. This guy was right, I wasn't me anymore. I held back a lot for H.
~joannyd


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