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You used to be so close, you two shared everything under the sun, it felt like you were perfectly synced, and you were so happy together. Is this the beginning of the end? Has the end already come? Or is this just a bump in the road? As a love and relationship coach, many people come to me for help with restoring a broken relationship but sometimes a person just wants to know if their relationship has fallen apart beyond repair.
I spoke to a woman just this morning who has found herself in this situation, and it made me want to write this article for you today. If you want to know whether or not it is time to let go of this relationship, you have come to the right place. My goal is to provide you with tools and answers to your burning questions, especially in such a tumultuous period.
Choosing to end a marriage is a very big decision, so it is very important to do the research that will help you to make a well-informed decision. The good news is that you are already on the right path because you have made the effort to seek out information that will help you! So many people struggle with the decision of whether to stay or leave a relationship, and it can be very difficult to feel confident in your decision. That is why it is so important to take your time and really analyze the situation, your options, and what you truly want. Many times, I see that people are hesitant about leaving the relationship even when they know that they should.
Well, some people are terrified of making the wrong choice and winding up with crippling regret… but other people choose to stay in an unhappy relationship out of fear of how it might affect other people. The beginning of their relationship was beautiful and fulfilling for both of them but with time, things started to fall apart.
To paraphrase for you, this ended in a separation. They were apart for about nine months, and during this time David explored other relationships and worked on getting to know himself better. Then he realized how much his ex was suffering as a result of his decision to leave.
She became depressed and allowed her life to fall apart, and at the end of this nine month period David decided to take her back. As you can see, his reason for getting back in the relationship and staying with this person was because he was worried about what her life would be like he were to leave for good.
This is a very common situation. Another very common reason why people choose to stay despite seeing very clear s of marriage is over is the fear of being alone. The thought of being on their own terrifies them, and they choose to remain in an unhappy relationship over being single. At the end of the day, when you have a big decision like this to make, the absolute best thing you can do is to make sure that you take your time and really analyze the situation.
As you know, types of decisions should never be rushed, so the more information you have and the more time you take to reflect, the better. As I said above, the key to making informed decisions is to do as much research as possible. However, as time goes on and you are proactive about analyzing the situation, the choice becomes much clearer. So here are some s of a failing marriage to help you get a clear idea of what is going on right now. When people ask me about how to know when your marriage is over , I bring their attention to the dynamic between them and their husband or wife.
Do they operate as a team, or is there a sense of disconnect in which the desire for justice seems to take precedence. A of a failing marriage is when one person consistently chooses justice or revenge over forgiveness. When their partner makes a mistake, they feel the need to make him or her back down or pay for whatever it is that they did wrong.
One thing that we often forget in relationships is that each and every single one of us is human. This means that no one is perfect… and to err it is to be human. A married couple should be working to overcome obstacles and challenges in their relationship by pinpointing the source and working together to find a long-term solution.
When a person is constantly seeking justice, it can quickly undermine the bond between two people and make them feel further apart. One of the biggest s a marriage is failing or over is when there is a perpetual sense of isolation. One or both of you feel very alone and the complicity and closeness that used to exist between you seem to have dissipated. When tensions have undermined the bond between you, you can quickly end up feeling disconnected and alone. The more alone a person feels in the relationship, the less inclined they will be to want to rectify the problems the relationship is facing.
Unfortunately, the feeling of isolation makes it very easy for someone to want to pull the plug on the relationship instead of work together to fix it. If you feel like your relationship has been battered by waves of challenges in an ocean of conflict for quite some time now, it would not be shocking if you started to see the relationship in a different way.
When a person or a couple is faced with challenge after challenge, it becomes dangerously easy to forget that a marriage is a relationship… not a project to be completed or a problem to solve. Challenges are inevitable in any relationship, especially when the honeymoon phase passes. A lot of people make the mistake of confusing the end of the honeymoon phase with the end of the relationship… the truth is that relationships involve and mature, and there is usually a catalyst that pushes the relationship into a more mature state.
That said, if you see the marriage as nothing but a burden or a problem that needs solving, it can mean that things are falling apart. This entails seeking understanding when it is not present…. Because disagreements are inevitable, the way a person chooses to approach the situation is very telling about whether or not the relationship is on the brink of divorce.
Without understanding, there is no closeness. Studies have shown that people are more likely to take advice from or listen to people that they feel understand them. In simple terms, a person will not listen to someone who does not understand them. If your partner does not feel understood by you, then they will not perceive you as credible and will discredit your opinion.
This creates a downward spiral that in even more distance between you. So if you are wondering about when a marriage is over , pay attention to how well you understand each other, and how much you care to understand each other. Once again, one of the pillars of successful and healthy relationships is the bond between you. When people feel like a team, they have a much easier time overcoming obstacles.
Now, when every single argument turns into a blame game and both partners are pointing fingers, the marriage becomes very threatened. Similarly, when past transgressions or shortcomings are constantly brought up especially in the heat of an argument , this will damage the bond between you even further. A couple who has a healthy relationship will seek to build each other up, work past flaws, and navigate through disagreements together.
In a failing marriage, one or both partners no longer see any good or praiseworthy character traits in the other person. Seeing your husband or wife in a negative light only makes it easier to point out more character flaws or mistakes in behavior. Make your relationship great today with our self help kit When do you know your marriage is over: No one takes responsibility Following in line with my point about the blame game, another indicator that a marriage is over is when either the husband or the wife refuses to take responsibility for their actions and their mistakes. I worked with a couple a few weeks ago who live in Santa Barbara, California.
They have been married for about seven years and they were teetering on the brink of divorce when it came to light that the husband, Clark, had had an affair. Though she may have lacked a bit of tact in her approach, he was trying to deflect blame and not take responsibility for the mistake he had made. Humility and willingness to change are crucial elements of a happy and stable relationship. These are some of the key elements required to overcome challenges and repair damage in a marriage. Another one of the most common s a marriage is over is when you or your ificant other only has negative memories associated with the marriage.
People often hold on to positive memories because they serve has an example of what the future could be like. Of course, when it feels like there are no positive memories to hold on to, it becomes very easy to lose that sense of motivation and hope for the future.
One of the most destructive things that can creep into a relationship over time is the feeling of resentment. As I said above, every single one of us makes mistakes and we are all human. Holding on to grudges and keeping a mental checklist of everything that your partner has done wrong is not going to improve your bond. One of the easiest ways to protect against resentment is to make sure that the friendship is preserved between you.
When the friendship between two spouses remains intact, they have a greater facility to overcome external challenges as well as disagreements and arguments that happen between them. When that friendship is allowed to be eroded away, then the sense of protection that the relationship had goes with it. It makes it easy for the two people to feel like they are no longer on the same side. When you feel unsupported by your ificant other, it becomes dangerously easy to turn against them. When this happens, a person could actually end up falling in love with their hate for their ificant other.
The love they have for their spouse is replaced by a deep sense of hatred and resentment that can give rise to unprecedented tensions in the relationship. Of course, if there is hatred and resentment that outweighs any feeling of love or compassion for your partner, it is a that your marriage is failing. I worked with him about six months ago or so. He was in his mid 40s and had been married to his wife for almost 20 years. Throughout the course of their relationship, the friendship that used to be so strong between them withered away and had not been present for a very long time. Instead of living life as a married couple, they were just living parallel lives under the same roof.
The bond between them was nowhere to be found and they were just coasting through life, focusing on their jobs and careers, on their kids, on their friends, on their hobbies… They were focusing on pretty much everything except each other.
Unfortunately, Robert and his wife had completely neglected each other and their relationship. The disconnect between them was especially apparent every time they went on vacation together… they would find themselves arguing and bickering over the most trivial things. During our coaching session, Robert realized that he and his wife would fight every time they were forced to spend an extended period of time together. They had built and were living separate lives, despite the fact that they lived in the same house and slept in the same bed every night.
The result was that they could no longer relate to each other, and their lack of empathy for each other where clear s that their marriage was already over. As we continue to look at the s your marriage is over, I want to bring your attention to a few more elements in terms of the dynamic between two spouses.
Healthy, loving relationships are rooted in balance and exchange. They will continuously put themselves before the relationship and before their spouse, and in doing so, they undermine the foundation of the marriage. If one partner is willing to step all over the other in order to get what they want, the relationship will crumble.
Time apart should actually serve as a way to bring you closer together by allowing you to miss each other and have things that you want to share when you reunite. Pay attention to how it feels when you reunite after an extended period of time. Things should not feel the same or even worse than before. Another a marriage is ending is when neither person in the relationship is able to control their temper around each other. Incessant fighting creates a hostile environment which makes it very hard to find solutions and be loving towards one another. In addition to this, constant fighting comes from an inability to relate or empathize with your partner, and this can make you drift even further apart.
The more a person feels attacked, the more their defenses will go up and can find yourself in a negative spiral. Little things can get blown out of proportion because someone is already feeling defensive, which of course le to even more fights. As I briefly mentioned above, a marriage is ending when a person thinks about the future and continuing to live their life with this person, and feels depressed. When you feel trapped, uninspired, or even oppressed by this marriage, it means that there is a serious problem.
A marriage with someone is supposed to excite you and make you feel happy when you think about the future with them. Another your marriage is ending is when you fantasize about being free of your partner or even living your life with somebody else. If you feel more excited or more at peace at the prospect of being free of your partner for the rest of your life than remaining in this marriage, then it could be time for a divorce. The thought of trying to remain with this person exhausts you and makes you feel heavy and burdened. It is very important to listen to your gut feeling and to take the time to determine what is the best course of action would be for you.
As this article begins to near its end, I just want to summarize all of these points for you so that you can really take in this information. I want to give you all the tools that will help you diagnose the state of your marriage. Do you feel like you are in a permanent state of isolation in this relationship?
Does it feel like your marriage is just a project that needs to be completed or a problem that needs to be solved? Every argument turns into a blame game and past mistakes are constantly being brought up. One or both partners stop seeing any good at praiseworthy character traits in the other person, and they stop taking responsibility for the dysfunction of the relationship.
A marriage is in trouble when it seems like the negative memories have covered up all of the positive ones, and resentment seems to have taken precedent. Neither of you can control your tempers around each other and the idea of a future with this person makes you feel depressed.Marriage seems to be ending
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