After what he mentioned, can our relationship be mounted? Ask Ellie

Q:We’ve been collectively six years, since our mid-50s; initially buddies, then colleagues beginning many years in the past. We’re each twice divorced, each spent over 10 years single.

We’ve dated long-distance, now simply two hours aside. I couldn’t dwell with him partly as a result of his staff use his place freely when working from his store, however largely due to his management points. He’s tended to maintain relationships at arm’s size. We’re each high-quality dwelling aside.

When issues between us are good, they’re nice! Excellent!

He’s self-employed. Three years in the past, he landed the large mission that’d set him up for retirement — a large mission of nationwide significance.

When he’d labored on a smaller portion of it some years in the past, it strained his well being and destroyed his then four-year relationship.

Now, this mission is worse (his evaluation). It’s introduced out his workaholic tendencies and he’s developed a dangerous sleep problem.

He’s additionally turn into much more crucial, controlling and obsessive. I have been uncomfortable for the final 18 months.

Over Christmas at his place, we began bickering about time and consideration points for each of us.

He felt very slighted by my angle (which wasn’t unhealthy however not as fawning as he appreciated) and mentioned one thing designed to harm me.

It was devastating, betrayal-level stuff. Later, he mentioned it wasn’t true, that he’d made it as much as harm me.

Now, I am unable to transfer forward except I get a transparent, unequivocal assure that he’ll by no means purposefully harm me once more. I’ve had/labored on PTSD and an nervousness dysfunction for years, together with counselling. Deliberate infliction of ache is an enormous deal to me.

He refuses to provide me that assure. He’s reframed it as me forcing one thing from him. He by no means acknowledged the ache he triggered or the dysfunction of inventing a hurtful situation to get revenge/change my angle.

His non-apology included deflection, accusation, justification and excuse-making. It’s a sample of his however this concern’s turn into my hill to die on.

Is there a means ahead, or have the persona mismatches turn into so pronounced that the connection is just too damaged to repair?

The Final Stand

A:Pack up something of yours that’s at his place and transfer again to your personal dwelling. Whether or not staying with him bodily or persevering with as a live-apart couple, each selections maintain you vulnerable to one other purposefully nasty verbal shot. He’s already geared toward you on that hill, feeling no true regret.

Regardless of your mutual stage of life expertise, and longtime connection, every of you may have restricted and fragile emotional intelligence.

After 18 months of his being “crucial, controlling and obsessive,” that you must breathe recent air and get to know your self higher, set agency boundaries sooner, and by no means let a foul relationship get this far.

You will have wholesome years forward to satisfy new individuals and be taught whether or not you belief them, plus time to even be pleased with your personal firm.

Depart the hill and him.

FEEDBACK Concerning the person linked to his ex-wife of 30 years in the past (Jan. 12):

Reader: “It’s unknown to us why the husband and his ex-wife divorced. She’s an ex-wife for a purpose.

“His staying in contact displays his character that he nonetheless cares sufficient about her to ship birthday needs.

“His present spouse doesn’t say he ignores her in favour of his ex. Insecurity and jealousy are main her to really feel this manner, and will hurt her marriage.

“She must really feel her personal worth to herself and to this man who married her.”

Ellie’s tip of the day

Utilizing an ultimatum to maintain a troublesome relationship going solely prolongs a really unhealthy state of affairs.

Ellie Tesher is an recommendation columnist for the Star and based mostly in Toronto. Ship your relationship questions through e-mail:


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