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This Week - Crocodile Tears

After a three year affair with a married man should the "other woman," who is also married, tell the unsuspecting wife? The other woman is angry that promises for the future were not kept by her lover, and now feels sorry for the unsuspecting wife. She has been lied to and could be again. Also, should the other woman apologize to the unsuspecting wife after the affair is over?

Twyla

Twyla, for three years you weren't sorry for the wife, and you still aren't. You are sorry for yourself, and you are mad. There is no honor among thieves or liars. There was no reason for you to give weight to a cheater's words, just as there was no reason for the cheater to give weight to your virtue. Neither of you is entitled to promises kept.

Human behavior is full of mysteries. One of them is why a person will watch another lie to others and not believe they will lie to them.

Tamara

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Last Week - Shameless

My live-in boyfriend left to be with another woman. He's back, but he wants to continue to be around "their" friends in an online game we both played. I find this disturbing as he says he had no intention of cheating, and it all happened so fast he can't say why he did it.

I do not want to lose him, but I can't see this as healthy for our "struggling to rebuild" relationship. I am working on making changes in myself so he will not want to go outside the relationship again. I notice the more I try to change, the more he expects me to change. He has not made one change for me other than not being in direct contact with this woman.

He did say once I regained trust he would like to be friends with her as she has shown him how to make new friends. He wants to stay in the game, but claims he isn't planning on letting it escalate again. We've been to a counselor twice and are trying to work through this. After we went today he approached me about not speaking to her, yet not logging out when she is on.

I told him I am not comfortable with this. Am I being unreasonable? I know tonight will be miserable with him being hurt at my lack of trust. At first he acknowledged he left of his own free will, and now it is reverting to me being guilty of driving him to her. There is a constant battle of flipping the guilt off him and onto me.

Kristin

Kristin, there is a basic distinction between guilt and shame. Guilt is something imposed on us from without. Guilt is the mark of a controller and manipulator. Whenever someone tries to make you feel guilty, you can be sure that person is trying to manipulate you for their own end.

Shame is something which rises from within us. We have done something wrong and so we are ashamed. We have learned our lesson. We resolve not to do it again. Unlike guilt, shame is a healthy emotion. Your boyfriend feels no shame, but he sees guilt as a tool with which to control you.

A Carly Simon song says, "Whoever you want is exactly who I am willing to be." That advice never works for a woman. It's an invitation to a man to degrade her because a man can never respect such a woman. If a man does not hold a woman on a pedestal of respect, there is no future in the relationship for the woman.

Your partner is supposed to watch your back, not stab you there. If you let this man manipulate you, one morning he will wake up and think you are not good enough for him. He will see another woman as his prize, and you will be expendable.

Wayne

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Two Weeks Ago - Stalling Tactics

When I talk to my boyfriend about us, he recently confided he was "afraid" of me. I asked him what he meant. He said he only felt this once before, and when they split he knew he didn't want to feel like that again. He tells me he loves me, after four years almost, but he does not share his life with me. I share my entire life.

I love him dearly. He asks that I wait another year, and he will then be able to share. Part of me believes him—but I wouldn't be writing you if I totally believed. I'm not getting any younger. Suggestions?

Shari

Shari, olive oil is produced in two basic ways. Ninety percent of it comes from the first cold pressing. That's the best olive oil, and it is classified as virgin. The remaining 10 percent comes from refining the leftovers with heat, chemicals, or additional pressure. It is tasteless, and not all of it is fit for human consumption.

It is the same with offers to share a life. An offer too long in coming, artificially produced, or obtained through additional pressure will prove unpalatable.

Wayne & Tamara

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