Dealing with Your Spouse's Midlife Crisis and Infidelity When You Don’t Want A Divorce
Welcome to The Hero's Spouse
Is your spouse having a Midlife Crisis (MLC)? Is he or she depressed, cheating, talking about divorce, acting moody or angry? Do you want to learn how to deal with someone experiencing MLC?
This website is for the spouses of those experiencing a crisis of identity wherein the person often sees no alternative but to abandon his marriage. Though the identity crisis I focus on is the Midlife Crisis, crises of other life transitions may also apply.
Thank you for visiting The Hero's Spouse. I'm Kenda-Ruth—known as Rollercoasterider in our community forum. Though I recognize exceptions, I do not advocate divorce. I was a Stander. My husband and I have been reconciled and rebuilding since 2008. You can read my story here.
Put your heart into communication. Apply what you've learned in Parts I and II to dealing directly with your MLCer.
I don't know how I could go through this crisis without this site and the people posting for me every day and supporting me. I don't have as much fear as I had at the beginning even if it hurt more now than ever but I find comfort in knowing other women have gone through what I'm going through and made it still intact or better. Thank you for starting such a site and program for the LBSs. It takes time, dedication and courage to organize such an endeavor. I'm very grateful. „
I'm six months into the Bomb Drop. After 14 years of marriage he wanted out. We are legally separated, but still live together for my son. This site has been so instrumental in helping me to deal with the pain and frustration that is with me from the time I wake up till the time I go to sleep. God Bless you for having this web site as I'm not sure I'd be able to cope without it. I find this more helpful then the $80.00 an hour Psych. I went to. Please don't ever discontinue this site. „
This site and all of the people on it have been a true god send to me. I still have a lot of fear, anxiety and depression but it does seem to be slowly fading. It is so comforting to read other's stories and know that you are not alone and that there is hope. I have learned so much about MLC something I was to think was just a term for bad behavior. Now I understand it's complexity and am finally beginning to see it is not about me but more about him. Thank you to all of you for your continued love and support. „
Over the last year and a half I have been supported, encouraged, enlightened and given hope by your blog. I am still in the same situation. Monster is still "gone" and the alienator is still in the picture. However your support and encouragement to Stand has kept me moving forward in trying to deal with myself and my issues while still believing in hope that change is possible. I still am somewhat entwined on an emotional. But I am getting stronger. I have learned more about what the MLCer goes through and why he is the way he is. I will not stop seeking support and information from you blogs. Thank you so very much. „
What stage is my MLCer in?
If your Bomb Drop was yesterday your MLCer is in Escape & Avoid.
If your Bomb Drop was 6 months ago, your MLCer is in Escape & Avoid.
If your Bomb Drop was a year ago, your MLCer is in Escape & Avoid.
If your Bomb Drop was 18 months ago, your MLCer is in Escape & Avoid.
If your Bomb Drop was 2 years ago your MLCer is probably in Escape & Avoid.
Escape & Avoid has two energy types, High-Energy Replay or Low-Energy Wallower; most MLCers are High-Energy. Regardless of energy type, they are in this early stage from Bomb Drop through the first few years and this stage may or may not last many more years, but for up to the first two years after Bomb Drop I can guess they are in Escape & Avoid without knowing the specifics of your situation.
Does anyone every return—do marriages reconcile?
Yes, mine did. Here is My Story. We also have a Reconciliation Thread at the forum and you can find stories in the process of reconciliation by reading the threads with purple story book icons. There are not a lot of purple threads, as many leave the forum and focus on their marriage at home instead of posting, so there is no way to know the statistical odds of reconciliation and there is no guarantee that your marriage will or will not survive.
What do I do about contact? Should I kick out my MLCer or tell them to stop coming to the house...? Should I go No Contact?
NO! Please understand, I am answering this for Standers who are in the beginning years of their spouses midlife crisis. If you are Standing for your marriage, beware of No Contact!, contact is vitally important. Do not kick your MLCer out if you are able to handle the situation. The first days weeks and months after Bomb Drop are important for Paving the Way. No Contact is an advanced tool, for now learn about Dim and Dark.
Do not initiate contact with your MLCer, but do not cut them off either. Follow their lead.
How long does MLC last?
MLC ranges from 3 to upwards of 7 years, but that is not an average, rather it seems weighted toward the longer-term of 5 – 7 years and it may last more than 7 years. Reconnecting may begin as early as two years in rare cases, but Reconnection is not the end of MLC, rather it may be the beginning of the end.
Should I tell my spouse about MLC or this website? I think the information could help them understand and change.
NO! MLCers do not want to hear about MLC and will deny it—even those who initially use it as an excuse for their actions.
Can I still Stand if I am already divorced or get divorced?
Yes. Standing is your choice. It's about what you want and not about what anyone else wants or thinks is possible.
More in depth answers to these questions can be found in the chapter articles here at the main site and in the articles at the blog—Love AnyWay. Be sure to sign up to the blog's email update system and receive notice of new posts in your email.
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