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How to Get Your Husband Back after He Leaves You

How to Get Your Husband Back after He Leaves You

14 Ways to Shock Him (and Yourself) for the Good of You Both

I can’t think of anything more painful or heartbreaking than hearing your husband say “I don’t love you anymore. Maybe I never did.”

Or “It’s over. I’m in love with someone else.”

Or—maybe even worse—to discover those things without him saying anything.

It’s only human to be angry with him for being such a thoughtless jerk. It’s natural to want him to hurt the way he hurt you.

Unfortunately, there’s no real comfort in making him suffer, even though it’s more tempting than a Cinnabon.

There are, however, specific things you can do to give yourself real relief from that continuous ache and to put your family back together.

You can put everything right again but only if you do things very, very differently than you’ve been doing them.

Everything I’m going to suggest will sound counterintuitive. But these radical measures are what I’ve seen breathe new life into broken marriages for thousands of women in your distressing situation—and what I did to revitalize my own broken marriage.

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1. Suspend his sentence temporarily

Whether he moved out or found someone else or both, that was an incredibly painful betrayal. It was the worst!

I would never diminish how hurtful that is. But he didn’t do it to hurt you. He did it because something was missing in your marriage. You’ve felt it too but didn’t know what to do about it. He didn’t either.

He was vulnerable because your marriage lacked oxygen. It doesn’t make it right, it doesn’t make it okay. It just makes him human.

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If you can set aside his crime for the moment and stay focused on the worthy goal of saving your marriage, you’ll give yourself a huge advantage.

If you’re having a visceral reaction to this idea right now, it’s not the end of the story. It’s only the beginning, and the story will get much, much better.

2. Get happy

While it may seem impossible when you’re in the most heartbreaking pain of your life, it’s imperative to make yourself ridiculously happy right away.

Do whatever you have to do to make yourself laugh, feel inspired, delighted, self-expressed, alive, and loved by family and friends.

Yes, you’re in shock and grief. It sucks! It feels like your life is on fire, but you can reclaim it by deciding to have some pleasurable moments every day.

I can’t stress this one enough. It’s an indispensable step to reclaiming what’s rightfully yours: a gratifying life with a monogamous, playful, passionate marriage.

You may one day look back and think of that Dickens book that starts, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”

It’s already the worst of times. What can you do today to make it the best of times?

3. Keep it short

You probably have lots to say to him, but consider keeping it as short and as sweet as you can.

The longer the conversation, the more likely you’re going down the wrong road.

It may feel strange to keep those critical thoughts to yourself when he seems so richly deserving of hearing about the pain he’s caused you. It may seem only fair to tell him how you’re feeling.

Making the choice to be reserved and dignified in your talks with him will pave the way for a brighter future than complaining–no matter how justified–ever could.

4. Listen big

Instead of telling him how hurt and upset you are, consider being on the quiet side and giving him the space to talk by providing emotional safety—no anger, judgment or tears.

For a whole evening (or at least one hour), just say “I hear you” or “uh-huh,” and nothing else.

One woman did this at her marriage counseling sessions, and her husband said, “I keep waiting for you to interrupt me but you’re not!” She just smiled. It wasn’t long before he moved back home.

5. Clean up your side of the street

You have been wronged, and he’s the one who’s behaving badly. But there’s enormous power in inspecting your side of the street for messes you regret and want to clean up.

Look for ways you were critical or controlling. Say, “I apologize for being disrespectful when I…”

Watch your dignity return.

6. Get pleasable

If your husband tries to make you happy in any way, big or small (and in my experience, he will), do your best to receive the gesture and convey your pleasure at his efforts.

You deserve those efforts, and he’ll feel good knowing he was able to please you.

7. Thank him

With so much going wrong, it will feel strange to look for what’s going right. But if you thank him—for continuing to pay the mortgage, for picking up the kids, for asking how you are—you’ll be focusing on the things you want instead of the things you don’t. And what you focus on increases.

8. Skip marriage counseling

I dragged my husband to marriage counseling thinking the counselor would fix him so I could finally be happy. It didn’t work. No couple ever got happier by complaining about each other for an hour a week.

That doesn’t mean you have to navigate this breakdown by yourself. Instead, get a relationship coach who has been in your situation and made her marriage playful and passionate again to guide you.

9. Smile at him

He’s going to expect anger or tears. What if you freaked him out by smiling when he sees you?

You may not feel like he deserves your smile, but what if this were more about you than him anyway? What if you manifested your commitment to having a happy life, regardless of what your husband is doing?

If he asks why you’re so happy, you can acknowledge that his recent decision reminded you that life is short and you decided to pay more attention to your happiness. He won’t think you’re happier without him so much as he will notice how attractive you are when you’re smiling.

10. Stay off the fence

There will be days when you think it’s not worth it or that it’s hopeless and stupid to try to save your marriage. Of course you’ll get discouraged, but your vision of being a happy couple is worthwhile and possible.

When you find yourself on the fence about your marriage, find the people in your life who support your vision and let them remind you to jump onto the side of love.

11. Flirt with him

Flirting signals that you feel attractive. You might feel far from that, but here’s a shortcut for getting back there.

Bring your playful self to your interactions with him.

Send a silly text. Do your happy dance. Laugh when he’s funny, and reference the inside jokes you share.

Flirt and you’ll trick yourself into feeling confident instead of insecure. Feeling confident is the same as being confident.

12. Make every meeting a date

If you see him—even if it’s at the divorce attorney’s, the marriage counselor’s, or just to hand off the kids—pretend it’s a date.

Dress up and doll up. Let him open the door and thank him with a sweet smile. Have some fun with it.

13. Seduce him

This is your husband we’re talking about, so even if he’s being intimate with someone else, he’s yours, not hers.

You might be tempted to retaliate by locking him out of the bedroom, but when you’re trying to restore intimacy why not start with physical intimacy? It’s a great springboard.

14. Get Cheerleaders

You probably know plenty of people who will tell you to throw the bum out or figure out where all the assets are in preparation for a divorce.

But every great come-from-behind-and-win-the-game story has cheerleaders. You’ll need yours too. Find the friends, coach or chat group that supports your vision.

I, for one, am cheering for you not only to save your marriage but to make it magical again.

I’m not saying it will be easy, but it will be worth it to feel desired, cherished, and adored by your husband again.


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478 thoughts on “How to Get Your Husband Back after He Leaves You”

  1. Not all marriage Counselors are bad. Some of them give the exact same advice you do. You should quit lumping them all together just because you had a bad experience.

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    • Lore, Most people don’t know that a study at UCLA showed that 75% of couples who went to traditional marriage counseling were separated within a year. Marriage counselors are good people that want to help couples have better relationships, but the structure of marriage counseling–complaining about each other for an hour a week, waiting for the counselor to fix the other person, saying disrespectful things in front of a stranger–is dysfunctional and does a lot of harm, unfortunately.

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      • My husband and I separated in September in the sense we didn’t live together but still had a relationship in the sense of intimacy and I’d go to his cook stay over with our daughter last Monday he told me it was over and hes been talking to an old friend he’s kissed her he says he still loves me but he felt the trust is gone and that something has went and is carrying on a relationship with this girl I’m devastated I just want my husband back!

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        • Samantha, That is devastating! I’m sorry to hear about what you’re going through in your marriage. There’s absolutely hope that you can restore your family and make your marriage great again. I don’t know how much you know about The 6 Intimacy Skills, but given the situation I suggest you consider taking two actions ASAP. First, get the book, The Empowered Wife, and then apply for a complimentary discovery call to uncover the best move for your relationship at the link below. This may be the breakdown before the breakthrough. You can do it, Samantha!
          https://lauradoyle.org/marriage-relationship-coaching/

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        • Hi Samantha!
          I was wondering how your situation turned out? I’m experiencing a similar situation in my own marriage…

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      • Hi Laura I’m currently separated from my husband about a month now but still live together it’s just not the same. we’ve been married for almost 5 years he told me he doesn’t feel the same that we both need to let go and find someone else. He tells me he really cares about me but doesn’t feel the love I feel devastated and hurt we have one child and another on the way he is distant from me at night when he wants to have intimacy he comes to me saying how’s the baby and takes it from there but after he has this frustrated face takes a deep breath and just turns around and I get close to him and I ask him did you like it etc he tells me with a serious voice yes and take another deep breath and tells me this is wrong don’t think we’re getting back together etc. I don’t know what to do I feel use but I love him

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        • Karen, that sounds very painful. I’m sorry to hear you’re feeling used. I admire your vulnerability in reaching out for support and your commitment to saving your marriage. I too felt more like we were roommates who had lost the love than husband and wife. I’m so glad I didn’t give up because today I have the marriage of my dreams. If I can turn things around, I know you can too! I invite you to apply for a complimentary discovery call at https://lauradoyle.org/marriage-relationship-coaching.

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      • I respect Laura’s statement.. I had known since last 1-2 yrs r marriage wasn’t happy..I tried two counsellors one who took 6 sessions for me..and u know what she told me also to be quite and indifferent as he was…secondly it’s more of complaining..and over the counter before filing for divorce when he met her she advised him there is basic differences in ur thinking..later when I called her she said its better to be separated for u two…screwed up my life myself…and he says to d judge we tried to save r marriage by going to counsellor..I digged a whole for myself..other counsellor tried to take a weekend to discuss problems and u know I was waiting for Sunday..and it was a bad day..

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        • Madhavi, I’m sorry to hear that marital counseling was so destructive to your marriage. It’s heartbreaking to have that outcome when you were doing everything you could to save your marriage. I’m happy that you found an alternative here. Regardless of your current marital status, I have a free webinar that will empower you never to have to go through that again. It’s called How to Get Respect, Reconnect and Rev Up Your Love Life. You can register for it here: https://lauradoyle.org/swewtraining/

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      • I can understand that there are many marriage counselor that may not be great… But ours is. Rather than allowing us to point fingures at each other and talk about the Crisis of the week, we go through a process and reflect about our selves rather than pointing at our partner and it has really helped our multi racial cultural marriage to be honest and valnurable.

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        • Heidi, I’m happy you’ve found a counselor that works for you! I don’t think they’re all bad. But so many of my clients have come to me desperate when all else has failed and, sadly, counseling is often the last nail in the coffin of their marriages. Fortunately, my clients have been able to save their marriages even after separation by practicing the 6 Intimacy Skills. If you’re curious how these Skills could support what you’re learning with your counselor, I invite you to check out my free webinar How to Get Respect, Reconnect and Rev Up Your Love Life. You can register for it here: https://lauradoyle.org/swewtraining/

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          • Hello Laura,
            My husband left 3 weeks ago, last weekend I confirmed he’s with another woman, it’s horrible, he has not told me he’s with someone else. A few months ago he started saying that the love between us was over and he didn’t have any feeling or feel attracted to me anymore. We had a bad argument the day he left. We have 2 adorable kids, I need help! I read your advise but need more , please help me save my marriage we have been together for 14 yrs and I don’t want to loose everything he have built together … thanks you

          • Anett, that is horrible. I’m sorry you’re going through the pain of your husband leaving and being with another woman. I acknowledge you for your vulnerability and commitment to your marriage.

            I always say that a wife with the Intimacy Skills trumps a mistress any day of the week and twice on Sundays. That’s because what I see again and again is that women who learn and practice the 6 Intimacy Skills attract their husbands back.

            I know you can get him back and reconcile your family. I’ll show you how in my upcoming webinar: How to Get Respect, Reconnect and Rev Up Your Love Life. You can register for free at https://lauradoyle.org/swewtraining/

    • Hello Laura…me and my husband been married 9 yrs and together 14 yrs…My husband just recently left it will be a week tomorrow…I know that’s not very long but I miss him like crazy…There has been this other woman that he recently reconnected with 19 yrs ….He said they were once in the military together…I did ask what there relationship was in the past but I was told that it was nothing and that there is nothing for me to worry about….He has been talking to her for a few months now…I noticed a change in his behavior back in August of this year…I knew something was different….she started communicating with him through Facebook….My husband started keeping a lock on his phone something that he had not done in a very long time…One night he left his phone unlocked and I feel so wrong and so bad for going through his phone but my gut feeling kept telling me something wasn’t right…I know I shouldn’t of went through his phone but I did find messages from this other woman and I decided to send her one telling her to stop trying to entise and come on to my husband but of course she responded as if she didn’t care..I confronted him about it…He just got upset told me it was nothing and to stop going through his phone…He has had an affair before yrs ago that he confessed too and I forgave him and moved on but I found myself bringing it back up when we would get into an argument…so once I found out about this other woman recently I feared it would happen again…He tells me he loves me but I still feel like he is missing something…we have children but they are both from our past marriages a18 yr old son a 23 yr old daughter and a 6 yr old grandaughter whom he adores so much…Back in Sept of this yr he left to go out of town…He mentioned one of his family members need his help to help them move but the whole time his was gone he would not respond to any of my phone calls or text messages…When he came back he told me he lost his job before he left that I had no clue off but I knew it something else was bothering him so again I got through his phone and seen pictures and found out the girl that he reconnected with came to see him and he had an affair with her while he was out of town…I didn’t find out until after he was home for two weeks and it seems like every since then things been downhill…we have already invested money into a vacation…I also found out that this women has been transferring money into his account…I came home from work a few days ago to find out he had up and left…All that he took was most of his clothes and shoes…I did speak with him recently but he told me that he needed a change and he loves me but he hurt has hurt me enough but I think it’s this other women…He sounds and seems so confused…I have been crying off and on for a week now…I’m so hurt and I miss him so much…sorry so long but what do I do?

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      • MLF, Of course you’re hurt! Anybody would be brokenhearted in your situation. I’m sorry to hear about what you’re going through.

        I know it must seem very hopeless right now, but I see reasons to be hopeful that your marriage can be saved and your relationship can be better than it’s probably been for 13 years. This is a wakeup call, and you have so much power to heal this breakdown. You can attract him back to you and you alone. I invite you to apply for a complimentary discovery call to decide if working with one of my certified coaches would be right for you. You can apply here:
        https://lauradoyle.org/marriage-relationship-coaching/

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    • Hello
      My husband leaves me about 9 month
      He doesn’t want to see me about 4 months
      I beg him phone him but he doesnt want to get back
      Your advises is useful when I can see and leave with him
      He says I want to get a girl friend
      I love him and my life
      Please guide me
      What can I do in this situation?

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      • Rozha, I hear your pain and admire your beautiful vulnerability and commitment. So many of my clients have come to me after their husbands left. After they start practicing the 6 Intimacy Skills, what I see over and over again is that he comes back. Mistress or no mistress–and sometimes even after a divorce–a woman with the Intimacy Skills is irresistible! If these women can do it, you can too. I’ll give you the tools in my free upcoming webinar: How to Get Respect, Reconnect and Rev Up Your Love Life. You can register for it at https://lauradoyle.org/swewtraining/

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    • My husband served me papers August 4 , been working on the road a lot! And don’t try too hard too spend time with me. He was here 5 days , 22 days ago. Went to Chicago to work and then deer hunting in Wisconsin for a week. He don’t have a job in LA there was too happen and he would come home this week for 1 1/2 day. And then would have been gone 17 days, and hopeful home for Christmas.
      He called today saying he is staying at his moms house till after Christmas! And going hunting again next 6 days!
      I broke down asking him why and plz come home for Christmas , or we go over there!

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      • Tinna, I’m sorry to hear about your husband serving you papers and that he’s now refusing to come home for the holidays. You must miss him terribly. I really admire your commitment to your marriage.

        All my efforts to get my husband to spend time with me backfired miserably. Until I learned the 6 Intimacy Skills, that is, which gave me the tools to attract him back. Now he wants to spend time together, and I feel desired, cherished and adored.

        I want that for you too! I’ll show you how in my upcoming free Introductory Course on the 6 Intimacy Skills at https://lauradoyle.org/swewtraining/.

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    • I have read many articles and this one makes sense! I’m trying these steps … I know a long road ahead but this gives me hope!

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      • Any progress Katy? It’s been 3 wks my husband told me he wants a divorce and isn’t in love with me. Says he’s been unhappy for years 🙁 we have 3 young children.

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        • Shayna, Sorry to hear about the heartbreak in your marriage. Sounds painful. This could be the breakdown before the breakthrough for you though. You can make your marriage great again. It’s not too late. I’d love to see you get some support and have a safe place to process all that this must be brining up for you. Consider a complimentary discovery call to determine the best move you could make for your relationship. You can apply here:
          https://lauradoyle.org/marriage-relationship-coaching

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          • Laura, my husband left almost 10 weeks ago, he says he loves me but is not in love with me. I am doing most of the things your recommend except the sex(we are just not there right now, although we were having regular sex up until 2 days before he left). He says he has been numb and unhappy for years but fell out of love with me 4 months before he left. I am so confused, he comes to get the kids, stays for a cuppa and a chat, asks me about my life, tells me about his, asks for advice about things. He laughs and jokes with me he wants to do things like change the light bulb that blew or charge my car battery because it was flat(even though I DONT ASK HIM TO DO ANY OF THIS). but he still maintains that he doesn’t want to be with me. he also swears that there is no one else, although I’m not sure if I believe him.
            I am going to counseling for myself to change some of the negative behaviors that I contributed to the marriage, and am doing things to make me happy and less stressed in life in general.

          • Tam, Sorry to hear about your recent separation. Very painful! Your husband wants to feel needed and it sounds like you’ve been very capable and independent. I can so relate because I did the same thing in my marriage and also went to counseling, but that only made things worse in our case. You can make your marriage great again. Consider applying for a complimentary discovery call to determine the best next move for your marriage.
            https://lauradoyle.org/marriage-relationship-coaching/

        • Hey Shayna,
          I’m wondering how your relationship as turned out because I’m in the same boat now. My husband left a week ago. We have 2 small children and one on the way. He told me he didn’t love me anymore, don’t want me and he wanted a divorce! I did the whole begging and pleading became needy face to face and through text message. I’m starting today to try these steps above but wondering how your relationship turn out.

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  2. Laura, I appreciate your selflessness. However, if he is not able to communicate his needs and goes elsewhere, I am not sure this is the kind of man I would want to be married to. I feel that if he comes to the realization on his own that you are the “love of his life” great, if not, then it is his loss and it is time to read the tea leaves and move on. The main thing is to keep it civil and let him come to his own conclusions.

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    • Susan, I see what you mean. In my experience, the only reason a good guy cheats is because he hasn’t been respected, and respect is like oxygen for men. It’s not that he didn’t communicate his needs–it’s usually that she didn’t know what respect looks like because nobody ever showed her. So they both suffer and this is one of the tragic outcomes. But it can all be put right and it’s so worth it to learn the Intimacy Skills. It’s a beautiful thing, actually. It starts with acknowledging your own contribution to the breakdown.

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      • Laura, what would be your advice to a husband whose wife cheated on him. She says she did not feel respected. But, he now wants her back.

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        • Kitt, I’m not sure what the question is. My experience is all I have to share and that is of being a wife, so I’m not well-equipped to help men.

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      • Hi I’ve been married for 6yrs our anniversary was on march 7th but been together for 7. We have a 4yr old daughter and I have a 10yr old step son. Our marriage has been rocky he’s saying its bad I don’t think it was that bad.through our marriage he has said u want a divorce when we argue or say I’m unhappy or stop controlling me stop holding grudges to my mom or family..we would argue over stupid little things like he wants people over I don’t want no one over.. But now over like 2 months I’ve noticed he’s acting different always texting on his phone put a password on it..dressing nicer,staying out all night/morning after he gets off work.. Only comes home for like a hr.. I’m the one that is always with the kids.then one night he was sleeping and he got a text it was a girl texting him I wrote her saying leave my husband alone..she said we’re just friends he would still be intimate with me but not like usual then one day last Friday that girl called me and told me I’m tired of being called a homewrecker etc.. But she said they been seeing each other for over a month and had sex multiple times?. she said he told her he’s leaving me which he did say that in our last argument a month ago. But never moved out. I confronted him he said I’ve been faithful to you this passed 6yrs tell now I wanted out along time ago but stayed cause we had a baby together. You pushed me away I told you I was unhappy and you didn’t care and I’m sorry I cheated on you this wasn’t supposed to happen. He said he’s not leaving me for her he wanted to leave cause our rocky marriage. I told him I forgive you I’m trying to be a better person for the last 3months going to counseling, getting along with your family. He said I see but it’s to late. He said he wants his own place own rules etc.. He hasn’t been home for 3 days haven’t packed anything.I cant afford our place myself so tomorrow I’m putting my 20 day notice. He had dinner at his moms she said there talk was good he said mabey me and our daughter can move in with him later.. But we he came home last night to get work clothes he looked at me like he wanted to kill me. I told him I still have hope,I’m still committed to our marriage. Please help me cause right now Ive been in depression and suicide thoughts.?

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        • Cassandra, I’m so sorry to hear about your husband’s affair and the separation, having to move. I can see why you’re so distraught! I was once hopeless about my marriage too. There is still hope for your marriage though, and I admire that you reached out here for support. I know that takes courage. I’d love to see you get more support. You’re not the only one going through this, and there are many women in your situation creating a better marriage with the Intimacy Skills. I invite you to apply for a complimentary discovery call to see if working with one of my coaches is right for you. You can do that here:
          https://lauradoyle.org/marriage-relationship-coaching/

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  3. I am wondering if any of this would work if someone has a husband that is – self proclaimed – selfish and lazy. And chronologically in his sixties. Thank you for your reply.

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  4. Hi Laura, thank you so much for all your blog posts, and the the helpful content you lost. I read this post though it wasn’t relevant to me, in case I picked up a good tip anyway.
    I am in a happy relationship with my husband; I am generally a happy person, I receive his gifts graciously, he is very considerate of me, and there is passion and playfulness in our relationship (even with two very young kids). Our only issue is that I am not great at communicating. I try to communicate vulnerably if something concerns/hurts/scares me, and at times it has gone really well. Other times, it has gone badly. I apologised and realised that I interrupt a lot in a loving moment, which he thanked me for. I said I was sorry and that I would try to stop, and to please bear with me. He was loving and thanked me. My issue is: I just have a hard time communicating my feelings in a framework of respect for my husband, regulating my emotions and not getting into an argument. Do you have any posts or resources on communicating vulnerably? This is our only ‘problem’ area; once we are past the problem, both of us make an effort to get back to our happy, loving, passionate place, but the arguing does definitely create a…’bad taste’, and an initial rupture to the relationship. I am concerned as I want to learn how to communicate my concerns with my husband in a way that leaves him feeling respected. Do you have any ideas please, Laura? Thank you for all you do 🙂

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      • Laura, thank you for your reply. I just purchased the audio book of The Empowered Wife. Wishing you all the best, Laura. Thanks for the congrats. Your principles have a lot of basis in my religion (I am Muslim). The Surrendered Wife is recommended by some of our community leaders 🙂 Congratulations on your marriage and your meaningful work, Laura 🙂

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  5. Thank you so much Laura. I have recently been introduced to your work and have read every blog post on this page, you are helping me more than anything else I have read.
    My husband is looking for a job right now so it’s not really possible to buy and read your book in secret yet but I am still practicing your principles from info I have found in the Web, I really really look forward to reading all your books..
    I would be so grateful of you could offer me a little advice in the meantime. I have a 3 month old baby and found out my husband was talking to another women when I was 4 months pregnant, we had also only been married for 2 months. I was so disgusted then and I am still heart broken by it but now I do see the part I played in it. I was working full time and pregnant and he was at home due to his visa problems I never said anything spiteful but I wasn’t respectful and I was very critical of many things he would do I also got so worried and accused him of cheating and looking at other women many many times, I don’t know if he was cheating or it was my paranoia and bad attitude pushed him to it. I’m so sad that I could have prevented my husband straying and chasing other women. When I found out, we were both so shocked and I said the most hurtful things I could, I just wanted him to feel a fraction of the hurt i did.. He was very sorry and said everything he could to get me back (also that the reason he did it was to feel like a man) but now he doesn’t want me to even mention it or acknowledge that I have any fears he will do it again, I know that bringing it up and talking and being suspicious of him will not fix anything, it can only make things worse. also it seems whenever I express an insecure feeling about his phone or something he does exactly the opposite of what will give me reassurance, it feels like he is punishing me for have the fear by actually doing what I am afraid of.
    I know i should pay more atte tion to my happiness and his too and since I have been nicer and more respectful to him and myself I have noticed a difference in how he treats me.
    I’m so so grateful that you are spreading this message, its so easy to blame others for our problems in life rather than admitting we are responsible. I am trying very hard but the fear of him betraying me again keeps creeping in, I know I am his wife and he wouldn’t leave me and he does not have genuine affectation for the girl/girls he was talking to as he told her lots of lies and even gave her a different name but the pain of him wanting to feel like a man with them/her is too much sometimes.
    I want a happy family with him, please can you advise me how to deal with my emotions.
    Bless you Laura
    P.s sorry my message is so long 🙂

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    • Leyla, I so appreciate your accountability in this post for your part in the breakdown in your marriage, which sounds really painful. I get why your fear keeps coming up, but your husband is wise to not engage in that conversation with you because there’s no benefit. When you feel that fear, you might bring it to someone else–a trusted girlfriend who is ultimately in support of your marriage–so you can release it without acting on it. But what’s true is that your husband sounds like a good man, and it’s totally in your control to be respectful and that’s like oxygen to him. That’s how you can contribute to a long, happy, monogamous marriage. It’s much easier to do when you have support, like a coach and a community of women. But definitely reading the books is a great start!

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      • hy laura .i am 30yrs i got maried 4months ago i found out that my husband had secret affairs and the lady is expecting a baby.it realy turn me off i went away till parents resolve it.i came back but my trust for him was gone plus his phone was on blockmode daily he promised to change and apologize but when days goes by he was becoming rude and he doesnt want me to comment bad about the lady.if anything i said he tells her then he denies that he is the one telling her.it soo painful.because i was open to him before marriage i asked him if he was dating any1 he said no.and gave me hopes for great life together.one day he beat me badly he tried to refuse me to talk to his friend whom he has acces to the lady.that day i went home and i planned to never return it hurting me.i miss his kids he got 2kids i was staying with them from his previous divorce and iam expecting a child iam 4months pregnancy.

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  6. Ya no what? The best advice is Biblical advice! Submissive, happy because of Gods salvation & redemptive POWER! God is on my side & I claim the Victory for my sista toon because marriage was 1st Gods idea

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  7. For the “seduce him” can it be sexual innuendo? (which I think is the same thing to a man as the actual sexual act itself – look how many men are watching porn anyway – they are getting it.) I’m Just trying to keep the self esteem and protect from dis-ease.

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    • Donna, I see what you mean about seducing him being dangerous from a disease standpoint, but how does it hurt your self-esteem to seduce your own husband? Sex can make you feel good, and feel desirable which enhance your self-esteem. If you’re talking about having a stand-off, like “either she goes or you can’t have this” that’s not great for restoring intimacy. And believe me, once you restore the intimacy, the mistress doesn’t stand a chance. I’d suggest you go the full monty and use protection.

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      • I see how it hurts the self esteem. Every time I try to have sex with my husband he says no. I don’t know how many more times he can turn me down before he completely crushes my spirit.

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        • Angela, That does sound painful! I admire that you have the courage to try, but it does feel bad to keep getting turned down. It can be a powerful way to create connection again when you do it along with practicing the other Intimacy Skills. You sound very committed. There’s so much hope that your marriage can be passionate again when you’re using The Intimacy Skills. I’d love to see you get some support. I invite you to apply for a complimentary discovery call to see if working with one of my coaches is right for you. You can do that here:
          https://lauradoyle.org/marriage-relationship-coaching/

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  8. Laura, I feel like you wrote this post just for me. Thank you so much. I love your advice in this post to get happy. I keep forgetting that I can change how I feel by choosing to be with people who love and support me…and who are fun.

    Unfortunately, my husband does not want to see me in person and won’t answer my phone calls (all 1 of them, lol). He has been gone for six months, and lives 1000 miles away. We only communicate by email or text. I have been devastated for six months, but have reigned in my expression of pain for the last four of them.

    I have read your books and many of your blog posts, and still cannot figure out whether I am within the spirit of surrender if I surprise him at work (he works in a casino) looking HOT next weekend. He responded poorly the last time I surprised him like that, but did give me a long hug. That time, I had not heard of the Surrendered Wife and the skills you teach. I so want to take this opportunity while I’m up there over the holiday to see him and try some of the skills. I have my dress all picked out 🙂

    Should I give him the respect of a choice whether to see me? Or the shock of the surprise?

    Thank you again for the post.

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  9. Thank you for this article. Any suggestions when living separately and you are practically nonexistent to him and his interests are not healthy for you to share? What if there are not many “good ol’ days” to return to? What if contact now usually involves him being nice for a while (for intimacy?) then passive aggressive “mistakes” & lying to exit stage left? What about friends & family saying I should ignore him till he changes, and that he’ll never change? He seems bent on frustrating & disappointing me so I’ll finally leave him, and fulfill his former relationship patterns. I don’t want to divorce, and I’ve owned up & apologized but I’ve accepted I may be alone the rest of our lives. It’s getting easier to think about, but not fantastic. Thank you again for this article.

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    • Help Wanted–I’m not okay with you being alone the rest of your lives. That sounds so painful, and you deserve better! And you can have so much more once you know the Intimacy Skills. I’m so glad you found your way here.

      Your friends and family are trying to protect you and they mean well, but they may not be the best sources for this particular challenge (unless they have also had a struggling relationship and turned it around). You wouldn’t ask your out-of-shape family members for fitness ideas, right?

      To talk to a woman who has been where you are and now has a playful, connected marriage, apply for a complimentary discovery call here:
      https://lauradoyle.org/marriage-relationship-coaching

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  10. My husband is leaving in the house but sleeping in another bedroom since he told me he is done
    He said he would never be able to love like he did once and this past 10 years were bad for him… He is balming me for every thing .. Off course I have faults but the sad part is he is not seeing his.
    He is very polite but that’s it
    He is very indifferent and mean and a jerk when he can.
    How to seduce somebody like that ?

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  11. Thanks for your thoughts. It’s kind of hard to think that through sex with a cheaterI would be able to build my self esteem when my counselor is saying I’m being used by a cheater that wants his cake and eat it too. That I’m in denial he’s a cheater and cheaters don’t change. That is from my counselor who brings in the jerry springer lie detector on the husbands she said only one man has passed the lie detector test in her offices so far. think maybe another solution would be flirting with other men that would build my self esteem and maybe trigger a competitive male gene in him. But let’s face it relationships are voluntary and if a man is not commited he’s not commited.

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    • Donna, If he is a chronic cheater, someone who is not capable of being faithful, then I would have a different perspective. If he’s a good guy who made a bad decision, then there’s an amazing trip ahead of you as far as revitalizing the relationship and getting everything you ever wanted in a relationship with the Intimacy Skills. You know which one he is already. Just ask your gut.

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    • W, If you’re always sad, that can leave your guy with the impression that he can’t make you happy. Then you’re both sad and frustrated. It’s easy to get focused on how sad it is that your relationship is struggling (that is sad!) but what you focus on increases. Focusing on the good parts, on what makes you happy can be a powerful way of breaking out of the trap of thinking your happiness depends on him. Tears can be vulnerable for sure, but looking to have him make you feel better because you’re unhappy about the relationship is more about criticism than vulnerability.

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  12. wonderful post Laura! I have read both your books and it has changed my marriage. Almost a year ago my husband told me he wanted a divorce. It was a wake up call and literally about a week later I stumbled upon your book at barnes and noble. I feel it was meant to be because out of all the self help books yours was the one I pulled out and purchased and it changed my marriage and life forever. Thank You!

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    • Awesome, Casey! Congratulations on your success in saving your marriage. I know what that takes and I admire your courage and humility. Way to go! Any chance you’d like to be a relationship coach? A lot of women would take inspiration and hope from your story!

      If you’re interested you can check it out here and schedule a complimentary call here:
      https://lauradoyle.org/become-a-coach/

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    • Casey, Id love to hear how things are going with you since you posted this. I love happy endings and I am hoping to glean something positive from you!

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  13. I may try things your way. I’m just curious though what about the school of thought of the mans need to chase (hunter instinct.) Wouldn’t giving into sex not be a challenge to him?

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    • Donna, I hear you, but I think this is a different situation than a new relationship. It’s not like you just met and you’re taking a feminine approach of letting him pursue so you can feel desired. When you’re marriage is in a crisis it’s helpful to reconnect any way you can. It’s more of a reminder of what you had and what you could have again. It can be powerful.

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  14. Judging by the huge response to this article I get the impression that this a real toughie. Reading First Kill etc the examples are predominantly about situations where the husband is still home. Makes it a lot easier to see changes immediately but when husband has left the opportunities are reduced and you really want to make them count. I for one, would like to see more comments and real life stories with in a scenario where the husband is not present. Can I ask you Laura to provide a greater proportion of the separated scenario?
    The above suggestions are great, and I have been implementing them religiously but getting some traction takes a lot of doing.

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    • Heather, Good for you for staying on the road to reconciliation even though it’s challenging for sure. My wish for you is to have some support as you greet this opportunity to practice the skills and create the playful, passionate relationship you’re seeking. It really makes all the difference.

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  15. Something I have found which helps me. Practice skills on others, especially males in your life. I used respect on my 16 year old son in telling him I was soooo impressed with his study efforts for the year and I really respected his commitment for an extended period. Guess what, he resumed his coming to say goodnight and giving me a hug. Another example was when I was talking to a male coworker. I really made a point of actually listening to them, (actually looking at them, nodding, affirming what they said). Then about 45 minutes after the convo they came across to my workplace and resumed further discussion. I think they felt comfortable speaking to me
    So I guess when hubby is absent you get to practice and make mistakes and no one is none the wiser, plus you build your other relationships…….which I am sure makes you happier. Not so bad after all.
    Patience is the key, but you can have a multiplier effect on affirmations that the skills work from interactions with others. Just don’t tell your coworker you miss them.

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  16. But I think you need to repeat the dance all over again each time to keep a mans interest. You show up look beautiful (to him IF he is attracted to you every man has his own “look” he likes.) He pursues you. You cheerlead him in his life mission (usually job if he likes it, if he hasn’t found his mission he won’t settle down in a committed relationship.) You are a little difficult (challenge) as he needs to “win” you. Then he gets the reward his reptilian brain wants sex.

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    • Donna, that sounds really complicated and I couldn’t do it.

      For me, the beauty of the 6 Intimacy Skills are that they help me stay focused on what I can control–which is me–instead of trying to control my husband. Manipulation never got me the connection I was craving, but I love how my husband responds to me when I’m completely authentic and vulnerable, when I’m the respectful wife I want to be, when I make myself happy and express my desires clearly.

      I drove my marriage into the ditch, so part of getting it out was saying “mea culpa” and letting him know that he didn’t deserve that. No man in his right mind is going to chase a controlling shrew. It’s vital to show him that’s not who you really are and that you regret that.

      For me, the focus had to be on Laura–not on how John would react. It’s about honoring my beautiful feminine gifts, and when I do that he shows up with so much tenderness and passion and devotion. No game playing required.

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      • Laura that sounds amazing! I would love to have my husband back….but it’s been a year….another woman…on and on. It feels hopeless

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        • Tina, I know it feels hopeless, and I can see why you feel that way, but I have witnessed so many miracles in situations like yours. If you’re still married, then you are still the wife and a wife with Intimacy Skills trumps a mistress every day of the week and twice on Sundays! He told you NOT to file the divorce. There really is hope. I wouldn’t say it if I didn’t believe it. I’d love to see you get support. That would make a huge difference. You could start by attending the Cherished for Life Weekend in New Jersey in April. You’ll hear some of the miracle stories there. If they can do it, why not you? You can get details here:
          http://cherishedforlife.com

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  17. Hi Laura, I’ve read both your hooks since my husband and I separated. The Surrendered Wife was eye opening for me and rewlly brought to light what was going on and how my husband didn’t feel respected. We are still living apart buy have come a long way. We do all things together as a family (we have an 18 month old), including going to church weekly. I recently found out I was pregnant again so this has been increasingly difficult. He still has not shown readiness to move back in together and now I feel even more neglected.
    I have noticed he gets very unhappy when he feels that he is responsible for any negative feelings I have. How do I manage this at this point (he had an emotional affair when I was pregnant with our first child ) and still put on a happy face when I feel so hurt and alone? I know things could be worse. Like I said, we’ve come a long way….I just want to finally be reconciled.

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    • Miss, Congratulations on your progress in your relationship. That is so exciting and impressive! And so worthwhile. You are on the right track, but it’s only human to feel impatient in your situation. I’d love to see you have some support both to help with a speedier reconciliation and to keep your spirits up, which is vital. Consider having a complimentary discovery call here:
      https://lauradoyle.org/marriage-relationship-coaching

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  18. Hi Laura.
    You know my situation.bipolar husband se were separated a time.she was chasing with another woman…well lots suffering and tears.
    I read your book i read again and again…and i thought i want to solve My marriage .i appreciate so much your words of encouraging.i did My changes and we came bsck together.now to try others steps to recover hapiness.thanks Laura.i will contact you for news.(i hope good news)thank you.i want to contribute with My marriage to unity.
    Mercedes

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    • Mercedes, WOW! WOW! This is fantastic news. I’m so happy to hear this. Congratulations!

      It really is contributing to world peace to make your own marriage whole again. And I think I hear you saying you would like to be a coach who helps other women do the same thing you did. Do I have that right? I’m super excited about that because I’m on a mission to end world divorce and I need women who are passionate about this work to stand with me and serve all the women who reach out for help.

      If you would like to talk about becoming a coach, come and schedule a call about that here:
      https://lauradoyle.org/become-a-coach/

      Mercedes, thanks for sharing this with me. It makes my day!

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  19. Sorry I just feel strongly about #13. I feel like this is not good advice if you wish to have a healthy committed relationship. When you say “he’s your’s, not her’s.” Well, if he’s sleeping with others he’s not yours, he’s NOT committed. If you wish to have an open relationship than that’s your decision, Trying to seduce someone with sex is dishonest and not a relationship, it’s just a hookup. Don’t have expectations that he’s going to stop hooking up with others, unless you’ve discussed and agreed to be exclusive, BEFORE you have sex with him, even then if he’s a man of low character, his word may not mean anything.

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    • Donna, I hear you and I trust that you are the expert on your own life. I know only a little, and I share from my own experience and the experience of the women I’ve worked with because I hope it will help someone else be able to find her way back to having the attention and affection and monogamy she craves and deserves. I know it seems incredibly risky to seduce a man who also has a mistress.

      In my experience good guys only cheat because they are starving for respect, which is like oxygen for them. Choosing to look past the infidelity at the big picture of the marriage is a way of acknowledging that you recognize you did some things to contribute to this outcome (just like I unwittingly wrecked my marriage) and that there is still something worth saving, something even better than what you had before.

      There are men who are NOT capable of being faithful and that’s a divorce I endorse. You’ll never get the treatment you deserve from such a man, and you won’t be safe.

      But a good guy who makes a bad decision in an attempt to get oxygen…that relationship can be saved and be better than ever. I see it all the time. What I’ve seen is that seducing that man is a powerful way to reconnect with him.

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  20. I hear you. But, if he’s a good guy he would honor his commitment. I would only understand the need for “oxygen” if it were an abusive (be it emotional or physical) relationship he were in which is what I think you are referring to. I am very good to my former husband and boyfriends. My ex husband just told me he misses me and wants to be intimate with me (to bad he’s been remarried for over 10 years.) Lol, the bad ones don’t change.

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  21. My guy texts daily with an “old friend” and doesn’t think anything is wrong with his flirty texts with her since it’s “only texts”. This crushes me and I feel like it is cheating. I am going to try your techniques. I’m looking forward to being happy again.

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  22. Laura,
    My situation is a little different in that my husband is going through midlife crisis. He had an emotional affair about 2 years ago, decided he didn’t love me, moved out in August, filed for divorce in October. I desperately want my marriage back. My biggest issue when all of this happened is that my codependency blew up like crazy and I acted like a crazy woman. I have been trying to reform my actions and be respectful and concentrate on healing myself for me and our 3 children, (ages 25, 16 – from my first marriage) and a 9 year old. He says I frustrate him to death. I see that I have taken over so much in our married life that I must have seemed like his mother and emasculated him. Please do you have any advice on what to do in this situation? I will definitely try everything you have suggested. Because he moved out and I’m on disability, finances are extremely tight and much as I’d love to purchase your course, I just am not able to. Thank you! This has been very eye opening for me!

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    • Michele, I’m sorry to hear about your husband leaving–sounds stressful and hard. I suggest you get your hands on The Empowered Wife–you can get it at the library for free. It will show you exactly how to practice The Six Intimacy Skills. They really help! I admire your commitment and your willingness to look at how you may have contributed to the current situation. You’re on the right track!

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  23. Laura-We are 1600 miles apart because of jobs and selling a house. On 12/15, it all kind of blew up. I’ve been angry, depressed, stressed and argumentative, especially since late Oct when he missed a flight to come down for my birthday. He did show up, but that only gave us two days and I was a jerk and really didn’t talk to him because I was mad/hurt. When he went back-he shut off the phone and all communication. He was scheduled to come down 12/18-and I had to get friends to get him to call me. On Tues, he said he was coming. On Thurs evening, I got an email, you don’t need me, I’m not talking to you anymore, I’m not coming, I’m done.I sent a letter and Christmas gifts-no response. I did send an apology letter which he will get Saturday. I took responsibility for my actions and it was an I letter, but no begging or trying to get back together. He has cut off all financial support. Do I just leave him alone, or do I get on a plane 1/15 and go up for overnite to try and talk to him. I can’t be away longer than that as we have a farm. Any thoughts….anyone? Thanks

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    • Roxanne, Sorry to hear about the distress you’re experiencing and being shut out by your husband. It may not seem like it right now, but I definitely think you can revitalize your marriage and make it great again. it sounds like you could use some support and a bigger plan for what you want to create here. Consider having a complimentary discovery call to explore the possibilities before you book that flight:
      https://lauradoyle.org/marriage-relationship-coaching

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  24. Well, it’s the dawn of the new year and he went to bed at 8pm and was asleep by 8:01pm. Our NYE sucked and I spent the whole night feeling sorry for myself and silently grieving what appears to be the death of our once beautiful and passionate relationship. I have been sleeping in the spare bedroom, mainly because I’m a night bird and hate going to bed so early. I just toss and turn and feel like I’m disturbing his damn beauty sleep. He doesn’t hold me close and snuggle me anymore. I’m lucky to get a peck on the cheek for a kiss goodnight. As for intimacy, it’s hit the skids. He is not interested in sex. Last year we took a mini vacation and we may as well just stayed home. It was about as sexy and fun as cleaning the chimney. We used to be absolutely mad about one another! I have relegated myself to the spare bedroom. Maybe it’s pride. I’d rather sleep alone than feel alone sleeping with someone. I’m going to make myself feel happy today, even though I have had little sleep and try and start the new year off with a little less depression and resentment. I surrendered over a year ago and he’s feeling the pressure of the finances now that I have placed it all on him. He still doesn’t quite get it. He gives me grocery money each week and that’s it. No extras. No, “Honey, you look like you could use a break, so I’m sending you to the spa right around the corner that our insurance covers.” I’m hoping that one day my eyebrows will be so thick and bushy it will look like a caterpillar crawling across my face because I haven’t had them done properly in forever. Maybe I can pull off a sexy Frida Kahlo to get his attention.

    Seriously. This sucks.

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      • Thanks, Laura. I apologize for the pity-party-poor-me rant. I’m savagely hormonal right now and quite tearful and emotional these past few days. It’s quite a challenge being the only surrendered wife in town! My closest girlfriends aren’t quite on board with me yet. One flat out thinks I’ve gone Stepford and rejects it entirely, and the other is mid-book as I write this. Honestly, I became tired of listening to her constant complaining about her husband and their finances and her stress. I continually advised her to put all the finances on him and take better care of herself. Then finally, I recommended your book. I’m sure he can handle their finances – he’s an accountant.

        Anyway, my guy really is a wonderful man whom I adore with all my heart. I also know he loves me truly. You are correct, it is resentment. I needed someone to identify it, so thank you for that. I’m not sure where this low-grade anger comes from. Paternal abandonment and trust issues most likely. He has them too, but that’s another conversation entirely and not an excuse for disrespecting him either. Part of my self-care is resolving some of those burdensome issues once and for all. He saw that I had been crying (I’ve been crying more than usual lately but I think it’s just overdue and very healing for me). Surrendering is not an easy process. It shakes things up within ourselves that need to be identified and addressed appropriately. He didn’t say anything which I welcomed and he has since softened up a bit. We were back to our usual selves tonight. I still choose to sleep in the spare bedroom at this time though. I can’t handle feeling all alone while laying right next to him.

        One more thing, Laura. How do we develop and present our spending plan? He gives me money for groceries every week and I’m so thankful for that. That alone was a big step for us. How do I communicate to him what I need outside the family food bill without making it seem like I’m invoicing him?

        Besides food. lol

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        • Sandy, I appreciate your humility and accountability. For me the headline of your post is “I still choose to sleep in the spare bedroom at this time.” I still remember how painful that was when we were having that kind of cold war. I’d love to see you get some support to get back to passion and playfulness. I love that you’re surrendering the finances too, and that’s part of a bigger conversation. Sounds like you’re soft, feminine side is showing and I’m sure he loves that! If you haven’t set up your discovery call yet, that’s definitely the next step.

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      • Hi Laura,

        I have been married for 30 years. About 10 years ago it was discovered that I had a vascular problems. And since have lost my left leg (below the knee) and partial right foot. I have been in the hosp 38 times in 10 years. I have continued working in a high power position. We live a very nice life which I support. He left a couple of weeks ago to “find himself” Yes I was very suspicious! But both of his parents dies last year 1 1/2 weeks apart suddenly. He came home and told me he does not love me anymore and is in love with someone else. He knows her from 30 years ago. I have cried until I can’t see anymore…. Id there any hope or do I just say goodbye. I feel very alone and have nobody! With the illness and the marriage I feel like there us nothing to live for.

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        • Sherrt, Wow, that sounds very tough! I’m sorry to hear about your loss of part of your leg and both feet, and then having the added stress of your husband telling you he doesn’t love you anymore. That must be devastating! I know it seems hopeless right now, but I can unequivocally tell you that there is every reason to be hopeful about your marriage. With the 6 Intimacy Skills and a coach as your guide you can make your marriage better than it’s been in a long time. It will be the trip of your life, and in my experience completely worth taking in so many ways. Hang in there Sherrt! This is what I like to call the breakdown before the breakthrough. I invite you to apply for a complimentary discovery call to connect with one of my coaches here:
          https://lauradoyle.org/marriage-relationship-coaching/

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  25. My husband and I have been separated for 2 months. I told him to leave when I discovered he was cheating on me with a 21 year old and he’s 43. He is upset because I told him to leave & because I found out he was cheating. I have apologized for my part in contributing to our problems. He doesn’t want to have anything to do with me & says I exposed him. We have 4 boys, 2 know that he has cheated. He is angry with me saying I exposed him & now that the kids know,, you can’t just sweep it under the rug and pretend it didn’t happen. I told him to fight for our family, to fight for us and to not give up. I have been very calm & have listened to everything he’s had to say/complain about without interrupting. He does not think we can salvage our marriage. I am fighting for my marriage and trying to remain as calm as possible. How can I seduce him if he doesn’t want to be anywhere near me? Any input would be greatly appreciated.

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    • Dee, that sounds like a very painful situation! Sorry to hear what you’re going through, and I admire that you want to keep your family together. I’m confident that you can, and it will improve everything else in your life too. But it’s a longer conversation than we can have here on the blog. I suggest a complimentary discovery call to discover the best move for revitalizing your relationship. I know you want your marriage back and part of saving it will be making it great again too. Here’s where you can apply for the discovery call:
      https://lauradoyle.org/marriage-relationship-coaching

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  26. Laura, I would absolutely love to see a book written “the surrendered separated”! Things that help to establish connections with your husband, how much texting??? Is it better to make a brief phone call as opposed to texting.
    What things have worked…..what a good gauges of where you think your husband is at and so forth.
    My husband 2 months ago decided that as we were separated then a birthday present was out of the question as it would give the wrong idea about his decision to leave the marriage. Then just prior to Christmas I had to move house and had more opportunities than normal to use 6 skills. I could definitely sense at”thawing” towards me. Then on Christmas morning he texted me asking if he could drop around and see our son. Much to my surprise he gave me a gift. I was very grateful for it. However, subsequently I haven’t heard from him for several days. i was feeling quite good when he gave the gift, but have flattened a bit given the absence of any contact? This really is a tough road.

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    • Heather, I’m happy to hear that you can see little green shoots of spring coming through after the cold winter! This book that tells the kinds of stories you’re looking for: Surrendered Wives Empowered Women: Inspiring True Stories of Women Who Revitalized Their Relationships. Check out Sheri Byrd’s story–she’s been right where you are and has a marriage worth celebrating now. I know it’s tough to do what you’re doing alone–I’d sure love to see you get some support!

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  27. Hi Laura. I really appreciate your unconventional approach to marriage and I enjoy reading your posts!
    My husband and I have been married 10 years and have been together for over 16 years. Our marriage is in crisis. I first need to tell you about my husband, he is an alcoholic/addict who has been sober for the last almost nine years. I am extremely proud of my husband for this but it has become a source of great pain for me. I am a grateful member of Al-Anon for the last nine months. I tried going when my husband first got sober but I didn’t stick around. Some of your advice mirrors what my program teaches me and the 12 Steps and my program have been monumental in turning my life around! One example, is taking responsibility for my part in the breakdown of our marriage. I can totally relate to ” driving it into the ditch”. I haven’t worked for the past 15 years and my husband has a great job but I have given far too much responsibility to shoulder plus I am an insulin dependent diabetic, and have been very neglectful in taking care of myself. I pushed my husband away when he wanted to be intimate because I was uncomfortable with myself, and when we would be intimate it was painful for me so he just gave up. I have been extremely lazy also and not kept our home clean which is important to my husband. I have been so selfish, lazy, irresponsible and just downright neglectful of my life. We also have a 15 year old daughter whom we love dearly. When my husband got sober I shifted my focus from trying to control him onto our daughter and treated her horribly. Screaming and yelling and sometimes throwing things. To sum it up, my husband has had serious resentments against me for the past 8 plus years he’s been sober. With good reason! I found out in late March of 2015 that he was having an emotional affair with a female that he is in program with. I also considered this female to be a friend, which hurt immensely. He started off talking to her about program and trying to help her because there were not many females around with ” solid sobriety” and this led to him talking about our problems to her and this ultimitaly led him to infidelity. Which he didn’t reveal to me until Halloween night. He also told me he had cheated two other times since getting sober. The first time was 5 years ago and he said there were others before he got sober. He is not the same person he was before sobriety so the infidelities prior to that are not as big of a deal to me. The ones after he got sober pain me more because I guess I feel he should’ve known better. I realize this all inconsequential anyway and that nothing can change our past. My husband has recently told me that he is not in love with me anymore he still cares but the connection is lost. I, on the other hand, feel more connected to him than I have in years. I have been through a sexual revolution and no longer fear sex with my husband and I love it. But, he says sex isn’t as important to him these days. We have gone to six sessions with a marriage counselor. Because he said in March that he wanted to work on our marriage but I haven’t gotten much from him these past few months and feel like I’m the only one who is trying to work on our relationship. He is still talking and texting to the other woman, in fact, they see each other several times a week at meetings. He says he feels like he has a spiritual connection with her. This hurts me to the very depths of my soul. But I’m trying to keep my tears to a minimum and throw blame and anger at him. I had an intense heart to heart conversation with him last night and asked him to try to let me in his heart again because he just feels numb about it right now. I also need to let you know that in not working for the past 15 years I have nothing to call my own. I have been completely dependent on my husband but I am trying to find employment and am making positive changes in my life. Co-dependency has been a huge issue for me and I’m working to break the cycle. This is a coping mechanism I developed from loving my alcoholic/addict. I have huge growth in my faith and relationship with my God which is the only thing that keeps me sane some days! I have many isms that I’m becoming aware of and I believe in myself for the first time in years. It just hurts that he sees me getting stronger and feels like I’ll be fine without him. He tried to make suggestions for us to work on things earlier in our marriage and I just ignored him! i know he’s been in marital hell for awhile and I hate what I’ve done to us. He is still at home with me but I just hope and pray that he decides to give us another try to be happy. If there is any experience, strength, hope or advice anyone can offer, I would be most appreciative! Thank you again Laura and all the women who have posted things!

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    • Michelle, Sounds like you’ve been through a lot in your marriage, and plenty of heartbreak. I’m happy to hear that you’re believing in yourself and that you’re looking at what you can be doing differently to make things better. This deserves a longer conversation, so I invite you to have a complimentary discovery call to explore and discover the best move for your relationship. You can do that here:
      https://lauradoyle.org/marriage-relationship-coaching/

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  28. I didn’t say why sobriety has been a source of pain for me. I feel my husband substitutes our time together to be more active in his program. I realize his sobriety has to come first but there is no balance. It’s all the time. I’ve asked to give me a little more of his time but don’t feel he is willing to do so. He works a lot of houses also so I don’t get to see him much and I need him more also I feel he doesn’t trust anything that is not program related. I’m trying to convey my needs to him but he’s just not been very receptive. I’m not sure the marriage counselor is helping either I just feel like an emotional train wreck after our sessions and feel like it makes my husband angry and like he’s being attacked. Sorry for the book I am a thorough person. Ha!

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  29. I forgot something else!!! This is important. We were at the marriage counselor Wednesday and I tried to set a healthy boundary for myself with the counselor’s help. I asked to cut off all communication with the other woman so that we could try to heal our marriage and he said he wasn’t willing to do it. This is the worst for me because I feel like I’m unimportant to him. I know that he is very conflicted right now and in pain from the bad decisions he’s made. It’s important for me to not be a doormat but I can’t stop loving him! I can’t turn my feelings off. He is very respectful but withdrawn and quiet much of the time. Is it wrong for me to love him through this indecision and not knowing what to do?! He and the other woman had sex only one time just wanted to add that. Hurting and conflicted! Please help!

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  30. Im kinda going through this right now…my husband is supposed to leave on Friday! Can you give me any advice…i feel like we dont need no time off of each other…i want my girls to be happy with is together! And i believe that theres no such thing as no love…we have the decision to change and love day by day…

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    • BAS, Sorry to hear. Sounds like an ex-husband, and yes, I agree that’s a very long shot given that he’s made a commitment to someone else.

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  31. Hello Laura. I have learned a Iot from you lately. I need your advice on this: I have newly surrendered (3 weeks). The thing is, I can’t get over what my husband did before this surrendering process.
    We have been married for 14 months (lived together for 2 years before wedding). Before he proposed, I was mostly a relaxed and enjoyable person. After the proposal I focused on wedding preparations so I did not have time to nag or criticize him (which was good). After the wedding, we went to honeymoon which I arranged from beginning to end (because he doesn’t have good vacation planning skills, even got scammed once) and this made me think that I have to do all the planning for both of us for the rest of our lives. I did not enjoy the vacation at all, and after we returned home, I complained a lot. I gradually became nagging and demanding without being aware. I told him I wanted a baby sooner or later, and he did not want it at all. I thought he was so lazy to even have a child.
    4 months after the wedding, my manager quit and I had to take a lot of responsibility at work. I was working 12 hours every day and it was getting worse. I hated my job, and complained about it all night when i got home. I told I wanted to quit and take a break for a couple months, he said OK. But my parents insisted that I should not quit, that I was in depression and needed to take antidepressants. I started to take Lustral. I was feeling much better, but it killed my sex drive. I started doing it like a weekly duty. I also became numb and indifferent.
    A couple months later, I still hated my job, so I quit. They wanted me to stay for 5 months until they find new personnel, I said OK (what a dummy). So I kept taking Lustral and working late hours and having robotic sex. When I could finally leave work, I also left the drug and my libido and personality started to come back. I then realized that we had grown apart with my husband. Just when I thought we would be finally happy and peaceful, one day my husband texted me at dinner time, “I’ll be late, I’m going to play basketball with my colleagues”. I noticed his basketball bag was at home. I called him and told him this, he said his equipment was in the car, but i knew that they were in the bag. So I asked him to take a picture of his friends or a selfie with a ball or something and send me. He said OK, I hung up and started crying. Then he sent me a photo of his colleages playing basketball. I texted him back “Ok I believe you”. 15 minutes later he came home, and said “we need to talk, I lied”. He was having dinner with a female colleague. He said nothing happened between them but he was sexually attracted to her. They ate lunch together for a couple times and he told her he liked her. “I am not motivated to continue this marriage anymore” he said. “We have grown apart. We live like roommates. You are so ambitious and I just want to have a good time, I dont want kids or raise money to buy a house.” I started crying like crazy. I knew we grown apart but didnt have any idea what he was up to. He never complained about our relationship before. I asked him to wait for a while and let me do my best to fix things and of course he should stop seeing her or talking to her. He said OK. For a week he was somewhat distant, and I was like a geisha. Gradually we became closer, and I found your book. I stopped being geisha and started surrendering, and things got even better. Now we are intimate and apparently happy. He comes home early every day, and sometimes drives me to work in the mornings. He bought me a dress for valentines day, which I said I liked while passing by a store.
    The thing is, I cant get over what happened. Its a thousand ton luggage on me, and I dont know how to trust him anymore. He behaves lovingly, but never said “I love you” since that incident. How can I know that he loves me or not? Do I have to live with the fear of being cheated for the rest of my life? Was it foolish to forgive him? Most importantly, how can I tell him about how I feel when I’m trying to surrender? I want to be reassured that he wont see anyone else as long as we’re married, and I want him to admit his mistake and apologize. I want him to say he loves me. Sorry for the long story. Thanks in advance 🙂

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    • Bahar, Sorry to hear about the struggles in your marriage! I can see why you’re having trouble getting over what happened but I admire that you’re working on your marriage. There’s every reason to be hopeful that it will become wonderful again. I’d love to see you get some support. You can apply for a complimentary discovery call to uncover you best move for your relationship here:
      https://lauradoyle.org/marriage-relationship-coaching/

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  32. Bahar- I so totally understand your feelings. I felt I was abandoned in another state, which in reality..I was. He cut off all communication and did not come for pre-arranged visit nor come to help when he knew I was scheduled for surgery. In addition to cutting off any form of communication for 3 months, he cut off any financial input. I finally flew up there….he knew I was there on Saturday but only came to the house when he knew he couldn’t possibly avoid me any more…on Monday. Just said he didn’t call all that time because he didn’t know what to say..but…that he wants to work on it. I have been reading all of Laura’s books and had a complimentary session, but…….I am struggling. He just wants to forgive/forget and move on. I can’t. I am so angry and hurt….and today….he has cut off communication again. I’m not sure I can do this, and just maybe I really feel deep down inside, it’s not worth it……I don’t know. I am beyond confused.

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    • Roxanne, i’m sorry that you’ve been through a lot with your husband. Looks like you have all the chance to make it work. He wants to forgive and forget, that sounds good to me. But you cant get over what happened right? I totally understand. Maybe its best to pretend forgetting until things get stabilized again (meanwhile practicing Laura’s surrendering advice obviously). I know its hard, im doing the same thing right now, and im on the edge of getting my luggage and leaving the hell out of this house. Whenever i feel angry at him, i grab the phone, call him and have some small chat. Its such a small thing but it helps greatly. Hope you have your marriage back. I know you will.

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  33. Laura I bought your book and I thought it was absolutely fantastic!

    I am dying to put your Wisdom to practice but my husband left me, is two hours away and refuses to speak to me. We have no children or no communal property together so there’s nothing to make him contact me. He’s also asked me for a divorce which I agreed to even though I didn’t want it.

    Do I have any hope? And do you have any advice?

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  34. Hi I’m nisha.now I’m seperated from my husband.it’s the most painful moment in my life.isolation kills me.I don’t have anyways to contact my husband.but I still have hopes that he will come to me.

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    • Nisha, So sorry to hear about your separation. That does sound painful. I hope you have friends and family who you can connect with during this time!

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  35. Hi Laura, I just found you this morning as I’m googling ways to get your husband back. My husband told me 3 wks ago now that he doesn’t love me anymore, isn’t in love with me for yrs now and wants to separate and says there’s no more hope for us. He’s been living in our basement and says he’s ONLY staying for our 2 young children. He’s been avoiding me at all costs. I’ve owned up to all I’ve done wrong (I gave my 100% to our kids and none to him. My oldest is 4yrs) he lost me and says that he’s exhausted from trying for so many yrs to get his wife back. I was so blind and took advantage of him thinking he would never leave me. There’s no other woman. He says he absolutely doesn’t want to work on us cuz he’s totally done. Then a cpl nites ago he grabbed me, held me so tight and we made love like we’ve never made love before. Twice! But the next day he said he didn’t mean to lead me on. He was just trying to see if anything was still there and he feels terrible for making me cry, but says there’s just nothing there :'( I feel so broken. I LOVE HIM SO MUCH! he says he sees no future with me. I begged for counselling and he says he just flat out does not have any desire to work on us. Says he’s so happy when he’s not home or when he’s with the kids. He just left today with the kids out of town to visit friends and family. I’m crushed cuz he didn’t want me to come and says he wouldn’t be able to sit in a car for 5 hrs straight with me cuz we aren’t friends. I miss my kids like crazy already, but him even more.
    Is this even something that sounds salvageable? I did the wrong things in trying to get him back by begging and pleading my love for him, reminding him of our vows, our children, whatvwe use to have.
    What do I do now??

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    • Shayna, I know it looks dark right now, but this can absolutely be fixed! I’m just so happy you found your way here, and that your husband refused to go to counseling. Since you’ve got time to yourself right now and you’re brand new to this community, consider reading either The Surrendered Wife or The Empowered Wife ASAP. Apply for a complimentary discovery call, and also check out this free webinar:
      https://lauradoyle.org/swewtraining/

      It’s not too late, but there’s no time to waste either. I’m excited for you to get the kind of marriage you’ve always wanted through practicing the 6 Intimacy Skills!

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      • Hi again, I jist finished reading First. The Empowered Wife and I’m even more scared and nervous I may not get my husband back, because I already have started all the skills explained in your book. 3 wks ago my husband told me he’s done and moved in the basement. 2 days ago he said to me that he sees all the efforts I’m now putting in to our marriage, but because he’s already “checked out” that it’s all a little too late 🙁 …a few nights ago when he made love to me with such passion he apologized for “leading me on”, but wanted to do it to see if he had still felt anything for me, but unfortunately does not. Deep in my heart I am a changed wife/person. He’s strictly here for our kids and nothing else. I get this pit in my stomach as I’m reading your book because it all sounds like practices for me to do BEFORE to prevent divorce, but in my case has basically already happened. He says he has no desire to use any last tool to fix what’s broken in our marriage. That he simply just does NOT want to try. I feel so beaten down. Am I being naive to want to still fight for us? I explained to him that if he is going to stay anyway (just for the kids) and be unhappy with me, then why not CHOOSE happiness and give it one last shot?! I mean, what does he have to lose?? He just keeps telling me that there’s just nothing there anymore. We’ve been together for 13 yrs, married for 8 this coming June and we use to have a GREAT relationship. He says we aren’t friends anymore, we don’t talk or laugh…I’ve asked to start from day one and start with a first date when he’s ready. Everything I’ve suggested and tried reasoning with him gets immediately shut down and he continues to say “because I don’t want to date you. I don’t want to get to know you again. I’m done”.
        I DONT want to give up on us, but is this simply inevitable?

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        • Shayna, Great job taking fast action of reading The Empowered Wife! When you say you’ve started all the skills, I think you might be overlooking a big one: Relinquishing inappropriate control. Trying to talk him into anything is going to make things worse, not better, as you’re experiencing.

          You can definitely save your marriage, but I recommend some support ASAP. I needed support, too.

          It may take some time for his feelings to come around again and that is completely normal. They will come around again if you are practicing the skills, but watch out for your blind spots. We all have them, and that’s why other women are so important in this process.

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          • Thanks for your continued support. However, as ibread your book, all the examples used were women thinking aboutbdivorcing theirbhisband. Where in my situation it’s my husband basically out the door. I know I’ve lacked some of the intimacy skills in the past, but most were always there and for the most part I’ve always been very happy with my husband. He’s truly an amazing man and I took him for granted. There is very little I would want different from him. Hes always been extremely helpful around the house, an amazing hands on dad, cooks every meal, a very caring and selfless man to everyone he knows. I feel like I’ve really messed up 🙁 this is why I’m scared out of my mind of losing him. He keeps telling me that he jist does not want to work on us, and even if he can’t see a future with us, he just doesn’t WANT to. Have you had any clients in a similar situation and get their husband back? I still continue to thank him for things everyday, I’ve told him I miss him, he sees me doing things for me and it making me happy, the house is a clam place, he sees me happy and calm with our kids, I’m giving him his space now that he has asked for. But he avoids me at all costs. He will not start a conversation with me, won’t even say goodbye when he leaves. If I try to even say 2 words to him he either ignores me or makes sure to not look at me and puts his head down. I’m feeling defeated 🙁

          • Shayna, Yes, I see situations like yours recover completely and become better than ever all the time. I have seen many women in far worse situations revitalize their marriages. No need to feel defeated. Love to see you get support!

  36. I want to add that he told me how beautiful I am when we made love that night. He hasn’t called me beat since our wedding day. He was never one to compliment. I asked him why he said that to me if he wasn’t feeling anything and he says “that’s because you ARE beautiful. I wasn’t lying when I said it”. There’s still physical attraction there.

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    • Hi Shayna,
      Reading your story is as if they where my own words….with the extra hurt of there being another woman involved. My husband told me less than two months ago that he no longer was in love with me. I later found out that he was ’emotionally’ involved with someone else (a woman he is working with) and since then he says he is done with me and done with the relationship and what he felt for me he now feels for another woman. We have two small children.
      I have read the books and had my discovery call but as my means are limited I have not yet signed up for coaching. I would love to hear what happened in your case?

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  37. Hello Laura,
    I found out in September that my partner of 18 turbulent years was very intimate with another woman..I have read alot since then and finally came across your book..I have been using the techniques and even wrote a vulnerable, jump off the fence letter for him on valentines day..im not good at expressing my feelings so this was very scary for me..things have been much more peaceful for us and our kids recently but Im REALLY struggling to hold back my anger and pain which crop up continually even though I vented them when I found out..please help as I feel like I will explode and Im sick of feeling so sad..tried the happy approach but feel completely overwhelmed, angry and scared at times 🙁 thank you for any advice..thank you so much for your books as I feel I wouldnt have coped without your support in them x

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    • NJB, So sorry to hear about the terrible betrayal in your relationship. I’m so impressed that you jumped of the fence and got vulnerable–so brave! You’re doing everything right, but honestly I don’t know how you’ve done it all alone with just books! Run, don’t walk and get a complimentary discovery call so you have someplace safe to go with those important feelings you’re having. Of course you are having those feelings–who wouldn’t? I’d love to see you get some coaching. There’s every reason to be hopeful about your relationship. You’re saving your whole family and it’s all going to be worth it. You can apply for a discovery call here:
      https://lauradoyle.org/marriage-relationship-coaching

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  38. Hello again, i applied for the discovery session but the available hours wont do for me because i live on the other side of the world. I will wait until my husband travels and then schedule a meeting.
    Until then, i want to ask something that consumes most of my energy. My husbands affair was a short, nonphysical one but still equally devastating. Now i can see that he is happy in our marriage, he is trying to make things better but, the other woman is his colleague (they are not in the same department but they have contact) and she is still his facebook friend and she likes all his pictures (even the ones with me arrrrrrrgh!). He told me that it was just a phase and its over now, but i still cant live with it. I want him to cut all contact with her. How do i ask this from him? Should i tell him “i cant fully trust you as long as you continue talking to her”? Thanks in advance!

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    • Bahar, Sorry to hear about your husband’s emotional affair. That does sound devastating. I would LOVE to have you get a discovery call some day.

      I hear that you’re still feeling jealous and wish he would stop communicating with her altogether. That’s understandable, but I’ve never yet found a way to control who my husband talks to no matter how much I might like to. I’ve found that I can push him away and create wall-to-wall hostility when I try.

      I’ve also found that when I focus on what I’m grateful for about the man in front of me and all that he does to show his love for me, his transgressions and short-comings seems small and I feel happier and more connected and safer. This has had remarkable power for me since I get to pick what I will focus on, and what I focus on increases.

      I hear you’re focusing on what the other woman is doing. How is that serving you?

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      • Thank you very much for your fast response. Everything you say is another eye opener for me. So I will not express my frustration to him then.
        To justify my behaviour though: Well, he secretly went to dinner with that woman a couple times and when i found out, he told me he wasn’t happy, did not feel committed to me anymore and wanted to break up. I take my responsibility that i’ve been a terrible wife, but i cant help obsessing over what she does. Seems to me that she is still trying to get my husbands attention and i think she still gets it, even though he doesnt talk to her outside work. I feel defeated and failed, because we are almost newly wed. How could he be bored with me so soon?
        Anyways, i will schedule that session as soon as i can!

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  39. Bahar, I am so sorry to hear about your situation. I had a very similar situation happen to me this year. I saw a text message from another woman on my husband’s phone and went ballistic. From that point I started to pretty much stalk him. I read text messages as often as possible I logged on to his Facebook account and watched conversations with her unfold and even went as far as checking my cellular service providers detailed record of phone numbers that were texted and called on a daily basis. This woman was a friend of his from high school he swears that they have had no romantic past but he still felt the needed to text her every day multiple times a day. As I watched the text messaging unfold and the Facebook messages unfold I certainly did not like what I saw. This was definitely a emotional relationship as far as I was concerned. He has not met with this woman but I still dislike the fact that he was having this kind of affair. What I came to realize was that the happier I made myself the better things got between us I have really tried to stop telling him what to do I’ve tried to be completely respectful of his privacy and as difficult as it was I tried to stop being his stalker. I can tell you this, I no longer worry about what he is talking to anyone else about. We have reconnected in a way that feels almost like when we first started dating. It is actually pretty amazing. We’ve been giddy, flirty, romantic and wildly passionate. We went from having sex once a month to having sex almost everyday . I have read all of Laura’s books and they are truly inspirational. Unfortunately I could not afford to be part of the online community of support that she offers but I go back to the books and reread chapters or parts when I am feeling a little down or anxious about things. It really helps. My advice to you is to stop worrying about this other woman and start worrying about how to make yourself happy. Try to stay off of Facebook for a little while. For me the temptation to check his messages was just too great. I cannot control who he talks to over the course of the day but I can control what I do. Our marriage has not been this wonderful in 10 years.

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    • Ro, Congratulations! I’m so happy to hear about the giddy, flirty, romantic, wildly passionate relationship you’ve created! I give you all the credit, as you know. Hooray!

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    • Wow, your story sounds great. Maybe i will try freezing my fb account. I hate facebook anyway 🙂
      You know what? I think we will all go to heaven thanks to our patience which is as strong as a prophet’s!

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  40. Thank you so much for your reply Laura. I am half way round the world too so Im not sure how the call schedules would work for me. It is so lovely not to feel alone with all this..although my sister is my biggest “cheerleader” 🙂 Reading your replies to others and their similar situations and advice is great..thank you Ro, you have kept me away from my partner’s phone as I was very tempted to have a look recently which I havent done for months 🙂 I have just realised that I seem to get VERY insecure around my menstrual cycle and find the horrid, jealous thoughts rear their ugly head with a vengeance..any advice to keep them at bay would be much appreciated. I am still discovering things that make me happy..couldnt even remember what I actually love doing :/ Not being married (I have also recently realised) makes me feel insecure too..feel rather childish for that.
    Anyway, “Onwards and Upwards” as my sister always says 🙂

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    • NJB, I don’t think it’s childish to want to be married. I’m married because I liked the idea of declaring in front of God and everybody that we were committed and special above all others to each other. Maybe the breakthrough after this breakdown will be a wedding ceremony for your and your man. I see that kind of thing happen a lot.

      We serve women all over the world, and I have coaches all over the world, so I’m sure we can work out the time difference. I would love to see you get some support.

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  41. Thank you again for another supportive reply Laura. I expressed my desire to become his official wife in his Valentine letter of appreciation and respect (I also included an apology for years of disrespect..as I didn’t know how to respect him, but thanks to you, now I do)..so I will leave it with him and try to keep using the intimacy skills I’ve learnt from you. Your work has been wonderful for me..I’m learning lots of new things about myself and doing my utmost to focus on me..I started off with my finger pointing firmly at him and his discrepancies and thankfully ended up pointing it at me..I am trying to be the change I want to see in our family and I cant remember us ALL being as happy..I could never thank you enough Laura as you have given me the skills I needed to finally start taking care of myself and to bring our family closer together.. I’d forgotten that I’d chose a truly good man 18 years ago..thank you for reminding me ?
    I will look into a discovery call as I realise this is going to be difficult at times and will need alot of support and encouragement.
    My daughter is getting married this year and I will definitely be buying her your most recent book to help them to have a loving journey together in married life ?

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  42. Hello Laura Doyle
    I really want to buy Your book and read it. But I just really don’t have that money right now cause I am just depending on the financial support from my husband.
    So I will just try to write here if there is anyone similar situation like mine and can give me some advices.
    My husband just broke up with me a month ago after almost 9 years of married. We have 1 son 4 years old. He is 50’s and I am 28. He broke up with me because I always bring the past back. I saw him kissing somebody else when he was drunk way back 2 years ago. And because that woman is just our neighbor, I can always remember what had happened everytime I see her. And since then, I became unhappy, moody, easy to get upset and always find reason to get upset at him. And also he broke up with me because he thought I am using our son as a fuel for our arguments and also he thought I am making our son to hate him.
    Do You think I have any chance to win him back? I love him very much. He is my first boyfriend and my first love. I already apologize and admitted that I was wrong but he said I forgave You already but we cannot be together anymore. That we are not lovers anymore and we never will be again. Should I just give up on him too? I hope there is anybody here who can give me some advices what to do.
    Thank You very much Laura…I would really appreciate for any replies.
    Carmel

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    • Carmel, I’m sorry to hear about the heartbreak in your marriage. Sounds very painful. I absolutely believe you can save your marriage and keep your family together. Perhaps you can get The Surrendered Wife or The Empowered Wife at the library. That would be a big help. Just because he says it’s over doesn’t mean it’s over. You have the power to make this marriage great again.

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  43. Hi Laura, i have really liked reading through your website, and it has given me a different perspective on things. I am trying my best to implement what you preach. But let me tell you my situation and maybe you could give me some advice?

    My husband and I have always had a very close loving relationship. Some months ago, he started an affair. I found out about it pretty early and he promised me time and again he was going to end it. To cut the long story short, I gave him many months but i really was sick and tired of his neverending lies. and i was having a lot of problems trusting him again. Despite me giving him an ultimatum, he continued to lie. It might have been wrong of me to do so but I spoke to the other woman. She promised to leave him.. She said she never saw a future with him because he was already married. Well guess what, she ended up divorcing her husband. And now my husband wants to be “just friends” with her. I don’t really know what is happening but I feel that she probably wants some commitment from him obviously since she divorced her husband. How should I handle this? I’ve tried the soft approach, and the hard approach. And now I am back to trying the soft approach again. I don’t understand why neither of them can see that this will be a neverending problem and they just need to go no contact. She seems to be putting pressure on him, but that frustrates him and he transfers that frustration to me and tries to pick fault with me. It is already super tough for me to deal with the fact that they are friends although it obviously more of an emotional affair than “just friends” Things have been getting better with me trying out your intimacy skills. But then they will have a quarrel and somehow he takes it out on me. it is extremely frustrating and I feel very unfair.

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    • Angel, So sorry to hear about your husband’s betrayal. What a heartbreak you’ve been living with. I hear you saying you’re having a hard time figuring out how to get him to do what you want him to do, and that was my situation also. I also hear that you want your marriage back, with just two people in it instead of three. I can certainly see why you feel that way! There is plenty you can do to create the outcome you’re wanting, and I would love to see you get some support with it, because it can be tricky to do it by yourself when there’s a mistress. It deserves a longer conversation. Consider applying for a complimentary discovery call to determine the best move you can make for your relationship here:
      lauradoyle.org/marriage-relationship-coaching

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  44. Laura how can I seduce my husband if he moved out? It’s been 2 months and he still won’t talk to me. I have been married 24 years and he cheated with my “best friend” of 20 years. She wanted him and got him. He has destroyed our home. I spent 10 years searching for answers for our sick son. And he had the nerve to call me lazy! He didn’t even tell me about the affair. she met me at a mall and told me my husband was in love with her. He is avoiding and has moved in with his sister. He says “the marriage is over”. I never thought I would put up with cheating but my head and heart are at war. So how can I seduce someone who if I say “I love you” recoil?

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    • Ginger, So sorry to hear about your husband and friend betraying you. So painful! I see what you mean that it’s hard to seduce someone who has moved out and is not showing much interest, but I’m glad to hear that you’re open to it if the situation arises. I’d love to see you get some support with this as it’s a longer conversation. I invite you to apply for a complimentary discovery call to determined the best next move for your relationship. You can do that here:
      https://lauradoyle.org/marriage-relationship-coaching/

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  45. Hi Laura,
    Out of all the relationship “experts” I admire you the most. I have two of your books and your advice is excellent. My husband and I have been separated for 5 months now. We are now talking about reconciliation and are going away together next weekend.

    I would like to relinquish control of the finances when my husband comes home , but I have two problems. First he has no job, and second he is such a cheapskate. So cheap he wanted to buy me my engagement ring from a pawn shop. He did not want to buy his own children Christmas presents so I had to buy them and he was angry with me for doing so. When we were living together I went to work everyday paid all the expenses while he contributed nothing. He went through the 3 jobs in 6 months and used the excuse that his arm hurt so he quit them all. He lets me pay for all of our dates and I am even footing the bill for this weekend getaway.

    I completely understand your concept of letting go. Will letting go make him more responsible? He says he will get a job after his arm is cured (almost there) but I don’t want to be the only one working and hand my pay check to him while he tells me I can not buy my favorite face cream ect or give money to my children.

    I want to respect him but it is kind of hard. He was working up until we got married (less than a year ago) but then quit shortly thereafter.

    He left after I told him I felt less of a woman because it seemed he had no desire to take care of me or our future.

    Sent from my iPad

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    • Tammy, How exciting that you’re moving toward reconciliation with your husband! I’m happy to hear that. I can relate to having a husband who isn’t working, and I remember how painful that was. And I remember how scary it was to relinquish control of our finances and go all in. I changed my negative affirmations about him at the same time and now he’s had a successful business for 15 years. Only you know what’s best for your situation, but now I wouldn’t go back!

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  46. Thank you Laura! I am going to take your advice. My biggest obstacle are my children. This is the second marriage for both of us. My first husband of 27 years passed away and he was very generous. My children do not like my new husband at all and think he is using me.

    My two oldest , who live on their own, confronted my husband about this and that is one of the reasons why he left. I want to build my husband up in a positive way but my adult children may be a problem if he does not return to work right away.

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    • Tammy, Sounds like your children want to protect you, which is natural. In many ways your children are cueing off of you. You are your husband’s spokesperson. If you build him up that version of your husband will come into focus for them too. You have a lot of influence. I hear you want to build him up and I admire that.

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  47. Thanks again for your awesome advice. I have tried for a while now to get my kids to like my husband but they refuse. I do build him up and tell them how wonderful he is, but they have deaf ears, I replaced their Dad and they are upset about it. Death does strange things to people.

    I’ll come back in a few months and keep you updated on how things are going 🙂

    Sent from my iPad

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  48. Hi, my husband left me 10 months ago after telling me he didn’t love me anymore 3 months previously. I found after he left he had been ‘confiding’ in a work colleague ( female) about his unhappiness , started seeing her and now has moved in with her!

    I feel that it’s all gone and I feel for my kids . I try and stay calm but my anger at him does bubble over.

    Is there any chance of reconciliation?

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    • Mia, This is heartbreaking to hear. I’m so sorry. Of course you’re angry. You’re only human. There is definitely hope for you to reconcile, and by that I mean to make your marriage amazing again. We have an expression: A wife with Intimacy Skills trumps a mistress every day of the week and twice on Sundays. You are his wife and mother of his children, and you have the power.

      I don’t know if you are familiar with The Six Intimacy Skills yet, but if not, consider reading The Empowered Wife ASAP. Given the crisis in your marriage, you will definitely want to consider getting a coach to help you restore your family. You can apply for a complimentary discovery call here:
      https://lauradoyle.org/marriage-relationship-coaching/

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  49. My husband and I has been married for only 5 months and then one day he said he needed space, that there is no point in continuing the relationship because the connection we once had was gone. He just left. I don’t know what to do. I’m scared that while he is out enjoying his space, he’ll find someone else and will surely end our marriage.

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    • Xyrene, I’m sorry to hear about your husband leaving! That’s so painful. There is hope for restoring your marriage and regaining that connection you once had. I’d love to see you get some support with it. Start by reading or listening to The Empowered Wife, which lays out The Six Intimacy Skills step-by-step. Next, consider applying for a complimentary discovery call to uncover the best move for your relationship. You can do that here:
      https://lauradoyle.org/marriage-relationship-coaching/

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  50. I thought your article was very informative however my husband is hundred miles away he’s a soldier and went to Korea for a year. My sons and I were suppose to join him but after a few weeks of being there he suddenly had a complete change of heart. He has hired a lawyer and started the whole divorce process, he won’t talk to me and has completely shut me out. I feel he is being coached by someone or several people. My question is your advice is good if my husband was here stateside but since he is so far away is there anything I can do to try and win him back?

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    • Monica, That is heartbreaking. I’m sorry to hear about your situation. I see how that makes it more challenging to use The Intimacy Skills with your husband, but I feel there is still hope. This deserves a longer conversation. Consider applying for a complimentary discovery call to connect with one of my coaches and figure out the best move for your marriage. You can do that here:
      https://lauradoyle.org/marriage-relationship-coaching/

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    • Shattered, I’m so sorry to hear that your husband is married to someone else now. That sounds very painful. Sounds like you are divorced and he is remarried. Is that correct? In that case, I can’t offer much hope for a reconciliation. I’m so sorry.

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  51. we did not divorce he moved out of the country to follow his mistress and i found out on facebook that they got married

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  52. Hi Laura, my husband has been gone for nearly eight weeks. Before I read your blog I have been trying to make every interaction with him a positive one however how do i know he doesn’t just think I am happy because I have accepted his decision to leave and am moving on? He is very resistant to rebuilding the marriage and me and my daughter are devistated so it is really difficult to remain positive.

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    • CJ, I’m sorry to hear about the devastation in your family with your husband leaving and being resistant to rebuilding. That’s heartbreaking. Your story can still have a happy ending though. There’s every reason to be hopeful that you can revitalize your marriage and make it vibrant again. I’m not sure if you know about The Six Intimacy Skills yet, but you’ll definitely want to get your hands on those if not. I’d also love to see you get some support. It makes all the difference when there’s a marriage hanging in the balance. Consider applying for a complimentary discovery call to determine the best move for your relationship. You can do that here:
      https://lauradoyle.org/marriage-relationship-coaching/

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      • Thank you For your response Laura. Can you recommend which of your books I should get first to learn the six intimacy skills? Have you had many successes with reluctant husbands who are no longer living in the marital home? Thank you!

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        • CJ, Yes, we have had great success with reluctant husbands who are no longer living in the marital home. I suggest you start with The Empowered Wife, which outlines the 6 Intimacy Skills step-by-step. You can read a free chapter here:
          http://getcherished.com

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  53. Hi Laura
    My husband left our home in 2013 when i was 7 months pregnant due to work and we’ve been in a long distant marriege ever since,2015 i found out he had cheated on me and the lady he was with him to divorce me he refused me and he refused and the lady got furious and had him arrested under false information. Thats how i found out about the affair,however we spoke things through and wanted to continue with our marriege. In October he then became distant always seem distracted when he came home to be with us, whenever i asked him whats wrong he never seemed to want to talk about it. Early January 2016 he called and we had a long conversation and he said he wanted a divorce,i asked him if it was because of that lady he said no and told me he loved and that we had compromise our marriege. I was devasted for days, in February i received the divorce papers and i signed them. However he then told me not to send them through we will do it together when he comes home. He always postponed coming to see us,and in April he told me he no longer wants the divorce and i should tear the papers and said he loved me and our daughter very much and he doesnt care what happens or who foes what. When talk constantly on the phone and we text from dawn till evening but he still hasnt come to see us. Im whenever i ask him if he has left us, he says no and says he loves us very much and wants a future with us and no one else but i cant help worry about that other woman and why hasnt he come to see us like before.

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    • Patience, This sounds so lonely for you, and scary too because you never know exactly what’s happening. Sorry to hear. I can see why you’re worried. This deserves a longer conversation because your whole family is hanging in the balance. Consider applying for a complimentary discovery call to connect with one of my coaches and determine the best move for your marriage. You can do that here:
      https://lauradoyle.org/marriage-relationship-coaching/

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  54. Hi my husband and I had a fight and he left I thought he would come back like he always does but he didn’t it’s going to be two months already. I took our kids to see him at his job because I don’t know where he is living at and he keeps promising them that he will see them he tells them not to talk about me with him because he gets stressed out they ask him when will you come back we all miss you he tells them never. I don’t know what to do we’ve been together 20yrs and I feel empty without him I just don’t want to live anymore I cry at all times I’m not complete without him. I regret everything bad I ever said or did to him I now know how much he means to me I should of paid more attention to him than always being with our kids. I neglected him so much, and now I’m lost without him I need him back because I love him. What can I do? Please help me I’m losing my mind.

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    • Laly, I’m so sorry to hear about the separation and stress in your 20 year marriage. That’s rough. There is plenty you can do to restore your marriage and make it everything you dreamed of. I’d love to see you get some support and also get The Six Intimacy Skills. Have you read or listened to The Empowered Wife? If not, start with that as soon as you can. Then once you’ve read or listened to that, consider applying for a complimentary discovery session to figure out the best move for your marriage. You can apply for that here:
      https://lauradoyle.org/marriage-relationship-coaching/

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  55. My husband left me 4 months ago he is now with the women he was messaging while we were married and says he wants a divorce I want him back we have a 15 months old baby what do I do can I turn it around

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    • Donna, I can imagine your heartbreak. Sorry to hear about the separation and the affair. Very painful. I’m glad you reached out for help. I know it doesn’t seem possible at this moment, but I see women in your situation recover their marriages completely and they become better than ever before, and if they can do it, then you can do it too. There’s not a moment to lose though. You’ll want to get your hands on The Six Intimacy Skills and to get support also. Start by reading The Empowered Wife, which lays out the Six Intimacy Skills step-by-step. You can read a free chapter here:
      http://getcherished.com
      And once you’ve read at least half of it, consider applying for a complimentary discovery call to connect with one of my coaches and figure out the best move for your marriage. You can do that here:
      https://lauradoyle.org/marriage-relationship-coaching/

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      • I saw him yesterday for the first time in a month when he was visiting his daughter and I pretended it was a date and he showed no interest what so ever! Feeling hopeless and as though he will never ever come back to me. Out of curiosity does it take a long time for your other clients/stories for their husbands to come back and how can you change someone’s mind if it’s made up. I feel so lost o know where I went wrong and I am working on changing for myself and him but I am slowly losing hope

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        • Donna, Good for you for pretending your visit was a date! I admire that. That takes courage and faith. It can take time to see him shift, but sometimes things are happening that you can’t see. I wish I could help you solve this in a blog comment, but it’s hard to be consistent and keep the faith without support and community. That’s what I want for you the most–that you would have some cheerleaders for inspiration and motivation. It makes all the difference, in my experience. Have you applied for a complimentary discovery call yet? You’ll find it so valuable.

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  56. Hi Laura, i need your help. Me and my husband having difficulty in our relationship. We are married for 3 years but he left me 2 weeks ago. We have 1 year and 3 months old baby. what should i do? Thank you.

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    • Mayne, So sorry to hear about your husband leaving. That must be so painful. Thanks for reaching out for support. There is every reason to be hopeful about your marriage and reuniting your family! I invite you to apply for a complimentary discovery call to connect with one of my coaches and explore the best move you can make for your relationship. You can do that here:
      https://lauradoyle.org/marriage-relationship-coaching/

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  57. Hi, My situation is he left me right after I had a baby. We had an argument and he packed his stuff and left. Its been about 3 months now he doesnt live at home. No one can talk to him. He will not say what he wants either a divorce or work on his marriage. I am living in limbo for the past few months. we only comunicate about the baby. How can I get him to talk?

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    • Sam, That sounds scary and lonely. I’m sorry to hear about the separation. I’m more interested in what you want than him since you are the keeper of the relationship and I think what you want is to revitalize your marriage and make it great again, right? It’s all possible. I’d love to see you get support. Consider applying for a complimentary discovery call to connect with one of my coaches and determine the best move for your marriage. You’ll find it very valuable. You can do that here:
      https://lauradoyle.org/marriage-relationship-coaching/

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    • HI Sam,

      I’m going through a similar situation. My husband left 3 months ago. We’ve been married 7yrs. We have a beautiful 3yr old daughter. The only time we communicate is when it concerns our daughter. The most painful part is that my daughter is autistic. She needs both of us. He won’t listen to anyone who talks to him about coming back. I understand what you are going through. I want him back.

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      • Alexandra, I’m sorry to hear about your heartbreaking separation of 3 months. Sounds very painful. Let me know if there’s anything I can do to support you in restoring your marriage. Despite what he’s saying, it’s still possible. Really.

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  58. My husband just left me with his suitcase and work laptap. I have no idea where his going. I text and call him but no response . He thinks I’m seeing another man when his working. And my biggest problem is he drinks alcohol like water. Also his in steroid

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    • Nene, I’m sorry to hear about your husband leaving without communication. That is maddening. And the drinking and suspicion also sound like painful problems. I’ve seen some pretty desperate situations turn around when the wife gets the right information and decides to use her power to make the marriage intimate again, so there’s still hope for you, too.

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  59. Hi

    I have been reading your book The Empowered Wife and half way through and it is difficult to put down as it is so good but what worries me is its all about women who want to leave their husbands so I am anxious that the strategies will not help me to get my husband to return home to me especially as he left 4 months ago and is now seeing someone he was messaging whilst we were married. I am trying to remain positive and love the book but it seems to be more from the perspective of a women not wanting her man as opposed to the man leaving her any help or advice I have booked a complimentary call

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    • Donna, I’m so sorry to hear about your separation and the other woman and all this with a baby! I can see why you’re feeling afraid and hopeless. What you need to know is that many women before you have used the Intimacy Skills you’re reading about to revitalize their marriage even with an affair going on. I’m excited for you that you’ve got a discovery call coming up because I would love to see you get support with getting him back. You can do it. A wife with Intimacy Skills trumps a mistress every day of the week and twice on Sundays. Don’t forget your’e the one he married in front of God and everybody.

      Also, you’re sexier to him than you realize. It’s not about competing with the other woman. You can do this, Donna. Hang in there.

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  60. Plus you mention seducing him and intamacy on a physical level here is no way that will happen even if I did try it because he is seeing someone wale who shares his love of exercise I can’t compete with that

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  61. My husband left me back in january. He’s been having a affair with a coworker. I actually find out he was living a double life. Lying to her and me. They were living together as a couple sharing a flat since february. During that time he was saying to me we still have a possibility and could make it throught. Didnt want to talk divorce. He was saying to her i wasnt ready. Now all in the open.
    He still say he want to be my best friend that i am his soulmate but its her he want. At the moment he has to show her every text and call he get. He is not allowed to text me or call me even so we have a daughter. He is not allowed to leave the room and talk to our daughter or myself in private. He is still lying to her as he send me emails which she doesnt know about.he didnt even tell her we were talking best friend that i am the only one who knows him and support him. But he says he lives loves her. He also says he care about me that he doesnt want to loose me as his best friend.
    So if he loves her why keep emailing me and hidding it?
    I love my husband yes i want him baxk which my be stupid. But i can see the man i fell in love within him. We been together 14 years . I was his second wife. He was still is my first husband. The man he is with her is not the man that i knew and know is still inside.
    How long can he keep up with no privacy? Showing texts and proving where he is? Can i win him back ? Is there hope still? What can i do? Shall i just let him go?
    I dont know why but got this dreadul feeling that he is making the biggest mistake he has ever made. I am also wondering if because of the problems we had he thinks he is in love with her. He said she make him happy. To which i said untill u r happy within yourself that wont last long because sooner or later what is missing inside you will come back.
    Please advice me. I am at lost. I really want him back but is there hope?
    Why keep our email secret?

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    • Steph, Your husband’s affair sounds very painful and sad. I’m with you that he obviously still loves you if he’s emailing you on the sly and hiding it from her. I’m not surprised she’s so controlling–most mistresses don’t know the Intimacy Skill or they wouldn’t have picked someone else’s husband! But it bodes very well for you because how long can he stand her acting that way? So there’s plenty of hope to save your marriage and get him back all to yourself. I’d love to see you get support with this. The first step is to apply for a complimentary discovery call to connect with one of my coaches and determine the best move for your marriage. You can do that here:
      https://lauradoyle.org/marriage-relationship-coaching/

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      • Laura,
        The first thing we should tell a wife whose husband has cheated on her, is to love herself first and get herself stronger than she is now.

        If a wife cheated in her husband, men would not advise him to go running and begging to her. Why do we often hear women tell other women to make the adjustment in herself, when he is the one who did the sin, not her. This is bad advice that hurts women

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        • Kitt, I can see why you feel that way. In my experience, most marriages are comprised of more than one sinner–not one sinner and one saint. While it’s never fun to look at my part in a breakdown, it has been incredibly empowering to focus on cleaning my side of the street. It’s easier and enormously tempting to demonize the other person, but never gets me what I really want, which is to be my best self and have a playful, passionate relationship.

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  62. Hi Donna thank you for your reply.
    This saturday night he came around for half a hour.
    I called him asking if he could as i needed to talk to him in private. He didnt want to not even go into another room for us to talk more privatly. I told him that he did wrong by me too and should try to repair some of it. He said if was to come he will be trouble so i told him fine. Dont bother. The next thing he is there knocking at my door. So we talked. Then i emailed him to said thank you and that him coming show he still cares. That it wasnt just words. For once he acted. When he came to take his daughter out he said the email made him smile.
    Now next week the OW is going for a overnight stay at hospital for a small surgery nothing serious. He asked if he could come around for a cuppa. I said yes and then he said lets keep it between us?? I am his wife so why do i feel like the other woman??
    He still says he loves her not me. That i am just his best friend and soulmate.
    I am still at lost. And yes i want him back but a part of me wonder why he is doing that?? Our “friendship” a secret?? Why surely that shouldnt be a problem? Why if he try to restore some trust in bis new relationship and be open and all is he keeping our emails and us seeing each other, not for long mind u, a secret?
    I am just wondering what i can do in the meantime.

    Regarding yr coaching how does it work? How much it is?

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    • Steph, It’s all very confusing and painful, I can imagine! I think it’s a very good sign though for you getting your marriage back and getting the OW out of it. It’s a longer conversation than we can have here in blog comments, but I hope you’ll take me up on my invitation to apply for a discovery call.

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  63. Hi laura
    It seem hard. Hard cuz if i do text him.regarding our daughter he does not reply be ause his new partner will get a strop on when she see my name come up.
    We cant talk on phone as she is always there with him. He says cuz he tryi g to repair his relationship with her becuase of the lies he has to keep our friendship secret. He keep saying be loves her ot me. So why all this secrecy?? As they been living as a couple for 6 months and all his lies are i the open is there a chance for me to win him back? How can i achieve that? Have u got any advice toget me started. I am waiting for yr book. I am also wondering if there is hope ? I just dont understa d all this secrecy even so i am still his wife.

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    • Steph, I can see why you’re having a hard time. That’s rough! I’d love to see you get with one of the coaches and get support, because it is totally possible to have the kind of marriage you want to have with your husband again. You seem very committed and I admire that.

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  64. Hi Laura,

    I only just read your post. I typed in Google I would do anything to save my marriage and your post came up. The thing is I would have done anything but I have a unique situation where my husband said he wanted a divorce over the phone and then never came home never got his things. That was 7 months ago. He changed his phone number and his email. I have contacted him only a handful of times because we have a house together, but he refuses to speak to me. I feel like he left yesterday and don’t feel like I have moved forward. The thing is what he has done and how he has treated our relationship clearly speaks he has no intention of ever returning. We were married for 5 years together for 8 and known each other for 12. What do you suggest in a situation like this one.

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    • Heather, That sounds excruciating, and I’m sorry you’re going through this. Even in situations where there’s not much contact between the couple, using the 6 Intimacy Skills changes everything. There was passion there once and there can be again. It’s less about his intentions and more about yours. What are your intentions? Sounds like you want your marriage back, and I want that for you too. Consider coming to the Cherished for Life Weekend and getting a jump start on practicing the Skills! All the details are here:
      http://cherishedforlife.com/

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      • Hi Laura,

        Thanks for responding. Yes my intentions have been to save my marriage but with absolutely no contact I have resorted to simply prayer. I will look up the conference. What would you suggest for me to do in this moment. I haven’t contacted him because I want to respect he doesn’t want to speak with me. He told my best friend he was dating and he wished I just had a boyfriend. When I did write him a letter soon after he left he burned it in front of our friends and said that I cannot try to reach him through our friends.

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        • Heather, I’m so sorry to hear about his unwillingness to communicate. I wish I had a simple answer for you, but it’s a longer conversation than I can have in a blog response. I hope you can make your way to the Cherished for Life Weekend! You’re going to be really glad you did.

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    • Heather-I am going through something similar. We were living in Vermont, bought a house in Florida. I came down first and the plan was for him to go back and get that house ready to sell and then come down. We thought it would take about 6 months..it’s going on 18 months. Last fall, he stopped communicating at the end of Oct….left me financially down the tubes. I finally flew up there in January…he knew I was there and wouldnot come home. I finally was able to talk to him at work and he did come home. He said he didn’t call because he didn’t know what to say….we seemed to be moving along until July and now, it has reverted to no communication..turned off the cell phone, won’t answer a letter, was even going to let house go into foreclosure. It is only my actions that have been saving it. Put it on the market a week ago, the way it is-not completely ready. I have read all Laura’s books…I am trying to put it into practice..I am trying to take care of myself. It is difficult…I donot want to live in Florida all by myself…I want to go home….Laura…how do you know when to let go and divorce? I really cannot live in limbo like this?

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      • Roxanne, Sounds really difficult! I can see why you’re not wanting to live this way. I would love to see you get the support of a coach to walk you through this. As long as you’re still married there’s still hope to restore your marriage with the right skills and support. Have you had a complimentary discovery call? If not, that’s the next step for sure. You can do that here:
        https://lauradoyle.org/marriage-relationship-coaching/

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        • Laura- I have had a discovery call which was so supportive. I cannot afford a full counseling session..are there any other options…I need help so I can get this marriage back together or the strength to let it go….I really don’t know how much longer I can go on like this……it’s so difficult. Thanks

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          • Laura- I wish that I could…it sounds like such a fun, exciting and wonderful weekend. Unfortunately, I am the sole caretaker of this farm and also nurse…so…you know I am working that weekend!!!!!!!!! I have all your books, and I am so pushing myself to take care of me in spite of the emotional turmoil. I want to save this marriage, but I am the only one trying to do anything…..even though I’m probably not doing it well….1600 miles apart makes it very easy for him to not participate……out of sight, out of mind…….

      • Hi Roxanne,

        I’m so sorry that you are going through this. I know how excruciating it is and I will pray for your marriage. For me when my husband completely checked out not only all responsibility but also emotionally abandoned me it crushed my whole identity. I don’t have the answers but maybe there is comfort in someone knowing what you are going through and I have and will hold onto hope for your marriage and for positive change in your own life.

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  65. My husband left our 20 year effortless marriage four months ago. He had said he wanted to live alone, something exciting,felt dragged down and wanted something different. I panicked. We decided to sell the house to ease our financial pressures (I wasn’t working for the first time in our relationship). So we did. During this time he became increasingly agitated and distant. He wouldn’t say what was wrong and didn’t want to discuss anything. I tried to be ‘normal’. He had started his 3rd job in November when all this started. The house sold we moved into a rental on the Friday and he left on the Sunday. He said to clear his head. Saying he couldn’t do this anymore;didn’t want to buy a house. He is living in his home town but we have met a few times. He has stated he doesn’t want to fix it and showed joy when I noticed he’d taken off his ring. He has said to his sister that he likes his life ‘no bills no responsibility’. Our adult children are devastated. I started a new job but couldn’t function with all the stress and change and stopped a few weeks ago. When we meet his story changes but the bottom line is he seems miserable, has a new job with more flexibility. I torture myself with ideas of reconciliation but don’t know how to reach him, he’s so guarded. He said he cares about me and wants to support me through all this but shows no sign of coming back. Im considering turning up at his flat to try and shift his resolve. He doesn’t seem fundamentally happy and I know he said he was lonely. I’m struggling despite exercise,good friends and a bit of work. I suspect I’m depressed. Its been a week since his last functional text re money into my account. We have contact via his sister,a friend and the children so hard not to know about each other. Our last meeting was up and down. He still seems angry but seemed upset when I bought his watch to him. I think hEdinburgh left because of increasing work and relationship stress (partly induced by his withdrawal). He showed paranoia,anger,agitation,physical ailments, lack of sleep, a job he didn’t like and long days travelling. Money was tight. Any thoughts on helping to turn him around to be amenable to reconciliation?

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    • Linda, Yes, I definitely think this relationship can be saved and be better than it’s been in many years. I’m sorry to hear about the stress and pain you’re going through now–it sounds awful. I invite you to get a guide before you show up at his flat to try to change his mind as it can be quite tricky to do it on your own. But with the 6 Intimacy Skills and support and inspiration you can save your family. Consider applying for a complimentary discovery call to connect with one of my coaches and determine the best move for your relationship here:
      https://lauradoyle.org/marriag-relationship-coaching/

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  66. Hi,
    Last year I discovered that my husband had an affair, he dumped her in 30 seconds. He did the impossible to have me back. He even booked a confirmation of our wedding in my church.
    We had counselling as I couldn’t see how to cope.
    Things were great, he was overdoing it, we were together all the time.
    We have other problems, money is a big issue, his shift work is destroying him, lots to do to follow the kids school and sports activities….
    After our holiday, he went back to the shift pattern at work and started to become miserable.
    We had a silly argument and he exploded saying that he had enough and doesn’t love me anymore. He moved out to his mother’s house and she says that he won’t talk and that his head seems to be in the wrong gear.
    2 weeks on I sent him a text to ask him if he wants to meet up without getting at each other’s throats, he replied that he was thinking to take me to cinema if I was free. I said yes and we went last night. After that we talked about the kids, picked them up and he took us back. He doesn’t do anything affectionate anymore, his mum said he was looking more relaxed when he got back. He hasn’t talked about divorce, we had an opportunity to sell the house but he has put it on hold.
    Part of me wants to tell him that I love him, the other part of me wants to tell him to …. Best not to swear. Everybody seem to think he is confused. He doesn’t seem to have someone else.
    Not sure what to do.
    Part of our past problems was that he always felt not needed.
    Thanks for reading this

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    • Mari, I’m sorry to hear about the affair and the heartbreak for your family. Sounds like it’s hard to know what to do from here. I can see why you’re feeling angry and hurt. When my marriage was at it’s lowest point it seemed completely hopeless, but that turned out to be the breakdown before the breakthrough. Once I started practicing the Six Intimacy Skills it was one miracle after another. There is every reason to be hopeful that your marriage can heal and be amazing again too. I describe the Intimacy Skills in detail in my book, The Empowered Wife. You can read a free chapter here:
      https://lauradoyle.org/first-kill-all-the-marriage-counselors/

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  67. Hello Laura,
    My husband of 16years has suddenly decided he has had enough and told me we are done . I found out he had cheated last month with a much older woman ,then he said sorry and said it was all over and that nobody could replace his wifey …. Now he wants to leave me penniless with a child to take care of . I am at my wits end as we both do not have any relatives here and he has become really cruel and abusive . He has even pushed me and my son and has hurt my little boy by being verbally vile to me in front of him .The father and son duo were inseparable and did everything together but from the day he made his announcement ,he shuns my son who is so so sad that his Dad has become like this . He says there is no one in his life although he stays overnight most weekends . My surprise is that we were fine the previous night and the next day he just sent a text saying its over . After that its been abuse after abuse ,but last week I told him I would call the cops if he touches me again after an episode of pushing where I hurt my hand .Now there is an eerie silence in the house as my son is nervous around him and we are living in this tense environment .Some friends ask me to file for divorce ,while some others are advising me to wait .I am devastated as I quit my high flying job to look after our child and him . Without a job and a bleak future ,I am very scared and do not know how to deal with this trauma . I have asked him for an explanation and he says nothing other than he wants to clear his head and that our son is collateral damage !! Not one day has he sat down like an adult and explained what is happening ….He had changed after taking up body building last year and taking supplements etc . I could see he was becoming more narcissistic ,always looking at himself ,buying more and more clothes etc ,but I never saw this coming !!Any advice you can give is welcome and I would be grateful as my son is really hurting that his Dad has suddenly turned into this monster . I am very frightened too about the future and the fact that I sacrificed so many years just to be treated like this ??

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    • KP, I’m so sorry to hear about the abuse and your husband’s threats to abandon you and your son. It sounds incredibly hurtful and scary. I know it must seem hopeless right now, but your marriage can be saved and be better than ever. I’d love to see you get some support with that though, as it sounds pretty tough to handle alone. I invite you to apply for a complimentary discovery call to connect with one of my coaches and determine the best move for your relationship. You can do that at the link below. I admire your commitment.
      https://lauradoyle.org/marriage-relationship-coaching/

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  68. My situation is a little, we decided to take a break and find ourselves, well he started seeing and ended up moving in with his gf, less than a month after our separation. But we have been having sex since we separated, and still to this day we are having sex, but he lives with the gf, says they are in love and wants to see where it may go, but he hasn’t been faithful since they have be together, she doesn’t know that he still comes over and definitely don’t know we are having sex still. I know the physical attraction between us is still there he can take is eyes off me when he comes to pick up the kids. I also know he still loves me. I did take time to change what I wasn’t happy about, and I know I am now the person he wanted me to be, I lodt weight, started dressing up, doing my hair and make up, and just being more confident about myself. But now I am not sure what else I can do to get him back.

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    • Amber, It’s so painful to be in that situation and I admire all that you’ve done to reclaim yourself and your confidence. It’s not easy! You’re on the right track for getting your marriage back, and a wife trumps a mistress every day of the week and twice on Sundays. You’re the one he committed to in front of God and everyone, and the mother of his children, where his whole life is. I’d love to see you get some support with restoring your relationship and your family because it can be tricky to do it all alone without getting discouraged. If you would like, I invite you to apply for a complimentary discovery call to determine the best move for your relationship. You’ll find it so valuable. You can do that here:
      https://lauradoyle.org/marriage-relationship-coaching/

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  69. I don’t know where to begin. We have been together for 20 years, married for almost 17. We don’t have children, never wanted them because we are big kids who never wanted to share each other. To everyone, including myself, we were the “perfect couple”. Rarely argued, always laughing and enjoying being with each other. Truly best friends. Our sex life HAS diminished over the years but we seemed to still be ok. About a month ago, I noticed he had changed. Little things, exercising more, losing weight, really taking extra care with his appearance. But the kicker was he put a password on his cell phone. Time and time again we talked and he said we were fine. Finally four days ago, I told him I couldn’t take it anymore and needed to know what was going on. He admitted there was another woman. He worked with her, there was an instant connection, they’ve been texting constantly, even met outside of work several times and he thought he loved her…and while he loved me, he wasn’t in love with me anymore. I told him I thought we had too much between us and have been through too much together to just throw it away. I wanted to fight for us. He said he wanted to talk to her, see how he felt and we would go from there. Fast forward to last night. He met her and they talked for hours. He came home and agreed that while we have a lot of history, he does love her and wants to be with her. He will always care for me and love me but doesn’t think he can put 100% effort into saving our marriage. He basically said he cant work on us while wanting to be with her. He held me while I cried for hours and said he would continue to hold me as long and often as I need him to. He is staying at home with me as long as I need him and is adamant about not leaving me “high & dry”. He is accepting responsibility and wants to help me through this (feelings, bills, etc). He told me he does love me but its not the level I need it to be. He said I will always be his best friend and he will always be there for me, regardless of our situation. To which I told him that his new friend wouldn’t care for that. He said he’s told her that he refuses to cut me out of his life. And since she’s been through a divorce before, she knows how hard it is and is fine with it. Well give her a prize. He is still the caring, attentive, loving man I married, he just wants to be with her. Since he came clean, he has been completely honest about everything, even to questions that I know I shouldn’t ask but I do. He hasn’t slept with her yet as he didn’t want to do that while he is still married to me. But he has kissed her on the several occasions they met outside of work. He said he is willing to do whatever I need, including moving out. But I don’t want him to leave. I told him we will take it day by day and figure out what we need to do (separation, divorce). I love him enough to let him go and want him to be happy even if it’s not with me. I have purchased you FCAMC book but everything I have read so far, I’ve always done. Complimenting him, thanking him, etc. I love this man so much and want to fight for us. Even if he doesn’t. What do I do? Can we save our marriage?

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    • Jaimie, That sounds incredibly painful and heartbreaking! I’m so sorry to hear about your husband having an affair with a woman from work. It’s devastating. Here’s the good news: You’re his wife, she’s just a mistress. Wives always have the power and mistresses are on very thin ice. There’s every reason to be hopeful that you can save your marriage and make it better than ever. I’d love to see you get some support with this ASAP. You can apply for a complimentary discovery call to determine the best move for your relationship at the link below. You will find it very valuable:
      https://lauradoyle.org/marriage-relationship-coaching/

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  70. After searching the Internet for anything and everything that could help guide me into wanting my husband (who recently separated from me and moved out) to reconcile, I found this your article. This spoke to me in volumes and has given me hope in this unbearably hard time. We have 3 young children who I always put first. I am now realising my husband should have come first and I should have been more aware of his frustrations. This man is without a doubt my soul mate and love of my life, an amazing father and husband. He says he feels lost and isn’t sure what he wants. There has never been any infidelity and we never even fight (but maybe we should have?). We have been together for 7 years and he feels like communication is our biggest issue. He is distance but talks to me every day about important things and lesser important things and comes to see the kids often. Says he loves me and it is hard for him to be away. Any further help would be appreciated as far as any further steps I can take. We have been separated 4 torchurous weeks. Thank you!

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    • Calli, I’m sorry to hear about the painful separation! As difficult as this is, it’s not hopeless. I hear so much in this post that tells me this marriage can be revitalized and be better than ever! You have the power to do it. I’d love to see you get support with this ASAP. I invite you to apply for a complimentary discovery call where you can connect with one of my coaches and explore the best move for your marriage and your family. You can do that here:
      https://lauradoyle.org/marriage-relationship-coaching/

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  71. I have no where else to turn since after 29 years of marriage my husband would not even consider getting help.. his affair has taken him away from me.. she really got to his emotional side.. he says I was not there for him emotionally.. he moved out 4 months age and I feel like I’m going through hell all though I try to work on me and keep it together for my 3 sons.. I barely even see or talk to him at this time.. once every 3 weeks.. not sure how to fix my marriage if we don’t see or talk to each other.. I love my husband dearly and would love to save my marriage.. he already filed for divorce.. I’m devastated..

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    • Laura, I’m sorry to hear you’re going through that–having your husband leave for an affair after 29 years is gut-wrenching! I can see where it’s challenging to think about trying to save it when you have so little contact, but I can tell you that I have seen marriages come back from a situation very much like yours. There’s no time to lose though, and I would love to see you get support. Consider applying for a complimentary discovery call to see if having a certified coach might be right for you. You’ll find the call very valuable. You can do that here:
      https://lauradoyle.org/marriage-relationship-coaching/

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  72. Laura,
    I have such a mess….last year I found out a nurse had feelings for my husband and our problems began. I cried, I tried to give space, I tried it all. Then in Feb. our home burned down and 3 weeks later he left. I know he told me he felt disrespected and when I apologize it doesn’t seem to help. I know he is seeing this nurse now and he has been out of the house since March. I filed for divorce and he later told me I shouldn’t have. So I stopped the divorce and fired my attorney. He is upset at the money lawyers wasted and other things for our insurance claim. I have begun to read both of your books. How do I practice any of these skills if he is not around. I have apologize for the disrespect, I have tried “whatever you think”. He’s just so mad at me. If Im quiet and don’t talk to him I am afraid he will think I am happy he is still gone. We also have one daughter living at home who is now living with him. I get angry not wanting my daughter around this woman who wrecked 2 homes. I don’t know what to do at this point. We went to counseling 2 times and he doesn’t want to go back. I understand the disrespect over the years and him seeking that. But up until he left we were still intimate even though he told me he didn’t love me and he now says he destine miss me. How do I possibly win him back. I am 100% committed to reconciliation. started exercising a year ago, lost 25 pounds, always make sure I am looking good when I see him and make sure I am taking care of myself. I just feel like nothing I do is helping…..Help!!

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    • Tina, I admire that you’re 100% committed to reconciling! That takes courage and commitment. I’m sorry you’re in this painful situation, but it is absolutely possible to get your marriage back and make it amazing again using the Intimacy Skills. There’s every reason to be hopeful. I would love to see you get support. I invite you to apply for a complimentary discovery call to connect with one of my certified coaches and determine what would be the best move for your marriage. You have the power–all you need is someone to guide you. You can apply for that call here:
      https://lauradoyle.org/marriage-relationship-coaching/

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  73. Laura, a lot of great points and I will definitely keep some of these points as my own personal mantra. My situation is that we gave been married over 20 years and two years ago I discovered my husband’s affair. Eventually he cut-off contact with the other woman and we tried to reconcile. And we did pretty well at getting our life back on track — it was 100% but we were doing well. Then a month ago, I found out that he re-opened contact with this woman and went to visit her and spent the weekend with her. This has opened up all the hurt and pain again. My husband says he loves me (he said at one time that he also loved her) and that he’s confused. He went to see her because he needed to “face his deamons”. Ultimately, he says that what he wants is to not be confused and be in our marriage, fully committed. He has started personal counselling. My question is, how effective are the steps you mention if my husband stays in contact with the other woman. How imperative is it that all contact is severed? (The other woman lives in another state so contact is only through phone). I would like to try to re-store my marriage but should I put my foot down and say that the only way I will work to re-build intimacy is if he stops all contact. Would very much appreciate your thoughts and guidance on this!

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    • Lauren, That must be devastating for you that he contacted her again. I can see how that opened up all the hurt again, definitely. Fortunately, this is all fixable with the Intimacy Skills, even if he is in contact with her. We have a saying around here: A wife with Intimacy Skills trumps a mistress every day of the week and twice on Sundays. You have the power to put your family back together and make your marriage amazing again. I’d love to see you get support with implementing them. I invite you to apply for a complimentary discovery call to see if working with one of my coaches might be right for you. You can do that here:
      https://lauradoyle.org/marriage-relationship-coaching/

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  74. My husband and I have been together 10 years and married for 6 years. We have a 9 year old daughter and a 3.5 month old baby. Over the summer my husband and daughter went to an amusement park while I was working. My daughter met a girl and boy who she went on rides with all day. My husband exchanged numbers with the mother so the kids could possibly meet up again if they went back. They were honest with me and told me about their new friends. My husband and the woman became friends on Facebook as well. My husband and I don’t have a perfect marriage but I wasn’t aware of any major issues. We made an offer on a house at the end of August, our baby was born in early September and we closed on our house in mid October. At the end of November my husband brought some bags in from his car and when I went through them, one had an empty box of 12 condoms in it with 3 empty wrappers in the bottom of the bag. Of course I flipped out and told him to leave. He told me our marriage has been over for years and we don’t love each other and we’ve only been together for our kids. These are all things I was not aware of. I love my husband and never imagined myself with anyone else for the rest of my life. I got paper phone bills and found that he’s been talking to the mom from the amusement park for hours on the phone every night. She lives an hour and a half from us but my husband would always say he was staying at his mom’s on weekends doing painting and things for her new house. I can see from the phone bill that he will go see this person on a Friday or Saturday night from about 8pm to 2am but doesn’t seem to sleep over. It upsets me more that they spend hours on the phone a night. I also wasnt able to see her on Facebook but my sister and friends could. This means she had me blocked ahead of time so I wouldn’t see her. I know she knew about me. I’m guessing from the call log they started sleeping together in mid August when I was over 8 months pregnant. When our baby girl was born my husband told everyone we were going to try for a boy next time. There was never an indication that he wanted to leave. He has been moved out of the house for 3 weeks and continues to see and talk to her. He said he is 100%sure he wants a divorce but I don’t. I just don’t understand why he would buy a house with me and not tell me. Why did I have to find out myself. If he’s so done with us and in love with her, why didn’t he tell me and go be with her? He helps me with the house and kids by watching them and doing improvements we had planned on for the house but it’s very painful for me to see him frequently and know his heart is with someone else. I sacrifice so much for our family. I worked 40-50 hours a week on my feet dieing my entire pregnancy so I could stay home with my family once she was born. I’m completely heartbroken and empty right now and it hurts more that he is happy and having fun without me and the children.

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    • Jill, What a terrible thing to discover when you’ve just had a baby and bought a house! Ugh. Sounds incredibly heartbreaking. I’m sorry you’re going through this. But there’s hope that you can make your marriage better than it’s been in a long time. I have a community of women who are saving their marriages from situations like yours and supporting each other in the process using The Six Intimacy Skills with the help of a private coach. You can apply for a complimentary discovery call to see if joining our group is right for you. You can do that here:
      https://lauradoyle.org/marriage-relationship-coaching/

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  75. Laura, I’ve just found your website as I’m desperately looking for hope for my situation.

    I found out just before Christmas that my husband has been having an affair with someone I know a little bit but not well. He said it was about 3 months and that he loves her and she loves him and they wanted to be together. I told him to leave if that was the case, which suprised him. We have 2 foster children and he wanted to be home for Christmas to give them a great Christmas. I agreed on the condition that he had no contact with her in that time and that he slept in our bed as I would be trying to win him back. He agreed to all this. On Christmas Day he was getting really anxious that he didn’t know if she was ok so I allowed him to text her and he got no response. Then just before he was leaving after Christmas I allowed him to call her and she had basically buried her head in the sand, hadn’t told anyone she was seeing him etc. She gave him the run around and he went and talked to her and it was all sorted and they were moving on with the relationship. He left just after New Year but the following day she had ended it as she couldn’t stand the guilt. He came home and we tried again. After a couple of weeks, though, he says he loves me but not like he should and he wanted to leave the marriage. I always knew he would contact her again and he did. They agreed to try again but the day after he left home last weekend (again) she was messing him about (again). I was unaware of all this but was getting texts from him saying he did still love me and had never meant to hurt me and thanking me for not giving up on him. Apparently he then gave her an ultimatum and she is now totally committed to the relationship. We still have contact cos of the kids as he will look after them while I’m working and he wants to remain friends with me. He has said that these are non-negotiable and would end their relationship if she put up a fight. I love my husband to bits and wasn’t aware we had problems, although my focus did go towards the kids a bit too much. I’m sure he loves me and so are other people as if they have seen us together in the last 6 weeks and didn’t know the situation they thought we were totally in love and really happy. The kids have no clue about all this and think he is working away. There is no talk of divorce and, although he has taken his wedding ring off he has put it on his other hand. I really think he is in the midst of some sort of emotional problem and I really want to save our marriage.

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    • Dee, This is such a heartbreaking situation you’re in. I’m sorry you’re going through this. What a shock, right? I hear your desire to save your marriage in spite of this situation, and I admire that commitment to your family! You can save your marriage and make it even better than it’s been for a while. I hear lots of good signs in this post. You just need to 6 Intimacy Skills, and given the current crisis I would recommend a coach also. I lay out The Six Intimacy Skills in the book/audiobook The Empowered Wife, and you can read a free chapter of it here:
      radoyle.org/first-kill-all-the-marriage-counselors/
      If it resonates with you, I encourage you to apply for a complimentary discovery call to see if working with one of my coaches would be right for you. You can do that here:
      https://lauradoyle.org/marriage-relationship-coaching/

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  76. Hi Laura
    I’ve been married for 2 years now.. but my husband has now decided to get divorce. We live separately and also he refuses to take my calls or even to see me. I miss him I want to go back to him. Moreover, my in-laws too want the same. They are doing their every possible move for me not to talk to him. How can I get back to him he is so adamant.. also, he loves listens more to his family.. plz help me how to get back to him..

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    • Prachi, I’m so sorry to hear about your separation and the difficulties of communicating with your husband. Sounds painful and frustrating! I’d love to see you get your hands on the Six Intimacy Skills and then get a coach to help you revitalize your marriage and attract your husband back to you. Even though it seems impossible now, there is still hope. I invite you to attend my free webinar, How to Get Respect, Reconnect and Rev Up Your Love Life, which you can register for here:
      https://lauradoyle.org/swewtraining/

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  77. Hie Laura, av been married for 5yrs and the problem in my marriage is financial issues, everytime I suggest on money issues it’s a problem even my own salary, i don’t have a kid and he has one with one of her girlfriend he is 5 months now, it’s difficult for me bcoz he send money to the mother secretly and meet the girl,we are still 2getha how can be a surrendered wife, plz help

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    • Tendai, That does sound incredibly difficult! I’m sorry to hear that’s what you’re going through. I wouldn’t like that either, however, there’s a reason he’s still with his wife and not his baby mama. I’d love to see you get your hands on the 6 Intimacy Skills and see what’s possible for your relationship. You can read about or listen to them in the book/audiobook The Empowered Wife. There’s a free chapter posted here:
      https://lauradoyle.org/first-kill-all-the-marriage-counselors/

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  78. Hi Laura,

    I Loved your 14 ways to get your husband back. My husband of 12 years wants to separate to find his happiness. He know nothing is wrong with our marriage but he is just not happy. I am so devastated and heart broken and don’t know what to do…

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    • Heartbroken, I’m sorry to hear you’re going through such a difficult situation in your marriage. I know it seems very dark right now, but I also know that you as the wife have so much power to make this marriage great again. It’s not too late. I would love to see you get your hands on the Six Intimacy Skills, which I spell out step-by-step in my book/audiobook The Empowered Wife. You can read a free chapter here:
      http://getcherished.com

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          • Thank you Laura. He moved out today and he had asked me to bring the kids to his place to show them around and where he will be living. We came home and all the children started to sob and I ended up crying all night. I don’t know where to start. I think he wants the relationship to be amicable so we could have family dinner time to time and see me time to time but I am afraid that if I keep it too easy for him to have us over whenever he needs to see us or let him drop by my place when he wants to drop in to see the kids that he might get too comfortable about being separated and it may become a long term and on the other hand I don’t want to restrict him too much because I don’t want him becoming too distant and ends up leaving long term…

            Do I need to buy the audio book or is it same book as The Empowered Wife..

            Thank you so much for being so supportive.

          • Heartbroken, I know it can be tricky to navigate this. See if the book (same as the audiobook) resonates with you. I’m positive you can save your marriage and make it great again from what you’ve shared. When you’re ready, I invite you to apply for a complimentary discovery call to see if working with one of my coaches is right for you. You can do that here:
            https://lauradoyle.org/marriage-relationship-coaching/

          • Heartbroken, Either one will be great, but I’m leaning toward The Empowered Wife for you. You can read free chapters of each if you click on the books heading on this website.

  79. So, I’m reading your book The Empowered Wife and am about half way through. My husband had a 6 month affair. It’s been over for 6 months and we’ve been in counseling and ibmve been doing lots of reading on affair recovery. Haven’t been very successful as he has moved out for a week or so. So, I definitely have a problem with being controlling. He calls it manipulative and passive aggressive.
    I’ve just been trying to fix the marriage. I know he still loves me, but he is emotionally not available to me anymore. His eyes seem empty? He also has a serious problem with anxiety, having panic attacks, yelling at people he works with. Etc. he is losing it. He tends to be the saver, tidy, a little OCD. In other words, our roles are a little reversed. E says he doesn’t know what’s wrong with him. He says he has nothing to give.
    For the last couple of days when I’ve seen for a few minutes when he picks up the kids or something, I’ve tried to be chipper, respectful, positive, smiling. I want my marriage to work! These seem like good principles for marriage. I truly want to be respectfu! But sometimes I think I may be disrespectful and I don’t realize it!?! I only have a few minutes i am here and there to try to do these things. I can call him or text him. But I also don’t want him to feel pressure if I am pursuing him??? I don’t want to push him away any farther.

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    • Braveenough, I love your commitment to your marriage and your willingness to look at what you can do to bring back the connection even while you’re in this very painful situation. You are brave! I admire that. You can definitely save your marriage, but I would love to see you have support. My wish for you would be to have a private coach to walk you through the steps to reconnecting and making your relationship magical again. You’ve got the right information, you have the commitment and the courage and now you just need a guide. You have the power to make your marriage work better than it has in a long time.
      I invite you to apply for a complimentary discovery call here:
      https://lauradoyle.org/marriage-relationship-coaching/

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  80. Maybe u can give me some insight.
    I don’t know anymore.
    My husband left in August for the OW.
    Since then he has been calling and texting me. Hidding it from the OW.
    He also talked to me about them. Like they are having problems. Since he’s been with her he changed into a arrogant and selfish man. Also lots of anger.
    When we talk he said he is hoping to get somewhere and he is hoping that the hurt and cheating was worth it. Not that it is just hoping.
    He still doesn’t want to talk divorce saying he is not ready and that he need to get to safe ground with ow before we can talk.
    He also like I said texts me and hidding it.
    In those texts he call me his best friend and soulmate. That he can’t let me say goodbye because I mean a lot to him and something will be missing in him. That he would be lost without me in his life.
    Any ideas what that mean?
    Now he also over use the word friend.
    U r my friend. That what friend do. Etc….is he trying to convince himself that it all I am???
    He also still lies to ow or hid other things.
    For example we do have a daughter and he came to see one evening but didnt tell ow. When I ask why he said because she is in a bad mood and would lead to a argument??
    Same on Sunday when he come to pick up daughter we talked and he always hid or come up with a lies to her as what took him so long.

    Please help I am at lost. He always portrait her as jealous and insecure to me why??
    He also said that at some time he feel like he can’t come see daughter because I am there and ow won’t like it.

    I need help
    My daughter is suffering. And I am really confused as the why of all this.
    And yes i wonder if they will last??

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    • Lex, The whole thing sounds incredibly confusing and painful, but I think you’re intuition is telling you that they won’t last as a couple and I completely agree! She clearly does not have Intimacy Skills or she would not have picked someone else’s husband to have a relationship with. A wife with Intimacy Skills trumps a mistress every day of the week and twice on Saturday. Your husband is not at his best right now, that’s for sure. But people need love the most when they deserve it the least. I hear you wanting to save your family and I admire your courage and commitment even with his big betrayal. This can be the breakdown before the breakthrough to revitalizing your relationship and making it better than ever. I know an amazing group of women doing the same thing, and you would fit right in. I invite you to apply for a complimentary discovery call to see if working with one of my coaches would be right for you. I’d love to see you get some support. You can do that here:
      https://lauradoyle.org/marriage-relationship-coaching/

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  81. Thanks Laura

    I do ask myself if our marriage can be saved and if I will ever be able to trust him.
    As for confusing well it is. I wonder if he knows what he want.

    He did say to me that he can’t come and see our daughter swimming when I am there because the OW made him feel uncomfortable to do so at the beginning. I told him if that the kind of woman he want not only in his life but our daughter life.
    Now he saying he is fighting that feeling of uncomfort. Told him it shouldn’t be there inevitable the first place. Because of the way she made him feel at the beginning it’s in printed in him.
    Anyway because of the way thing has been between them they went out to talk yesterday. Then he texts me to say his lies are her big problem.
    So I ask if he told her about him texting me,thinking that would have been a good time to tell her, and he said no he didn’t and he will carry on texting and hidding it.
    Saying that she also hidding the fact she been contacting me.
    I did told him she did not what she said. He said he didn’t know nothing about it.
    Now one could ask what kind of relationship they have if they hid things and still lie. Or why would he still do that???
    Is he trying to convince himself he did the right thing?
    I also pointed out that since he’s been with her he hardly if at all see his friends and family. I have more contact with his dad and brother than he does.
    I also said he change to a arrogant and selfish person. To which he reply he is trying to be him again.
    I don’t know why he still want me in is life. I don’t understand why he said he would be lost without me in it. Or why he call me his best friend and soulmate. I always thought were words you say to a partner.
    As for her when she texts it’s because she got a feeling he lied to her and try to find out the truth. Told her not to involve me and why should I help her to save her relationship,her words, with my husband? To which she reply that I should move on. What is she trying to do by involving me???

    Anyway when they got back and she went for shower he started texting me again. J don’t understand why.

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    • Lex, It definitely is confusing behavior! But once you get your hands on the Six Intimacy Skills you’ll be able to make sense of it and revitalize your marriage. The OW is definitely going to do herself in with that kind of control! And that’s the outcome I’m standing for–to see your family restored and for her to be the one to move on. You have more power than you realize to make that happen. We’re here to support you in that outcome.

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  82. Laura, my husband and I have been married for almost 13 years, together for almost 19. Last year I found out he was having an affair with a coworker and it just about killed me. During this time I realized he is having a midlife crisis and he decided to get sober as he is an alcoholic. I decided to stand by him through it all. There’s been so much back and forth with him leaving to his parents, coming back and then going again. He stopped seeing her for a while but just 2 weeks ago I found them at a hotel together and I lost it completely. Went home threw his things on the front lawn and he said so when do you want me to sign the divorce papers. That’s just it though, I don’t want a divorce. I love him and through this have realized that there are so many things I have done wrong in our relationship. I did your free webinar and bought your book The Surrendered Wife last night and it has opened my eyes to so much. I want our marriage to be healthy and happy. I want to work through all of this but since throwing his things out I have not responded to his texts or calls. His first text was the I’m so sorry you didn’t deserve any of this. I don’t know if I can ever make it right. Then I went away for a couple of days and he put a tracker on my phone because I wouldn’t answer his calls. He texted and told me to drive home safely because he does care even if I don’t think so. Finally I decided I wanted my house keys and extra car key back from him, I was still in anger mode. I asked his mom to please relay the message and he wouldn’t do anything until I talked or texted him. So I sent an angry text telling him to give me my keys back. He said I could have the house keys but he wouldn’t give my extra car key back until he changed the ownership of it to my name. I don’t understand why. Also, he’s still seeing this other woman. Has gotten them a hotel room for the past two weekends. This is killing me. I don’t know what to do. I want to put your advice to use but we haven’t spoken since the last angry texts and I don’t know what I’m supposed to do anymore. I want our marriage back, I want my husband back, not the person he has become through this midlife crisis affair. I take full responsibility for my mistakes in our marriage. I understand why he did what he did but now let’s fix it. Just how though? I signed up for the call already and am hoping to hear from someone soon. I need to know if I should contact him or wait for him to contact me. I don’t know how to navigate any of this. It still feels like a bad dream!!! Help please!

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    • Jennifer, I can see why you feel like you’re in a bad dream that you just want to wake up from, and it sounds like you are having the breakdown before the breakthrough. I know it’s painful and heartbreaking to be in this situation, but you can turn it all around and make your marriage healthy and happy again. I can relate to feeling like I had my eyes opened when I learned what I know now about nurturing an intimate relationship. If I can turn my marriage around with the Intimacy Skills, and thousands of women all over the world can too, then why not you? I’d love for you to get support, which was crucial for me. I invite you to apply for a complimentary discovery call to see if working with one of my coaches is right for you. You can do that here:
      https://lauradoyle.org/marriage-relationship-coaching/

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  83. Hi, me and my husband have been together for 25 years and married for 14 years. 3 weeks back during a fight he indicated it is over. Take note we did fight a lot. I always accused him of cheating whilst knowing he is not. We also have a long history of problems during our school years. We have 2 girls 5 and 13. I have been a total mess these past 3 weeks by crying, begging, apologising and all the wrong stuff. He is sleeping in the tv room and does not come home after work. I have tried to seduce him but he refuse saying he feels nothing for me. He indicated that i kept him from living his life and killed him emotionally. I am desperate as i love him truely and do not want to loose him. Please help.

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    • Annette, I’m sorry to hear about the stressful situation you’re in with your husband. I hear that you want to save your relationship and I admire that you’re so committed and that you came here for help. I’m confident that you can revitalize your marriage and make it better than it’s been for a long time! We are here to support you in getting loved and cherished and adored! I know that may sound crazy right now, but it’s very possible for you from what you’ve shared with me here. I’m not sure if you have the Six Intimacy Skills yet, but if not, that’s the first thing to do. Get your hands on the book, The Empowered Wife, which lays them out step-by-step. You can read a free chapter here:
      http://getcherished.com/

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  84. Hi Laura

    I hope you have some advice for me. I will try and make a long story short.
    In separated from my husband almost 5 years ago. During the beginning he tried very hard to get me to take him back. We have an 11 year old daughter
     I refused to take him back because the reaso8that we separated were still there and he was doing nothing to change. Then he started seeing someone. I was not aware. Then I started noticing chang9in him so naturally I started falling in love again.  We began being intimate once again. It was then he told me that he was seeing skme9and it was getting serious. He was confuses and didn’t know what to do. He eventually owed on with her. During the whole year of their relationship our intimacy didn’t stop and then I got pregnant. He told her and she kicked him out. He came back home and me and my daughter were over the moon happy. We were a family. He was hole for 3 months and then the girlfriend was contacting him and they got back together. She has many restrictions on him. He can’t come to my house without his brother other mother because she doesn’t trust us alone. I have a 4 month old and an 11 year old that he barely sees. He calls me everyday in secret. He knows I love him. He knows I want my husband back. I truly don’t forsee that relationship lasting a lifetime and I know that my husband and I will eventually have our happily ever after. But I would like to know what your opinion is. He has told me to move on and date. He doesn’t want me to but he said that it would make me lesa sad. I told him that though I may be sad I don’t cry everyday anymore. I am happy
     I have my days…sure. But I am learning to let go because I know that his future is with me and the kids.

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    • Nat, I’m impressed with your amazing commitment and courage to stand for your relationship in such a challenging situation! I agree completely–his future is with you, his wife, and the kids! No question. A wife with Intimacy Skills trumps a mistress every day of the week and twice on Sundays. She sounds VERY controlling! And we know that gets old fast, especially when your real life with your wife and kids is waiting for you. Congratulations on finding your happiness despite the circumstances, and bringing your conviction and patience. I’d love to see you get some support. I invite you to apply for a complimentary discovery call to see about working with a coach. You can do that here:
      https://lauradoyle.org/marriage-relationship-coaching/

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  85. Hi, my husband and I separated at the end of Nov last year. 3 weeks later I find out he’s with someone else and spent Christmas with her. I knew about her before but he said he didn’t have feelings for anyone else which was a lie. I saw a message from her on his Fitbit saying telling him that she was awesome and he’d be lucky to have her! I was devastated and was in a very dark place and then in the new year I realised I had to make myself happy. I’d given all my time, love and energy to my husband and totally neglected myself. He was everything to me. He said he just didn’t feel the same way about me anymore and he hated how I would never talk to him about how I was feeling. I realise now that this must’ve been very hard for him as it showed a lack of respect on my part. I wasn’t the innocent party in this separation at all but the way he treated me when he left was horrible. I didn’t recognise the man I married at all. I didn’t communicate with him whilst I got myself happy, purely for selfish reasons and I’m pleased to say I’m nearly there. I’ve just got my own place, lost 35 pounds and feel like I’m finally getting back on track. My husband got back in contact with me last week as he found out about my father being very unwell. We were messaging each other, laughing at each other’s jokes and he sent a couple of pictures of himself (normal pictures) which I thought was strange as I hadn’t asked for any. He told me he’s lost a bit of weight too. I know he is still seeing this other girl and is planning to go to Australia with her at the end of the year. This upsets me very much as we had a holiday to Florida booked this year but cancelled it because we’d separated. I want my husband back. I want us to go back to how we were before I was depressed – I married him because I knew he was the man I wanted to spend the rest of my life with and I still believe we can. I have your book, First Kill All Marriage Councellors and I am teaching myself the Intimacy Skills. The other girl is a lot younger than me so I feel like I’ve got competition but I miss my husband terribly and need him more than ever with my father being ill. Do you think I could get this to work? Sorry I’ve really rambled on ?

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    • Erica, It feels awful to be lied to like that and then to have him be with another woman, and a younger one to boot! Devastating. I love that you naturally did the first Intimacy Skill of making yourself happy in response. You can absolutely save your marriage and make it monogamous again. Sounds like your husband may already be realizing he made a mistake in leaving you. It helps so much to be part of a community of women who are on the same path. I’d love to see you have that support. I invite you to start with this free webinar on How to Get Respect, Reconnect and Rev Up Your Love Life:
      https://lauradoyle.org/swewtraining/

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      • Thank you for replying Laura ? I didn’t really know what to do when it all happened but I came across your book and website, both of which are helping more and more with every step I take.
        I have good days and bad days – seeing pictures on social media of them together so happy and in love is heartbreaking. It feels like a kick in the teeth and that he’s saying ‘ha ha – this is how it should be!’ That’s the relationship I should be having with my husband, not her!
        I think he still wants me to want him, even though he’s with someone else. I’m still very close with his family too and his mother always gets emotional whenever she says goodbye to me which is upsetting for us both.
        I’m trying to work out a way to get to your Cherished For Life weekend as well, even though I live in the U.K. so fingers crossed!

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        • Erica, I admire your courage and commitment to do what’s in your power to revitalize your marriage despite the pain you’re in! I’ve found that it’s been so worth it to take this journey. I hope we get to meet in person at the Cherished for Life Weekend.

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          • Hello Laura,
            My husband has now asked for a divorce and I really don’t know what to do. He said he will sort it and pay for it. I’ve told him I don’t want any of this but he just comes back and says that he didn’t make me happy and that I deserve someone better than him. Who is he to decide that? He made me happy – I just wasn’t happy with myself and didn’t want to go out or do anything. I met up with him a couple of weeks ago and all my feelings came flooding back. He really doesn’t seem happy at all but it could be because he was talking to me and not his girlfriend. Am I really wasting my time with all of this?

          • Erica, I’m sorry to hear that your husband is asking for divorce and seeing another woman. Ouch. My heart goes out to you. I acknowledge you for your awareness and reconnecting with your feelings and especially for your commitment to stay married. I admire your courage and vulnerability in reaching out for support. I remember wondering whether I was wasting time making an effort with my husband. I’m so glad I persevered and found the 6 Intimacy Skills so I could start making an effort that actually worked. The Intimacy Skills saved my marriage and made it passionate and playful. I want that for you too, and I know it’s waiting for you! I have a free webinar coming up that you will find so valuable. It’s called How to Get Respect, Reconnect and Rev Up Your Love Life. You can register for it at https://lauradoyle.org/swewtraining/

  86. Whaaaa? Really? This is insane. Sorry, Laura Doyle. Sounds like your advice came out of the 1950’s Betty Crocker Good Wife Guide. Ugh!

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  87. Hi!

    My husband of 10 years resently left me for an other woman. We have two children, a boy 7 years old, and a girl 1 year old. He says that he has thought of leaving me for several years, and that he has never been passionately in love with me. He says that he has only loved me as a friend for years. We have had our share of problems, especially in our sexlife. But I thought that the love between us was strong and real. I am so hurt, and I feel like our entire life together has been a lie. Why would he want to have a second child with me, if he didn’t love me?? Our daughter was only 8 months old when he told me he was in love with another woman.

    Is there any chance to win him back or should I just move on?

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    • Debora, I hear that what you’re going through is so painful. There is absolutely hope of winning him back. In fact, this could be the breakdown before the breakthrough. I have a free webinar that you will find so valuable. It’s called How to Get Respect, Reconnect and Rev Up Your Love Life. You can register for it here: https://lauradoyle.org/swewtraining/. You are not alone, Debora. You can do this!

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  88. Hi There,

    Me and My husband have been married for 8 months together for 2 years. I have a son from a pervious relationship ( very abusive ) ( never had any counselling either to deal with the pas ) When I met my husband I was really happy. Before our wedding i had two outburst of anger, not really remember what have happened. only bits, Alcohol was involved. However we got married and moved to new city. everything was ok. at the beginning , I had little anger outburst due to financial trouble and my husband was going out / i would then try to stop him. Around October last year I started feeling very low. I have been drinking more and more .Once even to the point I have lost my consciousness.I have noticed my husband changed as well, we started distancing ourself from each other. Him more than me. During Xmas we were even thinking of having a baby. but later after new year my husband decided he doesn’t want to have kids any more. then we I started feeling lower and lower. Eventually after my birthday in February at the beginning of my husband said he doesn’t want to be with me anymore. But we tried to give it a go for a month. During that time my sister came to visit. We went out for food and had few drinks not much. We got home and I told my sister that I am very low , going to the dr but not feeling like I get up in the morning. My sister Said as she usually do ‘pick your **** together ‘ This was the last think I wanted to hear , and we had a row. Which end you with me losing my ****. I was in a complete melt down. shouting. I really felt like hurting myself. after that my husband left. He is saying that he can’t live in abusive relationship. He has been gone 3 weeks now, he says he doesn’t love me. That he loves my son and wants to be in his life. I realised that something is wrong with me, My husband says that is almost like I am taking all my past anger on him. that I am a bully. He say that at night I would look at him, or kick him while I was a sleep. Or wake up and just look at him. I don’t remember that.He say he will help me with the therapy but we won’t be together on the other side of this. That he is afraid of my another outburst. I feel really depressed and regretful. I feel sorry for what I have done , did I turn to be and abuser ? did my past abusive relationship changed me to one ? how can I over come this , and get my husband back , who says he hasn’t got trust for me and there is no chance for us, is there a way for me to get him back? I am seeking professional help to find out what is with me, I am hoping this is just temporary. But I really hate myself now and Really want my husband to forgive me , start trusting me again, and fall back in love with me again. How can I fix this mess ??

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    • Urszula, my heart goes out to you when I hear how you have been hurting. I admire you for being so accountable. I remember how it felt to lose my dignity because of how I was behaving. I love that you have a clear vision of what you want and I can’t wait for you to get there! You can have your husband fall in love with you again, like I did. I know that I could not turn my marriage around alone. I would love to see you get support too. I invite you to apply for a complimentary discovery call to see if working with a coach would fit for you. You can apply here: https://lauradoyle.org/marriage-relationship-coaching.

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  89. Hi, please help me!
    My husband decided he wanted a divorce and shocked me with the filling. He closed every possible doors for communication, he stayed out of the house and slept at his work place even at nights, he wouldn’t answer my calls/texts or would respond with lots of anger. I wanted to avoid divorce, but the more I begged, the less it helped. I ended up not responding to divorce and had the case enter default judjment. I couldn’t believe that he would go through with it all the way, but he did. The whole process took 8 months, now we are divorced for 5 months.
    Right after it was finilized, when I was thinking of new strategies to have him back, someone came forward and said my husband has been seeing a woman for couple of months and they are together. I was devastated, each time when I asked him before, he got mad and said “no” and I believed him. I confronted him, first he denied but finally he admitted, I was so mad being betrayed and manipulated. I missed him every single day, and I focused on myself and short commings, crying to sleep while he was enjoying his time with a woman that has no moral ( she is not yet divorced, and when they dated my husband was married)
    he never showed that he missed me, what he remembers from 5 years of marriage is only the negative parts. I recently got a text that he is sorry for his shotcomings and regrets them now. I offered to start anew and get to know one another again, but he refused. He said it expired, it’s dead. He claimed he has no true love or genuine feelings for me, he “had” it in the past.
    I truely love and miss him with all my heart, not say how it hurts me everyday when I remember I have no chance.

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    • Shay, that is devastating. Thank you for your beautiful vulnerability in sharing your hurt. Yes, you can get your husband back using the Six Intimacy Skills. In my experience working with women whose husbands come back from such situations, you too can start anew and be cherished, desired and adored. I invite you to apply for a complimentary discovery call to explore how getting support from a coach would help you do that. Here is the application: https://lauradoyle.org/marriage-relationship-coaching. You can do this!

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  90. OMG it’s working!!!!!

    Laura,
    By the grace of God, your books, and another wonderful marriage blog, my husband and I are staying together after his affair. I was so devastated and hurt. I could not eat, could not sleep….. I thought he wanted a divorce. (That’s my female brain jumping to conclusions). The first couple of nights after finding everything out, I was demanding for details, and basically yelled and screamed at him – it was ugly. The next day, I came home from work early and our kids were not home. I just told him I loved him, that yelling at him was pointless, that I wanted to be on his side. I said “what happened to us?”, with the clear explanation that I knew something was gravely wrong in our marriage prior to the affair. We both talked and cried, turns out he actually did not want to split up, he just didn’t know how to get my attention. I have had serious control issues, and some depression and low self-esteem. Seducing him? Looking hot? Not nagging? Are you kidding me, but I tried it. And it was scary as hell, but it works. We are 20 years in, almost 21. I don’t want a stale, boring marriage like we’ve been living for the past decade. I want a real relationship and I want to be cherished. So, I’m upping the respect for my man and it’s a go. Thank you for your perspectives, I hear and see myself in your writing in every way, it’s been very eye-opening. Thank you.

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    • Lori, thank you so much for sharing this amazing win and how you’re saving your marriage! I hear a lot of accountability and also admire your commitment to relinquishing control and showing respect. I love how you’ve gotten in touch with your desire for a real relationship so it can be better than ever!

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  91. I’ve been seperated almost a yr from my husband. today I felt what’s the point he’s already seeing other women and one has his interest. but after reading this I feel hopeful. I can’t let 13 years go down the drain without a fight and you’re right he’s my husband not theirs. thanks again

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    • Dee, it sounds like you have been through such pain and hopelessness this past year. I acknowledge you for regaining hope for saving your marriage! If you’re still married, then YOU are still the wife, and a wife with Intimacy Skills trumps a mistress any day! I’d love to see you get support, which would make a huge difference. You could start by attending the Cherished for Life Weekend in New Jersey coming up on the 28th. I have witnessed so many miracles in situations like yours, and you’ll hear some of the miracle stories there. If they can do it, you can too! Why not take the leap? You can get details here: http://cherishedforlife.com

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  92. Dear Laura,

    I want to thank you for helping me change my marriage from falling apart to the way it is now. I’m so lucky to find your books and your blog. In the first year of my marriage, because of my controlling and always angry attitude (what a freak i was), my husband had an emotional affair and told me he wanted a divorce. Then all that anger and control freakness turned to sadness and vulnerability. I asked him to wait for a couple of months and lets see how it’s gonna turn out. In the meantime, i bumped into your books online (thank you god) and read them, seeing how big of a freak i was. It was so hard to endure the pain of being cheated on, so whenever I felt tired of it, I wrote under this blog, seeking support, and you or your fellow coaches always answered. It’s been almost 2 years since the breakdown, and now we have one of the most stable, peaceful and loving relationship among all the couples i know. I had a surgery lately, and he has been taking care of me, doing all the work at home, saying he loves me and kissing me all the time. We are just like when we first started dating. I never imagined we would be like this after 5 years of being together. Thank you again for making my life so good!

    Bahar

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  93. Hi Laura,
    12 days ago my husband said he was done with me. Said he has been unhappy and loves me but isn’t in love with me. We are still living together but he sleeps in the basement by his choice. I’ve know he has been speaking to a coworker and hanging out with them. 2 days later he finally confessed he’s been sleeping with her for weeks and wasn’t debating not even telling me. We have been together 11 years and married almost 3 in June and we have 2 children 7 & 3. 3 days ago took his wedding ring off which was a hit to the heart. He is still sleeping with this girl who he says he didn’t even want to be with. He told me lastnight I could make dinner and he would watch a show I suggested together as friends. I am absolutely crushed. There are days I feel hopeless and days I feel confident. Is there still hope I can get my husband back and bring those feelings of love back? I am at a loss regardless of how happy I’ve looked to him the past few days.

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    • Ashley, I’m so sorry to hear that your husband has been unfaithful and is calling it quits. That is heartbreaking. I once felt hopeless in my marriage too. The 6 Intimacy Skills have turned that around to give me the playful, passionate relationship I have today. There is absolutely hope for you! I have no doubt you can get your husband back and have an even stronger marriage than before. I would love to see you get some support to help you do that. I have a free webinar coming up called How to Get Respect, Reconnect and Rev Up Your Love Life. You can register for it here: https://lauradoyle.org/swewtraining/

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  94. Hi ladies,
    It feels like my life is absolutely ruined. I married my husband on 3Rd September 2016, after a three year relationship. last Monday he woke up hugged me and told me he doesn’t love me anymore, but he promised to try and make things work. On the following day he was certain there were no feelings left. So bizarre as there were no indications at all, very happy and full of love couple.He was even telling me a few days prior to the conversation that my ovulation is due and we need to try again for a baby. For the past year he’s been suffering with anxiety and I am not sure if his feelings have something to deal with it or the anxiety messed up his feelings. He’s always been an achiever and chased goals and although he is only 26 yo he has achieved a lot. My heart hurts wen I hear him say there is no hope and even if later he realised that he’s made a mistake he won’t come back as he broke my heart. I am pretty desperate and really need a piece of advice.
    Thank you!

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    • Adi, what a shock to hear this announcement without warning. I’m so sorry for the hurt you’re going through. I admire your vulnerability and courage in sharing this and reaching out for support. My husband has a psychological disorder too, so I know that can come with extra challenges. I started practicing the 6 Intimacy Skills anyway and, to my surprise, he turned back into the man who had wooed me. I know that is possible for you too! I have a free webinar coming up that will give you tools to save your marriage. It’s called How to Get Respect, Reconnect and Rev Up Your Love Life. You can register for it at https://lauradoyle.org/swewtraining/

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  95. Hey. I’ve been with my husband 7 years, 4 years married. We have a beautiful 4 year old who was born 3 months early but perfect now, and I’m 19 weeks pregnant with our 2nd. I took him for granted, always thinking he’d be here but he found someone else. I asked him to leave 2 weeks ago because I couldn’t stand the emotional affair he was having with a co worker. And as soon as I did that, he moved to his dad’s place, until he gets out of jail, moved her in and started a physical affair. I want him back so badly I can’t stand it. I cannot move on. I want to be happy but it’s so hard. Idk if any of these steps will help me get him back. She’s using low blows on Facebook and I can’t make myself stop looking at her crap. I want her gone. He says she loves her. Loves me but not in live with me. It’s going to be his responsibility to help me during the end of the pregnancy but idk if u can hold on that long to hope he comes home. This girl has an extremely bad reputation and doesn’t have custody of her child. I think she’s using jim for a place to stay and he likes the freedom of being on his own, at his old home place where he wants to be, with this girl who has nothing holding her back who works the same shift hours, and doing what he wants. I hope he gets this **** out of his system this summer and comes home.

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    • Oh Heather, I’m so sorry to hear you’re going through this pain, especially during the otherwise joyous time of your pregnancy. Your vulnerability is beautiful. I admire you for reaching out for support here. In my experience working with thousands of women, a wife with the Intimacy Skills trumps a mistress any day. With your commitment and willingness, I know you can get him back. I’d love to empower you with tools not only to save your marriage but to make it better than ever. I invite you to my upcoming free webinar: How to Get Respect, Reconnect and Rev Up Your Love Life. You can register for it at https://lauradoyle.org/swewtraining/

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    • Adi, thank you for your question. I’d love to have you at my upcoming complimentary webinar because I address how to renew intimacy with your man when he’s left. You can register for How to Get Respect, Reconnect and Rev Up Your Love Life at https://lauradoyle.org/swewtraining/. Hope to see you there!

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  96. Hi Laura, my husband separated from me 6 months ago and we live in a different countryside each other and we’re living like that for a year before the split. 4 children who are with me. He calls me every day. He is seeing a younger woman. I want him back even though my friends say I shouldn’t bother. He told me it was because he enjoyed living alone which I am really angry about as a) wouldn’t we all, b) what about the commitment to his children and c) why is he with someone else who I’m told is ” likely ” to move in.
    Am I wasting my time????

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    • Sarah, that sounds so painful, and I’m in awe of your vulnerability and commitment to your marriage. The husband of one of my clients left to be with his mistress in another country. The wife continued practicing the 6 Intimacy Skills anyway. Within weeks, he came back to her and said, “I love you. I miss you. I’m sorry.” Based on my experience working with the many others whose husbands have left for another woman, a wife with the Intimacy Skills trumps a mistress any day. You are not alone. You are not wasting your time. You can get your husband back. I’ll tell you more in my upcoming free webinar, How to Get Respect, Reconnect and Rev Up Your Love Life. You can register for it here: https://lauradoyle.org/swewtraining/

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  97. Laura,

    Although I am not married, I have been with my spouse 11 years and have 2 young children together 6 & 9. Of the 11 years the last 4 have been very rocky, we have had 3 major break up and stopped living together 2 out of the 3 split ups. This last two happened in November 2016 which sent me moving back home and him staying behind in the current town where we lived previously (3hrs away). He works in the hospital down there and cant seem to get transfered up here. So he comes up on his days off which is 9 days working then 5 days off (every other week).We decided we would try to work it out (mostly me pushing for it) and he said he needed to rebuild from friends. I didnt see how we could start as friends or trying to be friends again, how do you only be friends with someone you love so much. I still agreed to it, only to find myself unhappy wanting more and pushing more which caused us to fight a lot which always led to him saying he didnt want to fight anymore and he was done and me apologizing and begging and crying for him to stay and just love me. He would eventually give in but nothing was resolved he seemed distance no affection or love just the occasional nights we would sleep with each other when he would come up. This last fight he said he cant take it anymore he’s done and he isnt changing his mind anymore, we arent good for each other and how we are only good for a while and it all blows up. We use to be so good with each other, inseparable, in sync, talked hours about nothing, cuddled on the couch together…it seems like such a lifetime ago that it was that way. I just want that back. He likes to tell me how people change and he isnt the same person anymore, that he loves me the best he can and im not happy with it, well of course not since I am aware of what he is capable of. He also likes to tell me how i have ruined everything he loved or loves to do and i complain and am never happy about anything so he no longer does anything with me or includes me. He wont let me redeem myself on any of it. I dont know what happen or where it all fell apart. There are other underlining issues such as me hanging out with an ex who actually enjoyed my company for a while and him hanging out with a co-worker at work who he felt connected with. I no longer hang out with ex and havent for some time and he no longer hangs with her since she is about to have a baby. No sexual relations was exchange on either side but still ruined the trust between us that was 4 years ago for me and his encounter was in October of 2016 right before our blow up in November which was partially why we split. So here I am again, about week and half ago he called it quits. I am scared this is for real this time. He doesnt want to talk about it anymore and he came and got the kids this last weekend and left and stayed at his relatives with the kids, he has never done that before. This time it feels different and permanent on his part. Help what do I do. I read some books by an outside author but im not sure about it and stumbled across your book the surendered wife. I am currently still reading that one. I will never stop loving him nor give up on him or our family or so I feel now. Is there any hope?
    LM

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    • Lori, I hear that you are scared. That sounds so painful. I still remember when my marriage felt hopeless and divorce seemed the only option. Practicing the 6 Intimacy Skills gave me back the playful, affectionate relationship we used to have when we were dating. You can get back to the way things used to be with your man too. I think your situation deserves a fuller discussion than my brief response here. I invite you to apply for a complimentary discovery call to see how you can get more support to save your relationship. You can apply here: https://lauradoyle.org/marriage-relationship-coaching.

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  98. Hello Laura,
    I wrote you about a week ago above. Update: the last day that he brought the kids home he did stay for dinner before he went back home. I did not bring up anything of the past or try to talk about our relationship.I watched your webinar yesterday that touched on what is written in your book the surrendered wife. I would Love, Love love to purchase that but am not in a position since im on unemployment currently and going to school full-time. But am trying to save for it. My ex calls me every day since the dinner to talk to the kids in the morning and then after will ask for me and talk to me, tell me about his night working at the hospital. I have not been saying much just listening, offering encouragement, giving comploments and saying thank you when the occasion calls for it. Before we split up this last time this is what we did. Im glad this portion is back. He will also text me occasionally during the day when he gets up and on his way to work at night (again like it was before we split up). He still keeps his distance in the way of flirting, being playful he won’t even try to hug me. I guess what I’m asking for is some advice if he’s just really trying to be my friend or civil for the kids or if he still cares and if there’s a chance.

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    • Lori, I’m hearing that there’s a strong chance of saving your marriage! Him staying for dinner, calling you and the kids daily, and texting you are great signs! It sounds like you’re doing an amazing job showing respect and expressing gratitude. I hear that it’s still hard to have hope. I once felt that my husband’s kindnesses were out of obligation. Since I started practicing the 6 Intimacy Skills, my relationship has become one of genuine playfulness and passion. I know that’s waiting for you too, especially given your commitment to learning the Skills! I hear that you would love to join the program and need a bit of time to do that. In the meantime, I invite you to watch my TV series Empowered Wives. It’s free if you’re an Amazon Prime member, or with a free 1-month trial of Prime, at https://goo.gl/iPPQZG. Check out episodes 6 (“Margee”) and 15 (“Rae”), both about women using the Skills to get their men back.

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  99. Laura,

    Thank you so much. I just finished your book surrendered wife. Im about to start reading empowered wife now. I am also going to check out those episodes to, Again thank you for your support and a listening ear.

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  100. Hello Laura,
    My situation is so much like yours, I wasn’t a good wife! I have always been a perfectionist and with OCD, you can imagine what life is like! My husband and I married for the first time in our late 40’s. I had been in different relationships my entire life, unlike my husband who had a few but never lasted more than a couple months. He was so different from anyone that I had met, and after awhile, I just felt like I had known from forever!
    After getting married, it was like a train wreck! Just started having problems immediately! We had bought a new home and there were problems and I concentrated on making it beautiful, painting, etc. Plus all the landscaping I did!! It’s beautiful but unfortunately, that wasn’t important to him.
    I have a disability and don’t work but he has a great job, and we have no money worries! I didn’t realize it at first, but my husband confided in his parents in everything!! His parents were come for a visit and I would see him leering at me, say mean things, etc. but my husband never defended me. As you can guess, this caused a lot of problems. Since marrying, I lost my brother, dad, aunt, and best friend next door, plus pets!!! My husband grew up Catholic and has a problem sharing his feelings, etc. In essence, I became angry, bitter, and depressed!
    He suggested counseling in 2011, and I fought it but eventually went! I felt like it was all me, and that made it worse! Plus, they suggested I have individual counseling due to anxiety and depression. We were married in 2010 so this shows how things went downhill fast for us! Both of us didn’t know how to communicate which made things worse.
    After 6 months of marriage, I was saying I wanted a divorce because I felt so hopeless and defeated with him being so closed up! I made a ton of mistakes, and I realize that now! His parents turned against me!
    I also found out my husband was addicted to porn a couple weeks before my dad died and later in counseling that he is what is called a “functional alcoholic.”
    Marriage counseling didn’t help us at all, and in fact, the counselor at one time stated why didn’t I watch porn with him!! Throughout our counseling, she would say that we love each other and we can work it out, and so on. There was an incident in 2016, where I called 911 because he had an argument and he was blasting his music for over an hour. I just wanted someone to tell him to stop but they sent deputies out, said the music was so loud, they could hear it down the road!!
    After that incident, he said we were done!! That was over a year ago! He has tried to buy a place and it fell through, rent a home but with his 3 big dogs, no deal! He has purchased some land but is waiting for a small trailer to be put on his property.
    In the meantime, he sleeps in the same bed, wears his ring, hugs and kisses me, and even had sex!! He says he loves me but not like before, and that last year he finally was done and when he’s done there is no turning back!!
    Not sure he this can be saved but I still love him!!

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    • Rosie, thank you for your vulnerability in sharing your story. That’s heartbreaking for your marriage to go to pieces in a matter of months. I admire your commitment to your marriage in spite of everything. I totally relate to what you’ve gone through, having gone from marrying the perfect guy to dragging him to counseling. Then I found the 6 Intimacy Skills, which brought back the man I married and gave me the playful, passionate marriage I have today. You CAN save your marriage. I have a free webinar coming up that will teach you how. It’s called How to Get Respect, Reconnect and Rev Up Your Love Life. You can register for it here: https://lauradoyle.org/swewtraining/

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      • Thanks Laura, I appreciate your advice! I forgot to mention that my counselor and marriage counselor for over a year had said we belonged together, that they had seen couples and knew when it wasn’t going to work and so forth!! After we had the argument last year and he decided we were done, I went back to our marriage counselor alone and told her what happened, etc. then she says that we needed to divorce!!! I had told her about his drinking but apparently since he drinks daily and didn’t fall down drunk or act drunk, I had never assumed he was an alcoholic……..how would I, I don’t drink!!! To further confuse me, my individual counselor told me the same thing, it is best to divorce!!! Both of them knew he drank but they said, they didn’t know he drank on a daily basis……….I thought I had told both of them that, sure I did! I have always been upfront with everything in my life, in fact, my husband said that was one of the things he admired about me, I tell the truth even when it hurts! To say the least, it was crazy and confusing!!! I mean, here I spend over a year in marriage counseling and individual for a bit longer and now I should divorce him!! I still see my individual counselor and she tells me that he cares for me but wants to be by himself!! She stresses that I need to make a life for myself! That if I stayed with a person like him, then she would conclude that I had a lot more problems!!

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        • Yikes, I’m sorry to hear about your experience with your counselor and marriage counselor. That sounds distressing to receive such conflicting advice on top of what you’ve already been going through with your husband! I remember feeling so frustrated when marriage counseling only deepened the rift between my husband and me. I’m grateful to have found Intimacy Skills that work, without feeling like work! My new TV series, Empowered Wives, features a counselor named Janice (episode 12) courageous enough to find another way to save her marriage. It’s free if you’re an Amazon Prime member, or with a free 1-month trial of Prime, at https://goo.gl/iPPQZG.

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  101. Hi
    After reading so many stories similar to mine I hope you can help me.
    My husband left 18 months ago, wasn’t happy, met someone else she makes him happy, he calls her an escape. He doesn’t know if he loves her. She takes him places they do things we planned to do, they’re going to NYC, for his 40th that was our plan together (we’re in the UK) he says he can do what he wants so he will.
    We have 4 kids. He tells me daily he loves me, he comes home almost every day to see the kids but always wants my attention to talk to him, he hugs me, he kisses me, he always text me and Calls me throughout the day.
    He is also very angry and short tempered person.
    I miss him he misses me, he told me to accept the situation and move on. I haven’t taken my ring off, he has as I don’t believe it is over. I am starting to concentrate on me and my kids but I have tried everything, albeit all the wrong things emotions, lavish with gifts etc. We don’t have sex anymore he says he can’t do it. But he sometimes comes home in the night and gets in to bed with me. I truly believe he will be back but I don’t know what to do.

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    • Sarah, I’m sorry to hear that your husband left you. That is devastating. I admire you for being so committed and vulnerable in coming here for support. I remember feeling bewildered when everything I was doing to try to attract my husband back failed. Then I started practicing the 6 Intimacy Skills, and our marriage became more intimate than ever–in every way! It’s great news that your husband is already showing you affection, giving you attention and telling you he loves you every day. I know you can get him back and reunite your family. I’d love to give you the tools to help you do that. I have a free webinar coming up called “How to Get Respect, Reconnect and Rev Up Your Love Life.” You can register for it here: https://lauradoyle.org/swewtraining/

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    • Sarah, I’m sorry to hear that your husband left you. That is devastating. I admire you for being so committed and vulnerable in coming here for support. I remember feeling bewildered when everything I was doing to try to attract my husband back failed. Then I started practicing the 6 Intimacy Skills, and our marriage became more peaceful and intimate than ever–in every way! It’s great news that your husband is already showing you affection, giving you attention and telling you he loves you every day. I know you can get him back and reunite your family. I’d love to give you the tools to help you do that. I have a free webinar coming up called “How to Get Respect, Reconnect and Rev Up Your Love Life.” You can register for it here: https://lauradoyle.org/swewtraining/

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  102. Hi Laura

    My husband and I were married for 14 years, together for 15 and I left him 2 years ago. I quickly realised that I had made a massive mistake and tried to go back but other people told me he no longer needed me so I didn’t bother and we spent a year fighting over our youngest as the older child wants nothing to do with him.

    I finally plucked up the courage to tell him I am still in love with him and he told me he had moved on and had a new girlfriend. They have since split up when she went back to her husband (she used him in a big way).

    Since then we have spent 2 nights together but 3 weeks ago he told me he wants a divorce even though he knows how I feel.

    I feel like I have lost everything worth anything to me.

    Can I get him back?

    Is there any hope?

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    • Diane, I’m sorry to hear that your husband said he wants a divorce. I hear your sense of loss and how painful it is. I remember when my marriage felt hopeless. I had made so many mistakes and was full of regret. Practicing the 6 Intimacy Skills attracted my husband back and made my marriage more playful and passionate than ever. Yes, there is hope! You can get him back. I’ll share what to do in my upcoming webinar: How to Get Respect, Reconnect and Rev Up Your Love Life. You can register for free at https://lauradoyle.org/swewtraining/

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      • Thanks Laura

        I’ve registered for the webinar.

        It’s so sad when 2 out our 3 kids want us back together and I want that too but he’s so stubborn.

        He blows hit and cold and I don’t know which way to go so hopefully the webinar will help.

        I’ll be honest I didn’t treat him right for the last 6 months before I left but to be honest I felt unloved and unwanted as he was out every night either working out with his friends so he didn’t help with the house, kids or anything.

        I know he has ptsd but I couldn’t keep blaming that for everything and started blaming myself so I left.

        I’ve spent the time apart working on myself and making me a better me and I know where I went wrong but he just can’t or won’t see that because every time we speak he brings up the fact that I left which then upsets me.

        Hoping the webinar will help xxx

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        • Diane, that sounds so difficult. I admire your commitment to your marriage and to reuniting your family. I love your awareness and how you’re focusing on your part and on becoming the best version of yourself. I also love hearing that you have hope. I have lots of hope for you too! I’m eager to hear how practicing the Intimacy Skills transforms your marriage.

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  103. I have been with my husband for 20yrs, the last couple has been a little rocky. We sleep seperarate visiting each other once in a while then back off in our own beds. I am running all the time with sports so i don’t cook that is always a argument. I talk to him like he’s a kid he is just messy and always on a nerve and i always tell him he just needs to go. Well he finally did, i came home from a sporting activity and he was packing 1st i laughed it off like yea right your not going anywhere we have been together for 20yrs but yes, yes he did he left and i found out which he still denies he is back with his kids mom from 25yrs ago. They were never married she hated him and he hated her they never spoke i was always the one that had to speak for the both of them but while at his sons house she was there now mind you she is a really nasty woman and put him through hell the 20yrs we have been together but she has offerd to drop all the child support back pay. I have completely lost my mind and have done nothing but tell him how sorry i am for being a horrible wife and when is he coming back home. All he says is he don’t know what to do that he loves me but all the stuff i have said to him hurts. Still denies being with the woman but i actually seen him with my own eyes there and seen some text messages. At this point i feel like WHY would he leave me for her? She is on hud, welfare, food stamps on dis ability cause she is a very large woman and cannot work and i am a independent woman, make really good money, been at my job for 17yrs, nice looking what does she have over him? Is it the back child support, is he really in love with her? How did this happen i really just want my husband home and i told him i would be a better wife, I don’t know what to do? Is there hope?

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    • Kim, that sounds devastating. I love your vulnerability and accountability and your commitment to saving your marriage. You are in the right place! So many women discover the 6 Intimacy Skills because they want to be better wives but don’t know how. When they are as committed as you are, I see the same outcome again and again: they get their husbands back–even after a separation, even when he had a mistress. So I know there is hope for your marriage too. I would love to give you the tools to get your husband to come home. Please check out my upcoming webinar: How to Get Respect, Reconnect and Rev Up Your Love Life. You can register for free at https://lauradoyle.org/swewtraining/

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  104. Me and my bf are living together for about 2 years. We have known each other for ten years and were on and off for years before we decided we missed each other too much. So we decided to stay together. It was fun and passionate but also grueling. Most becasue we are different people. I am expressive while he got comm issues. He is lazy and I snapped. I lost my temper and slapped him once. We fought a lot but I consistently decided to get myself better and eventually get the relationship better. We called each other husband and wife we were that close. But somewhere down the line he decided this was not working out. Then months of back and forth but even on the smallest argument he brought “becasue I don’t feel it” angle even though when we are fine he is gentle. But doesn’t make any efforts anymore. We don’t do much together. In last fight he hurt me and said I force him to sleep next to me so I threw his bed in other room. I have made up my mind to move on if he is not going to love me and show comittment but I also know how crushed I am feeling. I really do love and believe he does too.
    I don’t know if he has been flirting with other women but I find myself thinking about it. Now we are sleeping alone and I am trying to live without any drama and being strong quiet and respectful but being happy in front of him is the hard part. The moment I see him my chest feel heavy and I want to go to my room and cry and cry. I don’t know if we can ever get back to the ‘us’ we were. But I am just venting out here. I wish there was a magic pill I could pop to erase him from my mind completely. Or some pill I would make him pop to make him remember he loved me.

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    • Andy, I can see why you’re feeling crushed. I admire you for being so committed to restoring respect and being the Goddess of Fun and Light in spite of the sadness and heaviness you’re feeling. I remember when my relationship was in trouble, my temper had been in full gear, and it seemed only magic would fix things. I know that pretending to be happy when I wasn’t didn’t work for me. But the power of all 6 Intimacy Skills to get us back to where we were has truly felt magical. If I can do it, you can get back to being the “us” you were too. I’ll show you how in my upcoming webinar: How to Get Respect, Reconnect and Rev Up Your Love Life. You can register for free at https://lauradoyle.org/swewtraining/

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  105. Laura my husband said he needed space on 29/5 he didn’t know how he felt about me. Over the next month he moved from the bedroom to the spare room to moving out completely. I did all the things you shouldn’t and have been trying to clean up my side of the street after reading your books. He has been seeing the kids regularly and has been talking to me pleasantly about the things in his life, work, football and how he is. My question is what do I do from here? It’s all very friendly and no intimate conversations or anything about wanting to change the relationship back in too a married couple. I miss him terribly and realise I had become that wife who had no self care, and barked orders. This is his 2nd marriage and previous wife was also very controlling. I fear that this is why he wants no part in even trying to work it out. We have been married 11 years and together 14years with a 2 and 4 year old. I live in Aus. Just wanting advice on where to from here, is he willing to change and how to I get from the platonic standstill relationship we currently have? I find being vulnerable hard…

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    • Nadine, that must be so hard for your husband to move out, especially with two young children. I really admire your awareness and commitment to cleaning up your side of the street. Shifting to being vulnerable and attracting my husband back to me was hard for me too. I had been barking orders and not getting self-care for so long! Practicing all 6 Intimacy Skills gave me the tools to make my marriage playful and passionate. It sounds like you’ve already come a long way, and I know you can get him back. I’ll explain where to go from here in my upcoming webinar: How to Get Respect, Reconnect and Rev Up Your Love Life. You can register for free at https://lauradoyle.org/swewtraining/

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  106. My husband said he didn’t know how he felt about me on the 29/5. And in the next 3 weeks moved from the bedroom to the spare room to the parents. I did all the things begging etc. he said he want his freedom. We have a 2 and a 5year old and he had been previously married with 3 kids. We had been happy but since having babies I have become anxious and was controlling which I now recognise. He has been happy to go out partying with his mates saying he loves his life. I am heartbroken but have been reading your books trying to change. He is still seeing the kids but it feels like I am talking to a complete stranger about the weather. I have followed your advice from this blog but am at a loss because I think he wants no part in our marriage and am Devestated. I live in Aus and not sure what I should do? Should I tell him I miss him? I have apologised for being disrespectful and controlling he said thank you. I am trying not to be a fence sitter but it feels like he is long gone.

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    • Nadia, I get that it feels hopeless right now. Yet I know there is hope because I’ve seen the Intimacy Skills turn things around for thousands of women, many of them not speaking, already in divorce proceedings or already divorced. I love your commitment to showing more vulnerability by telling him you miss him!

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  107. Hi, a new U.K. Reader here! Husband of 6 years this Sunday, (been together for 16 years) said he doesn’t feel the same about me anymore and that he’s been unhappy for a while. I’ve never questioned my marriage until 3 weeks ago when he was distant, dismissive and had little attention in my direction. I confronted him. He was shocked that he was admitting it but it all came out. He said he doesn’t think his feelings can change. We have a 5 year old daughter who is the light of our lives. We have not had an intimate relationship for years. In fact I have pretty much 0 libido, but I always thought it would return. It was almost a standing joke between us. I have put our daughter above everything, I’m very protective of her (she’s and only child and was premature so spent a month in NICU). I know I’ve not given him much of a romantic life but our partnership and solidness was amazing. I do not want our marriage to end. We were all over each other in the beginning with him very much pursuing me. Perhaps I’ve been too *itchy or nagging him too much over the years. I do not want to accept it’s over. I loved reading this article and I’m desperate to try it. LW

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    • Update – my husband came home to take our daughter to a party. She wanted both of us to go but halfway through I said I had arranged tobesomewhere and thanked him for staying with our daughter. It surprised him. Later in the day we had another conversation where he looked completely uncomfortable throughout. I stayed calm and apologised for areas of our marriage that I recognised were affected by my actions or attitude. He says he is miserable all the time and he has felt like this for a couple of years, especially after the birth of our 5 year old daughter. This hurts so bad but I stayed calm. He said he does not want to try and ensures there is no one else. He then left the home after the conversation got a little prickly. I felt bad for him and called him to apologise for getting angry and that I thought he should talk to someone about depression etc. He was surprisingly open to this and said he’d spoken to a friend about it. He said he didn’t want to give me false hope but he was certainly more positive. I’m going to use your advice as I’m not ready to give up.

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      • LW, I’m excited to hear that the Intimacy Skills are working for you already! I acknowledge you for restoring respect by apologizing for being disrespectful, not taking the bait when he looked uncomfortable and using duct tape–and for expressing gratitude. I’m so glad to hear you’re feeling more hopeful. This is just the beginning!

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      • Update – I contacted a friends of ours to talk to my husband. Our friend couldn’t believe he wanted to leave. He took my husband away to chat to him. Hours later they both returned and my husband revealed he had met someone else. I still had my suspicions. Incredibly hurt! After a while i thought all was lost and that was it but I said this is your home and I want you to come home. My daughter and I need this solid fantastic man back that I know he is. He said he was ashamed but I think we may have had a little breakthrough. He admitted he didn’t know what he was doing. He gone back to his friends tonight but wants to talk to me in the morning?????

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        • LW, I’m sorry to hear he met someone but happy you’re having a breakthrough nonetheless! I acknowledge you for choosing faith over fear. You are in the right place. This sounds like the perfect opportunity to start practicing the 6 Intimacy Skills! Have you had a chance to check out the webinar yet? https://lauradoyle.org/swewtraining/

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          • He has gone, it’s seemed easy for him to leave me, his daughter. Last night was the first time he didn’t come home and it hurt like mad. I wanted to text him call him, follow him but know I have no right to. I feel devastated and want this situation to change. He is back tonight. I feel so much pain that I’m not sure how to use your advice but I need this to go friendly. I need him.
            Thanks for listening – LW

          • LW, my heart goes out to you. I would feel devastated too. It’s great news that he came back the next night and that you have an unshakable commitment to saving your marriage. I’ve worked with thousands of women, many already separated, who learned the 6 Intimacy Skills to become cherished, desired and adored. With your commitment, I know that can happen for you too. Your situation warrants a longer conversation than my brief reply here. I invite you to apply for a complimentary discovery call to see how working with a coach would fit for you. You can apply at https://lauradoyle.org/marriage-relationship-coaching. In the meantime, have you had a chance to watch the webinar I recommended? That will jumpstart your practice of the Intimacy Skills in these interactions with your husband.

          • Thanks, the difficulty I find is getting through this when you’re a mum. My 5 year old is so important my biggest worry is breaking down in front of her. I’m having days filled with anger towards him.

          • LW, I hear you. From what you’ve been sharing, I’d be angry too, and of course I can understand why you want to be strong for your daughter. I really want to acknowledge you for keeping all these plates in the air, being so committed to saving your marriage and being a good mum while you’re at it. I would love to offer you more support during this challenging time and to empower you with the tools to reconcile your family. I invite you to apply for a complimentary discovery call to see how working with a coach would fit for you. The call alone will bring you clarity. You can apply here: https://lauradoyle.org/marriage-relationship-coaching.

    • Welcome, LW! I’m sorry to hear about this turn in your marriage. That is devastating, especially after you thought things were so solid. I really admire your vulnerability and commitment. I remember how sad and alone I felt when things fell apart early in my marriage, much to my bewilderment since I thought I was a good wife. The 6 Intimacy Skills brought back my husband’s attention and affection, giving me a playful, passionate marriage. Having witnessed the Intimacy Skills work for thousands of women, I’m here to tell you there is hope! I’ll give you the tools to get back the man who wooed you in my upcoming webinar: How to Get Respect, Reconnect and Rev Up Your Love Life. You can register for free at https://lauradoyle.org/swewtraining/

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  108. I left a comment last week. My husband and I dated 8 yrs and then got married, we have been married 8 1/2 yrs so = 16 1/2 yrs. weve had our ups and downs. When we got together my daughter from a previous marriage was 1. We had our son together when my daughter was a little over 2. I was his 1st marriage, 1st and only babies mother. Long story short, 3 wks ago my husband called me to tell me that he had been seeing a 23 yr old for 2 mths and that while I was at work he had moved a lot of his things out. The past 4 days he has called me 3 times and 2 of those times he told me he loved me. He said he wants to talk to me. The female cusses at him a lot and is very controlling. he stays with her at her friends home, uses her car and she pays for everything. She will not let him be alone with our kids because that would mean that he has to talk to me alone. My husband and I have not seen each other face to face yet to even talk about anything that has happened. I want my husband to see our kids but I don’t want them around her because she is immature, cusses, sales pot, and is mean to my husband. last week he said he would go back home and she hit herself and punched a door and threw her phone. I think he may want away from her, so what do I say when he calls? Of course I want him back

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    • Mindy, thank you for your vulnerability in sharing about your husband moving out so abruptly. This sounds very painful, and I admire your commitment to your marriage. When things got ugly in my marriage, I thought there was no real solution–either staying in a loveless marriage or divorce. But the 6 Intimacy Skills got my affectionate, attentive husband back and made him eager to please me. I want that for you too! I know there is hope for saving your marriage and getting your family back together. I’ll show you how in my upcoming webinar, “How to Get Respect, Reconnect and Rev Up Your Love Life,” including tools to use when he calls. You can register for free at https://lauradoyle.org/swewtraining/

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  109. I seriously need help…we’ve been together for 17yrs, in Feb last yr he sold our house. Since then we’ve lived apart. He said he’d try the whole time but didn’t make much effort. I did. Still am. He told me at Easter that we sre through for good & wanted a divorce but I’m desperate to stop it. Yet even though she’s sticking to his guns, he has said things, indicated things, comments, remarks, bit of jealousy which says to me its not that he really wants. I know he has trust issues due to me venting to guys to understand men’s minds. He never used to talk, never communicated deeply and stuck his head into his Xbox and doing his own thing instead. He thought I was cheating on him even though I never have. Hes the love of my life, soulmate and other half as he even admitted to me AFTER all the rubbish we went through. It was no influence from me so I know it was from his heart and he meant it. Personally I think its because we’ve been apart so long now and he thinks I’m up to something when I’m not. All I do is what I promised him and fight for us. I want him back so bad. I cry like a baby, sobbing every day. Miss him so much. He’ll talk about anything but us. Must be something I can do.

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    • Kim, I’m sorry to hear that you’re in such pain after your husband said he’s through and is not making an effort or willing to talk about it. That is devastating. I remember feeling hurt and hopeless when my efforts to attract my husband back all seemed to drive him further away. Then I found the 6 Intimacy Skills, which brought back the man I married and made our marriage playful and passionate. There is something you can do to have that too! I’ll give you the tools to save your marriage in my upcoming webinar: How to Get Respect, Reconnect and Rev Up Your Love Life. You can register for free at https://lauradoyle.org/swewtraining/

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  110. Laura, I need your help please. My first marriage was extremely abusive and I ended up leaving. I gave my first husband my heart and after being beaten and mentally and emotionally abused as well I had to do everything I could after that to protect myself. I met and married my second husband 5 years ago. He has been nothing but wonderful to me. Not without his own faults (he did sleep with another woman about 4 years ago), but he genuinely loves and cares for me. I have acted completely selfish in order to avoid ever letting him know that he can hurt me. I have always tried to keep him at arm’s length. I was never truly comfortable letting him in. Over the past 5 years, I have cheated on him with four different men. I haven’t slept with any of them, but I have flirted, kissed, and messed around with them. I read your book the surrendered wife and I am putting everything into practice. I have stopped trying to control everything (as my mother has done her entire marriage, I sadly followed her example). My husband says that he is truly trying to come back to me and he hasn’t called it quits yet but he says he doesn’t see how he can ever truly see me in a positive light again as his wife. He just doesn’t know how to get past the pain and see me as his wife again. Please help me. I am addressing all of my issues from my previous marriage and I will not disappoint him if he stays. I am currently deployed to Iraq and as you can imagine the distance is not helping. He says that he is not making a decision until I come home (which will be sometime in November). Please help and show me what I need to give/show my husband to keep him around.

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    • Amber, I’m so sorry to hear about all the pain you have been through. I admire you for escaping your abusive past and acknowledge you for your vulnerability, awareness, and commitment to turning around your marriage. When I was on the brink of divorce, I was afraid I had made too many mistakes to heal my marriage. But the 6 Intimacy Skills brought healing and grace, empowering me to create the playful, passionate marriage I’d always wanted. You can attract your husband back and feel cherished, desired and adored. I’ll show you how in my upcoming webinar: How to Get Respect, Reconnect and Rev Up Your Love Life. You can register for free at https://lauradoyle.org/swewtraining/

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      • Thank you Laura. I read your book and it was absolutely amazing. I also just purchased your SWEW VIP program because I enjoyed your book so much. I starting putting the principles in your book to practice and I almost instantly noticed a difference, however, my husband has now backed off again and is going the other direction even though I’m continuing to practice what I read in your book. I’m definitely feeling confused but I’m definitely going to continue trying. I’m looking forward to going through the modules in your program.

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        • Amber, congratulations on joining SWEW! I acknowledge you for your commitment to your marriage and to practicing the Intimacy Skills. I can see why you’re feeling confused that he has backed off after you noticed improvement when you started SWEW. I felt confused in the beginning too, and so did my husband. He loved the changes in me but was skeptical about whether the new me was here to stay, so he tried to bait me back into old behaviors. Fortunately, I had the support to apply the Skills effectively then too, and I got back the man I married. With your commitment, I know that you will too! I’d love to give you more support in person. I invite you to the Cherished for Life Weekend this Fall: http://cherishedforlife.com

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  111. Laura this is so inspiring and gives me hope. He started seeing someone and some days, like today, I can’t stand one more second the situation. We had our share of problems in the past but lately I felt we were stable. Does every relationship get back and better than ever with the skills? I really really want to believe that but I don’t know if mine can.

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    • Ellie, that is the ending I see again and again–that women committed to practicing the 6 Intimacy Skills attract their men back home. That’s why I say a wife with the Intimacy Skills trumps a mistress any day of the week and twice on Sundays. What I also see again and again is the fear that my situation is different. I’m sorry to hear about what you’re going through and that you’re in pain. I admire you for being so committed that you have the courage to try a new approach, even when it’s scary. I would love to empower you with more support. I invite you to my upcoming webinar, where I talk about what to do after he leaves: How to Get Respect, Reconnect and Rev Up Your Love Life. You can register for free at https://lauradoyle.org/swewtraining/

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  112. Hi Laura,
    First I thank you for your time in reading my story. I have seen some of your videos Empowering wife on Amazon video. My husband and I have been married for 18 years. We have three girls ages 12,9, and 4. To the world we always seemed like the couple that had it all. God has blessed us with a good life until all stated caving in. At the end of 2013 I discovered he was a porn addict. He had hid it very well and I was never suspicious until I caught him one day in the bathroom with his phone while he thought I was asleep. He felt ashamed and said he did it because he didn’t find me attractive and our sex life was pretty bad. He said he would stop. I was naive enough to think it was that simple. I read some books and we improved our sex life somewhat. Fast forward to 2015 I found out he was having an affair with a co-worker. He fessed up decided to stay and we started marriage counseling. I thought things were getting better but in March 2016 He left the house saying he was going to his “parents to think” long story short. He had an apartment and had continued the affair all this time. When he left he said he wanted a divorce. It has been 16 months now. He has not moved in with the other woman but obviously has not returned home either. He is just paralyzed. I see he is in a depression. There is no movement one way or another. He still provides financially for all of us. He says he goes to therapy but refuses to deal with the porn issue which I believe has led to the affair. The affair continues. Thankfully my daughters have been spared don’t know of her and have not met her. I have been through a wide range of emotions from anger, sadness to now with a lot of faith and prayer more at peace knowing that the only person I can change is me. I will admit this is an exhausting situation. I do love him and want to restore our marriage but feel I may be in a losing battle with both the addiction and the affair. Yet he hasn’t filed for divorce. I am trying some of your strategies but I am so tired of his double life. I do go to therapy and I work on myself as best I can with three kids. Prayer and exersise help. Please advise. He does seem to respond to my niceness but some days I just want to throw in the towel

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    • Carmen, I’m sorry to hear about what you have been through. That sounds very painful, and I admire you for your commitment to your marriage and your awareness in having the courage to focus on changing yourself. I can see why you feel hopeless at times. So many women who have come to me during a separation struggle with that. Yet what I see again and again is that their courage in persevering with the 6 Intimacy Skills brings him back home. If they can do it, I know you can save your marriage and reconcile your family too. I invite you to my upcoming webinar, where I talk about what to do after he leaves: How to Get Respect, Reconnect and Rev Up Your Love Life. You can register for free at https://lauradoyle.org/swewtraining/

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  113. Hi Laura I wrote a while ago and the situation is still very much the same. When talking with kids it is polite but nothing else. I have been smiling , getting happy and using key phrases whatever you think and I hear you. He actually said he should stop going on about work when I said I hear you. I said no I really hear you. However he has not spoken once if missing me or wanting to get back together. I am feeling that this man is just happy with a life without me. Where to from here and how long can it take? Should I apologies for the past? I did when he originally left but have not since. I am grateful and say thank you when he picks up kids but just don’t know if this relationship is so far gone for him?

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    • Nadine, I love how you’re being a goddess of fun and light, relinquishing control, showing respect and expressing gratitude. That sounds very attractive! I hear that, despite your efforts, you’re not getting results as quickly as you would like. For me, I needed support to know which of the 6 Intimacy Skills to implement in each situation, including how to restore respect. That ongoing support has empowered me to become cherished, desired and adored. If I can do it, you can too! Most women report seeing changes within two weeks learning the Intimacy Skills. It sounds like your situation deserves a longer conversation than my brief replies here. I invite you to apply for a complimentary discovery call to see how getting more support would fit for you. The call alone will give you clarity. You can apply here: https://lauradoyle.org/marriage-relationship-coaching.

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  114. Hi Laura, I’ve recently read your books and they are amazing I wish I’d read them earlier. My husband left me 2 months ago and appears to be having a midlife crisis of sorts. We have been together 22 years and married 12 years. I have been trying to implement the 6 intimacy skills but this is difficult when he will only communicate occasionally via email and only about practical issues. The problem I am finding is that I think relinquishing control and being more vunerable are actually freaking him out because his crisis is being fuelled by a need to run away from responsibilities, the last thing he needs is a wife that needs his help with anything. He usually took care of the finances but I’ve had to take them over since he left. I’m so confused as we used to have an amazing marriage, fantastic sex life and were very intimate. The crisis seemed to come on overnight and I didn’t see it coming. Have you any advice on how I can proceed? Thank you

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    • Rebecca, I’m sorry to hear that your husband left you. I can see why you’re feeling confused when your marriage seemed so strong. I acknowledge you for your commitment to your marriage, practicing the 6 Intimacy Skills and being vulnerable, even when it’s hard! I struggled to practice those Skills too, especially when the changes in me initially threw my husband for a loop. I resolved to stay on my paper rather than focus on his response and to stay the course, and ultimately the 6 Intimacy Skills brought me greater intimacy and the playful, passionate marriage I’d always wanted. I know you can have that too! I’ll give you more tools in my upcoming webinar: How to Get Respect, Reconnect and Rev Up Your Love Life. You can register for free at https://lauradoyle.org/swewtraining/

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    • Rebecca, I’m sorry to hear that your husband left you. I can see why you’re feeling confused when your marriage seemed so strong. I acknowledge you for your commitment to your marriage, practicing the 6 Intimacy Skills and being vulnerable, even when it’s hard! I struggled to practice those Skills too, especially when the changes in me initially threw my husband for a loop. I resolved to stay on my paper rather than focus on his response and to stay the course, and ultimately the 6 Intimacy Skills brought me greater intimacy and the playful, passionate marriage I’d always wanted. I know you can have that too! I share more tools for when a husband leaves in my upcoming webinar: How to Get Respect, Reconnect and Rev Up Your Love Life. You can register for free at https://lauradoyle.org/swewtraining/

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      • Hi Laura, thought I’d give you a quick update – I’ve been trying to carry on using the Intimacy Skills in my emails to my husband and low and behold he came to visit me yesterday to fix my Wifi for me! He stayed for an hour and we were able to have normal conversation for the first time in 3 months, it felt like old times and by using the skills it felt like I was able to very quickly get him to start talking to me in a really friendly open way. I made sure he knew how thankful I was for coming to help me out and I was very respectful and encouraging when he told me about all his plans to go travelling next year (which inside are scaring me somewhat!). He also held my hand and looked at me lovingly before he left, which is the first physical contact we’ve had in 3 months! I don’t want to get my hopes up but I feel this is a big step forwards. I’m going to carry on implementing the skills as best I can and see where it takes me….

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        • Rebecca, I’m thrilled to hear that you’re seeing a change in your marriage! It’s been less than two weeks, and it sounds like you’re already attracting him back. I can see why when you’re being so respectful and receiving his help, attention and affection so graciously and gratefully!

          I also acknowledge you for letting go of expectations. In my experience, this is just the beginning of getting your husband back and healing your marriage so you can be cherished, desired and adored. To build on your win, I invite you to try the 5-Day Get Cherished Challenge at http://getcherished.com.

          Thanks for the update. I’m eager to hear the next one!

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          • Thanks Laura, I’ll start the 5-day challenge today and I’ll keep you up to date with developments 🙂

          • Hi Laura, thought I’d give you another update – last weekend my husband decided he wants to try working towards reconciliation!! I am overjoyed ???? He has confessed he has been suffering from depression for the last 6 months and has been in a very dark place. He is now beginning to feel better and is hoping somehow we might be able to reconcile, although he has no idea how to even begin to put things right. I’ve been desperately trying to stick to the intimacy skills but I’ve found it hard to completely relinquish control because he has come across as being fragile and needy. This I now realise hasn’t helped as he’s backed off a little and has demonstrated behaviours I now recognise as rightly so being resistant to my actions, so I’m ‘back on my own page’ again and although I will be strong for him I will make sure he is in control of his own decisions. I think we are at the start of a very long journey and he has a fair way to go before he is feeling well again, but I feel much better equipped having read your book. I’m reading and re reading it regularly at the moment! I’ll keep you posted…

          • Rebecca, this is such a great WIN! I acknowledge you for having the courage and commitment to practice the Intimacy Skills and am thrilled to hear that your husband now says he wants to reconcile. I love your awareness and your desire to relinquish inappropriate control and stay on your own paper. I’m glad you’re feeling empowered! I’m eager to hear how it goes as you continue to practice the Skills.

          • Hi Laura, thought I’d give you another update… So basically my husband is still undecided about getting back together, he is still very conflicted about what he wants for himself in the future. We meet up every week or two, spend nights together in hotels, have amazing sex and very close intimacy, but then when we are in public he can’t show any signs of intimacy or affection and he admits he is giving me mixed messages and doesn’t want to get my hopes up. I have been trying so hard to be the ‘goddess of fun and light’ and enjoy his company, he seems to enjoy spending time with me and he is always the one to initiate meeting up. Recently I’ve been going through a health scare and my husband has been keen to be there for me and support me – I have been practising my intimacy skills and I have been very receptive and grateful to receive his support. However, because of this health scare I am currently finding it hard to to keep a lid on my emotions as truly I want him to be by my side supporting me as my husband and not just a friend with benefits. He’s the one person I wish was there to hold me at night when I feel scared yet he can’t seem to bring himself to even hug me when I’m upset. Whilst he is aware I want to get back together I feel scared to express my desires because I don’t want to feel like I’m pressurising him into making a decision, he has even said that if someone were to ask him at this moment in time if we should get back together then the answer would be no. As a result I am left confused and hurt, or am I just expecting too much too soon from him after his recovery from depression? Or am I just letting him have his cake and eat it? xxx

          • Rebecca, I admire you for your commitment to being such a goddess of fun and light and for receiving your husband’s attention and affection so graciously. I can also see why you’re feeling hurt and confused by the mixed messages.

            Many of my clients get mixed messages while transforming their marriages. It is confusing to know whether to continue being intimate when they do not want to be friends with benefits. Getting the support of experienced surrendered wives brings clarity on how to practice the Intimacy Skills. As these women choose faith over fear by getting that support and continuing to practice the Skills, those mixed messages invariably turn to messages of love.

            I know that’s possible for you too. I invite you to apply for a complimentary discovery call to see how working with a coach would fit for you. The call alone will bring you clarity. You can apply here: https://lauradoyle.org/marriage-relationship-coaching.

          • Thank you Laura, I’ll take a look at the link as a complementary call would be really useful.

            Since my last post my husband has been incredibly supportive through my health scare (fortunately all is ok phew!) and he was by my side throughout. We have also had some more in depth talks at his request not mine as I’ve waited for him to want to talk. He says he doesn’t know where we can go from here, the status quo of meeting up every week or so isn’t sustainable long term but he feels moving back in together might stop him from being motivated enough to carry on doing all the new things he is now enjoying. I suggested we don’t have to make it a permanent arrangement and could try an open ended 6 month trial to see how it works and he didn’t say no to this suggestion. I’ve tried hard to keep the conversation positive, especially when sometimes he feels hopeless about our situation. I keep what you say about women being the keepers on the relationship in the back of my mind and I’m hoping he will lean towards me if I stay positive. I’ll keep you updated…

  115. Hi again Laura. I got in touch a few weeks ago about my husband leaving me and our 5 year old daughter for someone else. I had a great Skype call with coach Bonnie which has given me lots to think about and I’m reading empowered wife at the moment. I’m on holiday with my daughter at the moment and the conversations with my husband have not gone well. I feel so angry and always take a negative turn in our phone calls. I will be home in a few days and I need the strength to adopt the 6 skills. He is still seeing this other woman. I stupidly checked her social media and she changed her status to in a relationship with her friends seeming to high five her on her victory. It sent me wild and my husband got both barrels from me. I shouldn’t have looked and I’m embarrassed that I’ve let her get to me, I’m better than that. X

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    • LW, I’m glad to hear your discovery call with Bonnie was insightful, and I acknowledge you for your commitment and willingness! It sounds so hard that your husband is still seeing this woman. I’m sorry you had to see that on social media. I would be angry too!

      I know you’ve already had some great wins since you started practicing the Intimacy Skills. I always say that a wife with the Intimacy Skills trumps a mistress any day of the week and twice on Sundays because that’s what I see over and over. With your commitment, I know you will get your husband back too.

      To give you the strength to persevere, I invite you to try the 5-Day Get Cherished Challenge at getcherished.com. And I would love to see you at cherishedforlife.com in California next month if you want to jet across the pond to join many women who share in your struggle and learn the Skills with me!

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      • I’ve filed for divorce. Through all of this the difficulty will always be the fact that I’m a parent and my daughter will always be my primary concern. I can’t adopt certain skills that aren’t appropriate in a situation that involves a child. I will always protect her. My husband is still seeing or at least communicating with the other woman which I find disgusting and a huge betrayal to my daughter not only me. This fact makes it very difficult for me to stay civil and welcoming to him all the time. It is true however that he responds better when I’m nice and thankful for his help and I’m not dragging up problem after problem. I’m so fearful of him starting a new life with this woman that I need to secure a future for our daughter and I as soon as possible therefore divorce seems the best option. He is in no rush to get a divorce but I think that’s more financial and I think his emotions to me will harden and he won’t be so supporting to us. I think I’m just having a bad day, but I think he’s made up his mind. Thanks for all your help x

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        • LW, thank you for sharing so vulnerably. I get that your responsibility to protect and provide for your daughter comes first. I acknowledge you for being such a loving mother. It is scary to think your husband will harden and won’t support you.

          I hear how hard it is to choose faith over fear when he appears to have made up his mind. One client kept struggling with that after her husband left her and their two children to be with his mistress. She decided divorce would be the best option but continued practicing the 6 Intimacy Skills for herself. Her husband came back to her, told her he missed her and loved her, and he apologized.

          I’m privileged to witness women who have the courage to practice these Skills even when it’s scary and to see them reunite their families and become cherished, desired and adored. I invite you to see what happens when you experiment with the 6 Intimacy Skills. What do you have to lose? You can get them from my book The Empowered Wife. Here’s a free chapter: http://getcherished.com

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          • Thanks very much! I have the book and continue to learn from it. Today I found all the information needed (passports ID etc) for him and the other woman to rent a property together. Rental agreements also. He assured me there was no relationship but I knew he was lying. He has been telling me what he think I want to hear to make it less hard for him. To make it look like what he has done is so shameful. He does say he doesn’t know what he’s doing and perhaps he is having some sort of crisis but again I can’t believe anything he says. He’s prepared to make that big commitment to someone else. I feel I can’t do anymore to fight for my family. X

          • LW, that sounds so painful to have found that your husband is preparing to rent with another woman. This must be exhausting, and I can see why you’re feeling you can’t do anymore to fight for your family. I acknowledge you for your commitment to continuing to learn the Intimacy Skills, regardless of what he’s doing.

            One client was devastated when her husband said he was moving out. He said he was intractable and nothing she did would change his mind. She continued to practice the Intimacy Skills anyway. Now he thanks her for being such a wonderful, committed wife and says something was wrong with him when he wanted to leave. He even takes supplements to ensure his continued mental health. I’ve seen many other husbands move back home after what appears to have been a midlife crisis, which I write about here.

            I know that you too will be surprised by what happens as you continue to experiment with the Intimacy Skills. I would love to support you in any way I can.

          • Thanks again for your positive feedback. So today I feel I have to really commit to making some changes in my life. After 8 weeks of this nightmare I need a positive change to occur. He needs to see me at my best. I’m still trying to manipulate his thoughts and emotions and that clearly isn’t working. Can these skills really work? I’m going to really try to adopt them and be consistent. I change day to day from reasonable person to desperate manipulative person trying to control his emotions and decisions. I must make the effort to give out family a chance. I’m just so confused and hurt that he could actually do what he’s done. I’d never do it to my daughter or husband. X

          • LW, I would feel so confused and hurt too. What you’re going through is so painful. I admire you for wanting to recommit to practicing the 6 Intimacy Skills to be your best self and truly relinquish control.

            One client thought she was practicing the Skills, until her husband left. With the support of her private coach, she deepened her practice of the Skills–especially relinquishing control, letting go of her expectations and manipulation–and within a month her husband came home. He embraced her and expressed his affection more than he ever had before.

            I remember your enthusiasm when you discovered the Skills and started seeing results so quickly, and I can’t wait for you to see the Skills work for you as you practice them consistently. I would love to give you the support to help you do that, if it’s a fit for you.

  116. My husband divorced me after a great love story ended with marriage and two beautiful boys. the most reason of argument because of his x wife and his adult kids who didn’t want that marriage to success and they did. I was really a good wife who takes care of her husband and helps him every time when he needs assistance taking care of house the kids loyal to him deprive my self from having fun just to make sure I ma there for my family. after 10 years of marriage he divorced me cuz he said we can communicate and this marriage cant survive but I am pretty sure there are many are talking into his mind. I still do love and cares about him I begged him to back fro the kids sake but he refused. although he has a lot of mistakes and crazy mood but i am ok with that.

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    • Gtaie, I’m so sorry to hear that your husband divorced you, especially after what a devoted wife you were. That is devastating. I admire your commitment to him and your beautiful vulnerability.

      Many women find the 6 Intimacy Skills after a separation. One continued practicing them even after her divorce and got her husband back. Now that he has moved back in, no one knows she’s actually living with her “boyfriend”!

      If so many other women can become cherished, desired and adored, I know you can too. I’ll show you how in my upcoming webinar: How to Get Respect, Reconnect and Rev Up Your Love Life. You can register for free at https://lauradoyle.org/swewtraining/

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  117. Hi Laura,
    My husband left me about a month ago. He ha a number of reasons such as he couldn’t handle the stress of our fiances, my teenage boys are lazy, we live in the house that I had with my 1st husband and it would never be ours ( I told him many times that I would sell it), the proper needs too much work, he’s coming between me and my kids, we’re opposites- I’m a Christian ,church every Sunday, tea totaller and he’s not. He has so many excuses for leaving but us arguing and fighting isn’t among them because we rarely do. The problem I have with your advice is thar he moved back to his hometown 10 hrs away, so it’s impossible for me to put any of it into practice. He doesnt answer my calls and rarely rarely answers my texts unless it’s really important. I’m heartbroken and still very much in love with him. He told me when he left that he does love me and worries about me, but can’t live like this. So what do I do now to reach him and get him to come back?

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    • Roxanne, I’m sorry to hear that your husband left and has not been responsive to your attempts to communicate. This sounds heartbreaking. I admire your vulnerability and your commitment to your marriage.

      Many women have come to me with this challenge: how to practice the 6 Intimacy Skills when they are separated and have minimal contact with their husbands. They have found that being selective about what they say when they do send a text or leave a message by applying the Intimacy Skills in every little encounter creates the opportunity for more interaction. One client was going through divorce proceedings and could practice the Skills with her husband only at the attorney’s office. Another continued to practice them even after her divorce. Both saved their marriages.

      If they can do it, you can too! I’ll show you how in my upcoming webinar, where I address how to get him back when you’re currently separated. You can register for free at https://lauradoyle.org/swewtraining/

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  118. Hi laura,

    I and husband were so friendly and we married together before one and hour year , stayed for a year. he had some problem with his family members and he fouhgt with me because of them and finally left me. now we are staying apart for more than 6 months. but he says he does not want me and he dont like to get back to me. but i dont understand , why these thinks happening in our life. he says he dont like to be a part of my life. and i love him badly, i cant stay without him. i need him back. but he is not picking up my phone and all his friends are not helping me to get him back to me. could you suggest me something please…????????

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    • Rani, thank you for your beautiful vulnerability. I hear how painful it is that your husband left and says he doesn’t want to come back. I admire your commitment to your marriage.

      I understand what it’s like for family conflict to cause a rift in your marriage. I used to suspect my mother-in-law of doing that in my marriage, and I feared we were headed for divorce. The 6 Intimacy Skills empowered me to attract my husband back and make peace in the family. Now I have the playful, passionate marriage I always wanted.

      If I can do it, you can too! I would love to empower you to know exactly what to say and do to get your husband back. I talk about that in my upcoming webinar: How to Get Respect, Reconnect and Rev Up Your Love Life. You can register for free at https://lauradoyle.org/swewtraining/

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      • Laura .I am married to a traditional Hindu boy.our marriage only lasted for 2months.we loved eachother and married.and now he hates me because ,I hated his mom who always use to shout at me.i told him let’s live separate so he got angry on me.and I felt depressed when he said he doesn’t want me anymore I even tried to kill myself..and he got angry on me for that also..and now he is not talking to me ..he left me.i need help.coz I love him a lot…

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  119. Hello Laura,

    My husband and I have been married for 6 years. We got married after only knowing each other for 1 month. My husband got really sick a few months after that, and then he got into addiction problem for a few years. Throughout our marriage, we had a lot of other issues that were never really solved completely. We were very immature and didn’t know how to communicate our needs to the other. We fought a lot, sex life wasn’t great. He’s dissatisfied with his life, and I’m stressed most of the time due to the marriage and school.

    A few weeks ago, my husband told me that he wanted a divorce, and he’s at the point where there’s no turning back. We stay in the same house but in different rooms now, because I only have 3 months left until graduation. I still love my husband and want to give it a chance. However, he doesn’t want to work on it anymore. He said he’s been thinking about it for few years now. He scared to make the decision because he thinks I have a lot of good qualities that he might not be able to find in other girls. We don’t really talk anymore. The situation really bothers me a lot whenever I have time to think about it. It broke my heart every time i read the texts that he sent me when we first dated.

    I’m thinking about moving out. It makes me sad when I see him every day and we don’t talk like before. What should I do in this situation? Is there a slim chance that my husband might change his mind if I move out? He doesn’t really want to talk or listen to anybody even his best friends, or family.

    From different sources, I know there is a “lagging period” when the other person starts thinking about their partner after she moves out. It’s the stage when he hasn’t had any exciting things like he thought yet, and started missing her. There is a no contact rule during this period. I wonder if this might work for my case. In some ways, I feel like my husband 100% committed to his decision.

    Thank you!

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    • Ivy, I’m sorry to hear that your husband wants a divorce. That is devastating. I admire your vulnerability and commitment to your marriage.

      I remember when moving out seemed like my best option. I didn’t know what else to do. Then I found the 6 Intimacy Skills, which empowered me to attract my husband back. I got the playful, passionate marriage I’d always wanted–without either of us having to leave.

      If I can do it, I know you can get back those sweet dating days too! I will show you how to save your marriage in my upcoming webinar: How to Get Respect, Reconnect and Rev Up Your Love Life. You can register for free at https://lauradoyle.org/swewtraining/

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      • Laura, without any communication, how does it work? When he comes home, he just goes to his own room, and I stay in mine. He’s planing to get a travel job where he’ll stay at one facility for 3 months. He gets to travel, gets paid more, be free and do whatever he wants. Everything seems so promising to him right now compared to stay and try to work things out. He’s also been texting this girl from work a lot and this makes me crazy, even though I know that we’re separated. 🙁

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        • Thanks for the great question, Ivy. I hear how painful it is to be isolated from your husband and have no communication, on top of him texting this girl.

          Many women have discovered the 6 Intimacy Skills after their husband had moved out, limiting their interaction. Knowing what to do or say when they do communicate creates more opportunities for interaction and for applying the Intimacy Skills effectively. What I see again and again is that, even after a separation, she does attract him back.

          It sounds like you may want more support to empower you to do that. I invite you to apply for a complimentary discovery call to see how working with a coach would fit for you. The call alone will bring you clarity. You can apply here: https://lauradoyle.org/marriage-relationship-coaching.

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  120. Hi Laura.

    I was married 23 years (together 30) when I found out my ex-husband was having an affair, and it wasn’t his first one. Our relationship had dwindled because I didn’t have a sexual relationship, and I know that translated into him feeling unloved, disrespected, etc. We tried marriage counseling for several months post-disclosure, but I smothered him during this time. I had to know his every move, and he hated it. I was trying to show him that he had to be transparent to regain my trust. He left, filed for divorce eight months later, and 13 months later it was final. I told him repeatedly that I didn’t want a divorce, and that I thought we could get past all of this. Fast forward, he’s remarried to a woman 10 years younger, and he has a four-year old child now. The child is the apple of his eye. He knew the new wife only four months when they married. I truly think that he was looking for a baby momma, but I don’t know that for a fact. She also is very successful financially, even more so than he is. It took me a very long time to get past the divorce. I never got angry, but I was extremely hurt. Now it’s been seven years since the divorce. He’s always in my thoughts. I saw him at a party Saturday night. He was avoiding me, and I decided that there was no reason to not be on speaking terms. I welcomed him to the party, and a 30-minute discussion ensued. It was awkward at first, but I think it lightened up after some time passed. Seeing and talking to him only confirmed that I’m still in love with him and that I want him back. How in the world do I go about this after time has lapsed, and he has a new life?

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    • Jackie, I’m sorry to hear how much pain you’ve been through having to go through infidelity and divorce when you didn’t want to. It sounds heartbreaking to still be in love with your ex-husband years later when he has started a new life. I admire you for showing such beautiful vulnerability.

      The thousands of women I’ve worked with have been in every stage of relationship, whether single, married, separated or divorced. When they commit to learning and practicing the 6 Intimacy Skills, even when divorced, I see them manifest their vision of becoming cherished, desired and adored.

      There is hope for you too. I invite you to my upcoming webinar: How to Get Respect, Reconnect and Rev Up Your Love Life. You can register for free at https://lauradoyle.org/swewtraining/

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  121. Hi Laura, I would love to get my husband back. He has been living with this woman whom he calls his wife. 1 1/2 ago I discovered that he was cheating on me and I confronted him. He moved out and has been with her ever since. I filed for divorce and his paycheck has been garnished for child support. I know he feels disrespected by this. Do I stop the garnishment in hops of getting him back? I probably can survive if I get a second job?? We have a trial scheduled, but I would love to stop it. Any advise? Is there any hope of getting him back? We have 3 kids together.

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    • May, that is devastating that your husband moved out after cheating on you and now calls someone else his wife. I admire you for considering stopping the garnishment to restore respect and for your powerful desire to get your husband back.

      Many of my thousands of clients started practicing the 6 Intimacy Skills after an affair and separation. With women who are as committed to the Skills as you are, I see the same result again and again: They attract their husband back and the marriage becomes more playful and passionate than before. Sometimes even after a divorce!

      You can get your husband back and reunite your family too. I’ll show you how in my upcoming webinar: How to Get Respect, Reconnect and Rev Up Your Love Life. You can register for free at https://lauradoyle.org/swewtraining/

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  122. Dear Laura,
    I’ve read your books, “surrendered wife” and “first kill….” and I have also watched your webinar a few times.
    My husband moved out 7months ago after 20years together. I think he is still involved with the woman whom he had an affair with when moving out and he seems to be set on his path….
    We still see eachother regularly because of our two young boys. I’m trying to apply the skills that I’ve learnt and although it’s killing me at times we are getting on well at the moment.
    ….but I feel like I should/could be doing more! As we are separated, would you advice to read ‘surrender single’?

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    • Kristina, I’m sorry to hear about your husband moving out. That is devastating. I admire how committed you are to practicing the Intimacy Skills to save your marriage. I hear a lot of hope in you practicing the Skills every time you see him!

      Adding The Surrendered Single to your reading list wouldn’t hurt, as many married women read it to bring back the dating days and flirt with their husbands. But I invite you to continue focusing on the 6 Intimacy Skills for married women, as I outline in The Empowered Wife (the updated version of First Kill All the Marriage Counselors).

      I would love to give you more support to get your husband back. I invite you to apply for a complimentary discovery call to see how working with a coach would fit for you. You will find this call alone so valuable. You can apply here: https://lauradoyle.org/marriage-relationship-coaching.

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  123. I have been with my husband for almost 13 years 7 of which we were married. Four years ago my husband said he wanted a divorce and I begged and pleaded with him not to. After a month of him telling me that I needed to leave and to leave our son with him I filed for a divorce myself and moved in with my mother in law with our son who was 4 at the time. I found out shortly later that my husband was having an affair with a neighbor who was initially my friend and a parent of one of my sons friend. When I moved in with my mother in law this made my husband so angry and now even after 4 years he refuses to have a relationship with his mom calling her my new mom. We went to counseling for a short time but it didn’t help as he didn’t want to put any effort into it. After a year of being separated I moved back home with our son and brand new daughter who obviously was conceived during our separation. After moving back home I withdrew the divorce and shortly after that my husband continued his affair. I stayed with him for a year and a half while he continued his affair and at one point my husband forced me to send our children to his mistress house while we both worked. A few months after that he filed for a divorced and got me kicked out of the house. I got a good lawyer who was able to turn everything around and I got back in the house and got child support from him and was forced to live with his mistress. After two months of being separated he begged me to work on the marriage and to come back home and I agreed. Now I feel like we are falling into the same trap and he is starting his affair back up and now she is watching my son again and I’m taking our daughter to his moms house but I feel that will end soon. My husband and I are still intimate at night and I feel so disrespected by this man. I love him and I want this marriage to work but I don’t know where to start. The divorce is on hold for now and I feel there might be some chance at saving our marriage but I feel so lost. I just don’t know what to do anymore.

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    • Melissa, what you’re going through sounds so painful, with this woman watching your child on top of everything else. I can see why you’re feeling lost. I hear that you want to make things work but don’t know how. I really admire your commitment to your marriage and your remarkable vulnerability.

      You are not alone. Many women have come through my doors wanting to save their marriages when their husband was still sleeping with another woman. As hard as it is for them to choose faith over fear, when they learn the 6 Intimacy Skills, what I see time and time again is that the wife attracts him back home, and the mistress is out of the picture. A wife with the Intimacy Skills trumps a mistress any day of the week and twice on Sundays!

      You too can get back the fidelity, love and respect you deserve. I’ll show you where to start in my upcoming webinar: How to Get Respect, Reconnect and Rev Up Your Love Life. You can register for free at https://lauradoyle.org/swewtraining/

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  124. Hi Laura,
    On 08/05/2017 my husband stated that he felt a disconnect with me and that he wanted a divorce. He stated that he had been trying to make things work for both of us. He says that he is talking to someone else but they are just talking and nothing more. I find it hard to believe. I moved out and he comes around but he says that he is confused at this moment. I try talking to him and cry my and ask him to figure out how to fix this. But he says he wants to be happy. Please help. I know he loves me. 20 yrs and not ready to quit.

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    • Josey, I’m so sorry to hear that your husband said he wants a divorce and is talking to someone else. That is devastating. I admire your commitment and your beautiful vulnerability in reaching out for help.

      I thought my only choices were divorce or being stuck in an unhappy marriage, and I didn’t know how to fix it. The 6 Intimacy Skills attracted my husband back to me and made our marriage more playful and passionate than ever.

      I know you can get your husband back and both be happy again. I’d love to give you the support to save your marriage. I invite you to apply for a complimentary discovery call to see how working with a coach would fit for you. The call alone will bring you clarity. You can apply here: https://lauradoyle.org/marriage-relationship-coaching.

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  125. Hi i have been married to my husband for nearly 9 years he for a year up to date developed a bad drug habit n things got a bit out of control, the day he confessed to me i told him i need a bit of space to get my head round things, so his mum to help n she insisted he went n stayed with her my understanding it would only be for a few days, therefore i was glad he was safe n maybe she n i could work together to help him! This was soo not the case his family has turned it around in his head that i threw him out n he keeps verbally attacking me saying i threw him out, its been now six months and he wont return home he has been going out every weekend drink smoking cannabis and become really distant and vindictive towards me saying and acting like not himself, and it has only come to light that his family members have been playing a big part in manipulating him and turning him against me i have three kids and now i hear his mother is trying to get in his head encouraging him to meet someone else n that he should consider trying to get my kids from me, he sounds just like his family he has even stopped wearing his wedding ring! I have tried communicating n reaching out to him but its like i dont recongnise him anymore! He dosent sound the same or look the same! Im at a lost and dont know what to do now anymore i have nothing but been loyal and focused on my kids through all this and i havent done any off what he keeps accusing me off! Even his relationship with the kids is really changed! Im really worried about him and all the manipulation and what he’s turning himself into he was such a loving devoted father and husband! Please help im at a loss.

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    • Dims, I’m sorry to hear about all the struggles you’ve been going through as a wife and mother dealing with your husband’s drug use and conflict with your in-laws. It sounds like you married a good man, and I admire you for wanting to do everything you can to keep your family together.

      I have seen many happy endings even when addiction is involved, as I recently shared in my blog. As long as you and your children are safe, I believe you can turn things around too and reconcile your family.

      I love your openness to trying a new approach and invite you to my upcoming webinar, where I talk about what to do when he has moved out: How to Get Respect, Reconnect and Rev Up Your Love Life. You can register for free at https://lauradoyle.org/swewtraining/

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  126. Hi Laura
    This time last year my husband was accused of something he didn’t do. It’s had such an impact on us. I was pregnant at time..stood by him 100% and never doubted him. He went into depression..he got into debt and over course of 6 month he pushed me away, no intimacy and he had some very dark times. I had my son 7 month ago. We also have a 5 year old. A few weeks after out son was born he moved out..said he no longer is in love with me and he has lived with his mum since. I was heartbroken, but the Kids kept me going and the thought that this wasnt really him
    .3 months passed and we rarely spoke and if we did he insisted it was over. Then out the blue 3 month after he left..he turned up at my house crying. He misses me, us as a family..he can’t see out of the hole he’s in etc. For the following 3 month I’ve helped him, been there, spent time as a family..really got on, flirted, had amazing sex etc. We were really rebuidling things. Then he started to feel down again..things from last year surfaced and he’s back to square one. Says he’s tried with me and it didnt work and thats that. But we were getting on amazingly. I feel like we be fine back to first splitting again. He said he wants space..time with kids and sort his head out but when he does he doesn’t think there’s a future for us still as it’s now been a year of depression n were too far apart. I don’t get it..i don’t get how we can be getting on romantically so well for last 3 months after everything n now i feel worthless and not good enough all over again. I don’t get how he can want to be in my life so much n not feel love for me..i haven’t heard him say he loves me for a year now..even recently when more or less back together but living separate. Do I accept this is the end? Thanks

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    • Lisa, that is a shock to have your husband call it quits again after you stayed by his side throughout his depression and things were looking up. I so admire your commitment to your marriage.

      One of my clients had a depressed husband, who left her. That’s when she discovered the Intimacy Skills. Not only did she get her husband back from his mistress, his depression lifted. I see the same thing happen again and again–the wife focusing on her happiness and becoming her best self inspires her husband to do the same.

      Lisa, you too can save your marriage and reconcile your family. I’ll give you some tools to do that in my upcoming webinar: How to Get Respect, Reconnect and Rev Up Your Love Life. You can register for free at https://lauradoyle.org/swewtraining/

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  127. My husband says he fell out of love with me 7 months ago, that our marriage was dead. At didn’t realize it at the time but he as right. We were simply living as roommates. I didn’t realize how unhappy regarding what was missing until it was too late (we hadn’t had sex in over a year and he has a very high drive which I always knew about). After he realized he no longer loved me, he actively pursued an affair with a women he sees at work daily. The affair is extremely intense!!!!! He temporarily broke it off for a week because he knew I still loved him and he wanted to “try” for us, but after only 5 days, he came to the conclusion that as much as he wanted to, he just simply could not get the love back. That he had reached the point of no return and our marriage simply had too much baggage and damage. I believe deep down he would love for us to have a happy marriage but he has no interest in trying or opening up his heart to it because he owner believe his love for me could ever come back. He is hot and heavy in the affair and has NO PLANS to end it and he will stay in it until/if/when it dies.
    I desperately want him back and the marriage we deserve but I’m feeling like I’m clinging to false hope. We still love together “as friends” for the sake of our 3 younger children. That is our current agreed upon arrangement. My husband’s thinking is very black and white and once his mind is made up, that’s usually it. We’ve been “married” 13 years although he feels most of those years were not good (at least as far as sex and affection goes). I don’t want to be mislead about chances of repairing this marriage if it is unlikely it can be saved….Any thoughts? I’ve already been utilizing many of the strategies since I learned of the affair at end of July, which has been going on full force since end of May (so about 4 full months now).

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    • Sara, I’m sorry to hear that your husband seems determined to end your marriage and stay with another woman. That is devastating. I hear how committed you are to saving your marriage and really admire you.

      I firmly believe that a wife with the Intimacy Skills trumps a mistress any day of the week and twice on Sundays! Because that’s what I see over and over, even when the husband claims that his mind is made up. One husband said he was “intractable,” that nothing his wife did would change his mind. Today, he says he doesn’t know what he was thinking because he’s so grateful for her.

      I know you can have that too. I’d love to help you deepen your practice of the Intimacy Skills to attract him back. I invite you to my upcoming Introductory Course on the 6 Intimacy Skills. You can register for free at https://lauradoyle.org/swewtraining/

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  128. Me and my husband separated in June 2015 (it was me that left as I had a bit of a breakdown). He asked me what he could do to get me back and I asked for time to get myself straight and he agreed. Since then he’s been with other women (a couple of them are just slightly older than his daughter!). When I felt ready to speak to him, I told him I still love him with all my heart and I was ready to give our marriage another try. He then said he’d moved on and wanted a divorce. Since he said that we’ve spent two nights together and things got physical. Since then we got on fantastically and while I was on a night out with my stepdaughter I told him he would never meet anyone who would live him like I do and he agreed! But since then he won’t talk to me, my stepdaughter doesn’t talk to me, and I feel so confused and angry as I feel I was used for sex and he did it because he knew I would go with him because of how I feel. We have 2 girls together and the youngest (aged 13) is desperate for us to get back together. My parents want me to get the divorce and forget about him. I don’t want a divorce but he is adamant that this is the only way it’s going to go. I know he still has feelings for me but I just don’t know which warmly to go. It’s not like I haven’t had offers from other guys, I’ve had several but I’ve refused them all because they are not him. Help! How on earth do I get him back or am I destined to be alone and lonely for the rest of my life. I’m 44 and he’s 42 and the last 2 years have been hell without him. I’ve even considered just ending it all but I have my kids and they keep me going. Do I have a chance of getting him back or should I just give up on ever being happy again?

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    • Diane, it sounds really painful to feel you were used on top of your husband being adamant about getting divorced. I acknowledge you for your vulnerability, which is so attractive.

      You are not alone. Many of my clients’ husbands have insisted they were leaving and nothing the wife did would change his mind. Then the wives found the 6 Intimacy Skills and got some support to learn how to implement them in their situation. These women not only saved their marriages but became cherished, desired and adored. One husband says he doesn’t know what he was thinking when he kept saying how adamant he was.

      You can be the next surrendered wife to save your marriage. I invite you to apply for a complimentary discovery call to see how working with a coach would fit for you. The call alone will bring you clarity. You can apply here: https://lauradoyle.org/marriage-relationship-coaching.

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        • Diane, I hear your commitment to getting the support to empower you to save your marriage, and I want to acknowledge you. I’m sorry to hear that private coaching is not a fit for you financially right now. I have other coaching packages to fit different budgets. You can also learn the 6 Intimacy Skills from my book The Empowered Wife. Here’s a free chapter: http://getcherished.com

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  129. Hello again Laura. I hope you don’t mind me contacting you again, but you are so attentive to all the women on this article so I keep returning for support. The truth is that since my husband left me and our 5 yo daughter for someone else, I have become increasingly negative towards him. It brings out a nasty side to me where I insult the other woman who he is now planning on moving in with. I say the most awful things. I’m sure this all comes from anxiety and worry that this is really happening, he really isn’t going to change his mind. I have filed for divorce for financial security for myself and my daughter but I still love my husband despite his awful actions. Also it has extended to his family who he said are glad he left me although I think he lied there and has basically lied about me to them to validate his decision. I can’t seem to initiate the intamacy skills. I feel compelled to be horrible to him as I feel so betrayed and also I go into fight mode for my daughters sake as he has denied her of a loving family life we always wanted. Is it too late for us? Thanks again for listening and reading your continued support of all these women gives me real strength.
    LW

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    • LW, I admire your vulnerability and your awareness of the fear behind your actions. I love your commitment to seeking support, especially at such a painful time when your family is coming apart.

      I remember when my desire for intimacy wasn’t enough. I felt compelled to speak my mind and didn’t feel very dignified. Knowing what I could do differently wasn’t enough; I needed support to put the 6 Intimacy Skills into practice and to see my own blind spots. Once I got that support, everything changed, and my marriage became magical.

      It is not too late to save your marriage. I would love to give you the support to empower you to do that before taking further action on a divorce I’m hearing you don’t want. I invite you to apply for a complimentary discovery call to see how working with a coach would fit for you. You can apply at https://lauradoyle.org/marriage-relationship-coaching.

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  130. I gave into my ex husbands demands for divorce after he hit midlife crisis following several big life changes (career change, loss of friend, our eldest child relocating countries and my chronic illness and depression). We’d been married 18 years, together 21. He sought comfort in an emotional affair with 2 women while working overseas and when I discovered it I lost the plot. His drinking was becoming an issue over the years and as he hid smoking and online behaviour from me, I felt betrayed. He broke up with me by email of all things and refused to come home at first. I was bewildered as I did not know there were issues prior to the emotional affairs being uncovered. As he worked away from home for the required separation time, our divorce went straight through and was completed in 2 months in June. He visits our teen every few months and has him over at his parents house. I do still love him. Our insecurities meant we pushed eachother’s buttons at the time of divorce. I have been working through some of my issues and desire a reconciliation/new beginning with him. If he has not already committed to another woman (which he has not), is there still hope? I am planning on purchasing your books and because I recently finished up at work to care for my child, currently have no income with which to invest in coaching but would consider saving if it would be appropriate given our finalised divorce.

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    • Elle, I’m sorry to hear about the divorce and everything else you’ve been through. That is devastating. Especially when you still love him! I admire how open, willing and committed you are to saving your relationship.

      One of my clients acquiesced to her husband’s demand for a divorce. She practiced the 6 Intimacy Skills with him throughout the process. Though the papers were signed, they stayed together. No one knows she’s actually living with her boyfriend, and their relationship is more playful and passionate than before.

      As long as your man is not married to someone else, you have the power to reconcile with him too. I’ll give you the tools to get started in my upcoming Introductory Course on the 6 Intimacy Skills. You can register for free at https://lauradoyle.org/swewtraining/

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  131. Hi Laura,
    My husband left 3 weeks ago after i found out about two women he had been with at work. The most recent a 23 year old student. Obviously i was devastated at the time. 4 days later he started flirting with me and complimenting me, needless to say i as shocked! Since then we have continued to flirt on and off both in person and via text. I do feel like i am getting mixed messages from him as sometimes he tells me he loves me but then tells me he doesnt know if he wants to come home. Im not sure how to handle the situation! Im trying to back off and not pressure him, is that the right thing to do? Also it is his birthday soo , should i make an effort with this? Buy him something nice like i normally do? Im finding hard to know what to do!

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    • Michelle, that is devastating and shocking to get such mixed messages from your husband! I admire you for having the courage and faith to relinquish control. Your commitment to saving your marriage is amazing.

      When I learned about the 6 Intimacy Skills after my husband had retreated from me, I was confused what to do because this approach was so different from my controlling default. Fortunately, I had the support of other surrendering women to help me know how to apply the Intimacy Skills to what I was going through. As a result, I got the playful, passionate marriage I’d always wanted.

      I’d love to give you more support to attract your husband back home and have the faithful marriage you deserve. I invite you to my upcoming free Introductory Course on the 6 Intimacy Skills at https://lauradoyle.org/swewtraining/.

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  132. Hi Laura, This is Baviya. Actually mine is a love marriage. Me and my husband love each other and got married with parents’ permission with some mess in it. 1 year we were together only. But I used to fight with him for small things like your parents are not treating me well, you are not picking my calls like that. But our intimacy and other things were awesome. But on one fine day I told him to go out of the house in anger when he was talking to his mother. They dislike me. They came and took his son away from me and they applied for divorce as well. Now am away from my husband. It’s been 5 months I met him last. Now also we are talking to each without our parents’ knowledge. And he is telling that it’s good to be apart. Than being together and losing you it’s not difficult for me to watch how you’re like that. Is that any chance for me to live with my husband? I want my husband back and am sooo stressed… Please give me some ideas.

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    • Baviya, I’m sorry to hear about your husband leaving and saying he wants to stay apart. That does sound stressful. I love your vulnerability and your commitment to your marriage.

      I used to say horrible things to my husband in anger. Even when he was under the same roof, it was as if he wasn’t there because we had no connection. Then I found the 6 Intimacy Skills, which attracted him back to me. Now I have the playful, passionate marriage I’d always wanted.

      You can save your marriage. What your husband is saying now that you’ve reconnected is a good sign. I’ll show you what to do when he has moved out in my upcoming free Introductory Course on the 6 Intimacy Skills at https://lauradoyle.org/swewtraining/.

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  133. Hello Mrs. Laura, about a month ago my ex fiancé and I split up during a fight at our third couples counseling session. I could tell the counselor sucked but the unimaginable happened, the counselor actually told my fiancé to leave me. He validated my fiancé’s emotions and then my fiance felt this was a sign we are not meant to be together. We have been together six years and have a beautiful five year old son and a ten year old daughter from my previous marriage. My son and daughter are devastated, I am devastated. We decided to go to counseling because we wanted to work through frustrations of respecting each other and each others families. It’s funny because I absolutely adore my ex fiancé and he feels I have a lack of respect for him. I admit I can have a pretty bad temper when fired up and I had every intention of trying to fix it so I did not lose him. He himself began insulting me. I felt we both had a lot to work on. But losing him was not an option I just did not and do not know how to fix it. He left a month ago and just moved to his own place. I sent him a text message telling him how sorry I am everything happened the way it did and that I loved him no matter what and always will. I got no response only a text message on Halloween saying to “be careful with the little ones”. I do not know what to do, I do not want to lose him. We have always worked through things before and I am lost now.

    I listened to your webinar last night and it was encouraging, I wish I would of read about you before we separated. Maybe I wouldn’t be in this position now. He left and it is as if he just forgot about me. Do you really believe there is hope for us?

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    • Jennifer, I’m sorry to hear about your fiancé leaving you at the counselor’s behest, when you were just trying to work things out. That is devastating. I admire your commitment to your relationship and family.

      Marriage counseling only made things worse in my relationship too. Then I found the 6 Intimacy Skills and finally got the tools to attract him back to me. Now I have the playful, passionate marriage I’d always wanted.

      There is hope for you to get him back and reunite your family. I’ll show you what to do in my upcoming free Introductory Course on the 6 Intimacy Skills at https://lauradoyle.org/swewtraining/.

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  134. If you act happy while he is out doing what he wants with who knows who. Doesn’t that make him feel like you are better off without him?

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    • Carol, I get that it’s scary to risk him thinking you’re better off without him with your happiness. I appreciate your vulnerability and admire your commitment to your relationship.

      The 6 Intimacy Skills seemed counterintuitive to me too. They were so different from how I’d always done things. But the old way pushed my husband away, whereas this approach makes it so he can’t stay away!

      I would love to give you the tools to attract your man back too. I’ll show you how in my upcoming free Introductory Course on the 6 Intimacy Skills at https://lauradoyle.org/swewtraining/.

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  135. Dear ms Laura .. I just came across your blog when googling how to get my husband back after he has left me .. we have been married for 18 years and together for 20. We have 3 kids together and both our boys are grown and moved out . It has just been me , my husband and my daughter living at home and things have seemed quite peaceful . We have fallen into routines . I have been a stay at home mom for 15 yrs and I take care of the house , kids , cook all that good stuff . He is an owner of 2 businesses and works hard every day . I make sure when he comes home he doesn’t have to lift a finger . I make his drink when he comes in the door and wait on him for any need he has . He just recently sat me down one Saturday morning about 3 weeks ago and told me he wasn’t happy , hasn’t been in a long time and loves me but isint “in Love” with me anymore . He packed up all his personal belonging and left me and my daughter .. he is paying all our bills and giving me money that I need .. he still wants to be friends which is very hard because I want to cry every time I look at him . It has only been 3 weeks since he left and he is already starting the filing of the divorce papers . I hate that and don’t understand why after 20 yrs he is in such a hurry to divorce me . He swears there is no one else that he is seeing but I can’t help to have a sick feeling that that might be what is going on .. but he says he doesn’t want anyone … wants to be alone and sure doesn’t want another woman to cause him problems .. I have never been the type of wife to gripe a lot and always let him have his “guy time” and now I see maybe it was too much time away from me .. but I have always been left at home with the kids , to take care of and entertain. I love my husband with all my heart and I am just so broken right now . I want him back more than anything and I have been staying in church and praying hard about it , but I don’t know if I should give up hope and just try to move on like he wants or do I just keep trying to win him back ??? Please help me with some advice .. after 20 years I don’t want to lose him .. he’s my other half and my forever .. my heart is shattered and I want my little family back together . Even his own parents don’t understand why he is doing this .. it’s the hardest thing I have ever had to go thru and I have lost both my parents . It’s almost like mourning a death but he’s still out there walking around trying to find happiness by himself . ????

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    • Jenny, I’m so sorry to hear about your husband leaving without warning, especially after you have been such a devoted wife. That is devastating. Your vulnerability is beautiful, and my heart goes out to you.

      One client’s husband moved out abruptly. She was devastated but remained committed to practicing the 6 Intimacy Skills. He came back home and started telling her he loves her many times a day and holding her tighter than ever.

      You too can save your marriage. I’ll show you how to restore the respect and love in your home in my upcoming free Introductory Course on the 6 Intimacy Skills at https://lauradoyle.org/swewtraining/.

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  136. Hello Laura.

    My ex broke up with me 2 months ago after 9 years. He says loves me more than anything, but says he has lost his feelings for me and that scares him because he has been so sure of his feelings for me all the years we have been together. He need space to feel if he misses me and if there is feelings for me.He’s moved out and I am giving him space. He says he don’t want to give me any hope, but if we in the end of all this can be a family that’s what he wants (we have a 2 year old daughter). I guess our problems started after we had our daugther, and after he got a new job 2 years ago and was/is much away from home.

    We have almost had any contact lately, just regarding our child.
    But yesterday he suddenly sent me a text asking if we could meet for lunch to talk about how I was doing (i’ve been struggling with my mental health for some months), talk about our child and so on.
    We met and ended up talking for 2 hours and nothing about what he said we was going to talk about. We talked about everyday things. Almost like we was sitting at home around our kitchen table. And when we said goodbye I said to him that we did not talk about the things we where supposed to talk about. And than he suggesed we could talk about it the next time. He said that we could meet up once a week to talk, because we needed to be in contact. One of our struggles was communication. And I have been working on my communicstion skills in therapy. I have been making many positive changes theese last couple of months and he has said to others thst he sees it.

    I am wondering how do I use theese meetings to start to communicate and reconnect with him emotionally?

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    • Merethe, I’m sorry to hear about the breakup of your longterm relationship. I admire you for showing respect and for your commitment to keeping your family together.

      When my husband retreated from me, I had zero communication skills–at least none that fostered connection. The 6 Intimacy Skills gave me the tools to communicate in a way that attracted him back so I could have the playful, passionate marriage I always wanted.

      It’s a great sign that your man is initiating more contact. I’ll show you how to take advantage of those opportunities to reconnect emotionally in my upcoming free Introductory Course on the 6 Intimacy Skills at https://lauradoyle.org/swewtraining/.

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  137. Hi Laura, my husband left me 2 months ago accusing me of having an affair with my co-worker. He always leaving me every long weekend going to another province of the country looking a place to transfer to. One day, i went out with my co-worker but with some of his friends, and i slept over my co-worker’s house, but i swear nothing happened. He keeps on insisting that something happened, that it’s impossible nothing happened when i slept in my co-worker’s house. But that’s the truth. I couldn’t let him believe, so left me. But he still keeps on texting me and calling me up. He said he still loves me but right now he has full of angers and could’t take out from his mind that night i slept with my co-worker’s house. But i swear to God nothing really happened between me and my co-worker. What can i do? How can i make him come back?
    Before he left me, he was reallt planning to leave me, that’s why he went to different places without letting me know where was it. Until one day, i’ve decided to go out with my co-worker and his friends. And because of that, he accused me of having an affair with that man. How can i removed that from his mind? He’s accusing me of something that isn’t true.

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  138. Hello laura

    My husband left me for someone else
    We been together for 19 years and married for 10 years we have 6 beautiful kids together and i miss him so much so does the kids
    I really want him back we need him
    Its been 6 weeks now since he left i found out about the other women a week before he left and that week he kept saying im the one he wants to be with he loves me and still in love with me then the night he left his still contacting her so i lost it and we fought and he left been gone since
    Thru the 6 weeks his says his happy and that were done his moved on
    I really need help to get my family back together

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    • Melissa, I’m so sorry to hear about your husband leaving you and your children. That is devastating. I admire your beautiful vulnerability and commitment to your marriage.

      I remember how hopeless I felt when my husband had retreated from me. The 6 Intimacy Skills taught me how to attract him back so I could be desired, cherished and adored.

      You can get your man back and your family back together. I’ll show you how in my upcoming free Introductory Course on the 6 Intimacy Skills at https://lauradoyle.org/swewtraining/.

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  139. Hi Laura – im in a desperate situation. Im on my 2nd marriage, we’ve been married only for 3 years. 8 weeks ago my husband went on a school reunion and met a woman he’d not seen for 30 years, says he’s been in love with her since he was 13 and within a week he was gone to be with her, and still is. He’s been messaging me daily saying he loves me, im the most beautiful woman in the world etc but then retracts and claims he never said those things. How can this be? Our marriage was so fine before that reunion, although I believe a week or so beforehand there was some flirty texting going on.

    Ive seen him for 2 seperate hours in 2 months, only about 4-5 phone calls and everything else has been done by text. Ive had no proper closure and am desperate for some help/advice

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  140. Hi Laura,
    10 years ago I cheated on my husband. He was not there for me and after had admitted to not being there for me. Still wrong. Should not have done it and am forever remorseful. So in the meantime, I feel our relationship has grown and actually become stronger. Our sex life… AMAZING. We get along extremely well. Perfect couple. (Trying to make this short as possible). Dated 10 years, will be Married 22 years in December 9. October 7, he tells me he can’t get past the infidelity and thinks about it every year at this time…. I didn’t know this. October 14, tells me he is moving out. Has an apartment since November 1, has stayed the night there twice and will tonight and tomorrow night (being tomorrow is Thanksgiving and won’t be here, of course). He has not totally moved out yet but will be. Anyway, says he is not happy and has not been for a long time. (News to me!) we just came back from a week in Vegas in August. Making plans for our future (retirement, etc) and he is not happy?? I’m so confused. He has an extremely stressful job and I know this. I think he is stressed, depressed and probably going through a mid life crisis (age 48). I know I have no choice but to let him go and hope and pray that his distance gives him time to miss me, miss us and our two teenage girls. This sucks and I don’t know what to do. I want my husband back. I want our life the way it was. I want my family reunited. Please help.

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    • Patti, I can see why you’re confused! That is a shock to hear your husband is moving out after you’ve been getting along so well and living it up together. Your vulnerability is beautiful, as is your commitment to your marriage.

      I was confused when my husband was unhappy even though I believed I was doing everything I could to be a good wife. The 6 Intimacy Skills gave me the tools to attract him back and make our marriage more playful and passionate than ever.

      You too can save your marriage! I’ll show you how in my upcoming free Introductory Course on the 6 Intimacy Skills at https://lauradoyle.org/swewtraining/.

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  141. Hi Laura. My partner of 9 years and husband of 2 years had a 5 month affair that I discovered on his phone 7 weeks ago. There’s been a lot of tears, tantrums and coming and going, but essentially he left for his parents about a month ago. He has text his woman since and admits to having strong feelings for her (love) which he is trying to deal with. He has been diagnosed wth depression and anxiety and is currently handling that. He has been a better father than he ever was since this happened and nothing is too much bother with regards to childcare. He told me two weeks ago that he can’t imagine coming home as he can’t be who I need him to be, which devastated me. After he anger and pain subsided I started researching on various blogs and changed my tactic. I told him he was right to put a stop to this, and that our relationship was never going to recover with such pressure. I told him my interest in the other woman has gone and that I didn’t have any intention of contacting her, she knows what he’s done. I’ve joined a gym, been planning nights out and concentrated on me and my kids, trouble is we don’t fall into the one of two categories. He isn’t begging to come home and he hasn’t took the ppportunity to be with her. He says a relationship with her isn’t even on his mind at the moment. Obviously he hasn’t said it never will which hurts, but I haven’t told him that. He’s going out with friends from work tomorrow, and told me he swears she won’t be there or is meeting her, and will update me with pics, none of which I asked for. He also wants to meet for breakfast on Saturday morning with our children. I don’t know whether to go as I’m dead certain on setting boundaries and seeming like I’m strong and dealing with it. My question is, do you see these as positive signs? If he truly is working on himself and soul searching, should I see this as a positive move to meet him? Not talk about the relationship and just be my usual happy self? And what would you do in the near future? Any information would be greatly appreciated

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    • Hopeful, I’m sorry to hear about your husband having an affair and leaving. That is devastating.

      I admire your commitment to focusing on your happiness and showing up as the goddess of fun and light rather than having to have a state of the union talk. I hear lots of good signs that are indeed hopeful!

      I was taken aback when my husband retreated from me. I thought I was being a good wife, until I found the 6 Intimacy Skills. Then I learned how to attract him back and have the playful, passionate marriage I’d always wanted.

      You too can attract your husband back and reconcile your family. I’ll share what to do during a separation in my upcoming free Introductory Course on the 6 Intimacy Skills at https://lauradoyle.org/swewtraining/.

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  142. Dear Laura, My husband recently left and I found out he’s living with another women, we are still talking and still meeting up and being intimate I feel like the other women in my marriage I justvdont know what to do at this point I love him so much. I am reading your book now and trying to take your advice. I think he’s just going through a midlife crisis at this point. We have not always had the best relationship because of my past I am a recovering addict and am now 16mths clean but he says things in our past he just can’t seem to get over. I just don’t know what to do. I am using your technics I just want my marriage back. I love him so much, I just don’t understand why he would stay with me through all that and leave now that I’m doing so well. I want my marriage back. I miss my husband so much.

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    • Joanna, congratulations on your recovery. That is devastating for your husband to leave and move in with someone else. I admire your beautiful vulnerability and your commitment to your marriage.

      In my experience, a wife with the Intimacy Skills trumps a mistress any day of the week and twice on Sundays. Again and again, I see wives attracting their husbands back as the other woman disappears.

      You too can get your marriage back. I’ll show you how in my upcoming free Introductory Course on the 6 Intimacy Skills at https://lauradoyle.org/swewtraining/.

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  143. My husband and I had some problems and were in the process of buying a new house. I guess I kind of freaked out and went out one night and messed around with someone. I later told him about it and he kicked me out. After I had already started looking for a place he begged and pleaded that I not leave. I felt I needed to so I could work things out on my own to better us. This was in June, I told him I would move back in December that was my deadline. Though out the course we did not have much intimacy but once a month. I was very harsh with my words and even made him sign a separation agreement as I was afraid he would leave me I wanted to make sure myself and our 3 kids were okay. I did sleep with someone else but also found out he had done the same twice. Also a week after I moved out he had went on a blind date and stayed the night with the girl. Then he has been continuiously lying to me. I finally moved back in November and we went to buy a new car. He suggested I get the loan myself but was willing to cosign if I needed. The whole time I found out he was talking to some girl he had slept with back in September. After I moved back in he told me he was done, didn’t love me and things had been over for him for a long time. I then find out he has been talking to some girl for a month. The same time frame when he told me he wasn’t in love with me and he won’t kiss me or touch me or anything. I have been trying very hard, but i only seem to cry and get angry when I talk to him because I want our marriage to work I want to save us, but he doesn’t want to. I suggested counseling and he said no. I don’t know what to do at this point, I just want to save my family. I understand the trust is gone, but he just keeps telling me he wants to be my friend and then last week he went to talk to a lawyer about filing. Please help!

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  144. Hello Laura,
    I have been married for 8 years now and the last three has ever been a complete nightmare. My husband started a fling with his ex-supervisors daughter who just so happened to have a fling with his friend before him! My husband seemed to like her and they have been together ever since. She lives in another country but he frecuently would go see her with the pretext of visiting his family back home. I found out later that the relationship has been going on and off for three years now. Our relationship has been the same. He left , then came back but it was more him in one room me in another then I moved to another state , because we had agreed to him potentially moving. Before moving while separated and together he will never stop wanting to be intimate with me he always wanted to but he would never sleep in the same room with me. After moving I broke things off because the other woman was just positing and bragging about their relationship on social media. Once I broke that off he still has kept in touch with me and the kids and is financially supportive still. He still pays most of my bills and has not stopped wanting to speak to me. Even with all the evidence I have shown him he still denies he has a relationship with her although he has presented her to his parents. This is frustrating and confusing. Any advise will be appreciated. God bless.

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  145. My husband told me he no longer loves me. He has been having an emotional affair for over a year with his child’s mother. He said he is moving out after Christmas. Is there hope in trying any of those tactics or just give up his mind is made. We have been married 17 years.

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  146. I am trying to save my marriage after my husband left 5 months ago. He doesn’t want to talk about the marriage at all. and all he can talk to me about is his work. for our whole marriage all he has ever talked about is his work. i listen, i understand, i hear everything and know everything about it. But how can I ever make him feel comfortable talking about anything else.

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  147. I’m desperately looking for some hope. My husband of 14 years just told me he doesn’t want to be with me anymore. He said that he loves me so much and wants me to be happy but there is 14 years of hurt and baggage and he can’t do it anymore. I know it’s my fault. I’ve been depressed and negative for a long time ( going to the doctor about this tomorrow) and I would always get angry at him over stupid stuff and question if he loves me which is what hurt him the most. He says no one would have stayed that long and he’s thought about leaving for the past 10 years but was worried what I would do if he left. He says he can’t even imagine a future where we are happy together. That we could stay together and just be dead inside. I’m so bitter at myself for my behavior that has hurt him so often and for so long. If feels like the damage is too great. I feel like I’m dying. Is there any hope??

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  148. I don’t even know how someone can go back to someone who has cheated on them. My husband is having an affair – I just found out about it. Married 12 years – 2 beautiful children. He has depression issues that he won’t get help for. I cannot forgive him having an affair. I can’t believe he would break our trust and our home and our family dynamic. I do love him, but I can’t get past it the affair and I know it’s not going to last. How do you do it?!

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  149. My husband and I have been separated 3 times. My mom lived with us our whole marriage and has finally moved out. Hubby came home and this is day 3 and all we do is fight. When he visited before he got a job and moved back it was great, we had lots of sex and had fun just watching tv and eating, etc. Now that he is back, he is on me about everything, everything I do is wrong. I am afraid I made a horrible mistake and I should have just divorced him. I am not sure what to do. Things are great when he was just visiting but not that he is here full time again it’s all gone to hell. Help. How do we stop the constant bickering about every little thing? He already threatened to get a motel tomorrow night? I keep a clean house, cook for him, am nice until he constantly picks on me. It’s like he is looking for things.

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  150. Hi,
    My husband and I have been separated for just over 10 months and it was just over 13 months ago he told me ‘I love you but…..” I also found out he has started an emotional affair with a younger colleague. We have been together for 20 years married 8 and have two young boys. I got recomended your books (read both surrender wife and first kill) early in this process and I have watched your webinars, I just don’t have the means for a coach. I’ve been trying my hardest to practice the skills for almost a year now and it seems to be working as he doesn’t seem resentful or uncomfortable being around me. He even came a couple of hours on Christmas Eve before taking the boys to his parents for Christmas Day. BUT(!) he is still seeing the OW and before Christmas he let our boys meet her too AND I found the petition for devorce on my doorstep as me and the kids came back from holiday after New Year. I’m devastated and I feel so betrayed and rejected and hurt by the person I thought would always be in my corner……with the paperwork being filed I see no other option than to respond as doing anything else would show him that I don’t respect him and his wishes. It is just happening so fast and I fear he is making all these decisions whilst in limmeremce.

    Have you got any advice on what to do once the papers been filed and do you believe there is still a chance? I know we can have a great relationship as I’ve learnt so much about myself this past year. And I would love for nothing else than for our kids to have their dad back home?

    I’ve read how one of your coaches managed to stop her divorce before the papers were signed and i found a lot of hope in her story….but I can’t stop thinking that this is rare?
    Can you give me any hope?

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  151. My husband and I have only been married for 6 months. We got married before he was supposed to go to basic training, but right before he left the army discovered a medical problem and he could no longer be in the military. So one night my husband calls me at 3am while I’m sleeping to pick him up from a bar. I pick him up and he’s drunk and immediately says he wants a divorce and to be free to be on his own. He said he wants to know what it’s like to make it with no one to help him. We argue and fight about it. And he leaves. He’s been gone for a week and he’s come back a couple of times. He kisses me and tells me he loves me and sleeps in the bed with me. When he comes back he says he will work on saving our marriage but he doesn’t want it to be saved. He said maybe his mind can be changed but right now he doesn’t want it to. He agreed to go to counseling and he agreed to work on things. If he’s agreeing to these things doesn’t that mean a small part of him does want his mind to be changed? This came completely out of nowhere and I found out he has a few single friends that have been trying to convince him to be single again. There’s also a coworker that told him she was interested in him and he didn’t return the interest but he talks to her regularly and tells me I have to get over that. The divorce talk came completely out of nowhere. He has started drinking every night fr