Jan. 14, 2002 -- Dan Savage and his mom are co-hosts of the
WebMD Savage Family Advice message board. He recently fielded this question
posed to him:
I have been with my boyfriend for 1 1/2 years. I met him at
work; first no-no. He was married; second no-no. He was with her for 14 years,
married for nine of them, and they have three children. The marriage was bad
for some time. She was seeing someone else, so was he. We met, just talked for
several months, then he decided to leave her (four months after we met) and
move in with me. His wife had her boyfriend move in with her. Then, however, he
grew more and more bitter about that. It was OK for him to be with me, but not
OK for his ex-wife to move on with her life.
By Keith Ablow, M.D.It’s high time to figure out what’s making you perpetually behind. Here,
strategies to help you get out of the lateness rut.
Some years ago when I was chief resident in psychiatry at the New England
Medical Center, I decided it was finally time to enter therapy myself. I was
dating the woman who would later become my wife and I wanted to explore why I
hadn’t yet committed to her.
So I booked an appointment with a noted psychiatrist, about 10 miles from my
home, and left...
Time passed, and we moved on and things were going great
between us. He no longer showed signs of bitterness or feeling sorry for
himself. Everything was going along fine, until recently. In one argument, he
said he wished he were still with his ex-wife and that I will never be half the
woman she was.
This hurt me deeply. Did he say those things to hurt me? Or
did he really mean them? Is he with me only because he can't be with her? He is
not exactly the type of person you can ask these questions. Plus, he may just
lie about it, rather than hurt my feelings by telling me the truth. I never
compare him to my ex-boyfriends, or tell him they were better men than he'll
Maybe I should just ask him to leave and go figure out what
he wants. I don't want this thrown in my face every time we argue. Do you have
any advice? I do love him more than I have loved anyone. I just can't
understand, after all this time, why would he now say these things?