It’s a complaint we hear often from people looking for help for their marriages:“I feel distant from my spouse.” “I try to get my husband to open up, but instead he just shuts down.” “My wife just doesn’t seem interested in me anymore. I feel like we’re a million miles apart.” This is emotional abandonment. Instead of physically leaving the relationship, your spouse simply checks out emotionally. They stop investing in the marriage, leaving their spouse feeling detached and unwanted.
One can only feel this kind of lonely for so long then make the decision to be happy. As much as it hurts to leave the person you put so much time and effort into, sometimes it's the best decision for them and the ones they are protecting.
It is hard to get out of abusive relationships and, the longer you stay, the more difficult it becomes. When you finally do escape, you are no longer the person you were. The person you were died and is gone forever.
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