New Girlfriend From Abusive Relationship
I have a girlfriend that recently left a very abusive husband. She was married over a decade. She was abused in every way. We have been very happy in every aspect of our relationship and moved in together. I am not perfect, but I'm a kind and loving person and far from abusive. I appreciate a give and take relationship of 2 equals.She now threatens to leave every once in a while because she "can't do normal". She sometimes threatens to go back to her ex husband because she misses a person controlling her life.
Advice from her friends has been that I need to scare her sometimes and play the jealous/possessive type. That just doesn't seem right and not something I'd be happy doing for any length of time.
I love her and want it to work, but I'm afraid that being healthy means I will lose her. Worse yet, she will end up in an abusive and unsafe situation.
Response from Dr. DeFoore
Hello Chris, and thanks for telling your story here. You have an interesting and unusual situation. I'm glad that you're not abusive, and regardless of the well meaning advice of your friends, it will never help you or your girlfriend for you to go out of character to be jealous and controlling.
If "keeping" your girlfriend is your top priority, then you may find yourself becoming someone you don't like. Love is letting go. If she genuinely loves you, she will have to learn to love (and heal) herself to allow your love in. That's up to her.
Nothing is worth giving up your psychological and emotional health for. If you did that, you would resent her and yourself, and then you would be the one with the problem, and she'd probably leave you for that.
The only way is to be healthy, love her, and let her go if she insists that she needs to be controlled.
Please read the following pages on relationships, which I think will help you:
quotes on relationships
letting go of a relationship
I hope this works out well for both of you, Chris.
My very best to you,
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