Feeling stumped about how to open your relationship successfully?
Looking for input on better communication?
Want to rebuild trust, fight better, or change the patterns in your relationship?
I'm here to simplify the research on healthy relationships and make polyamory as simple as possible by answering some of the questions I frequently hear from folks.
If you can’t find the answer to your question below, then ask me. There are no stupid questions!
Is it possible to stop being jealous?
Oh sweetheart, I can feel the pain of the jealousy you're experiencing in the situation you described. I wish I could tell you jealousy can go away- but I don't think it should. I think the weight it's carrying in your life can be alleviated.
I work with lots of people to change the way we relate to and manage jealousy. It's not easy work, but it is possible to change the way jealousy shows up for us and what we do with it. If you're looking for some practices please check this out.
My husband cheated on me and now I feel crazy. Will that feeling ever stop?
It's totally normal to feel out of balance and overwhelmed after something shocking happens. Most of the people I work with who have affairing partners feel completely blindsided when they find out and are overwhelmed by emotions afterward. Some of them say they feel "obsessed" and get really stuck in cyclical thoughts and worst-case-scenario planning. Sometimes this stuck thinking feels worse than the infidelity.
So what you're feeling sounds very common and yes it can and will fade. There are some ways to help it fade and deal with it in healthy ways. Here are some ideas.
I'm thinking about trying polyamory because I've cheated in all my past relationships. Will it help me stay faithful?
I wish I could say yes for certain but without knowing more about your history it's difficult to predict. Here's what I can say, if you have a history of dishonesty in relationships it's going to be hard to make healthy non-monogamy work because healthy relationships depend on honesty.
I'd recommend looking at what causes you to be deceitful, dishonest, or to operate without consent in relationships. If you can resolve those things polyamory or non-monogamy could very much help you have more trustworthy relationships moving forward.