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I'm just wondering if any men on here has went through a midlife crisis if so how did you feel?

I'm asking because My husband is always depressed, forgetting things, says he doesn't know how he feels inside about anything.

Whats the best way to help him to deal with the guilt of leaving his family? He cries a lot, says he doesn't deserve me and that I deserve better. He says that he feels like he can't forgive himself.
 

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It probably just requires time. Its been two years now since I turned 50 and I have reinvented every aspect of myself. I am not depressed, more impatient and sometimes agitated. I assume it will dissipate with time, and my wife and kids will be grateful.

Your husband should push past "woe is me" because that's a bad place to be and not constructive. Buck up and fake it til you make it. He may not deserve you but he has you so he should act like he's receiving a gift...not a wounded puppy.
 

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Cre8ify, did you go through a mid life crisis yourself?

I am just having a really hard time dealing with mu husbands emotions. It seems as if he is a different person everyday and this has been a drastic change from the man he was before we seperated.
 

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Absolutely, I'm sure I am still in it. The good parts of this time is lots of introspection, evaluation and goal setting...those are all good things. The bad part is lots of missing the targets, resentment and disappointment.

At its core I think what can be destructive about a MLC is if the self interest goes unchecked. I evaluate many things in terms of what's best for me today before couples or kids or any of the stuff that used to be in first place. That's OK as long as I am still supportive of those things that have been in first place.

I call it my mid-life epiphany. It only becomes a crisis if I hurt people around me. Maybe a little discomfort but not pure hurt...sometimes a little anxiety can motivate us to improve...and if I get what I want its all good. How's that for self interest?
 

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No he hasnt been check for low testerone levels or anything I cant get him to go get checked out still working on that. Its like he just got tired of taking care of his family and everything that matters most. Half the time he wont even talk.
 

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I'm just wondering if any men on here has went through a midlife crisis if so how did you feel?

I'm asking because My husband is always depressed, forgetting things, says he doesn't know how he feels inside about anything.

Whats the best way to help him to deal with the guilt of leaving his family? He cries a lot, says he doesn't deserve me and that I deserve better. He says that he feels like he can't forgive himself.
he just needs a sports car or a motorcycle :)
 

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he just needs a sports car or a motorcycle :)
Well he already has all kinds of fun stuff to play with. He has two trucks, a tractor, 4 wheeler, a 10,000 garage separate from our home ( his man cave) it's very nice. So he's not been deprived of anything fun.
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Age can do that............I know I won't handle it well. The finality of life, the glass is half full mentality, realizing your best PHYSICAL years are behind you, unsure of a afterlife and feeling mortal can be a lifelong battle for people after 40.

I know I'm in for it because my whole life I have been very physical and my body is already slowing down (mid 30's) I remember Jach Nicholason saying "I realized the other day I can't run that fxking sucks" he was 67.

I'm gonna shuttup because I'll get myself depressed.
 

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I call it my mid-life epiphany. It only becomes a crisis if I hurt people around me. Maybe a little discomfort but not pure hurt...sometimes a little anxiety can motivate us to improve...and if I get what I want its all good. How's that for self interest?
I freely admit that I'm going through mid-life crisis currently. It does (at times) feel more like mid-life epiphany than crisis, although part of this new realization is that of being old and reinventing yourself as an "old person." It's not fun, but I see little choice.
 

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I really dont understand how a person cannot be happy with all the blessings in their life. I see sooo many sick people on a daily basis who would just love to walk.

I think that if god has blessed you fully with a family and children a man should not take that for granate. I also feel that if a man falls out of love with his wife for no apparent reason he has destroyed his marriage because he chose to do so.

I know that men and women have problems but how about letting your spouse help you with your problems instead of shutting them out?

My husband shut me out and totally pulled away. :confused:
 

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Whats the best way to help him to deal with the guilt of leaving his family? He cries a lot, says he doesn't deserve me and that I deserve better. He says that he feels like he can't forgive himself.
I don't know your whole story but that above is a prepackaged phrase; not a good sign.

How's your relationship? Any suspicion of another person in marriage?
 

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I think that if god has blessed you fully with a family and children a man should not take that for granted. I also feel that if a man falls out of love with his wife for no apparent reason he has destroyed his marriage because he chose to do so.
Not everyone is a glass half full person. One person's blessings are another person's burden. I am not sure the "falling out of love" is such a clear cut choice. Feelings are real and must be dealt with. You can choose what you do with your feelings but sometimes they just sweep over you. I have feelings I would prefer to not have to deal with so my 27 year marriage could coast elegantly into our twilight years. This is where the "work" of staying in a happy, long term relationship comes in.

When men are really hurting they sometimes want to go to the cave. It is not natural for many men to tackle and talk through "feelings". We feel needy and like idiots. Without knowing your story, if he is checked out, you need to help check him back in...even if just baby steps.
 

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He cries a lot, says he doesn't deserve me and that I deserve better. He says that he feels like he can't forgive himself.
This speaks volumes to me. He very well could be having a mid-life crisis, but he is in internal conflict. My estranged husband behaved similarly just before he went into his destructive MLC. He still had a conscience and was in conflict with it. It sounds as though you could be dealing with a husband who may be seeing someone else. That very well could be his internal conflict.
 

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I really dont understand how a person cannot be happy with all the blessings in their life. I see sooo many sick people on a daily basis who would just love to walk.

I think that if god has blessed you fully with a family and children a man should not take that for granate. I also feel that if a man falls out of love with his wife for no apparent reason he has destroyed his marriage because he chose to do so.

I know that men and women have problems but how about letting your spouse help you with your problems instead of shutting them out?

My husband shut me out and totally pulled away. :confused:
You sound as though you are looking at your husband’s life from your point of view. But what makes one person happy (for example yourself), wont necessarily make another person (your husband) happy.


What you need to do is to look at your husband’s life from his point of view. And to do that you will need to understand his situation. To do that you more or less need to walk a mile in his shoes. To do that you need to truly understand what his stressors are (why he is sad and depressed) and where he is in his life wrt where he wanted to be (the differences between his dreams and his realities) and where he wants to be in the future, his aspirations.


Wrt his trucks, tractor, 4 wheeler etc. you at least know now that it takes more than material things for a man to be happy. For example a poor man can be truly happy, a rich man deeply depressed.


I’d guess that your husband has shut you out and withdrawn from you because he sees you as “judgemental” of him. This is indicated in your words “I really don’t understand how a person cannot be happy with all the blessings in their life”. That is very judgemental of your husband and he will withdraw from you as a form of protection.


You obviously want to help him but what can you do? Absolutely number one is never trivialise his emotions and what he’s going through. So drop all your judgements of him, all the “shoulds” and “shouldn’ts”


Number two is to learn how to be empathetic, compassionate and sympathetic (this is how you can become his soul mate). It's like having an emotional affair with him, just make sure it's you he's having it with by being empathetic, compassionate and sympathetic. It's how you close the doors on potential emotional affairs. EAs often start off with "My wife doesn't understand me ....." and the door to the EA partner opened.


Keep those EA doors closed by really understanding your husband. Not only the man he is today but the man he was when you first met him and the man he wants to be in the future. If you are going to do this remember you have one mouth and two ears. Listening (and silences, sometimes very long ones) are important. You have to gain his trust for him to open up to you. Anthony de Mello will help you with these things.



Take a read of Awareness: The Perils and Opportunities of Reality: Anthony De Mello, J. Francis Stroud: 9780385249379: Amazon.com: Books and learn how to just observe your husband and yourself without being judgemental. This is how you will get to know who you really both are, it will take a while but improvements can be more or less instant.

See if you can get your husband to read the book. Maybe just leave it lying around so he’ll pick it up. It will help him see himself and he’ll learn that he can get breaks from his negative emotions such that he can be proactive in overcoming them.
 

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I know that men and women have problems but how about letting your spouse help you with your problems instead of shutting them out?

My husband shut me out and totally pulled away. :confused:
You may have answered your own question - how do you let your spouse help you when they've shut you out. What if you are (fair or not) part of the problem he / she is having?
 

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No he hasnt been check for low testerone levels or anything I cant get him to go get checked out still working on that. Its like he just got tired of taking care of his family and everything that matters most. Half the time he wont even talk.
I had the same problem with my H. I finally told him that he needed to get checked out because me and his children need him around. This is how I found out he was scared to go in case something was wrong. Good luck
 

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A major portion of my mid life crisis was improving my appearance to the point where it is an obsession. I changed my whole lifestyle by eating healthy and killing it at the gym. I don't have any 'cheat' days and have no desire to slow down at this point.
 

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Just google "male mid-liife crisis"

It is a media invented pile of steaming crap.

It has been used to shame men into a predisposed type of behavior.
 
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A major portion of my mid life crisis was improving my appearance to the point where it is an obsession. I changed my whole lifestyle by eating healthy and killing it at the gym. I don't have any 'cheat' days and have no desire to slow down at this point.
Same here - suddenly how I looked became paramount for some reason. I've worked out daily nearly my whole life, but I stepped it up and starting seeing a trainer and watching diet very carefully. I'm pushing 50 and for the first time in my life I have a six-pack and a 13 % body fat reading. I've also began playing a lot more sports after work and no desire to eat junk or skip out at the gym. I guess MLC does this to you - it becomes a challenge to see how far you can push yourself.
 
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