I was deeply in love with a
woman who said she was deeply in loved with me.
I wanted to marry her and
have kids with her after only being together for 3 months. She said that she
was also read to settle down. After a couple of months and some power play
games (man vs. woman – i.e. control issues). I began to take things more
seriously and start making arrangements to marry her. She in the mean time
started to lose interest in me. Twice, she wanted to brake up with me, but
reluctantly agreed not to after some persuasion.
When she tried to break up
with me the third time, I decided to let her go. She said that she really wants
to move on with her life and date other guys, but that we can be friends and I
still loves me. I told her I would not feel comfortable taking one step backwards in our
relationship. She said, "So you can't be a friend but could be a
lover?" This didn’t make much sense to me because I was under the
impression that we were both. She said that I wasn’t being fair by not agreeing
to remain her friend.
Is there any thing wrong
with me in not wanting to end up with only being friends with her? I just want
to bring total closure to this with out feeling like I am the bad guy. I loved
her very much and it pains me that she has backed a way and now wants to only
settle with friendship. I think it would be wise to bring closure, move on and
just keep the good memories.
I understand fully what
you're going through. Let me see if I can give you some perspective on all of
this and then some advice.
First, as you mentioned,
just about 3 months into the relationship, she began doing the "power
play" thing with you. You survived the first two bouts of this but lost
out on the third. She was trying to tell you something here. These "power
plays" were what I have discovered as "The Test", and write
about in my book, "Being a Man in a Woman's World". This is an
absolutely textbook case!
It would take another book
to go into all the aspects of "The Test" here, and for details, I
strong recommend that you pick up a copy of "Being a Man...".
However, suffice it to say that a test is exactly what you described - it is an
artificial situation created to see who is going to control the relationship.
She wanted someone that would stand up to her and take control - that is, brave
risking losing the relationship for it. This is the "Knight in
Shining Armor" image, and is ultimately what The Test is all about.
Because she gave you 3 Tests, (2 more than some women would!) she then felt
sure you weren't what she was looking for and fell out of love with you.
So, let's look at the
"friends" issue. One of the main reasons why women decide that they
want to be friends after all of this is that they don't want to lose some
connection - just in case she's wrong about men! This is incredible, but true.
She wants to go out and see if she can find some other guy that will actually
pass her Tests. If she does, (and there are some of us out here), she will
still be close enough to "rub your nose in it". This whole
"being fair about it" is a classic symptom and the best evidence that
what I'm saying is true.
So, should you be friends
with her? Absolutely not! First, she feels safe expecting this of you as though
she is the bigger person. Of course, she has nothing to lose! You on the other
hand have your self-respect and dignity, your emotional well being, etc. There
is absolutely no risk to her in expecting this of you! Further, if she doesn't
find that "Prince Charming", she can always fall back to you! Does
all this piss you off? Good! It should!
So, what do you do? First,
if you really want to understand The Test and be ready to pass the next one,
(and believe me if not her, someone else will Test you), pick up my book and
commit it to memory. Second, DO NOT accept being her friend. In fact, I'd go so
far as to be insulted that she thinks that she can keep you on that lead! If
she wants a pet, tell her to go to the pound.
Lastly, only you know if
there is even the most remote chance of being with her again. If so, stop all
contact with her right now. She's going to need some time on her own - alone -
to remember what a great guy you are. Second, when she does call, you need to
be out and having a great time. This is where you want to get your buddies to
give you a hand. Have them help you get out and start meeting other women. If
you've taken care of your friendships, they will be there for you - and will
understand what you're going through. Especially, don't answer the phone on
weekends. Get scarce! Your friends and family will understand if you don't pick
up and have to call them back.
Then, when she does call,
be ready to pass her next test!
Good luck my brother....
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