"I Want to Feel Closer to Him"

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His Turn, continued

"Now, Megan drives me nuts trying to get me to share my feelings about our relationship. I'd be happy to talk about anything else -- work, current events, pop culture. But I'd rather repair the plumbing than be lured into a touchy-feely discussion. Chores have become my priority, in part because they're an easy escape.

"Megan accuses me of being emotionally distant, but the truth is, I'm like that with everybody. I'm on good terms with my sisters and mother, but I don't feel the need to talk to them often. I don't have any close friends. I'm what you'd call a happy loner.

"Megan's complaints about my so-called 'boundaries' make me angry. I also hate that she questions me about everything I do around the house. Yes, I'm guilty of yelling, cursing, and giving her the silent treatment. My communication skills definitely need improvement. But the more she pushes me, the more I push back and the more unhappy we become.

"I know Megan wishes our marriage were more traditional, but I was surprised that she threatened divorce. Although I'm skeptical about couples counseling, I'm willing to try. I love Megan, and I can't imagine my life without her." 

Continued on page 5:  The Counselor Says


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