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Q My wife and I have been married 14 yrs. w/ 2 kids. Our relationship has not been great for some time. We don't argue, we just go along pleasantly day-by-day. However there really is no intimacy or connection. My wife tried for some time to get me "engaged" in the relationship. Now I'm the one who's changed and trying hard to make the relationship better and she's pulled back. I've read that this is quite normal.

We are going on one month like this, and while I know she's surprised by my "epiphany," she is still sitting on the fence. I am extremely happy w/ the person I'm evolving into; it's taken a lot of soul searching and introspection. If my wife refuses to engage in a meaningful relationship, I know there is someone out there who will. But I want my wife back. She can't seem to move past the resentment she feels towards me. Mind you there was never any violence, just emotional neglect or indifference. Your comments would be greatly appreciated.

A First of all, if you "really" want your wife back, you must reject the assumption that there may be someone else out there, then stop trying so hard to get her back.

The situation you are in is typical when a wife, who for so long wanted the relationship to work, may have finally given up and quit trying because she grew tired of waiting for you to change. My suggestion is to sit down with her and let her know how very much you want the relationship to work and what new promises you are willing to make and "keep" to do your part. Actions speak louder than words. Let her see you doing what you said you would do.

One cannot work on the relationship alone. It takes two. If she refuses to work on the relationship with you, you will know that you waited much too long to begin to do your "soul searching and introspection." You know the relationship is over when one partner REFUSES to work on the relationship. If you have children living at home, I suggest you stay in the relationship and live up to the commitment that comes with having children. They need their father AND their mother.

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