5 Things You Can Do About Your Husband’s Midlife Crisis

by Chloe Jeffreys · 141 comments

in Sex, Love and Marriage

midlife-crisisNot every man has a male midlife crisis, but enough of them do–wreaking havoc on their lives and the lives of those who love them–that it’s become a cultural cliché.

Since Boomers are the ones who invented the notion that nobody over 30 should be trusted, can we honestly be surprised that people become a bit emotionally/psychologically unhinged when they lose the one most important thing in our youth-obsessed society?

If you’re a woman who is suddenly feeling like your life is spinning out of control because of your partner’s male midlife crisis you might be wondering what to do next?

What is a Midlife Crisis?

In 1965, psychologist Elliot Jaques coined the phrase “midlife crisis.” According to Psychology Today, symptoms of male midlife crisis include:

  • Discontentment or boredom with life or with the lifestyle (including people and things) that have provided fulfillment for a long time
  • Feeling restless and wanting to do something completely different
  • Questioning decisions made years earlier and the meaning of life
  • Confusion about who you are or where your life is going
  • Daydreaming
  • Irritability, unexpected anger
  • Persistent sadness
  • Acting on alcohol, drug, food, or other compulsions
  • Greatly decreased or increased sexual desire
  • Sexual affairs, especially with someone much younger
  • Greatly decreased or increased ambition.

No one is immune from having a midlife crisis; it affects men from all economic strata. Men who haven’t reached the goals they set for themselves as young men might fear they will never achieve those dreams, while affluent men who have achieved their goals might wonder, “Is this all there is?”

The question is: How can a wife cope with her husband’s male midlife crisis?

5 Ways You Can Cope with Male Midlife Crisis

1. Don’t panic

Overreacting won’t help anyone. Your husband’s behavior might be strange, but who’s not allowed to do some odd shit in the face of losing their youth and coming to terms with death?

If your husband has lost his perspective, now isn’t the time to lose yours.

If you’ve suddenly stumbled upon a secret porn stash, take a deep breath. This is not the end of the world. Almost all men view some porn, and it almost never has anything to do with whether or not they love or desire their wives.

And contrary to what you might have heard from the women at church, it RARELY indicates addiction!!

While I do believe that porn viewing can become problematic, you might have to reconsider whether this is a hill worth dying on in your marriage. Many women live perfectly happy lives knowing their husbands views some porn from time to time..

But what if there’s more to his sexual fantasies than porn? You might be wondering…

Is my Husband Cheating?

That got your attention, didn’t it? If so, then you might want to pay attention to what I’m going to say next.

2. Join in

midlife-crisis2NO! I’m not saying go for that three-way he’s always been fantasizing about! But if the alternative is adultery, who really cares if he buys a new car, takes up with the rodeo, or decides to hike the Pacific Crest Trail?

Let him buy the car. Go shopping with him! If it’s a convertible, buy a pretty scarf, take rides into the countryside, and give him that fantasy blow-job he’s always been dreaming about. (Pull over and park for safety’s sake!).

Truly, what is the harm If he wants to relive some of his youth, or do things he’s always wanted to do before he dies? He isn’t getting any younger. And neither are you.

My husband has taken up karaoke. Competitive karaoke. I’ll wait here until you stop laughing.

If there is anything that’s more boring, annoying, or a bigger waste of time in my mind than competitive karaoke, then I don’t know what it is.. But my husband loves it, and he’s good at it. He’s won us trips and money doing it.

I’ll admit that at first I thought his fascination with karaoke was silly. I made fun of him, and after going a few times told him that he should go alone.

And that’s when I learned…

3. Don’t Hand Your Husband Over To Other Women

Just so happens that there was this girl from work who thought my husband’s karaoke was terrific. And she told him so. Often. She told him that she wanted to be there any time he sang, and she gave him her cellphone number so he could let her know when he was going.. And thus began a little texting thang between the two of them..

For the record, when I found out about it I broke Rule #1.

I’m not excusing men or my husband, but you need to know that young women today are extremely predatory. And they are after your husband.

The dearth of marriageable younger men, coupled with this crazy fantasy that your husband actually picks up his socks and does not fart under the covers, has turned young women today into ravenous husband stealers. It’s officially called “male poaching” and one sizable study found that 90 percent(!) of single women were more interested in a man if they believed he was taken than in a man they thought was single.

Author of the best-selling book, Not “Just Friends, Shirley Glass, writes, “…extramarital relationships today begin at work.”

What starts off as an “innocent” friendship can blossom into a full-blown affair. Strangely enough, your husband might not realize he’s being preyed upon. He’s just basking in the attention he so desperately craves.

If you don’t take anything away from this article, take away this:

If you don’t pay attention to your husband, someone else will.

If your husband has a job, and all of his teeth, then I gall-dum-damn-guarantee there are some women at his job who want him if you don’t.

So go to his karaoke competitions, go along for the ride in his new convertible, or cheer him on at rodeo. Because if you don’t, somebody else just might.

4. Take care of youmidlife crisis3

#2 and #3 don’t mean that you should forget all about you. In fact, quite the opposite. There’s only so much you can do for your husband’s male midlife crisis, so you’d better start thinking about yourself.

Now is the time to take that class, start your blog, or buy those art supplies.

While you might be tempted to isolate yourself out of embarrassment, now is not the time. Find a community where you can safely share your struggles.

Be honest with yourself. Are you feeling a loss of youthful vitality, too?

Take care of the body you have and stop obsessing over your flaws. Don’t set outrageous weight loss goals! Just exercise, eat right, and drink plenty of water.

Remember that sexual desirability is not about size, age, or looks. Being sexy is an attitude of openness towards giving and receiving pleasure.

Nothing is more fascinating than a woman with interests and passions of her own who feels good in her own skin. Fascinate yourself, and you’ll find others are fascinated by you, too.

5. Get Counseling

If you tell me you can’t because “he won’t go” I’m going to reach through this screen and throttle you right here, and right now.

Over and over again women say to me, “But, Chloe, my husband won’t go to counseling!”


I’m not buying it.

Because over and over again I’ve watched these same men, who supposedly won’t go to counseling, BEG their departing wives for counseling to save their marriages as the women are walking out the door.

I’ve seen this so many times that I think there should be a name for it. And it leaves me wondering, “Who really didn’t want to go to counseling?”

In the movie Hope Springs Meryl Streep’s character does exactly what I’ve been coaching women to do for years.

  1. Tell your husband in no uncertain terms that you believe your marriage is in serious jeopardy and could end in divorce if something doesn’t change.
  2. Find a therapist and make an appointment.
  3. And then go whether he goes or not

If he goes with you, that’s great. If he doesn’t, you’re going to need counseling anyway to help you figure out how to live your life without him. Either way, it’s win-win.

What if it He Wants a Divorce?

The mere thought that this midlife crisis of his could end in divorce can be paralyzing, but I’d be naive not to recognize that it does happen. Divorce was on the table at one point in my own marriage.

If you are wondering how in the world you can ever start over again, here’s a great article by my friend, DA Wolf, from Daily Plate of Crazy on how to start over in middle-age.

What about you? Have you ever had to deal with your partner’s male midlife crisis? What tools have you used to cope? Are you still struggling with male midlife crisis? If you’re a guy, I really want to hear from you!

If you agree or disagree with me, I’d love to hear about your experiences and learn what you did to cope with male midlife crisis.

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Chris November 30, 2015 at 7:54 am

I am 40yr old woman & my 45yr old husband is definitely going thru a midlife crisis. We have been together since I was 18, together 23 married 15, 1 daughter 20. I found this article & he def has all the symptoms. I do not know where to turn. I have even called my pastor to talk to someone.He is/was cheating with a 23yr old which is sickening due to we have a almost 21yr old ourselves. This is such an embarrassing event. I feel I have no one to turn too, on the outside we look picture perfect, but obviously not. I have know something was up or husband not happy with himself, his job, health issues (diabetes) which lead to sexual issues. We have a nice home, great kid whos in college, husband has PLENTY of toys ive let him indulge in but a woman & cheating is unacceptable. I am at a loss of what to do or how to help/ support him getting help which he says he wants. But its really hard when in the midst of your OWN hurt & brokenness because of his actions its super hard. Another thing I think its horrible to think of the double standard. Had I cheated on him in any shape or form there would not be this sympathy or any type support from HIM had this been the other way around. I don’t understand why us women try & keep trying but MEN are such pride & ego would not let them forgive & forget for us & oh im havinga midlife crisis would not suffice for him if this was me. SO im torn between how to help & why this is even happening.
I have my own thoughts as to I don’t like my job, not fulfilled there at work, husband so preoccupied by his mid life stuff I am not cherished & shown much affection at all yet, im able top not ever evn think to turn to another man to boost me up. I don’t get all this my husband says he has deep rooted problems it seems he has always pushed down stuff even from before me in his child hood. Im not sure if these are real or more excuses to what he has done to our family.


Anonymous November 25, 2015 at 4:27 pm

I am concerned. Its clear that my husband is definitely going through something. He told me he was going to go out with a couple of guys to the sports bar… was all for it, knowing that it would be good for him to have that male bonding. Come to find out, a bunch of people from his office go (guys and girls) and is against me going, even though I know most of them. He says he needs his own social life without me. And that only people from his work go. Then I find out that others are there, and not just from work. I feel so hurt. I feel like our marriage means nothing to him…and I want to protect what’s mine. Any advice would be helpful.


Chloe Jeffreys November 27, 2015 at 12:19 pm

Dear Anonymous, I’m so sorry this is happening to you.

Your situation is troubling so I’m going to be frank and email you as well as comment on my blog.

I strongly suggest you seek out a reputable counselor experienced in both marital and divorce counseling because this thing could go either way. You need to begin preparing yourself for the possibility that there is now or could be soon another woman. Protecting yourself financially if your husband’s midlife crisis takes an ugly turn should be your top priority here.

After consulting with a professional who can delve deeper into your personal situation, you’ll be better prepared for the appropriate steps you need to take with your husband.

Without knowing the details I can’t say exactly what you should do, but please do something. The tips in my article do not even begin to touch the issues you may be dealing with here.

Most of all, take care of yourself. What he’s said and done has delivered a terrible blow to your self-esteem and sense of self-worth. He is undermining your personal strength just when you’re going to need it the most.

Write back and let me know what happens. I care.



christine November 20, 2015 at 7:31 pm

I feel very lost n hurt i dont know what way to turn hes acting like mr jekyl n mr hyde all the time


Ebele November 19, 2015 at 9:38 am

It’s so good I stumbled on this website today. I’m so happy. my husband is on the verge of throwing me out of our thirty-three year old marriage for a younger girl. I’m so heart broken. I’ve been panicking and begging him, but now that I’ve seen this piece, I’ll no longer do that. Please advise me on every step to take. I’ll very much appreciate it. Help me please.


Chloe Jeffreys November 27, 2015 at 12:27 pm

Get professional counseling immediately. You need someone outside of your situation who can see more clearly than you and who can advise you on what emotional and financial steps you need to take to protect yourself from your selfish husband. A man in the throes of a love affair with a younger woman is not thinking straight. Nothing you’ve known about him up until this point will apply right now. It’s like he’s going to be insane and it will make you feel insane.

This is probably going to be the hardest thing you’ve ever been through. Being betrayed after 33 years of marriage is no small thing. It can take a huge toll on your mental and physical health as well as set you up for a future of financial uncertainty.

Take heart. His selfish behavior is not a statement about your worth or value as a woman. Even though he may very well try to make this about you, it isn’t about you. It’s about him and his own feelings of self-hatred and fear about growing old and dying. The sooner you find mental clarity and emotional stability the sooner you’ll be able to cope with whatever happens next.

Feel free to let me know what happens. I do care about you and all of the women and men who’ve found this article and confided their pain and frustration over their husband’s midlife crisis.



jane November 17, 2015 at 12:01 pm

You say buy the car, but what if you don’t have the money to spend on these self indulgent toys. What if there are young children in the house still. What do you do then? I can’t go on motorcycle rides or play video games…and frankly I don’t want to. Why do you seem to be advocating that his MLC now become our lives. I get that supporting him might help but if there is a young child someone gets left behind while he goes out to re-live his mid 20s. Forget about me taking a class or getting a hobby. I’m doing cub scout trips and school runs because, in this instance, a motorcycle is fun for 1.


Chloe Jeffreys November 20, 2015 at 3:55 pm

Your situation sounds really terrible and I can hear your frustration loud and clear. I purposely didn’t bring up the issue of children in the home which most definitely complicate this problem. Towards the end of my article I do say that sometimes the only thing to do is move on with your own life. In a case like yours I suggest you ask yourself the famous question posited by Dear Abby: Are you better off with him or without him? Therein lies your answer.


Ericka November 12, 2015 at 10:14 am

Wow it is amazing that we are all living similar lives. I have so many emotions right now. I am mad, sad and in disbelief. My husband of almost 26 years and I have been through a lot in the past 9 years. It really was not to do with our relationship at all. We have gone through him having a brain tumor and major brain surgery, seizure problems, troubles with his job not helping him and just forcing him out, a huge lawsuit being thrown out due to a lawyer error and of course bankruptcy. We had the same values in life that we don’t lie, cheat, steal and always try to be the best person we can be. We would really only fight over a child that we adopted that did not have those values and I would be so mad because she would do things personally to me. He can be grumpy some but I always gave him sympathy because he takes lots of medicine and it makes him so tired. He always as said “since I had a hole cut in my head life is too short” It still always included me until recently. He had gone to a trade show for 2 days. Left Tuesday and came back Thursday and by Friday out of the blue he talks about going and staying on the couch of the guy that went with him to the trade show. I was in shock and couldn’t breathe. He tells me that I am not happy and I am mad referring to our daughter. I am like “where is this coming from” He stayed around for a few days sleeping on the couch. I cant believe this and then I find a text from a random number on his phone. I figure out who it is by contacting her and she then notifies my husband about my text and says she felt weird since we are separated. I did not know this and told her thanks for letting me know. I then told him get the hell out. He had been deleting her messages. Just by luck my car wouldn’t start and I saw it on his phone. I few days later was out 26 years of being together and I wrote her a letter. she asked me to call her which I found that he had lied about being separated. I have talked to her twice and she told me that at my word she would never talk to him again and that my feeling are legit since he basically was text cheating. He did not say anything romantic what so ever but since he was deleting messages that showed deception and my trust for him was blown. She advised me that she will never be the other woman since her husband cheated a lot and she finally divorced him. This is where we are at now. He says he loves me and misses me and is sick to his stomach. He thinks about me and wonders what I am doing. This is a man that would send me pics of a dog that he rescued or cute puppies and kitties that come into the store. He has all these feelings for me but that nagging devil sitting on his shoulder saying “what if there is something better” How can he even think there is something better when he says what a great wife I am and we call ourselves buddies or best friends. How can I just be kicked to the curb? I have so many horrible thoughts now of what our life was. Was it a lie? He has this worry when he is on his death bed is he going to look back at his life with me and say it was good probably but could he have had something better. I have asked things of him now like rebuilding trust and to make me feel like his loves me. It would be nice to hear I miss you today and love you and what can I do to make it up to you but nothing. He gets mad when I explain what I want because he takes it as bitching. I am blown away by his actions. Went to a counselor and told her what I was asking for from HIM and she tells me that I need to do it to myself. “Let me get this straight I did nothing wrong and I have to fix it myself to feel loved by him and secure” In addition the trust issue. She asked if I wanted to come back again with him for another session and I replied no thank you and she responded “don’t you want to come back to talk about your divorce” This is someone that talked to me for 2 hours about someone that I have been with for 26 years. She had also talked to him the Saturday before and told him that she didn’t no what to advise him to do…maybe something spiritual was her only answer. Sorry this is so long but wanted people to get the full picture. Sincerely Heartbroken Ericka


Mel November 5, 2015 at 5:15 am

“Because over and over again I’ve watched these same men, who supposedly won’t go to counseling, BEG their departing wives for counseling to save their marriages as the women are walking out the door. I’ve seen this so many times that I think there should be a name for it. And it leaves me wondering, “Who really didn’t want to go to counseling?”
Amen, sister.


semafu October 27, 2015 at 6:47 pm

This article is brilliant.


Vero October 7, 2015 at 1:27 am

Sorry, but this is one of the worst article with absolutely biased and not objective.


Astrid November 5, 2015 at 5:12 am

It’s funny, honest and it articulates exactly what most people are thinking. How is it biased??? If you can’t handle the truth then you’re on the wrong website!


Chloe Jeffreys November 14, 2015 at 10:01 am

I’m not sure what you were looking for. Maybe try Google Scholar.


Rachel September 24, 2015 at 7:57 pm

My husband is 62. Without going into several long stories, he texts several times a day with a 19 year old he met at his gym. He just bought her a knife for her birthday that he had engraved with her name. He also texts with her mother and deletes them, but not the daughter’s. Am I crazy to think something is going on, gee, with one? Both? Is it just me?? I don’t trust him. Should I?


Barney September 17, 2015 at 12:14 pm

Hi, great site! Thank you for the content.

I’m the husband and the one with the mid-life crisis. Our marriage is not the problem; I have nothing going on the side and never have. This is my second wife (12 years together), we have no children together. My one child from the first marriage is grown and married. My wife and I work together and are comfortable financially, and she lets me buy toys (cameras, stereo) when I want. I have been to three funerals in the past six months of relatives or friends. My parents are in declining health. This keeps me thinking I don’t have that much time left to get things done.

The problem is I hate my job (we’re professionals working together). I have no ambition, get no pleasure from work, and I’ve always said I want to completely change my life once my child was grown: move out west, adopt a smaller and cheaper lifestyle, and find a simpler job that pays the bills but lets me enjoy the great outdoors and those hobbies without the stress of my current occupation. My wife does not want to do that, even though she is trying to find some way to accommodate my wanderlust. She wants us to keep our business, our rental properties, and our life here. We have a terrific house, belong to a nice club, have a lot of good friends, drive nice cars, but we cannot retire for another ten years if we have to keep up this lifestyle. By then I’ll be too old to do things I’ve been waiting for. As nice as our life is here, I’m willing to give it all up to move away and start something different, totally fresh with different climate and topography.

For now, the only foreseeable changes in my life will come from age, decay, or death. I need to get off this treadmill because I can see exactly where it’s pointing (same thing, every day!) and it’s putting me on the edge of panic attacks and sleepless nights.

Do you know anyone who has managed a situation like this one? Am I kidding myself that moving away will make me happy? I want to keep my wife, that is the first priority.

You can probably guess my profession. When the state organization’s magazine comes out every month, a quarter of it is filled with articles about substance abuse, depression, suicide, etc. We’re lawyers.


Lisa September 14, 2015 at 4:44 pm

My husband has been going through a midlife crisis since February of this year and I am not sure how to handle this. He has always been a very affectionate and emotional person. He got some attention from some 19 year olds both at his workplace and online, which didn’t go anywhere but it recked out marriage but there are times when he wants to be close and I oblige him and then there are times when he just becomes distant, it is very confusing and I’m not sure what to do. Its at the point now where I am tempted to move on. I am Not sure if that’s the right thing to do, I really love him. We I own a business and work together and I am forced to work with him. He tries really hard to please me but then he would say something that makes me feel he wants to move on. It’s so upsetting. Should I put my life on hold and continue to hope that things gets better?


semafu October 27, 2015 at 6:49 pm

Stay together babe.


Jeremy W September 12, 2015 at 11:13 am

I’m a guy, and at the risk of making you regret that you said you “really want to hear from” me, I’m going to dive in. I apologize in advance for all the completely stereotypical stupid-guy things I’m likely about to write. Also, out of an absurd abundance of caution, I’m going to be a little vague about some details of my own situation.

My path to this article was the following Google search: “male midlife crisis need someone to talk to,” which, yes, is a bit pathetic. I’m (45-55) years old, I’ve been married (12-16) years, and I have one (child) aged (8-13). I have a good job that can be pretty demanding time-wise but that affords me a lot of flexibility (I work full-time from home) and pays me, frankly, more than I am worth.

Personality-wise I love to laugh and have a good sense of humor, but I’m opinionated, headstrong and moody, and if I wasn’t me and stuck with it, I think I’d have hard time being around me a lot of the time. Another thing I should mention is that I do a lot of writing, so I tend to come off far better in text than I do in real life.

My wife is an absolute saint. Like me, she comes from what could be accurately described as a dysfunctional family (is there anyone alive who DOESN’T?). My in-laws (not all of whom are still with us) are/were good people in their way, but they have issues beyond what I think of as “normal” (whatever THAT means) in terms of how they deal with relationships and intimacy. My wife shares exactly NONE of those tendencies, and it is a source of ongoing amazement to me how incredibly grounded, patient, caring, and loving she is. I will freely and unashamedly admit that marrying her represents my life’s greatest moment of overachieving.

OK, so far so good, right? In many ways, yeah, kind of. The problem is that for the last 2-3 years I have felt a gnawing sense of what I will call (for lack of better words)…incompletion? Emptiness? Loneliness? A sense that I am just marking time and not doing anything worthwhile or notable. This is the “midlife crisis” part, though at times I wonder if I’m not just using this label because I can’t think of anything else to call it and I can’t figure out what’s at the heart of it. I’m not stupid enough to have ever believed that my marriage was the source of this unrest, but I will admit that at times there have been things about my marriage that I have lamented and/or resented.

Actually, there’s really only been ONE thing: a nagging sense that my wife doesn’t see our relationship as something that needs to be maintained or nurtured. It’s not something she seems to ever want to set aside dedicated time for, and it’s not something I ever see/feel she is as protective of as, say, helping members of her birth family, taking care of our (child), or volunteering as a member of local organizations. For a long time I’ve tried to soothe myself with the idea that she did this because she was just THAT confident in me and in our relationship, but as more and more of my increasingly clearly communicated concerns on this topic have gone…ignored…I have found it harder and harder to get any comfort out of that strategy of self-assurance. When we talk she always SAYS the right things, but I tend to be an actions-speak-louder person, and the good feelings I take away from our conversations never survive the next several instances of her choosing to sit for 2-3 hours at bedtime with our (8-13-) year-old child instead of coming down to hang out, chat, have a drink, or maybe even get in some lovin’ (I should say here that we have a good sex life, at least in terms of frequency. She clearly sees sex as an obligation she is committed to meet; however, I can’t remember the last time she initiated any kind of physical intimacy. She seems to see sex the same way I see going to church: all things being equal, I’d just as soon avoid it, but when I do go I never mind it, and sometimes I even get something out of it). As you can probably tell, one of my other “foibles” is a yawning (in more ways than one!) insecurity where relationships are concerned. Something that has fed into this insecurity is the fact that many, many friends our age have split or are splitting. Each time this happens, I think to myself “At one point these people stood at the altar (or before some sanctioning body), happy as could be, never in a million years imagining this outcome. Is there ANY real way to defend against it?”

As I write this, I’m starting to wonder if there’s any relevance of any of this to Chloe’s article. When I started writing, I felt that there was…so let’s see if I can steer this back. I guess what I’m trying to present here is the idea that not ALL male midlife crises are created equal, and not all of them involve 20-something mistresses, “penis cars,” and trading careers for a backpacking trip along the Great Barrier Reef. Do I find myself increasingly wishing (infantile as this feeling is) for someone to reach in and show me some level of unsolicited acknowledgment or appreciation? Absolutely. (Do I know that the “unappreciated male” excuse for infidelity is also a cliche? Absolutely!). “Fortunately,” any thoughts I have of straying down the infidelity path–and I have none, aside from the occasional infantile Walter Mitty-ish daydream–would be kept firmly on the sidelines by my prick(ly) personality, pedestrian everyman appearance that would not be inclined to draw a second look from ANY woman, and memories of the formative experience of having gotten my just desserts when I treated a relationship with a serious girlfriend badly back in my 20s. I guess what I’m saying is that I feel that my wife could and should be my biggest ally in helping me to slay–or at least make peace with–the midlife crisis dragon, but that her inability and/or unwillingness to do this has made the pit I feel like I’m in that much deeper.


Astrid November 21, 2015 at 6:23 am

I don’t have any answers for you, but quite enjoyed reading your post; I like your writing style.


Pieper August 28, 2015 at 7:29 am

Wow!! I can’t believe the similarities between all these stories.
I am 35 and been married 17 years this September.
My husband told me this week he feels emotionally disconnected from both our boys and me.
He is unhappy in his job and has been for q I te sometime.
Recently I told him how uncomfortable I am with a close friendship he has with another woman my age. He confides in her alot about how unhappy he is. She too is in a relationship that is strained. I asked him if he could end the frienship… that went down like a lead balloon but he told me I was more important so he would faze the relationship out. I had serious doubts he’d be able to do so but kept my opinion to myself rather than hound him. ( we’ve had huge issues with him being a compulsive liar for many years about many issues including porn)
Just this week she came to visit with her young daughter while I was at work, when I got home I asked who’d visited, he said, which as you could imagine left me upset, after he’d gone to bed I did the unthinkable, I checked his phone, all threads to her had been deleted.
Now im freaking out and confront him…. was like pulling teeth, turns out HE’D invited her around.. I was crushed that his statement that I was more important was a lie, also that he felt guilty enough to delete all evidence of communication with her. He admitted the fact that him feeling the need to cover up must mean his intentions aren’t as pure as he had pleaded and has booked in some counciling.
I feel as though a part of me has died inside, I’m incredibly grieved.
This afternoon with his knowledge I called her I calmly explained what has unfolded and she told me she was as shocked as I and asked what it was I needed from her. I told her I’d like her to not respond to him if he contacts her at least while we go through counciling. She slso told me any feelings he has were not reciprocal and wanted to know if he had other friends he could talk too she also asked if she could message hin in a weeks time to check that he’s doing ok and after that won’t make contact until we’re ready.
Have I done the wrong thing here????
I feel sooo broken.
He’s been very affectionate with me all day and asked am I willing to fight through a mid life crisis, also asked a number of times very lovingly if I still want to be with him.


Jenn August 28, 2015 at 9:16 am


Feels like we are going through very similar events. I think you are doing the right thing. He needs to get some perspective away from his friend and focus on how to make the two of you better again. And I think this can help you come out with a stronger marriage, because you have forced each other to discuss your marriage.
Here is how I events have been going. I had already texted with my husbands friend about cutting all ties a couple weeks ago, but I decided to meet with her this week as well. Though she is hurt that I would think that about her (though they kissed, so whatever) and she is sad about losing a good friend, she said she will respect what I’m asking. She said she thought are families (our family And her husband and kids) could be the kind of friends that you celebrate thanksgiving with or go skiing with and this situation saddened her. I told her eventually, I would like to resume a more platonic relationship (which they both claim it to be), but that I had to feel more comfortable with her first and get to know her as well as get my husband in a better place.
To give you a little bit of insight on me, I’m not a jealous person. Not once (and my husband will agree) have I gotten upset with him about another women. I trusted him completely. I don’t mind going out and flirting with the opposite sex as long as we are there together. I think it even spices your sex life up in a marriage. His friend had the same point of view, but the problem I had is the flirtations were now coming from a good friend that he talked to via text everyday, not just an acquaintance or stranger. You can’t have both together……Emotional friendship with sexual tension involved.
So it’s been a good decision so far. He seems in better spirits and is becoming more open to discuss our relationship and why he enjoyed her friendship so much. He tells me he enjoys her as another friend to bounce things off of that men typically don’t talk about. He assures me that though he wants only friendship from her that she doesn’t hold a candle to me. That she has her own issues and is also going through a MLC of sorts and they are talking about their “crazy”. Though in personality they are a lot alike, he says she shares none of the same passions and activities that he values so much in us. He says that the flirtatious part was a fun release from reality for a bit, but that he wishes he could take that all back now and be able to just we friends with her. Which was his true intention anyway. I had complete and total trust in him until I saw him hide his phone texts from me. He truly has been honest about everything and told me he was going to tell me about the texts, but didn’t know how. And then I snuck and read them. I truly don’t think it would have gotten sexual as he wouldn’t have been able to live with himself, but I worried what this emotional bond was going to develop into. They got really close in a matter of 2 months and I told him it seemed like a very intense friendship for that fast. He agreed with how the perception of it seemed obsessive. He of course compared it to my best friend of 15years as the same friendship, but we are same sex and it is a VERY long friendship.
He understands where I am coming from based on their mutual attraction and the texts that stepped over the line, but he doesn’t understand why I have a problem with him being just friends with her. Basically this is our debate over the last few weeks, If we have friendships with opposite sexes what are the barriers that we put in place to make sure that the other person does not get hurt? Hashing those boundaries out has been very challenging. It’s easy for that type of friendship to fall into flirtatious conversation or more. I’m reading the book that Chloe mentioned “not just friends”, though a lot of it does not apply to my husband and I, since he wasn’t having a hidden sexual affair, it does talk a lot about friendships outside the marriage with the opposite sex and how to make that work.
So, I’ve been planning lunches and dinners out to get to know my husband’s friend better and he is working on making me trust him again.
Does anyone have advice on what is acceptable boundaries for them to still be friends?
I said no texts unless I’m included, he thinks that’s overboard and he texts his guy friends. He asked, not even to ask occasionally how she is doing maybe once a week? I told him not until I’m comfortable with their friendship. Which of course he says is no friendship, because he isn’t allowed to communicate with her. But I’m torn. We can go over to their house and visa versa occasionally, but will I ever be OK with the communication just between the two of them? Should I be?

Sorry, Pieper, I’m not really giving you much advice, but I’m hoping maybe, with shared experiences we can help each other learn how to deal with this.


Pieper August 28, 2015 at 3:08 pm

Thanks so much for taking the time to reply to me and sharing your story Jenn.
I didn’t fall asleep until 4am this morning as I was researching the hell out of Mid Life Crisis web sites, I came across a site mentioned in this feed called 6 stages of a mid life crisis. It has calmed me down some what and I think will tide me over till the councilling starts this Wednesday. I am also a faithful person so some prayer got me to sleep.
I too have considered having a coffee catch up with the friend “weird how I’m more likely to believe the potential other woman over my husband” I have just lost faith and feel that every thing that comes out of his mouth is a lie, I feel sorry for the friend at this stage and believe she’s done nothing wrong yet also that my panic could push them closer together.
The friend lets call her X told me that he probably deleted his feed because they vent to each other about their partners and there was probably some nasty stuff I didn’t want to see, she compared it to the way girlfriends talk about their other half. It hurt to hear that, he talks to her when I upset him but doesn’t even make me aware that I’ve upset him. I feel right now like I have to walk on egg shells to keep him from wanting to vent.
Tough place to be but one day at a time, right.


Jenn August 28, 2015 at 3:34 pm

Yes, my best girlfriend is going through a MLC of sorts and she directed me toward the stages in hopes it might give me some clarity. Hope the counseling helps. My husband won’t do counseling, but has agreed to set aside time frequently to have open civil discussions about everything. It really HAS helped and I’m finding out more about how he feels and Visa versa. Funny how couples don’t just sit and talk about their relationships or their emotions about life. I guess we just get too caught up in the everyday chores and duties. I really would download that book to skim. You can get a kindle version. You will want to skim through a lot as it doesn’t all relate to our experience, but it helped me verbalize what I’m feeling toward their “emotional” affair. That is basically how it is defined in the book (a deep emotional bond with another woman and your husband that isn’t physical). It also, helped me to relate to him as well. Of course,it isn’t directly related to MLC, but a lot of it makes since to me.

I think it will all be good and we have to let them know we are trying to understand what they are going through, but that they have to have boundaries and remember us and communicate with us, their wives, as they go along this course. It also makes me realize how much I take for granted and makes ME want try harder too. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t blame myself for this, I just think both my husband and I could do more to make our marriage stronger. And it sounds like your husband is wanting that as well. Good luck. Hope to hear more from you on your journey.


pieper August 28, 2015 at 6:12 pm

Jenn! Thankyou so very much I will donload it today. My husband is at work today so rather than me wollwing in my misery I decided to get up, clean the house put on a pretty dress (I know he loves a dress), which I rarely do and fix my hair and face and get on top of things at times I’ve felt my heart start to race and tears burning in my eyelids but I refuse to keep being so emotional around him and just support as the 6 stages suggested. (probably doesn’t help that I haven’t eaten in two days)
I have also booked him in this afternoon at my favorite hair salon for a treatment and head massage because who dosent love someone else washing their hair.
He’s a great guy which is why I’m so scared about the whole thing.
Will let you know how I go with the book.
Have a great weekend X

Jenn August 28, 2015 at 9:18 am

Oops….sorry my phone autocorrected and spelled your name wrong.


Chloe Jeffreys August 28, 2015 at 4:01 pm

I am so sorry this has happened. After all I’ve seen I would not trust either of them. You need to protect your assets asap. Get copies of your bank statements, and run a credit check to see if he has debts you don’t know about. Run the credit checks on both of your names.

Go look at his cell phone account. How often is he texting her? If it’s more than a couple of times a day then she’s lying to you. You’ll also be able to tell if they are talking and how frequently. You’ll also be able to tell iif they are sending media (pictures) to one another.

If I were you I wouldn’t tell him I was doing this until after the fact.

Get the facts and protect your assets first, then go to counseling. Do not believe anything this woman says. Good luck.


Jenn August 19, 2015 at 6:42 am

My husband is going through a MLC of sorts. He hates that word and rolls his eyes, but that is what it is. We have been married for 15 years, we have two wonderful little boys. We rock climb together, camp, hike, and hunt together. He was depressed for a year and hated his job. He got a new job and everything seemed better. Actually wonderful. Then he met some old coworkers out for a drink, but most canceled last minute and only this beautiful buxom coworker came. He told me all about it. Told me she was attracted and he was to her, but he wanted to assure me that I’m the love of his life and he only wants a friendship from her. She is also married with two kids. He said she if fun to talk to and began texting her….a lot. He would tell me what they were texting about, but I couldn’t help being jealous. They was definitely a flirty tone to the texts. She started inviting our family over to their house for pool parties dinner, etc. she is nice, but she and my husband would sit and chat all evening. Two things made me freak out 1) I read his texts to her after I noticed him hiding his phone face from me. He said something about not being able to be good and hold back much longer. And she said at least you wife is OK with everything, “you are going to get me in trouble”. After this, I told him I couldn’t handle him texting her anymore. He told me he would stop while he was at home, but he enjoyed her conversations and she made him feel good about himself. He said he would talk to her and make sure she understood he didn’t want anything sexual. He talked to her while I was out of town and they kissed. He said she kissed him goodbye after he told her. So we went with that for a week or two….sex life is better than ever …and then were invited to her house for a pool party. We live 30 min away, so typically we stay the night wih friends. That is not abnormal for us, we don’t drive after drinking. At 2 in the morning when I asked him to come to bed with me, he said, no, Im having fun, I’ll be down in a minute. She and another friend were still awake. This hurt me terribly as he was staying up to enjoy HER company. He has been honest with me and promises he only wants a friendship and that he loves me completely. He says he just needs her friendship as he doesn’t have anyone to talk to other than me like I talk to my girlfriends. I could handle it no longer though. I wrote it all down so I could read it. I told him I wanted to help him thru this MLC and that Im willing to do what ever I need, but he has to help me too, by 1) cutting all ties with her (no calling, no going to house, NO TEXTing) 2) seeing a counselor. He of course blew up. Said im overreacting and how could I force him to lose such a good friend. In the end he said he understood how I felt, but that he really thinks I’m reading too much in to their relationship. (I was worried the “innocent” texts would eventually turn into love.). Which he may not think so, but when he says stuff like he just needs her attention and he doesn’t know what is wrong with himself, what am I suppose to think. I discussed this with her, she said she was sorry and loves her husband and would of course respect my wishes. He has cut ties with her, though I can feel him slipping into this depression. He is trying, he says as long as I’m happy he can be happy which is BS, but he is trying not to be depressed and a recluse. He won’t talk about what he is going through. He says he will get through it, but he said he absolutely WILL NOT see a counselor. He doesn’t believe in them. He feels he has given enough by cutting ties with her. And now I just need to give him time to sort himself out. He is trying to make me happy, but I worry about his mental health. How do I help get us through this funk?!?


Betsy August 10, 2015 at 4:25 pm

My husband 58 yrs old is having an affair with a woman 10 yrs younger. He wants the other woman and me too. He says he loves me but in the past few months he does everything with her and told me he has a marriage license with me to keep me from leaving but she could just up and leave. He said i dont have a hold on her and she might leave. I know this woman has been a career cheater and she will hurt him eventuality. I think my husband is acting totally out of character and crazy at that. He says he doesnt want to hurt me but i have been married to this man happily for more than 40 yrs and he hurts me daily with his actions. I dont know if i should leave him or not. The other woman is a predator. My husband goes out with her every night of the week. I used to go out with him but it wasnt fun i guess. Im at a loss


Shawna August 3, 2015 at 9:50 am

I believe my husband is having a MLC. I came home from work and he had took all our money and moved out to his moms and joined dating sites. He says he doesn’t love me anymore and hasn’t for the whole 17 years we have been together. He says he was with me cause he felt sorry for me. I owned my own home and car and had a job everything when he met me. He is horrible with finances and cost me to lose everything. I raised his son from 1 until he is 18 and I have 3 daughters of my own that r older. When he left he blocked all of us from calling or texting him. He is 44 and I am 48. This is so hard cause I love him and want him home. I already done wrong cause I tried the begging and all that and he was just rude and angry at me. What are my options to help get my husband home or do I really have any. Thank You Sahwna


Jim August 2, 2015 at 3:49 pm

I have been with my wife since I was 18 and now I am 28. In the last 3 years I have had 2 affairs with women from work. I almost plan to leave my wife for these women but the women stop the affair when they see me in doubt. I have tried to leave my wife over the affairs but have too much guilt.

I dont know if I’m trying to relive my youth via these affairs. I’m only 28 and only have had sex with my wife and these 2 affair partners who are more attractive then my wife. I just want to have a happy healthy relationship. I’m afraid I will continue to look for affairs even if I did go and start a relationship with my affair partners.

I also don’t think I know how to love a partner unconditionally. I never grew up around loyal couples.

Any advice would help.


Debbie July 29, 2015 at 3:46 pm

I begged him to go to counseling. He said no. But I’m going on Friday.


Debbie July 29, 2015 at 3:43 pm

I’m having panic attack now!! My husband of 25 yrs has been distant, not wanting sex, very quiet. I know he is unhappy with his job. And he will be 60 in March. A lot has to do with the job. He tells me last night, that he is empty, has nothing to give, and wants out. I almost died. He said it’s not you, it’s me. I asked him if there were someone else…he said No, no way.
I’m trying to be calm and not fall apart. I’m being supportive. I’m 61 and the thought of being alone is terrifying. HELP.


Kate July 17, 2015 at 6:21 pm

My husband is in a MLC and I just don’t know if our marriage can survive it. He just retired from the Police Dept – a job that made him miserable. I thought retirement would bring him back to the man I married, however as soon as he retired he went off the deep end, stating the marriage was over, he wanted me to buy him a cabin in the woods for him to go to, and he wanted freedom to date other people. I am sure you could imagine my response. I am the breadwinner and completey support him and our two young children. He has slightly improved but is still labile, with an explosive temper, does not much more than sit around and play video games and yell at the rest of us. He refuses counseling and has no motivation to work. I wonder if the only reason he stays is that I pay for everything, including a very nice house. Over the past year he has shown slightly more interest in the kids, started gardening, and yells a bit less, but is still rarely affectionate. There is no evidence of another woman ( he would have to get off of the couch and out of the house). Should I take his small improvements as a sign he will turn around orbis it too soon to tell? I don’t know how long these mid life crises last.


Ursula July 18, 2015 at 12:40 am

Hi Kate
I think we all get to a point where we ask how long will this mlc last. I found a helpful article on the stages of mlc. Can’t remember the site now but Google it and see if you find any joy there.
I always thought that I would know its the end if my husband would remorsefully come and beg forgiveness for hurt caused but even though he:s not in his rebellious stage anymore and made it clear that our marriage is priority, he didn’t get around to the repentance yet. But I know its coming. No use me rushing it because then it won’t be genuine. Also its not about me wanting it so much for my own sake as it is to give me the indication that the crisis is over. It seems you find yourself also somewhere there.


Pieper August 28, 2015 at 8:19 am

Hi There Lovely,
I also am going through a confusing time and just now finished reading 6 stages of midlife crisis. I highly recommend you google it, it won’t stop the hurt your feeling but could shed some light on what is going on. I feel a little less confused after reading it.


Renee July 12, 2015 at 6:27 am

I’m in a relationship not married but he’s going through mid life criss we stay in separate house and he just bought a new car out every weekend never take me out any more the only thing he dies with me is sex every day then leave what should I do


May July 7, 2015 at 2:02 pm

I feel like this could be me. My husband and I have been together for 21 years, married for 15, with three small children. We are in our early 40’s. He was let go from a real estate company and his real estate company failed when the market crashed nearly 8 years ago (and we still own a dozen properties) so he sought a career counselor to help him determine other career options. He decided on becoming a nurse practitioner but only completed his BSN because he hated floor nursing and becoming a nurse practitioner “was too time intensive” with three young children. He is working in an entry-level case management position in the meantime and and is quite bored, but he doesn’t know what he wants to do for the rest of his life and he’s been applying for numerous different positions to no avail. He’s mentioned business, finance, nursing home and most recently going back into real estate again (he has an MBA in real estate/finance). I’m becoming frustrated with the unknown and his inability to figure things out. And, he wants my help but I don’t know what to tell him anymore. Could this be a mid-life crisis? Are there any suggestions on what I can do to help him get through this besides giving up?
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Chloe Jeffreys July 7, 2015 at 2:33 pm

Dear May, this sounds a bit different than most of the others who write me for advice. Although this is a form of midlife crisis, it is being driven more by outside economic forces than a true desire to relive his youth or chase some imaginary romantic dreams.

I am a Registered Nurse. The difference between being an RN and selling real estate couldn’t be more night and day. I can see how he’s found himself suddenly confronted with a career that he likely sought out for financial reasons only to find that he hates it. Nursing, while a secure career, is not a good job to do just for money.

That said, he has obligations that he must fulfill, and you both need to figure out whether he is up to the task of fulfilling them or not. As always, I advise trained marital counseling. A trained counselor can help you both get to the root of the issues.

I also think you need to start thinking about how you will support yourself and your three children if he doesn’t pull his head out. He needs to know how much you all are depending upon him–maybe he needs more motivation to realize that this isn’t just about his career dreams, but about true financial survival–but you also need to begin creating a fall-back plan if it turns out he’s undependable at this time.


Tami July 7, 2015 at 10:56 am

Well, my husband turned 50 about 3 months ago and yesterday, after 27 years of marriage, he told me he is unhappy and has fallen out of love with me. It was a complete blindside. I immediately made an appointment with a counselor because I don’t even know how to process what is happening. All of the words he used sounded like they came straight off an internet site about male mid-life crisis. There is no other woman he is just “unhappy” about his life. He started running and is now in a track club here in town and dropped weight. It’s like I’m watching the wheels fall off in slow motion. How do you process what you don’t understand? I’ve been dealing with menopause for 3 years and haven’t fallen out of love yet!


Chloe July 7, 2015 at 11:45 am

I will lay you dollars to donuts that there is another woman. Hire a private investigator and a lawyer. Find out the truth and protect your assets as soon as possible. Grieve later, but protect your future now.

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Tami July 8, 2015 at 11:56 am

Update: While I ran to Target last night, he left. But today I have seen a counselor and have a new bank account. Tomorrow I visit an attorney. Thanks for the advice.



Ursula July 7, 2015 at 7:41 am

Out of desperation I turned to your site because as understanding as I want to be I feel I’m fighting a losing battle. The girl at work, the fishing trips, the disinterest in me and family, the irritation with everybody etc etc etc I went and am going through it all. Will he get through this?


Chloe Jeffreys July 7, 2015 at 2:20 pm

Dear Ursula,

I’m almost certain he will get through this, but the real question you need to start asking yourself is how will you? Men in the throes of this form of insanity generally land on their feet. It’s their left-behind wives and children who are left struggling to pick up the pieces of their broken lives.

My first question is always, “Is he willing to go to counseling?” If yes, then make an appointment right away. A trained counselor will help you both determine whether your marriage can be saved. As much as I know you don’t necessarily want an answer to that question, thinking that if you just give it more time he’ll come to his senses, I must warn you that there is a significant and very real danger to your financial future if you procrastinate. While you’re waiting for him to figure himself out, he and that girl at work might be finding ways to steal your financial future right out from under you.

You do yourself and your children no favors not facing this head-on, especially if there is another woman involved. And even more especially if she is a younger woman seeking to mate poach your husband and start a family with him of her own.

Beyond protecting yourself financially, it is time for you to stop obsessing about what he’s going to do and start thinking about what you are going to do, whether or not he ever pulls his head out of his ass. This is your life too! And you deserve not to spend it worrying about him and what he’s going to do next.

I know this is hard advice, but I’ve been reading and responding to sad stories such as yours for quite awhile now. You can stop being a victim of his selfishness. It hurts like hell. I know that. But 1) you have to face the fact that you might be spending your future without him, and 2) you are much more likely to win him back when you become more fascinated with your life and less worried about his.

Take heart. He will either come around, or he won’t. And in the meantime you have a lot of growing to do of your own. Don’t let him steal your life. Let me know how it turns out. I do care.


Ursula July 8, 2015 at 1:41 pm

Hi Chloe.
Yes. You do care. I really didn’t expect a reply and such a lenghty one at that. Thank you. And yes, you right, your advice is hard and to the point but worth following through. That girly at the work is a non-issue and even though it took me a few months I worked hard at nipping that one in the butt. I mentioned it in my first post just to relate to all the things mlc sojourners go through.
I’m so drawn to all these stories and just trust that everything will work out for the best for all of us as we keep the faith and do what we must do


Sue July 3, 2015 at 11:35 pm

Hi I’m hoping you can help me people up there
Sorry my English because I’m from Middle East
After 18 years of marriage first 2 1/2 years ago he cheated on me I forgave him ,I thought everything it’s fine till, last week after I installed find my friend ,I saw him after work going to strange place and stopped there for some time when I called him that time never answer ,until the day I told him I’m going with my fried somewhere, he left work and he went there but that day he found out something on phone and he left the phone at work so I went to the place with my friend and after 29 minuts of looking I saw him with the young girl about 32 walking I called him and he saw me and hide it was a gated apartment I don’t have to explain what I went throu
But now I go to work with him everyday but I get tired and I don’t like what I’m doing I really love him I can’t let him go ,he said he is sorry and he is trying heis best .first time excuse was he wants kid at age 49 ,I have my own but not with him he love kids but when I was 42 dr told me I can’t get pregnant and he said if God wants me to have it he would give me ,and I told him in ten years don’t say you want kids ,but he told after ten years he said exact thing I told him however I need help please


Chloe Jeffreys July 7, 2015 at 2:25 pm

Oh my dear, Sue. I am so sorry. This sounds dreadful. My best advice is to start thinking about what life can look like without this man. If he wants children that you can’t give him then there isn’t much you can do about that. I’ve seen the heartache on both ends of this, where women marry agreeing not to have more children, but then later decide they want them, and the reverse. The desire for children is real and when that desire strikes there isn’t much one can do to change it.

I don’t know what resources are available to you in your country, but meeting with a trained impartial counselor is always helpful in getting to the heart of the matter. Is this a kids thing, or is he in love with someone else? Can you marriage be saved? The sooner you get to those answers the sooner you can start working towards a solution, either together or apart. And as painful as a life apart sounds to you right now, I promise a life apart will be better than the agony this liar is putting you through right now.

Take care. Let me know what you decide to do.


Alice June 23, 2015 at 1:54 am

Thank you for this blog. I feel like I’m living someone else’s life. Three days ago the man I married vanished, and was replaced by a man I don’t know. He is angry, distant, and moody. We were so in love, we did everything together, now I fee like I’m dying. My stomach is in knots, I can’t eat, I can’t sleep, I just keep crying. I don’t know how to make this stop. Honestly, I wish I could just stop feeling anything. I have a great job, and I can’t continue like this. I’m a wreck. I don’t even know where I start now. I moved out of bedroom so he could have space. I asked him yesterday if he would go to marriage counseling, he didn’t say no, but he really didn’t commit either. I’m so torn up…afraid…angry. I can’t stop crying. This is so awful. I really need a happy ending story…I just want the life I had last week.


Alice June 24, 2015 at 2:18 am

He just asked me for a divorce last night, four days after he had a complete personality change. I’m beside myself. I can’t believe this.


Katy June 16, 2015 at 8:32 pm

Hi, Im hoping you can help!

I love my husband dearly! We’ve been married almost one year. He’s 31 and he is in crisis, whether midlife or not, I dont know. He’s dealt with depression on and off for the past few years (we’ve been together almost 6 years). He recently lost his job and we are living with his parents because I am also unemployed until I start teaching in August. To say we are broke is an understatement. I know he feels lost, angry, like he’s let me down, and just screwed by life to the point where he can’t deal anymore. He wants to give up entirely which breaks my heart. I’m excited to start my career and our marriage and he is so lost, on the verge of giving up everything.

He is extremely restless, irritable, angry, frustrated, and he says I just don’t understand. Without a job he’s even more stagnant, with no direction. All he ever wanted to do was play hockey and would have gone to college on a scholarship but got hurt and couldn’t play again and didn’t go to college. He doesn’t know what to do with his life now. He desperately wants to get out of here and take a trip to the mountains with a buddy to clear his head and get some perspective, and I desperately want to support him in that, except that we are so totally broke until I get paid in late August. I’m scared he’ll completely lose it before then. What am I supposed to do? I feel like it’s all on my shoulders, like I’m supposed to work some miracle, and the anxiety of the whole situation is so much.

I feel triggered by his crisis. It’s stirring my fears of abandonment and causing me to feel responsible and guilty that I can’t help him. I’m scared that we will never be stable or happy or that he will always be miserable or self medicating (my dad was an alcoholic). And more than anything I’m scared I’ll watch my husband slowly drown without being able to save him.

How am I supposed to best help and support him while also taking care of myself and my own issues this is triggering without being selfish or making it “all about myself”?

Please help!


Don Dressel June 17, 2015 at 1:00 am

Hi I am sorry you are going through this.
I have been going through the same thing with my wife. We are currently separated and she has put me through hell!
I have made changes in my life focussing on me by exercising everyday and taking martial arts.
All I can tell you is he will ruin you emotionally and there are enough decent guys looking for a good woman such as you.
Start doing things for you and don’t worry about him.
I have been a good husband and faithful to her the whole time we have been together.
I wish you a the luck and you are young enough to start over. Don’t waste your time with him unless he is ready to sit down with you and work on your relationship. He will only break your heart further.
Take care Don


Marie June 19, 2015 at 10:22 am

I agree with Don…it’s a waste of your time trying to make a depressed person happy. It’s not our job. I’ve been through a similar circumstance and can’t do it anymore. Life’s too short to wallow in their pain all the time.


Don Dressel June 20, 2015 at 12:02 pm

Yes Maria I agree! After 24 years together she caught me by surprise.
I am now getting my house ready for sale and have quit texting and calling her. She is lost in her own world and at almost 60 years old is throwing me our dogs and our beautiful home away.

She had almost destroyed my life but I finally came up with a game plan to rebuild my life. I have let her go so I can find peace and heal.
She had told me I am a good man and a have been a wonderful husband.
Which makes it all the more puzzling?
Life is to short to waste my time on her anymore!
She even cut off all contact with her sisters. I saw her younger sister the other day who she was very close to and saw the hurt in her eyes.

Life goes on and I am sure I will meet someone who will appreciate me when I am ready
Take care Don


Chloe Jeffreys June 18, 2015 at 8:44 am

Oh my gosh, Katy! I’m so sorry you are both going through this.

I’m afraid that I don’t see how a get-away to the mountains with a buddy is going to fix a totally effed up economy and his unemployment problem. If he’s around your age, it doesn’t sound like a midlife-crisis to me, but rather a life crisis, or a never had a life crisis. He hasn’t even started living a life yet to have a crisis about. If anything, he’s still having a teenaged crisis over his inability to pursue a hockey career due to that injury.

Years and years ago I was sitting in a Bible study with a group of couples talking about happy times in our lives. One of the men there said with tears in his eyes that the very best time of his life–and let’s remember his wife of many years and the mother of his several teenaged children was sitting there next to him–was when he played baseball in high school. Now let’s ponder that for a minute. This 40+ year old man was still wistfully reminiscing about his glory days in HIGH SCHOOL!?!?! For a clear moment I saw that despite being alive, he’d already been dead for over 20 years.

Normally I’d suggest counseling for a situation like yours, but I realize that you don’t have the money for that. Unfortunately, you both likely do need some professional help, him for his depression and you for your co-dependency. You are not going to be able to fix what it wrong with him. I will venture a guess that things will likely become worse, maybe much worse, for the both of you when you do start making money. You spending that money on mini-vacations for him isn’t going to do diddly to help him face what he needs to face. He isn’t going to play professional hockey, he needs to find something else to do, and he needs to start doing it. Running off to the mountains with a buddy is yet another escape from a reality he has yet to accept.

What should you do? Well, that depends. How deeply do you love him? Would you lay down your life for him? Because that’s what it looks like to me. If he doesn’t pick himself up and do something with his own life then he’s going to suck your life out of you.

It’s time for tough love. You can’t carry the weight of this marriage by yourself. If he won’t man-up and start carrying his load by getting off his ass and doing something to save himself then you need to start considering your options.

Like I said, it would be nice if you could find a professionals to help you navigate through this. That’s what I suggest you spend that first paycheck on, not a vacation for him.

God Bless. Let me know how it turns out. I do care.


Karen May 31, 2015 at 4:58 pm

Very long story. 1 day said I want a divorce, going to go live with the love of his life. Had only talked or seen her 4 or 5 times in 50 yrs.
Decides to stay in marriage of 45 1/2 yr. Marriage with me. 2 weeks later he leaves everything. Me, his daughter, grandson, friends. Was very active person. Left it all to go 6 hrs. Away to nothing but his teenage love. He said she looked 18 but was 64 & he was 67. Lived for 5 months in sin, divorced, & remarried 1 month later.
When he left me hugged me twice. Called me when he got there. I said I love u, he said I love u 2. I said come home & he said I can’t love 2 women. Lot more story. Been almost 23 months now.


Becky Ann Luschei May 4, 2015 at 8:21 pm

Hi Chloe (of the mountain)! I’m a fellow blogger (site noted above, of course!) who is dealing with midlife crisis and husband. He denies it but key symptoms are there and I caught myself judging him, questioning him and really, really frustrated until I started educating myself about it. After all, we deal with menopause, why CAN’T they go through MAN-o-pause? He’s not out buying expensive stuff because he’s a very, VERY fiscally responsible guy to the point of not wanting to spend ANY and just enjoying watching the numbers in his account rise, to the point that, this lady is preparing to go back into the workforce (after being retired for four years) so she can have her OWN money to spend without his constant questioning (something he didn’t used to do). I’m a blogger, artist and photographer. I want to fund my own photo gallery without 1. asking him to back me; 2. getting a lone. We are debt free and I want to remain that way.

However, I’ve watched over the last several years, how he’s become irrational and angry over the most small things. He just wants to lay around all the time and I’ve noticed he can’t seem to complete a task all the way through. These are things that were uncharacteristic for him, before. He was always conscientious and thorough. He is facing retiring from his job he’s had for nearly 30 years which he is very good at. It is a specialized occupation that pays very well (flight simulator technician for the Federal Government for the new Growler jets). So, your candid approach and honesty about this topic is refreshing. In my blog, I have a post about hot flashes. It’s a humorous take on that annoying little thing but I face it with a crazy sense of humor (having one now; oh boy!). So, perhaps I could learn more from you or you could be my first guest writer and submit on this particular topic. Anyway, I enjoyed the read and would to hear/read more from you on the subject and how you’ve done since this post I just read. Thank you!


Chloe Jeffreys May 6, 2015 at 2:22 pm

I am curious whether your husband has some depression going on. Retirement can cause that. Also there is such a thing as adult-onset ADD or ADHD. Your remarks about his short attention span bring that to mind.

But my biggest concern is his extreme frugality and its affects upon you. I strongly urge you to find a way to make your own money. I haven’t found blogging to be very lucrative at all. In fact, I lost a lot of money trying to make a living at it. I’m not working as a travel nurse making enough money of my own to meet whatever needs may come my way.

My husband and I are still together and going strong. We got a great deal of very good counseling, made some significant changes in our lifestyle to make it better suit the both of us, and are getting ready to begin building our dream home together. But that took a great deal or work. I highly recommend finding a good therapist to help you work through your issues with your husband. And I strongly, strongly advice you to get copies of all your financial records so you can see clearly what is really going on there. I hope you don’t find any surprises, but a good look now would be in your best interests, I think. Good luck!


Jennifer May 1, 2015 at 10:44 am

I think my husband is going through a MLC. He shows signs anyway, such as, totally unhappy with many parts of life, suddenly going on fishing trips, pissed off ALOT, doesn’t know if he ever loved. That’s a few. We have been together for 23 yrs. Since we were both 19. He said I took his youth away from him. We have an 18 yo daughter. This all started about 6 months ago. 13 yrs. ago, I was unfaithful and he said that he suddenly can’t stop thinking about it. I don’t think that’s really it. He has just changed so much. He was always so kind and gentle and soft spoken. Never had a mean thing to say. Now, he calls our daughter horrible names, doesn’t talk to me hardly at all, treats me like I have the plaque many days. I want to say something to him about this possible MLC, but I don’t know how or what to say. Please help me. I love him more than air. He’s my life. I don’t want to lose him. Please, help me.


Don Dressel May 6, 2015 at 7:22 pm

All I can tell you is sit him down and tell him how you feel. Tell him that he is your life and how much you love him. My wife is going through a late mid-life crisis and has caused me a lot of heartache. I finally told her if she does not get her head on straight I am moving on! She wants a separation and I told her if she moves out I am filing for a divorce. I have been working on getting my house back in shape and talking to my parents on buying her out on our home.
Life goes on and dealing with a mixed up spouse makes your life hell! Work on yourself and do not rely on him making you happy. You can only do that. take care Don


todd fox April 22, 2015 at 4:23 pm

My wife is having typical midlife crisis. She could write the book. It’s been a year since bomb drop and we’re half way through divorce. I find myself intentionally pissing her off and driving her away. Making her feel all hope is lost. I do not want to deal with the day she realizes she made a mistake and tries to come back because I don’t think I could resist her. I love her so much but can’t forgive her for the way she has treated the kids. I don’t want to deal with it, I don’t want to make that decision because I know how tough it will be and don’t feel that strong. I’m a much better person now but miss her dearly. I love everything that she has become. Outgoing, adventurous, beautiful but not the lying, cheating, deceiving, manipulative. I understand that I have to accept good with bad and I can’t. I drive her away on purpose. She can’t hurt me if I don’t let her.


Chloe Jeffreys April 24, 2015 at 1:05 pm

Todd, I am so very sorry. Women also go through midlife crises and abandon them husbands and children for lives they feel will be more exciting and rewarding. I hope you can find your way to the other size of this painful experience. You deserve happiness, too.

Here’s my unsolicited advice: A year ago a bomb went off in your life, and this bomb catapulted you from an acute response into a chronic fight or flight state. The stress of what you are going through has likely burned out your dopamine/serotonin receptors and fried your adrenal glands. The first thing to do is to go buy yourself a liter Camelbak water bottle and fill it at least twice a day. Severe stress leads to dehydration. You can’t imagine how this dehydration is feeding your stress level. Then, if you aren’t already, find a good gym and start working out at least 3 times a week, but 5 or 6 is better. If this is the first time you’ve really joined a gym, hire a personal trainer at first to help you develop a plan best for you. Then take up a cardiovascular hobby of some sort like jogging, or biking that will get you outside. You need the sun to help you make the Vitamin D you desperately need.

You can’t do a damned thing about her, but you can and should start taking care of you. Detaching your life and your self-esteem from her choices is integral to your well-being whether or not she ever realizes what a mistake she’s made. Take care of you. No one else will.


Heather April 21, 2015 at 12:37 pm

Wow. I just read this me and my husband have been married since we were 18. We are 30 and 32 now. He wants to leave me for someone he dated when we were teens. He has helped me pack me and our 4 kids 4 times now. But everytime I cant even get out of the driveway before he is waving me back. He tells me he cant live with out me for even a second but he cant stop thinking about her and wondering if he was really supposed to be with her instead of me. Maybe this is what is going on is midlife crisis. He is finally doing well in his career as an airplane mechanic. Please any advise will be helpful. We have been married 12 years this has been going on since January


Chloe Jeffreys April 24, 2015 at 1:15 pm

Oh Heather, I’m so sorry. I do have some advice.

The disruption of this has to be extremely upsetting for your kids and it is unfair to drag them through the instability of your marriage. Next time your marriage crumbles make him pack up and leave. Or, if that’s not an option for some reason, and you have to be the one to pack up four kids and leave, DO NOT TURN AROUND. Keep on driving! You cannot seriously think that after four times anything is going to change, right? This yo-yo-ing is bad for you. It’s bad for your kids. And it is teaching your husband that he can treat you and his family this way. You are training him to treat you like shit. Knock it off!

You need professional help right away. I’m not there. I can’t see with my own eyes what is actually going on. A counselor can. I don’t know if your marriage can be saved, but right this moment I really couldn’t give a rat’s ass about your marriage. I’m concerned for your mental health and the future ability of your children to form appropriate romantic relationships in their own lives. This bouncing back and forth can’t be good for them at all. Stop worrying about this jerk of a husband and father and start focusing on yourself and your kids. Take care of you! It is clear to me from what you’ve written that you cannot depend on this man anymore.


Don Dressel April 26, 2015 at 4:42 am

Heather I am going through the exact thing only we are older I am 58 and she is 59. Thank God we dont have kids! She is so mixed up and if she is away one night she will text me lovingly and the next night she is very cold. I finally told her no more texting me and calling me and I am leaving for a vacation by myself and when I get back she is going away.While she is gone I am fixing up our house and we are selling it. I am so very sad but this has been going on for almost a year now and I have realized if I dont leave she will end up causing me to have a nervous break down. I hope you have good friends to help you get through this! I have a wonderful friend that has helped me tremendously to get through this. I am so very sad but I need to move on. Take care and my heart goes out to you


Patty April 1, 2015 at 5:10 pm

Wow….wish I had seen this site 2yrs. Ago. My husband left me for a younger woman,lost interest in everything,sit around like he was somewhere else…found high hills and stockings in his man cave and he said he was wearing them…was his fantasy…he us a full blown country boy…. I didn’t believe him!!!!found other things too..we are both 60 now and and were married 24 yrs. Really good marriage until 2 yrs. Ago…boom…. I didn’t handle it well and am still devastated…. I’m losing everything…my farm,my horses,everything..and haven’t worked in several yrs. Don’t know what I’m going to do now…scared and lonely….


Jen April 26, 2015 at 4:23 am

Patty, I feel your pain. I am going through a similar situation. There is no warning, it’s just BAM, and he’s running like a coward. I know your fear and loneliness. Be brave and keep moving forward, even if it’s only baby steps. We will be ok.


Patty April 26, 2015 at 6:37 am

Hi Jen, my divorce was final yesterday….I cried through the whole thing…I hoped and prayed up until the night before he would change his mind..I’m so devasted ….he showed no emotion …25 years of the best years of my life. I’m 60 now and really have no desire to start over. My life was hell before him and he changed everything… I’ll never be that happy again.I know in my heart. I will always love him and long to be with him. Our farm is now up for sale and I will soon have to say goodbye to my min. Donkey ,5 horses and a sweet kitty.I don’t have a job and have no skills. I waitressed for 27 yrs. And stopped about 10 yrs. Ago and became a farm girl when we moved here. That’s all I really know how to do.I’m not as young either so I’m scared to death.I am so heartbroken and lonely I feel like ending it all. To much to bare…I hope you are doing better….good luck and prayers to you…Patty


Don Dressel April 26, 2015 at 4:49 am

Patty my heart goes out to you! I am sure you have read my post. I gave my wife everything faithful loving and did everything for her! I hurt my back and was laid up for awhile and she went online and started chatting with all these younger guys. I am heartbroken but I will rebuild my life without her. Everyone has told her she will be sorry but she is so blind to what is going on! I started working out and look better and feel better! I have a great support of great friends especially one friend. There will be a better future for you just have faith! Take care Don


Rudy M. Villegas April 1, 2015 at 1:35 am

Wow. Great article here.I must agree it all boils down to what we accept to think and how we perceive our world. It doesn’t matter whether we are suffering from midlife crisis or not, what matters is that we know how to deal with these issues the right way and with positive attitude. Hope to read more from your site.


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Rebecca March 17, 2015 at 10:09 am

Hi just came across your site when punched in mid life crisis. My husband is threating me with divorce wont talk to me or have sex with me for awhile now. He does look at porn a lot this problem is going on a very long time. I am married for 27 years and I have three married children and one bride at home. Please help me…


Chloe Jeffreys March 18, 2015 at 12:32 am

Oh Rebecca! I’m so sorry. I wish I could reach out and hug you. My advice is to seek out a reputable counselor right away. No, it’s not good enough to see your Pastor. You need someone experienced in marriage counseling, midlife crisis, and divorce.

You can ask your husband to go, but go anyway whether he goes or not. The most important issue right now is protecting yourself financially. It is during this period of time that many women get ripped off by their once loving and devoted spouses. They take advantage of your emotional tailspin while making off with the bank account. I don’t mean to scare you, but you need to take decisive action right away to protect yourself financially. And don’t kid yourself that he’d never do that to you. He can, and he might. I’ve seen it dozens of times. A man in the throes of a midlife crisis where there is very likely another woman involved cannot be trusted.

Once you have a finger on the money situation then you can assess whether or not your marriage can be saved. Oftentimes it can, even if there is another woman involved. But your financial security and your future must take precedence over every other consideration first! Trust me. He’s not thinking about your future right now; he’s thinking about himself.

I consider a midlife crisis to be somewhat akin to a type of temporary insanity except you don’t know whether he’ll recover or not. You have to realize that your husband is not thinking clearly. He’s facing the loss of his youth, his unmet dreams, his libido, his looks, and his impending mortality. It’s enough to drive anyone off the edge if you think about it.

Your husband might have legitimate issues with your marriage, and he might not. You can’t know if you can’t get him to talk about it. That’s why counseling is critical. If he won’t go then you have to go because you have to face the fact that you might very well end up divorced. You can’t make your husband happy. You can’t fix what’s wrong with him. You can’t make it go away. Only he has control over himself.

All you can control is you. You can act decisively to protect your financial security. You can make decision that are the best for you in the long run. You can make changes in your own health. You can start thinking about what you want the rest of your life to look like whether he’s in it or not. You have ultimate control over you. Never forget that. You are going to feel very out of control. You might feel like your whole life is recklessly spinning away from you, but you are in control of yourself.

I’m sure you aren’t eating (or maybe you’re over-eating). Either way, you have to start taking care of yourself and your health. You’re going to need your health to stabilize your emotions.

Get a big bag of epsom salts and start taking hot baths to help you relax and pull out the stress. Go get a massage. If you can afford them, a weekly massage while going through the worst of it will help. If he complains about the expense remind him how expensive divorce is. You have every right to take care of yourself while he jumps off the deep end. Drink plenty of water. Try to avoid too much alcohol.

Be judicious in who you talk to. Other women can be catty or attempt to use your pain as a catharsis of their own, so try to pick stable women who really care about you to confide in.

Feel free to write me anytime. I do care.


Katie v March 14, 2015 at 11:02 pm

My husband is going through a midlife crisis as well, I believe. In August of 2013 he went to Hawaii for some army training and during that time he got hooked up with a girl because he was depressed and she showed him he could be happy again. This is what he says. I found out in November, requested they stop talking, I thought they did, found out in jan they had never stopped. It took until June 2014 for them to stop talking. He bought a motorcycle, something he’s wanted for a while and in August we made a big move. During that time it was a big adjustment for me and I dropped the ball and lost interest in meeting his needs. I got depressed myself from moving somewhere new. In January he had to go to where she was living again and it started all over again. He said when he came home he was sure he wanted a divorce, but here we are 2 months later and he’s having a harder time than ever. He says he just wants to be happy. Has pulled the whole inlove you, not in love with you, yet we have great sex, a lot, he compliments me everyday, says this is the most he’s ever been attracted to me, says I’m amazing. He even said the other day “you love me the way I want, you take care of the house the way I want, you take care of our kids the way I want, you have the attitude that I love, it’s all just the past.” He thinks I’ll “relapse” and he won’t be happy. Since the other woman lives 4000 miles away, they only have an emotional connection. They talk everyday on the way to and from work. I asked if he would go to counseling and prior he’s always said no, but he said yes so I made the first appointment and we’ll be going Monday. He says if he knew he could wake up everyday and be happy with me of course he would stay. How can l prove that to him when I’ve let him down in the past. And before it’s too late.


Katie v March 14, 2015 at 11:04 pm

Oh and he still lives at home. He’s talked about moving out and requested we go see my dad for 2 weeks. We did and while we were gone he said he’d be moving out. That was almost a week ago and he’s still here. Help.


Chloe Jeffreys March 18, 2015 at 12:40 am

Wait a minute! He’s taken up with another woman and it’s your fault? You let him down? His choice to engage in an emotional affair with another woman is his fault. He made that choice. Now, I’m not saying you don’t have issues in your marriage. I’m sure you do. But he could have handled those issues a dozen different ways other than finding another woman to attach himself emotionally to

You are NOT responsible for making him happy. And from what you’ve told me here he’s holding you hostage by this subtle threat of this other woman. It is NOT okay that he’s emotionally attached to this other woman. It is not okay that’s talking to her several times a day if he’s serious about his marriage with you.

I’m very glad he’s agreed to counseling. I think it’s the right first step. In the meantime, protect yourself financially. Men in the throes of a midlife crisis, especially when another woman is involved, cannot be trusted to act in your best interest, or even the best interest of their children.

Take care! Let me know how counseling works out.


Katie v March 18, 2015 at 9:55 am

No, it’s not ok and I understand that. I also know it’s not my fault, but even I’m not stupid enough to say that if a man is not getting what he wants in a relationship they will look for it somewhere else. And that’s all he did. I’m not saying it’s ok, I’m not saying it’s right, but I’m saying I understand where I lacked in out relationship and will not blame my failure in our relation on him. I do not justify what he’s doing because if it, but I will not only play victim.

I’m protected financially, I was more curious on what I should do. Thanks


Chloe Jeffreys March 18, 2015 at 10:54 am

Okay, I think i see more clearly where you are coming from. I admire your self honesty. So few people take any responsibility when their husband or wife has a mlc. Kudos to you for owning your part.

In answer to you original question, you can’t know the future. You can’t promise to always be what he needs or wants anymore than he can promise that to you. But until he’s all in and lets go of this other woman you’ll never know for sure. He’s trying to hedge his bets and that doesn’t work in love.

Love is this tremendous gamble that can send you to ecstacy or break your heart. And until he throws all his chips in the game I think your future with him is far from certain regardless of your behavior .

I hope that helps.

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Becky Palmer February 23, 2015 at 10:01 am

Well I feel like I have been blind sided by my husband’s midlife crisis. Went with him to buy a Harley just so he could ride his new girlfriend on it. Thought I was doing all the right things and it all blew up in my face. I was giving him plenty of crazy sex also. Found out later he was already involved with a younger woman at work. He moved out and moved her in his new place within 3 weeks. He still is telling me to give this some time and let it run its course and we will see what happens. We have sold our home and he is living with her while I’m staying with family waiting on an apartment. Should I wait on him with this and believe what he is saying about time and running its course? I never distrusted him at all until this midlife stuff. He was loyal and a good husband til a few months ago. Now my life is upside down.


Chloe Jeffreys February 25, 2015 at 1:33 am

Well, Becky, this is just shitty behavior all the way around. I’m disgusted for you! As far as what you should do? Well, that’s a quandary.

If you are at all leaning towards staying then I recommend checking out Anne Brecht’s book, “My Husband’s Affair is the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me.” Anne stayed the course and won her marriage back, and I do think some of her advice could be helpful in the right situation. But it isn’t for everyone. Only you will know if this is something that resonates for you. It seems odd that he’s telling you this will blow over. I’d be very suspicious too!

All I can recommend for sure is that you do whatever you can to protect your assets. Things could blow up in an instant if he gets his new girlfriend pregnant, or suddenly decides he’s madly in love with her. You need to protect your future above all.

I’m so sorry this is happening to you. I wish I had something more concrete. It seems that a few marriages do survive this, but many do not once it has reached this point. Please let me know what you decide. I do care.


Don Dressel February 8, 2015 at 12:28 am

Everyone here is talking about a husbands mid-life crisis but what about if your wife is having a mid-life crisis? Chloe I wrote to you in the past about issues I have had with my wife and her mid-life crisis. I found out that my wife got caught up in a romance scam and lost quite a bit of money. If it was our money I would be gone by now. It was part of money her father left her.
I forgave her as I had issues and realized she had gotten lonely and met the scammer online.
The issue I have now is that she has a big void in her and to fill it instead of coming to me she is chatting with men on chat room sites and although she has not met any of them she has told me it is only friendly and no sex talk or pictures are involved.
I am in good shape as I work out almost everyday and have never had a problem meeting women as I consider myself good looking. My wife tells me I have done a 180 turn around and I am very handsome! I told her why then do you need to talk to all these other guys? They are all around 40 and she is 59 but telling them she is 43. I told her she is goofy in doing so and is ruining our marriage!
Chloe do you think I am over reacting? I told her this whole thing is taking away from us and I am losing my patience! What are your thoughts on all of this?


Chloe Jeffreys February 8, 2015 at 12:33 pm

Don, honey, forgive, but don’t forget. I fear that this woman is going to destroy you. She’s not ruining your marriage. She’s already ruined it. You both need to go to couples’ counseling asap. It’s not okay that she’s talking to guys in chat rooms. She has a problem and forgiving her alone will not be enough to fix it.


Don February 8, 2015 at 10:45 pm

Thank you Chloe for your response! Yes I am well aware of what she has done and I am also aware that if I stay with her I will become an emotional wreck! I have told her I am miserable in our relationship and I want to sell our house and move to my other home that I own by myself.
It makes me sad that she would throw away 24 years away for a bunch of idiots that are on chat rooms. I wish she would wake up but I am afraid it is to late for that! I hope to meet a decent woman in the future to share my retirement years with but I will spend some time with myself and my little jack russell Winston and of course my Z06 2016 corvette!


Don Dressel February 10, 2015 at 4:49 am

Again Chloe thank you for your replies! I am sitting in bed unable to sleep because I am emotionally empty inside!
I keep on wondering what I did to my wife to deserve this kind of treatment?! I have never cheated on her always bought her nice cards and flowers and took her out to nice places. I would never do to her what she has done to me!
I have now come to the realization that we need to sell our home and I need to move to Arizona to my home there with my little jack Russell Winston and my collie Shelby.
I will miss my other 2 dogs that are hers and my home I worked so hard to make a nice place for us.
I keep on asking myself why my wife is destroying everything we have worked so hard for at 59 years of age? Isn’t this the time we are suppose to enjoy our retirement? I work out almost everyday and keep myself in good shape I don’t cheat and I am not a drunk I don’t hit her and I tell her how beautiful she is so why is this happening can someone tell me why?!


Denise levett April 19, 2015 at 7:30 pm

To: Mr. Dressel, I am so sorry from the bottom of my heart for what you are going through, I understand because I am going through the same thing with my husband too. It’s funny how people can break a heart, and play with a mind and think nothing of it but, really these kind of people we shared our whole life with, and thought we knew them; people like your wife and my husband they are the ones whom really do need a renewing of the heart and mind because in the Bible the creator has written, I will renew your heart and mind and also add this, out of the mouth speak the heart – meaning what lies within will reveal it’s self. So I come to find listening to a person words but, also watch their action – the things they do and how they respond to others as well as to you. The enemy is busy working day and night to break us and bring us down; remember the people whom are close to us are the ones that can hurt us the most, and it can take a while for the enemy to penetrate us through someone we really love. but I know no one loves us more then the creator himself , and he said I am breaking it down in my words now – treat others the way you want to be treated. So let us learn take control of our heart and not just give it to anyone because the past can only hold things together for a while. What do we have to offer each other today? Is the love real , is he or she trust worthy with our heart will we have peace and joy with this person.


Don April 19, 2015 at 9:55 pm

Thank you for your wonderful reply!
Yes it has been hard for me. The person I have spent 24 years with and had my hopes and dreams with has destroyed everything through her texting all these men and having fantasies with.
She tells me my head is screwed up will no wonder after what she has done to me! We are selling our home and I am buying a home by myself on Phoenix and taking my two dogs with me.
I look in the mirror and ask why?
I am good looking at least that’s what I have been told and I keep myself in great shape as I work out 5 days a week and I keep on asking God what I did wrong to deserve such treatment from someone that I have been faithful to and cherished?
My friends who include women have told me she will be sorry! Even as I write this she is upstairs on her phone texting all these guys and the dogs are not fed and she is not eating dinner with me.
There has got to be a decent woman out there that’s wants a faithful man!
Thank you again
Sincerely Don

Sue July 3, 2015 at 11:51 pm

She does not deserve you ,she will be sorry soon but don’t take her back and good luck


Don Dressel July 4, 2015 at 4:30 am

Hi Sue thank you for your reply
No I am not taking her back she is coming home after being gone for 2 months and I have already filed for divorce
I have my home almost ready for sale and have started dating but nothing serious at this time
I want to be fair to the women I date.
I am a one woman man and hope to meet a decent woman that I can spend the rest of my life with
Take care Don

UP February 7, 2015 at 5:37 pm

I just don’t have time for a mid-life crisis, the daily crises of life are quite enough, thank you!

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Chloe Jeffreys February 8, 2015 at 12:37 pm

No shit, huh? Exactly right. Each day has enough crap in it without falling utterly apart over.


Ana February 7, 2015 at 4:56 pm

My husband is going through his mlc. He is turning 40 this year. A couple of years ago he bought a motorcycle saying it would save money but we are still paying it off. His job took a downhill last March and he got very depressed and would yell a lot. He was also diagnosed with tbi. A week ago or so out of the blue he tells me he is going to get a tattoo. He never was interested in getting one and never liked them much. Now yesterday he finally got one. A couple of months ago out of the blue he bought himself a guitar and is teaching himself how to play. This change is happening so quickly and he expects me to accept everything he does and says. A couple of weeks ago he told me all of a sudden that he has the urge to sleep with other women. That was a punch in the stomach to say the least. He doesn’t seem to understand how hurtful it all is. He seems to only think about himself and if you say something on that subject he gets frustrated and tells me I don’t understand him. He wants me to accept it and that’s it. He is in San Antonio for a few days now on business and is meeting a different woman every evening. He told me he doesn’t sleep with them but enjoys the company and especially if they tell him how nice he is and that he looks good. I asked him if it doesn’t mean anything to him when I tell him that and that I love him and he said it means a lot but he needs to hear it from other women. He feels like he missed out on things according to him. I know that if he meets the right one who is looking for sex over there he will have a one night stand since that is his urge right now. He does want to go to counseling but when I say to him that I think he is going through a mlc he says that mlc wouldn’t make him want to sleep with lots of other women. He wants to make our marriage work but doesn’t think that a marriage counselor will “fix” his urge. It is all very hurtful and disheartening and I am planning on going to more of his hobby events which I hardly ever did because it never interested me and I know that always annoyed him that I wouldn’t join him. I want to show him that I am there for him. We have two boys and they have noticed the change as well and it makes them sad at times. He seems to get bored with everything very quickly as well unless he is chatting with other women. It is like he needs and wants that attention to make himself feel good. It’s like he is bored with his life and is seeking adventure no matter if that adventure is good or bad.


Chloe Jeffreys February 8, 2015 at 12:56 pm

So, yeah, I think you’ve diagnosed this one correctly. Sounds like classic MLC to me. And he’s in denial.

I can see why the motorcycle and the guitar and the tattoo were merely annoying to you and why you reacted the way you did. That’s how I treated the karaoke thing. Eye-rolling and heavy sighing and passing it off as a passing fancy. They were red flags that most women miss because they are too busy getting the kids to school, or working, or just hoping it’ll all go away. But your husband has raised the stakes.

Meeting other women in bars while out of town and telling you he wants to sleep with other women is not just a red flag. That is a parade down Main Street! You have to take this very, very seriously or you are going to lose your marriage. I’m not even kidding.

So, you have several options. First, you have to decide whether or not you want to save your marriage? If so, it is far too late to start going to his hobbies. You’ve missed that boat. It’s okay. I missed that boat too. Many women do because we’re awfully busy holding the family together while our husbands go off the freaking deep end. But you are going to have to show up at the parade if you want to pull this guy back from his mlc.

I don’t believe for a minute that he’s not already slept with other women. He might even already have another woman he thinks he’s all in love with. Maybe he hasn’t, but I’ve known far too many woman now who’ve been through this not to be highly suspicious. You can’t have unprotected sex with him anymore. Not until you guys get through this and he comes up clean in confirmed lab tests that you see with your own eyes from the doctor.

You need couple’s counseling yesterday. Don’t wait another minute. Make an appointment tomorrow for as soon as he gets home. Don’t go with an agenda. Counseling is NOT to keep him from sleeping with other women (see above paragraph). You are going to counseling to figure out if your marriage can be saved, and whether you want to save it.

All the balls are NOT in his court. You have serious decisions to make about your life that will impact your future and the future of your children. You cannot afford to stick your head in the sand for one more minute. You need to protect your health and your finances as soon as possible.

Let me know what happens. I do care.


Annon March 12, 2015 at 2:32 pm

He needs to realize how much you mean to him. Convince him that he is going to lose you. Check youtube, search for “mid Life Marriage Meltdown 11 17 2013”. It accidentally worked for her, and there are many similar anecdotes where the mlc wakes up once his wife files for divorce. But careful, it sometimes work, others it backfires, so do it safely.


Chloe Jeffreys March 18, 2015 at 12:43 am

I must agree that sometimes definitive action does jolt the man into reality. I also cannot agree more that a woman in this situation needs to act to protect her assets. A man in the throes of a midlife crisis, especially if another woman is involved, cannot be trust. Ive seen too many times too many friends end up totally screwed financially.


Dena January 10, 2015 at 8:29 pm

I think my husband is going through a MLC. He wanted to spend New Years with a family from my daughter’s school. I can’t hardly go anywhere because I shattered my ankle in August. I’m still not weight bearing. New Years day he said he needed space before he starts to hate me. Then said if I didn’t go to my mom’s for a while he’d get an apartment. We have an 9 yr old and an 18 month old. He’s always been such a good dad, so involved. I can’t believe me and the baby are being pushed out. I’m currently staying with my mom because I don’t know what to do. He said one of our problems was because he wants to hang out with this other family (parents at my daughter’s school) but I don’t want to. I’m hurt that he would say that and force me to friend this woman. She’s a bully and blatantly ignored me during my entire pregnancy. I’ve watched her do it to others as well. She’s a very mean woman. All he could ask is what did I do to her. :/ I’ve never been so hurt or confused.


Jo Ann January 30, 2015 at 1:20 pm

You should not move, nor should your children! If he wants space, tell him to move! Remind him that he’s the one walking away, and let your 9 year old know that he’s going through a mid-life crisis, and hopefully it won’t be long before he’s back. Family is suppose to be first. Why hasn’t he invited this “so called family” over to your house and he host the party?


Chloe Jeffreys February 8, 2015 at 1:21 pm

Jo Ann, you are right on the money. He needs to be the one who moves!


Rose December 23, 2014 at 7:11 pm

My husband is 62 and suddenly went back to being and alcoholic.I’ve been married for 38yrs to him .He lies cheated on me drinks hides it does drugs all of which I’ve found out in the last seven months.When we were first married out came his alcohol.I left after 17 years of abuse my kids were young then I had just had a baby.Iam now 59 my kids are grown gone.He is abusive again lies about everything.I have kicked him out he won’t go.I love him but I beleve I hate him also.I have no where to go was always a stay @ home mom.I have tried to very hard to forgive him but I can’t anymore.Why do I stay afraid I guess.I’ve been hit he says terrible things now I find my self yelling back.it’s wrong I know butiam angry hurt disappointed in him I should of never come back I was stupid.. Midlife crisis I thought maybe or just a creep who will never admit it cherrise me respect me is a failure and takes it out on me.tonight again I found his drugs his hiden booze bottles.Iam a fool I believed for 38 long yrs.Now iam older deppresed and truly wish I was dead!Fool for love never again I pray he will die to be rid of him merry Christmas thanks for listen more tears for me


Jo Ann January 30, 2015 at 1:24 pm

Join a church group, and go out, have fun, go to outings with them! You need fun! I joined a water fitness and yoga class myself. Stop living your life for him and his drugs, his alcohol, his lies…..it’s all about him! Now it should be about you! Let him do his thing, while you go out and have the time of your life, with or without him!


Chloe Jeffreys February 8, 2015 at 1:20 pm


At some point you have to decide to live your own life and stop trying to fix him. Women keep getting terrible advice from magazines and books that if they do this or that then they can fix their marriage or their man. It’s all a lie. There’s thing you can do to improve your marriage, but you can’t fix another person, especially a person who isn’t involved in fixing themselves!


Samyra December 18, 2014 at 6:33 am

My 40 year old husband told me a few months ago that he thinks he wants kids. I’m 49 and never wanted them and neither did he (or so I thought). I’ve been watching the obvious signs of MLC for a while. I know there’s nothing I can do for him except give him his space. He may be having an affair but I’m philosophical about it. I know it has nothing to do with me. What I know for sure, is that his problem is a mental illness. If he chooses not to seek professional help, I can’t help him. What has worked for me is to show him that understand he’s hurting but I take care of myself and mentally plan for a future without him. If he chooses to leave, I’ll be ok but he won’t. It makes me sad but this battle isn’t mine to fight. Planning is key to my success. Wallowing in self pity only confirms to him that he made the right decision by making rash choices. In the meantime, talk to your trusted girlfriends or pay for a therapist. Whatever you do, just know that he’s sick and you’re not. And if he does realize he was a fool, you’ll be in the best mental and financial position to decide whether or not you even want him in your life. Fear of the unknown is scary, but a real look at what you actually have can be far worse. Good luck to all of my sisters out there in the struggle to come out on top and to be happy.


Angie January 17, 2015 at 9:37 pm

Thank you so much for your wise words. I really needed to read something that tells me I am not the only one going through this with my spouse. Hope all is well with you.


kathy December 13, 2014 at 7:22 pm

hi!My husband has been losing weight , no carbs for quiet a while. Getting worse, since his brother left his wife after 30 years. It seems they are in weight loss compation. His brother was over weight while my husband has never had an issue with weight. since his brother left his family my husband says he is not happy. I work take care of the home , pay the bills and take care at a barn where I keep my horse. He goes to work and works out, That is it! The cars were a year over due for inspection! He can not get his shit together!Help! How long do I have to do this? Theropy was a joke! The theropist and my husband talked about hunting! Im pretty much over this at this point. Nothing matters to him but him! Our daughter had brain cancer and came out well, our son is doing well in college with a 4. average. What does he WANT?


Jo Ann January 30, 2015 at 1:30 pm

Tell him that when he turns sideways, he disappears! Tell him that he is losing his sexy muscle mass! Seriously, men do get anorexia nervosa! Good luck.


Rhonda November 22, 2014 at 7:46 pm

My husband is in the midst of a midlife crisis and it stinks!!!!
We were together 8 yrs before marriage and have now been married 3 yrs.
It all started shortly after I got diagnosed with breast cancer (just about a month before our 1 yr wedding anniversary). I started chemo, lost my hair, gained back all the weight I had lost (due to steroids and lack of exercise). I started noticing little changes at first, but didn’t think too much about it (as I was trying to just survive the chemo).
After chemo, I started confronting him about things and he totally shut down, started yoga, became a yoga instructor, stopped going to church or anywhere with me, began hanging out with a group of younger yoga people, etc. He said he did not have an affair (and even told this to the counselor). There are more ways to have an affair than just sexual. I believe he had some type of emotional affair. I don’t know about sexual, though.
We have been to a counselor (I by myself for quite some time), but he says he doesn’t think it will help.
He says he doesn’t know what is wrong with him, etc.
I finally got to the point where I asked him to move out, because I was tired of just living like roommates, etc.
He moved out in Dec. 2013 and still doesn’t know what he is doing. His head is so far gone into YOGA (which I hate), that it is ridiculous.
I did tell him that if he wanted to end the marriage, he would have to file for divorce and tell me verbally. I want to hear it from his lips.
We shall see!
I do hope and pray he comes to his senses!


kathy December 13, 2014 at 7:33 pm

Im sorry for you, once they go to that fitness crap , They can b so self centered. You stay strong! My daughter had cancer and got to 5 years clean this October. I wish you the best and he is lucky to have a strong women like you. I will say a prayer for you thru this tuff time


Jo Ann January 30, 2015 at 1:54 pm

Stage 3 breast cancer survivor here. Diagnosed in June 2013, 5 months of chemo, 5 weeks of 180 rads daily of radiation. 3 major surgeries (2 to get all of the cancer, 4 weeks apart!) Now I’m starting to heal. I lost all of my hair, and it is so thin now I still look bald. Hormone meds to block hormones and block cancer from coming back are contributing to my extremely thin hair. BTW, my husband is bald on top! His baldness has never affected me or my feelings toward him, but it’s devastated him.

One of my Oncologists first statements to us upon our first meeting was that most couple’s can and do often end up in a divorce when the wife must endure what I’ve been through. What does my husband tell me last night? He states “Today at work, I asked a woman” hypothetically speaking, if I were to ask you out, what would your reaction be”. He stated that she said ” I don’t know, I would have to think about that for a while” Well, I slammed him for telling me such a story, and while I was driving! He laughed and said he was only kidding. I do not believe he was kidding. Men are boys. They all have a penis and the penis leads their way. By the way, if I am lucky enough to survive this cancer, frozen shoulder, and lymphedema in my right arm, amongst other serious health problems, I will have to deal with his dementia and alzheimer’s disease in 10 years. He’s showing many signs of it, and his father has it so badly, he was put into a home 3 years ago at 72 years old. Thank God for their family that he was a veteran! I told my husband, I’m not too old to leave him, and I will in a flash if he cheats. He can then see if his potential fling will care for him in his old age! UGH. he’s 60, and having extreme stress seeing his aging parents and what is happening to them. He keeps saying he’s only 10 years away from it! He spends all his free time with me, so I am not too concerned yet. But why would he say such a thing to me? I asked him that question and he admitted because he was just being a jerk. I reminded him this morning that I am still hurt by it and he asked me to give him a break, and that he’s always been there for me. Tonight, he said he’s taking me to see a movie. I will do my best to stay awake, and alert, to protect my interests. I was a child bride and we’ve been married for 39 years!


Chloe Jeffreys February 8, 2015 at 1:19 pm

Oh, I am so sorry about your health situation! That’s just awful.

I don’t know why your husband told you that but “just kidding’ is not the reason. Please do what you can to protect your finances. From what you’ve said here I think you need to be thinking about what your life will look like without him. It might not go that way, but I want you to be safe and prepared. Do you have your own bank accounts? Could he empty your joint account? Protect yourself financially so that whatever he does next will not destroy you financially. Take care. And let me know what you do. I care!


Steve November 15, 2014 at 7:00 am

I think I am at the beginning of a MLC. I am 49 and have had this pervasive restlessness and boredom. I am in pretty good shape and look more like I am in my mid-late 30s. I have a successful career as a software engineer and make good money. I recently changed jobs but my career doesn’t excite me anymore like it used to. The thing that made me wonder if I was entering one is over the past year I have been planning on taking guitar lessons, judo or kickboxing, and today I am taking my 12 year old daughter to buy us ice skates, lol. My wife has ptsd from childhood trauma, is in menopause, and we don’t have sex or talk much anymore. The lack of sex and intimacy is taking its toll on our marriage. It is like she’s a roommate more than a partner. All I do is listen to her complain and when she drinks she gets passive aggressive and takes little shots at me. It makes me just get up and walk away from her. She doesn’t want to talk or communicate, she just isolates herself. We have tried counseling but she never sticks with it. I am bored with her even though I find her, physically, incredibly desirable. I am pretty sure she loves me because once in a blue moon she texts me (for whatever reason texting is how we communicate, even when we are both at home) and tells me how much she loves me and is thankful she has me, but her actions just don’t reflect it. The lack of sex probably drives me the craziest though. I am amped up all the time, more than I ever was, but I am lucky if it happens once every two months. Your also right about women at work. Some of them are very predatory. One offered to make me cheesecake the other day, just for doing my job. For me, things would be different if my wife would put an effort into being sexy for me like she used to do. I don’t mean putting on makeup and looking good, I mean just out of the blue coming on to me and acting sexy, and then doing something about it! I don’t think she feels good about her body but I have told her time and time again I find her the sexiest women I have ever met (and I do). I don’t get her. I know her ptsd has a lot to do with it and I really do empathize with that, but sometimes I really just want to move on…


bree January 3, 2015 at 11:29 pm

Steve she might not know she is acting the way she is , she might be drinking cause she too is lonely are you sure your being open , if you find her hot make the move on her , she might have body issues if your not talking to her you cant just jump her bones . ask her tell her what you need she cant read your mind , same thing happened to me i was stressed to the max with the kids and didnt see i was not paying attention to my husband until it was to late . Good Luck :)


Jo Ann January 30, 2015 at 2:01 pm

Try some romance! Really! When was the last time you spontaneously grabbed her in public and planted a heavy kiss on to her lips for all the world to see? When was the last time you took her hand, and went for a walk with her, or put your arm around her and took her for a walk? Do you ever grab her hand and hold it while you’re in the car? Do you open the door for her? Buy her flowers? Take her to romantic places? I bet you have some homework to do now.


Jesenia Ng November 8, 2014 at 4:01 pm

I realized my husband, now ex-husband was going through early mid life crisis a lisho to late. Instead of working with his needs I chose to do the opposite and think of him not being there and supporting me with my career. So we decide to take a break and then to find out that has been an affair with a much younger woman and an extremely ugly one at that. He blamed broken marriage on me. Stop communicating with me and the kids. He was a complete different person. He turn so ugly, thinking about himself and his new life. Well to make along story short it will be two years and I’m wondering if this person that I loved and respect. Was an amazing dad, will ever snap out of it. What hurts me that he never said sorry to me for what he did. He had completely shot me out of his life. Now he makes a small effort in trying to see luge children.


Mary November 2, 2014 at 9:32 am

Well, it turns out the reason for the midlife is another woman. I have some major decisions to make now. Wish me luck!


Jo Ann January 30, 2015 at 2:15 pm

Do you want to stay with him? Or are you happy to have him out of your life? If you want to stay with him, show interests in everything he say’s and does. Be with him as much as possible. Laugh at his jokes, no matter how corny they are. Always respect him, and admire him, and compliment him. Listen to him when he talks. Look him in the eyes. When sitting in a restaurant, always make him face the wall so that he has only your eyes to look at and not everyone else in the restaurant. Do some spontaneous surprises for him. Greet him at the door with just a long trench coat on and nothing else. Wine, Candles, Steak dinner, Soft Music……..If you’re not worried about him leaving, then join some groups and go to outings. Have fun and enjoy life!


Mary November 1, 2014 at 2:32 pm

I just read this article after having a 3 hour conversation with my husband. He is tired of “life” and he isn’t attracted to me like he used to be and I could go on and on. He just switched jobs and ever since this switch he has been extremely distant. I though he was having an affair and I am trying my best to give him the benefit of the doubt. He said once his insurance kicks in he will get help and go speak with someone. I feel like I have been punched in the stomach (several times) today. I haven’t eaten, I want to just sit here and cry and I came across your article. I appreciate the advise. I hope to make it through this with a husband, but if not….I am strong, beautiful and have a great job. He will not define me.


Jo Ann January 30, 2015 at 2:18 pm

Beware, depression is often contagious. Stay strong!


bill April 8, 2015 at 1:28 pm

anybody that is depressed is someone to stay away from, because the anxiety and mood swings become impenetrable. I love my wife but she is in the gauntlet almost every day. Pills, doctors, ups and downs; a plan or two to leave the mortal state. I keep hanging in there, but it IS the GAUNTLET for the others that have to be around them


dawn October 28, 2014 at 8:54 pm

Husband going through this and trying my best to understand it but honestly, it’s taking its toll not only on our relationship, but me! Appreciate you sharing ur first hand experience and suggestions! Not much out there for the wives but to say, “go with the flow” basically…but it’s not that easy when u see the one you love turn into someone you don’t know! When you go from best friends to strangers! When you have all the confidence in the world when ur around him to complete apprehension when ur in the same room. The not-knowing what the future will hold is the hardest part after almost 20 years of marriage and together almost 30–more than 3/4 of my life as we were middle school sweethearts. I try to be sympathetic and understanding but I’m hurt and angry and honestly lost trust in him! One perk (thanks to you) I ordered Hope Springs off Amazon tonight and we watched it…I’ve pressed the issue of counseling so hopefully, this will help him finally take that step! Thank you!


Tee October 19, 2014 at 3:23 am

I will not make any more allowances for my partner. I do everything for him. He works for 4-5 days away from home and then is at home 4-5 days. In the time that he is home all he does is plays his playstation. He ignores the kids and me but when he doesn’t play he expects me to sit with him. He does nothing around the house anymore. He wants to get a Harley but I will not allow him to get us further in debt because he can’t handle getting old. With savings money he will buy beer and games for his ps4 or anything that makes his gaming experience better. When I want something he we don’t have the money for it, so if I want something I have to buy it out of my shopping budget (and I’m talking $20 here and there) and then he gets angry I spent the shopping money. I don’t drink or smoke. I was going to the gym but he likes to bring it up in arguments like instead of going to the gym why don’t I mow the lawn. I go nowhere but he goes to his mates house only every now and then and expects me to drag our kids or of bed on a school night at some godless hour to pick him up.
He takes time off work and spends hundreds of dollars to go to his brothers wedding (who he doesn’t even like) but doesn’t want to take 1 day off work to see our daughters dance concert.
Just this year alone I had a hysterectomy for cervical cancer and a double eye operation. Each time he was pissed off for having to help me. He took time off work and acted like he cared but really used it as an excuse to sit and play his games.
He has no empathy for anyone at all. He disregards people who do not serve a purpose.
He truly has become a narcisstic wanker.
I’m not into managing him anymore. Enough of pandering to his crap.
I’ve always been respectful. Grateful of his providing and I always tell him that. If we argue I always accept 50% blame (but he attributes 98% to me). I’ve stood by him and supported him through tough times. And all I get in return is treated like crap.
I’m only biding my time. When I can save some money I’m leaving.
I will never accept MLC as an excuse to treat myself and my kids like crap.
I’ve been through so much myself. I have lupus on top of everything else but I never treat him like shit.
So these men need to man up and stop being assholes.


Tee October 19, 2014 at 3:26 am

I don’t mean to lump all men in that category. Woman can be bitches.


Jen April 26, 2015 at 4:40 am

Tee, you are awesome. I so needed to hear someone say this.


Marriage Recovery September 21, 2014 at 7:53 pm

I had to learn these steps the really hard way. It frustrates me now when I see or hear of anyone resistant to counseling and cheer those who take the plunge. It’s expensive yes, but losing a marriage is way more expensive.
Counseling too will no doubt make things feel a lot harder for awhile – your spouse may be having the MLC but you are now in crisis too and you both have stuff.
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Don September 22, 2014 at 1:35 am

What about women and mid-life crisis? I have always been there for my wife when she had her knee replaced when her mom died and I could go on and on! She recently got caught up in a romance scam because she said I was not there for her because I was depressed about my dad dying and in the er with my back going out on me! I was hooked on pain killers and zoned out so she got lonely! I helped get her disability pension sold my house so she could own one just negotiated a nice settlement with an insurance company for her. I bought her red roses and a nice card so when she came home she would have less stress on her. She was sexting with a scammer thinking he was a 40 year old guy she is 58 close to 59! Most men would have kicked her ass out but me loving her and having empathy for her gave her roses and a nice card! She told me I was nosy and stuck my nose where I should not have! I told her sorry for caring! Now she tells me she is tired of my drama because of my back and my dad and I told her sorry she had to take me to the ER on easter for my back and sorry my dad is dying! I know she is not sorry for the 250.00 check my parents give her every christmas! She wins bitch of the decade! I told her we will fix up the front yard on the house and sell it in april next year and go our separate ways!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GOOD LUCK TO THE NEXT GUY HE IS GOING TO NEED IT! NOW I KNOW WHY ALL HER EX-BOYFRIENDS CHEATED ON HER AND ONLY LASTED 1-2 YEARS!


sandra September 11, 2014 at 2:24 am

my husband is going through this now and it all came to light after I discovered his affair which he has now stopped. He says he lives me and has a life to be proud of, great family, top job, nice car and good friends so he can’t understànd why he isn’t always happy. He left a week ago after I couldn’t cope and came back saying he felt happier because he missed me but he still doesn’t know how he feels. I’m at a complete loss what to do and it’s killing me. I try not to go on about it but I can’t help myself. Our sex life is better than it always has been and that is a time we are really comfortable around each other. I decided today to stop going on to him about it because I know it is destructive to us both but it’s still eating me up inside.


Chloe Jeffreys September 11, 2014 at 1:08 pm

Oh Sandra. I am so sorry that you are going through this. I think part of the problem is the expectation that having a lot of life’s desirable assets (job, family, car, etc) means a person will always be happy. As a person who does believe in happiness for the most part, I think this concept is unhealthy. We can be happy as hell, and yet still sad that life is finite, and along with that goes things like deterioration, disease, infirmity, and ultimately death. These are the realizations of middle age. No matter how good we have it there is a grieving of the life, or lives, we’ll never have time to live.

Now is the part where you have to take care of YOU. Having your contentment resting on his behavior and how he feels is building a house on a sandy shore, to say the least. Of course, when you’re married your fate is intrinsically linked to your spouse’s. But it isn’t good for you to be held hostage emotionally this way. I hope you can find some peace. The best way I know how to do that is to seek something so interesting and fulfilling that you aren’t spending all of your time worrying over him and his needs. That and heavy exercise have helped me tremendously. Take care of yourself. I’m here if you need a shoulder to cry on.


sandra September 11, 2014 at 2:58 pm

Thank you. I did write a long reply but somehow deleted it and can’t find the heart to write it again tonight. I’m trying hard and will continue to for now x


Don Dressel August 11, 2014 at 1:03 am

What about women? Do they not go through somewhat of a mid-life crisis? My wife seems to be going through something close to one but when she realized how much I love her and through what I wrote from the bottom of my heart she has drawn closer to me. I have changed my ways by doing more with her and exercise regularly and I look much better. She still has issue’s and I have told her I would always be there for her and have given her space!


Chloe Jeffreys August 13, 2014 at 10:06 am

Women most definitely can and do have midlife crisis. It’s usually lumped under the menopause label though, and blamed on hormonal imbalances. I don’t think menopause is a hormonal imbalance. It’s a fact of life, not a medical crisis. What it does mean though is that estrogen wanes. Estrogen is the bonding hormone. It’s what helps women put up with crap from their mates so their children won’t starve. But once this hormone fades, and the children leave the nest, suddenly all the years of tolerated crap comes into perspective. Men, like yourself, who up their game, are likely to find their wives want them again. Men who decide not to become better mates might find themselves in divorce court, often baffled on how they got there.

Good for you that you loved your wife enough to listen to what she needed. That’s very encouraging to hear.


Don Dressel July 30, 2014 at 2:05 am

I myself have gone through somewhat of a midlife crisis but all I did was go out and buy a muscle car. My wife hates the car because it is red with black stripes and said it looks like a teenager should be driving it. My response was a teenager could not afford a 50 thousand dollar car! I also work out everyday but only to look better and have better sex with her. Her response I do not know if I am still in love with you but I do love you but I AM NOT HAPPY! Women I will never figure them out!


Chloe Jeffreys August 13, 2014 at 10:32 am

I told my husband that I’ll never tease him if he buys a midlife crisis car. Better a car than so many other things! It would be better than karaoke.


Don Dressel August 13, 2014 at 6:24 pm

Yes as people have told my wife she is lucky It was a muscle car and not a 35 year old woman!


concerned July 8, 2014 at 7:50 am

I am still trying to cope with my husband’s midlife crisis. I did all the wrong things at first. Sometimes I still think I am doing wrong. He is hurting me and my children every day. He stays gone all the time not coming home until 1130 -12 during the week doing what ever he wants. He goes out every weekend drinking with friends sometimes so drunk his friends drive him home or he doesn’t come home. He gave me the line I love u but I’m not in love with u anymore. I know he loves our kids but he is constantly pushing them away. The only time he sees them is in the morning before he goes to work. I’m so hurt and tired I just don’t know what to do. I am completely miserable. He has looked for places to stay but hasn’t left yet. I have been in therapy ever since this all started and of course he will not go with me. I’m on anti depressants now also. I feel like I’m just dying inside. The man i fell in love with and married is no longer the man that I’m living with. I feel like I’m living with a complete stranger. He pushes me away every day. Not interested in me what so ever. He almost acts like I disgust him sometimes. Caught him on the Internet talking to a female which ended up a scam. I think he is still talking to her or someone else. His best friend died 2 yrs ago which I think was the trigger to all of this. Because he said to me I don’t want to die unhappy. I just don’t know what else to do. Do I keep living this unhappy life with him forever until he leaves or snaps out of it? Or do I just make him leave. I would appreciate any advise from anyone. Thanks so much.


Don Dressel July 30, 2014 at 2:17 am

Your husband needs to grow up! Sit him down and and ask him what the hell is going on? I sat my wife down asked her to be honest with me and said is there anyone else? Her reply was no and then I told her if she was unhappy we could sell the home and go our own way again she said no. Now that I work out everyday I have lost 30 pounds and have toned up. She has seemed to get better. If I you I would sit him down and tell him how you feel then put an ultimatum on him. You and your kids deserve better and do you really want to live like this? Join a gym and work on yourself and he will notice I promise you!


D. A. Wolf May 29, 2014 at 1:57 pm

There are many excellent points here, Chloe. (And yes, I’m chuckling at competitive karaoke.) I would add that this can occur to lesser degrees and multiple times – as in smaller ‘eruptions’ that express the fear of aging, job dissatisfaction, a sort of restless boredom in which your relationship may be going along (bumpily) for the ride.

All the more reason that paying attention to what your husband/partner is going through and communicating (rather than avoiding) is important.

And thank you for the link love!
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Chloe Jeffreys May 31, 2014 at 7:31 am

Hey DA, thanks for commenting.

Communication is always so critically important. And sometimes so hard. I know I’ve been guilty of attempting to ignore the elephant hoping that it would just go away. It never does, does it?
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Dr. Margaret Rutherford May 29, 2014 at 4:29 am

Chloe, I couldn’t help but comment on a strong point you make in this post. I have always said I can do marital therapy with one person in the room! The other gets kinda curious about the changes the other is making or the relationship will symptomatically change because one person is altering their behavior. I really agree with you and am glad you have made this point so clear. Thanks for a great post and one that is using what sounds like you learned the hard way to wonderful use.
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Chloe Jeffreys May 29, 2014 at 9:06 pm

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the matter. Sometimes we can’t wait for the other person to be ready to grow. We might be the only one in the relationship who is feeling the growing pains, or who realizes the flower pot is about the burst. Too often I’ve seen women say they can’t go because their husbands won’t go. But eventually the wife gives up and decided to divorce. And then suddenly the man is all wanting to go to counseling. But the woman’s love is dead by then. Don’t wait until he’s ready. Just go. And make it clear that you want counseling because you care so much about your relationship.


KymberlyFunFit May 28, 2014 at 12:02 am

Fortunatley my hubster never went through a midlife crisis. Hmm, maybe he still has that coupon and plans to redeem it. Still, I loved your post and how cleverly you wrote it. Great structure, transitions, content, tone. Babe – ya got it all! Gotta run now to prep for my competitive karaoke.
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Tammy May 27, 2014 at 9:48 am

Chloe, so right on. In a sad on point kind of way. Too bad that it happens but best not to pretend that it doesn’t. Karaoke? It could be worse, girl. I never dealt with a mid life crisis during my 29 year marriage. But it sure happened a few years after the divorce. Fast cars, young Russian girls, expensive toys and a hair piece. It’s his life, his choice and I’m happy to be free of it. However, if the marriage had lasted, I wouldn’t have had a problem with any of it, except the young girls, of course. We are both much happier now. Silver linings!
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Brenda May 26, 2014 at 10:16 pm

I chose to embrace his new love of scuba diving by getting certified myself. And I’m doing a vertical dance class for ME that he gets to reap the benefits of a fitter and more confident wife. Getting my groove back has been one of the great benefits of being friends with you, Chloe.


Chloe Jeffreys May 26, 2014 at 10:31 pm

I’m always glad to support a sister in arms, Brenda. You’ve been such a HUGE encourager to me over these many years. So trust me, it goes both way!
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