Tuesday, June 19, 2012

4 Excuses Women Make For Men

Why do women perpetually make excuses for men? Is it that we don’t think we’re good enough? It’s been said that how you view yourself correlates with how you let other people treat you. Or maybe you’re scared that the relationship will end so you continue to make excuses. You convince yourself things aren’t that bad and they’ll eventually get better.  I guess acknowledgment would highlight that the relationship isn’t what it seems. Push you into making some changes and seeing that your excuses haven’t helped your partner’s behaviour.

He’s just busy! Oh how I hate this excuse. I used it frequently in the past whilst trying to convince myself that an ex was busy with work commitments. He could go a few days without contacting me and I’d use this reasoning to make myself feel better. The thought that he didn't really care was too much so I pretended things weren't that bad. Too busy should never be an excuse and shouldn't stop you from making a 5 min phone call or even sending a quick text. If he’s too busy how can you possibly have a connection and grow together. I had to face facts; I was never a priority in this man’s life! Boy does the truth hurt but it also set me free! If a man wants you he WILL make time for you.

He needs his space. Yes we all need space from time to time but when your bf is spending more time away than with you, you’ll need to reassess the situation. Maybe you’ve been guilt tripped into thinking that after all his hard work and parenting throughout the week that he deserves a few days out. Surely if he can take a few days out then you can too. I understand time apart is important and I don’t expect you to be joined at the hip every minute but if you find yourself using this excuse a lot you may be sacrificing your happiness.

He’s not a good communicator. How on earth are you going to have a god relationship if your BF doesn’t talk?!?!? I know it takes some people a while to warm up but there comes a point where enough is enough. It’s so exhausting trying to maintain a relationship when your partner shuts down and doesn’t open up about their true feelings. You’ll never know what’s going on inside his mind. Believe me you will not have the element of closeness you crave if your partner doesn't know how to communicate. PS Don’t try and convince yourself that the more open you are, the more open he’ll become. This isn’t tit for tat. I fell down that path and after a few months of being as open as the sea, my man still couldn’t express himself. See ya!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

He’s just not ready yet so I’ll wait. Wait for what exactly? I thought relationships are about compromise. If you want to become exclusive and he still wants to get to know a year later you have a problem. Maybe you feel you should meet each other’s parents but he seems resistant. You want to get married and he said you’d get round to it next year but your still waiting 3 years later. You can’t force people to do things but making excuses for them won’t help either. Relationships are about compromise and if you find you’re doing everything to keep him happy your probably sacrificing your own.

In the long run you’ll get tired of making excuses for him. You’ll end up always doing what he wants which will result in your BF becoming too comfortable and complacent within the relationship. Continually making excuses wont' benefit him. It just enables him to continue certain behaviors which he knows are wrong. He may think that if you truly cared about him, you would let him know when he made a mistake. So women stop making excuses for your man!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

How To Deal With Your Ex In The Work Place.

This dilemma was put to me last week and it dawned on me how uncomfortable I’d feel. This woman has been in an on/off relationship with her partner for a few years now. They're recently split (which he initiated) but still have to work together. I’m not going to divulge the ins and outs of the relationship but it seems like there’s a lot of unfinished business and feelings are still strong. Before I deviate any further here a few tips to bear in mind if you ever find yourself having to work with your ex, thankfully I haven’t had to deal with this scenario.

Know how you feel about your ex. There’s no point convincing yourself your super strong and can ignore them whilst your crumbling inside, hoping he/she will acknowledge you at some point in the day. Do you still have feelings for them? You have to admit this to yourself not your ex before you can take the next step. Whether that be moving on, getting the closure you need or a possible reconciliation. In the above scenario she still has strong feelings and would like him back in her life. I believe he still likes her too.

Be polite. This can be pretty hard but try and grit your teeth and bare it. It won’t be easy but I suggest you take the mature route and remain civil with a pleasant attitude. This will depend on why/how the relationship ended. You don’t need to prove points; you will have seen each other in attack mode and know which buttons to press. Being courteous doesn’t mean you have to go to lunch together and remain bosom buddies. A simple hi and smile will do. Remember you’re in a professional environment and someone has to act mature in all of this. Believe me even if your ex tries to act ignorant and rude it won’t last long if you keep your composure and act polite. 

Respect each other’s boundaries. Now if you and your ex have stated that you don’t want to acknowledge each other then follow suit. Respect their boundaries! Just because you can deal with remaining friendly doesn’t mean they can. We all deal with things differently, respect that! If its work related then clearly you need to talk but if its general chit chat then give them and yourself some time if it makes the break up easier. Trying to force a conversation when your ex has stated that they don’t want to talk doesn’t make any sense. It will only frustrate you and get their back up.

Don’t discuss personal things at work. If you find that something’s nibbling away at you wait until you’ve left the office. Those emotions will follow you throughout the day. I don’t know about you but once I start blubbing I found it hard to stop. You don’t want to be snapping at colleagues off the back of a heated discussion with your ex in the kitchen. Leave those discussions outside of the work place.

Where do you stand? Do you want them back? Are you going to talk to them or not? If you are hoping to rekindle the relationship then it’s best to maintain some form of friendship even if minute. If you need a clean break then you may have to opt for the cold turkey route and avoid all contact unless work related (tricky but not impossible). You have to sit down and think about what it is you really want? If you need to talk then arrange a time and place to do so.

This situation is never stress-free. Bitching behind each other’s backs and game playing won’t help and will only delay the healing process.  Try not to let your emotions interfere with your work and remember you’re in a professional environment. 
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