Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Bad Husband, in Recovery: Maybe There Is Still Time

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Bad Husband, in Recovery: Maybe There Is Still Time

Article excerpt

HE came to my office because his wife has left him after 37 years of marriage. He wants her back. She does not have anyone else. She simply is fed up with him.

As we talked, I got him to help me make a list of behaviors that probably drove his wife away.

Worked too much. About 60 hours a week for years. Unwilling to take vacations because of his working. Drank too much in the early years of their marriage. Got too angry when drinking. Never hit her but was verbally abusive. Continues to get too angry when he doesn't like what's going on. Gave her the silent treatment. Gave her nice gifts, but they were things he liked. He never consulted her. Did not take much responsibility with the children or housework because he was always working. Never helped make social plans. Failed to say "thank you" and "I'm sorry" and "I love you. …

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