Then unblocked me and told me that how much of a big mistake it was on my part to call his number few times in a row. He cant do feelings at all. Ive made it very evident to him that I love him and want to be with him. People generally feel safe if they believe they can solve all problems. Fast forward to Thanksgiving when I was cooking (plus the expense of it all) for he and his kids and he brought a bottle of wine he knows I wont drink and even said, I know you wont drink this. And sometimes he will shut down and while being silent send a news article to me about something funny or relating to my likes. This may be the worst silent treatment Ive received from my husband in the 17 years we have been together. If you are not married, and do not have kids, get past trying to save them. Yes, many of our Aspies have severe anxiety, and some cross wiring that makes it difficult for them to feel and talk at the same time. I feel like all I have to do is to attract his attention to the issue and only a professional can do this, not me. A piece of advice to NTs: dont ever tell an Aspie just be yourself. This eventually caused arguement due to misunderstanding. I compromised for 6 years. I sometimes see him in social situations (have friends in common) and it seems as I hes doing great, being much more social and not in the depressed and angry state that he lived while being with me. He says Im such a good person he doesnt feel like its fair and I deserve someone better than him. If that makes sense. He moves on as if i never was..never existed. In part 2 of this series, differences in NT-ND identities as they apply to relationships are explored. Hes such a loving, hands-on Dad so much of the time, but he is so intense and places so many demands on everyone, such high expectations, a place of no person. We also use third-party cookies that help us analyze and understand how you use this website. My aspie husband took a very harsh decision to divorce me within couple of months of marriage without assigning any reason. Explaining this face to face traumatised her, particularly as I was so cold/logical about it all. Im going through a hard time at the moment. Ghosting can happen in any interpersonal relationshipbut in the realm of dating, the term is typically used when someone you have been talking to or dating suddenly stops responding to messages or calls without any explanation. It did not go well at all. Since the aspergers diagnosis is based on purely subjective criteria, it's not unlikely that in some cases, sociopaths may be misdiagnosed as aspies. I dont know what to do. I have been. Love should be a joy. He has a lawyer and wants toseparate, not really understanding what it is. She was always smiling and had alot of positive energy. He supposedly had many stalkers, told elaborate stories and his exs were supposedly all too needy or crazy (red flags I wish I noticed early on). Doesnt let any friends know the door code to his apartment building and has to let them in. What do I need to do? I started to read a lot about it, especially when I was down and needed an explanation for how he treated me. Now of course it is like we lost her completely. Thats his routine. Were also working on several charitable initiatives. You given me a starting place to help make some decisions. It's challenging to be on the NT end to say the least sometimes, but the blog post and all the comments really helped shine a light on a lot of things for me. Also, be sure to read Our of Mind Out of Sight: Parenting with a Partner with Asperger Syndrome (ASD). Also, remember that any normal person could act crazy or develop anxiety when subjected to passive aggression, hot and cold behavior for too long, dont be hard on yourself for being a human. As to your anger, please be compassionate with yourself. I ve read so much on how to try and understand Aspergers and to make our marriage last. Someone told me once that an aspie has lived there whole lives being told what they are doing is wrong or rude etc so that pain for them must be very real gor them and difficult to process whilst living in a constant state of anxiety.even one argument or verbal disagreement can be devastating and lead to shut down to protect you and themselves they will care but not know what to do as they do not follow social norms. I find it so surprising yet because he has done it before I know it may not be the end. Be grateful that you have the stamina to do so. Hes not willing to take suggetions, and when I say something, its like I said nothing, he completely ignores it. This cookie is set by GDPR Cookie Consent plugin. My name is Liz. He never offered me any attention such as sex, affection or took any real interest in me. I loved his hyper focus on me. Young guy in his 20s. Is this about me or is it a sad effort to keep away a world he does not understand? Things eventually got weird. Out of these, the cookies that are categorized as necessary are stored on your browser as they are essential for the working of basic functionalities of the website. This is happening to me too. X. Omg you only called him that? When any of my friends are going away, I'll shoot them a text to tell them to have fun. Remember love is a conversation, not a transaction. I mentioned a specific example about something related to money and he got so verbally aggressive saying I was a crazy person and that he would finish this conversation because I was saying stupid things. What man ignores his wife and family? Run! And often in online support groups of women only, I cant relate to topics such as physical abuse or outraged/angry approaches. I can't thank all of you enough that have posted here. You friend treated you differently from the others because you were much more important to him than all others. He recently left this job for good, and not only ignored me for 9 whole months while we worked closely together day after day, but on his very last day, he wrote long cards to everyone at work saying bizarre things, like how much he'll miss them, he loves them, they were his friends, etc..and he wrote me one sentence that said, "Good luck in the future"something sterile and cold like that. It got worse because my wife went through a period of depression and started taking antidepressants and I think that makes it even worse. But this, this was different. She told me she was going to pull away. I was supposed to meet her in her hometown (2hrs drive for me) and that got cancelled the same day because of Covid-related reasons. My wife and I are having a difficult time and I want to talk to her about it and work on things but she shuts me out. Its torture. My crimes are just a function of his way of thinking combined with his paper thin skin. It is Hell. Aspies don't make eye contact. Its called sulking or Silent Treatment or Ghosting. If I cried out of frustration he would shut down and tell me I was exaggerating, to cut my drama, telling me to leave him alone, leaving the room being completely indifferent. You Matter. I hope you join our group meetings to get the support that means so much when we feel this alone. Its about understanding. You started feeling free to say what you really felt, to talk about things dark and uncomfortable, things that would make most people think you were crazy. Its not that they dont care its total. He will continue on his path of destruction, appealing to him is a complete waste of time. If I try to talk to him he walks out of the room. i live on eggshells.his moods can come on instantly from nowhere. I forgive him for that but i often notice him lying about something to me. Really? We had such a beautiful relationship n its completely ruined. You felt evolved, and you were so immersed in this uncharted territory, you fell into this fascinating new world that made your other relationships feel like they lacked depth. But wont face the point of the argument. Oh well his loss! Plus if you get a chance, today I am offering a Facebook Live at 1:15. You quickly made up, and there were a lot of tears from both of you. Very particular eating habits. Heres my question. I dont know what to do and Im at the point where I cant talk to my friends or family because I feel judged for what Im enduring and no one who hasnt experienced a relationship with a ND person understands that not everything is a premeditated choice or intentionally malicious. But she cant use his issues to separate us and he cant use me to gain what he wants if that makes sense. (I'm sorry, Wrong Planet isn't allowing me to post the link.) He said you couldnt possibly be that sorry. I told him I didnt want to be a hurtful person, that I wanted to be someone he felt safe around. Yes my friend it is Normalfor Them..that is. reduce anxiety and calm themselves. Trauma Bond is very Real my friend. Wears me out and Im empty. Blowing up is very normal when you are in an intolerable situation. Yes our group is international and includes video conferences, teleconferences, message boards. Being blocked or froze out for days is really destroying. They gave me the silent treatment for hours, fell asleep, and as customary for them, woke up as I was drifting off to scream at me for not talking to them (obviously forgetting conversation is a 2 way street). This is traumatic for us both. . At the back of my mind is the gnawing feeling of what if he isnt on the spectrum and is just being an uncaring selfish asshole? It was just the totality of feeling taken for granted and unappreciated. I got pretty upset today and he texted me back. Also taking walks together. I guess Im the only one he wasnt talking to. He has very polished social skills. I have decided to move on from this because I want a fulfilling relationship but its so hard. Im worried hes using this time to move on but wants to know Im still there to make it easier on him. I hope you dont blame yourself for anything that happened and have found it in you to move on. This time, I want to look at self esteem and depression; Self Esteem The aspie relationship with themselves is tedious at best. Im sorry but its just evil to do that. You cant just teach each other about your own differences if you dont know in what ways youre different or what those differences mean. He is an extraordinarily private person and compliments make him really uncomfortable especially about his numerous achievements. every task I ask for help with stresses him out , and got forbid I make a list of things to do. This cookie is set by GDPR Cookie Consent plugin. Key points. My ASD spouse has called me every name in the book. Well discuss: How to recognize the abuse. I just wanted to share with you, so you dont feel so alone. This is in jeopardy now. He said it would be a disaster and that he doesnt want a scene. Being able to express your emotions and be emotionally supportive of each other is the lifeblood of a healthy relationship. They only care about themselves .It is a hard realisation to make but they will not change or see what harm and hurt they cause . The progress hes made has been evident, but slow but the setbacks are always catastrophic. After that she has not responded to my messages, and I have ADHD and GAD so this really made me spiral into one of my worst weeks this year. Im none of those things but the Fg B part did get to my head because there are days anyone can be in a bad mood. Its a cycle I hate. I was so happy that a woman I liked invited me somewhere. Its tough and if they wont work with us, then it all falls apart. No sex in the end. Like we could be on a call but not having to even speak, which to me tells me she enjoyed my company without me having to entertain all the time. 3. I so understand Dotty.. She closed off all communication about six months ago, but I'm still in an absolute turmoil of guilt, regret, loss and self hatred. He would stay up late and I woke up to bring him to bed and as soon as I started cuddling with him he breaks it off to me " I don't thinks this is working any more" I thought he was joking! Be yourselfstop toning it down..because you cannot as you say keep it up. What I don't understand is that lets just say he did break up with me because he was overwhelmed and unhappy because I was unhappy, if he misses me now and wants to be with me why wouldn't he . We feel helpless about this. I would appreciate any advice to understand what happened with him, I am just a very emotional person and this has made me really depressed. I fear I wont be good enough to change him or guide him to face his problems. It was a passionate resolution, and things seems righted. The incident happened 2.5 years ago and now Im alone home with 2 autistic kids getting the silent treatment bc Im trying to explain to him financially the kids and I come first before I start sending legal documents to my mother. Did he really never love me? I have so much love and understanding for him, but I cant do anything about it until he comes out of his shutdown and gives us a chance. Fortunately he doesn't talk about it all the time, if that was the case I would probably have started to get tired and want time alone. You learned to trust. Also owned weapons, had a gun, tasers, pepper spray, and kept a baseball bat next to his door. I did approach him with what I had researched but he was totally insulted. 1. They were excited to spend time with me, open and healthy. Once I said that he shut down. Narcissists exist at many levels of society and are not limited to one diagnosis. We were planning on getting married and he said he loved me but that since we had made an appointment to look at a wedding venue he started having panic attacks. Thank you so much, Kathy! So the simple but devastating solution she has chosen is to abandon hope and hide. FG B, 1,000s of times, whre, dead fish, no spring chicken, mentally ill, bipolar, crazy like insert name here, brooding, hypocrite, liarI cant even remember them all. As you noted, regardless of gender, the issues for NTs are the same. When I recognized what I had done wrong and tried to reconcile, I was expecting us to talk it out like most friends do and move forward. He has been diagnosed with ADHD. Our website has recordings of past teleconferences. Tell me what do I need to do? In my experience, even with honest talks, it doesnt get better. A few days later when he got his phone back he texted me and said that he appreciated my thoughts but he needed to make a clean and full break. It does not store any personal data. I'm NT and he is undiagnosed but has so many Aspie traits like stimming and odd fears and disappearing acts and obsessive working on computers and a brilliant mind that works in strange ways. Everything is YOUR fault. And then after another few months, now he's kinda done the same thing, hence why I'm trying to understand aspergers more now, so I know what to do, and if that has something to do with it. Is there any hope he might decide we should be together again. The relationship felt like magic. Why do Aspies Suddenly Back Off in Relationships (Part 2) In part one, we looked at the role that Change Resistance plays in causing aspies to suddenly go "cold" in otherwise good relationships. Without empathy, NeuroDiverse folks need a strong moral code to keep from slipping into narcissism. You felt attacked. I sat there watching the TV thinking how miserable my life was. The aspie detects an approaching change in the relationship; perhaps you're talking about moving in, having children or maybe you're simply becoming assertive about routines; tea times, household chores or furniture placement. What is Aspergers Syndrome. We broke up over something so stupid. They dispose of people. This book discusses the science behind Aspie behavior and how you can initiate the rules of engagement that help your Aspie give you the emotional support that you need. It truly seems unfair that people who are already working quite hard to navigate interactions should also have to deal with depression and/or anxiety, but I also can see how these things would go hand in hand with Aspbergers. I started feeling like a puzzle piece that anyone could fill if they were OK with parallel play and doing what he wants to do all weekend. He went through all of our savings had a meltdown that lasted for 12 months and then wanted to come home. Friends of he's encouraged me to pursue him as he is shy, telling me that he wanted to be in a loving relationship with me, however once I made some caring moves toward him he pushed me away! We where only married six months we had no sex and he never cared for hugging kissing or any other romance any help would do older woman older man. I have been with my asperger boyfriend for more than a year now. How can I sleep with someone and move forward with no feedback? ASPERGER SYNDROME & RELATIONSHIPS Support, creating their own personal rules for engagement, Asperger Syndrome: Partners and Family of Adults with ASD, Our of Mind Out of Sight: Parenting with a Partner with Asperger Syndrome (ASD), Membership Support for ASD/NT Relationships, The Big Mistake (And The Five Steps to Correct it), Healing from Unspeakable Tragedies of the Past. Put the Jeopardy Championship in a new light. He hasnt spoken to me for over 2 weeks now.comes home late.sleeps on sofa.goes to work early. I missed the boat on a more successful life for myself. So has the recent proliferation of Web sites and forums where self-described Aspies, or Aspergians, trade dating tips and sometimes findnbsp Family dating and ensure archived dating pubs enjoy up for great processes of other world in timber. So be very clear, if they need their space, we must clearly explain that their behaviour is not acceptable and that they can reach out to us when ready to continue. Now I feel guilty and keep thinkinf if I were toxic, and have to deal with his indifference. I sent her this nice, funny, text on Saturday night telling her to have an amazing time. 4 4.Why Do Aspies - Wives and Partners of Aspies - Aspergers; 5 5.Aspie Shutdown and Withdrawal: Dealing with Sudden Emotional 6 6.Aspie dumped me out of the blue - why so sudden? You tried to suggest therapy, but they accused you of gaslighting and more emotional abuse. I have no words. Other quirks. Ive been happier the last 2 weeks im not put down or shouted at.its been wonderful. Someone in his family told me that he had ASD but he didnt really tell me that or accepted that he also had some problems. He cant handle actually thinking of the topic itself. Aspie shutdown and withdrawal is a big part of how autism affects relationships. But it kills me. He does better than me, but still we both are pretty awkward depending on the setting. I'll post references on my own blog soon enough of where you can find out more. Hed go to work, game, shower and sleep. I have compared it to when he starts to talk aboout one of his special interests that I am not interested in, I just let him talk because he enjoys it. I understand its a disability and for that I will always make compromise because it is my choice to be with him. His drinking also started to get really bad and in social situations he would say things that would embarrass me in front of our friends. You werent judgemental; you just wanted them to get help. They may become particularly anxious in certain social situations. There are times to be kind and supportive. If you want to try with him again he will most likely not comply, but If he is stop open to it you will need to chill out, do not be critical of him in any way, do not ask for anything, do not pressure him to do activities, do not contact him unless its to offer him something of comfort, and everything has to seem like his idea so pose things you want in a way that will allow him to come to his own conclusions. It's been a long time since you posted so I hope you are no longer with him. I let him come back because I felt sorry for him, (aspie that he is) and he started in 10 times worse than he than he was before he left. Here I was left with 2 babies. If you are please check out the power and control wheel and see if there are any groups on healthy/unhealthy relationships in your area.his behaviour sounds emotionally abusive. YOUR HEAD. We dated again because I contacted him. I dont want it to be dragged out if he no longer wants to be with me but I also dont want to abandon him if hes taking time to come out of a freeze loop. Especially when I am tired and can get very emotional. Our resentment towards each other is extreme and I find having any hope very difficult. Thank you for your question. Actually even a tentative diagnosis might be a good first step for us because although I brought up this issue to him months ago, he keeps being in denial. I too am dating an Aspie. You were energized and felt healed by this love. Its our 5 year anniversary and unfortunately and fortunately its the last I ever hear from her. As hard as it is your mental and physical well-being is very important during this time for you to be able to cope. But the conversation may be aborted yet again by a meltdown. She is my daughter and I will always love her. Alexios Zavras: But its difficult as Im such a caring, loving compassionate person. It is the only way he has communicated for the past three days. I sent him an email yesterday trying to communicate with him that I now understand how he is wired, without mentioning any autism disorder. When hes out he falls back into as I call it living in his own world. Where before you could do no wrong, now you began to feel that you could do no right. Their yelling was loud and scary and it triggered my PTSD. Cherie. Look in the mirror and adsk You if you are happyx. It took me years to reclaim my life, and only after I found emotionally safe professionals and friends. Life with Aspergers: Why do Aspies Suddenly Back Off in Relationships (Part 2) Is it up to me to open the lines of communication or is it up to him? And I do it right back so he understands how cruel it is. We too went through bouts of hyperfocus, honeymoon phases and then he would back off for a minute and then come around again. Wow. This cookie is set by GDPR Cookie Consent plugin. Same happened to me. 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