My relationship of 9 years with my partner recently ended so we do not live together now. We have a 7 year old son. I am heartbroken and desperately miss her and day-to-day contact with my son. She will not talk about a reunion and keeps saying it is over.
What do I do?
Thank you for your email. When a relationship ends your whole world is affected not to mention the loss you will feel, so I am sorry for your loss and in particular your little boy’s loss of not having his father around every day.
You don’t mention the reasons your partner left, but to be honest people’s reason or the problems people face are never the real reason why people split up. The real reasons are much deeper than surface problems.
Why someone will leave a relationship
The only reason someone leaves a relationship is because their deeper needs are not being met by their partner and so when they consider a future with them it becomes a painful thought so they feel that they have no choice but to go.
This is why relationships end.
For your partner to consider even thinking about reconciliation, you would need to prove to her that you understand what needs were missing for her in your relationship and that you understood why she had no choice, but to leave.
Then she would need to be convinced that not only is your understanding real and honest, but that you can commit to meeting her critical needs for the rest of your lives together. Of course, this does have to work both ways.
So the only way to help her change her mind about a relationship with you is to convince her that the future she has pictured with you is not going to be full of the pain she expects.
What she is looking for, will be a man that is an oak tree of security for her, that understands her and helps her to grow and be the woman she wants to be, in the life she wants to live.
Many men respond with “BUT I gave her everything” my response is always yes you did, everything except for what she really needed.
So Des your task is to put yourself in her shoes and imagine what her life was like living with you and what reasons could she have for leaving.
What you are looking for is a connection in what she values most. So we know that “security” will be one of her values/needs for any relationship. What could have made her feel insecure about being with you, what could have created a future that was not safe for her?
Uncover all her values/needs for having a successful relationship and discover what was missing in your time together for her.
Only when you get these answers will you have a chance with her to start a conversation that will mean something important to her and is not just about what you might want.
I will be contacting you direct Des because youâ€™ll need to get this right for success to be possible for you all and especially your little boy.
Quick note to everyone
If you don’t understanding your partners critical needs, this is a recipe for disaster in any relationship, because how can you consistently give your partner what they need if you donâ€™t understand what it is they want.
Worse still is two people not understanding each others needs and not understanding their own, all this creates is a relationship full of fears that then creates constant conflicts and blame.
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