Hi and welcome. I am a Licensed Master Social Worker with more than 20 years experience working with individuals and families on a variety of issues.
It sounds as if there is a connection between the two of them.
But do I recommend you force that boundary? Not so sure.
I might suggest that you pull back from it a bit if you can and let it play out and all will become clear.
If it is too uncomfortable for you and she has not broken off communication then you may need to reavaluate the relationship and the connection between the two of you
Not an easy space to be in and I can understand you feeling a bit shaky about things...are you able to pull back a bit and let things unfold?
this has been going on so long, that I think I could, although I would very pretty disrespected.
she has connected with this other person and that seems clear so it opens up a dialog between the two of you to look at your relationship and see if it is fulfilling both of your needs. You are important too
I've trusted her many times, and I've asked her simple things regarding this person, but it's pretty frustrating...especially when in the beginning, every time my SO and I would argue, she would run to this other woman and tell her everything...
and that is not a healthy thing for your relationship and not fair to you at all
how long are you together?
I would ask her not to do this, my SO would then cry and accuse me of just "not wanting her to have any friends"
it will be two years in Jan
do you believe that is true? Do you have a tough time with her having friends?
Not at all. When I first met my SO, she had just transferred to a new school. I introduced her to all my friends, and encouraged her to make a facebook so she could make friendships of her own from school.
ok so then you know what is true for you and if she says that it is just being said to manipulate the situation.
When my SO voiced that she was sad because her fb didn't have any friends on it, I asked my friends from my sports team to friend her...
It sounds as if a deep and honest conversation between the two of you needs to take place about how you both feel, what you want and if that is each other
I have tried that, she never sees the issue the same I do
I hear some insecurities within her and this is why she may need this connection with this woman so that she can get this self esteem boost. does that make sense?
To her, they are just good friends who bonded over a deep, and persistent issue. Depression.
it comes down to you being able to deal with it or not.
looking inward as to whether this works for you
In a way, yet, I don't understand how she can say that she loves me, yet she won't give me space when I ask her
friends are one thing but your gut tells you another
Yeah, I understand that. And this whole friendship started off in the wrong spot.
and not great that she doesnt share with you how she feels but turns to another in tough times
At the time, my SO was upset because she thought I had been unsupportive to her in dealing with her depression. So she shut me out emotionally and I feel as if she replaced me with this preson
what does your gut tell you about this.
In the past few weeks, she as apologized and realized what she had done wrong, but when I ask her not to text this person, she still does it...
maybe stop asking and let it be and see how you feel and if you can live that way.
none of us can curb someone elses behavior, only our own so you will know whether you can deal or not. lets not give this other woman so much power by focusing on her
Right now, I feel as if it is a choice, either her or me...
I would try not to go down that road as I believe you will be hurting yourself more and that is not your goal
I understand. My goal is to keep her, many other aspects of our relationship are healthy, and every relationship has it's problems, but this is something that has not gone away
and I feel saddened, disrespected and at times lonely.
I feel as if my other half is choosing to speak to someone else rather than me.
yes and you are keeping it alive. I understand...truly I do, but I want you to let some of that angst around it go and give it no power
And I understand everyone needs friends, but isn't there a boundry somewhere?
nothing wrong with any of us relying on others...none of us can be everything to our loved ones so try and see it that way.
yes there is a boundary but if there hasnt been cheating and you believe there isnt an emotional affair then try and let it be.
you love her and that ultimatum you are ready to give is not what you want
as I fear she wont pick you...not because she doesnt love you but because she will feel pushed
Right, but I've tried to ask her other things, and they haven't worked. I feel as if my SO has given this a lot of power to the point where I feel a bit run over by it...
ignore it...go completely silent on it
This person asked my SO to meet her at a bar and I voiced that I didn't think that was a good idea, she ignored me and went anyway. I asked her to not run to her after every arguement, she still did for a while...I asked her not to room with her when they went on a study abroad trip together, they ended up as roommates...
That is a bit much to ignore...I feel
notice how you keep asking her not to do things? that can cause her to do the exact thing you dont want her to do.
if the connection is deep and strong between the two of you, you dont need to ask her not to do all these things because trust and love is there and then there is no power to this outside person
I guess I don't understand that. Because where there was a similar situation where my SO felt uncomfortable with someone's involvement with me. I ended the involvement.
Yet when I draw a parallel to that, she throws that gesture back in my face saying that, "she didn't ask me to do that..."
To which I respond, you didn't have to
that is a confusion of the boundaries and again if you are strong in your relationship and are each behaving with respect for the relationship then you dont need to put those restrictions out there
I don't understand why I don't deserve the same treatment I guess....
neither of you should be requiring that of the other.
there needs to be more room to breathe and be for both of you
What is a confusion of boundries?
I mean definition-wise...so I understand better...
you can be in a relationship with one another but this placing of restrictions on the other means the boundaries are a bit strong and hard to live within
but aren't some boundaries universal? Like don't text someone else 2000 times when you're in a relationship?
Or don't run to someone else every time you have a disagreement with your SO?
yes it is a bit much but my point is that you cannot control that behavior...you can certainly share with her how you feel but in the end it becomes your decision about whether to stay with someone that texts someone else 2000 times.
and if you or anyone tries to control that then the relationship becomes further strained
so dont control it and look inward as to whether she is the right one for you or maybe you are better suited with someone who wouldnt do these things and would just know that that doesnt work in a relationship.
I guess it's more of a tell her how I feel...
yes and she can either respond or not and if she cant then it is time to look as to whether she is right for you
But what do I do when she tells me that she can't tell me how she feels...
I feel as if that is the root of all of this...
then that is telling about your connection and to me does not sound like the fit is right between the two of you
I try to get her to talk to me about this, but she only replies that she does't feel that she can talk to me about certain things
She thinks it is "normal" to speak to others about her feelings with others before speaking to them about me
I am of the belief that you should be able to speak to your SO about anything...
again...the fit and connection doesnt sound right between you two
time to focus on you and what you need.
and it may not be her.
hard to see that but it may be worth spending some time with your thoughts to see if your views, morals and values about things are in line.
Within this relationship, everything else is. It's just this person that we disagree and constantly fight on.
that is what is there on the surface but it is a larger issue of trust, values and ways of being in a relationship.
To her credit, she has stopped texting as much, it's much less now,
take some time to see how you feel
come back to me anytime for more support
can I support you further now?
At this time, no. I appreciate your time
and your insight.
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