Philosopher Stefan Molyneux teaches you how to truly love, based on the following question:
“What to do with a zombie marriage? I have been married for 20 years, we both have a history of codependence, and I have previously been a people pleaser. I have worked hard for the last 5 years to no longer be a people pleaser. This has had great outcomes in my career and my friendships. It has however, moved my marriage into a zombie marriage – We’re still married, but we hardly speak to each other, and when we do, it’s usually conflict.
“Now that I actually have my own opinions on life, the world and relationships, it seems my wife and I disagree on many things – parenting, finances, politics, sex, health and fitness. The biggest issue is that we can’t seem to resolve anything. If I voice an opinion, for example on her behaviour of yelling at our child, she gets defensive, blame shifts, voices her disgust at my questioning her, then storms off and doesn’t talk to me for 24 hours. Rinse and repeat every week/month for the last 5 years.
“My question is, are my expectations reasonable? After trying so many ways to talk some of these issues through and getting nowhere, I am getting very stressed, depressed and anxious with the continued conflict which is now also affecting other parts of my life. It feels like my only option is to end the marriage, but I guess after being told by the one person I was closest to that my opinions are disgusting, I am second guessing my judgment. I also got married relatively young, so I have no idea on how to date or meet people. I’m also scared to hurt my child through divorce and also get more depressed from being on my own. Help!”
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