I got ghosteddumped by a guy who just disappeared on me, no explanationafter three months of lovey-dovey dating. Clearly, he isn’t a great person, yet I’m unable to stop thinking about him and wondering why he left. How do I accept that it’s over so I can start dating again?Plagued
It’s hard on the ego to learn why somebody’s leaving you, but it beats needing a Ouija board. It’s the mystery that’s causing the problem. Typically, when rotten things happen to us, our feel-bad emotions rise updriving us to take a wiser course of action the next time so we’ll keep those bad feelings from popping by again.
Knowing the wiser course starts with knowing what to avoid. But all you’ve got is a terrible itchthe itch of uncertainty about why this guy vanishedand little hope of yanking him in to give you answers. However, you can probably dupe your mind into believing it has the answer. Research by cognitive neuroscientist Michael Gazzaniga suggests our mind is quick to create stories to fill in and make sense out of incomplete informationand then we tend to go right ahead and believe our stories. To take advantage of this, imagine a possible reason the guy vamoosed on youand then just decide to accept it as THE reason.
What might also help is transforming your thoughts of the guy into a material objecta piece of garbage, in factand throwing it away. And yes, I get that this sounds absurd, but there’s a growing area of social science researchembodied cognitionthat finds taking action is a highly efficient way to change our feelings. Accordingly, social psychologist Pablo Brinol had research participants write a negative thought on a piece of paper and then rip the paper up and throw it into a nearby trash can. This actually led to participants “mentally disposing” of their disturbing thinking to a great degree.
Should the guy sneak back into your thoughts, don’t worry; just widen the shot. Shift your focus from him to yourselflooking at how you maybe crossed your fingers that you had a keeper instead of seeing whether that actually was the case. Understanding what you should do differently is the first step toward expanding the male companionship in your life.
My husband and I are both 70, and we have a good, satisfying sex life. I found out recently that he masturbates now and then. I was puzzled and hurt, but he said he just doesn’t want to bother me all the time. Should I be worried that he’s masturbating?In The Dark
You really want your husband to hit you up for some sex whenever the urge strikes him? Imagine the call: “Hi, honey. I’m in the golf course bathroom. How quickly can you get down here?” As long as your husband isn’t ditching sex with you for his knuckle-love sessions, his masturbating isn’t something you should take personally. People masturbate because they’re bored, they’re tense, they can’t sleep, or their phone needs to recharge.
Also, there are times when a person just wants to get off solomaybe because they’re short on time and maybe because they’re low on emotional energy (and their hand doesn’t get miffy if they don’t cuddle it afterward and tell it it’s beautiful).
Still, maybe you’re thinking, “Well, why can’t he just wait till I’m around?” And it’s understandable that you’d think thatmaybe because you’re just fine with waiting. And if you are, that may be because you’re a woman.
Social psychologist Roy Baumeister and his colleagues, surveying piles of studies, explain that men tend to have a far stronger sex drive, with “more frequent and more intense sexual desires than women.” That’s surely why it’s primarily men (and probably single men) who show up in emergency rooms with embarrassing sex-for-one-related injurieslike wiener-in-the-vacuum-cleaner lacerations.
So, back to your question: Should you be worried that he’s masturbating? No, you should be celebrating! Bake his penis a cake! That’s what we do for people who are still alive at 70. Why not for their sex parts?