Originally Posted by FrenchFry
everytime I increase my intimacy and therefore my emotional vulnerability I get absolutely demolished emotionally and I want to just shut down. I'm actually pretty lost at this point and am gaining extreme sympathy with wives who quit having sex.
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Exactly. It makes me feel like an idiot for all my efforts. It seems impossible for me, as the female species, to have enthusiastic sex life and get sarcasm and contempt in the other part of my life. As a protective mechanism, it's much easier to just shut down everything. I highly suspect many wives have shut down without even knowing why.