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post #46 of 53 (permalink) Old 01-11-2017, 09:37 AM
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I wonder if we are thinking of the same people?

This is my last post on TAM. I have thought about whether or not to post this but I'm going to do it because it has irritated me for some time, mainly because of the hypocrisy I see going on here.

There is one guy on TAM who latches on to women who are particularly vulnerable inasmuch as having a sexual dysfunction within their marriage. He PM's 'support' and offers daily friendship and genuinely offers great advice. After a time, when he has gained confidence, he moves this 'friendship' further by asking to exchange intimate details of sex acts, fantasies etc. When he either doesn't get what he wants or gets bored he moves onto another woman. I also know he circulates other forums looking for online sexual interaction with women who share a sexual kink. His wife does not know what he does and in my opinion is having multiple on-line affairs - whilst at the same time well meaning posters offer sincere support when he reports of his wife's 'unreasonable' behaviour.

He is a daily poster and generally seen as a nice guy, charming and well thought of. In public he claims to be pro-marriage, anti-infidelity and a Christian man who loves his family. Many of his problems that he posts about are actually his own doing because of his past mistakes - but in public a very different story is told where he is a victim of his LD wife's craziness. It also creates an opportunity for him to approach women via PM 'my wife doesn't understand me'. Its easy to get sucked in.

Point is...be careful when you get into friendships and daily support groups when you are discussing sex or issues around personal vulnerability. Sometimes those that appear to be your friend are not always so and the stories we are told are very much one sided. Be careful not to get over involved in other people's issues and remember you don't know the agenda of the person who wants to 'support' you.
So I am a wayward spouse and I can understand how my opinion may carry little weight in this forum as it is geared to support betrayed spouses. I actually do hold posters on this forum to a higher standard than I would elsewhere especially because the general tone of TAM is one where talk of proper boundaries and respect for one's spouse is repeatedly emphasized. I would be disgusted if I ever found myself at the receiving end of any form of harrassment or attempts at being engaged in any way that would be disrespectful to my marriage.

I haven't disabled my PM function because the support I have received has been from a couple of female posters and only one male. And each one has been clearly with a genuine intent to be helpful and for that I am very grateful. After having been at the receiving end of multiple comments that I found hurtful (even if I can rationally understand that I may have deserved them), it would be very hard to resist the will to expose such people publicly. At the least I would absolutely report them. You may think I am a hypocrite but in my view posters here who seem to hold eveyone to a high standard of respect should expect to get the same treatment.


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I wonder if we are thinking of the same people?

This is my last post on TAM. I have thought about whether or not to post this but I'm going to do it because it has irritated me for some time, mainly because of the hypocrisy I see going on here.

There is one guy on TAM who latches on to women who are particularly vulnerable inasmuch as having a sexual dysfunction within their marriage. He PM's 'support' and offers daily friendship and genuinely offers great advice. After a time, when he has gained confidence, he moves this 'friendship' further by asking to exchange intimate details of sex acts, fantasies etc. When he either doesn't get what he wants or gets bored he moves onto another woman. I also know he circulates other forums looking for online sexual interaction with women who share a sexual kink. His wife does not know what he does and in my opinion is having multiple on-line affairs - whilst at the same time well meaning posters offer sincere support when he reports of his wife's 'unreasonable' behaviour.

He is a daily poster and generally seen as a nice guy, charming and well thought of. In public he claims to be pro-marriage, anti-infidelity and a Christian man who loves his family. Many of his problems that he posts about are actually his own doing because of his past mistakes - but in public a very different story is told where he is a victim of his LD wife's craziness. It also creates an opportunity for him to approach women via PM 'my wife doesn't understand me'. Its easy to get sucked in.

Point is...be careful when you get into friendships and daily support groups when you are discussing sex or issues around personal vulnerability. Sometimes those that appear to be your friend are not always so and the stories we are told are very much one sided. Be careful not to get over involved in other people's issues and remember you don't know the agenda of the person who wants to 'support' you.
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I wonder if we are thinking of the same people?

This is my last post on TAM. I have thought about whether or not to post this but I'm going to do it because it has irritated me for some time, mainly because of the hypocrisy I see going on here.

There is one guy on TAM who latches on to women who are particularly vulnerable inasmuch as having a sexual dysfunction within their marriage. He PM's 'support' and offers daily friendship and genuinely offers great advice. After a time, when he has gained confidence, he moves this 'friendship' further by asking to exchange intimate details of sex acts, fantasies etc. When he either doesn't get what he wants or gets bored he moves onto another woman. I also know he circulates other forums looking for online sexual interaction with women who share a sexual kink. His wife does not know what he does and in my opinion is having multiple on-line affairs - whilst at the same time well meaning posters offer sincere support when he reports of his wife's 'unreasonable' behaviour.

He is a daily poster and generally seen as a nice guy, charming and well thought of. In public he claims to be pro-marriage, anti-infidelity and a Christian man who loves his family. Many of his problems that he posts about are actually his own doing because of his past mistakes - but in public a very different story is told where he is a victim of his LD wife's craziness. It also creates an opportunity for him to approach women via PM 'my wife doesn't understand me'. Its easy to get sucked in.

Point is...be careful when you get into friendships and daily support groups when you are discussing sex or issues around personal vulnerability. Sometimes those that appear to be your friend are not always so and the stories we are told are very much one sided. Be careful not to get over involved in other people's issues and remember you don't know the agenda of the person who wants to 'support' you.
Not 100% sure, but there are a few who do this. I kept my pm's closed for a while, and then I thought...I'll just not reply if I get a pm from a married guy. Please don't leave though...I like your posts ((hug))

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I wonder if we are thinking of the same people?

This is my last post on TAM. I have thought about whether or not to post this but I'm going to do it because it has irritated me for some time, mainly because of the hypocrisy I see going on here.

There is one guy on TAM who latches on to women who are particularly vulnerable inasmuch as having a sexual dysfunction within their marriage. He PM's 'support' and offers daily friendship and genuinely offers great advice. After a time, when he has gained confidence, he moves this 'friendship' further by asking to exchange intimate details of sex acts, fantasies etc. When he either doesn't get what he wants or gets bored he moves onto another woman. I also know he circulates other forums looking for online sexual interaction with women who share a sexual kink. His wife does not know what he does and in my opinion is having multiple on-line affairs - whilst at the same time well meaning posters offer sincere support when he reports of his wife's 'unreasonable' behaviour.

He is a daily poster and generally seen as a nice guy, charming and well thought of. In public he claims to be pro-marriage, anti-infidelity and a Christian man who loves his family. Many of his problems that he posts about are actually his own doing because of his past mistakes - but in public a very different story is told where he is a victim of his LD wife's craziness. It also creates an opportunity for him to approach women via PM 'my wife doesn't understand me'. Its easy to get sucked in.

Point is...be careful when you get into friendships and daily support groups when you are discussing sex or issues around personal vulnerability. Sometimes those that appear to be your friend are not always so and the stories we are told are very much one sided. Be careful not to get over involved in other people's issues and remember you don't know the agenda of the person who wants to 'support' you.
Seriously? That is f'd up (and sad) on so many levels ...

At first I thought you were talking about me, but you made no mention of exchanging MEMEs so I knew I was off the hook ... phew ...

It is interesting to see how the PM function gets abused on various forums. The theme is usually the same even if the topic/subject is completely different.
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Welcome to life. Welcome to male/female interaction. Nothing new here. The cure would be worse than the offense. Censorism is the worse reality. Be awake, aware at every turn in life.
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Interesting, and appreciate you sharing. I wonder though, didn't you feel that those feelings were similar to how you once felt about your wife? But, maybe it's hard to see the forest through the trees, as they say.
Eventually I did realize I had feelings for the OW. I also realized that I was still very much in love with my wife. Our marriage had gone through a dark period from which we addressed some issues and our marriage recovered. During this period I fell in love with my wife again. It was the same as when we were dating and early in our marriage. It was some time after this that I got to know the OW and followed her advice to help me become a better father which was something my wife needed which she knew because she was a close friend to my wife. As time went on and I discovered I had feelings for her it confused me greatly because I didn't think it was possible to love two at once. This brought me to TAM where through the posts of Entropy and Sigma I learned that I was in an EA, albeit a one sided one. After researching love and it's chemical basis I discovered that I was addicted to the OW interactions. So I treated it like one and limited contact and went through withdrawal. It took a long time but the feelings were extinguished.

I was lucky that this happened when our marriage was in a good state because otherwise I might have continued escalating past the point of no return. People with a vacuum in their relationships are more prone to accepting validation.

What peacem said is true for others as well. I remember one poster (whose name I forget) that was as anti betrayal as anyone. Well he was targeted by a few trolls who PM'd him constantly and actually got him into an EA. he eventually realized what had happened and posted about it and how much of a thrill each response was to messages. He admitted being hooked and then was too embarrassed that he became someone he railed against and dropped off TAM years ago.

Online or not one needs to have a limit to what one tells or does with another to avoid getting to close. The bottom line is that kind of emotional support or venting should be reserved for your spouse. The danger is that when you are in it, it feels right when it is actually wrong. That's why it's so hard to pull out.

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Welcome to life. Welcome to male/female interaction. Nothing new here. The cure would be worse than the offense. Censorism is the worse reality. Be awake, aware at every turn in life.
There's honestly no reason for people of the opposite sex who are in LTR's or marriages to be having secretive chats online with members of the opposite sex in pm's. Nothing good ever really comes of it, if you ask me. You might convince yourself that this stranger online has become your ''friend,'' but if you have to keep him/her a secret from your spouse, then he/she is more than a friend.

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