I don't know if there's a single word that would encapsulate the feelings you describe. I would imagine, however, that most betrayed spouses understand it all well enough, including me. If such a word does exist, I'd say that "pain" fits the bill.
In all of my years here, the one thing that has never changed for me is being constantly amazed at just how hard infidelity hits most people. It hits hard and it hits deep and it takes most people years to recover and heal from what is usually a severe emotional and psychological trauma.
At one year out, I was just beginning to feel a glimmer of my old self. At the same time, I was also just beginning to understand the damage and how it was changing me.
The more i try not to feel these things the more I do. The more I try and tell myself that its not really like the more I convince myself.
Stop trying not to feel, brother. It's a no-win scenario. You're going to feel shit (unless you're a Vulcan). And the only way to learn to cope with those feelings is by feeling them. Trying to suppress your feelings only prolongs the experience. When you're mad, feel it. Let that anger out, voice it, write about it (journal), think about the source of that anger and how it's impacting your life. The same goes whenever you're feeling anything at all, sorrow, shame, humiliation, whatever else comes blustering along with the shit storm.
I feel so unhappy. I can't remember when the last time I did feel happy. The best thing i feel is, meh. And I am tired of this. I want to feel good about myself and stuff.
I'm sure it will seem absolutely absurd to write this, but... why do you feel so unhappy?
Yes, I know. You're a BH. More than enough reason to feel the way you do and more than enough reason to feel the why I felt during those first few years. I felt truly unhappy, lost and unhinged, often to the point at which a "plain of lethal flatness" was a welcome relief.
So, delve into the unhappiness and start to chip away at it's influence. It's not easy and sucks beyond anything most of us have to experience in life. I think you'll find some of the answers a little surprising, if you're willing.
I believe that happiness is, for the most part, a choice. Of course, there can be external factors powerful enough to preclude our pursuit of happiness, in which case, drastic changes have to be made. On the whole, however, for those of us living everyday, average lives, the choice is still our own.
Ultimately, we are all responsible for our own happiness. People can and will add either joy or sorrow to our lives. They cannot, however, make us happy or miserable (although some will certainly try).
This is why I keep repeating, year after year, to member after member, the best advice I ever received here on SI.
Step-back and detach from your WW, watch and observe what she does with the opportunity, the gift, you have given to her. Find your own happiness and peace of mind, body and spirit. Forget about your marriage and reconciliation for a while. Focus on you, your recovery and healing.
Idk if this is part of the R or not.
It doesn't matter. Whether you and your wife can successfully reconcile or you chose to divorce her, finding your own happiness and peace is up to you, brother.
Focus on you for a while. Focus on your recovery and healing.
[This message edited by Unhinged at 9:57 AM, April 7th (Wednesday)]