Article: But, It Just Didn’t Work!?

Ginger M. Sullivan, MA, LPC, CGP, FAGPA

Huh?  Okay.  On one level, I get it.  You found out that he’s a narcissist, of the pathological type.  Or, she came out of the closet and prefers women to men.  Or, his addiction to alcohol, or sex, or gambling is unrelenting.  And most importantly, he or she doesn’t give a shit.  And, on top of that, they are unwilling to do anything about it.

Yes, by all means, I get it.  It just did not work.  The end of the line is staring us in the face.  The relationship has “failed.”

But, what still boggles my mind is the nomenclature. Or the tense of the verb. It allows us to lose sight of the reality that there is a choice. And we have chosen to quit.

Relationships are not graded.  In other words, if we are in a relationship where there is some type of commitment or accountability or…

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