Top 10 Signs You are Stuck in a Bad Marriage

by Alisa on April 1, 2009

1.    Your spouse arrives home two hours late. You are not mad or relieved. Rather, you are disappointed. You’d hoped he or she wouldn’t come home at all.

2.    You fantasize about discovering your spouse cheating. That way you won’t feel guilty about asking for a divorce.

3.    You are having an emotional affair with a member of the opposite sex.

4.    You gripe about your spouse to a member of the opposite sex, who gripes about his/her spouse to you.

5.    You don’t remember the last time you had sex, and you’d like to keep it that way.

6.    If you won a free vacation for two to Fiji, you’d take your mother with you instead of your spouse.

7.    You stay up late at night watching Judge Judy reruns so your spouse will definitely be asleep by the time you crawl into bed.

8.    You have to drink two glasses of wine before you can bring yourself to small talk with your spouse.

9.    If you won the lottery, you’re not sure whether or not you would tell your spouse. You might just take the money and run.

10.    You can’t remember why you got married. You suspect you might have been brain washed.

A professional journalist, Alisa Bowman is the author of Project: Happily Ever After, a memoir of how she saved her marriage, and coauthor of Pitch Perfect, a must-read if you've ever had a sense of dread tie up your insides before a speech, presentation, or conversation. If you enjoyed this post, you will no doubt love her updates on Facebook and Twitter.

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Alice August 29, 2013 at 5:29 am

8 of 10. I envy a friend who has a long distance relationship. They only have to see each other on weekends.


dave December 1, 2013 at 1:35 pm

I have a duty to my kids to be there for them. Can’t. Leave them with such a negative person. But once they can make it, I be damn if I spend another minute with her.


Lord Reptilies March 13, 2014 at 12:39 pm

I really do love the person I married, but we don’t get along, and things get worse even though I keep hoping they’ll improve. I can’t be myself around her like I could at the start of the relationship, and have gotten to the point where I don’t care if we’re intimate anymore. The problem: She was nowhere else to go. No family that can take her in. Sometimes I feel like I’m in a living hell with no escape.


Hahahehe March 28, 2014 at 8:14 pm

My huabands sex addiction haa turned me into a prude and I can’t stand the sight of him. He’s a gross pervert and I hate myself for staying in denial soooo long about the fake I married. I refused to see the flags and I have paid. Pity for us both
is all I have left, no hope, no future. 58 years old married 25 years next Monday.


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