Here’s a rookie chump mistake — confronting affair partners. Maybe you did this. Maybe you agonized about doing this. Maybe you’re still waiting to come up with the perfect withering remark to deliver along with your poisoned umbrella tip. Let me spare you the trouble — don’t go there.
I know you want to tell them off, but it’s futile for a variety of reasons.
1. They have no shame. Unless this person is completely unaware that your spouse is married or otherwise spoken for (it happens, in which case I think the person is a fellow chump, not an AP), they knew what they were doing and have devised various rationales — all of which are impervious to your exhortations. The most common is that you are sexless and batshit crazy. You come at them all “Stay away from my husband, you hussy!” — you’re going to validate their assumptions. You’re nuts.
Worse, if you come at them all classy — appealing to their sense of shared humanity and common decency — they will delight in their superiority. You poor pathetic chump, begging for your marriage. Can’t you see you’re dealing with an uber being? One more charismatic and sexier than you? How could one as dim and sexless as you understand someone as compelling as them? You cannot. This is bigger than us both. Their love cannot be denied. You are too feebleminded to comprehend this. Don’t make me explain it to you.
Which brings us to the other reason you should not confront the affair partner…
2. They might actually be batshit crazy. Yeah, there’s some irony in that, huh? Look, to exist in an affair for any length of time, you have to be a few sandwiches shy of picnic. Either, you’ve got really low self-esteem to be a side dish, or you’re flamingly narcissistic. In the first case, desperate people can do desperate things. And in the other case, narcissistic people don’t think the rules apply to them — and that doesn’t stop at poaching your spouse. It might also extend to the rules of law.
Being in an affair has been likened to addiction — you’re trying to sober them up. Have you watched those recovery programs? People get ugly. Very ugly. Haven’t you suffered enough? Do you really need this person harassing you and losing their shit? No. You do not need that.
But the biggest reason not to confront the affair partner?
3. It’s kibbles to your cheater. Confronting the affair partner is the essence of the pick me dance. “Stay away from my wife!” makes your wife really central. She’s getting a high off two people fighting for her. How fabulous. Maybe there’ll be a duel!
If cheater’s can’t have secret cake, they will settle for a public pick me dance. It’s all good. It’s all kibbles. Maintain your dignity! Don’t do it.
You might delude yourself into thinking you need to talk with the affair partner for reconnaissance purposes. To compare notes. Maybe that person will tell you things your partner will not.
They might. And it might be a pack of lies! Consider the source. There might also be some truth in it — but how fucked up is that? Would you really consider staying with a person who won’t tell you the truth — you have to get the details from their fuckbuddy? Really?
If you’ve been tempted to confront Schmoopie — leave it to professionals. Have your lawyer write them a no contact letter. Ask your lawyer to depose them in your divorce (that gets settlement talks moving quite quickly I hear). If you need more information about the affair(s), hire a PI or become a computer snoop. Hand over the evidence to your lawyer. Don’t go rogue on this. Get professional support.
The point is to GET AWAY from them both and stop giving your cheater and the affair partner your precious mental energy. You know what says “you are beneath contempt”? Filing for divorce. Letting the cheater have Schmoops. Walking away from this shit lets you maintain your dignity and self-respect.
But, but! They posted some really stupid New Agey memes on Pinterest!
And why are you looking? This just confirms the kind of rancid oatmeal that passes for OW self-reflection. I’m sorry I’m so much better than you and everyone knows it, even your husband, he only dumped me because of his powerful love for me.
Don’t stare into that cavern of self-absorption. Why would you appeal to such a person’s better self? They think they’re just splendid.
So confronting an AP? No. It’s an exercise in futility.
Pointing and laughing? That’s totally permitted. Go right ahead.
This one ran previously. Just got home from New Orleans. Ten years since the fateful day I met Mr. CL in front of Solomon Burke. More on that tomorrow!