Often spouses fear feeling shamed of leaving a “failed” marriage.
Some even worry their spouse may harm him or herself.
Millions of people remain in unhappy relationships that range from empty to abusive for many reasons; however, the feeling of suffocation or of having no choices stems from fear that’s often unconscious.
One man was too afraid and guilt-ridden to leave his ill wife (11 years his senior).
Guilt about leaving a spouse may be due to the fact that their parents didn’t appropriately encourage emotional separation.