Our expert says:
Sorry, folks, but as I have to rush to Durban for an emergency, this forum was supposed to have been closed from Noon Monday, and has only been left open by mistake. So it will be extremely difficult for me to respond to all questions before Friday.
WOuld some form of couples counselling be available to you, where you live ? It's understandable that your friends don't want you to be hurt again, the real question is how to reduce the risk of that happening. And why not simply explain to them how you appreciate their concern, and why you want to give it one more whirl ?
Good and thoughtful responses from other readers, too
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