Living A Life ... Or NonLife?

Published on May 2, 2013

The first thing I noticed about Tom was his large frame and piercing eyes. He had come to call me on my mobile phone a few hours ago. And now, we were in a hotel, drinking coffee, and eventually past the pleasantries.

He reached for the marrow of his purpose for meeting me. “I need help for managing my wife,” he said. “She cannot agree any longer that she remain my wife while I keep the other woman for the sake of the children and peace at home.” He fell silent for awhile. “Why can’t she accept that?” he asked.

Tom was having an affair with a married woman. His troubled, obsessed mind flashed across his face. The whole duration of our conversation, he kept justifying the correctness of his requested arrangement with his wife. By declaring his superiority and “rightness,” he reinforces his abuse and maintains his denial and defenses.

Such is a personal tragedy. Unless Tom is willing to look into himself, he will not see his sickness or disorder. Unless he actively seeks personal change, through the hard work of recovery and therapy, he will, to a large degree have lived a “nonlife.” By this, he continues to poison himself, his wife and family, as well as others.

It’s Tom’s choice. He is the expert on his own experience!

Category(s):Addictions, Attachment Issues, Infidelity

Written by:

Dr. Angelo Subida, Psychotherapist

Dr. Angelo Subida is a clinical psychotherapist, author, and speaker. He is author of books "Inner Healing," "Secrets Of Your Self," "Chess and Life," among others, blogs, and articles. He has appeared frequently as an expert on psychotherapy/life recovery issues on national television, radio broadcasts, print media, and webcasts, including GMA 7, TV 5, ABS CBN 2, Q-11, 700 Club, Radyo Veritas, Inquirer Radio, Smart Parenting Magazine, Business Mirror, among others, and has served as resident therapist/counselor for parents and kid-artists in the highly popular ABS-CBN 2 Voice Kids TV singing reality show. Dr. Subida is an eclectic, multidisciplinary therapist and originator of his own revolutionary high-tech, high-touch counseling plus model. His areas of specialization include parent-child therapy, clinical infidelity treatment, relationship/marital counseling, separation/divorce therapy, anger management, depression, addictions, psychotherapy-spirituality integration, and innovative chess therapy. For more of Dr. Subida, you can find him at

Dr. Angelo Subida, Psychotherapist belongs to Dr. Angelo Subida Psychotherapy Clinic in Philippines

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