(Closed) I found a journal written by my fiance with ugly things about me. Help!

posted 3 years ago in Relationships
Post # 2
9521 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

Yikes. Perhaps you shouldn’t have read it but why would he leave it out on the table knowing what was in it?! You should evaluate how this affects you, we all have dark thoughts but that is a major red flag

Post # 3
2326 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

Seems very odd he left his personal diary on the kitchen table. Almost like he wanted you to see it? 

Is he reaching out for help? People don’t always mean everything they write down but it seems like he might have left it there so you can see what he is going through… still, not a great sign that he’s having these thoughts at all :S

Discussion time needed with him

Post # 4
11392 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

How do you feel about being with someone who has “dark thoughts” about leaving you? 

Is this someone who makes you feel secure and loved and safe? 

Is he getting help for his depression? Obviously he should be. 


Post # 5
40 posts

I agree with 

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theatrejulia :  a couple of major red flags here 

i have a journal i use to help me collect my thoughts and even though i’ve never written a single word in it about my any of my past SOs or my DH, i’m HYPER aware of where it is at all times just because i write down every one of my inner most thoughts and would be embarrassed for someone else to find it. i’d never just leave it sitting out — but even MORESO if i’d written things about a SO in there

have you asked him about why he left it out?  i’m sorry you’re dealing with this, bee. i know this must be really hard. 🙁 

 you do need to use this to start a dialogue with him. you deserve someone who doesn’t make you feel on pins and needles as to whether they are going to leave you 

Post # 6
819 posts
Busy bee

How awful– I’m so sorry you’re going through this. Your fiance should definitely be seeing a therapist if he’s that depressed, and you might consider one for yourself to help you cope. You need to consider whether you want to continue this relationship– if so, couples counseling would be a good idea.

Post # 7
10374 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

Oh dear. Obviously, you should not have read it but now that you have I don’t know how you can ignore what he wrote. That would just absolutely crush me and I don’t exactly know how I would move past it. I can’t imagine  even in my lowest moments thinking, much less writing down, something like that about my partner.

Part of me says – of course he says he didn’t mean it, he still needs you until he finds a job. 

The other part of me says – well maybe you should give him the benefit of the doubt here and trust he won’t leave you as soon as he gets a job.

But I have to be honest, the first voice is stronger. He could very well just be using you. But only you can decide what to do at this point. What is your gut telling you?

Post # 8
473 posts
Helper bee

Wow, I don’t know what to say about this… That’s pretty bad..? Did he in some weird way WANT you to read it? Leaving it on the table like that? Being depressed and all, people can show really weird traits at those times. Ive dealt with that myself and people doesn’t always act in the most logical ways at those times and conditions.. Could it be like that? Like it was some way for him to communicate his problems with your relation to you, without having to tell you directly?

I would want to find out more about this before letting it go or brushing it off as just “dark thouhgts but it is all good now”…. 


I am so, so, so sorry. It must have broken your heart to read all that.

Post # 9
1009 posts
Bumble bee

I think it’s odd he left it sitting out, almost like he wanted you to find it. 

Post # 10
6414 posts
Bee Keeper

Even at my lowest I would never write such things about my husband and then wish to leave him.  I think he left it out for a reason and that’s something you should think about.

Post # 11
2121 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

It seems careless to leave it lying around if he didn’t mean those thoughts…

I read somewhere that depression can make people say things that aren’t true and this could be the case here or he could be placating you until he’s back on his feet. Is he in therapy to deal with his depression? Is he doing anything to overcome these dark thoughts? If he isn’t trying to get help then those dark thoughts (true or not) will resurface. If he is getting help, you can ask him to sort through the comments. You have to decide if it really was him or just the depression and if it was the depression, what was the reason behind it?

However, in the mean time if you decide you can’t go forward with this relationship, then don’t. Not everything can be forgiven because of depression. Take care of yourself. Put yourself before him because 1) if you stay and act in a carers capacity it is important to make sure you don’t burn yourself out 2) if you leave/he is speaking the truth you’ll have wasted a lot of time and energy and you won’t value yourself.

Post # 12
473 posts
Helper bee

It could also be that he isn’t feeling neither attracted to you, or in love with you, now that he is depressed, but that this would change if he got back on his feet.


Being depressed can really change emotions, towards yourself as well as towards others. It can really truly change what you feel about anything. Even your children. 

Post # 14
3030 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

Personally, I think you should have realized pretty quickly that it was a journal and seeing your name wasn’t an open invitation to continue. I leave my journals in plain sight because I have trust in my partner about boundaries. I could see him mistaking one but quickly realizing and not touching it further.

Depression is difficult and what he wrote could very well in fact have stemmed from it and stressors around him. It can be difficult not to take aspects of depression personally but a lot of times it truly isn’t a reflection of how you are regarded. However, this is definitely something that he should be seeking out a therapist for and getting professional guidance.

Ultimately, it’s your decision on what to do. However, it’s easy to say things you would never say but another thing entirely to be dealing with mental illness such as depression. Being with someone that is dealing with depression is not easy and it’s completely something I would never fault someone for not being able to be around. I think, if you want to stay, you should be pushing him to seek out help and I think you need to set a boundary to not touch his journals. As a partner to someone dealing with depression, you should also seek out therapy as well.

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