Intervening with Affected Others
Jim LaPierre Says...
It's beautiful how much you want your son to be supported and loved.
From what you're telling me he is not ready to see the truth about his wife and it seems likely that an intervention that is designed to push him to see the truth about her is unlikely to be successful. I would encourage you to approach him with something far nore positive - that you're concerned for him. This can be communicated without attacking his wife. You can simply relate to him that he is loved and that you miss him. To state that you're concerned about him because he seems to sacrifice so much for his wife can be something you communicate in a way that doesn't leave him defending her. I'm not encouraging you to mince words or pretend that things are not as they are but rather I encourage you to offer something palatable - something he can accept. If all he hears is that he is loved unconditionally and that he has folks who want to support him in making changes that he wants to make - I'd call that a success.
It's understandable that you feel so negatively toward his wife - I urge you to bear in mind that your son chooses to be with her. She may be abusive but he chooses to be in this marriage and perhaps even feels responsible for her well being.
Large interventions are probably a bad idea - consistent messages of love, support, and acceptance of him regardless of his choices will likely yield far more benefit.
People change when they're ready or when they're forced. You can't force him - but you can make it clear that you're fully in his corner. Good luck
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