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Dear Therapist: My Boyfriend Won’t Let Me Have Male Friends

He’s been cheated on before, and he gets very anxious that I will want to be with someone else.
Source: Bianca Bagnarelli

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Dear Therapist,

My boyfriend and I have been together for two years now, in a long-distance relationship (we live two and a half hours apart). We are both happy and serious about our relationship. He has been in a few relationships before and has been cheated on every time. This has really damaged him, and he gets very anxious that I will want to be with someone else or will stop loving him one day. He also gets worried when I don’t message for a while. I have a busy schedule and things crop up randomly, so it is difficult to message sometimes. I tell him this, but he doesn’t cope well with any change to the system.

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