May the Divorce Be with You

My apartment building has paper-thin walls, and I overhear a lot of what goes on between the couple next door. The man makes constant belittling remarks – calling his wife “ugly” and “stupid” and saying she’d cheat on him but no other man would want her. What leads a man to talk to his wife like this?

Horrified

Among the tips strangely absent on those “Ways to Keep Your Marriage Alive” lists is “If you can’t say something nice, scream it at your wife.”

Life in the Fastened Lane

I’ve been with my boyfriend for a year, and I love him, but I also love my independence. I need alone time, meaning space from him and everybody. He wants to spend every minute together and seems to need constant closeness to feel okay. Is this a bad sign – on his part or mine? Should I want to spend every second with him?

Confused

The sort of relationship where the partners are never apart tends to be a good thing for only one of them: the tapeworm.