What exactly do you refer to as unfaithfulness in a relationship. Based on research and depending on each relationship, unfaithfulness can include one or more of the following:

  • Sexual fantasy with someone outside marriage/relationship
  • Talking with an attractive stranger
  • Flirting
  • Exchanging contact details
  • Meeting up without accompanying spouse(s)
  • Playful touching
  • Kissing
  • Erotic massage
  • One night stand
  • Regular sexual intercourse
  • Established affair with long term commitment

Unfaithfulness or Infidelity in a relationship or marriage can break even the strongest relationship leading to feelings of betrayal, guilt and anger.  Overcoming these feelings is usually extremely difficult. With the help of family, therapist and each other, it is possible for a couple to forge ahead stronger after an incident of unfaithfulness. Also, due to loss of trust in their spouse after infidelity, the burden of the relationship become too heavy for some to bear and the only way out for them is to part ways.

There are many things that could lead to unfaithfulness in a relationship or marriage. Infidelity is sometimes not a result  of an unhappy relationship. The reasons could be emotional, physical or psychological. They include emotional aloofness, sexual dissatisfaction, and financial issues. Other reasons are lack of communication, understanding, and sexual incompatibility.

As mentioned above, it is possible to overcome infidelity issues. Steps to doing so include:

  • Stopping the affair
  • Preparing your mind for the turbulent coming days of recovery and reassurance
  • Discussing everything openly
  • Being totally accountable to each other
  • Making promises and commitments
  • Examining the reasoning of straying initially and addressing it
  • Both parties must take the responsibility of building a new foundation
  • Try marriage therapy or take a marriage education class

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