Lessons From an Affair

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Though affairs are doubtlessly destructive to committed relationships, marriages can sometimes be made stronger through the tribulations of infidelity, writes psychologist Leslie Becker-Phelps, Ph.D. In order for any good to come of an affair though, certain responses and actions must happen. Healing and recovery can only begin if the unfaithful partner admits to, and is remorseful for, their transgressions. The other partner must also be allowed safe and open expression of their painful feelings as well as validation, in order to process their complex emotional state in the aftermath. Additionally, it’s important for both spouses to take mutual “ownership” of the marriage and admit their part in its problems if they decide to move forward.

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