The Cure for Cheating

Love After Cheating

Infidelity is as old as time itself, but no matter how common it may be, it is one of the most painful betrayals anyone can endure. Recently, genetic studies have found that the same brain chemistry that leads some people to crave extreme sensations, like those associated with drug use, heavy drinking, or reckless behavior, likely also promotes infidelity. Others theorize that cheating is a behavior learned by example from one’s parents or friends. Either way, many feel the only real cure for cheating is to leave the cheater, because if it’s a genetic or a deep-seated psychological trait, cheaters aren’t likely to change.

Sometimes though, whether it’s for the good of your children or a deep love, leaving is just not an option. In this case, it’s crucial for there to be healing and forgiveness, and for the cheater to learn that their behavior is not acceptable. Here are three things to remember if you want to move forward with your relationship after your partner has cheated:

1. Forgive, But Don’t Forget

In the beginning, there will be pain and likely a lot of tears and heartache for you, but it’s important not to take this pain out on your cheating partner. If they have admitted wrong-doing and a willingness to change, then there is hope for the relationship. They know they made a mistake and hopefully, they are willing to make amends. Offer forgiveness, but be honest with them about the amount of hurt their actions have caused. Then let the pain go, as it plays no role in forging a brighter future with your partner.

2. Don’t Go It Alone

An adulterous affair is the most serious and damaging threat to a relationship there is, and should be regarded as such. Seek counselling as a couple. Whether from a marriage counsellor or a spiritual leader, asking for help in getting through this tough time will not only maximize the chances that you can learn and grow from the experience, but will help reinforce for the cheater how serious their actions were. There must be change from both you and your partner if you are to prevent the same set of circumstances that led to the affair from happening again.

3. Reinvent Your Love

You must accept that, regardless of fault, something was missing in your relationship—something that caused your partner to seek it out in the company of someone else. If you can find out what that was, either through counselling, or by just talking with your partner, you can change and improve your chances of forming a newer, stronger bond that will last. A key ingredient in keeping love strong is adventure and new experiences. Anything, from a new piece of lingerie in the bedroom to a new restaurant or show for “date night” can keep things fresh and exciting. Communicate with each other, especially with regards to sexual satisfaction, and find the strength together to trust and love each other againthis time forever.

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4 thoughts on “The Cure for Cheating

  1. Longtallnikki

    yeah i don’t agree with two and three an affair is a choice. My husband cheated because he was molested as a child there’s nothing i can do to change that “circumstance” nor was there anything lacking in our marriage. each situation is different don’t generalize it.

  2. Aimee

    Can I please request Liam’s input on this!
    I would like to eliminate the word “cheat” from relationship language. I would prefer to read each individual ‘rule book’ all three of them, his, hers and theirs. Then maybe we can discuss when and how rules have been broken or boundaries crossed or ignored.

    And to Robin:
    When did it become necessary for you to have proof or admission? What about honoring your life and need for love, happiness and feeling safe and secure. This feels like the core issue that is being disrespected, and you are the one disrespecting your feelings by not honoring them. Whether he is having an affair or not.

  3. Robin Bednarczyk

    All of that is fine and great, BUT my husband WILL NOT admit to an affair, and whoever he cheated with, comes into my home and scratches her initials onto my walls, on my doors, anywhere that can be scratched – IS! Sometimes, I’ll find notes that he’s left her JUST LAYING ON THE TABLE. One night I left it there, and the next morning SHE HAD LEFT HIM A NOTE! But he will go to his grave with THAT LIE! And if they don’t admit to it, HOW do you forgive without leaving? What kills me is he basically lets somebody come in and vandalize my home with her initials all over the place! AND HE STILL DENIES IT ALL!

  4. Jolene M. Bries-Jensen

    Thank you for the article. I always knew there was something wrong in my marriage & continually asked to go for marriage counseling. He always insisted our marriage was fine & I was just “emotional”. After 20 years I was tired of the emptiness and asked for a divorce. He begged, cried, and did everything I wanted. He even agreed to counseling. By this time it was too little too late so we called California Psychic’s. They confirmed that it was too late for our marriage. Calling California Psychic’s was the beginning of a new life for me….I am grateful we spent the money & I look forward to the rest of my life…


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