Which Relationships Survive Infidelity?

Can You Pick Up the Pieces?

Cheating wrecks many marriages. However, some couples manage to bounce back. What is it that makes some couples resilient to infidelity and some not-so-much? And how can one rebuild their partnership?

The Huffington Post reports:

Is it possible to repair a relationship after infidelity?

While it may be a tough road to recovery, many couples do rebuild their marriages after affairs.

In fact, Wall Street Journal columnist Elizabeth Bernstein recently reported that up to 80 percent of couples survive infidelity. Bernstein stopped by WSJ’s show “Lunch Break” Monday to explain the difference between couples who stay together after infidelity and those who ultimately split up.

“The couples who want to make it want to make it. And they want to make it because they do truly love each other, or they feel that they will come back to loving each other,” said Bernstein, whose article “Back To Happily Ever After” was published on Tuesday. “They’re not staying for the kids, they’re not staying for the family or the money, or something else. They’re staying for each other.

According to Bernstein, there are other factors that come into play when deciding to stay in the relationship, like the length of the affair and the emotional involvement of the spouse who was unfaithful, to name a few.

And despite the fact that cheating is the ultimate deal-breaker for many couples, Jay Lebow, a psychologist and clinical professor at the Family Institute at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., told WSJ that studies in the past have indicated that couples in marital therapy dealing with infidelity were just as successful as couples for whom no cheating was involved.

Watch the video above to learn more about marriage and infidelity.

What do you think—what does it take for a couple to survive infidelity?

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3 thoughts on “Which Relationships Survive Infidelity?

  1. Fiona x5178

    Even if the couple stays together the relationship changes. Infidelity changes things. Love is fragile; it evolves as we grow, and it can even die. If the cheating partner doesn’t care anymore and they want to do what they want, regardless of the consequences, self respect says let them go. On the other hand, when remorse occurs and the partner is truly sorry, makes amends, and never does it again then things can be reconsidered. A lifetime of giving readings tells me that we must always look at the bigger picture–down the road is not always a long way off. It’s common that if the partner lacks impulse control they can’t connect their behavior to the consequences. While it’s true that we can’t tell the heart who to love, our own indwelling wisdom is there to gide us into the life that blesses us, gives us peace of mind, the most happiness, and offers us the same love we send into the world.

  2. -quinn ext.5484

    it takes a great deal of compassion to stay together, and a great deal of strenght to leave.
    either way it is work. and working at a relationship is one of the hardest things us humans do.


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