As hard as it is to accept, infidelity happens.
Relationship counselor and psychologist Lissy Ann A. Puno, author of Affairs Don’t Just Happen, shares that a variety of reasons can be attributed to this act of betrayal, some of which are valid but hardly ever justifiable. (READ: Why do people cheat?)
Cheating in a relationship can be viewed relatively – to others, an affair, whether emotional or sexual, is an immediate dealbreaker. Others though are able to see it as a relationship hurdle to "overcome."
As long as the promise of exclusivity and commitment to your partner has been broken in any shape or form, heartbreaking damage is instantly marked upon the relationship indefinitely.
Is cheating unforgivable? For some, yes. For others, not necessarily. As a couple, this is for you to both decide.
Choosing to "work it out"
Facts are facts: the cheating happened, and someone was gravely hurt in the process.
What now? Some couples cut ties, while other choose to "give it another shot."
Lissy Ann shares with Rappler concrete ways on how couples who do so can recover from the said damage, repair the cuts caused, as well some of the complexities couples may encounter during their bumpy road to recovery.
Can post-affair couples recover?
“A high percent of couples recover from affairs,” Lissy Ann shared. “Affair recovery seems impossible, but strong, happy marriages can be repaired.”
Recovery begins from a couple’s unanimous choice to keep and rebuild the relationship together.
After this vital first step, Lissy Ann shares a few resolutions both partners must commit to do:
General advice is helpful, but undeniably, the healing process of both the betrayer and the betrayed will of course greatly differ.
What are the concrete steps each should take in ensuring a repaired relationship?
Recovery for the betrayer
Recovery for the betrayed
Complexities in cheating cases
No infidelity-stricken relationship is ever the same as another's.
There are always “special cases” or different circumstances to factor in that vary among couples. These "complexities" may make the couple's road to recovery more challenging.
What are some of these complexities? “It gets very complex when one partners says ‘I still love you, that was nothing. I am back, it’s over,’” Lissy Ann said.
“Also, when the affair happens at work, and you are still exposed to the third party, rebuilding of trust can get very challenging.”
“When the betrayer is not remorseful and believes the short-lived happiness was deserved. When your feelings of hurt are invalidated and your requests for amends are seen as being dramatic and demanding.”
Other complexities include:
“It’s possible,” Lissy Ann reiterates.
Although it may be one of the most – if not, the most – challening point of your relationship, with joint determination, commitment, and the genuine love your relationship was built upon, it can happen. – Rappler.com
If she’s not writing about food, she’s probably thinking about it. From advertising copywriter to freelance feature writer, Steph Arnaldo finally turned her part-time passion into a full-time career. She’s written about food, lifestyle, and wellness for Rappler since 2018.