Sexual Infidelity Is An Issue

1223 Words Feb 14th, 2016 5 Pages
Sexual infidelity is an issue most couples don’t like to thinks about when they are considering marriage. 85 percent of adults marry in their life-times. 94 percent expect to marry their soul-mate and maintain a life-long, monogamous relationship until death. Unfortunately 40% of men and women who divorce report having been unfaithful during their marriage (Gordon, Baucom and Synder, 2008). Infidelity can evoke feelings of anger, resentment, fear and hurt to the wronged partner and guilt, shame and self-doubt in the perpetrator. This paper will examine the components, possible motivations, risk factors and treatment for sexual infidelity in committed couples.
Infidelity Defined
“Infidelity is commonly understood as a violation of the marital agreement, a betrayal of one 's trust, and a threat to the marital bond” (Lusterman, 1998). In non-traditional unions such as common-law marriages, civil unions and couples in a committed relationship the bonds of these relationships may be equivalent to a traditional marriage. There are two components of infidelity that may occur either individually or together. The first component is sexual infidelity: sexual activity with someone other than your long-term partner. The second component is emotional infidelity: becoming emotionally intimate with someone other than your long-term partner (Lusterman, 1998). An affair can be an exclusively sexual act such as visiting a prostitute or a casual one night stand with someone you just…
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