In 1992 the National Opinion Research Center based out of the University of Chicago conducted a national face-to-face survey among thousands of Americans in relationships. One of the most striking statistics to result from this study was that 90% of men and 94% of women believed that extramarital sex was “always” wrong. Why is this finding striking? In the same study 25% of men and 15% of women admitted to having had at least one adulterous relationship during their married life. The conclusion of the study was that many people believe that adultery is morally wrong and yet they commit the act anyway.
Interestingly, there is almost no culture in the world in which adultery is an unknown phenomenon. The reasons leading an individual to commit adultery are complex, the solutions to the resulting fallout when adultery has been uncovered are equally complicated. Navigating this situation can be particularly challenging for a relationship and professional help in the form of counseling for adultery may prove of great benefit.
Types Of Infidelity
It is suggested that there are three types of adultery: sexual, romantic and sexual combined with a romantic involvement. The fallout resulting from the discovery that a partner has been unfaithful will certainly differ depending on the type of involvement he or she had with another person. A purely sexual act may be easier to explain, understand and rebuild a relationship from, whilst an act of adultery that has both the romantic and the sexual element may prove much harder for the victim to deal with.
Counseling For Infidelity – Can It Help?
Regardless of the type of adultery, working through the problems that arise after exposure can be hard for both partners. It is an intensely emotional period in which communication regularly breaks down and the ability to resolve the conflict amicably can become almost impossible to achieve. During counseling sessions for adultery a therapist will act as an independent and unbiased guide to facilitate conversation between the partners. Without judging either of the spouses, the therapist will help facilitate the communication necessary to achieve a mutually beneficial outcome.
Here at Thriveworks Peachtree City, our expert counselors understand that the goal of counseling for adultery is not to provide simple answers, but it is to help the individual couples achieve a suitable resolution on their own terms. If you think professional support may be beneficial for your relationship, do not hesitate and reach out to us now to arrange your first counseling session.