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It has to do with his upbringing and his caregivers, but not in the way that you think it does. In this audiobook I am going to cover the real reason that your man cheated. Licensed therapist and certified relationship coach Dr. She explains why men lie and cheat, how to know if he's lying or cheating, how to know if he can change and how to respond to it. She will help you understand antisocial personality, why it's so hard to leave a cheater, how to know if you should leave him, and how to know if he can change.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why? What did you learn from Lying, Cheating Men that you would use in your daily life? I now know the signs of a liar and cheater! Any additional comments? I just finished listening to this book and couldn't put it down. It actually comforted me after my breakup with my cheating boyfriend. Now I know leaving him was the right thing to do, and in the future I feel I'll know if a man is the cheating type a lot earlier.
I wish I had known about the "red flags" before, but at least I do now! Your audiobook is waiting…. By: Lyn Kelley. Narrated by: Lyn Kelley. Length: 2 hrs and 3 mins. People who bought this also bought I have financial independence to husband and feel like I need to choose my son over myself. I also feel like if I forgive he will play me as a fool. You have given me something to ponder. Are you Amish? Only in America can you find people with this unnatural and unrealistic puritan mindset.
I personally think it's dangerous too. I think this mindset creates monsters like Jerry Sandusky.
Money transfers. Call me superficial but at this age, no way am I going to spread this kind of pain. There may be shopping for new, more stylish clothes or dressing in an attempt to look younger. But hey, I guess you won't have to sell your house! Your husband is cheating.
How many communities in middle America have these monsters lurking in neighborhoods, churches, and on little league baseball coaching staff? I personally had at least 4 - 5 bizarre experiences with predators when I was growing up in the 70's and 80's. Lucky for me, I was a street kid and picked up on it quick and got out of the situation.
All but one was initiated by normal looking "average joes" who you'd never suspect. The other one was by a priest. My belief is that many of these people exist because of the puritan mindset and the utter ridiculousness of marriage vows we still use today in modern society. Add that to the strict and archaic prostitution laws in most States in the USA and there's your recipe for disaster. Not saying that this stuff doesn't exist in places like Japan, but the statistics prove that rape and child molestation is at much lower rates in places like Japan than in the USA.
The article reads like it was written in the heart of the Victorian Era. My therapist gave me advice once, she said "don't forget to lie. Freud would not be astonished to read an article like this, he would consider the status quo because it is. Full of shame, repression and clear reaction formation. The author even uses the phrase "dirty little secrets" unbelievable we still have clinicians practicing this way. Sounds good on paper but no, doesn't work that way.
I'm in my 50s and a professional. Most of my friends are the same. Most are either single or have had multiple affairs. The single guys, used to be married and now have half the assets they used to and their kids live in broken homes. Their exs are very bitter, as they are living at half the standard of life as they used to. While the ones who have had affairs, more or less are extremely happy. They can afford to take their wives on expensive holidays, live in nice houses and send their kids off to Ivy colleges.
While also having sex with women half or more their age. As long as the spouse doesn't find out, and most haven't after decades, everyone is happy. Do they have the marital bliss spoken about in the blog? No, but I'm pretty sure they are happier than those who were told or the bitter exs I spoke of. Every single couple I know as friends, all married between years - contained infidelity at one time or the other by one or BOTH partners. All of these couples seem satisfied and content. I sense none of the affairs came to light, and no one was unnecessarily spreading pain around telling about their indiscretions.
Cheating IS wrong. NOT everybody does it. The mental gymnastics you guys have put yourselves through to justify this BS is mind boggling. Why are you accusing just Men of being this way? Did I miss something, I'm sure woman are not far behind men in extramarital affairs or cheating, perhaps even ahead. Thank for your comment Jacob. I have written several times about female cheating, including here on Psychology Today.
I can't post the urls in a comment, but you can search for my blogs, "Her Cheating Heart" and "Women Who Cheat On Relationships" and you'll find good info about female cheating. This is horrible advice. Of course you should tell. That is at least giving that "partner" the respect and dignity of knowing the truth and being able to make informed decisions based on that. Ridiculous and self-serving for this article. No one needs a professional to "assist". Just tell the truth. More self-serving for therapists, and another excuse and rationalization to lie as if you are doing the other person a favor and begin noble.
You're lying. They deserve to know the truth. If your partner will not engage in an honest, truthful relationship with you, you have a relationship built on a faulty foundation created by decisive unilateral choices of the liar. This is an Anrrangement not a Marriage or Exclusive Partnership.
My own experience is that if you actually do love your spouse and family, want to save your marriage and you know you have an ongoing problem with infidelity, by all means, for everything that you hold precious, please let your spouse know about your struggle. Get thee to a counselor immediately. Pay attention to Mr. I contacted the ex-girlfriend and learned that he had told her about an affair with a coworker and that I was basically an incompetent bitch.
So I started playing detective; In addition to his exchanges with her, he had two carry-on sized suitcases filled with carefully downloaded and categorized blondes, Asian, etc discs of pornography, email accounts with explicit exchanges with other women, and additional unlawful activity which I will decline to describe at present.
I have no doubt of his unfaithfulness and other things yet undiscovered, however, while he agrees that he has broken his broken his marriage vows, he says there has been no infidelity. This is laughable. The long and the short of this goes down to the fact that he has, and has had a long standing problem with sex and porn addiction. He admits it has been a problem since his teen years, we are now both in our 50s. He has been able to hide this from me because he is an extreme introvert and is also very intelligent. We actually went to counseling years ago, and no mention of this came up, even though our sexless marriage was a topic of therapy.
It seems he had been just fine in the marriage; he had his meals cooked, his housekeeping and his laundry done, his bills paid, and his children cared for, but his intimate needs were never a concern. Now, I understand why; they were being met by complete strangers, or coworkers or online or in pornographic videos.
My husband had this problem from me for the entirety of our marriage. I am the one person to whom he could have confided nearly anything, I was supposed to be his best friend. No disclosure came when we went through marriage counseling many years ago. He lied when we were supposed to be repairing our broken marriage. In the end, even though he says he loves me, he could not maintain an erection nor climax during attempts to have sex. Now, I am unwilling to continue this marriage. For the sake of self-preservation, and to protect my children one of whom is still under 18 I will not consider reconciliation.
I feel that I deserve better. I am not completely certain what my reaction may have been if he had confessed years ago, but I am thinking that I surely would have been more open to the reparation of our relationship had he come clean about it. Reconciliation is off the table now. My warning is this, if you have a problem that seems out of control, communication is key.
I literally begged my husband to talk to me about his problems and he refused. Now he is dealing with the reality of losing not just me but his relationship with his children.
He may well find that he is all alone in life and those Craigslist ladies are the only thing to keep to keep him warm. I say more power to him at this point. He obviously made his choice. You are amazing. So clear headed. Who cares if our standard marriage vows are puritanical; if one does not intend to keep them, one should simply do not make them. And definitely do not unilaterally change one's mind, risking marital assets and spouse's health, and claim the marriage was better for it. Kudos to your strength; keeping yourself and your minor child shielded from this deception is truly admirable.
Let's compare the monogamy contract to a work contract by using an analogy: Assume that I work for you as a nanny. I regularly drive your children around unbuckled and don't use car seats because, let's face it, it's SO much easier not to. I benefit emotionally and physically by gaining more time for myself, avoiding muscle strain, etc. According to the reasoning in this article, I should not tell you, my employer, what I have been doing because I would face negative repercussions--firing, child neglect charges, etc.
If a partner was not informed PRIOR to the marriage that infidelity was allowed, then you have broken a contract with a person you supposedly care about and have exposed your partner to STDs. You have an ethical obligation to inform your partner of your actions. My romantic life went from 6 month's of casual sex with "Jason" to current 3 year exclusive relationship with "Chris".
I told both of them about one another. I came clean to Chris the following morning and he decided to give me another chance. He was given the opportunity to "get even" which he respectfully declined. The accusations, name calling, and emotional abuse is becoming unbearable Ethically moral advice for an unethical Victim of immoral? You can have strong feelings for "love" someone and not be able to live with them.
First of all, the "three year exclusive commitment" with Chris is not exclusive, and it is not a commitment at all; it is a mirage. You sound like you're both twelve years old. You slept with someone else. It doesn't matter that it was the ONLY time you cheated. You can't uncrack that egg. If you think Chris is exclusive with you with all his porn and social dating profiles, I got a bridge to sell you. You are two immature, whiny, selfish brats playing around and calling it "love. About the only good things left besides having someone to pay half your rent and utilities is having dynamite sex, or being able to hold up the false pride to yourself or to your girlfriends of being in a "relationship.
Put your money life future where your mouth is. Sign on the dotted line. Cast your lot in with another person.
Give up cheating no matter how fun it is or how you can justify it. Keep your promises. Keep your home sacred. For life. If you can't or don't want to do that, then stay single and play. Don't promise someone who's just given up his whole single life for you something you have no intention on keeping. It's just that simple. Infidelity is unbelievably painful and traumatic.
It is one of the worst things that can happen to a person in life with the possible exception of losing a child. I wholeheartedly believe that one can begin again anew after infidelity - just not with the same person. Infidelity and cheating cause such great soul wrenching pain to the cheated on partner, that it is a life sentence for both if they stay together.
The lb gorilla in the middle of the room is always that you cared so little about the person you cheated on, that not only did you let such terrible pain come to them, but you volitionally caused it. If you are actually a human being, if you've actually got some genuine remorse, if you've actually learned your lesson don't DO that and want a peace-filled, comfortable, positive relationship that can actually have some joy in it again, you have to do it with someone whom you have not mortally wounded. Hopefully the person you cheated on is not the other parent of your children, who will be forced to see you, talk to you, negotiate with you for the good of the kids.
Good luck to you, you get to brush off your butt and walk away scot free, not a hair on your head harmed, with a new lover and a chance for a joyful life. Your ex is not so lucky. He or she has to live with the aftermath of the train wreck you created, didn't even have a vote, and likely didn't even see it coming because of your lies, gaslighting, sneaking, and slick shuffling while it was going on. Way to go, Slick. As someone that has been around friends who are cheaters and seeing many relationships thrive and fail with cheaters: This is without a doubt, the worst advice I have ever read.
The one person I knew that told their S. She admitted that the guilt was eating at her but by telling her partner, she drove that car off the cliff, unable to reverse her mistake when she could have just learned to live with it. Besides the very angry fake people in this comments section giving bogus stories about STDs, it seams most women are on the wire to vote yes to admitting infidelity. Funny that both sexes cheat on the other evenly, yet women are not telling their male partners. Sounds like wanting something for nothing. The answer is simple, do you regret what you done?
Then bury that secret and take it to the grave. Do you not regret and just need the sex? Try to contain yourself but if you do cheat, try to not hurt your partner by being stupid and getting caught. I am a female on the receiving end of cheating. He never confessed, but got sloppy so I discovered it. He would not have stopped with his online sexual encounters with his ex I know, because he enjoys the forbidden, but I would give anything to have my magical fairy tale back.
It was causing distance between us, and maybe we would have ended because of that? But I will never feel the same love for him again no matter how hard he tries, and the heartbreak and pain that lurks up even 3 years later, is so profound that I still consider leaving him over it. It was utterly selfish and self-serving! I have even tried cheating on him for revenge, and it made me feel better immediately afterwards, but it didn't last. I blame him for making me do something I didn't enjoy nor want! He has caused a chain reaction of sorrow that will last a lifetime.
It has made him as sick as it has made me, so effectively it ruined both of our happiness. He does love me, and destroying me ruined his health as he now has multiple issues like high blood pressure. I read a comment right after it happened when I went searching online for comfort. It was "all men cheat, and those that love you make sure you don't find out. This was his mistake to live with. His heavy conscious. Not mine. I now am forced to live with the weight of his mistake too. Not fair! I'm just glad it was with his ex of 20 years, who is as squeaky clean and disease free as me!
We are going to counseling together after he finishes his studies, because the emotional threat of talking would probably end his career on top of everything else, as he wouldn't be able to study or focus in emotional turmoil. So we have gone to individual counseling to help us both cope, and I have had to wait 3 years for couple therapy.
Unless the therapist has a time machine and can make it all not happen, I doubt it will help heal the pain. He says he never stopped loving me and it was all just a fantasy game, but he agrees it wasn't worth it now we are living in the memory of it. I cried so hard I vomited, and the person I loved died that day. He tries to make amends, but nothing is ever as good again, or beautiful, or sacred between you.
If he did it to me again, I would kick him out in a heartbeat, and not shed a tear. At least not in front of him. That's how much damage it causes. You go cold inside even though you still feel love. It's the worst feeling to live with. Life changing!
Do not tell! Just STOP the affair!!! I went crazy trying to work out the anxiety I was feeling, he always took us to the edge of the truth so I didn't have enough to leave. Begged him to tell me the truth over and over to release me from the torment and the pain it caused us. He wouldn't. He didn't until 2 years later when he felt safe in our relationship. When he couldn't handle me hurting anymore trying to work through the deceit.
I found about the hook ups with a woman from his work, centered around his self esteem and worthlessness he felt about himself, our arguing about not trusting him afraid I would leave, angry at himself and the world. But I wanted to know, I pushed until I found out and heard the words that broke my heart. But here we were 2 years on, we had brought a house, treats my children as his own, treats them better than their own father and he treats me like I'm so precious doing everything he can for us as a couple and as a family man.
But he also knew that today our relationship couldn't go any deeper because he knew and it was making him sick. He lost patches in his hair, digestive problems, headaches and we even ended up going for a MRI because he got a sever pain in his eye. All around his stress and fear in not telling me the truth and he knew he had to because his values had become aligned with mine over time and he knew I was keeping a part of me back from loving him wholeheartedly.
So he took the risk and told me. Because I asked and because I insisted I could handle the truth and needed my mental health back, I wanted my head clear and my heart aligned with the truth. I was hurt he lied for so long, that we couldn't deal with it at the time, that he took away my right to choose, and if I wanted a broken man or not instead I got a man who was so afraid of loosing me and the family he had always needed that he never showed his anger, his disappointment and only sometimes his fears. He didn't have the vocabulary or confidence then.
His upbringing and marriage had taught him for 37 years it wasn't safe to tell the truth. He didn't know the family life I showed him, he thought that was just TV families and it was a fairytale. Upbringing, his family and marriage had taught him that. But I am relieved to not have the constant ruminating thoughts, the trying to work the puzzle out, the anger that would arise in me knowing he was lying but also unable to leave unless I 'heard the truth' back then. Now the shock is wearing off, the anger is too. I have no desire to forgive him and I don't think we need to forgive.
Some things are unforgiveable - and I handed that back to him, he's done wrong, not I and he has to live with the hurt and pain it caused me and the kids young adult kids who love him dearly. We're 2 years on from a 3 year relationship, the first was shit, but there was enough love and beauty there to keep us going. We learnt how to communicate and talk, we both learned how to feel safe around each other.
Now the truth is out, there's no more elephant in the room, no more deceit between us. I can say today after finding out 2 weeks ago that I'm looking forward to finding out who we are without the lie between us because we've created a really wonderful life these last 2 years. I wasn't afraid of loosing it, truth and being authentic means the most to me because my childhood and my marriage had taught me that it was important in order for me to feel safe and loved with the one I've chosen.
Yes there will be sad days ahead, but I'm glad I don't hold the burden anymore. He does. And he's become a better man because we showed him a life he didn't know was possible and I believe he likes himself now because he's proud of the man he is now and he's proud we're his family. So yes, if you have a partner who needs to know the truth so they are well emotionally, mentally and spiritually - tell them, otherwise you don't really have them. You've taken away their choice to choose and that's manipulation not love. Our intention is to heal from this and be better in the end.
I have cheated on my last - and possibly best ever - relationship. My ex of 3 years was the best, kindest person I have ever met. But from the time we moved in together 1yr in I now realize I started to take her for granted -she did so much for me above and beyond anything I could ever expect- and I started to not seeing her as a person - but as what she would do for me. From here, cheating was a matter of opportunities.