Being in a relationship requires both people to be committed to one another, especially when they get married. Marriage is a socially and legally recognized union or a process in which two people make their relationship permanent and vow to stay with each other for a lifetime. Having a relationship is not a walk in the park. It requires much effort for both people to compromise and accept each other’s flaws to make their relationship work and last long. Some challenges will come along the way and test their love. And everyone should also remember that staying faithful to their partner is a choice. That is why if one person in the relationship commits infidelity, this betrayal should never be justified. Cheating is cheating.
Infidelity or cheating is a sensitive issue that can have a significant emotional impact on all parties. Infidelity in a relationship can be categorized into different types, which are physical or sexual affairs, cyber affairs, object affairs, and emotional affairs. Whatever the kind of infidelity committed, it still destroys trust, shakes the great foundation of a relationship, and leaves the one who got cheated on with overwhelming emotions of confusion and pain. The effect of infidelity can be devastating and may make the person vulnerable to many things that may affect their mental and emotional health. Because of this, it is essential to recognize the importance of having emotional support and open communication when dealing with the aftermath of infidelity.
Receiving emotional support, especially from family and friends, can make the person feel acknowledged and have their feelings validated. It plays a vital role in providing a safe place to freely express their remorse, anger, sadness, and confusion without judgment. It allows them to process their feelings, gain clarity, and begin their healing journey.
When it comes to restoring trust, having an honest communication is a must. Since infidelity undermines trust, which is the very foundation of every relationship, it can be hard for the person who got cheated on to trust again. That is why having open and honest communication with their partner, such as engaging in constructive dialogue, expressing their disappointment, thoughts, and concerns, and setting expectations, is highly important. Through communication, both parties will identify and understand the root causes of the infidelity. When they discuss the underlying issues openly, trust will once again be restored.
Emotional support and communication not only aid in healing but can also contribute to the development of emotional resilience. After addressing the emotional fallout, each individual will learn how to process and manage their emotions healthier and more maturely. Aside from this, emotional support and communication also enable both partners to foster empathy, gaining a better understanding of each other’s experiences and perspectives in a relationship. Acknowledging one another’s feelings will develop a stronger connection and empathy, which can contribute to a stronger and happier relationship.
There are various factors that lead to why people commit infidelity. In Mouna M. Fall’s book “Why They Cheat,” readers will get to see the big picture of why people cheat and understand the mental side of cheating, understanding the psychological aspect of the why’s in cheating as well as its psychological effects on the one who got cheated on. In the book, the author narrates twelve different scenarios around the theme of infidelity that bring closure and awareness to the readers. This book is written out of the author’s goal: to answer a few questions and concerns about loyalty.
Of course, the trauma that one has experienced after an affair is exposed can be difficult to overcome. When an affair is discovered, it might be hard to think clearly enough to make decisions, which is completely understandable. It may take a long time to cope with all the consequences of infidelity, but time is the ultimate healer. The process may be complicated now, but better things will definitely come at the right time.
Navigating the aftermath of a cheating incident can be an overwhelming and challenging journey. But remember that seeking professional help is highly recommended in cases of infidelity. Therapists and counselors will provide the necessary help and support for improving the healing journey.