The Devastation of Infidelity and Affairs
Infidelity is one of the most painful experiences a person can have. The pain that is created by this type of betrayal often feels unbearable. For many people, it is one of the most challenging and damaging emotional events in life. To complicate things, the more a person trusted and felt safe with someone, the more powerful and painful it feels when it happens. This pain can be debilitating. Typically, much healing is needed afterward, whether a person chooses to stay in the relationship or not.
There are many psychological and emotional problems that infidelity leaves in its wake. Among the most commonly reported consequences of infidelity are:
PARTNER BETRAYAL TRAUMA®
Have you been betrayed by your partner?
Partner betrayal trauma is a unique type of trauma that happens in marriages and significant romantic relationships. It occurs when a someone betrays the trust that was given to them by their spouse or significant other. Although most of us think of this betrayal as primarily sexual, there are actually several ways that a person can be betrayed by his or her partner outside of a sexual affair.
As all human beings are unique, the level of trauma experienced by each individual is also unique. Experiences of betrayal can vary, and the same action can be experienced by one person as betrayal but leave another completely unaffected. That being said, here are some common areas where betrayal in a committed relationship can happen and be experienced as partner betrayal trauma®:
MOVING COUPLES FROM SHATTERED TO STRONG™