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Can Working Through an Affair Save a Relationship?

An article in The Huffington Post yesterday discusses a survey called Sex and the American Mom, completed by 30,000 people, which concluded that 34 percent of married women with children have had or are currently having an affair. The article examines some of the differences in past years versus the present regarding female satisfaction, male sexual disinterest, and the way society views cheating. It writes:

Affairs used to almost guarantee a trip to divorce court. Today, however, the "cheatee" might experience a sense of betrayal, but the "cheater" is not necessarily stigmatized socially, and often both agree to at least attempt reconciliation. It has even been viewed as a "wake-up call" — one that can actually save a marriage, with each person expressing a sense of shared blame.

I actually find the idea of using infidelity as the impetus to save an unhappy relationship instead of a reason to abandon it very interesting. I know that none of us condone cheating, but I think trying to find the root of the problem is better than just trying to forgive someone, and in some cases, better than breaking it off completely. Ladies, in your opinion, is it possible to make your relationship stronger by working through an affair?


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