Recent infidelity statistics compiled in the USA have put the percentage of marriage affairs variously between 15-35% for women and 22-40% for men…
However, it is entirely possible that the real percentage of sexual encounters is nearer the lower end with both sexes, and that the higher figures include emotional affairs as well as those involving intimacy.
Be that as it may, there is an increasing percentage of both sexes indulging in extramarital relationships. Temptation is everywhere, but as men and women spend more time with each other away from their partners, in work place, social and sporting situations and so on, giving into that temptation and cheating on your partner becomes easier and easier.
It is an unfortunate fact that cheating women are almost as responsible for marriage break ups as are cheating men. Marriage affairs are so common that you or your spouse are more likely to have an affair than you are to divorce. And your chances of divorce are already 50-50.
Marriage affairs are devastating to almost everyone involved. It’s a most painful experience for the innocent spouse and it is also very painful for the children, friends and members of the extended family.
Signs of an affair – where to look.
Affairs in marriage usually begin with an attraction to someone you know fairly well, someone you spend time with each week, a co-worker (commonly known as workplace affairs) or a friend.
Check out our article on signs of cheating.
What sets off a marriage affair?
The reasons are many and varied. We have dealt with many couples, where either the male or female had been involved in a sexual encounter outside their marriage yet they were entirely happy with their marital relationship prior to the event. – The straying partner just simply gave into temptation.
A very common cause of marriage affairs is that the partners are simply not meeting one another’s emotional needs so they look for fulfillment elsewhere. Emotional upset caused by an inability to deal with stress will often turn a spouse towards another more sympathetic person if their partner is not able, or capable, of providing the necessary emotional support.
Ending an affair before it begins.
If you feel that your spouse is under stress then discuss it with them. It may relate to financial, family, job, or child matters. Let your partner know that they are appreciated. Determine what you can do to meet their emotional needs and take it from there.
We are all aware that the world is in turmoil at the moment and that in order for many people to keep their jobs they are expected to work longer hours. This naturally means less time spent with the family… a position that is exacerbated by a job that requires a spouse to spend periods away traveling on business.
If you and your spouse spend long periods of time away from one another, you need to develop a plan of action to maintain your bond and sense of intimacy during those times.
Keeping in touch by email and/or cellphone with messages and expressions of love is a practical way to achieve this.
Couples who fail to maintain an intimate bond with each other invariably set the scene for one or other being involved in an extramarital relationship.
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