“I do… till death do us part”. A trusted promise of your significant other, and yet somehow now broken. Infidelity is a reality that some married couples may experience, yet few may comprehend how it could have happened to them. TOUCH Family Life sheds some light on this issue.
WHAT IS INFIDELITY?
Infidelity is commonly understood as having a sexual affair with another person, but it might happen much earlier than the moment of ‘being caught in the act’. If someone is seeking to meet their emotional needs with others and not their own spouse, and if the spouse is kept in the dark, it could be an indication of emotional infidelity. An individual may be emotionally invested in someone else when he or she starts sharing spousal difficulties with that other person, or develops special rituals or practices with this ‘friend’. Rather than talk to their spouse, they would save topics of conversation for that ‘friend’ because they feel more understood by him or her.
There are many reasons for infidelity. For some, a reason to cheat is the need to boost their self-image or sexual self-esteem. For others, it may be a longing for love and tenderness that they aren’t getting in their marriage.
Here are some other reasons for infidelity.
If you feel that you might be at risk of an affair, this may be a good time to reflect on these reasons and halt things before it’s too late. There’s still a chance to be honest with your feelings and communicate this to your spouse. If you would like to speak with a counsellor, TOUCH Family Services is here to help. Contact us at 6709 8400 or [email protected] to find out about our counselling services.
TOUCH Family Services aims to build strong and fulfilling families, and promote the well-being of individuals and families in need. It impacts over 12,500 families and individuals each year through family-based services and programmes, and strives to provide a holistic integrated service to serve the needs of every person and family at every stage of their lives.