Reversing the Damages of Emotional Infidelity

Reversing the Damages of Emotional Infidelity

Hearing that your unfaithful partner is “crazy” for somebody else is devastating. I frequently am faced with something like, “I could manage her making love with somebody else. I assume I could cope with that. But, for her to offer herself emotionally as well as actually to “love” another … guy, that is tough.”

What can you do, in such situation, to enhance the probabilities of conserving the marital relationship?

Usually the upset partner responds with extreme sensations and does everything within his (her) power to “win her/him back.”

They use stress. Requests. Cajoles. Makes pledges. Gets up in their partners’ faces. Sends out bouquets. Schedules dates. Speak with their partner’s friends and family. Texts and phone calls. Expresses numerous unfounded concerns … daily, in some cases per hour. Gets on his/her spouse like a fly on doo-doo.

This won’t work. Why? Well, for one factor s/he has actually located all the excitement and exhilaration apparently needed in this brand-new discovered “love.”

At a much deeper degree this is sufficient perplexing for the disloyalty partner or unfaithful spouse. Any kind of added input will be frustrating, possibly causing her/him to the door on the marital relationship altogether. The unfaithful spouse may be searching for some security, some strong focused core that will certainly hold him/her together when the wind of dramatization lures and blows around.

You are definitely not the answer to the problems being faced if you constantly pound your spouse with your neediness.

You also don’t want a situation where your spouse starts to compare you with the other person. With your neediness trickling throughout you, you do not stand a reasonable opportunity of triumphing. Sorry!


Woman Weighing Husband vs Emotional Lover
Woman Weighing Husband vs. Emotional Lover


Below, I offer a strategy that assists in addressing the predicament and provides you a better possibility of holding the marriage together. Namely, “withdraw!”

Quit pushing. Slow things down. Be quiet — a lot of the time. Quit making demands. Stop your endless inquiries. Cease with aiming to squeeze out some sort of guarantee. Basically, quit being a pain in the ass!

Keep in mind, this “crazy” state will eventually dissolve. You should have the self-confidence that it will. You have to have perseverance. The connection will run its course.

Your spouse requires some room. Your spouse requires some silent time to hear what’s inside and also deal with the vacuum within. There will certainly be a voice within that states, “This will certainly not last. Is this just what I truly desire? At time I have to reside in the real life. Where is this taking me? Is this where I actually intend to go? Why am I so depending on this individual? Why do I feel this vacant pit inside me when I’m not with this person? Just what does this state regarding me?”

This is the possibility to learn more about TRUE love. Do not get in the way.

I understand. Believe me. This is simpler to state than to do. You need to do it. It is essential that you discover how to be peaceful on your own, manage on your own, and continue along a straight course.

These days, with those whom I coach, I instruct them on developing a capability called “charging neutral” in order to help “withdraw.” Of course this takes some initiative. It could take some mentoring or clinical treatment. It more than likely will require that you learn more about yourself, that you get extra self-confidence in you– aside from exactly what your spouse does with someone else — that you construct a solid structure under yourself that could withstand any kind of tornado.

This is your chance to expand to a greater degree.

Oh, incidentally: your spouse will be aware of this! … your spouse may be impressed.

Backing off does not indicate that you do not have anything to do with him or her. Fairly to the contrary. You intend to preserve your contact; however, the contact will be a much higher QUALITY. It will honor you and place the responsibility on your spouse to face the truth of her/his choices as it pursues a resolution for the marital relationship.

Opposite Sex Friendship “Dangers”

Can Married People Have Platonic Friends of the Opposite Sex?

Some people think married people can’t have friends who are of the opposite gender. However, by establishing proper boundaries and communicating openly with their spouses, married people can have successful relationships with coworkers or friends that aren’t inappropriate. The key is for a married person to keep a relationship platonic from start to finish by following a few simple guidelines.

Remaining an Open Book

A married person should never try to hide emails and phone conversations they are having with friends of the opposite sex. If a married person feels like he or she has to leave the room to talk on the phone or delete email messages, it’s a red flag. Married people should never say or do anything that they wouldn’t want their spouse to hear or see. Sometimes people have friends of the same gender who want to talk privately. While, it’s fine to have that kind of intimacy with same-sex friends, it’s crossing a line when married people are that emotionally intimate with a person of the opposite sex other than their spouses.

Keeping it Professional

One scenario in which platonic relationships tend to thrive is when two people work or attend school together. Collaboration is an important component of successful work and school projects. While it’s appropriate to ask general questions about a married colleague or classmate’s spouse or children, it’s important not to get too personal. Some taboo topics include sex, in-laws, arguments with spouses and private or embarrassing information such as a bankruptcy or illness.

Avoiding Alone Time

While it’s fine to have conversations that no one else overhears, it’s not acceptable to spend time alone with a person of the opposite sex unless it’s in a professional setting and can’t be avoided. When friends of the opposite gender get together, it should be in a public setting. In most social situations, the friends’ spouses should be included. Spending too much alone time together in person can lead to physical temptations. One of the benefits of having platonic friends through social networking sites is that it takes the pheromones and physical attraction out of the equation.

Knowing What’s Off Limits

For most couples, there are some relationships that are off-limits. For example, most husbands don’t want their wives being friends with ex-husbands or ex-boyfriends, even if the relationship is now platonic. Also, it’s best to avoid becoming too close with a spouse’s relatives of the opposite sex, especially ones who are physically attractive. Even if a husband’s intentions with his sister-in-law are benign, too much attention given to the sister-in-law can lead to jealousy.

Overall, it’s best to use common sense when establishing a platonic friendship with a person of the opposite sex. Some spouses may become jealous when their mate spends time with any other person, not just heterosexual friends of the opposite gender. It’s critical for married people to communicate that their spouses are the most important relationships in their lives. Never undermine a husband or wife’s role by pitting their opinion or idea against that of a platonic friend. Finally, if a platonic friend says he or she wants to have a sexual affair, break off the friendship.