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While there is very little agreement among clinicians, sociologists, anthropologists, psychologists and researchers regarding the causes, origins and implications of infidelity, there seems to be a consensus that marriages can survive affairs and, with the right support, commitment, clinical interventions, and guidance, can even grow stronger. Infidelity is essentially disloyalty or unfaithfulness to a sexual partner in what was supposed to be a sexually exclusive relationship.
Table of Contents: Introduction Infidelity Myths Infidelity Facts Approaches to Affairs and Infidelity Typology of Affairs Women and Affairs: Equal Opportunity Betrayal Four Phases in Dealing with, and Healing from, Affairs Clinical Guidelines Bibliography Online Resources This summary of the literature and research aims to provide a broad update and summary of the theories, research and therapeutic interventions regarding infidelity. The common belief is that affairs are about sex but, in fact, affairs are most often about secrecy, sexual attraction and sexual activities.
Some couples have reached a consensus regarding extramarital sexual relationships, as is the case when one partner has decided to pursue gay relationships with the consent of the partner. Some better known examples are Spencer Tracy's life long affair with Katharine Hepburn, Bill Cosby, Sophia Loren and a seemingly endless stream of other Hollywood celebrities. Homer's Anthropologist Margaret Mead once suggested that monogamy is the most difficult of all human marital arrangements. The marital infidelities of many famous people have been dealt with publicly. Actors and actresses have long provided endless material to the tabloids on affairs and infidelity.Similarly, there is some confusion between infidelity, an affair and extramarital sexuality.Many couples in many cultures seem to accept infidelity as part of the culture and unavoidable aspect of marriage.