Marriage as an institution has existed for several millennia, but questions of fidelity and infidelity have not yet been unequivocally answered. Infidelity has existed as long as marriage has existed. Society has a taboo against infidelity. However, today, in an ever-evolving and increasingly digital world that offers us new ways to interact with each other every day, the question of infidelity is becoming more and more relevant.
What is marital infidelity?
Marital infidelity can be broadly defined as a sexual or emotional act committed outside the relationship with a partner, which entails a breach of trust and harmony in the relationship.
Monogamy or polygamy?
Marriage was originally conceived as monogamous. It involved not only biological purposes, but it also involved an economic union. Consequently, adultery posed a threat to the economic security of the agreement itself and was therefore condemned. Today, however, the situation is changing. From an economic contract, marriage is increasingly becoming a contract based on love.
How does infidelity manifest itself today?
Infidelity, consists in building a secret relationship, which involves a rather strong emotional connection, as well as, above all, sexual alchemy. In the digital age, with new means of communication, there are quite reasonable questions: “What can be considered misbehavior and what can’t?” Chatting, video calling, online erotica, and repeatedly checking status updates or stories on social media – should all these behaviors equally be considered infidelity and adultery? How do we distinguish between fidelity and cheating in the new digital context?
What are the consequences of infidelity?
The experience of infidelity is associated with a variety of devastating consequences for both partners and their relationship. In fact, partners can develop a variety of serious symptoms: depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.
What influences infidelity?
It turns out that monogamous and non-monogamous orientations can be better predicted and studied based on personality variables rather than gender variables. Monogamous or non-monogamous orientations arise from different combinations of levels of narcissism, empathy, avoidant or secure attachment, and perceptions of guilt.
How do you cope with cheating?
In fact, infidelity is not always a signal of the end of a relationship, but it can also represent an opportunity for the couple to rebuild themselves. This needs to be taken into account by the psychologist when working with the client. In order to cope with infidelity, it is necessary to communicate and be open in the relationship, not afraid to talk about your feelings and problems. It is also important to understand that infidelity is not always a personal grudge, but can be the result of external factors.
Infidelity is a complex and multifaceted issue that requires serious study and analysis. However, it is important to understand that any relationship is based on trust, respect, and openness, and only by adhering to these principles can a strong and healthy relationship be built.