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The Damages Infidelity Causes To Society

Jun 27, 2008
We all too commonly hear about cheating spouses and infidelity on talk shows and reality shows. They bring on warring couples who dramatically expose their cheating in front of live studio audiences. Some shows have even popularized the idea of having a fling outside of marriage to fulfill some imagined desire. And yet, the difficulty of a relationship surviving past infidelity underscores the far-reaching and negative effects an affair can have on society as a whole.

Statistically speaking, infidelity is a large concern among marriages and engaged couples in today's society. Some estimates say that one in five divorces result from infidelity. Of these, it is almost a half and half split between men and women in regards to who commits infidelity, suggesting it's not just a concern in one gender.

If we are to fix some of the problems facing the nation today, we must look at the overarching effects of infidelity on society as a whole. Cheating often leads to divorce, which can break up an otherwise stable home environment. And divorces are painful experiences not just for the couple, but for everyone involved. Divorce can especially have a strong negative impact on the children. A child of divorce is more likely to experience emotional trauma and lasting issues with trusting people of the opposite sex.

Many people dont realize that its the children who frequently bear the effects of infidelity in society. These are lasting effects that will be with these children throughout their lives. Not only do children of divorce lose the benefit of growing up with both parents at home, many end up suffering from a lack of self-confidence. Some resent one parent or the other, blaming the parent for breaking up the home. And these children often feel insecure and uncertain in their home life, unable to recover from the upheaval their parents divorce caused.

The lasting effects of a divorce can perpetuate into the teenage years of a child's life. The child may quickly become entangled in poor relationships of their own with others, sometimes even falling into what they think is a loving relationship with others. Some children can also become violent, often acting out against their parents and get involved in taking illicit drugs or making other negative life choices.

Children are not the only ones that suffer in a divorce. Many times, the couple that breaks up will become more focused on being more successful than the spouse they just broke up with, leading them often to making reckless decisions or jumping into another relationship, often times with the person that they committed the infidelity for the purposes of making themselves look better off.

These reactions arent healthy. And most times, when someone comes out of a relationship, they are emotional vulnerable and arent going to make good decisions. In some cases, after an infidelity occurs, it might be a good idea to take a step back and, instead of striking out emotionally, think about whether or not the relationship should be saved. Saving the relationship may save the family from a lifetime of emotional harm.

There is an organization called the Affair Recovery Center that can help people with dealing through cases of losing a relationship due to infidelity. Many times, counseling can help deal with the emotional strife that results from the ending of a relationship, and can also help those who are in a relationship where one party committed infidelity reconcile and possibly heal their marriage. Such counseling can help minimize the effects of infidelity on society, and can help reduce the negative effects infidelity can have on a family as well.
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