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Infidelity And Its Damaging Effects To The Family Unit

Jul 17, 2008
There is no question the ideal life is centered upon having a family. A married man and woman and their children are often society's concept of a family, living happily as a unit. Infidelity, however, can impact the family unit in the most adverse ways.

Infidelity, adultery, cheating...the terms are all synonomous. Infidelity violates the vows taken by a married couple and destroys the mutual trust in a relationship. Often, the damage is so severe that it leads to a termination of the marriage.

Impacts of infidelity are damaging, often to the point of being irreparable. The man or woman who stumbles upon their partner's unfaithfulness often feels angry, rejected, shocked, disappointed, and physical or emotional pain. They may find it very difficult to appropriately cope with the discovery.

The affected partner immediately wants to quit the relationship. Mostly he/she cannot forgive the cheating partner. Women try to forgive the cheating husbands if the husbands repent the mistakes and promise to quit the illegal affair. Some women cannot leave their husbands as they love them so much and they want to give their husbands another chance to live a faithful married life with them.

The effects of infidelity on family are sometimes so tremendous that the whole family is shattered to pieces. The affected partner opts for a separation/divorce and therefore the family set up is broken to pieces. The children are affected very much though they did not commit any mistakes. They have to suffer for the mistakes of their parents.

When the infidelity occurs in a family, the peace disappears from the family. There are many quarrels, intense arguments between the life partners, which sometimes even lead to assault. The children undergo heavy mental agony and stress when they see their parents quarreling with each other. They feel very much unsecured.

Children are the innocent victims of infidelity. They wish only to live a peaceful life with their parents together under the same roof. The sudden event of a divorce or separation shatters the childrens' emotional stability, leaving them feel insecure.

The effects of infidelity on family are very large. The husband and wife may start to live separately: children have to live with either the father or the mother. They will miss a parent and the love given by him/her. A life without both the parents is not a complete one for the children especially when they are young. The separation brings a bad name for the couple in the society as well.
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