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The Impact Of Infidelity On The Family

Jul 18, 2008
There can be no second opinion that a family life is the best life to lead. The man, the woman, and their children make a wonderful family. A loving couple can lead a happy and joyous married life with their children. However, the whole family set up is shaken when infidelity occurs in a family.

Infidelity is a breach of the trust and social rules accepted by a couple. It is usually understood to mean sexual infidelity in marriage. Other terms are adultery or cheating. No matter the term used, infidelity impacts the family in dangerous ways.

The effects of infidelity on family are indeed huge and miserable. Sometimes infidelity can completely ruin a family. When a husband or wife comes to know about the illegal affair of the partner he/she becomes angry and feels rejected by the partner. It is a great pain and agony to him/her. He /she find it very difficult to cope with the shock and disappointment.

Often, the first reaction of the affected partner is to terminate the marriage because they find it difficult to forgive the cheating partner. Sometimes women may try to forgive their unfaithful husbands due to a deep love for them or if the husband shows he is truly sorry for his actions. Women may wish for a second chance to live a faithful life with their husband.

Often, the pain of infidelity spreads beyond the affected partner and impacts the entire family. The family unit may be broken up through separation or divorce, and innocent children must experience the painful process and needlessly suffer from the mistakes of their parents.

Peace within the family is often shattered due to infidelity. Arguments, fueled by high emotions, can sometimes escalate to assault. Children exposed to this type of environment experience deep emotional pain and a high level of insecurity when they see their parents fight.

Obviously children are the innocent victims of infidelity. Children simply want to live with their parents, in the same house, in peace. Emotionally, they need both parents. When the couple divorces or separates, children are effected psychologically and may manifest signs of anxiety and insecurity.

The impact of infidelity on the family unit is enormous. Children may have to live with either the father or the mother, creating a void in the children's lives when they miss the love of the other parent. It is especially difficult for very young children, whose healthy development is dependent upon both parents being together. The impact of the separation also creates a stigma for the family among neighbors and friends.
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