Infidelity, cheating on one's partner, is very hurtful to the the person betrayed, as is emotional and physical abuse.
Amongst some groups and businesses that profit from infidelity, cheating is justified or even encouraged. They promote the lie that cheating is okay and no one is hurt.
However, It makes no difference what others say. A cheating husband, cheating wife, or cheating partner injures many people.
If you are a victim to a cheating husband, cheating wife, or cheating partner, you may want to believe that having been betrayed is easily forgiven and forgotten.
The truth is that infidelity is not easily forgiven or forgotten — the hurt doesn't' just go-away.
As human beings, we are hardwired for exclusivity (having just one partner).
However, we are also hardwired to want friendship, romance, and sex with many people.
Therefore we must exert our free-will and make the right choice to avoid cheating on one's partner.
This is similar to eating healthy foods. We naturally crave many foods that would make us sick. Nevertheless, we must assert our free-will and select those foods that give us health.
Just because something is available, it does not mean you should partake in it.
When your partner's philandering has violated your trust, your instincts take over, and you are devastated.
Your devastation includes the destruction of trust and security, bouts of anger, deep sadness, and confusion.
To forgive a cheating husband, cheating wife, or cheating partner is a monumental task. And for some infidelity victims, forgiveness even seems impossible!
Each victim's response to the knowledge of a cheating husband, cheating wife, cheating partner, or a cheating father, or a cheating mother will be different.
However, if you want to forgive there are things you can do to reconcile and eventually forgive. However, this can only happen when your cheating partner has ended the affair, is remorseful, done the work to reconcile, and committed to never cheating again in the future.
The following thinking-points will help you to soften your heart and eventually enable you to forgive your partner.
Consider deeply these points until they become emotionally real:
Once you decide to forgive, do your best to carry out this decision.
There are many tools and strategies to help you. Use the suggestions above, find a good therapist, find a spiritual activity that will raise you up to a new level, or be creative and find something novel to do that contributes to forgiveness.
For many whose trust was betrayed, forgiveness can and should be the first choice.
Proof you 'have forgiven' is confirmed when you recall the details of the betrayal, and at the same time, you do not have a strong emotional reaction.
Learn now what your partner needs to do to warrant being forgiven. Take the, Should You Forgive a Cheating Partner? Quiz below.
Each question in this, Should you forgive a cheating partner? Test, identifies a particular attitude or behavior that a cheating partner needs to prove he or she is remorseful for having cheated and committed to making amends.
When you answered a question, "yes," that means your partner is taking the 'correct' approach to reconciling after an affair.
Ideally, everyone's cheating partner should score '15 points' or close to this number. This is a reasonable goal and achievable by a partner wanting to reconcile and contribute to the healing of their betrayed partner.
The 'lower your score,' the less the cheating partner is ready for honest infidelity reconciliation and the less they are deserving of being forgiven.
The 'higher your score,' the more prepared the cheating partner is to honestly reconcile with you and the more they deserve being forgiven at sometime in the future.
Hi, this is infidelity recovery specialist Abe Kass, MA RSW RMFT CCHT, and author of this article.
If you and your partner are having an infidelity crisis, I encourage you to get professional help from a skilled and caring practitioner.
You can also purchase my book below and get immediate professional guidance to assist you and your partner during this very dark moment in your relationship.
In my professional work as a couple and family therapist, I have worked with many couples who have had their lives shattered by infidelity; the trust, love, and innocence between them destroyed.
Fortunately, with the right effort most of these sincere couples have successfully repaired the infidelity damage, and so can you.
To help you along, I have developed a 7-Step Recovery Map to support your recovery journey.
This map is the primary subject in my groundbreaking book, Surviving Infidelity: A Couple's Journey using the 7-Step Recovery Map. Click or Tap to learn more.
Surviving infidelity requires great effort. The emotional trauma is overwhelming.
However, effort alone is not sufficient to rebuild your life and your marriage. You need the 'right' effort to succeed.
The information in this video will target exactly what you need to do to successfully survive infidelity and then be able to forgive your cheating husband or cheating wife.
This video will show you the 7-steps to surviving infidelity that when completed, make it possible to forgive a cheating husband or a cheating wife.
The seven steps needed to forgive:
Step #1: All contact with the outside person must cease.
Step #2: Prove the cheating has stopped.
Step #3: Your partner recognizes how he or she has hurt you.
Step #4: Your partner who has cheated must take 100% responsibility for the affair.
Step #5: Make times to discuss the affair and your feelings.
Step #6. Work on having a "normal married life."
Step #7. Build a healthy and happy marriage.
Let's consider some of the tasks necessary to make it reasonable and easier for you to forgive.
Write your responses to the following thoughts and questions:
Please note: If your partner is still cheating or shows no remorse for what he or she has done, then forgiveness under these circumstances would be misplaced and likely harmful. If sadly this is your situation, you need to focus on protecting yourself, not on granting forgiveness. Thus, you should skip this exercise.
Describe briefly what is the event that caused you so much pain and that at this point you wish to forgive the offender — your partner — for his or her behavior.
What can the offender do to make it easier and more reasonable for you to forgive?
If you need to tell your partner "what" he or she can do to help you forgive, when will you do this?
If you "choose" to hold on to your grudge and anger, in what ways do you imagine you will suffer in the future?
If you "choose" to hold on to your grudge and anger, in what ways do you imagine your partner and your relationships will suffer in the future?
How would you be better off if you "choose" to forgive and you do so?
Describe a time in your life when you have forgiven somebody for having wronged you.
In your above example, what did you do forgive?
Regarding the situation you're working on right now (the event(s) you described above), what do you need to do in order to forgive your partner for having hurt you?
After you have succeeded in forgiving your partner, what will you notice about yourself that is different?
After you have succeeded in forgiving your partner, what will he or she notice about you that is different?
After you have forgiven your partner, how do you think you will feel differently than you do now?