6 Ways To Avoid The Temptation To Cheat

ways to avoid the temptation to cheat

4. Talk To Someone You Trust About It. 

Just the act of hearing yourself speak can help you find strength and clarity. A trusted, wise other can shock you into reality and tell you what you need to hear. An honest conversation will help break your denial and hopefully offer you support in this painful time.

5. Force Yourself To Refocus On Your Current Relationship. 

Fantasies about another prevent you from channeling energy and effort into the emotional and sexual state of your current romance. Take an honest look at what you need in your relationship that you aren’t getting, as well as what you aren’t giving your partner.

We can all cultivate our skills in giving and receiving love better. Use this experience as a wake-up call so that you can reset your romance on a better path. All long-term relationships can benefit from a re-focus and re-set every once in a while.

6. Reschedule Your Life So You Aren’t Interacting With The Person You Fantasize About. 

There’s no surer way to avoid temptation than to not be in the presence of it.

Related: 5 Things To Do If You Suspect Your Spouse Is Cheating

Being human isn’t easy, and temptation is a part of life. Developing your skills at managing temptation is empowering—it feels good to be able to trust yourself and feel in control of your behavior. Long-term relationships offer us some of our most profound experiences of love as well as some of our most profound life challenges. Garner your strength today so you can look back on this moment with pride.

Written By Marianne Brandon
Originally Appeared On Psychology Today
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Marianne Brandon Ph.D.

Dr. Marianne Brandon is a clinical psychologist, diplomate in sex therapy, futurist, author, and lecturer with over 20 years of experience working with individuals and couples struggling to create more passionate intimate relationships. She is the author of Monogamy: The Untold Story, Unlocking the Sexy in Surrender: Using the Neuroscience of Power to Recharge Your Sex Life; co-author of Reclaiming Desire: 4 Keys for Finding Your Lost Libido, and numerous professional articles. Brandon contributes regularly to professional publications, and lectures to sex therapists, physicians, psychologists, and the public. Her more recent professional writing includes articles and chapters on female sexuality, female low libido, male and female sexual dysfunction, aging and sex, and the challenges of monogamy.View Author posts