The Unedited Truth About Why People Cheat And What Couples Can Do About It

What Couples Can Do About It

Sometimes infidelity is not as black and white as it seems; there are so many unaddressed reasons as to why people cheat in relationships. When you ask the question as to why people cheat even when they are in stable relationships, it is important to not just look at the surface, but also deep inside.

Disclosing the unedited truth about why couples cheat on their partners irrespective of the promises made to each other.

Megan contacted me for counseling because she had just found out that her husband, Jim, was having an affair. Although she was feeling hurt and angry, she didn’t feel justified in getting too hurt and angry because she had also been having an affair.

Megan told me that she and Jim still loved each other and they didn’t want to break up their family, but her discovery of his affair took her out of denial.

She had been able to rationalize her affair to herself, but she couldn’t rationalize Jim’s. She had to acknowledge that something was really wrong. She was worried that this meant the end of their relationship.

I assured Megan that the affairs were not the problem but a symptom of the problem. It did not need to mean the end of the relationship. She and Jim could decide to learn about the deeper problems in their relationship and eventually create a much more satisfying relationship.

As a counselor, I hear this story over and over. Why is there so much infidelity?

Megan and Jim entered their marriage, as most people do, with the expectation that the other person would make them happy.

They entered feeling some emptiness, unworthiness, and insecurity, hoping their partner would fill them, validate them, and complete them. Yet as time went on, neither felt happy, secure, filled, or complete. They began to look elsewhere.

Perhaps someone else – someone more attentive and more emotionally available, or sexier, or more playful would fill the emptiness, validate their worth, and make them happy.

The problem lies in how most people in our society view what makes them happy. Any TV commercial will illuminate the underlying problem:

  • Get this car – it will make you happy.
  • Get this house – it will make you happy.
  • Wear these clothes. Then you will look good and get approval and that will make you happy.
  • Go on this diet – then you will look good, find your beloved, and then you will be happy.
  • Take this pill – then you will be happy.
  • Go on this vacation – that will make you happy.
  • Get this toy, this appliance, this new gadget – then you will be happy.

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But Megan had the house, the car, the husband, the children, the money, the job, the antidepressants – and she still wasn’t happy. So, she went looking for another person to make her happy.

The problem is that as long as Megan and Jim believe that something external will make them happy, they will be unhappy, and they will keep looking for another person, better sex, a bigger house, and so on to make them happy.

Infidelity generally comes from the same inner emptiness as does alcohol and drug abuse, food addiction, gambling, spending, shopping, and so on.

In the case of infidelity, the addiction is to attention, approval, or sex – using another person to fill the inner emptiness and take away the inner aloneness. Rather than end the relationship, taking their emptiness and aloneness with them into their next relationship, Megan and Jim have the opportunity to do some inner healing work.

Want to know more about why people cheat? Check this video out below:

Why people cheat

Megan and Jim decided that it was worth trying to save their marriage. They came to one of our Inner Bonding Couples Intensives and learned about all the ways they were making the other person responsible for their well-being and happiness.

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