Infidelity, an affair, or cheating, is having sexual or emotional involvement with someone outside of a committed monogamous relationship. It causes deep emotional wounds and often leads to relationship breakdown.
With the Covid-19 pandemic causing increased stress for many people, relationships are suffering. Stress, whether shared as a couple or experienced individually, impacts relationships negatively. It causes conflict, irritability, or withdrawing. Some people turn to poor coping strategies such as substance abuse, numbing out on technology, or indulging in junk food.
Stress can lead to a decrease in relationship satisfaction, and decreased relationship satisfaction can increase the risk of infidelity.
Why do people cheat?
How does infidelity impact relationships?
How does infidelity impact the individual?
How can counselling help?
With the right intervention, some couples recover from the trauma of infidelity stronger than they were before the affair.
How is your relationship weathering the pandemic?