Extramarital affairs, or adultery wont just ruin your social reputation but also harm your mental and emotional health.
Loss of Trust in the Cheating Spouse: The victim of an affair will find it difficult to trust. He or she may doubt their judgment of others. It is important to deal with your trust issues, even if it means getting professional help to do so.
Some of the reasons cited as the cause for cheating may include: Unhappiness/Dissatisfaction: Dissatisfaction with the marriage either emotionally or sexually is common. Marriage is work, and without mutual nurturing couples may grow apart. A sexless marriage is often claimed as a reason for both men and women.
Delving (2013) affirmed that, the psychological effect of extramarital affair are intense guilt or depression on the person who has committed it, deep distress in the betrayed partner, violence when people kill unfaithful partner, break up in marriage and unhappiness for the children of the people involved.
The length of extramarital affairs varies- about 50% may last between the period of one month to a year affair, long term affairs may last for about 15months or more, and about 30% of affairs last about two years and beyond.
Do affairs fizzle out?
The statistics show most affairs will run its course and will (usually) fizzle out within 6-24 months, no matter how unique the affair partners think their relationship is.
Generally, affairs do not last long (though there are exceptions) and occur between two people who are not married or otherwise committed to one another. Sex may or may not be involved in an affair, and cyber affairs can happen between two people who may never even meet one another.
Do affairs become marriages?
In fact, only 3-5% of relationships that started as affairs lead to marriage. What percentage of affairs end in divorce? Its possible to save your marriage after an affair. In fact, the majority of married couples will stay together after an affair.