Guide to recovery for the cheated
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Guide to recovery for the cheated

If your partner has cheated on you, it’s normal that you suffer from trust issues. But there are ways to recover and have a healthy relationship yet again. Here’s how…

Researchers suggest that it is often easier for the partner who was cheating to move on, but for the cheated, getting over the incident takes much longer. Having a partner cheat on you leaves you coping with emotions of worthlessness and issues of inadequacy.

Mumbai-based psychologist and relationship expert Dr Pavan Sonar says victims of cheating spouses often blame themselves for the infidelity.

“The first step is to ensure that you don’t blame yourself for your partner cheating. Women especially are predisposed to this response. They often feel like they drove their partners to commit adultery or that they weren’t satisfying them adequately,” he explains.

If this sounds like the voices in your head; stop. Right away. “When a person cheats, it has more to do with their own personality traits and escapist nature than your role in the relationship. You are not to blame,” Sonar explains.

Take your time

Here’s step two.

According to Sonar, getting into a new relationship before you have dealt with your pending emotions will jeopardise your future with a partner.

“Forcing yourself to move on will only lead to resentment. Either you end up making your new partner pay for mistakes that your ex made or you find yourself cross questioning their every move because you think they will follow the same trajectory in the relationship,” he says.

Victims of cheating partners must be aware of their actions. If you find yourself being hateful towards people who haven’t directly harmed you, you are likely to be suppressing bitterness that finds its roots in the act.

Open up

“Try to be honest with your partner about how the infidelity made you feel vulnerable,” Sonar says. Chances are your partner will appreciate you sharing this and be sensitive to your feelings. Don’t, however, go overboard obsessing over it. That will drive your partner to believe that you don’t trust them.

Letting your wounds fester will also end up leaving you suspicious of those around you. Eventually, there is no guarantee that your partner will be loyal.

Learn and move on

If you are looking to avoid mistakes that made your previous relationship weak, try to find out what went wrong, says Sonar. For example, was communication a weak point? If so, you might want to work on that. Aspire for transparency, not checking up on the other.

“The difference,” he says, "lies in the intention.” If the idea is to share your life with the other, then it can lead to a healthy bond. If you are using transparency as an excuse to check your partner’s messages and e-mails, you are unlikely to make it to the next anniversary.

Has your partner ever cheated you on? How did it make you feel? Share your experiences with us by leaving a comment below or via Facebook

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G (not verified)
Wed, 06/17/2015 - 12:42 pm

SHE SLEPT WITH THE EX WITH THE TEXT FROM HER PHONE SAYING HOW IT WAS GOOD TELLING HIM SHE LOVE HIM BUT SHE SAYS SHE DID NOT MEAN IT N ALSO SHE IS FINE WITH ME IT HURTS BEING FAITHFUL WITH HER FOR OVER 2 YEARS N U CHEAT I FEEL I CAN ALSO CHEAT BUT I DONT BELEIVE THAT IS RIGHT FROM BY BACKGROUND WHERE I WAS TAUGHT TO BE TRUE IN WHATEVER I DO N I SAY BUT I CAN SEE SHE HAS BEEN LYING. STEPS OF SHOWING HOW I LOVED HER BY ATTENNDING HER GRADUATION WHICH IT WAS FAR AWAY WHICH MEANT TAKING LEAVE FROM WORK I HAVE SACRIFIED ALOT MY FAMILY KNOW ABOUT HER N THEIR ASK ME EVERYDAY OF HOW IS SHE N WHEN SHE IS COMING THIS WAS TO INTRODUCE HER LAST YEAR BUT SHE HAS BEING DECLINING. KINDLY ADVICE G

G, if you are in a relationship, the two of you need to take the time, and sit together and talk about these things. Keeping a relationship one-sided like this isn't healthy.
Rovtz (not verified)
Wed, 06/17/2015 - 04:49 pm

Yes... !but it was a very bad and extremely none bearable experience but tried my best to think beyond that level of hardship and lived my life , so with the help of this very link of matters of broken heart have been helped to actually to date that i can still value my life and sounding and that i can live confidently free and happier, though i still cherish a little bit of some emotional feelings Thanks a lot am great full
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