Discussion: Infidelity

Learning Goal: I’m working on a social science discussion question and need an explanation and answer to help me learn.

Infidelity in relationships rarely has one universal cause; however, often a variety of underlying reasons may be present through many cases. Furthermore, infidelity typically creates a significant crisis in a couple’s relationship, and many couples end their relationships once infidelity is revealed. Some individuals or couples, however, desire to maintain their relationship and attempt to work through the issues that arise in relation to the infidelity.

These clients may seek counseling services to help them deal with the aftermath of infidelity. As a helping professional, your beliefs and values related to infidelity can impact your ability to work with these clients.

DAY 4

Post by Day 4 a summary of underlying reasons for infidelity connected to a couple’s needs. Then, decide whether it is possible for couples to recover when one or both partners have had an affair. If yes, explain how counseling can facilitate that recovery. If not, explain what individual counseling needs might arise for each partner.

Levine, S. B., Risen, C. B., & Althof, S. E. (Eds.). (2016). Handbook of clinical sexuality for mental health professionals (3rd ed.). New York, NY: Routledge.

  • Chapter 17, “Treating Infidelity” (pp. 209-220)
  • Chapter 18, “Transitions: Single Again, Partnered Again”” (pp. 221-235)

REQUIRED MEDIA

 

Perel, E. (2015, March). Rethinking infidelity: a talk for anyone who has ever loved [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.ted.com/talks/esther_perel_ rethinking_infidelity_a_talk_for_anyone_who_has_ever_loved?language=en

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