If you’ve just been in an affair situation, then you are probably wondering what happens after the affair? If you decide to stay together then there is a lot of work which needs to be done on your relationship. Having an affair is a serious matter and ruins millions of relationships every year. Relationships which have made it though infidelity are usually stronger afterwards.
Affairs usually break down any trust in the relationship, so there really isn’t any trust between the two of you in the relationship. If and when you are able to rebuild the trust in the relationship, you’ll usually find yourself in a happier relationship. That is really the task at hand – rebuilding the trust in your relationship. After all, a relationship would be nothing without trust.
There is a saying, “Trust takes a lifetime to earn, but only a second to lose”. This is something I’ve always remembered since hearing the saying and it’s something you should keep in the back of your mind. Of course trust can be regained, but it’s not an easy process earning trust It becomes even harder if you’re trying to regain their trust after cheating on them. Of course it is possible to rebuild trust, but it depends on how dedicated you are and how much you really want to salvage your relationship. So what do you begin to do after the affair?
The first thing you need to worry about is what you are going to do about the relationship. There are only really two options for you to choose from. You can lose your partner and end the relationship for good or you can attempt to regain their trust in order to rebuild your relationship. There isn’t any point in thinking about what to do after the affair until you have figured out what you want from the relationship.
For that decision to be made, you need to spend some time thinking and evaluating the total relationship. Try to determine why the affair happened, whether you were the one who cheated or they were. Infidelity is usually a symptom of an underlying problem in the relationship so identifying and tackling that problem is your best solution for getting past the betrayal.
Assuming you’ve decided to attempt to rebuild your partner’s trust, you are going to need to understand things from their point of view. Try putting yourself in their shoes for a minute and think about everything from their point of view, as if you were your partner. This will give you a clearer understanding on what is going on though your partner’s mind. Obviously every affair is different and the reasons behind it are different, which effects how you can go about rebuilding the trust.
Possibly the most important factor to remember while trying to rebuild your partner’s trust is that if they don’t want to trust you – if they don’t want to be with you anymore – then no matter how much you try to rebuild their trust, it won’t happen. Rebuilding relationships after the affair isn’t a one person job, it requires both of you to work at it. If that isn’t possible, then rebuilding trust and attempting to rebuild your relationship isn’t going to work out.
The book How to Survive an Affair will give you a lot of insight into the causes of infidelity and how to overcome the aftermath. Whether you are the one who had the affair or the injured party, the material can help you to get past the hurt and anger and rebuild a stronger relationship in the end.
Get more information at Dr. Frank Gunzburg’s site, Marriage Sherpa