Who Is to Blame for Your Husband's Affair?
Every day wives find out that their husbands are having affairs with other women and to somehow justify his actions, blame themselves for the problem.
Although it is easy to think that you could have been more attentive, loving and kind, the truth is that nothing you could have done would have kept him from cheating.
There is always another woman waiting to lure a husband away from his wife, but that does not mean that he has to take the bait.
What a wife thinks may be good reasons for his cheating, most often are the stuff of wrong thinking. Here are some things they should consider before blaming themselves for their husbands' infidelity.
He Is Not Happy
The man you love is betraying you, but if it is not with the woman you know him to be seeing, he would be cheating on you with somebody else.
It really does not matter because the things that have driven him from you do not change, no matter who his new partner is because he simply is not happy.
You will assume this is because you think you
- were not paying enough attention to him,
- abused him in some way,
- put him second or third instead of first,
- allowed yourself to deteriorate,
- did not communicate well with him,
- nagged him too much,
- spent too much of his hard earned money,
- expected him to do more than his capabilities allowed,
- did not try to get along with his relatives,
- did not cook or keep house properly for him,
- denigrated him in front of others or
- simply did not let him know regularly and often that you truly love him.
While all of these issues are possibilities, the truth is that no matter how poorly you have behaved, your husband had the option of trying to work through these problems with you in an effort to improve your marriage.
The underbelly of what really may have been going on is that the two of you had different sex drives, you got to the point where your careers and responsibilities simply made both of you too tired to work through your problems or one of you may have been trying to use sex as a weapon in order to control the other.
Although this second batch of problems runs much deeper than the first, couples who have the desire to make improvements in their relationships do have the option of getting professional counseling.
If this is your situation, when your husband decided to become unfaithful, he was choosing to cope by ignoring the issues the two of you have and seeking his joys and comforts elsewhere.
What he chose to do was not your fault. It was his.
The Marriage Is Badly Damaged
The first thing every wife of a cheating spouse should do is try to figure out why a man, whom she considered to be decent, honest, kind and loving would betray her with another woman.
The first place she should look to find answers is within her marriage.
At one time, their union might have been the stuff dreams were made of, but over time, things change.
Recognizing this fact and being realistic about it, allows a wife to think about the possibility that she might have been living in the past emotionally. When this is the case, she might have ignored the decline in their relationship, thus allowing it to slip away right before her eyes.
You don't have to be a Rhodes Scholar to realize that the two of you
- can never seem to agree on anything the same way you did in the past,
- are not sharing your life together as you used to and
- rarely are happy from one day to the next.
When this is the case, intellectually speaking, there is no true marriage. Due to the burdens of every day living, the two of you simply let your relationship slide, often, without even realize you were doing it.
Some people, rather than trying to repair the situation, simply go elsewhere for support and solace. It is not the best way to handle this type of situation, but it is a choice they make because to them, it just seems easier than having to deal with the issues that revolve around divorce.
Nobody ever wants to admit failure, so by cheating they are able to maintain the farce of a marriage and still meet their own emotional and physical needs.
Your Husband Is Having Mid-Life Crisis
You are probably asking yourself , if your husband is a mentally stable man,why is he risking everything he has spent years to attain to betray you?
Is it that his passions or desires for tasting forbidden fruit have overcome his common sense or is it that something is missing in his life. Probably it is a combination of both things.
Somewhere between the ages of 30 and 50, many people (women included) start to question where they are in life and whether they have missed out on something. They see that they are beginning to age, and many do really stupid things in an attempt to grab on to some joy before they grow too old to have it.
This is where you see older men wearing pony tails and earrings, getting tattoos, driving around in snazzy sports cars and spending time with much younger women.
For as long as this mental crisis lasts, those who do such things act this way because they are trying to recapture their youth. Perhaps a man wanted a Corvette when he was younger but could not afford one. Now he can, and by golly, he's not going to miss out on having one because if he waits, he'll be too old or sick to enjoy it!
The cheater is running around acting like a fool, while his wife is left wondering what she should do.
There is nothing a wife can do, and she certainly should not blame herself for her husband's aberrations.
After awhile, most men come to their senses and try to return home. Some are able to rebuild their former relationships, but some find that their wives have moved on with their lives and are not interested in doing this.
Either way, none of this has anything to do with the behavior of the wife. His crisis is his problem, not hers!
He Never Really Grew Up
Many people enter marriage without a full understanding of it.
Men, in particular, can be very bad about this because many never really grew up.
Their mothers babied them, and they never learned how to be to be responsible on the level that marriage requires.
When a man is immature, he simply is unable to cope well enough emotionally in a long term relationship to be successful.
He is not able to deal with issues such as
- serious financial problems,
- raising children,
- dealing with illness or
- job loss.
A man who is basically immature should never try to marry. If he does, and the pressures become to much for him, his first response will always be to run away. Many in this situation make sure they are running into the arms of another woman.
The only blame the wife has in this instance is that she chose the wrong man to marry!
He Wants to Force a Divorce
Finding a way to tell your wife that you no longer want to be married to her may mean dealing with
- harsh accusations,
- ugly confrontations and
- threats of all kinds.
Your husband does not want to victimize himself, so he decides to give you a reason to divorce him.
To him, this is the lesser of two evils. For you, it is an opportunity for righteous indignation. It's not fun either way, but it may eventually explain his infidelity.
Can a Couple Overcome Infidelity?
The betrayal of marriage vows always ends in a big mess that is difficult and sometimes impossible to repair.
Cheating causes mistrust, and it is hard to continue on with a relationship where trust is missing. Some people try to forgive for the sake of their families, but the only real answer is to seek professional counseling to see if there is a way to salvage what remains of the marriage.
Sometimes this works; other times it does not.
This is why it is best for both partners, starting on day one of their marriage, to do everything possible to make one another happy and to honor their vows.
It is good to try to understand the issues, but it is best to avoid having to deal with them altogether!
However, if you do discover that your husband is cheating on you, remember that the blame is his, not yours because there were many choices he could have made other than to be unfaithful.
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