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During their professional careers, most marriage and couples psychotherapists have dealt with marital crises brought about by affairs.
While extramarital affairs are very common, couples psychotherapists are often uninformed about how to address the infidelity crisis.
In fact, almost a third of all marriages may need to confront and deal with the aftermath of extramarital affairs and women's infidelity statistics are swiftly catching up to those of men. Even more bad news is that Internet or online affairs have become extremely prevalent and, some claim, pose one of the biggest threats to modern marriage.
The literature about affairs has struggled to differentiate between platonic friendships and emotional affairs.This paper emphasizes the importance of understanding the nature and context of each affair and each couple so that healing and resolution can be achieved.Top of Page Infidelity Myths Following are some of the most common myths or faulty beliefs about extramarital affairs and infidelity (Research findings debunking these myths are presented in the next section and throughout this paper): Top of Page Approaches to Affairs and Infidelity Researchers, psychologists, anthropologists and clinicians significantly differ in their approaches to dealing with infidelity.The professional literature in the last couple of decades has provided increasingly helpful information and assistance to therapists by presenting statistics and data, mapping the complexities of marital infidelity and articulating helpful models to assist couples through the crisis.Many authors in this area ground their work in Systems Theory, Family Systems, sex research, personality theory and Social Psychology.