Surviving Infidelity Worksheet

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What is the theory behind this surviving infidelity worksheet?

Infidelity occurs when one partner in a marital or intimate connection has a sexual or emotional relationship with someone who is not that partner’s spouse, girlfriend, or boyfriend. It may result in emotional harm that results in the loss of security, faith, trust, self-worth, and affection. 

How will the worksheet help?

Infidelity leads to an emotional trauma causing depression, anxiety, denial and many more psychological issues. Acceptance is one of the major steps in the path of recovery from emotional trauma. This worksheet helps clients to work on the denial phase by making them able to identify and acknowledge their loss and feelings related to it.    

How to use the worksheet?

The therapist can use this worksheet during sessions with clients to make them aware of their feelings related to loss. 

References

Heintzelman, Ashley & Murdock, Nancy & Krycak, Romana & Seay, Larissa. (2014). Recovery From Infidelity: Differentiation of Self, Trauma, Forgiveness, and Posttraumatic Growth Among Couples in Continuing Relationships. Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice. 3. 13. 

Moore, M. (n.d.). Long-term psychological effects of infidelity. Psych Central. https://psychcentral.com/health/long-term-psychological-effects-of-infidelity#the-pain

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