Why do 40 percent of marriages experience at least one episode of infidelity?

May 29, 2013
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Secrets of Surviving Infidelity

Psychiatrist and marriage expert Dr. Scott Haltzman’s new book, “The Secrets of Surviving Infidelity”; Credit: Infidelity bookcover

Is cheating more common that we would like to admit? Is it becoming more prevalent in our society because of technology and social media?

Psychiatrist and marriage expert Dr. Scott Haltzman calculates that about 40 percent of marriages have suffered from infidelity. Although this is a rough number, Haltzman’s new book, “The Secrets of Surviving Infidelity” examines why so many people have had affairs and if a marriage can survive after infidelity.

Haltzman believes the formula for infidelity is a combination of need, opportunity, and the inability to control impulses. However, certain personality types and medical conditions, as well as those with high profiles, can also increase the potential of committing extramarital affairs.

How can a marriage survive after infidelity? When should a couple try to work it out and when should they call it quits? Can trust ever be regained?

Dr. Scott Haltzman, M.D., psychiatrist and marriage expert, author of “The Secrets of Happily Married Men: Eight Ways to Win Your Wife’s Heart Forever” (Jossey-Bass, 2007), and “The Secrets of Surviving Infidelity”

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