The 5 reasons why people have affairs

Why do people have affairs: the 5 secrets of infidelity
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Why do people have affairs: the 5 secrets of infidelity

Cheating isn’t a great idea for anyone involved but it happens and the chances are that it might happen to you. But why do people cheat?

Is it the secrecy, the sneaking around behind closed doors, or are there deeper reasons like depression and genuine desperation with their relationships that drive men and women to cheat?

Whatever it is, normally it’s a pretty complicated mix of reasons and can result in a lot of heartache. But with around half of all marriages in the US ending in divorce we thought it would be a good idea to ask the experts just why do people cheat on their partners and what you can both do to survive.

Kelly Rose Bradford, Relationships specialist and freelance journalist says the key to dealing with infidelity is knowing why things broke down.

"You need to both know where you want to go from hereon in. Why did the affair occur? Is it the final nail in the coffin of a dead relationship? Was it a one-off slip up after a drunken night out? You both need to understand WHY it happened, and be in agreement as to the reasons - then be realistic about your relationship."

Once you know the reasons why people cheat you will be able to move on - but Kelly says always keep a level head.

“Don't just stay for the sake of staying. And if it's happened before, now is definitely the time to walk,” she warns.

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