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Three Factors That May Drive A Person To Infidelity
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Infidelity may be perceived as a crime but often, it is an act of indiscretion. It is not much different from a teenager falling for the overtures of someone from the opposite sex and ending up in a sexual intercourse. I am not unaware of the differences between the vulnerability of a teenager and the maturity of a married person. I am just pointing to the similarities. If a married person gets involved in an act of infidelity, it may not be an indication of unfaithfulness. Nor does it need to be taken as the person’s losing interest in their spouse. It is often an emotional trap one walks into.

There may be several factors contributing to the act of infidelity. But a few driving forces can be very strong.

1) A desire to have fun: This may be considered a frivolous and an unacceptable excuse. Yes, as an excuse, it is unacceptable but as a reason, it has a strong base. It is an inherent human nature to have fun. This desire has been nurtured from our childhood days and even people considered serious can be found seeking fun, sometime or other. While seeking fun can often be an important factor contributing to infidelity, it can never be used as a justification. You must be aware that sometimes simple and innocuous desires lead people to commit acts that will be considered obnoxious by the society. A married person may just respond to the overtures of a member from the opposite sex expecting the process to remain something interesting and enjoyable and yet harmless but may realize too late that they have transgressed the limits, albeit unwittingly.

2) Romance and Intimacy: It is an inviolable law of human psychology that when people are starved of something they essentially need, they will find some means of sating themselves, not bothering to judge the path they are traversing. If romance and intimacy are missing in a relationship, the partner who feels the need for it will have no qualms about seeking them outside the marriage. This could be a short term relationship but will give them the satisfaction they have been missing in the marriage.

3) Lasting friendship: Sometimes, one finds a good person with whom one wants to have a lasting friendship. It may start as a normal friendship. But the reality is that a friendship involving a man and a woman, more often than not, assumes the overtones of a marital relationship and is likely to end up as an act of infidelity.

By becoming aware of the factors that can lead to an act of infidelity, both the spouses can guard against this development and take the necessary steps to ensure that marriage remains intact.


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