Summary of Surviving Infidelity

Making Decisions, Recovering from the Pain

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Surviving Infidelity book summary
Your spouse is having an affair. How will you and your marriage survive? Rebound, heal and emerge stronger than ever.


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“I’ve been unfaithful.” With this sentence, most marriages will never be the same again, if they survive at all. Authors Rona B. Subotnik and Gloria G. Harris pledge to provide counsel to those who are hurt and reeling. getAbstract believes this book fulfills their promise. The authors thoroughly explore types of affairs; teach you how to cope with your pain, grief and anger; and advise you how to decide if you want the marriage to continue. Then they offer compassionate guidance on how to repair your relationship. With the knowledge drawn from their clinical practices, they also show you how to heal your wounds and emerge as a stronger, better person. If you’re struggling to pick up the pieces of your life, your marriage and your heart, this book can help.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why spouses are unfaithful;
  • How to gauge the extent of the unfaithful spouse’s emotional involvement in the affair;
  • How to cope with the pain and anger of betrayal; and
  • How to regain your sense of self-worth, heal your wounds and, if you desire, rebuild your marriage.


Four Types of Cheaters
Most marriages rest on a foundation of monogamy. When one partner cheats, the foundation begins to crumble. Research shows that about half of married men and a quarter of married women stray. And the number is rising for women.

An affair is “an illicit...
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About the Authors

Rona B. Subotnik is a licensed marriage and family therapist and is in private practice. In 2001, she co-authored Infidelity on the Internet: Virtual Relationships and Real Betrayal. Gloria G. Harris, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and co-author of the book Assertive Training for Women.

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