Communication can be a trigger
Perhaps one of the most common reasons someone is faithless in a relationship can be traced back to a lack of open communication between partners. Being open about both the good and the bad things in a relationship means both partners feel safe expressing their emotions and sexual desires. This, in turn, can help foster a strong connection, which can help you through any unforeseen rough patches, and let’s be honest, every couple has them. And, don’t forget, communication takestwopeople.
“Communication is often the common and surprising theme behind infidelity; the person cheating is, in a very unconscious way, letting the world know about their unhappiness or dissatisfaction,” McRitchie said. “It is a way to express themselves in a way that feels perversely safer than using words.”
McRitchie continued, saying “communication is not just the art of speaking – it is also the art of listening without prejudice or defense” and not knowing how to communicate within a relationship can lead to dissatisfaction.
She compared this to how a “misunderstood toddler or teen will act out” and said cheating is a person’s way of expressing discontent due to a lack of communication. “Some people will turn to drugs or alcohol, some work, some will stay out late, others will cheat – and the effect can be devastating.”