“Infidelity is the breakdown of trust caused by keeping secrets in an intimate partnership,” according to Robert Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S. It isn’t any specific sexual act that causes the most pain to the betrayed partner, it’s the “betrayal of relationship trust caused by consistent lying.” That pain causes the betrayed partner to question everything about the relationship and then to question his or her own behavior, trying to find the reason for the problem. Full disclosure from the cheating spouse can help the betrayed partner by validating their suspicions; revealing if there’s a danger of STDs, financial disaster, or public humiliation and helping him or her determine how to proceed.

Read the full article here: Sex and Relationship Infidelity: A Betrayed Partner’s Need to Know the Truth