It is more common than you think for people to join dating and cheating websites only to look around. Sometimes, people look around or even chat with someone by email but never, in fact, make a date.
In the case of the Ashley Madison leak, the public doesn't seem to care much about the gravity of the crime and the long-term consequences of the hack. The victims are cheaters, mostly male, and they deserve it all. It's a poetic karma in full force, right? Wrong, I say.
Overcoming infidelity is a process, taking time and dedication. Reworking and rebuilding a relationship after infidelity isn't easy, but neither is divorce. Stay dedicated to picking up those pieces, and you may find a whole new way to build up your foundation again!
We now know Josh Duggar was one of the 32 million users outed as having an Ashley Madison account. It's yet another blow to the Duggar family's image after the news of the eldest Duggar having sexually abused five young girls--four of whom are his sisters. However, there's another important person whose life will be affected by his wrongdoing: his wife, Anna.
When reflecting on past relationships, people often recognize early warning signs they previously overlooked. Sometimes couples are blinded by love and minimize the red flags they see. Others hide in denial and rationalize bad behavior.
If you look deeply at yourself and you really try to feel for your partner, it may be that compassion will let you forgive. And if you can, if you can love each other enough to take it as part of the waft and weave of your marriage, then you've got something pretty strong.
In all relationships, we are in an ongoing negotiation of desires, boundaries, and capacities. Each of us needs to honor the other's desires and be as honest as possible about our own, knowing that we will sometimes feel disappointment in the face of differences.
If the revelations in the news this week are any indication, some men are in dire need of a refresher course on how to treat women.
America's most high-profile Christian conservatives often use their social media platforms and media prominence to extol the virtues of chastity -- only to get caught up in sex scandals.
You may think that total honesty would kill your marriage, but lying already has, so you don't have much to lose. Besides, it is likely that your wife is so fed up with you lying that she would welcome hearing your internal monologue without a filter.
An affair is the relationship equivalent of pouring Roundup on fresh, green grass; it kills everything around it.
Dear Anna, there will be Christian voices that will say you need to stay with Josh. They will tell you that you should forgive him. But Anna, you don't have to stay to forgive. I can't tell you what you should or shouldn't do, but I can tell you, and every woman in your situation, that you have choices.
Even if the quoted registration numbers are inflated (which I suspect they are given the ease at which I could create a fake account with a made-up email address), there's no doubt there are millions of people who are staying in marriages that leave them hungry for intimacy, both sexual and emotional.
The words sex addiction get thrown around a lot when it comes to cheating, especially with all eyes on the recent Ashley Madison hack. Society is still trying to understand the difference between sex addiction, an illness, which inspires a certain amount of compassion, and the moral character defect of dishonesty, which tends to inspire condemnation.
Life may be a bit shorter for these members, at least married life as they know it. Perhaps if they had kept it in their pants, or had only shared it with their spouse, they wouldn't be in this mess.
Ashley Madison's cleverly manipulative tagline "Life is short: Have an Affair" is appealing because it offers a shortcut to getting certain needs met. We agree with Ashley Madison in that "life is short", which is exactly why honestly communicating your desires is so important.