The key ingredient in any relationship is trust. Coupled with respect and love, trust gives you a strong basis as a couple. While trust is a bond, it is also a tenuous one, easily broken, if one of the partners constantly lies.
Sadly, many men don't realize the profound effects infidelity can have on the emotional life of a trusting long-term partner. Inevitably, most cheaters are eventually found out, and the resulting fallout is often much greater than anticipated by the cheater.
The lessons I learned regarding interpersonal relationships during my lifelong tenure in the adult entertainment industry have proven to help many suffering with miscommunication, misunderstandings or even infidelity within their relationships.
Lying to your partner about how much you spend, save or borrow all fall under the same general heading of "financial infidelity." According to the most recent data, quite a few of us are getting it on with our checkbooks.
When I "cheated" on my significant other, it did not change my feelings towards him in the slightest bit. So when the whole "strictly monogamous" rule doesn't work, is an open relationship the right answer?