Depending on who you talk to, and what research you rely on, infidelity is either a growing epidemic that threatens to shake our society to its foundations, or it's a predictable and regularly occurring part of human romantic relationships. If there are any universal truths to be told about infidelity, they may be that context always matters (one relationship's infidelity is another relationship's sexy night out) and that there will always be people ready to tell you what you've done wrong, and how you should fix it.
At About.com, we'd rather support than preach, so below you'll find articles that explain the various ways people have defined infidelity, answers to some of the common questions people have about infidelity, and thoughts on where to begin to talk about and work through an infidelity you have experienced in your own relationship.
Infidelity DefinitionsThere isn't a single definition of infidelity (even the dictionaries differ on the details). Here is a survey of some of the different definitions, as well as related terms that are helpful to know when talking about infidelity:
Questions About InfidelityEveryone who has ever been in a relationship has questions about infidelity. It's important to think critically about any answer you get to a question about infidelity. There's no such thing as an unbiased answer, and while it can be helpful to learn how others understand infidelity, the answers that guide your actions should always reflect your own values and beliefs, not simply what someone else tells you is the right thing to do.
- What Counts As Infidelity?
- What Is the Difference Between Infidelity, Adultery, and Cheating?
- How Common Is Infidelity?
- If You Cheat, Do You Tell?