Promiscuity is bound to have a negative toll on any relationship. When one partner seeks the fulfilment of emotional and physical needs outside of marriage, it can weaken the foundation of their marriage and lead the couple towards separation or divorce.
Infidelity is considered one of the major reasons that couples go for divorce. According to surveys, men are more likely to cheat than women. However, the reasons for both of them have found to be the same. Whatever the reason, facing betrayal can severely damage any relationship, and the victim may take a long time to heal, or they might not overcome at all and choose to part ways.
Mentioned below are ways how promiscuity in marriage may ruin your relationship and lead to divorce
1. Loss of trust between the spouses
Coming to know that your partner has been unfaithful can breed devastating amounts of distrust. Betraying your spouse can erode the essential element of marriage that is trust.
Any relationship that does not contain trust is eventually supposed to end in shambles with neither of the partners happy. The victim of the affair begins to have trust issues, and they begin to question their judgment of others. This emotional scarring can possibly remain a part of their lives even when this relationship ends, and they might carry the emotional baggage into a new one.
2. Overwhelming grief
The betrayed spouse will feel as if their world has been turned upside down. The belief and the sense of security they had from their significant other is completely shattered. According to a research, the emotions felt by the victim after coming to know about their partner’s promiscuity are similar to the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). They may feel insignificant and find themselves in a constant state of anxiety and depression which may even be mixed with frustration and anger.
The victim may even face sleeplessness and inability to eat, function or concentrate and pick up self-deprecating behavior. They may want to withdraw from those around them and be alone in order to avoid the pain of confronting the reality of the circumstances.
3. Damage to the self-esteem of victim
It is definite that the victim will suffer a blow to their self-esteem. They may often find questioning themselves, wondering ‘if they weren’t enough’ or ‘aren’t they good enough that their partner chose to find someone else?’ They may consider themselves responsible for their partner cheating and the problems caused in their marriage. The betrayed spouse may develop insecurity and may always be in doubt of themselves, considering themselves never to be good enough for anything.
4. Emotional instability
The spouse being cheated on feel a roller coaster of emotions. One moment they may be crying while the other they might be screaming out of anger, they might blame themselves for once and then the very next, they feel that their cheating spouse is to responsible for all of this. Feeling a myriad of emotions is common during this period, and it is okay for the victim to take ample time to heal. They may even require professional help to overcome this blow or choose to separate in order to gain a peace of mind.
5. Obsession and constant suspicion
Although some couples do work things out and try to fix their marriage for the sake of their past love or their children, there will always be a factor of suspicion. The victim may constantly recall the betrayal, have flashbacks and intrusive images. They may even wonder about the reasons for infidelity and demand to know all the details of infidelity.
They may also be on a constant lookout for any further possibilities of cheating, interrogating the spouse for their tardiness, their whereabouts and investigating all that they do on their phone or computer.
Extra-marital affairs can have disastrous effects on a relationship. It may not only affect the couple themselves but also the children, their mental health, and well-being. Promiscuity in marriage is done can be devastating and may take a long time to be sorted out and may require the help of counselors or simply lead to divorce.