“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

While infidelity can wreck a relationship, damage trust and make you feel like you are losing your mind, there are a few important things everyone should know. Infidelity happens in even the most secure of marriages or relationships. Here are the top 6 things to know about infidelity.

1. Most affairs end – Even when the cheater is not caught, most affairs fizzle out and end on their own. Once the novelty of the affair wears off and expectations begin to creep in, most affairs come to an end.

2. Betrayal means different things to different people – While one person in the relationship might view betrayal as sexual intercourse with another person, the other might view an emotionally intimate (but not physical) relationship as a betrayal. Like beauty, betrayal is in the eye of the beholder. If you’ve never had a conversation with your partner on your views of betrayal, it’s an important discussion to have.

3. You aren’t alone – Many people who go through infidelity often feel alone and isolated. Please know you are not alone. Many people go through what you are dealing with and there are support groups and ways to work through your feelings of isolation.

4. Professional help helps – Getting help from a professional therapist is key to healing from infidelity, whether or not the marriage survives. Professional help is key to processing the complex emotions generated by the betrayal of infidelity.

5. Healing takes time – They say time heals all wounds. While that isn’t necessarily true in all cases, if you decide to stay in the marriage then know that healing and rebuilding trust takes time.

6. It doesn’t have to destroy the marriage – While many think infidelity means the end of a marriage, this isn’t actually true. Most marriages continue after infidelity, particularly when both partners are committed to doing the hard work to rebuild trust and the relationship.

If you suspect your partner is being unfaithful, you deserve to know the truth. Proof of the infidelity could come in handy if you do decide to leave the marriage or relationship. Bulldog PI will help you get the answers and the truth you deserve.