I don’t want to go into detail regarding the fact that you feel pain.
YOU FEEL the PAIN!
It is a given.
It is real.
It consumes your days and destroys sleep at night.
Hands down, the discovery of infidelity rocks you and your marriage to the very core.
After spending tens of thousands of hours over the past 30 plus years with people like you, suffering from the discovery of infidelity, I am sure of one thing: there is only one event that may possibly generate more pain and that is the death of your child.
For the Next Month
For the next month focus on lessening the pain by giving thought and action to:
- Knowing that your pain is normal. There is nothing wrong with you.
- Begin to deprogram and relearn what you think you picked up along the way about infidelity and marriage. (Misunderstanding from well intentioned people adds fuel to your pain.)
- Surround yourself with those who “get it” and “get you!”
Now, I’m here to help you with these three steps.
Immediately below is a short snippet taken from one of my early ebooks on infidelity, “The First Step in Surviving Infidelity: From Basket-case to Making Your Spouse Blink.”
In “The First Step in Surviving Infidelity: From Basket-case to Making Your Spouse Blink” I addressed the top 10 questions about infidelity.
How do I get rid of the pain is the second question.
Pay attention to ways to get rid of the pain in the next few paragraphs.
How You Get Rid of the Pain
Don’t Fight It!
For example, you’re in the process of losing your world, or a great portion of your world. Your sexual identity is at stake here. You wonder about yourself as a person, as a sexual person.
So, you’re going to have pain. And as well, you feel ripped off. You feel like someone has invaded that which is sacred and that which is private. You feel like you’ve been raped.
In every sense of the word your pain is normal. It’s OK. It’s there.
Your Pain is Telling You Something
The second way to look at the pain is to know that your pain is telling you that you want something.
Your pain is distress, saying to you, “Something is extremely, extremely important to me that I don’t have, and I want it.”
Pain, in some ways, is an indicator of lack. Just pay attention to that, and ask yourself, “What is my pain telling me in terms of that which I want most desperately, most dearly?”
Deprogram and Learn the TRUTH about Infidelity
Another way to get rid of the pain is to learn about infidelity. Now, most people don’t know much about infidelity at all, other than what you see on TV, or in romantic movies, or over the grocery counters in tabloids. So dig in, and learn a lot about infidelity.
I have people write me, email me, talk to me, and call me constantly about how they felt relief.
They felt the pain kind of fade away once they read my eBook “Break Free From The Affair,” and discovered that there’s seven kinds of affairs, and affairs are very complicated.
In a particular kind of affair you can do certain things, and in other kinds of affairs you employ other tactics. Relearning is extremely helpful in opening a whole new world and minimizing the pain.
Surround Yourself with Those Who “GET IT” and “GET YOU”
Get support. I have a support group online, and every so often people email me again to say, “the group almost literally saved my life,” or “the support group has really, really helped me because I no longer feel like I’m alone in this awful, terrible process.”
Seek out support wherever that may be for you.
This is Weird, but a Kitchen Timer Soothes the Pain
A kitchen timer will do, any simple timer. Set it for two minutes.
When you feel the pain most intently, get out a piece of paper and pencil
and write down everything you’re thinking and everything you’re feeling.
When the two minutes are up, put it aside. Say to yourself, “OK, I’ve paid attention to my pain. Now, I have to go and do something else.”
And later on, 5, 10 minutes, two hours later, when you start to feel that pain again, get your timer and go through the same process. It will give you a sense of being in control of the pain, acknowledging the pain and seeing the patterns of the pain.
Seek Appropriate Professional Help
If you’re really, really scared, and if the pain seems overwhelming and you’re fearful you
See your doctor. See a psychiatrist. See a psychologist. There’s nothing wrong with temporarily addressing the pain in your life through a professional.
Don’t let the pain control your life.
The pain will, as you relearn, as you seek support and as you reach out, over time lessen in intensity, frequency and you will have new tools to make that happen.
If you want more information on the healing process I suggest you purchase a copy of “The First Step in Surviving Infidelity: From Basket-case to Making Your Spouse Blink.”
“The First Step in Surviving Infidelity: From Basket-case to Making Your Spouse Blink” contains a wealth of practical wisdom, I’ve accumulated by working as a specialist in treating infidelity.
Here’s just part of what you will learn:
Part 1: Infidelity has absolutely nothing to do with LOVE.
Part 2: Infidelity does NOT mean something is wrong with your marriage.
Part 3: Why infidelity is subtly encouraged in Western Culture
Part 4: Why you are NOT the victim; the victims are your cheating spouse and the other person
Part 5: The Origins of Basket-caseitis and How it Fades
Part 6: What You can Do for You that No one else Will
Part 7: The Stages in a Marriage and When it is Most Vulnerable to an Affair
Part 8: The Value of Thinking Small
Part 9: Decision Making
Part 10: Why it’s NOT Your Fault
Part 11: Stopping the Affair is NOT What You Think
Part 12: 8 Places Where you Jump into the Healing Stream
Read How Others Found Relief from the Pain
Now is the time to being the healing. Click this button to get your copy of “The First Step in Surviving Infidelity: From Basket-case to Making Your Spouse Blink.”
I look forward to working with you.