Committing to Monogamy Prevents Infidelity

Committing to monogamy prevents infidelity. Infidelity is a symptom, not a cause. Feeling remorse and “good” shame are how you know you’ve crossed a line. Then you realize you’ve gone against yourself and hurt your partner in the process. What kind of a commitment is necessary? If your commitment is so your partner won’t stray it won’t work because you can’t control someone else’s behavior. You can only be in control of your own. Committing to monogamy is a commitment you make to yourself. When both of you do this, the maturity required provides a safety-net for the vulnerability to learn how to express and hear each other’s feelings—fears, hurts, angers, hopes, and dreams. That’s emotional intimacy that can combine with sexual intimacy in a growing relationship.

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