Love Won’t Stop Anyone From Cheating On You

5 min readApr 22, 2020

But this might.

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The biggest mistake that you can make after experiencing romantic betrayal is believing that it’s about you. We make the act more painful by taking it personally. By telling ourselves that a partner’s infidelity is the result of our lacking in some area or them not caring for us as they should, we take on undue responsibility and unjust agony.

Our biggest mistake in any relationship, with anyone, is believing that we wield more influence than we do over their actions.

First thoughts and even spoken words after a partner has cheated are usually similar to:

How could you do this to ME?

I thought you loved ME.

If you loved ME you wouldn’t have.

What does he/she have that I don’t?

Are you trying to hurt ME?

It’s all about us, seldom about them. That’s because our minds are trained to believe that fidelity and loyalty are birthed from love, when these states could each be mutually exclusive. We think that if a person loves us enough and we meet all of their needs, they won’t seek the intimate company of another.




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