Men, If A Cheating Wife Broke Your Heart, Here’s What To Do

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Surviving Infidelity & How To Heal A Broken Heart From A Cheating Wife

Surviving infidelity is hard and for many men — even those who have been unfaithful themselves — surviving a cheating wife’s infidelity is especially brutal.

Although they may not be certain as to why women cheat (when it's commonly the other way around), the sense of betrayal is profound when you learn that your spouse has cheated on you. But there is a way to heal your broken heart.

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Although it’s changing, most men were taught to focus on achievements and to submerge, ignore, and deny their emotions — at least the ones that aren’t deemed powerful. When men with this type of world view get married, they often rely on their wives for the nurturing and emotional safety they deny themselves.

So when they’re faced with their wife cheating, one of their primary coping mechanisms for feeling whole is at risk of being permanently lost. This is profoundly terrifying. They simply can’t imagine life without their wife.

Who would they be without the nurturing and emotional safety she’s always provided?

And the fear they feel naturally triggers their fight, flight, or freeze response. (It can also be at the root of them saying and doing things they later regret.)

Their instincts might initially drive them to fight for their marriage, to pursue a divorce, or to deny the meaning of their wife’s affair.

As terrifying as it is for men to face surviving a wife’s infidelity, the truth is what they’re facing is very similar to that of anyone who’s discovered their spouse’s infidelity. It’s only after the initial rush of the threat response has subsided that the true work of surviving infidelity can begin.

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Getting over your wife’s affair doesn’t necessitate that you divorce.

Affair recovery also doesn’t necessitate that you repair your marriage. According to Divorce Magazine, 60-75 percent of couples who have experienced infidelity stay together.

Regardless of what you ultimately decide to do about your marriage, what you will need to do to survive your wife’s betrayal is deal with how infidelity changes you.

To learn how to get over being cheated on so you can move on, some of the things you’ll need to deal with include:

  • Repairing your self-esteem and self-worth
  • Forgiving yourself for not realizing your wife was cheating earlier
  • Learning how to trust again — whether it’s your wife or another woman
  • Allowing yourself to love again
  • Giving your brain time to heal. Neuroscience has shown that the rejection from infidelity has both short and long-term consequences to brain chemistry.
  • Giving your body time to heal. The same neuroscience has also shown that your emotional experience causes physical pain.
  • Choosing how you’ll learn and grow from the experience.

Ultimately, surviving a wife’s infidelity boils down to learning and growing from the experience. It’s a lesson that no one wants.

But, it’s also a lesson that can help you become a better version of yourself, not because it will or won’t make your wife (or ex-wife) happy but because you’ll be releasing old patterns and beliefs that no longer serve you.

And in their place, you’ll have better ones that might even allow you to develop a different relationship with your emotions.

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Dr. Karen Finn is a divorce and life coach who helps people decide for themselves how they will survive infidelity. You can learn more about Karen and her work at drkarenfinn.com.

This article was originally published at Dr. Karen Finn's blog. Reprinted with permission from the author.