Barash & Lipton poignantly wrote in their book Clinton's assertion that he did not have sex with Monica raised the question of not only what sex is but also how marital affairs are defined and whether sex or intercourse are the defining factors in infidelity.
This has made it very difficult to comply with the Western-Judeo-Christian proscription.
This summary was inspired by the important work of David Atkins, Ph. The root of the term infidelity is 'lack of faith' and disloyalty, as in 'infidel' which is the denial of belief in a certain religion.
Table of Contents: Introduction Infidelity Myths Infidelity Facts Approaches to Affairs and Infidelity Typology of Affairs Women and Affairs: Equal Opportunity Betrayal Four Phases in Dealing with, and Healing from, Affairs Clinical Guidelines Bibliography Online Resources This summary of the literature and research aims to provide a broad update and summary of the theories, research and therapeutic interventions regarding infidelity. The common belief is that affairs are about sex but, in fact, affairs are most often about secrecy, sexual attraction and sexual activities.
This paper emphasizes the importance of understanding the nature and context of each affair and each couple so that healing and resolution can be achieved.
Top of Page Infidelity Myths Following are some of the most common myths or faulty beliefs about extramarital affairs and infidelity (Research findings debunking these myths are presented in the next section and throughout this paper): Top of Page Approaches to Affairs and Infidelity Researchers, psychologists, anthropologists and clinicians significantly differ in their approaches to dealing with infidelity.
Correspondingly, many movies have dealt with affairs, most notably, Long before our modern era, infidelity was a recurrent element in literature and art. The Ten Commandments devotes a specific commandment to it. Similarly, many anthropologists have repeatedly claimed that Homo sapiens throughout its evolution, like most animals, has not been naturally monogamous.
Some better known examples are Spencer Tracy's life long affair with Katharine Hepburn, Bill Cosby, Sophia Loren and a seemingly endless stream of other Hollywood celebrities. Homer's Anthropologist Margaret Mead once suggested that monogamy is the most difficult of all human marital arrangements.