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Can Infidelity Make a Relationship ... Stronger?

The specter of cheating looms large. But does it always have to have catastrophic consequences?
 
 
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It brought them closer, opened new lines of communication and made for the hottest sex of their life. This life-changing “it” wasn’t a miracle advice book or sexy new lingerie, but an affair. “Honestly, it may sound crazy, but I recommend what happened for every marriage,” says Carissa, a 30-year-old stay-at-home mom from New Jersey. “Well, maybe not exactly infidelity, but you never know how strong you are as individuals and as a couple until you hit rock bottom and you are forced to give up or fight.”

The specter of cheating looms large these days – both in terms of high-profile cheating scandals and disheartening real-world statistics. It’s led some,  myself included, to reconsider just how realistic lifelong monogamy really is and whether a better alternative exists. But there’s another story here that deserves telling — that of couples who experience an infidelity and recover from it.

 
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