An article written by
Amna Nawaz:

The term infidelity refers to a breach of a couple’s implicit or explicit agreement regarding the exclusive nature of their emotional and/or sexual involvement with each other. Cheating one’s romantic partner, having an extramarital affair, adultery while being married or being unfaithful with a spouse all include infidelity.

Amna Nawaz works as clinical psychologist at Willing Ways, Lahore. She has done MS in clinical psychology and B.Sc (Hons.) from GC University, Lahore. Heath counseling, addiction counseling, subjective well-being and intellectual disability are her areas of interest as well as her educational expertise.

Editor: Haroon Christy

Infidelity is basically an umbrella term which is manifested through various behaviors including emotional affairs, sexual-oriented involvements, secret online intimate friendships through social networking websites, or short-term romantic attachment with a person other than your spouse.

On the other hand, considering an act as a betrayal or infidelity also varies depending on the standards or expectations of the betrayed partner. For some people, sexual involvement with someone else is a betrayal while some find their partner’s emotional attachment with the other person as a betrayal.

Element of secrecy in a relationship is also considered as a sign of infidelity by some spouses such as making secret email or social networking accounts, keeping a secret contact number or mobile phone, or a refusal to disclose information about one’s whereabouts, travelling plans or financial matters like spending practices.

It is a matter of common observation that a majority of adults view infidelity as a morally wrong act. However, infidelity is still quite common despite of the prevalent social perception about it. Considering it as a fairly common social phenomenon, it is important to understand the underlying motivations that cause the spouses to cheat on their partners.