Reasons why people have extramarital affairs

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People all around are having extramarital affairs, regardless of their socioeconomic background or location. Some instances come as a shock because when things seem to be going well in the marriage. You can’t help but wonder — Why?

Something obviously went wrong somewhere. Here are some possible reasons as to why people indulge in an extramarital affair.

A romantic affair, also called an affair of the heart, may refer to sexual liaisons among unwed or wedded parties, or to various forms of nonmonogamy. Unlike a casual relationship, which is a physical and emotional relationship between two people who may have sex without expecting a more formal romantic relationship, an affair is by its nature romantic. Affair may also describe part of an agreement within an open marriage or open relationship, such as Swinging, dating, or polyamory, in which some forms of s*x with one’s non-primary partner(s) are permitted and other forms are not. Participants in open relationships, including unmarried couples and polyamorous families, may consider sanctioned affairs the norm, but when a non-sanctioned affair occurs, it is described as infidelity and may be experienced as adultery, or a betrayal both of trust and integrity, even though to most people it would not be considered “illicit”.

Almost every married person has faced marriage problems one time or the other. It would not be an exaggeration to say that there is no marriage without marriage problems even if the partners truly love each other. The reasons of marriage problems could be any and many. Therefore, the timings, nature, frequency and intensity of marital discords would also vary from couple to couple.

However, the family members and well wishers would certainly not expect the wife cheating on her husband and having an extramarital affair.

During a marriage counselling session, the husband and wife were sitting in front of me. There were many points raised by both the partners against each other as the reasons for marital discord and being unhappy living together. Suddenly the husband raised the issue of infidelity. According to him the wife is still dating the man she loved before marriage, though he is a married man now. Of course, the wife vehemently denied the allegation saying that they are doing a business activity together as partners only and they are not having any affair.

Whatever were the details of the case, a few questions repeatedly hammered my mind – Do married women have extra marital affair? If so, then what are the reasons? Why married woman cheat on their spouse?

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