While there is unfortunately no way to totally “cheat-proof” a relationship, there are some things that can be done to at least minimize the temptation for you or your partner to stray from the relationship. Review the tips below for ideas on how to take proactive measures that could help to protect your relationship from the dangers of infidelity.
- Set boundaries - Relationships that don’t have clearly defined boundaries are much more vulnerable to infidelity because partners may not be sure about what is or is not considered acceptable behavior. Talk with your partner early on in the relationship and work together to set boundaries that are mutually acceptable.
- Be open and honest - In many cases, deception tends to pave the way toward infidelity. Make an ongoing commitment to be open and honest with your partner at all times and to demand the same kind of treatment in return. It won’t always be easy, especially when the truth is something that might hurt (like if you and/or your partner begins to feel an attraction to somebody else), but being honest even when it’s challenging can help to strengthen trust and reduce the temptation to act on those feelings.
- Avoid temptation - Many times, people will unwittingly invite infidelity into their relationship by putting themselves into situations that increase the possibility for temptation. Going to bars or clubs without your partner, flirting with others or welcoming flirtatious behavior from others, and spending alone time with former lovers are just a few of the ways that people can get themselves and their relationship into trouble. To protect your relationship, avoid places where singles generally go to meet other singles, keep flirtatious behavior in check, and limit contact with exes or at least be sure to include your current partner when spending time with an ex.
- Meet each other’s needs - Most relationships begin to deteriorate and become more vulnerable to infidelity when one or both partner’s are not being met adequately. As time goes by, many people tend to get lazy within their relationships or may begin to take each other for granted. Make an effort to ensure that both yours and your partner’s needs are being met.
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