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Dr. Janis Abrahms Spring is a board certified clinical psychologist and nationally acclaimed expert on issues of trust, intimacy, and forgiveness. She’s had a private practice for more than 40 years in Connecticut, and is often a guest expert in the national media. Dr. Spring has also authored several books, including today’s focus: After the Affair: Healing the Pain and Rebuilding Trust When a Partner Has Been Unfaithful. She and her husband have four sons and five grandchildren.
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In this episode, Dr. Janis Abrahms Spring—board-certified clinical psychologist and author of After the Affair: Healing the Pain and Rebuilding Trust When a Partner Has Been Unfaithful—discusses what it takes for couples to move on after an affair, including:
- What drives a person to be unfaithful?
Each affair is different but they all have earmarks, or commonalities, such as a partner feeling unappreciated, unloved, overlooked, undervalued, etc.
- What happens to the “hurt partner” after an affair is revealed?
The hurt partner often feels crazy, as if she is losing her mind. She may also feel a loss of identity, a loss of self-respect, and a loss of faith.
- How can couples rebuild trust?
First, compile a list of the wounds. Second, get to the bottom of the why. Third, display concrete acts of trustworthiness rather than mere verbal reassurances.
- How can couples restore intimacy in the bedroom?
Some couples may experience renewed passion in the bedroom; others may feel as though intimacy has been utterly destroyed.
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