9: Debunking Myths About Infidelity

Nov 04, 2020

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • Dr. Marie Murphy discusses the first misconception about infidelity: that cheating is an individual failing

  • The harmful impact of societal and social expectations around marriage

  • Dr. Murphy talks about the idea that marriage supersedes individual needs and desires—and why she disagrees

  • Another myth about infidelity: that monogamy is unnatural

  • Why it’s important to think in shades of gray versus black and white

  • How do we respect someone’s preferences for marriage while allowing for the possibility that others may want something different?

  • Getting in touch with Dr. Marie Murphy 

In this episode...

Why are you married? Did you fall in love with another person and come to a decision to share your lives together with official documentation? Did you feel happy? Or, did you feel pressured, like you had no other choice?

To date, marriage is still seen as the most legitimate form a relationship can take. Coupled with surmounting societal pressure to “settle down” once you reach a certain age, it can be hard to consider that there may be other options—especially if you feel like marriage, or even monogamy, aren’t right for you.

In this episode of Your Secret is Safe with Me, Dr. Marie Murphy sits down with John Corcoran of Rise25 to talk about common myths around infidelity—and why they’re wrong. They discuss the social context around marriage, two big myths about extramarital affairs, and why it’s important to ask yourself honest questions when it comes to the kind of life you want to live. Keep listening for more insight into marriage and why you should stop thinking in black and white.

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This episode is brought to you by Marie Murphy PhD Relationship Coaching.

Dr. Marie Murphy provides shame-free, blame-free, and non-judgmental relationship coaching. She draws from different philosophical traditions and approaches in order to better understand the human condition and the different types of professional assistance that can be germane to people in complicated relationship situations.

To learn more about and her relationship coaching practice, visit www.mariemurphyphd.com today and schedule an introductory coaching session with Dr. Marie Murphy to begin the process of resolving your infidelity situation in a way that's truly right for you.

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