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  • Writer's pictureMarie Murphy

37: Discomfort, Drama, and Infidelity

Updated: Nov 16, 2022

Dr. Marie Murphy

Dr. Marie Murphy is a Relationship Coach, specializing in helping people who are having affairs make decisions on how to move forward — without judgment. She has a Ph.D. in Sociology with an emphasis in Sexuality from the University of California, San Diego, and has been teaching sex education since her high school years. Dr. Murphy is also a yoga instructor and has previously taught meditation.

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

  • Dr. Marie Murphy talks about the human experience of discomfort and the various ways we respond to it

  • What are some of the consequences of avoiding your feelings?

  • Dr. Murphy explains the relationship between discomfort, distraction, and infidelity

  • How can drama function as an appealing diversion?

  • Dr. Murphy suggests a few questions to ask yourself if you’re currently having an affair

  • Why is it so important to learn to deal with your feelings of discomfort?

In this episode…

Wanting relief from uncomfortable feelings doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with you. In fact, it’s a natural, human response. However, it’s important to determine whether you’re actually dealing with your discomfort or simply avoiding it.

As Dr. Marie Murphy says, the short-term satisfaction you find through avoiding uncomfortable feelings is typically outweighed by long-term consequences. But, many people aren’t taught how to deal with discomfort in a constructive way. That’s where Dr. Murphy comes in. She has the tools and strategies you need to increase your capacity to tolerate discomfort without numbing your feelings or looking for a distraction, such as an affair. With her help, you can gain more control over your decisions and improve the relationships you have with others and yourself.

In this episode of Your Secret is Safe With Me, Dr. Marie Murphy discusses the complicated relationship between discomfort, drama, and infidelity. Dr. Murphy explores the various ways people respond to discomfort, the consequences of avoiding your feelings, and the appeal of drama and infidelity as a form of distraction. Plus, Dr. Murphy shares some helpful questions you can ask yourself if you’re currently having an affair. Stay tuned!

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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 her and her relationship coaching practice, visit 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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