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The Functional Dialectic System Approach to Therapy for Individuals, Couples, and Families$
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Moshe Almagor

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816669554

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816669554.001.0001

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(p.177) 11 Infidelity
The Functional Dialectic System Approach to Therapy for Individuals, Couples, and Families

Moshe Almagor

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter discusses the therapeutic process for a couple involved with infidelity. Infidelity is a violation of the contract between spouses that specifies exclusivity of the relationship. It is an element of instability brought into the system, sometimes with the purpose of stabilizing it. The chapter describes the prevalence of infidelity and classifies it into three types: sexual, emotional, and virtual. The system protects itself against infidelity by using several measures, one of which is the marital contract and religiosity. Most couples who come to therapy want to end the crisis, restore the relationship, and make sure it will not happen again. The chapter further discusses the ground rules and process of the therapy for couples who struggle with infidelity.

Keywords:   infidelity, therapeutic process, sexual infidelity, emotional infidelity, virtual infidelity, marital contract, religiosity

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