Laura Lindekugel MS, MS, LMFT, SEP
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Navigating Explosive Emotion and Rage After Infidelity

If there has been infidelity in your relationship, it’s highly likely that the betrayed person has or will at some point become extremely emotional and/or enraged. This often happens when this person does not feel heard, understood, or validated, or that you do not understand the profound impact of the infidelity or the depth of the pain you have caused. Sometimes it comes as a result of wanting you to experience a fraction of the pain he or she is experiencing. If you respond with defensiveness or with moving away, the anger or emotion may escalate.

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Ten Tips for Revealing and Discussing Infidelity

If you are considering revealing infidelity or infidelity has been discovered, these tips may help you to minimize damage and to set the foundation for repair, if that is what you desire.  If the goal is recovery as a couple, it's important to be intentional from the beginning.  If you get mired in holding back information, denial, blurring facts, minimizing, and blaming, it will be more challenging to repair and rebuild trust.  These are general guidelines. If you have special circumstances, such a partner with a history of depression, for example, do consider speaking with a counselor or therapist for more appropriate guidance tailored to your particular relationship.

Ten Tips for Revealing and Discussing Infidelity

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How to Survive Midlife Crisis as a Couple Part 3: Surviving Midlife Crisis Together

Being in the midst of a midlife crisis can feel like being trapped in a nightmare for both partners. And it can seem like it will never end. It will. Keep checking in with each other. It is possible to survive midlife crisis together. The truth is that there are many gifts on the other side of a midlife crisis. Partners who can weather the storm of a midlife crisis with grace and dignity, by paying attention, by honoring the gripping desire for external change one partner is wrestling with, and who can focus on themselves and on the big picture, can come through the other side with a more fulfilling shared life than they had before the crisis. Relationships can be even more connected and exciting after a midlife crisis than might have been possible beforehand. Hang in there. This isn’t easy, but it’s possible.

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How to Survive Midlife Crisis as a Couple Part 2: Your Partner’s Midlife Crisis

Weathering your partner's midlife crisis while keeping your sense of humor and hope is extremely challenging.  The person you have known and love may be making changes, either subtle or radical.  He or she may feel like a stranger some or most of the time.  He or she may be rewriting history, even your history, and questioning you and the relationship.  If you want to survive midlife crisis as a couple, you'll have to be patient.

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