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Thought I'd start a list of reasons people give for not exposing and thus sabatoging their own shot at recovery.

1. My spouse will lose their job.

Better that your spouse lose his/her job than you lose your marriage.

2. It will drive them away.

Theyre already gone. Your spouse has left the building and is looking at new and improved (they think) property down the road.

3. Its mean and vindictive.

No, its not. Its actually a kindness and the best thing you can do to restore your marriage. Exposure is not done in a mean way, but actually in a loving way.

4. My spouse has already told everyone about his/her affair.

WRONG! Waywards lie about this A LOT. You, as the BS should be the one to do the exposing.

5. I had an affair first and my spouse didnt expose me.

Exactly why your marriage is in trouble. You never recovered properly from the first BOMB that was launched by you.

6. This is a private matter and I dont want people to think badly of my spouse.

Okay, go ahead and live the lie. Youll either lose your spouse completely or your marriage, if the wayward does come home, will NEVER be all that it can be because you havent truly recovered.

7. You people are just bitter.

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8. My wife will be mad to me and my main goal in life is to avoid her wrath AT ALL COSTS instead of saving my marriage

9. she is bigger than me and will beat me!


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10. The OMW/OWH will kill my WS.


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Originally Posted By: MelodyLane
8. My wife will be mad to me and my main goal in life is to avoid her wrath AT ALL COSTS instead of saving my marriage

9. she is bigger than me and will beat me!


and ... I am a


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8. My wife will be mad to me and my main goal in life is to avoid her wrath AT ALL COSTS instead of saving my marriage

9. she is bigger than me and will beat me!


and ... I am a



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10. The OMW/OWH will kill my WS.


Nevermind that THAT particular threat wasn't a concern while my spouse was boinking the OM/OW. MrRollieEyes


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11. My Spouse tells me they are "just friends" and are not really sleeping together and I trust her / him when they says that

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Originally Posted By: MelodyLane
8. My wife will be mad to me and my main goal in life is to avoid her wrath AT ALL COSTS instead of saving my marriage

9. she is bigger than me and will beat me!



Because she'll LEAVE me if I make her mad!!! I know she's sleeping with this OM but at least she's at home!

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I don't want something bad to happen to the kids.

Something worse than adultery and divorce or an OC?

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11. I told WS if I find any more sign of contact, I will expose. There has been NC since.

Exposure is NOT blackmail!! This tactic does NOT work and just motivates the cheaters to take contact underground!


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Nevermind that THAT particular threat wasn't a concern while my spouse was boinking the OM/OW.


Sure they did. That's why they kept it a secret MrRollieEyes When you expose the affair, it is then YOUR fault that the OPS is angry and full of vengeance, not the cheater cheater pumpkin eaters, hence their super sneakiness sigh

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Reason #___: Because my spouse told me it was over. Pinky swear.


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12. But I promised WS I wouldn't expose, how can I go back on my word now ....... MrRollieEyes


You tell WS that you gave more thought to exposure, think

and you changed your mind. flirt


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13. My therapist thinks it's a bad idea.

Therapists are notorious givers of bad advice when it comes to dealing with infidelity. Dr. H. has 35 years of clinical research to back his PROVEN methods for recovering from an affair.


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14. My family and friends will not accept my WS anymore and will tell me to get a divorce.

(We all know that we o what everyone else tells us to).


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Because if I actually start to fight against the affair and it ends, I might have to look at MYSELF to see what needs to be fixed.

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Mark, you are supposed to give your reason a number.
You are messin' with PM's list!
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Because if I actually start to fight against the affair and it ends, I might have to look at MYSELF to see what needs to be fixed.


Happy now?

I coulda said "42."

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Originally Posted By: Mark1952
Happy now?

cool

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I coulda said "42."

And that ...... would've been messin' with my mind. doh2


I've never read that reason from a BS, the one that you gave.
Although it's a silent one, it's a very true one.

Part of the fear/denial factor in some BS's I suppose.


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Because my spouse told me that if I expose his affair he will never ever trust me again.


He's turning the tables on you regarding trust. Fact is, he knows he cannot be trusted, and by telling you that he cannot trust you, he is shifting the blame and trying to make you feel guilty - when in fact the truth is that YOU cannot trust HIM.

A common tactic used by waywards! (and the gender could be HER as easily!)



whatever number plus one

Because my spouse told me that if I expose her affair she will never forgive me, and will leave me for SURE if I do.


The truth is that this is a bluff, made out of fear that the betrayed spouse will expose the affair AND leave the marriage. By threatening abandonment, the wayward is playing on what she knows to be a huge fear of the betrayed spouse at the time of d-day, that the betrayed is fearful the wayward will leave the marriage. Truth is that it is often the case that if the affair is exposed, the affair DIES more rapidly, and the wayward begins to see it for what it IS - a fantasy.


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